Any CA March Primary Consequences for the President?

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill moving California’s presidential primary to early March 2020 and all the focus has been on what that means for Democratic candidates, Californians who might run for president, and setting the Democratic agenda for the entire campaign. But it is possible that the move to March might have an influence […]

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Sanctuary State Symbolism

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


With Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on SB 54, California now calls itself a sanctuary state. There is strong symbolism in the move, although California governments’ actions relative to individuals in the country illegally will change little in many parts of the state. Brown’s demand that some 700 additional crimes be added to the list that […]

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A Civic Lesson from SF on the Two-Thirds Vote for Taxes

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Since Proposition 13 established a requirement for a two-thirds vote by the people for special taxes—that is, taxes earmarked for a special purpose–opponents of the idea have been critical. The major argument they make is that it is better to allow a majority vote because there is transparency in knowing how the tax money is […]

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Change Brown’s Policies? Which Ones?

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Last week’s Public Policy Institute of California poll contained a curious question that needed some in-depth follow-up to give us context. Since the follow-up did not occur, it left a reader of the poll to do some guessing. The question: “Would you rather see the next California governor elected in November 2018 generally continue Jerry […]

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State & Local Tax Deduction Debate: An Old Story; a New Political Twist

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


The debate over the effects of state and local tax write-off from federal taxes in California is not new. Forty years ago, it was part of the historic battle over the iconic tax reduction measure Proposition 13. Forces opposed to Proposition 13 argued that lowering property taxes meant smaller deductions for California taxpayers on federal […]

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KCET Fills Public Affairs Programming Gap in LA

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Not enough local and state affairs find its way on television but Los Angeles’ independent public television station, KCET, works to fill the gap. Debuting this month on KCET will be two shows dedicated to local life in LA—the award winning SOCAL CONNECTED returns along with a new series, TOWN HALL. While SOCAL CONNECTED is […]

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A Tax By Any Other Name

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


A Sacramento judge’s re-writing of the gas tax initiative title and summary will have implications on a title and summary for a second initiative on the same subject–and then the battle begins whether one or both measures make the ballot. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley is probably a fan of the writing style of […]

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Go-It-Alone CA Healthcare Plan Won’t Fly

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Go-it-alone California has staged daily dramas of opposing the new president and even talking about separating from the union. But the issue that will test whether California can indeed stand on its own is healthcare. The demand from the left grows that California go single payer. Even leading gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is on board. […]

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The Title & Summary Ballot Test

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


There seems only one way to remove from the attorney general the power of writing ballot measure titles and summaries–through an initiative. The obvious problem—the attorney general gets to write the title and summary for such an initiative. You can imagine the result. Back in July, I wrote that new California Attorney General Xavier Becerra would […]

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Tax Reform in Washington has CA Implications

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


The next great Washington debate will be over tax reform and accomplishing tax cuts will have major and positive implications for California businesses and jobs. If done right, tax reform is really a jobs bill. Cutting taxes for large and small businesses to 15 percent, as President Donald Trump wants to do, puts more resources […]

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