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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Brown’s Vetoes. Would Newsom Do the Same?

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

Here’s a measuring stick to gauge a new governor: Would Gavin Newsom or John Cox veto the measures that Jerry Brown is vetoing in his last year on the job? Let’s consider just a few examples and focus on Gavin Newsom since the recent PPIC poll has him with a solid 11-point lead over Cox.

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Devil in the Details on Hot Ballot Measures Poll Finds

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

As is often heard around the capitol, the devil is in the details when it comes to laws that are written to carry out what appear to be acceptable concepts. That seems to be the case with two controversial ballot propositions according to the latest Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll. When asked simple, […]

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The Ox-Bow Incident, Sacramento Style

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

I recently watched the 1940s movie The Ox-Bow Incident based on a novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. The story is about a rush to judgment in the Old West. It came to mind when I read the headline in the Sacramento Bee about the #MeToo Rally in that city: ‘Known abuser’ Kavanaugh cannot be […]

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