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A Voting Lottery?

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Los Angeles is considering turning voting into a lottery. Last year’s mayoral election saw a turnout of just 25 percent. The idea is to hold out the potential of winning a cash prize for showing up to do one’s civic duty. But why should we care about people who don’t care about voting, or are […]

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Opposition Swarms Against Splitting California

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Like hornets rising from a disturbed nest, opposition is swarming against venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposed initiative to split dysfunctional California into six states, a couple of which might turn out functional. The Chronicle reports: “Steven Maviglio, a Democratic consultant, and Joe Rodota, a fixture in GOP politics, have formed OneCalifornia, a committee that will […]

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CA Suffers Highest Percentage of Poor

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

This kind of puts a kink in Gov. Jerry Brown’s insistence that “California is back.” According to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau, when housing is factored in, California has the nation’s highest poverty rate, at 23.8 percent. It’s higher than Mississippi, Alabama, West Virgina and other states we think of as poor. […]

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Middle Class Can’t Afford California

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Politicians of both parties like to boast how they work for the “middle class.” Well, there isn’t much of a middle class left in California, at least along the coastal areas. According to data provided by Trulia, the three least affordable areas in America are San Francisco, where just 14 percent of homes are affordable […]

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CA Take Note: Detroit Bankruptcy Could Slash Pensions

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Detroit declared bankruptcy today. For California, here are the takeaways from the Detroit News report: “A bankruptcy judge could trump the state constitution by slashing retiree pensions, ripping up contracts and paying creditors roughly a dime on the dollar for unsecured claims worth $11.45 billion.” That’s because the bankruptcy will be heard in a federal […]

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Apple Right to Avoid Ridiculous Taxes

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Apple Inc. is the world’s most profitable and admired company. It’s also the world’s biggest tax dodger. Reported the Wall Street Journal of a U.S. Senate grilling of CEO Tim Cook, “The Senate panel, in a report released Monday, said that Apple used technicalities in Irish and U.S. law to pay little or no corporate […]

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Is there Any Hope for CA Republicans?

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Last week I riffed on a column by Tony Quinn on Republicans, immigration and California, “Are Republicans Finally Learning to Count?” In turn, Quinn has responded to me: “He argues that even if they do so Latinos will not vote for them, and to support immigration ‘amnesty’ will rile up the Republican base. “He may […]

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Iowa Might Not be so Attractive for CA Businesses

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Long Beach still sometimes is called “Iowa Beach” because so many people from that state migrated West from the snow and the corn fields to the beach and the sun. Now, they could be going the other way: “DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he’s heading to California in an effort to get […]

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Why GOP can’t ‘Count’ on Immigration

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Tony Quinn gets things partly right when he writes in a Fox & Hounds article, “Are Republicans Finally Learning to Count?“: “But now some Republicans at last want to face that reality and make some changes.  I call them the Republicans Who Can Count. “The Republicans Who Can’t Count were on full display in 2012. Presidential […]

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Stockton Police Chief Rips Off $204K Pension

John Seiler
John Seiler, an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

Crossposted on CalWatchDog Highway robbery was supposed to be illegal in California. But after just eight months on the job, Stockton Police Chief Tom Morris grabbed a $204,000 pension. No wonder state pension funds now require hefty infusions of cash from taxpayers — and soon will go broke. Bloomberg writes that Morris was: “the third […]

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