Democrats fear President Donald Trump is underfunding the U.S. Census for political reasons, to undercount Californians and deny them more seats in Congress. Immigrants, poor people, the homeless and other hard-to-count populations are the rub.
With President Donald Trump leading the chorus of incivility and insult, hate crime in California spiked more than 17 percent between 2016 and 2017. It reflects the state after Proposition 187’s 1994 passage.
America has been polarized on immigration before, but never without a panic or economic crisis. Now debate is infected by hostility, anger and tribalism, much of it among the rich. The solution is to organize and elect candidates in November who will pass sane immigration policies.
The SCOTUS ruling in Janus v. AFSCME reflected a hostility against unions that organized labor can expect to see more of. But it also met every definition of judicial activism: It ignored legal precedent, overruled elected branches of government and was unnecessarily broad.
Inspired by the Trump administration’s detention of migrant children at the Mexican border, a local teacher asks: ‘Were they snatched/As casually as/Say … a hat/ (unmarked with a name)/Maybe for a game of/Keep away/By the schoolyard bullies?’
The poet Langston Hughes called on Americans to take back their country. June 30 protests against the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families and detention of children at the border reflected mass anger at the president’s gangster government.
Public employee pensions such as CalPERS and CalSTRS are busting state and local government budgets. More than 100 local tax measures were on the June ballot with dozens more in November to help pay for public sector retirements.
SB 993 by California Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, would impose a 3 percent sales tax on services such as advertising, accounting, banking and legal representation. It would force businesses to raise prices and disadvantage small businesses.
Parkside Community Church has erected a nativity scene featuring the Christ child in a pen, separated from a detained Mary and Joseph. The tableau invites comparison to Trump’s detention of migrant children and their families.
California is the world’s fifth largest economy, with a $9 billion budget surplus. But social problems require the state to adjust its tax policy to improve the common good. Oil should be taxed, Prop. 13 should be updated to a split roll and single payer health care should be funded with a gross business revenue receipts tax.
President Donald Trump’s tax reform rewarded the well-off, but not in California, where high earners can no longer deduct all their SALT, or state and local income taxes. Liberals should forget expanding sales taxes to include services.
Trump and Republicans are undermining access to abortion, contraception and accurate information on reproduction and family planning. With another anti-abortion Supreme Court pick , conservatives could outlaw abortion. Women must get out the vote in November and resist.
A law that allows the Legislature to make deals with initiative proponents has had its biggest impact in 2018 – and mostly for the good. Three contentious initiatives headed for the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot were withdrawn just before the deadline.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting states require internet companies to collect sales taxes on transactions will make shopping more expensive, interstate commerce fairer, increase revenue to states and apply the Constitution to technology.
California used to be a Republican bastion. But when the Cold War ended, immigrants tilted Los Angeles’ politics leftward. Since 1992, no Republican has even tried to win in California and in 2016, Hillary Clinton beat President Donald Trump by more than 3 million votes.
President Donald Trump’s trade war is clouding California’s farm industry, which supports more than 5 million jobs and $24 billion in exports. The U.S. should suspend Trump’s tariffs and fix NAFTA, not threaten California’s economy.
California farmers rely heavily on exports, but are threatened by retaliatory tariffs from Europe, China and other nations. California Republicans – especially those representing farming communities in the Valley – must be far louder in urging the Trump administration to stop this trade war.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, announced June 17, 2018, has terrified liberals. But making Chief Justice John Roberts the swing vote would just make the judiciary apolitical, as Hamilton intended in The Federalist #78.
In overturning the 40-year precedent set in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, let partisanship trump the law. The Janus case will likely be the first in a series to solidify the power of Republicans and big business, and weaken unions and Democrats.