Midterm Election Voter Turnout Will Influence Type of Initiatives on Ballot

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California describes “missing voters” both in comparing California voter registration to other states and voter turnout problems in midterm elections. Awareness of voter drop off in midterm elections will affect what kinds of initiatives are likely to appear on the 2018 ballot. The study notes that […]

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The Health Care Issue in California and Beyond

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Good move, Mr. Speaker. The single payer health care measure incorporated in Senate Bill 562 was “woefully incomplete” as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon declared. Rendon’s move to bury the bill in the Assembly Rules Committee was driven by both policy and political concerns. The health care improvements cannot be fixed by one state alone, even […]

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Return of the “San Francisco Democrats”

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

While San Francisco Bay Area politicians dominated California politics over the past couple of decades as the state became more Democratic, the term “San Francisco Democrats” doesn’t play so well nationally. Those with long memories will recall the term “San Francisco Democrats” served as a pejorative attack against the party following the Democratic National Convention […]

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California Single Payer Health Care Rush

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Echoes of California’s fabled Gold Rush can be heard in the proposal for single payer health care—but instead of migrants taking gold nuggets out of the ground, a new Health Care Rush likely would see many people rushing to California to claim taxpayer funded health care. Much like Samuel Brannan, publisher of San Francisco’s first newspaper, […]

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In Governor’s Race, Left Turns Worry Business Community

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

In deep blue California, many Democratic gubernatorial candidates have their left turn blinker on constantly supporting policy moves in a progressive and risky direction. How does that sit with the state’s business community, which treasures certainty? While the business sector is not monolithic, there is a common concern expressed by all types of business leaders […]

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The Budget’s Done. What Now?

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The budget passed—no surprise—so what will the legislature focus on during the remaining session this year? First, a few factors to consider about 2018 that may frame what happens in the remainder of the 2017 legislative session. Next year is an election year, which rarely produces major policy changes as legislators are leery of defending […]

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On the Budget

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Medi-Cal providers justly get a pay boost (for now), Earned Income Tax Credit expansion hopefully will incentivize work, but taxpayer protections at the Board of Equalization and electoral fairness take a hit under the budget proposal the legislature will vote on today. Medi-Cal Medi-Cal health providers deserved a boost in pay so sending some tobacco […]

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Stacking the Deck on Elections

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

A  budget bill has been introduced that would lengthen the time to qualify recall elections. One might say this bill came out of the blue—blue California, that is. Changing election rules to benefit their positions is becoming a habit with Democrats in the legislature. The presumed object of the bill, SB 96, is to forestall […]

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Gas Tax Poll Sends a Tremor Through the Political Landscape

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

A tremor ran through the 2018 California elections with the release of the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll that shows widespread disdain for the recently passed gas tax and vehicle fees–even before collection of the tax begins in November. The gas tax issue could sway California elections from the governor’s race on down, especially […]

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Interpreting the Meaning of “Hope” at the Comey Hearing—Harris has her Say

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

A crucial question unresolved in yesterday’s dramatic testimony by former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee is this: Did President Trump direct Comey to drop the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn when he told Comey he hoped Comey could let the investigation go? California’s junior senator Kamala Harris clearly […]

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