Election Integrity and the Power of Unions

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

During the 2004 Presidential election there were allegations of voter fraud; the 2000 Presidential election was alleged to have been “stolen” by the Republicans. If you go further back in history, you can point to evidence the Democratic machine in Chicago manipulated election results to throw the 1960 Presidential election victory to Kennedy. A close […]

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For Nov. 8th: $32B in Local Borrowing, $2.9B in Local Tax Increases

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

New local taxes and new local borrowing are a regular phenomenon in California elections, but this year our government union controlled politicians have outdone themselves. Let’s compare: November 2014 – $11 billion in new borrowing proposed via 118 local bond measures, 81% passed. Of the 117 local proposals for new taxes, 68% passed. June 2016 – $6.2 billion […]

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California Supreme Court Strikes Down Vergara Appeal

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Here’s an axiom of California politics. When it’s the teachers union against everyone – that’s right, everyone else – the teachers union wins. Yesterday’s decision by the California Supreme Court to not hear the Vergara case is just the latest example. Prior to losing on appeal, which brought the case to the attention of the […]

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ACLU Joins Unions to Attack California Charter Schools

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

About 6.2 million students  attend California’s K-12 public schools. Of those, over 570,000 are enrolled in public charter schools. Most of these charter schools operate with a degree of management autonomy and teacher accountability that goes well beyond what is permitted by the union work rules that govern traditional public schools. These charter schools themselves are accountable […]

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Populist Unity Can Overcome the Establishment’s Supermajority

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Back in 2012 we published an article entitled “The Forgotten 33%,” which included a graphic entitled “American Voter Breakdown 2012.” It depicted the U.S. electorate as comprised of 46% who pay zero net taxes, 20% who work for the government and are net tax consumers, the 1% “super rich,” and the “forgotten 33%,” who work in […]

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The Alternative to Crony Capitalism and Phony Shortages      

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

The modern history of the Silicon Valley arguably began in 1957, when eight young PhD graduates left Shockley Semiconductor Laboratories to launch the first high-volume chip manufacturer, Fairchild Semiconductor. Fairchild and its spinoffs, including Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), were the early participants in what became the most fervid ecosystem of fiercely competitive innovators the […]

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$6.2 Billion in New Borrowing on June 7th Primary Ballot

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

They are overshadowed by one of the most tumultuous Presidential primary campaigns in decades, but California’s June 7th primary ballot has local tax and bond proposals in numbers that, in aggregate, ought to be generating vigorous public debate. Next week voters will be asked to approve 46 local bond measures totaling $6.18 billion in new debt, along […]

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California’s Economically Illiterate Legislature

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

California’s minimum wage is set to rise to $15/hour over the next six years. While this topic has been beat to death, it is seldom pointed out that the inflation-adjusted minimum wage, based on 78 years of precedent, at most should only be around $10 per hour. A recent UnionWatch post “Raise the Minimum Wage, or […]

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The Challenges Facing Conservatives Who Support Public Safety

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Everyone supports public safety, but conservatives are a special case. In modern times, it was conservatives, reacting against the rebellious sixties and the lawless seventies, who supported law enforcement when it was fashionable for liberals to see them as pawns of a discredited establishment. It was also during the 1960’s and ’70’s that we saw public […]

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The Unsustainability Lobby

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

“The creation of the mortgage bond market, a decade earlier, had extended Wall Street into a place it had never before been: the debts of ordinary Americans.”–  Jared Vennett (played by Ryan Gosling), The Big Short (2015) Along with another superbly authentic movie “Margin Call” (2011), “The Big Short” provides a vivid look into the rigged, Darwinian, […]

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