Tag: California

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43945522 It, or some vestage of it, has reached the border. I can’t find now where I was reading average-American comments over the weekend – I think somewhere on Facebook – but I was amazed at the anger and resentment towards this event. Comments centered around how most of the “asylum seekers” were men, not […]

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Victor Davis Hanson describes the philosophical conceits employed by defenders of illegal immigration — and explains how they’re undermining American society. More

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Sure, every statewide office in California is held by a Democrat. Sure, the Democrats have “reformed” the state’s election laws to make sure those offices remain Democrat in perpetuity. Sure, the up-and-coming California Democrats (Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Kevin de Leon) are so far left they make Jerry Brown look like Jeb Bush. Sure, California […]

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A quarter of a century since the nation’s first charter school opened in Minnesota, a new administration in Washington speaks of “school choice.” Eric Hanushek, the Hoover Institution’s Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, and Macke Raymond, a Hoover distinguished research fellow and director of the Stanford-based Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), discuss […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have fun with three different headlines, starting with the news that Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott will run for U.S. Senate this year, possibly giving Republicans their best chance of winning that race. They also scratch their heads as Twitter CEO and supposed free […]

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Let’s Just Put Targets on Their Backs

 

Just when I think that California can’t propose anything more harmful and dangerous to law enforcement and its citizens, the lawmakers have come up with something even more outrageous:

Several lawmakers and the family of a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police proposed Tuesday that California become the first state to significantly restrict when officers can open fire. The legislation would change the standard from using ‘reasonable force’ to ‘necessary force.’ That means officers would be allowed to shoot only if ‘there were no other reasonable alternatives to the use of deadly force’ to prevent imminent serious injury or death, said Lizzie Buchen, legislative advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is among the groups behind the measure.

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The Department of Commerce issued a press release on the reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. On December 12, 2017, DOJ requested that the Census Bureau reinstate a citizenship question on the decennial census to provide census block level citizenship voting age population (CVAP) data that is not currently available from government […]

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Richard Epstein explains how public pensions came to be a ticking time bomb for states and cities throughout the U.S., what the financial ramifications are, and why the road to reform is so perilous. More

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Pension Abuse in California

 
Mark Janus, the plaintiff in Janus v. AFSCME.

One of the main themes in the blockbuster case of Janus v. AFSCME—currently before the United States Supreme Court—is the risk of having unions sit on both sides of the table in public-sector contract negotiations. Nowhere is that risk more pronounced than in California, where the perverse and pervasive effects of union political influence are on display in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, now before the California Supreme Court. Between 2009 and 2013, California law allowed state and local employees with over five years of service to purchase with their own funds up to five years of “fictional years of retirement service credits”—commonly called “airtime”—that they could then add to their years of actual service in order to increase the value of their pensions at retirement.

This novel airtime benefit was supposed to be cost-neutral to public employers, but it never was: each unit of airtime represented a huge windfall to the lucky state employees and a drain on the public treasury. The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) sought to end the practice moving forward, without taking away airtime rights that had already been purchased by public employees. The union’s position is that the right to purchase future airtime rights was vested in all current employees on passage of the statute, so that PEPRA violates the state constitution’s contracts clause by preventing employees hired before 2013 from making purchases after 2013. The California Court of Appeal rebuffed that union effort by holding that the union did not meet its “elevated” burden of showing that the legislature had indeed intended to create these vested rights going forward. The California Supreme Court should follow suit.

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Is The West Coast Lost? Not According to a Californian Named Ginny

 

I met Ginny in January, amidst a raucous gaggle of conservatives partying in LA one night last fall. A successful retired screenwriter, Ginny is a peppy, enthusiastic supporter of the idea that California, and the country, can be saved if conservatives will share resources and work together. Using her own savings, she founded Connect The Dots, a 501(c)4 devoted to getting conservatives to learn how to cooperate and communicate the ideas of conservatism more efficiently. A longtime California resident, she’s witnessed the rapid demise of freedom in California and is actually putting her money where her mouth is to try to fix it.

This Saturday, March 17, at the Burbank Airport Marriott, she’s sponsoring an ambitious event called Saving California, and it’s meant to shine a spotlight on the story of what conservatism looks like for the future, and how we can build a successful coalition, even on the Left Coast. David Horowitz, Bill Whittle, Evan Sayet, Internet sensation Alfonzo Rachel, and Turning Point’s Charlie Kirk will headline, and our own intrepid Whiskey Politics’ podcaster @Dave Sussman will be there to get the story and interview speakers and moderate panels. In addition, the controversial but wonderful L.A. street artist, SABO will have something special planned.

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Tariffs and the looming threat of a trade war, the White House shaking up its economic team, and the president suggesting another round of tax cuts begs the question: what next in Washington, DC? Dr. Michael J. Boskin, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discusses […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a new Axios/Survey Monkey poll showing five incumbent Senate Democrats losing to specific or unnamed Republicans right now and a few others barely ahead. They also rip California for brazenly impeding efforts of federal immigration officials and wonder where all the liberal love […]

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Californication of America

 
Representative Tim Ryan, back left in tie, organized a bus tour through the Midwest with about a dozen venture capitalists. (via New York Times)

For cancer to survive, once it kills its host it must move on to another healthy body. Forty years of leftist rule ruined the once “Golden State.” You can’t walk through San Francisco without side-stepping human excrement or drive through Los Angeles without navigating countless miles of homeless camps. Meanwhile, California housing costs are unattainable by most everyone.

Now even the enlightened ones can’t cope with the expense and traffic they themselves created so they plan on moving elsewhere. Never learning the lessons of their failures they will, of course, bring along their bankrupt progressive values to rinse and repeat. Watch out Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — they’re coming.

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Dianne Feinstein Is Too Conservative for California

 

Wow. Oddly enough, I have yet to see a single editorial expressing concern about that leftward radicalization of the Democrat Party. Not one. Ever.

The grass-roots Democratic activists gathered at the party’s annual convention in San Diego this weekend implicitly rebuked the state’s senior U.S. senator by denying her the party’s endorsement for her re-election bid.Feinstein finished far behind de León, the top Democrat in the state Senate. De León received 54 percent of delegates’ votes to just 37 percent for Feinstein. It takes 60 percent to receive an endorsement.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast, number 163, for February 22, 2018, it’s the California Dreamers edition of the show with your faithful hosts, Todd Feinburg, radio guy and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week we explore two very juicy topics that will get you furious at the riggers and the schemers. First, California, […]

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Victor Davis Hanson argues that the best way to upend insular elites is to relocate political institutions out of cosmopolitan settings. More

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A ballot initiative in California is in the process of gathering signatures for the ballot. It was apparently written by People Who Get Their Scientific Information From Comments on Facebook. The (California Clean Environment) initiative would eliminate vaccination requirements for schools and daycares, banish genetically modified organisms, and prohibit basic water treatments with fluoride and […]

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Recipe for a Wedding Cake

 

In his famous poem “Ozymandias,” Percy Bysshe Shelley describes the head of the tyrant’s statue lying in the desert sand:

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are amused by the media frothing over President Trump allegedly trying to have Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired seven months ago, while largely overlooking the fact that Mueller wasn’t fired. They also discuss President Trump’s major concessions on amnesty in his his immigration legislation […]

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