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Ed Ring

Final Results: 81% of Local Bonds Passed, 68% of Local Taxes Passed

It took over a month to count the provisional ballots, but the results are now in for every one of the 118 local bonds and 171 local tax increases that were voted on by Californians on November 4th. Prior to counting most of the provisional ballots, as reported on November 11th in our editorial “Californians Vote for More Taxes and More Borrowing,” here were the results so far:

November 11th provisional results: “At last count, of the 118 local bonds, 72 were passed, 15 were defeated, and 31 remain too close to call. Of the 171 local tax proposals, 98 were passed, 45 were defeated, and 28 are still too close to call.”

And here is the impact, five weeks later, with all ballots counted, including provisional ballots:

December 15 final results: Of the 118 local bonds, 96 were passed, and 22 were defeated. Of the 171 local tax proposals, 117 were passed, and 54 were defeated.Final results: 81% of local bond measures passed; 68% of local tax… Read More

Katy Grimes

Sen. De Leon’s Green, 21st Century California Economy Not ‘All That’

From Lima, Peru at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Sen. President pro Tem Kevin De Leon has had very busy Tweeting fingers.

“California is a world leader in actions to address climate change,” De Leon Tweeted.

“California and Québec sign agreement on Zero-Emission Vehicles!”

“At @UN_ClimateTalk in Lima, transforming the transportation sector is a big topic of discussion.”

“California is driving the development of a green economy,” said De Leon in a press statement… as if that’s a good thing. De Leon called this development “a 21st century economy.”

“Our entrepreneurs have opened more green businesses, created more new jobs, and garnered more clean energy venture capital funding than those in any other… Read More

Barry Jantz

Steve Padilla shifts gears in Chula Vista City Council recount, now contesting disallowed ballots

Following the two-vote victory by Republican John McCann over Democrat Steve Padilla in the November Chula Vista City Council election — or at least the two-vote certified results — it was no surprise that Padilla supporters requested a recount and fronted the required deposit to get things going.

However, following three days of recounting, in the last hour the Registrar of Voters announced that process will stop. Instead, Padilla supporters are now challenging 269 ballots that were previously not counted at all, because they were rejected by the Registrar due to the voters not being eligible to cast a ballot.

In essence, the Padilla campaign would like those ballots included in the vote total and is challenging the Registrar’s decision to exclude the votes.

The 269 ballots will be reviewed Monday. It’s safe to say a few lawyers are now really earning their pay, including County Counsel.

Prior to today’s shift in strategy by Padilla’s team,… Read More

Jon Coupal


After Joseph Stalin took the reins of power in the Soviet Union in the mid 1920’s, his image suddenly appeared in paintings of important meetings of the Bolshevik revolutionaries – which was odd because he had attended virtually none of them. Later, after each successive Stalinist purge, group photos that included previously prominent, but now ostracized, imprisoned or executed communists, would be scrubbed, so as to appear that they had never existed.

Of course attempts by politicians to rewrite their history go far beyond just doctoring paintings and photographs.

In Washington, D.C. we have the curious case of Jonathan Gruber. During the run up to Obamacare, both then Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barrack Obama sang the praises of the roll that MIT professor of economics Jonathan Gruber had played in crafting the legislation. Gruber has been described as the architect of Obamacare and, before that, the similar Romneycare in Massachusetts.

Recently, videos surfaced online showing economist Gruber telling groups that the healthcare law had been written specifically in a way to deceive the “stupid” American public so that it would not be clear… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Rosemead’s Margaret Clark: CA Term Limit’s First “Zombie Award” Winner

Earlier this week I found myself having to travel to the city of Rosemead, in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles. Unfortunately for one member of the Rosemead City Council, my trip to her working class city of roughly 54,000 people (according to the 2010 census) coincided with a decision that I made to start highlighting politicians who’s time in office has stretched on for decades, and who have become walking, talking arguments for term limits. As the President of California Term Limits, I am proud to announce that our first (of many) California Zombie Awards is being given to Republican councilwoman Margaret Clark.

Margaret Clark was first elected to the City Council in 1991 — nearly a quarter century ago. How long ago was this?… Read More

Richard Rider

Federal 401(k) plan proves such pensions can have tiny fees – debunking labor union claims

Public employee pension apologists proclaim that 401(k)-type plans (defined contribution plans) are horribly expensive, with “Wall St” gobbling up much of the profits with fees, etc. Sadly for them, there’s a major government 401(k) plan that, in effect, totally debunks this nonsense.

The WALL ST JOURNAL did a story on the federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) — essentially a 401(k) plan for federal employees. The theme of the article was why it was unwise for retirees to roll their plans over into “retail” IRA plans, because of the considerably higher fees. True enough, but what’s most important is to note the annual cost to employees of TSP. Damn near zero.


*** EXCERPT: Due to its large size—with 4.6 million participants and $431.6 billion in assets, the TSP is the nation’s largest 401(k)-type plan—and the fact that the federal government subsidizes some of the plan’s administrative costs, the TSP has an average cost of 0.029% a year. That translates into a fee of 29 cents for every $1,000 invested—or… Read More

Katy Grimes

Bad Journalism Deja’ Vu In Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Story

Journalism’s most basic tenets of truth and accuracy, independence from special interests or conflict-of-interests, fairness and impartiality, and accountability, mean that writers must be fair, stick to the data and facts, question both sides, question the authorities, and listen to the explanations. But that’s not what we are getting with the recent Rolling Stone story of campus rape at the University of Virginia.

In fact, the mainstream media keeps telling and retelling a big fat lie about the phony campus rape epidemic.

The story that “Jackie” told to Rolling Stone about being brutally gang-raped in a UVA fraternity house over the course of three hours, never made sense. Perhaps because the Rolling Stone reporter never talked to the young men accused of the alleged gang rape. Yet Rolling Stone published the story anyway. And UVA suspended the entire Greek system on campus.

If this brings back memories of the Duke University Lacrosse phony rape case, it should. It’s a bad journalism… Read More

Richard Rider

How To Predict Every NBA Championship With 91% Accuracy

Want to predict the winner of the NBA finals with better than a 91% accuracy? Here’s your cheat sheet. Bet on teams that are either:

1. Domiciled in one of the three major markets — NYC, Chicago, or L.A. — which provides the team a bigger war chest — and offers more lucrative endorsement deals.

2. Located in an income tax free state.

Actually the article is outdated. Since being written in the spring of this year, another NBA finals has come and gone. The two teams in the finals were from tax-free states — again. Hence the historical probability now exceeds 92%.


April 19, 2014

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