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Thinking About the Idea of America on July 4th

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

To honor America on its 238th birthday we offer a short clip of the singer Bono speaking to a Georgetown University audience about the idea of America. Fox and Hounds will take off tomorrow, July 4th and begin publishing again on Monday July 7th. Happy 4th.

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Cost of Energy Big Political Issue in CA

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

Yesterday, on this site we ran a column by Joel Kotkin saying that the fight over the types of energy sources will have a profound effect on national elections in November. While California is certainly involved in that larger picture, the actual cost of energy will be a focus in California as well. With cap-and-trade […]

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The Splintering of One-Party Rule

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

When Democrats took two-thirds majority of both legislative houses and won all the constitutional offices in the last election some commentators suggested that one-party control would result in opposing factions forming in the ruling party. There are signs that it is starting to happen. Before going on let’s stipulate here that the Republican Party in […]

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Testing my Political Theory with Two Experts

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

Looking at the results of the recent Field Poll on the governor’s race, I came up with a theory I decided to run by two of the most knowledgeable political analysts in the state. I asked Allan Hoffenblum, editor and co-publisher of the Target Book and John Pitney, Jr., professor at Claremont McKenna College, if […]

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SF Resolution Not About Fairness; It’s About More Tax Revenue

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

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution this month seeking to undo a major part of Proposition 13 that is cloaked in claims of fairness but is clearly nothing more than a call to raise and spend more tax revenue. The resolution says Proposition 13 is unfair because commercial and residential property are […]

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Water and Rail in the Central Valley

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

California’s Central Valley has been the focus of two big issues that have grabbed legislative attention – water and the high-speed rail. Is it possible that the two could come together in a political mix? Hovering over the debate about replacing the water bond that is slated for the November ballot is the question: Will […]

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CA GOP Bench Just Got Shorter

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

With Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s selection as Majority Leader in Congress, the chance of McCarthy being a California gubernatorial or senatorial candidate soon has diminished. McCarthy is a very capable politician and richly deserves his new post. He can be very helpful to California in Congress, as Kevin Klowden explains on this page today. And, while […]

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California Does Poorly in Small Business Friendliness Survey

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

The most enthusiastic applause for political speakers who addressed Monday’s California’s Small Business Day celebration came when Assembly minority leader Connie Conway expressed her vision of dealing with California’s budget. She said both sides of the aisle would like to see revenue grow to meet budgetary needs, only her political opponents want to raise taxes […]

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Top 5 Taxes You May See on 2016 Ballot

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

Like meteorologists tracking distant storms heading their way, some folks in Sacramento are watching for signs that  tax increases are building momentum for the 2016 ballot when the Proposition 30 temporary taxes begin to fade away. Now that this year’s state budget is done with increased spending in place, and the promise for more spending […]

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Tug of War Over Bullet Train Funding

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

A lot of news on funding – or stopping funding – for the bullet train last week. First the U.S. Congress voted to stop funding the California high-speed rail. The idea that the money will be stopped was brushed aside because the Senate and the president would not go along. At least, the senate won’t […]

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