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by | Nov 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO — California’s state budget has been awash in cash, as lawmakers this year enjoyed a $97.5 billion budget surplus — an excess amount that’s larger than the entire general-fund budgets of all but two states (New York and Texas). As…

by | Jul 21, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a normal state, policymakers who are facing a crisis (let alone myriad crises) would at least have the wisdom not to purposefully try to make things worse. Here in California, not so much. Gov. Gavin Newsom…

by | Jun 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At a property rights conference in San Bernardino County many years ago, former state Sen. Tom McClintock (now a Republican congressman representing the Sacramento area) and I joined a standing ovation for U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, the…

by | Sep 8, 2021

Sacramento The California Legislature obviously has far more important issues to address than the wildfires that are raging across the state and the empty reservoirs that are leading local water agencies to impose draconian rationing rules. Instead of, say, fixing…

by | Jul 29, 2021

Sacramento The latest battle against structural racism has taken a bizarre turn, as progressives have declared that the use of credit scoring for determining certain financial decisions is inherently discriminatory and unfair. Such scores do not take into account anyone’s…

by | Oct 5, 2019

California Democrats Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu are among President Trump’s most vocal, mean-spirited antagonists in Congress — and resistance to their destructive politics is slowly but surely building both on the Hill and in their home state. Partners in…

by | Sep 12, 2019

Sacramento The last week of the legislative session always is a wild ride, but this year’s proceedings take on an urgency that we haven’t seen in the past several years given the stridently more progressive tilt of the state government. It’s…

by | Sep 6, 2018

Sacramento There’s an old saw about government officials and activists who want to scare the public into embracing some big life-changing policies. You don’t want the predicted catastrophic event to be too far out into the future, because people will…

by | Oct 19, 2017

Sacramento Since the 1970s, when “Moonbeam” first was elected governor, commentators, including this one, have remarked on his “canoe theory” of politics. You paddle a little to the left and a little to the right. Back then, there was more…

by | Sep 7, 2017

Sacramento The California Legislature isn’t shy about taking meaningless moral positions on national and international issues. It’s therefore no surprise that legislators returning from summer recess have been touting a variety of such proposals and resolutions. Democratic leaders held a…

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