Prop 48: Indian Gaming Compact Deserves Yes Vote

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

Voter turnout for this Tuesday’s election is projected to be lower than any general election in a generation. And it’s no wonder; we are in a blue state, so the statewide partisan races are largely inconsequential. And while six measures are on the ballot, none of them is a “wow” issue that would cause voter […]

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Beyond the Propaganda: How I’m Voting on California Propositions

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

California’s general election turnout is predicted to be dismal this year, with less than half of eligible voters likely to turn out. Two factors include a lack of competitive statewide races, and ballot measures that don’t inspire activism. Speaking of statewide ballot measures, voters will see six of them, and here’s my take, and how […]

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Swearengin to CA GOP: Unity for Me But Not for Thee

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

Last weekend at their state convention, the California GOP rolled out the red carpet for Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the GOP nominee for State Controller. The opening night’s main event was a dinner banquet profiling the “Women of the GOP” — and the plum keynote speech for that dinner was given to the charismatic Swearengin. […]

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Plastic Bag Ban–with Massive Tax Increase–Sits on Brown’s Desk

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

On January 9, at a press conference in the State Capitol introducing his FY 2014-15 budget, Governor Jerry Brown said, “There will be no new taxes for the foreseeable future.” Could it be that we have reached the unforeseen future with the delivery by the California legislature of Senate Bill 270, the “plastic bag ban,” […]

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Questioning Sen. President Steinberg’s Leadership

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Much has been written and will be written about the now-unsealed indictment of State Senator Leland Yee. Much has been written and will be […]

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The Wrong Way To Elect A Speaker

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

Yesterday San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins was formally elected to be Speaker of the Assembly.  She will assume her office later this year, succeeding current Speaker John Perez.  Ideologically there is hardly a lick of difference between these two liberal Democrats, though many have shared with me privately that Atkins style of doing business may […]

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The Case Of Rod Wright — The State Senate At The Crossroads

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

State Senator Rod Wright was convicted of eight felonies nearly a month ago. This coming Friday State Senator Rod Wright will be celebrating an anniversary of sorts — he will be celebrating the end of his first month serving in the California legislature while simultaneous being a convicted felon.  On January 28th Wright was found […]

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Huff’s Bill To End Public Transit Strikes Killed By Union-Controlled Senators

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

Public employee unions own Sacramento. To be more specific — public employee unions spent vast sums of money in political campaigns, almost exclusively for Democrats — and in doing so have succeeded in electing super-majorities in the State Senate and the State Assembly who will do their bidding.  Oh yes, they also are the biggest […]

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Co-Ed Bathroom Referendum Moves Closer to the Ballot

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

The group pushing the referendum to overturn California’s recently enacted law to open school showers, bathrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex took a huge step forward yesterday when it was announced that a random sample of signatures submitted showed they have collected enough valid signatures to advance to the next stage […]

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Calderon Scandal A Reminder About Absolute Power

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.”     – William Pitt, British Prime Minister, 1770 The alleged corrupt behavior of State Senator Ron Calderon has been at the center of California politics since the release by Al Jayzeera America last week of a sealed FBI agent’s affidavit detailing how Calderon […]

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