Budget Trailer Bill Mischief

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The California state budget was passed and signed two months ago but the legislature is still passing trailer bills attached to the budget with small money tweaks and major policy changes. It’s doubtful when voters passed Proposition 25 in 2010 that changed the rules on how the budget is approved they intended the legislature to […]

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New California Republicans

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer called for a “New California Republican Party” during his speech at the Commonwealth Club last week. He said, “It’s time to offer California a GOP with broad appeal again – because a vibrant, competitive Republican Party is good for our state.” Meanwhile, Assembly Minority leader Chad Mayes, holding off a […]

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A Scary Halloween Recall?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

With enough signatures filed to force a recall election for Sen. Josh Newman the governor must call for the election from 60 to 80 days from when the recall is certified by the Secretary of State. Here’s a prediction that the recall will fall on Halloween, Tuesday October 31. Democrats in the legislature hoped to […]

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Business Abandons Trump

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

In a March commentary on this page I defended Disney CEO Robert Iger for deciding to stay on President Donald Trump’s business advisory committee so that he would have an opportunity to influence the president on important economic issues. It has become clear, however, that Trump doesn’t listen to advice and business leaders are abandoning […]

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Ross Johnson

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

In the beginning there was Ross Johnson. He was one of the first legislators I met when I got into the political game and I admired his tenacity, his political instincts, and his ability to battle his opponents but treat them with respect and friendship. Ross Johnson passed away yesterday at age 77. As Republican […]

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Court Action Puts Focus on FPPC Recall Funding Decision

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The Fair Political Practices Commission decision on Thursday about whether elected officials can exceed limits to help in a recall campaign became more urgent for Sen. Josh Newman when a Court of Appeal froze the new law that would have delayed the recall. The lawsuit brought by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association challenged recent changes […]

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Scramble of State Politics Leaves Business in the Middle

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

As state politics is scrambled from the left and the right, it is appropriate to wonder where the big business community comes down when donating to candidates in the next statewide election. There is a revolt in both parties. Republican activists want the Assembly leader, Chad Mayes, to give up his leadership post—indeed some want […]

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Panel: Two-party system in trouble

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

In a Zocalo Public Square session in Los Angeles that was supposed to examine the strength and weaknesses of the Republican Party it was the two party system that got an examination. And the diagnosis was not hopeful. Republican consultant Mike Madrid of Grassroots Lab said a transformation was coming to America’s political system and […]

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Is a Blacklist Back?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Is a blacklist back in fashion in the town that made term “blacklist” famous? One gets that feeling when the Los Angeles City Council voted this week to draft a law that will ask contractors to disclose if they have been hired to work on the wall between the U.S. and Mexico. What could be […]

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Surfing to the Governor’s Chair on an Initiative

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

To use an analogy that surfer (and assemblyman) Travis Allen might appreciate, can the ballot measure he champions to repeal the gas tax be the surfboard he needs to carve over the choppy waves of a governor’s race and get him safely to shore. The Huntington Beach Republican is putting his hopes on the gas […]

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