Not Another Water Bond?

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

It feels every election Californians are voting on another water bond—and passing them. This November Proposition 3 is on the ballot, placed there through the initiative process. The state has plenty of unspent water related bonds. Shouldn’t we use the billions authorized for past water bonds yet expended before adding more billions to the state […]

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The “Undo” Election is Coming

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

The 2020 election is shaping up as the “undo” election with proposed ballot measures hoping to undo high profile and often controversial past measures approved by voters: Proposition 13 and the high-speed rail. Already qualified for the 2020 ballot is the split roll property tax establishing separate taxing requirements for business and residential property. The […]

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The Incivility Vote

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

There have been rumblings of late in certain political circles that enough voters, reacting negatively to the loud, constant protests on the left, will create a backlash to help save some of California’s endangered Republican congressional seats. Similar scenarios have played out in California before. Granted it is a different California today. But a half-century […]

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CA Next to Last in Business Tax Climate Report

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

The Tax Foundation has surveyed all 50 states on tax climate that businesses face and once again placed California near the bottom of the list. The Golden State ranked 49th, dropping one spot from the previous year’s ranking. Only New Jersey had a sorrier tax climate than California, according to the Tax Foundation analysis. Why […]

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Proposition 13 is “On the Table.” What Does That Mean?

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

In the gubernatorial debate when asked if Proposition 13 was “on the table,” Gavin Newsom responded, “Everything is on the table.” So Newsom’s going after Proposition 13? Maybe, but I think he plans to take on the state’s tax structure a bit differently. Perhaps its my background, but if I were John Cox I’d devote […]

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New, Long Term Ballot Initiative Strategy

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

The proponents of two propositions on the November ballot— yet to be voted on —have already filed follow up initiatives for the 2020 election. Authors of Proposition 5 to extend property tax benefits to seniors, the disabled, and to open the housing market and Proposition 6, the gas tax repeal, have authored new measures to […]

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What if They Gave a Debate and No One Listened? Here’s a Suggested Fix

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

By the time you read this, the only scheduled debate between California’s gubernatorial candidates may be over. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. taking place at Bay Area radio station KQED and broadcast by a few other radio stations. Don’t worry, you are hardly the only California voter who won’t hear the conversation between Democrat […]

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Can Newspaper Endorsements Help Elect a Statewide Candidate?

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

Running as a No Party Preference or independent candidate for his old job as state Insurance Commissioner, Steve Poizner racked up newspaper endorsements at an impressive clip. In a news release Poizner noted he was 19 for 19 in newspaper editorial endorsements. Then he added even more newspaper endorsements so that a political aide could […]

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The Gas Tax Repeal is in Trouble, But….

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

The most recent Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Proposition 6 has fallen behind with likely voters 52% no to 39% yes. On top of that, the $30 million campaign set to defeat the measure is kicking off. This is one measure that has the unusual coalition of big business and big labor on […]

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Kavanaugh Hearing Shines Brighter Light on CA Senate Contest

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

In any normal election cycle, the state’s race for governor would be in the spotlight for California’s voters and media. But, this is not a traditional political era we are living through, and the dramatic, emotional hearings over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has made California’s senators the center of the […]

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