Jerry Brown Opens Door on New Taxes

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 26 Comments

Sometimes I hate being right. Last year, I warned that Brown’s second term would include a tax increase. The GOP candidates didn’t try to get him to pledge again on taxes. He said as much in a press conference. They should of pounded him over and over to at least get another pledge even as their victory was in doubt. …

Will low voter turnout give Republican Neel Kashkari a chance?

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 9 Comments

In the wake of low voter turnout in the June 2014 California primary which favored conservative / Republican candidates, is there any chance of a repeat on a bigger scale in November 2014? John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, says November 2014 could be a real downer for California when it comes to voter turnout. As John …

June 3 Voter Turnout: One Prediction Getting Plenty of Attention

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 0 Comments

Voter turnout for the June 2014 California primary will be low. Not a “Stop The Presses” kind of statement. How about this: “San Diego is on the cusp of experiencing record low voter turnout. I’m talking about turnout potentially so weak it could damage the city’s psyche.”  Competitive Edge Research & Communication President and CEO John Nienstedt made this assertion …

Is Kashkari’s Approach a Winner for Cal GOP? UPDATE

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UPDATE Neel Kashkari is officially running: It will take a lot of work to turn CA around, but we can do this. And we must. Join us at http://t.co/rXUUjDZQsl pic.twitter.com/9ETneEaXmD — Neel Kashkari (@neelkashkari) January 22, 2014 END UPDATE I was hoping that my 100th post on San Diego Rostra would be more auspicious, but as the old saying goes …

Understanding Employers and Why Republicans Matter

Diane Harkey Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey 0 Comments

This op-ed originally appeared in Steve Frank’s California Political News & Views Common sense dictates that people as well as employers will act in their own best interest.  This is the premise underlying market economies and why they provide more goods, services and improve the lives of all of us, much more so than a command or government manipulated market can.  …

Brown Planning Pay Raises for State Workers

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At least that’s my take on these comments, as quoted in the U-T article headlined “NOT ALL PROP. 30 TAX HIKE MONEY GOING TO SCHOOLS.” Brown’s proposed $97.7 billion general fund budget assumes no state employee raises beyond those already required in union contracts. But contracts for all but two of the state’s 21 bargaining units are set to expire …