by | Jan 17, 2019

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a tax on drinking water as part of his newly unveiled budget, I started thinking: Wait a minute. Didn’t “we” already solve the problem of undrinkable water supplies in some largely impoverished parts of…

by | Jan 3, 2019

Sacramento The California Legislature gets its share of national attention for some of the wackadoodle bills that it routinely signs into law. It’s 2019, which means that it’s now illegal for full-service restaurants to provide straws with sodas unless a…

by | Nov 19, 2018

A nation riveted. Did Florida elect DeSantis their new Governor, or the anti-Semitic crook with the Hamilton tickets and the Tallahassee corruption scandal? Did Florida elect one of its finest-ever Governors, now term-limited, to the United States Senate, or did they go again for…

by | Sep 21, 2017

Sacramento California’s legislative session has, mercifully, come to a close. The big takeaway, from a national political perspective, is that the state’s Democratic leadership has thrown down the gauntlet at the Trump administration. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the “sanctuary…

by | Aug 24, 2017

Sacramento I’m not sure how Californians managed during the Legislature’s recent recess, but now that lawmakers are back at the Capitol, they are busy “fixing” the state’s pressing problems. They will hold hearings to deal with California’s “cancer” of white…

by | Aug 24, 2017

How many men and women in America are still with the first person they dated or got engaged to? Remember those vows, till death do us part? When in reality, for many, it should be “till divorce did us part.”…

by | Jul 20, 2017

California Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley ought to be embarrassed today, and not just because of the front-page Sacramento Bee coverage about his alleged affair with former GOP Assembly Leader Kristen Olsen, who is now a Stanislaus…

by | Jan 10, 2017

The New Year’s Day front-page headline in the San Francisco Chronicle read, “1st Day of Year Brings Hundreds of New Laws.” The exact number of new California laws taking effect on that day was 898. Unfortunately, there is nothing unusual…

by | Dec 8, 2016

Donald J. Trump did America a huge favor by winning the White House in November. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been little stopping America from turning into a one-party country, a national political equivalent of California. As…

by | Dec 1, 2016

Sacramento The final vote tallies are in for a handful of tight legislative races. It’s now clear that California Democrats have gained supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature, meaning they can raise taxes without needing to woo any Republican…

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