California Scheming: Playing Games with the Taxman

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

Sacramento Democratic politicians are so concerned that taxpayers will have to pay more taxes to the federal government under the recently passed U.S. tax law that they have devised a scheme to help taxpayers avoid paying more federal taxes. Wait! Aren’t these the same Democratic leaders like Gov. Jerry Brown and state senate president Kevin […]

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Sign Here: ‘Tis Initiative Season

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

It is too early to know which initiatives will qualify for the November ballot; some measures have not even received their titles and summaries from the attorney general yet. But we know that money goes a long way in helping to qualify ballot measures using professional signature gatherers. It is conventional wisdom that money can […]

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Jerry Brown’s Last Budget—Again

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

Governor Jerry Brown and his Finance Department are putting finishing touches on his final budget to be presented soon. This is a second time that Brown has wrapped up two terms as Governor of California offering a final budget. While much has changed in California government, politics and demography since that “first” last budget in […]

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A Whole Budget, Not a Budget with a Hole

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

There will be an increased focus on the governor’s race as the year moves on but for all of 2018 Jerry Brown will be governor and he means to make his presence felt. Beyond the expected gubernatorial duties of presenting a budget and signing or vetoing bills, Brown is sure to use the governor’s bully […]

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Black Bart Award for 2017: Kevin de León

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

With so many issues and political personalities circling around California government and politics this year it was not easy tabbing a clear winner of our annual Black Bart Award as the Californian of the year in the political world. However, our writers considered two individuals more than once, yet only one was actually nominated for […]

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CA Treasury May Gain from Federal Tax Cut

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

The federal tax cut bill could enrich the California treasury initially. Yes, this is the bill that Jerry Brown called a monstrosity. Yes, this is the bill that the recent UC Berkeley IGS poll found California voters opposed by 51% to 30%. Yet, as Brown’s Department of Finance works to put together a budget for […]

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Black Bart Award Nominee: Kevin de León

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

It is tempting to nominate the We Said Enough movement confronting sexual harassment and the women behind the crusade as my Black Bart Award nominee for 2017. The undertaking has changed the culture in the state capitol and changed the politics as well leading to the resignation from office of two state assembly members and who […]

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F&H Daily’s Ninth Annual Black Bart Award Week

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

For the past eight 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. We name the final selection the winner of the Black Bart Award. There are no specific criteria to follow in making the selection. Each author will […]

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Who Else Might Jump into Big Statewide Races?

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

We pretty much know the fields in the big races in California next year for governor and the U.S. Senate—or do we? Speculation concerning surprise entries to the major races spark the interest of political junkies and political pros. Look at some of the names put out there. Willie Brown in his San Francisco Chronicle  […]

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Could Federal Tax Change Prompt a Move Against Prop 13? 

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

Supporters of a split roll property tax smell opportunity in the federal tax bill. They are polling to see if the split roll can be advanced as an answer to tax deductibility changes under the proposed law. The question of state and local tax deductions in the Republican tax bill is still being ironed out. […]

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