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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Shrine To Big Government In Place In State Capitol

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

There were a number of low-points from my perspective during the tenure of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  But none was worse for California taxpayers, or for the California Republican Party, than the budget deal of 2009.  At the heart of this particular budget deal was a two-year massive increase in taxes on income, sales and cars […]

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SB 594 Is an Easy Bill to Support – Keep “De Facto” Public Funds out of Campaigns

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

When legislators reconvened from their summer recess, I penned a column in which I advised Republicans to be unified and vigilant in opposing efforts by Democrats in the final days of session to expand the size and scope of state government.  I also said to keep an eye out for those issues that divide Democrats, […]

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Senator Feinstein Is Misguided In Her Attempt To Narrowly Define A Journalist

Jon Fleischman
Publisher of the FlashReport

The United States Senate is currently considering the Federal Free Flow of Information Act.  This would be a “shield law” that would protect the ability of journalists to keep their sources confidential.  Right now 49 states and the District of Columbia have shield laws in place, but the federal government does not.  This is a […]

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