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NEWSOM’S MAY REVISE THINKS BIG…AND LITTLE

NEWSOM’S MAY REVISE THINKS BIG…AND LITTLE

The Governor’s May revise came out today, and it is big: $213 billion big. And his office is predicting a $21.5b surplus. The updated proposal unveiled Thursday builds on the $209 billion budget the governor laid out in January. It keeps in place spending to expand health coverage for undocumented immigrants and $1.75 billion to spur housing construction. And he has some big plans to help California families, including directing $130 million of the revenue raised from marijuana taxes to c
SCHLAPP A SOCIALIST? CONSERVATIVE UNION PRESENTS HILARIOUS SCORECARD

SCHLAPP A SOCIALIST? CONSERVATIVE UNION PRESENTS HILARIOUS SCORECARD

While others debate whether to punch a neo-Nazi, Matt Schlapp and the American Conservative is seemingly questioning whether they can slap a socialist. Today they released their “conservative scorecard.” It’s hilarious. Let’s peek at a few of the bill descriptions: “Socializing Rideshare Services by Imposing a 5 Cent Tax on All Rides.” (SB 1376 – Hill) – Apparently a 5 cent tax to fund accessibility will bring the hellfire of socialism down upon us. “Expanding Automatic Voter Regis
CALIFORNIA LOOKS TO SET RULES FOR POLICE USE OF FORCE

CALIFORNIA LOOKS TO SET RULES FOR POLICE USE OF FORCE

The use of deadly force by police officers has a few bright lines. Most would agree that officers can use force when a suspect has a gun in a threatening position. And most would agree that officers shouldn’t shoot where no immediate danger exists. But between those borders exists a vast area in which to define reasonable use of force. California looked last year to become the first state to define that in legislation. However, that stalled and so the Legislature is back at it. As it curren
JUDGE STRIKES DOWN HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE BAN

JUDGE STRIKES DOWN HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE BAN

Prop 63, which was passed with highly visible support from Governor (then LG) Newsom, included a ban on high capacity magazines. That was struck down yesterday: A federal judge on Friday declared unconstitutional a key provision of California’s Proposition 63 that banned possession of high-capacity gun magazines often used in mass shootings, ensuring that the voter-approved prohibition will remain tied up in court for some time to come. SF Chronicle The opinion, which is sure to be a
SEN WIENER PUSHES FOR CALIFORNIA ESTATE TAX

SEN WIENER PUSHES FOR CALIFORNIA ESTATE TAX

Sen. Scott Wiener (D-SF) announced plans for a California estate tax to partially replace the one repealed by the Republican Congress in DC. Under the plan, the approximately $1 Billion would go towards income inequality issues, where California leading the nation in the dubious category. “It’s a way of not having a permanent nobility in the U.S.,” Wiener said. “We should help low-income, working families accumulate wealth so that they can send their kids to college, so that they can buy a
A CHANGING OF THE GUARD

A CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Perhaps we don’t get big high wooly hats like they do at Buckingham Palace, but today will see a big transition for California. As in 2017 when Kamala Harris replaced Sen. Boxer, the transition from Brown to Newsom will be more than one of age or style, but of a real change in California politics. Gavin Newsom is nobody’s radical. In many ways, he borrows a lot from Gov. Brown’s political style. A little from the left, and a little from the center(-right). A plan for a massive increase in f
AN UPDATE ON ELECTION RESULTS: THE GOP IS NO LONGER A STATEWIDE PARTY

AN UPDATE ON ELECTION RESULTS: THE GOP IS NO LONGER A STATEWIDE PARTY

There are still over 4 million votes to count, but with what we have so far, the California results are looking outstanding. Of the six congressional districts that we were targeting most heavily, it looks like we will flip at least four. Steve Knight has conceded to Katie Hill. Harley Rouda is now up nearly four points over Putin’s favorite Congressman Rohrabacher, and Harder’s lead over Dehnam is growing. And Mike Levin defeated Diane Harkey. In the other two House seats, we are stil
IT’S TIME TO VOTE

IT’S TIME TO VOTE

It’s Time to VOTE! You should have received your ballot in the mail already. Send it in at least a week early to ensure that your county has adequate time to verify your ballot before election day. As for who/what to vote for? Well, the Democratic endorsements are a pretty good place to start. And finish, for your statewide races. The statewide endorsed candidates are all well-qualified. A particular shout out to Ricardo Lara, who would be the first out LGBT statewide elected official, and
PROGRESSIVE COALITION FILES SPLIT ROLL MEASURE FOR 2020

PROGRESSIVE COALITION FILES SPLIT ROLL MEASURE FOR 2020

We still have twelve weeks before the 2018 election, but a coalition of labor, community organizations, business leaders, and elected leaders are already thinking about 2020. Today, they filed 860K signatures, far more than the 575K requirement to get to the ballot. Even assuming a higher failure rate that is typically encountered when using a mostly volunteer signature gathering process, this seems like it is on the road to the ballot. In short, it is a split roll measure, which would spli
CALIFORNIA WINS ROUND ONE OF THE SANCTUARY LITIGATION

CALIFORNIA WINS ROUND ONE OF THE SANCTUARY LITIGATION

In a 60 page decision, Federal District Judge John Mendez denied an injunction on all parts of SB 54, California’s Sanctuary State legislation relating to state and local governments. However, Judge Mendez did issue an injunction over accompanying legislation, AB 450, which dealt with private employers, and their willingness to hand over records without a warrant or allow federal immigration agents access to nonpublic areas of their businesses. For the most part, the logic of the Court was
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