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    Morning Bell: Avoid California's Mistakes

    Today voters in California will go to the polls to decide the fate of six ballot propositions, four of which would raise taxes on Californians. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pushed heavily for all six ballot measures which are designed to close the state’s $15 billion budget shortfall. But even though … More

    Public Sector Unions Gone Wild

    This morning we warned you about the The Public-Sector Union Threat to Economic Recovery. Reason.tv’s Nick Gillespie has a new video out showing how even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA) failed to terminate their big spending influence.

    Carbon Caps Already Killing Californian Jobs

    This week the House of Representatives held hearings on a sweeping new law that would impose a cap on carbon emissions and regulate energy and manufacturing in this country. Moderate Democrats in Congress are less than thrilled about telling their constituents they are about to swell the ranks of the … More

    The Ban on Black

    Henry Ford told buyers they could get a Model T in “any color as long as it’s black.” Californians may soon find that black is banned. California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) conducted a public workshop this month, outlining their plan to regulate the color of cars. CARB’s website explains: In … More

    Rep. Nunes: Calif. Radicals Set To Storm Rest Of America

    Washington – Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), whom we have previously profiled on the Foundry, visited the Conservative Bloggers’ Briefing today and warned against radical environmental regulations cutting off the livelihoods of millions of Americans, just as thousands have lost jobs in his home district. “If you want to see the bellwether … More

    Let the Sunshine In

    California is no longer the Golden State. Now a complete captive to public sector unions, spending has exploded by 40% over the past five years. The state perpetually runs massive budget deficits, this year’s record $40 billion deficit being only the latest. The allies of big government and big labor … More

    State Bailouts Only Delay the Inevitable

    Empire Center director Edmund McMahon writes in the New York Post: The House of Representatives this week is expected to pass a federal stimulus package that could pump at least $17 billion of noncapital funding directly into New York’s state and local government coffers over the next two years. But … More

    California Town's Bailout Gamble Just Got Riskier

    Across California, many cash strapped towns are desperate to keep their fledgling tax bases afloat. For Victorville, a desert town on the main highway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, that now means a taxpayer bailout for Victorville Motors. The Wall Street Journal reports: Car dealerships in these towns have … More

    "Blatant Religious Hatred" in California

    Just before the elections, The Heritage Foundation published a paper I wrote about how redefining marriage to include same-sex unions would threaten religious liberties and foster a climate of contempt for people who continue to believe marriage involves a man and a woman. As the paper explains, once courts conclude … More

    Don't Mess with Texas

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) told the Environmental Protection Agency that its national carbon capping plans were not welcome in the Lone Star State: Implementing such regulations would cripple the Texas’ energy sector, irreparably damaging both the state and national economies, and severely impacting national oil and gas supplies. … … More