Despite Concerns, Initiative Process is Here to Stay

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

For its October poll, the Public Policy Institute of California tested support for California’s initiative process. In a series of four questions the pollsters asked voters if they were satisfied with the initiative process, if the process was controlled by special interests, if there are too many propositions on the ballot, and if initiative wording […]

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What New Polling Tells Us About Propositions 15 & 16

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

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) tested two ballot propositions in its October poll and while things can certainly change as the election campaigns head into the home stretch the poll results have something to say about the campaigns and the issues they represent. In a couple of words, on Prop 15: a difficult […]

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Ballot Integrity Questions Could Upset Typical Vote Patterns

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

Fire in official ballot drop boxes, unofficial ballot drop boxes set up to harvest ballots, the attorney general demanding the names of voters using the unofficial drop boxes, questionable ballots mailed in California, warnings of violence erupting around the election, and the COVID-19 crisis have all made the process of counting this year’s vote the […]

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Consider Another Option to the Prop. 24 Debate

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

Proposition 24 is tough stuff—tough to get through and understand that is. The measure runs 52-pages. The politics are a bit confusing, too. While proponents argue that Proposition 24 will strengthen California’s current privacy law, some privacy advocates say it’s not strong enough and that’s why they want it defeated. But it has always seemed […]

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San Francisco’s Not So Universal Basic Income for Artists

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

San Francisco proposes to pay artists $1,000 a month as part of the movement for a Universal Basic Income, this while the city sees many markers of decline due to the coronavirus, a hole in the city budget and multiple tax increases facing city voters on the coming ballot.  While an unbalanced Universal Basic Income […]

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A Tale of Two Supreme Court Nominations

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

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going through a high-profile confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, accompanied by partisan fireworks. Across the country in California, much more quietly, newly nominated California Supreme Court justice Martin Jenkins is going through the California confirmation procedure minus partisan bickering. Which confirmation […]

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Consequences from the Ballot Harvesting Law

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

Those unofficial “official” ballot boxes that have popped up in a few counties are an outgrowth of the legislative edict to allow for ballot harvesting, a practice fraught with potential mischief or abuse.   The boxes marked “official” and set up by state and county Republican organizations may violate state law. The Republicans argue it is […]

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The Happiest Place on Earth is Turning Grumpy—With Good Reason

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

Disneyland, if personified as a member of the seven dwarfs, has thought of itself as Happy, (The Happiest Place on Earth), but lately it’s been more like another of the seven dwarfs, Grumpy, for reasons tied to the pandemic and California government’s response.  With California restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus so tight that […]

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Yeah for Yee

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

It’s tough during times of the typical contentious political give and take for a recognizable member of a political party to make a stand that faithful party members think adverse to the party’s interest. It’s even more difficult in these polarizing times. Yet, State Controller Betty Yee, a Democrat, told fellow Democrat Secretary of State […]

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Will Voters Jump on the Politicians’ Diversity Bandwagon?

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

This coming election will indicate whether the governor and California legislature are way out in front of the electorate on a high-profile issue of the moment—diversity in the form of affirmative action.  Recently, Governor Newsom signed AB 979 that requires businesses with corporate headquarters in the state to have board members of underrepresented communities defined […]

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