Proposition 17 and a Case of Good Timing

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

One ballot measure expected to get little notice this election season is Proposition 17, granting voting rights to parolees. Yet, because of the increased focus on judicial reform spurred by the protests following George Floyd’s killing, Prop 17 will be wrapped within, and benefit from, the justice reform movement. The California Constitution prohibits felons serving […]

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UC’s New President has an Opportunity to Create a Level Playing Field for Political Thought

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

Congratulations to Dr. Michael V. Drake chosen as the new president of the University of California. Dr. Drake has pledged to face issues head-on acknowledging the difficult challenges ahead dealing with the pandemic, climate change, and social justice. Hopefully, he will apply his well-regarded reputation championing diversity and equity to political thought as well. Most […]

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Will Defund the Police Movement Revive Thoughts of LA Secession?

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

An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend by Jon Wiener looked back at the Los Angeles beach community of Venice attempting to secede from the City of Los Angeles 50 years ago over LAPD actions that secession organizers said terrorized the community. The article rekindled a thought I had when the movement […]

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California and the Need for “Order”

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

In the current political environment, the phrase “law and order” has been entangled with the President Donald Trump’s campaign to clamp down on protestors and its implied racial overtones. But focusing on the second half of the equation, “order,” and what it represents, is becoming a problem for Governor Gavin Newsom and California authorities when […]

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Who Does Gavin Pick if Kamala Leaves?

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

The political parlor game of guessing who Gov. Gavin Newsom might choose to replace Kamala Harris in the US Senate if she becomes Vice President of the United States is heating up. Many oddsmakers have California’s junior senator as leading the pack as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick. With Biden currently enjoying a double digit […]

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Removing School Police Could Create Liability Issues for Districts

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

An outgrowth of the civil rights protests that target policing is the effort to close down police presence in schools. While the resolutions ending police responsibilities at schools speak to racial concerns and alternative safety programs, ending cooperation with school police not only raises safety fears but liability issues for the school districts. School districts […]

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Call it the Do-Over Ballot

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

Label the coming election on ballot measures the Do-Over Ballot. Many of the propositions headed for the November ballot are intended to re-do previous actions taken by voters and/or legislators.  Removing some property tax limits, changing other property tax rules, undoing a ban on affirmative action, toughening criminal penalties—all these ballot measures are intended to […]

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Tax Raisers Target Businesses—How Long Will Businesses Stay in CA?

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

Businesses, particularly corporations, are the targets of tax raisers in the legislature, at city hall and on the ballot. Piling on business taxes in a state notorious for its poor attitude toward business, one wonders how long businesses will put up with it before leaving. As Jim Wunderman, the president and CEO of the Bay […]

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Manipulating the Election System…Again

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

The Democratic majority in the Legislature is at it again, attempting to manipulate election rules to favor a desired outcome with voters. It has happened a number of times in the last decade. The current effort is SB 300 by Senator Tom Umberg to place all constitutional amendments passed by the legislature in the coming […]

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Unmasking an Opportunity and a Reckoning

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

Announcements from a number of law enforcement officials that they will not enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mask order comes with both an opportunity and a reckoning.  The opportunity arises with the ability to test a theory behind the defund police movement that asserts that non-sworn public officials can mediate and deal with situations that do […]

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