California Nabs 2/3 Majority as Voter Universe Changes

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 7:08 am

Just to pick up on what happened in my neck of the woods out here in California. It turned out to be a great night. The tax revolt is dead, or at least not a binding religious totem, the way it was described here for the last 35 years. Prop 30, which temporarily raises income [...]

The Most Important Vote in America – Ending the Tax Revolt in California

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:52 am

Everyone (OK, every geek like me) has their own favorite downballot race or ballot initiative they’re watching in this election. I definitely think Elizabeth Warren ascending to the US Senate would be a truly unique thing. There are a couple bellweather races in the Senate (I think North Dakota will show the power of ideology [...]

California Agency Releases Evidence of Money Laundering in Right-Wing Campaign Spending on Ballot Measures

By: Monday November 5, 2012 11:09 am

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission forced a mysterious $11 million donor to two ballot measures to reveal its secret funding sources today, and the result showed how most of these independent ex

Failure of California’s Prop 30 Would Mean More State-Level Austerity on a Grand Scale

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 2:44 pm

Hopes that we are at the end of the cycle of state budget cutbacks dragging on overall growth may be dashed if Proposition 30, a measure that would increase taxes mostly on the wealthiest Californians making over $250,000, fails at the ballot box in two weeks. And two polls out today find support tanking for [...]

California’s Competing Tax Measures Could Sink Both

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:45 am

There are actually three tax measures on the statewide ballot. Prop 39 concerns a corporate tax loophole, and would dedicate the revenue from closing it to energy projects. That exists separately from Brown’s measure, and so both Prop 30 and Prop 39 could pass under the law. But Prop 38, promoted by millionaire lawyer Molly Munger, is a different animal. Munger’s proposition would increase overall state income tax rates to pay for schools and early childhood education. It conflicts with Brown’s increase on just the top tax rates (along with a small 1/4 cent increase in the state sales tax). So both measures cannot pass; if they both cross the 50% threshold, whichever proposition gets the most votes will get implemented.

Why California’s Gas Prices Have Skyrocketed

By: Monday October 8, 2012 12:07 pm

Brad Plumer has a decent enough explanation of why gas prices have soared in California over the past week or so. Being a California resident, perhaps I can provide a bit more insight into how this has played out on the ground. Professor James Hamilton explains that a series of refinery and pipeline shutdowns, and [...]

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