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One Legislative Story on the Budget
6-1-2011 4:03 pm
Ray Haynes
State Capitol

The Legislature is getting to the point where it must pass a budget.  The good news is that the Democrats don't need a single Republican vote to pass that...

Another Ammo Bill Passes Out Of Senate
6-1-2011 11:37 am
Doug LaMalfa
North California

SB 124, a bill to further regulate and limit ammunition purchases passes the State Senate.  It is a followup to AB 962 of last year that was found...

Jerry Brown - & His emerging crime wave
5-25-2011 10:56 am
Shawn Steel

With the appropriately named Brown vs. Plata up to 46,000 felons will be prematurely released from California state prisons. The vast majority of these...

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Source: FlashReport
Jul 2, 2015 8:06 am

[Publisher’s Note: As part of an ongoing effort to bring original, thoughtful commentary to you here at the FlashReport, we are pleased to present this column from former Congressman Ernie Konnyu.] Love is the new American law standard…so says th…

Kang Crosses $200K Mark for SD-29

Source: Liberal OC
Jul 1, 2015 8:09 pm

State Senate candidate Sukhee Kang, a Democrat from Fullerton running in SD-29, today announced his campaign has surpassed the $200,000 mark — 40 times more than the previous Democratic candidate in this race — as the only announced Democ…

New Report: How the Economic Recovery Is Leaving California’s Midwage Earners Behind

Source: CA Budget Bites
Jul 1, 2015 6:46 pm

The strength of our state’s economy must be considered not just in terms of its overall growth, but also with an eye toward how widely these economic gains are shared by California’s workers. Our new Issue Brief — California’…

Rocky Chávez takes Trump to task

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Jul 1, 2015 6:43 pm

Rocky ChĂĄvez, a Republicanseeking one of California’s U.S. Senate seats in 2016, had some choice words Wednesday for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump’s incendiary comments about immigrants from Mexico have landed him in hot …

Tim Donnelly launches referendum vs. vaccine law

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Jul 1, 2015 6:21 pm

Former assemblyman and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is launching a referendum campaign to overturn California’s new law requiring mandatory vaccinations for public and private school students. Donnelly, the arch-conservative from Twin …

Of Cuba, embassies and Barbara Lee

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Jul 1, 2015 5:47 pm

Rep. Barbara Lee was among those quick to praise President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will be opening reciprocal embassies soon – but she renewed her insistence that she’s not angling to be ambassador. Lee, D-O…

Despite Reservations, State Policymakers Provide Funding to Local Law Enforcement for a Fourth Straight Year

Source: CA Budget Bites
Jul 1, 2015 1:48 pm

Despite the reservations of key lawmakers, temporary state funding for local law enforcement — which began in 2012 and was originally intended to expire today (July 1) — will continue for a fourth straight fiscal year under the 2015-16 budget agr…

Feeling Patriotic for Made in the USA Labels; WalMart has a Problem

Source: Liberal OC
Jul 1, 2015 1:37 pm

It’s July and as we slide towards the long fourth of July weekend, there’s a natural tug to break out the Red, White and Blue.  And for many, that means a trip to WalMart to stock up on patriotic shirts, hats, and swag that all proclaims…

Gov. Brown quickly signs Vaccines Bill

Source: Calitics
Jul 1, 2015 1:10 pm

Bill eliminates most non-medical exemptions by Brian Leubitz While SB277 may have drawn a lot of attention and vocal minorities to the Capitol (and anywhere else legislators congregated). But after the recent passage of the legislation, Governor Brow…

Vaccine Bill: Political Scientists Don’t Get to Say ‘The Science is Clear’

Source: FlashReport
Jul 1, 2015 11:13 am

California lawmakers have trampled all over parental rights, and managed to take away even more parental choice regarding vaccinations for their children. By the way — political scientists aren’t real scientists, and don’t get to d…

California’s Gas Tax Lowers Today

Source: FlashReport
Jul 1, 2015 10:00 am

Good news: California’s excise tax on gasoline decreases today by six cents per gallon, from 36 cents to 30 cents per gallon. The lower rate will help correct the over collection of tax brought about by lower gas prices. Essentially, taxpayers …

