Judge Highlights a Business Concern in Trial Dealing with Sanctuary State

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The judge hearing the federal challenge against California immigrant protection laws put his finger on a problem resulting from one of those laws: “The statute really puts the employer between a rock and a hard place,” the judge said. While greater attention at the Sacramento trial focused on California’s sanctuary state law, the dilemma faced […]

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Other Initiatives Lose Spotlight in Glare of 3 States Proposal

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the Cal 3 States initiative qualifying for the November election is that it will take the spotlight away from important policy measures that will appear along side it on the ballot. Potentially, there could be a slew of measures that would have substantial impact on California policy and governance: […]

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An Old Tale: Help is Coming for Public Unions from Legislative Majority

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Spooked by the imminent prospect of losing mandatory dues from bargaining unit employees, widely anticipated in the soon-to-be announced Janus case, California government employee unions have hauled out some of their most ambitious countermeasures to date and are rushing them through the legislature. SB 866 would cement union control over access to individual employee decisions on whether to continue paying union dues, should […]

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The Good Old Days of the Big 5 Budgets?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The state budget passed on time but does anyone long for the good old days of the dragged out budget debates? Remember the deal making to get some Republicans to join majority Democrats to reach the required two-thirds vote? OK, you don’t miss those days because no one enjoyed those drawn-out affairs with IOUs issued […]

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Can John Cox Win? There Have Been GOP Surprises in Blue States

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Can John Cox win the California gubernatorial race? A long shot to be sure, but looking at the overwhelming registration advantage Democrat Gavin Newsom has over Republican Cox doesn’t mean numbers are destiny. Ask the governors of Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. In three of the more liberal states in the union, with registration advantage for […]

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LA County BizFed Poll Shows Change in Business Concerns

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The Los Angeles County Business Federation’s (BizFed) tenth consecutive yearly poll of its members shows that business concerns and priorities can change over a decade. Ten years ago, in the heart of the Great Recession, access to capital, state and local budget concerns and workers compensation were listed as the top three business fears. Today, […]

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Justice Reform Movement’s Self-Inflicted Wound

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The progressive movement for criminal justice reform was wounded in the California primary and one of those wounds was self-inflicted. Major efforts by liberal groups to back District Attorney candidates who generally supported an overhaul of the bail system, reduced incarcerations, and tougher stands against police misconduct mostly faltered. At the same time, the recall […]

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After 40 Years, Proposition 13 Still Protects California Taxpayers

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The Proposition 13 tax revolt was more than an uprising against out-of-control property taxes. Passed by voters 40 years ago Wednesday, Proposition 13 survives in deep-blue California because it stands as a strong symbol not only about controlling taxation but also about voters’ power to command the government. After 40 years, the measure still has overwhelming […]

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Quick Hits on the Election: Power of Gas Tax Opposition; Trend Detector in Insurance Comm. Race? And More

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Republican John Cox grabbed the second spot in the governor’s race and you can anticipate the three major planks of his platform for November will be the gas tax, the gas tax, the gas tax. That is one issue that separates him from front runner Gavin Newsom. Voters indicated they could be on Cox’s side. […]

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Two Recalls

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

One recall vote today concerns a judge handing down a lenient sentence in a sexual assault case. The other recall is against a state senator for voting for a gas tax increase. Despite the differences in the offices and the charges made against the incumbents, the defense of each man is pretty much the same: […]

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