Sexual Misconduct ‘Secret Settlements’ Will Roil California, D.C. in 2018

No doubt there are many on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and in state capitals across the nation that are somehow hoping that the distraction of Christmas and New Year’s Day will somehow change the channel on the intense scrutiny of sexual harassment (or worse) committed by politicians of both political parties. That’s not going […]

Bannon Speech Surprises, Delights Typically Moderate California Republican Party

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon’s address at the California Republican Party convention on Friday in Anaheim was remarkable – not just for its content, but for the reaction it elicited from the audience. “Steve Bannon’s speech was the one that really fired up this convention,” said State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine).  “It’s easy as a California […]

CA GOP Has Fared Poorly in ‘Jungle Primary’ Era

Over the past few weeks, leading into the California Republican Party’s convention in Orange County this weekend, there have been mailings supporting the argument that the “top two” or “jungle primary” system created by Proposition 14 in 2010 is a good idea. It is not a good idea – at least not for conservatives. In fact, as […]

Ballot Measure Offers Little Control on Cap-and-Trade Spending

California voters enshrine climate change in the state’s constitution—thanks to a phony ballot initiative being promoted by weak Republican Party leaders as a brake on cap-and-trade spending. If you search the terms “carbon emissions,” or “greenhouse gas,” or “global warming” in the voluminous text of the California State Constitution, you will come up empty. While […]

GOP Field For California Governor Grows, And Chance Of All-Democrat Runoff

Last week Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) announced his candidacy for Governor of California. Allen, a firebrand conservative, will no doubt be popular with grassroots conservative activists around the state. The irony is that Allen’s candidacy may end up being a reason why California voters may be choosing between two Democrats on their general election […]

CA Public Employee Unions Push Bill to Block Public From Negotiations

Democrats advanced legislation supported by public employee unions this week that would block the public from seeing collective bargaining negotiations between labor and government until they are complete. Assembly Bill 1455, introduced by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), passed the State Assembly Judiciary Committee on a party line 8-3 vote. According to the floor analysis, AB 1455  “[e]xempts from […]

Can Jerry Brown Rally Dems In Legislature For  $54 Billion In New Taxes?

California Governor Jerry Brown is on the eve of a self-appointed April 6 deadline to push what he has titled the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which seeks to impose new gasoline taxes and car registration fees to bring in an estimated $52.4 billion in increased tax revenues over the next decade alone. […]

Will California Become a Sanctuary State?

State Senate President Kevin De León, who recently made headlines by announcing that he has relatives in California who are here in violation of U.S. immigration laws, is pushing legislation to make California a “Sanctuary State” – i.e. prohibiting state law enforcement agencies in California from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. De León is pressing the […]

U.S. Government vs. California – Let The Battle Begin!

On Tuesday, former Attorney General Eric Holder, one of President Barack Obama’s longest serving Cabinet members, paid a visit to one of his newest clients: the California State Legislature. Holder, who returned back to private practice as a partner with the law firm of Convington and Burling in the fall of 2015,  was hired by the California legislature […]

The 7 Ugliest Propositions On The California Ballot

There are 17 propositions on the California ballot next month.  They range from good, to bad, to downright ugly. Below is a quick summary of the seven ugliest of the bunch – those easily deserving your “no” vote. Prop. 55 & Prop. 56 – Because we need taxes in California to be the highest in the nation, […]