Gas Tax Poll Sends a Tremor Through the Political Landscape

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

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 and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

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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L.A. Hotbed for Governor’s Race

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

If you want to see a candidate for California governor go to Los Angeles. The leading Democrat in the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, will be in Los Angeles much of the summer, piling up speaking engagements. The only announced Republican in the race, John Cox, has dozens of speaking engagements on his calendar […]

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Jerry Brown as Bill Russell 

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

For Democratic legislators, the politics of the single payer health care plan is tricky. They have to satisfy the most activist members of their party who support the concept without putting forward a complex scheme that would break the state bank and jeopardize spending on other budget priorities. But legislators have a way to cover […]

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Small Business Day and Disgruntled Small Businesses

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

The annual Small Business Day event hits Sacramento today with elected officials recognizing small businesses from their districts. All small business people are not alike in attitude and reaction to government requirements but you can take the temperature of small business attitudes when owners of small businesses gather together. So it was when I dropped […]

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How Popular is the Governor with GOP Voters?

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

In this solid blue state Gov. Jerry Brown is often referred to the “adult in the room” and the check on a spendthrift Democratically controlled legislature. Does that make him appealing to Republicans? In the new Public Policy Institute of California poll, Brown gets a 24% approval rating from Republicans. Brown’s score may be considered fair […]

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Business and Trump’s Paris Climate Agreement Decision

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

The issue of how business will fare, respond or be affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement received much attention after Trump’s announcement yesterday. Responses to the move in California often highlighted the business issue in both supporting and opposing the president’ move. Trump argued that his […]

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Single-payer, Many Taxes

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

Working through all the numbers, complications and uncertainties of a single payer plan will take time—more time than the legislature has before making a final vote on the single-payer health care proposal in this legislative session. That means that Gov. Jerry Brown, not concerned with facing the avid single-payer supporters in his party in another […]

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Obscure State Fund Takes Center Stage…Again

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

An obscure state fund, the Pooled Money Investment Fund, has taken center stage in California’s political theater with a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to borrow from the fund to help pay down the state’s massive public employee health care and pension debt. This is not the first time that this fund found its way […]

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Prop 54 Supporters Prepared to Defend 72-hour rule in Court

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

The key provision of Proposition 54, a constitutional amendment voters passed by a two-to-one margin last November, is about to be tested in the legislature with ramifications that may present a roadblock for the state’s budget. Proposition 54 was designed to bring transparency to state lawmaking. The first item identified by the Attorney General’s Title […]

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