“Inclusive Capitalism” and Policy Slogans

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

As Democrats struggle over the direction of their party, Gov. Gavin Newsom may have highlighted a slogan that can bridge not only intra-party differences but also find acceptance in a broader populist context. In response to a question about Democrats who support a democratic-socialist approach to policy, Newsom expressed support for “inclusive capitalism.” Newsom doesn’t […]

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Death Penalty Politics

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s anti-death penalty position will not only intensify the politics of district attorney campaigns but may one-day reach as high as California Supreme Court retention elections. Newsom is leaning toward prohibiting new death sentences in local murder cases. Add death penalty prohibition to issues left-leaning groups are highlighting in efforts to get progressive […]

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The Return of the Phrase: “San Francisco Democrats”?

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

Will the phrase “San Francisco Democrats” be revived nationally in the 2020 presidential contest? Opponents of Kamala Harris very well could test that idea. As in 1984 when the phrase was first coined, it would be an attempt to exploit the divide in the Democratic Party.

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Your One-Party Government at Work

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

Here’s what one-party government looks like in California: the voters make decisions at the ballot box and the majority party elected officials shrug and move forward to overturn those decisions not fearing a rebuke when up for re-election. We’ve seen such moves twice in the last week initially on the death penalty then on rent […]

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LA School Strike Settlement Threatens Businesses

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

Looking for increased revenues to pay for the Los Angeles school strike settlement, the plan apparently is to largely target business. This will add to the perception that Los Angeles and California are not business friendly. Two types of property taxes are aimed at raising school revenue, one weighted toward business, the second aimed exclusively […]

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Timing for an Abolish-the-Death-Penalty Measure

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

In the wake of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s action to issue a moratorium on the death penalty, Assemblyman Marc Levine filed a constitutional amendment, ACA 12, to abolish the death penalty. Given the backlash against Newsom’s action there is no guarantee that the Democrats, despite their supermajorities in both houses, would garner the necessary two-thirds vote […]

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Halting a Bad Precedent

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for withholding state funds—in this instance transportation money– from cities for not meeting their housing goals was wrong from the beginning. Newsom has now pulled back on that dictate opting for a carrot rather than a stick solution, at least temporarily.  But it would be a terrible precedent, one that has […]

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A Government of Newsom, by Newsom

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a law approved by the people. He will sign an executive order putting a moratorium on the death penalty while he is governor despite voters expressing support for the death penalty in passing Proposition 66 in 2016 while a second initiative on that ballot to abolish the death penalty was […]

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Trust Busting the Silicon Valley

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

I could direct this column at Silicon Valley with an “I told you so.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Friday proposal to break up big tech companies bears out my warning on this site from last September that tech companies’ actions are setting the stage for a return to Teddy Roosevelt type trust-busting. In her post explaining […]

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Where’s Gavin?

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

The title of this piece is not meant to disclose the whereabouts of Gov. Gavin Newsom or where he might pop up without telling the press as he has a want to do; neither is it asking where the governor stands on any particular issue, there is plenty of time to use the “Where’s Gavin” […]

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