Category Archives: California

Dr. Krugman and I

“Incidentally, these other factors are why I don’t take seriously the claims of market monetarists that the failure of growth to collapse in 2013 somehow showed that fiscal policy doesn’t matter. US austerity, although a really bad thing, wasn’t nearly … Continue reading

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2013 Government shut down these guys voted for and voted to continue cost the country $24 Billion

Shutdown took $24 billion bite out of economy How much did the shutdown cost the economy? Government shutdown has cost US economy $1.5bn a day, S&P says Not to mention we look kind of nuts when these things happen. Here … Continue reading

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Get Your Gay Marriage On

Congratulations to my beloved country for going sane on gay marriage. And congratulations to every gay couple in California who can now get their marriage on! Wedding planners, start your engines.

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Droning us out

“Yesterday, as a task force of 125 officers, some riding Snowcats in the rugged terrain, continued their search, it was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil.” Man hunt for ex-soldier … Continue reading

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California, oh, California!

What were we freaking out about last year? “After years of red ink, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Thursday that California’s $96.7-billion general fund is now poised to end next year with a surplus, thanks to years of deep budget … Continue reading

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Mayerson GOTV: People of California

California launches online voter registration system You now have no reason not to register to vote. So please do so no later than October 21, 2012. Thank you.

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Hooray for Procter & Gamble

“‘We believe it is in the best interest of California, our company, and our consumers for the state to maintain fair and competitive tax policies for all businesses operating in the state,’ wrote Patrick L. Hayes, Procter & Gamble’s associate … Continue reading

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People of Los Angeles County

Did you know there’s a very useful Citizens Guide to (LA) County Services 2012-2013? No? Well, neither did I until I found it at PalosVerdes.com. It’s full of useful information, such as the freaking address of the county seat in … Continue reading

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Prop 29: it’s not over ’til it’s ver

“The vote count for the tobacco tax on last week’s primary ballot narrowed again Tuesday as elections officials across California tallied hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballots. “The measure, known as Proposition 29, was losing by just over 33,200, a … Continue reading

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Smoking in California

“If the ballot initiative won, the sponsoring American Cancer Society estimated, 220,000 kids would never start smoking and 100,000 adults would quit rather than pay the extra $1 per pack to fund research on tobacco-related diseases. That would cut deeply … Continue reading

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Help Jerry Brown save California

People of California, those of you registered to vote (and those not, get registered!): Vote for this. It makes sense. (Oh, and it’s on the November ballot, but don’t mess around if you’re not registered to vote. Do. It. Now. … Continue reading

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Stop the thieving California heath insurance companies now

Okay, this video is funny, informative, and hard hitting. But this new way of gathering petition signatures is brilliant. Please do what I did and go to Justify Their Rates (justifyrates.org), get this petition (pdf), sign it and send it … Continue reading

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Reasons to love California, #6

Robotic squirrels: “That’s where the robot squirrels come in. To find out, Sanjay Joshi, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at the University of California, Davis, built a squirrel with a heatable tail and a flagging mechanism, each controlled separately. That … Continue reading

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Welcome to the wonderful wonderland of California politics

“The state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday dismissed allegations against Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) that he misused campaign funds to pay for a motel stay in Orange County for personal benefit. “The state Fair Political Practices Commission overruled its chief … Continue reading

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Why we must change, and soon

“‘Oh, I have taken too little care of this!’ King Lear cries out on the heath in his moment of vision. ‘Take physic, pomp; expose thyself to feel what wretches feel.’ ‘This’ changes; in Shakespeare’s time, it was flat-out peasant … Continue reading

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The perils of the unprepared

She might not be a Moonie, but she’s definitely an idiot. “Reporter: No, actually, because when Reagan came in later on, things actually changed. “Brown: No, Reagan came before me. Reagan came after my father and then I came after … Continue reading

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If they won’t go away, they should at least cough up some dough

Geeze, either or, folks, either or. Tell Kim Kardashian (and the rest of them [GM]) to endorse the millionaires tax (or go away [GM]) Oh, and then there’s the question of paying decent taxes on ill-gotten gains and possibly doing … Continue reading

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Why we live the way we live now in California

“First, as something of a preface, let’s just posit that Prop 13 has been an overall disaster for the state. After all, this is a progressive blog. If you want details of how that is the case, well, just use … Continue reading

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J Brown (D-Bravest Governor Ever)

“California Gov. Jerry Brown stepped into the middle of a debate over parental rights Sunday by signing legislation giving children 12 or older the power to consent to medical care involving the prevention of sexually transmitted disease.” New law lets … Continue reading

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*()$%_@#_@&

“After failing to get enough votes for passage of a last-minute, $1-billion tax package, Gov. Jerry Brown Friday night accused some legislators of bowing to special interests at the expense of California taxpayers. “Brown had proposed ending a provision that … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown on the job

09/10/2011 update: In a statement, Brown said: “It’s unbelievable that so many politicians in Sacramento would choose to help cigarette makers and other out-of-state companies at the expense of California jobs.”. I think you mean “MORONS in Sacramento,” Jerry. Nice … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown vs. Corporate Taxzilla

Whoo-hoo! Jerry Brown is about to rock the state! In a good way. “Gov. Jerry Brown has a new tax proposal to sell the Legislature: raise levies on some large out-of-state corporations in exchange for new sales-tax exemptions for companies … Continue reading

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Redistricting – All the Rage

“Republican political consultant Dave Gilliard said Monday that he is working on a petition drive to overturn the state Senate lines — he wouldn’t say who’s hired his firm — and is looking into a referendum on the congressional district … Continue reading

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An overdue just law and recall insurance

“With the stroke of a pen, Governor Brown can start fixing California’s broken ballot-measure system this week. “A bill that would ban paying per-signature ‘bounty’ payments to petition signature-gatherers – Sen. Ellen Corbett’s SB 168, which my organization is sponsoring … Continue reading

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Tax Justice in Hawaiian shirts

The Amazon vs. California Taxes, Round 2.648: How dare Amazon use our messed up referendum for their own selfish gain. Well, okay, that’s all our referendum system is used for, but how dare Amazon use it for that. Geeze, that’s…that’s … Continue reading

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Jerry B is very cool

“Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday that makes California the first state in the nation to require the inclusion of the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans in school history lessons and textbooks.” Gov. Brown signs bill requiring teaching … Continue reading

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Oh, so that’s where all the wealth went

“Corporations saw their income rise by 400% from 2001 to 2008. The average growth in wages and income for everyone else in the state was about 25%. That’s unequal and unjust. “The corporations have our money, and it’s time we … Continue reading

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Senator Hancock and I agree

“Since 1978, California has spent about $4 billion dollars on death penalty costs and has executed 13 people, according to a new study. That’s $308 million per condemned inmate. By 2030, when the population of San Quentin’s death row is … Continue reading

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A Revenue Utopia

“Gov. Jerry Brown hinted Thursday that if the budget talks with Republicans break down, the initiative fight that would follow would not be limited to Brown’s plans to raise sales, vehicle and income taxes. He said he expects labor groups … Continue reading

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As if it isn’t embrassing enough being a California girl

Skirmish breaks out on Assembly floor during budget debate, by Shane Goldmacher, LA Times, June 15, 2011 Sigh. It wasn’t even about the budget. It was about… um, something else.

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