Final* Results: Betty Yee Takes Second Place In Nail-Biter Race For State Controller

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

All the votes have been counted, but the race for state controller isn’t final – yet. With the final votes from Lake County tallied, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has taken second place in the race for state controller, besting fellow Democrat Asm. John A. Perez by just 484 votes. “I want to thank […]

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Betty Yee or John Perez? Lake County Will Decide State Controller’s Race

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Betty Yee or John Perez? California’s too close to call race for state controller comes down to a few thousand uncounted votes in Lake County. With 83 percent of the state’s unprocessed ballots from the June 3rd primary, the Northern California county will decide which Democrat faces Republican Ashley Swearengin in the November run-off. As of Saturday morning at 3:00 a.m., Board of Equalization […]

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Fresno Spends $232,000 in Taxpayer Funds on Water Rate Lawsuits

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Nearly a quarter million dollars in taxpayer funds has been spent by the City of Fresno in its ongoing lawsuits to keep a water rate referendum off the ballot, a CalNewsroom.com investigation has revealed. As of May 6, the city has spent $232,254.28 to sue a group of taxpayers that are trying to overturn controversial water rate hikes approved by the city council last […]

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“Job Killer” Bill Would Allow Split Roll Parcel Tax

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Just days after Toyota announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Texas, the California Senate is poised to adopt a bill that would create a split-roll parcel tax system. Senate Bill 1021, introduced by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would allow school districts to impose different parcel tax rates on different types of property. That means […]

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California State Senate Deletes Website, Online Archives of 3 Disgraced Democrats

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Like a criminal wiping down a crime scene, the California State Senate has scrubbed its website and deleted the online archives of three Democratic state Senators that face criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public corruption. As of April 5 at 7:00 PM, the websites of Democratic Senators Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ron […]

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State Convention: Democrat Betty Yee Calls Out Hypocrisy Within Her Own Party

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Betty Yee, who has developed a reputation as an honest and effective numbers-cruncher at the state tax board, delivered a stinging critique of her party Sunday at its annual convention. She said California Democrats have become disconnected from the party’s core principles and allowed money to influence its values. “Democrats, we are just as guilty […]

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Wright, Despite a Perjury Conviction, Remains California’s Most Honest Politician

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Here’s a bit of irony: California’s most honest politician is the only one guilty of perjury. On Tuesday morning, a jury found State Senator Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, guilty of eight counts of felony voter fraud, perjury and filing a false declaration of candidacy. The jury of nine women and three men, which began deliberating last Friday, sided […]

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Goal of Online Tobacco Sales Ban: More State Tax Revenue

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

California may be considered a technology pioneer, but at least one state lawmaker wants to put the brakes on a growing segment of the online retail market. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has introduced a measure to ban online sales of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes. Dickinson says the bill, Assembly Bill 1500, […]

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Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Raises Water Rates, Then Sues Taxpayers

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Fresno residents could see their water rates double, and in the process, all Californians could see their petition powers diminished, if a state appellate court doesn’t act quickly on a lawsuit to stop strong-arm tactics by the city of Fresno. The protracted battle began last August, when the city of Fresno approved a controversial plan pushed by Mayor […]

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Bipartisan Effort Would Limit Federal Spying in California

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Federal agencies could find it harder to spy on Californians if a new bill proposed this legislative session becomes law. State Senators Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, introduced legislation on Monday that would ban state agencies, officials and corporations that provide services to the state from supporting or assisting the federal government […]

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