2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take- Part 1
This is the first of an eight part series on gubernatorial races in 2014 and where they stand at this point in time. Overall, Republican successes have been greater at the state/local level than at the national level as evidenced by senatorial and presidential losses in 2008, 2010, and 2012. At the state (governor and legislature) and the congressional district level, Republicans hold a comfortable | Read More »
The Resurrection of Jerry Brown
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Ben Boychuk to discuss the political resurgence of California Governor Jerry Brown, why he has become so popular and how he has, at least for a year, balanced California’s budget.
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The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 36
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. The Supreme Court recently heard 2 cases related to same-sex “marriage”. Facebook lit up with picture of red “equal” signs with folks proclaiming their support of “marriage equality”. But is equality really what this is about? This episode asks you if you are for “driving equality”. I’m betting you aren’t, but not on | Read More »
Americans Are Ready for the Keystone XL Pipeline, Will Obama Approve it?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by David Holt to discuss a new poll showing that 70% of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, how the pipeline would kickstart the economy, and what California may do with the oil discovered in the gigantic Monterey Shale.
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The Watercooler ~ Democrats Clash With Governor Jerry Brown Over Obamacare
Even Governor Jerry Brown sees the danger of trusting the federal government to uphold their end of the bargain in the Affordable Care Act: “The ultimate costs of expanding our healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act are unknown,” he told the Legislature in his January State of the State address. “Ignoring such known unknowns would be folly.” Democrats — who control both houses of | Read More »
Dianne Feinstein slanders PTSD sufferers.
And why is she dumber than soup? It is not entirely because of this errant nonsense: At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) opposed an amendment to her Assault Weapons Ban legislation that would allow military veterans to continue to buy the firearms that would be banned. Feinstein says a veteran may be mentally ill and should be prevented from | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ California Reeling
Thought I would cover a few items of interest taking place in and around California lately. Part of my growing apathy with politics of late is the dismal future Republicans are facing here. But we got a brief reprieve from the suffocation of a supermajority of Dems in the state Senate when a rising star in the party suddenly resigned his Senate seat last Friday | Read More »
As predicted: California’s 1Q revenues dropping back to earth. Hard.
Which is to say: as predicted by me. I had a feeling that California’s surprisingly high tax revenues in January were due to people rushing through existing taxable transactions before that state’s new rates kicked in; and lo! …I seem to have been correct. The surge of revenue that showed up unexpectedly in state coffers last month may well be offset by a revenue dip | Read More »
Jerry Brown gets smacked by Rick Perry over California’s business climate, and reacts… poorly.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) I can’t believe that Jerry Brown led with his chin with this one: Gov. Jerry Brown publicly scoffed at Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to draw Californians to Texas for better business, saying that the ad campaign is “barely a fart.” [snip] Brown told reporters that if Perry wanted to be taken seriously, he would have to spend at least $25 million | Read More »
Anticipating the upcoming Great California High-Speed Rail Disaster of 2013+.
“+” because this this is going to crash and burn for years. Let me summarize this LA Times article discussing the looming …singularity… of fiscal destruction. California wants a high-speed rail system which will apparently solve all of their problems (“Then why don’t they have one, already?” “Because shut up, that’s why”). This is scheduled to cost 68 Billion dollars. $68,000,000,000. It will cost more. | Read More »
California’s Budget Voodoo
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Cate Long to discuss California’s state budget, the budget tricks to used to get out of the red, and the crises facing California cities.
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Violence by the Numbers: Guns Really Do Prevent Violence
With the recent tragedy in Newtown, there is little doubt that people are scared: they’re scared that their elected officials will take away their guns in an effort to prevent further tragedies from occurring. This is evidenced by the nationwide skyrocketing of firearms sales, ammo sales, and jam-packed, filled-to-capacity weekend gun shows. And, if one believes the liberal argument that guns kill people, then they | Read More »
COME ON DOWN!
I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone in the death spiral states of California and New York to come to Florida. We have no state income tax and we have many programs to assist all you so called “greedy” successful entrepreneurs in your relocation to the Sunshine state. We have oranges, palm trees, tennis and golf, beautiful beaches, sunshine and a Republican | Read More »
I am Thankful for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy
Not quite two weeks removed from Thanksgiving, it is worth giving thanks to John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy. I really am thankful for them. Yesterday the three of them purged fiscal conservatives from committees as punishment for being authentically fiscal conservatives. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina was put on the Financial Services Committee to show fiscal conservatism had nothing to do with removing | Read More »
Ken Salazar’s war on Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Science.
Executive summary: a bunch of people in Marin County, California made a serious mistake, forty years ago. To wit, they trusted the federal government to honor an agreement by which the Drakes Bay Oyster Company transferred ownership of their land (in order to protect the wetlands from development) in exchange for 40 year leases on that land in perpetuity. Several years ago, the folks who | Read More »