| Jul 20, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chanting this mantra since he first landed in Sacramento: Sacramento must learn to live within its means.
The volume rose in late June when budget talks heated up.
The governor lambasted "Sacramento's failure to...
| Jul 16, 2009
They whiffed a fat batting practice pitch. Blew a gimme putt. Inexplicably clanked a slam-dunk.
Pardon the sports jargon, but it's a civil way to characterize incompetence and failure in Sacramento. It avoids invective language already too prevalent in...
| Jul 13, 2009
Of all the ways in which California residents have slit their fiscal throats over the last 30 years, surely the most inexplicable is the bestowal of a gaping tax loophole on commercial and industrial property owners.
The culprit, no surprise, is that 31-...
| Jul 2, 2009
The art of setting automobile insurance rates is incomprehensible to most of us civilians. Liability coverage, comprehensive insurance, assigned risk pools, discounts, surcharges . . . the list goes on. Just try to figure out how your carrier arrived at...
| Jun 22, 2009
Call it the Dance of Death, the Kabuki or the Summer Follies -- the performance they're about to give in California's Capitol is a necessary ritual. But it shouldn't be taken very seriously by the outside world.
Both houses of the Legislature intend to...
| Jun 29, 2009
Once again, Capitol politicians are fighting over how to fix the chronically bleeding state budget. And again, the answer should be clear: It's unfixable.
It will remain unfixable until California's system of governance is pulled apart and overhauled....
| Jun 11, 2009
Bill Lockyer has some simple, blunt advice for Democratic legislators struggling to make painful budget cuts: Just assume you're not going to get reelected. Then dig in and slash.
Democrat Lockyer -- the state treasurer, former attorney general and...
| Sep 26, 2010
California's magnificent state parks are falling apart fast.
The budgeting system for state government is in shambles and practically dysfunctional.
Proposition 21 on the November ballot would fix the parks. But it would pound another kink into...
| Apr 9, 2011
Jane Harman has a new address -- on Pennsylvania Avenue. No, not that address. She's the new honcho at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Starting in 1992, she won nine elections in Southern California's coastal 36th Congressional...
| Mar 18, 2012
There's an old saying in Republican politics: Massachusetts produces only two exports — lobsters and liberals — and neither one travels well.
That's what GOP strategists said in 1988 when then-Gov. Michael S. Dukakis was the Democratic...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 5:48 PM
Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o is not going to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised to become the first freshman to win in the award's 78-year history.
Te'o will finish second ahead of...