Gov. Lorena Gonzalez?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Not many politicians have risen as fast as Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego. She just scored the 35th spot on Politco Magazine’s annual list of the Top 50 politicians in America, its “guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.” She’s listed as “The progressive ideas lab.” “If states are the […]

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U.S. Senate Race Should Focus on Cadiz Water Project

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Parched riverbeds. Browning grass. Higher prices. Water bonds Everybody knows about the drought that has plagued Southern California in recent years. Which is why the race for U.S. Senate from California needs to focus on an important project that could bring water to us while helping the environment. Specifically, candidates Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris […]

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Handy-Dandy Guide to California’s Crazy 17 Ballot Propositions, Part 2

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

This is part two of my review of the 17 propositions on the November ballot. Part 1, covering Propositions 51-58, is here. Proposition 59 would advise California’s members of Congress to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, which liberalized contributions to political campaigns by corporations, “to ensure that all citizens, […]

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Handy-Dandy Guide to California’s Crazy 17 Ballot Propositions, Part 1

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

With folks filling out absentee ballots, now’s a good time to tee up all the ballot propositions. This is Part 1. Voters are burdened with 17 propositions this year thanks to a 2011 law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that dumped all initiatives circulated by mere citizens on November ballots. Legislators, being our Platonic guardians, […]

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How to Make Enemies and Influence People With Newspapers

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Are newspapers kaput? Not quite yet. And they still will be influential in this November’s election, especially at the state and local levels. On Thursday, the New York Times ran an article, “Want to Own a Newspaper? A Vermont Contest Has Trouble Finding Takers.” No question about that. Newspapers today are about as valuable as […]

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Runaway Legislature Demands Return to Part-Time Operation

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

When the Legislature finally adjourned at the end of August, it again screamed the need for a return to part-time operations. The “reform” of the late 1960s that imposed a full-time gathering of busybodies in the Capitol was one of the state’s biggest mistakes. Misguided voters passed Proposition 1A in 1966, the same year they […]

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Terminating Farm Worker Jobs

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

We can’t predict whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign Assembly Bill 1066, which the Legislature just passed and which imposes stricter overtime rules on farm labor. But even if he vetoes it, a similar bill will be passed in 2019 and signed by the next governor. That’s all the incentive farm owners need to keep […]

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Will Anti-Gun Obsession Doom Gavin Newsom in 2018?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Lt. Gov. Newsom is known for three major policies: same-sex marriage, pot legalization and gun control. He has pushed them hard, the last two with initiatives for the Nov. 8 ballot. Proposition 63 would impose more gun control and Proposition 64 would legalize marijuana for recreational use. The policies will not help him in the […]

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Would Prop. 61 Really Cut Drug Prices?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

It passes strange that, after so many scandals, the Veterans Administration is a being held up as a model for prescription drug prices. But that’s just what Proposition 61 does. The Ballot Summary reads: “Prohibits state agencies from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at any price over the lowest price paid for […]

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How Do You Keep Them Down on the Farm with Excessively High Wages?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

One of the ironies of our time is that progressive laws often hurt those they’re supposed to help. Restrictions on housing construction, such as almost anything the California Coastal Commission does or SB 375 from 2008, raise prices, making it difficult, even impossible for poor people to find housing. I wrote several columns on that […]

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