by | Oct 17, 2019

Sacramento “Never give the bastards more money,” a friend always says when discussing proposed tax increases. “They’ll only squander it.” That also epitomizes my philosophy over decades of voting and writing about ballot initiatives and bonds. I always recommend a…

by | Oct 10, 2019

Sacramento California progressives claim to be the champions of the poor and downtrodden, but their vocal support for legislation that obliterates the state’s charter schools reinforces that they mainly are the cat’s paw for the state’s powerful public-employee unions. If…

by | Aug 8, 2019

Sacramento Say what you will about former Gov. Jerry Brown, but he did in fact govern as an adult. He spent too much money and promoted boondoggles such as the bullet train and a twin tunnel project that would burrow…

by | Jun 20, 2019

Sacramento Californians have been fighting a contentious battle over transportation funding since 2017, when then-Gov. Jerry Brown pushed through a large increase in gasoline and diesel taxes and vehicle-license fees to upgrade the state’s crumbling infrastructure. No one disagreed that…

by | May 20, 2019

Justice Louis Brandeis called the states “the laboratories of democracy.” Jonas Salk labored in a laboratory. So did Victor Frankenstein. The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this month, “California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to provide health coverage to low-income…

by | May 9, 2019

Sacramento Don’t be alarmed by soaring California gasoline prices, which have topped $4 a gallon at most gas stations around the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders are on the job, as they sniff out the culprit behind…

by | May 2, 2019

Sacramento When I think about government infrastructure projects, I always think back to the third game of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants, which was being played at Candlestick Park. Like many Americans,…

by | Mar 21, 2019

Sacramento To my conservative friends who like when chief executives push the envelope on “national emergencies” and executive orders, I offer you California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Last week, he grabbed national headlines for his decision to grant reprieves to all…

by | Mar 17, 2019

Washington President Donald Trump, meet California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic rising star who tracks mud across the legal system the same way you do, but his dirty footprints win accolades from the mainstream media. Wednesday, Newsom signed an executive…

by | Mar 15, 2019

California’s newbie governor, Gavin Newsom, with a sure feel for irrelevance and non sequitur, signed an order Wednesday placing a moratorium on state-sponsored criminal executions in California. And just in time too, with all those guilty souls going to their…

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