Harris and Warren – Laying the Groundwork for a 40-State Trump Landslide

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

With the likely fading of “Apologizin’ Joe” Biden, the Democratic race seems to be coming down to two women, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  But the Democrats should be forewarned; both these women are extremely flawed candidates whose nomination could well lead to a 40-state Trump landslide.

Harris, in her put down of Biden in the first Democratic debate, wrapped herself in the Civil Rights movement as a pioneer in the integration of Berkeley schools.  She also wants a discussion of reparation for slavery. Well, let’s have one, only does Harris fit on the side of slave victims or slave holders? 

Read comments Read more

How Not to Pass a Split Roll

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Here are five steps to take if you don’t want to  pass an initiative to split the tax rolls in service of devoting more money to public schools.

That is, an initiative just like the one that educational interests are preparing to support next November.

  • 1. Divide you coalition of educational interests by attacking charter schools and their passionate supporters.
  • 2. Attack school districts as bloated with waste, that should be going to teacher salaries. Because telling people school districts are wasteful makes the case against more taxes for them.
Read comments Read more

Governor Newsom champions measures that would take us back to medieval times

Ronald Stein
Founder and Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure of PTS Advance, headquartered in Irvine, California

Governor Newsom is vocally supportive of the Green New Deal that would take us back to medieval times. The Governor’s statement on July 12th was scary. He is looking into putting a moratorium on fracking for oil and wants to reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The Governor seems to be oblivious to the fact that 100 percent of the industries that use deep earth minerals/fuels to “move things and make thousands of products” to support the economies around the world, are increasing their demand and usage each year of those energy sources from deep earth minerals/fuels, not decreasing it.

Read comments Read more

California Can’t Afford To Be An Economic One-Trick Pony

Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky
Joel Kotkin is the editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University and Marshall Toplansky is the Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science at Chapman University.

For the past decade, the soaring stock prices and nosebleed valuations of Silicon Valley’s IPOs and unicorns has been a boon for California, helping create a record budget surplus of almost $22 billion.

Yet this bonanza has occurred just as the state’s overall job creation, once among the country’s leaders, has slowed to a more middle of the road status, well below the rates for key competitors such as Nevada, Arizona, Washington State and Texas. On a GDP basis, according to the most recent federal data, Texas by the last quarter of 2018 was growing nearly three times as fast.

Slower growth could expose California even more to its growing, and unhealthy, dependence on the relatively small, in terms of employment, tech sector.

Read comments Read more

Exemptions Could Doom Dynamex Bill

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

The Achilles heal of the bill to define workers role in the gig economy just might be a growing list of exemptions in the measure. 

In attempting to codify the California Supreme Court’s decision in the Dynamex case, which set a test to determine whether a worker was a full time employee or an independent worker, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez put forth AB 5 with the support from the California Federation of Labor. One of the sponsor’s goals requiring businesses to treat workers as employees is to unionize them.

The battle lines have been drawn around the issues of whether workers will lose their independent status and flexibility and protecting workers with full benefits guaranteed by the state, such as minimum wage, worker’s compensation and other benefits.

Read comments Read more

The Redistricting Commission—Political Virgins Wanted

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Do you want do the most political job in California? You can apply—as long as you know almost nothing about politics.

California’s Redistricting Commission has a hunger for virgins. Political virgins. And so it’s asking you to apply if you’ve never really participated in politics. Because knowledge is too much of a burden if you’re doing the very political job of drawing lines. Indeed, redistricting is so partisan and political that the U.S. Supreme Court just ruled that there is no redistricting too partisan that courts could intervened to stop it.

How virginal must you be?

You must not have been appointed or elected to office in California—or even run for office?

Read comments Read more

A Journey Into the Past

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

California has always been a place for dreamers and as the state grows the dreams continue to grow bigger along with it.

Teeming concrete megalopolises were one result spurred on by four elements that were predictive of lightening growth: plenty of water, favorable climate and unlimited amounts of open space.

Another ingredient no less important was the opening of the Pacific railways which along with the gas-powered automobile would consign the horse-and-buggy to oblivion.

There was a fifth element no less critical, and perhaps a greater catalyst than all the others combined—the discovery of gold!

Read comments Read more

Another Dicey Utility Overhaul

Dan Walters
Columnist, CALmatters

Californians should always be skeptical when their politicians overhaul the state’s electrical utility system while promising more efficient, less polluting and reasonably priced service.

Californians get their juice from a mélange of “investor-owned” and municipally operated utilities. Inevitably, micromanagement of such a complex system via legislation and regulatory agencies becomes an exercise in political horsetrading.

To reach a conclusion, politicians need consensus among special interest “stakeholders” and to get to that point, each must get something tangible. The resulting mish-mash thus becomes politically feasible, but may not result in any net benefit to the larger ratepaying public.

Read comments Read more

The Problem Isn’t that Lara Broke His Promise.

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

The latest so-called scandal in Sacramento involves Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. He promised while running for the office to not accept political donations from insurance interests. Once in office, he broke that promise, as the San Diego Union-Tribune showed.

That was some good reporting, but Lara’s broken promise isn’t the real scandal. Nor is his acceptance of insurance industry contributions that much of a scandal—elected officials accept money from the people and businesses their decisions affect all the time. Nor is the real scandal Lara’s excuse that it was all a mistake. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in the city of Commerce, his hometown, to sell you.

 No, the real scandal is that Lara is an elected official at all. 

Read comments Read more

Sacramento’s Shades of Socialism

David Crane
Lecturer and Research Scholar at Stanford University and President of Govern for California

Socialism has become a hot topic in the presidential election but that should not be a surprise. Governments in the US have long engaged in various shades of socialism. California is no exception.

Oxford defines socialism as “a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” Examples at the federal level include socialized health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid), retirement security (Social Security), bank deposit insurance (FDIC), and mortgage financing (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).

K-12 education in California illustrates a deep shade of socialism. 93 percent of the state’s 6.7 million K-12 students attend schools funded by the government at a cost of $100 billion per year, 90 percent of whom attend government-run schools, the rest attend non-government-run schools (charters). Authority is centralized in the legislature and governor, who author a thick Education Code.

Read comments Read more

Please note, statements and opinions expressed on the Fox&Hounds Blog are solely those of their respective authors and may not represent the views of Fox&Hounds Daily or its employees thereof. Fox&Hounds Daily is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the site's bloggers.