Sacramento Loses Its Finest Legislator

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

On November 13, ten days after the election, and facing final counts that made any chance of victory impossible, California State Senator John Moorlach (R-37) conceded defeat to his challenger, Democrat David Min. Reached for comment, Moorlach said “we worked hard on fundraising, the ground game, the phone calls; we worked hard, and we had […]

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California Voters Approve Billions in Local Taxes and Borrowing

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

in March 2020, for the first time in a generation, Californian’s did not approve the overwhelming majority of new tax and bond proposals that were put before them. Out of 125 proposed local bonds, only 31 percent passed; out of 111 proposed local tax increases, only 41 percent passed. Early returns from the November 2020 […]

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How to Save California’s Forests

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

For about twenty million years, California’s forests endured countless droughts, some lasting over a century. Natural fires, started by lightening and very frequent in the Sierras, were essential to keep forest ecosystems healthy. In Yosemite, for example, meadows used to cover most of the valley floor, because while forests constantly encroached, fires would periodically wipe […]

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Saving California Will Save America

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

As proven by the torrent of executive orders issued by King Newsom during this COVID-19 pandemic, during a public emergency, constitutional rights and due process go out the window. In the coming years, with California’s one-party state leading the way, expect climate emergencies, systemic racism emergencies, and new health related emergencies to shred what is […]

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How to Realign California Politics

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

The working class, which still constitutes a supermajority of California’s voters, is being destroyed by the policies enacted by the Democratic party. This is why political realignment in California can happen fast. In three fundamental areas, public education, land use, and energy infrastructure, California’s current policies are destroying lives, livelihoods, and land. And in all […]

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Why Can’t Sacramento’s Financial Reporting Match Private Sector Standards?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

If you want current financial information on California’s state government, you won’t find it. The most recent consolidated annual financial report for California’s state agencies is for the fiscal year ended 6/30/2018. That’s over two years, or nine quarters ago. To put this in perspective, America’s publicly traded multinational corporations, with operations spread all over […]

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Homeless Anarchy in Los Angeles

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

Anyone thinking about blaming the police for the anarchy that grips America’s liberal cities is not paying attention. The police know how to do their jobs, but the politicians, elected by progressive liberals, do not let them. And often enough, even when there are laws left on the books that might permit prosecution, activist prosecutors, […]

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Prop. 15 Empowers Big Business, Destroys Small Business

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

California’s state and local governments, and the public sector unions that exercise nearly absolute control over the politicians who supposedly oversee them, have always had an insatiable desire for higher taxes. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more urgency to their insatiable quest for more money from taxpayers, but through the […]

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Environmentalists Destroyed California’s Forests

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

Millions of acres of California forest have been blackened by wildfires this summer, leading to the usual angry denunciations from the usual quarters about climate change. But in 1999, the Associated Press reported that forestry experts had long agreed that “clearing undergrowth would save trees,” and that “years of aggressive firefighting have allowed brush to […]

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‘Public Information’ to Promote New Taxes, Paid for by Taxpayers

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

Did you know your taxes are being used to advocate for more taxes? Well, not exactly. It’s against the law for public agencies to engage in “advocacy.” The people running these agencies who want to raise your taxes may only spend public funds in order to “communicate” with you about their proposals. And so they […]

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