The Ballot Box Kiosk Merely Adds to Vote Safety Concerns

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

Los Angeles County is already responding to the controversary of mail-in ballots and possible slow or reduced post office service for the election by planting 123 vote collection kiosks in the county. The first boxes went up near libraries and around LA City parks. The mail-in ballots are coming to every citizen is part of […]

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New PPIC Poll on Propositions: One Anticipated Outcome, One Surprise

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

The Public Policy Institute of California’s September poll measured the current standing of two ballot measures: Proposition 15, the property tax increase on commercial property, and Proposition 16 to rescind the ban on affirmative action. As expected, the Prop 15 battle is going to be close with a slim majority in favor at the present […]

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Connecting Justice Reform Demands with State Ballot Measures

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

How might proposed justice and police reforms work with changes voters can make on sentencing, parole and cash bail measures on the November ballot? And will voters perceive any connections?  Californians who have witnessed months of social agitation for justice and police reform, including calls to defund the police, are being asked to make critical […]

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Facing Fire Danger; Moving Toward Solutions

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

With newspapers from California to Texas to the nation’s capital running stories over the weekend that Californians are thinking of leaving the state, there could be a plus if they actually do go – reducing the population to reduce fire danger. Many reasons have been put forward on why California is suffering from devastating fires, […]

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More Local Tax Initiatives on the Horizon

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

Many government officials have detested the initiative process, but maybe a non-action by the California Supreme Court will change that attitude. The Court decided not to take up a case challenging a tax increase for a specific purpose that garnered a majority vote but not the two-thirds that was thought to be required for earmarked […]

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An Unexpected Last Minute Legislative Boost for Small Business

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

Talk to business leaders who dealt with the legislature over the past few months and they often expressed frustration that the legislature, while understandably focusing on employee concerns, were giving businesses short shrift. But at the last minute, a gut-and-amend bill did move ahead to give small businesses a boost to help them rebound from […]

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A Fire Season Like No Other

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

A California fire season like no other likely could get worse with the prediction of high winds blowing across the state. Some statewide and local political campaigns might try to gain an advantage by tying ballot measures to fire response needs, but timing will determine if they have any hope of success. As suggested here […]

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Death Throes for AB 5?

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

The exemption arrows have found their mark in the Achilles heel of AB 5, the controversial and highly contested worker classification law. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2257 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez adding many more exemptions to the law that now total over 100.  Ironically, it was Gonzalez who created AB 5 with […]

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From the Government, “Do As We Say, Not As We Do” File

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

Government elected officials are proud and often boastful when it comes to making laws that tell the rest of us how to live but legislators many times don’t have to follow the same mandates they require of others. This week, California witnessed the latest entries in the “Do as we say, not as we do” […]

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Legislature is Done for the Year. But Numerous Calls for a Special Session

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

During the waning days of the shortened legislative session there were at least three appeals to the governor to call a special session of the legislature to complete pressing business. His office has indicated he is unlikely to do so.  Not that many legislators want the session to continue. Normally legislators would rather be out […]

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