The Shifting Adam Schiff and the Battle to “Defund or Defend” the Police

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

Congressman Adam Schiff announced over the weekend that he is pulling his endorsement from Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey in her re-election bid. Schiff joins Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti, another early Lacey endorser, who intimated in an interview that, “it may be time” for a change in leadership in the D.A.’s office.  […]

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On historical figures and statues, where do we draw the line?

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

Christopher Columbus’ statue is leaving the state capitol. John Sutter’s statue, on whose land the Gold Rush began, has disappeared from Sacramento hospital grounds. Fort Bragg might lose its name. All this is being done in the name of not glorifying undesirable aspects of American history. The appropriate question to ask is where do we […]

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Return to the “Thrilling” Days of Budget Delays

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

Remember more than a decade ago when the state budget was finalized often in August or September, well past the end of the June deadline? Well, as the announcer on the old radio and television show, The Lone Ranger, proclaimed, “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” While the legislature passed a […]

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The Politics of “Defunding the Police”

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

Many activists protesting the treatment of Blacks have expressed a policy to “defund the police.” By that statement, some protestors actually mean it. Cut police funding either drastically or all together and send the funds to build up Black and downtrodden communities. Other protestors use the term as a way of saying re-order how public […]

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The Pandemic Disrupts One Sports Betting Effort; May Boost Another

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

A number of California Native American tribes joined in a lawsuit to get more time to gather signatures to qualify a sports betting measure for the California ballot. The lawsuit charges that the state’s stay-at-home order in wake of the coronavirus pandemic interfered with practicing the state’s cherished right of direct democracy. Initiative qualifications have […]

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Defund or Abolish Police? Then What?

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

The movement to defund police or abolish police departments altogether, issues generally ignored prior to the killing of George Floyd, have gained visibility and momentum with the massive protests against police brutality. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a reduction in the city police budget. In Minneapolis, the site of Floyd’s death, nine city […]

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Proposal to prohibit police unions from funding district attorney campaigns doesn’t go far enough

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

One response to the protests over police treatment of black communities is a proposal by some current and former California district attorneys to prohibit candidates running for prosecutor positions from receiving police unions’ donations and endorsements.  The Los Angeles Times editorially backed the idea arguing, “These unions’ power to raise and dispense large amounts of […]

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The Big Gamble at the State Capitol Casino

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

Sometimes following action on a bill in the California legislature feels like you are watching a high stakes poker game. This week such a hand was played in which the gambling house (think the ruling majority) risked $269 million hoping to cash in a much larger prize in a few months. But if the gamble […]

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For Californians, It’s All about Covid-19 and the Economy

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

The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll clearly shows that Californians are focused on the health threat of Covid-19 and its obvious destructive effects on jobs and the economy. Likely voters ranked the Covid-19 issue as the most important issue facing the state at 35%; jobs and the economy was second at 25% and […]

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Beware the Temporary Tax Fix

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

During these difficult times, with politicians scrambling for answers to the economic woes brought on by the pandemic, expect to hear about temporary solutions to address problems often in the form of a tax increase. If history teaches anything, temporary government solutions often become permanent. We already have one temporary tax proposed, AB 398, “The […]

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