California

Messing with Texas

Apr
28

Hats off to Stuart Leavenworth, editorial page editor, The Sacramento Bee, who responds to complaints from Texan Gov. Perry about a cartoon that ran in his paper with the following reply:

Jack Ohman's cartoon of April 25 made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry's disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas as a place where industries can thrive with few regulations. It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful of the victims of this tragedy. As Ohman has made clear on his blog, he has complete empathy for the victims and people living by the plant. What he finds offensive is a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations. Perry's letter is an attempt to distract people from that message.

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Radical Islamic Communist Kenyan Indonesian Chicago Mafiosi

Mar
21

Orly Taitz for California Secretary of State

(Courtesy of the Rachel Maddow Show - Complete Segment here...)

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Undermining the Political Process in Prop13Land

Feb
20

From that Laboratory of Democracy...

So with term-limits, California's got revolving door politicians with no long-term commitment to (or working knowledge of) government institutions. With the 2/3's rule, they've got Republicans calling the shots on spending and taxation whether they're in power or not. With ballot initiatives, they've got impossibly complicated legislation being decided according to the budget of the various special interest media campaigns.

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More Bad News from Prop13Land

Feb
17

The benefits of ballot initiative:

The roots of California's inability to address its budget woes are statutory and political. The state, unlike most others, requires a two-thirds majority vote in the Legislature to pass budgets and tax increases. And its process for creating voter initiatives hamstrings the budget process by directing money for some programs while depriving others of cash.

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