Why Are Supposed “Greedy” Oil Companies Lowering Gas Prices During Cap and Trade Debate?

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Oil companies have been part of the campaign to make voters aware that gas prices will increase in January once fuels are put under the cap-and-trade provisions of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Yet, a strange thing is occurring. The campaign to delay the application of cap and trade rules for fuels goes […]

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If Harris Becomes US AG a Likely Replacement is…

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has been mentioned as a possible replacement for retiring United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Harris said she is staying put. However, persuasive arguments from a president have been known to cause people to change their minds. Should Harris get the job, it is too late to take her name […]

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Rewarding Voters An Old American Tradition

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The proposal from the Los Angeles Ethics Commission last month that voters in the city’s municipal elections be entered into a lottery for a cash prize has been heaped with criticism. Washington Post columnist George Will, for one, called the proposal “a perfectly awful idea…so loopy it could only be conceived by governments.” His reasoning […]

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Kashkari’s Challenges

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Neel Kashkari is attempting a difficult task – and I’m not talking about his attempt to unseat a sitting governor and California political legend in Jerry Brown. Kashkari is attempting to steer the Republican ship toward center waters –where Brown rows his famous canoe – because he believes that is how the Republican Party becomes […]

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Amid Disunity Talk GOP Re-Building

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Given the headline generating internal arguments with top of the ticket candidates and party officials about party unity, it’s probably good that the real work of re-establishing the GOP as a political force is to try and build from the ground up. The key phrase emphasized by organizers of the state Republican convention in Los […]

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Business Should Imitate CTA Advocacy Effort

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The California business community should take a page from the game plan of the state’s most powerful public employee union to build an argument for a healthy business climate. The California Teachers Association recently released a series of radio and television commercials promoting the profession. The ads do not advocate for a ballot measure or […]

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R.I.P. Pete Schaafsma

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Pete Schaafsma and I crossed paths quite a few times over the last 30-odd years. When you work on tax, budget and economic issues you want to learn from someone who knows the ins and outs — the minutia and details. Pete Schaafsma was a go-to guy on that score. The news of his passing […]

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San Diego Minimum Wage Referendum in for Tough Fight

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The San Diego Small Business Coalition said they have enough signatures to freeze the new San Diego minimum wage law and force a vote on the issue in 2016. The business coalition better put away whatever savings they gain from the wage freeze because history shows they will have a tough fight ahead of them. […]

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Wright Is Wrong But So Is The Application Of The Law

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Sen. Roderick Wright should resign from office now that he has been convicted and sentenced for fraudulently claiming that he lived in his district – then he should appeal his conviction. I can’t say that he has legal grounds for an appeal on the facts of the case but common sense, often lost when laws […]

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A Preview of Six States Battle Running in Scotland, If – Big IF – Six States Qualifies

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Governor Jerry Brown is proud of saying that California stands as the eighth largest economy in the world. It could move up dramatically if Scotland votes in a September 18th referendum to split away from the United Kingdom, currently the world’s sixth largest economy as measured by Gross Domestic Product. Then again, California would drop […]

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