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Proposition 19 is latest assault on taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | The assaults on California property owners and taxpayers never stop. And once again the California Legislature has advanced a massive tax increase at the last possible moment when they thought no one was paying attention. Assembly … Continue reading

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Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration included a paragraph on slavery that Congress edited out

Clay S. Jenkinson is the creator of this podcast — a nationally syndicated public radio program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour, heard on many NPR stations. Independence Day was one of only two holidays that Jefferson celebrated. Joining Clay on this … Continue reading

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The very first Fourth of July

Thomas Jefferson was not the first choice to write the Declaration of Independence. He accepted the assignment reluctantly, but he brought genius to the project, including the 35 most important words in the English language. By Clay S. Jenkinson | … Continue reading

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Sacramento’s budget games are both silly and harmful to Californians

By Jon Coupal | California’s budget process has become so warped it would make even Niccolò Machiavelli blush. The annual spending plan was never easy for citizens, the media and even political insiders to understand. But for the last decade, … Continue reading

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ACA25 is wrong for California

By Jon Coupal | Times are strange indeed when the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association finds itself fighting on the same side as left-leaning organizations such as Voices for Progress, Common Cause and the ACLU. The saying that politics makes for … Continue reading

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Defund the police unions

By John Stossel | Why are incidents of police abuse so common? One reason: Police unions protect the worst cops from being fired.

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State’s ongoing fight over pension obligation bonds

By Jon Coupal | Earlier this year, this column raised the alarm over the resurgence in the use of “pension obligation bonds,” a risky financing method that fell out of favor during the 2008 recession but is now making a … Continue reading

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Police have been looting for years

Escalating salaries, benefits, and pensions for police are crowding out other services By Joe Mathews | When you hear cops reporting widespread looting in California, you should believe them. Because they are true experts. Indeed, for many decades, the most … Continue reading

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Proposal to prohibit police unions from funding district attorney campaigns doesn’t go far enough

By Joel Fox | One response to the protests over police treatment of black communities is a proposal by some current and former California district attorneys to prohibit candidates running for prosecutor positions from receiving police unions’ donations and endorsements.  … Continue reading

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Cities need reform, not bailouts

By Jim Righeimer and Bruce Whitaker | The inevitable has happened, restoring our faith in the logic of the universe: the local politicians who supported Gov. Newsom’s shutdown of the California economy now want the governor and the Trump administration … Continue reading

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