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Whether Politicians Like It or Not Gasoline Is California’s Life Blood

The Field Poll reports that for the first time in seven years more California voters believe the state is moving in the right direction (50 percent) than feel it is on the wrong track (41 percent). Those living in coastal California are much more likely to have a positive outlook on our state’s future...

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4 Online Poker Bills Square Off in CA Legislature

This year could bring gambling to Internet users in California. For years, online poker has been legal in the United States, but not in the Golden State. Now, amidst a host of competing interests, a spate of new bills has emerged in the hope of changing that. Four pieces of legislation have been put into play: AB9, AB167, and two identical...

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Defending Liberty in All Its Forms

Americans pay ritual obeisance to liberty. But daily, they say “there ought to be a law” that restricts it. They have only the dimmest awareness of our founders’ views on this central issue and no knowledge of friends of freedom beyond our shores. That is a pity, because such investigation would yield much insight....

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The Unintended Consequences of CA’s Top Two Primary System

California’s new “top-two” primary system has some Golden State Democrats worried. Though they’re confident about holding onto the seat being vacated by departing U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2016, Democrats may come to rue the new set-up, which allows the two top vote-getters to advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. In...

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New Obstacles for CA Gun Owners

Whatever their enthusiasm or seriousness, California gun users have a new set of obstacles, thanks to fresh legislation intended to increase firearm safety. Both changes have raised pointed questions about naivety on technology. Senate Bill 199 was introduced by state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, now the Senate president pro tem. It was passed last year and...

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Live Long and Prosper

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Characteristics of the Ideal CA Conservative Candidate

It’s no secret. CPAC – the largest national gathering of conservatives – is the place to be when it comes to hearing from the GOP’s best and brightest. Congressman, political pundits, activists and the media flock to National Harbor, MD for the 3-day conference that ignited and unites conservatives nationwide.When looking at the speakers...

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Cellphone Surveillance Pursued by Silicon Valley Sheriffs

It’s not just the immense amount of information collected by such tech giants as Apple, Google and Facebook that is riling privacy advocates. Now the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department is seeking new cellphone surveillance technology — paid for by federal funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. With time running short on the availability of DHS grant money,...

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Cap-And-Trade Costs California Businesses $1 billion

California businesses paid a whopping $1 billion this year buying permits to comply with the state’s cap-and-trade law — the largest sale recorded since the state began regulating carbon dioxide in 2012. Even with record permit sales, the $1 billion raised was well below market expectations. But environmentalists sold the auction as a huge success, because...

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Committee Hearing Exposes UC’s Bloated Budget

Tuition hikes marched to the head of the class at a recent hearing of California Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. Assembly members balked at a 28 percent tuition hike advanced by UC President Janet Napolitano and approved by the University of California Board of Regents. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Neither the governor nor the California...

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