Court Action Puts Focus on FPPC Recall Funding Decision

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

The Fair Political Practices Commission decision on Thursday about whether elected officials can exceed limits to help in a recall campaign became more urgent for Sen. Josh Newman when a Court of Appeal froze the new law that would have delayed the recall. The lawsuit brought by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association challenged recent changes […]

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Scramble of State Politics Leaves Business in the Middle

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

As state politics is scrambled from the left and the right, it is appropriate to wonder where the big business community comes down when donating to candidates in the next statewide election. There is a revolt in both parties. Republican activists want the Assembly leader, Chad Mayes, to give up his leadership post—indeed some want […]

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Panel: Two-party system in trouble

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

In a Zocalo Public Square session in Los Angeles that was supposed to examine the strength and weaknesses of the Republican Party it was the two party system that got an examination. And the diagnosis was not hopeful. Republican consultant Mike Madrid of Grassroots Lab said a transformation was coming to America’s political system and […]

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Is a Blacklist Back?

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

Is a blacklist back in fashion in the town that made term “blacklist” famous? One gets that feeling when the Los Angeles City Council voted this week to draft a law that will ask contractors to disclose if they have been hired to work on the wall between the U.S. and Mexico. What could be […]

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Surfing to the Governor’s Chair on an Initiative

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

To use an analogy that surfer (and assemblyman) Travis Allen might appreciate, can the ballot measure he champions to repeal the gas tax be the surfboard he needs to carve over the choppy waves of a governor’s race and get him safely to shore. The Huntington Beach Republican is putting his hopes on the gas […]

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Sanctuary and Consistency

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

Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants changes to the sanctuary state law working its way through the legislature. While conjecture is that he wants to make sure that criminal immigrants don’t get protection under the law, there may also be a sense of gaining consistency in the state’s viewpoint of the on-going rhetorical battle with […]

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Reminiscence: Arnold Announces for Governor

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

In yesterday’s Politico California Playbook, Carla Marinucci remembered the day 14 years ago that Arnold Schwarzenegger caught the world by surprise in announcing for governor in the 2003 recall. Carla linked to the article she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle at the time about what happened that night on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” The story brought […]

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Minority-Owned Businesses Thrive in California….But

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

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, California is leading all states in minority-owned and women-owned employer firms—and by a good margin. When it comes to numbers, California is expected to run up big scores because it is the most populous state. But, the mix of minorities in the state who take on […]

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Car Wars

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

Government efforts to upend California’s car culture often face stiff opposition from the public. Look no farther than the battle in the state’s big cities over road lane reductions or even banning cars from vital arteries. In Los Angeles, city officials are adding bike lanes and reducing the number of car lanes in an effort […]

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Is Antonio Adopting the Old GOP Fishhook Strategy?

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

For those who remember the Republican “fish hook” strategy for winning statewide races three and four decades ago you can see a similarity to Antonio Villaraigoisa’s potential roadmap to capture the governorship: string together a strong showing through Central Valley counties and hook up through San Diego and Orange Counties to his home county of […]

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