Businesses Turn to Courts to Fight Policy Changes

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

With the one-party dominance of the Democratic Party in California leading to more government controls on business, companies are turning to the courts for relief from legislative mandates. As new laws were set to kick in on January 1, a number of lawsuits were filed by businesses seeking protection from the new laws. Many of […]

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2020 will determine if California is an island

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

Three hundred years ago, a map of North America dedicated to John Lord Somers, Baron of Evesham, depicted California as an island, separated by water from the North American land mass. In a rhetorical sense, the state of California stands as an island today—politically and ideologically and in other ways—separated from more mainstream attitudes throughout […]

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Black Bart Award Winners for 2019: Lorena Gonzalez and Scott Wiener

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

Choosing the winner of Fox and Hounds Daily’s annual Black Bart Award for a leading figure in California politics is often a close call because the nominations cover a wide field. And, while many deserving candidates were mentioned in the columns this week by our nominators, two clearly stood out. Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and state […]

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Many Shining Stars for the Black Bart Award

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

As I look at the California political heavens in 2019, so many names and issues shine like stars as greatly influencing the politics of the day and setting foundation stones for our political future. As always with the annual Black Bart Award, I must add—for better or worse. Proud California has its record to boast—booming […]

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Black Bart Award for California Politics 2019

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

For the past ten years frequent contributors to this page Joe Mathews, John Wildermuth and I have nominated candidates for Californian of the Year in the world of politics. This year we will be joined by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, long time journalist for NBC in Los Angeles and former professor at USC’s Sol Price School […]

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Reasons Split Roll Survives, Other Tax Initiative Doesn’t. It Wasn’t About Schools

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

News that the California School Boards Association pulled back their tax increase initiative leaves only one high profile measure destined for the California November ballot that will, in part, fund schools. The proposal to split the property tax roll so that most commercial property pays more in taxes will be the focus of the school […]

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Garcetti Blinks at Worker Benefit Reform

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

It appears Los Angeles taxpayers will continue paying for their health care and someone else’s—that of city workers.  The Los Angeles Times reported right before the Thanksgiving holiday that, “Mayor Eric Garcetti has abandoned his long-stated goal of getting the city’s public employee unions to pay a portion of their healthcare costs.” Garcetti’s action—or non-action—could […]

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Court Decisions and Partisanship

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

As concern over courts being influenced by the country’s partisan divide fester, the California Supreme Court set an example of stepping around politics when it unanimously decided to quash California’s recent law to prohibit presidential candidates from appearing on statewide ballots without first producing their tax returns. Yet, it is the concern that court rulings […]

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Contradictory California and the Governor’s Approval Rating

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

Gavin Newsom’s approval rating as measured in the recent Public Policy Institute of California poll is mixed at best and just might reflect attitudes toward the contradictions that abound in California.  Likely voters barely approve of the job Newsom is doing by 48% to 45% while 7% did not express an opinion. With the poll’s margin […]

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The State Spending Limit is Dead

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

Once upon a time in California, voters decided that when state and local governments reaped big revenue windfalls strongly exceeding governments’ budgets, some of that excess should go back to hard working taxpayers. Voters passed a strong spending limit 40 years ago. Despite the Legislative Analyst’s Annual Fiscal Outlook Report that the state kitty should […]

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