We came to London for a respite from the lunacy of American politics, only to have underscored how like the U.S. model British politics have become. And I’m not talking parliamentary sex scandals here! Observing media coverage of the annual Labour Party Conference revealed a party torn by ideology and a campaign process that relies […]
Crossposted on Prop Zero Editor’s Note: In the 1990s, I served with Carmen Warschaw on the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Budget Task Force working to improve the County’s financial condition. Despite political differences, we worked well together toward that goal. Long before “feminism” became a potent political movement in the U.S., Carmen Warschaw cracked […]
Crossposted on Prop Zero During the GOP national convention, actor Jon Voight was spotted meandering, virtually undisturbed, through the Media Center. Then L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, soon to preside over the Democratic National Convention, sidled in and was instantly surrounded by a swarm of reporters. In his role as a major Obama campaign surrogate and […]
Crossposted on Prop Zero If politics is a matter of luck and timing, a look back at Proposition 13 (also on his watch) might be instructive as Gov. Jerry Brown tries to save his proposed tax initiative. In terms of luck, Brown appears to have had a run of the bad kind lately, just as […]
Cross-posted at Prop Zero Prospects for resolving California’s budget mess rest squarely on Governor Jerry Brown’s relationship with the state’s voters. He’s got to personally convince a public skeptical of government and loath to trust politicians to approve new taxes to help fill a cavernous budget hole. Californians have got to feel comfortable with his […]
Crossposted at Prop Zero California has gone from having a Master Plan for Higher Education to having no plan for higher education. In 1959, the Legislature mandated the preparation of “a Master Plan for the development, expansion, and integration of the facilities, curriculum, and standards of higher education, in junior colleges [now Community Colleges], state […]
Crossposted on Prop Zero Ah, New Year’s! Cue the flood of media retrospectives on the year that was. This isn’t one of them. Californians know where we’ve been. Let’s focus, instead, on the Future. Specifically, here are ten things Californians should watch for in 2012: 1. A raft of “tax reform” initiatives on November’s ballot: […]
(Editor’s Note: Tim Hodson was a contributor to Fox and Hounds Daily. We endorse everything in Sherry’s column about Tim and also wish to pass on our heart felt condolences) Crossposted at Prop Zero As if we needed another reminder that the era of deliberation and civility in California politics and government is over, on […]
Co-authored by Douglas Jeffe. Originally published at Politico.
you analyze the dysfunctional politics in Washington and Sacramento you can
clearly see that a real problem is that there just aren’t enough Republicans –
moderate Republicans. As with most trends – good and bad – you can point to
California as the place where the demise of moderate GOP lawmakers took root.
difference does it make? Plenty.
dominant strain of Republicanism views government as the enemy, something to be
shrunk and defeated, not to be fixed. Democrats, with their dependence on the
political largesse of public-employee unions, are constrained by the status quo
and lack the bipartisan partners necessary to pursue constructive improvements
in the way services are delivered and to tackle the economic realities.
has no place to go to push for a positive agenda. In Washington, as well as in
Sacramento and other state capitals across the country, hyper partisanship reigns
and gridlock persists.
Somebody should take California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger aside and remind him that you never bite the hand that
feeds you – even if you’re still hungry after being fed.
Faced with a $20 billion-plus budget deficit, a
record-low approval rating and no prospect of garnering the two-thirds
legislative vote required to raise taxes, he released a draconian state budget earlier
this month and blamed everyone but himself for the fiscal mess that made it
To help close the fiscal gap, Schwarzenegger is in
D.C. this week, along with state legislative leaders, with hat in hand to lobby
the California delegation for billions of dollars. But the welcome sign
probably won’t be hanging on the doors of the Washington lawmakers. This month
has been marked by rancor between the governor and the Democrat-dominated
delegation over what he claims Washington owes California.