Why Labor’s Dem-on-Dem Attacks Are Foolhardy

Source: CalBuzz
Jul 1, 2015 4:01 am

In 1967, President Lyndon Baines Johnson famously posed a political question to moderate civil rights leaders Roy Wilkins and Whitney, then quickly answered it himself. ”You know the difference between cannibals and liberals?” the president a…

Strike by Santa Clara County Workers Averted

Source: FlashReport
Jun 30, 2015 9:53 pm

Everyone should breathe a sigh of relief. Or should they? Santa Clara County’s nurses, librarians, janitors, dispatchers, and assorted other workers belonging to SEIU Local 521 will not be going on strike after all. At least not yet. Late night ne…

Excessive water use tax of up to 300%?

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Jun 30, 2015 7:51 pm

Water agencies could impose a tax of up to 300 percent on excessive use, under an East Bay lawmaker’s bill. SB 789 by state Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, will be heard Wednesday by the Assembly Local Government Committee. He held a news conferenc…

California’s Remarkable and Powerful Gay and Lesbian Political Leadership – What is Next From Them?

Source: FlashReport
Jun 30, 2015 4:49 pm

For some years Californian’s have given gay and lesbian politicians extraordinary leadership opportunities and power in the state.  The power these politicians possess in state government is from stronger positions and relatively larger number…

Leftist Dolores Huerta Assails Anti-union Silvia Lopez at ALRB Celebration

Source: FlashReport
Jun 30, 2015 3:15 am

The biggest labor dispute in California just got more interesting. Hundreds of farm workers from Gerawan Farms went to Sacramento last week to demonstrate outside of the Stanford Mansion where Gov. Jerry Brown and members of the Agricultural Labor Re…

First Look: The 2015-16 State Budget

Source: CA Budget Bites
Jun 29, 2015 4:51 pm

The California Budget & Policy Center this morning published our “first look” analysis of the 2015-16 state budget that Governor Brown signed on June 24. The executive summary is provided in this post, and the full analysis is av…

Does this Op-Ed Resonate with OC Conservatives?

Source: Liberal OC
Jun 29, 2015 4:38 pm

The Berkshire Eagle is a respected small newspaper in Western Massachusetts.  Some of my friends got their start at this publication. Earlier in June, before the shootings in South Carolina, the Eagle published this column from a “conservative…

Boxer, Rubio urge full disclosure in Malala’s case

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Jun 29, 2015 4:18 pm

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer joined Monday with fellow Sen. Marco Rubio – currently a top-tier candidate for the GOP presidential nomination – in urging Pakistan’s government to fully account for the case of the ten Taliban fighters allegedly respon…

Attempts to change Proposition 13 are misguided

Source: FlashReport
Jun 29, 2015 3:10 pm

There’s been no shortage of attempts in recent years in the State Legislature to overhaul Proposition 13—California’s landmark initiative protecting homeowners and small business owners from out of control property taxes. Multiple bills have ta…

The little-known but unsurprising growth of private firefighting companies in America

Source: FlashReport
Jun 29, 2015 12:04 pm

Here’s a very interesting website about PRIVATE fire fighting companies in America. https://www.wildfirex.com/private-firefighting/ Private Firefighting In the U.S. Private firefighting is a rapidly growing industry. Yes, private firefighters m…


Source: FlashReport
Jun 29, 2015 7:06 am

Would-be reformers have filed an initiative that, if adopted by voters, would make the California Legislature one of the largest – if not the largest – legislative bodies in the world. The Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act (NLRA) would require …

New rules try to spotlight hidden retirement debt

Source: Cal Pensions
Jun 29, 2015 4:34 am

An accounting board best known for requiring the calculation and reporting of the debt owed for retiree health care promised government workers, which often turned out to be shockingly large, is having another moment. This month the Governmental Acco…

What Catalyzed SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision

Source: CalBuzz
Jun 29, 2015 4:01 am

Many times, familiarity breeds respect. Look no further than Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote and author of the landmark majority opinion affirming same-sex marriage nationwide. A Ronald Reagan appointee, Kennedy has a vacation h…

Arnold terminates marriage-equality opponent

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Jun 27, 2015 10:04 pm

Like many on Facebook, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to use an image of himself overlaid with rainbow colors as his new profile picture to show support for the Supreme Court’s marriage-equality ruling. One of his Facebook…

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