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  • CALIFORNIA: True source of $11M contribution revealed

    11/05/2012 6:52:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/5/12 | Marisa Lagos
    Americans for Job Security, a conservative, pro-business national group, is the true source of the $11 million last-minute infusion of campaign cash into a California political committee that supports an antiunion ballot measure and opposes Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposition, state campaign finance regulators announced early Monday. But the hard-fought disclosure, which comes just one day before the election, creates more questions than it answers, because under federal law, Americans for Job Security does not have to reveal its donors.
  • Mystery Arizona group sends $11 million to fight unions, Gov. Jerry Brown

    10/16/2012 10:53:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 10/16/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    A shadowy Phoenix-based group contributed $11 million Monday to a campaign committee funding attacks on Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and supporting a measure curbing union dues collection, a new campaign finance report shows. Americans for Responsible Leadership gave the donation to Small Business Action Committee PAC, which is backing Proposition 32 and opposing Proposition 30. Before the latest contribution, the PAC had been heavily reliant on more than $20 million from Charles Munger Jr.
  • Tom on the California 2012 Propositions (McClintock recommendations)

    09/24/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies ^ | 20 September 2012 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids. NO Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools. Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs. California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in. Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid. Prop...
  • Campaign finance measure trails among likely California voters {Prop 32}

    09/21/2012 11:00:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/21/12 | Jon Ortiz
    A campaign finance measure on the November ballot is trailing among likely California voters, according to a new survey, although a sizable percentage remain undecided as dueling campaigns head into their final weeks. The poll, by the Field Poll and the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, shows 44 percent plan to vote no on Proposition 32 while 38 percent support the measure. The rest, 18 percent, said they haven't decided. "Opinions on this aren't fully formed yet," said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo. Proposition 32 would ban unions and corporations from using payroll-deducted money for...
  • What happens if Prop. 32 passes?

    09/20/2012 12:51:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 9/20/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Imagine it's Nov. 7, 2012.Yesterday, California voters approved Proposition 32, ending payroll- deducted funds for politics and eliminating union and corporate contributions directly to candidates. So now what? Here come the lawyers. Attorneys live to probe ballot measures for legal loopholes and constitutional conflicts. In this case, Proposition 32 bans "unions" and "corporations" from using payroll-deducted funds for "political purposes." Government contractors also are banned from giving to candidates or their committees.But what do those words mean? What about non-corporate business entities, such as limited liability companies? What about contributions from Indian tribes? What's a political purpose, anyway? Ultimately, the...
  • California delgates have more on their mind than Obama re-election

    09/05/2012 10:05:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/5/12 | David Siders and Torey Van Oot
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The welcome packet for California delegates attending this week's Democratic National Convention includes a letter from state party Chairman John Burton calling the four-day political gathering the "kickoff for our final push to victory in November." "When we return to California, we've got a real fight on our hands," the letter reads. Burton wasn't talking about re-electing President Barack Obama. The opponent California Democrats "must defeat," he wrote, is Proposition 32, a November ballot measure that could curb unions' influence by banning the use of payroll-deducted dollars for political spending. With Obama a virtual shoo-in to carry...
  • California unions hold power but face peril

    09/03/2012 1:50:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/3/12 | Dan Walters
    Anyone who was paying attention to the California Legislature during the hectic final days of the 2012 session last week could see the political clout of the state's labor unions. Countless union-backed bills whipped through the Capitol and onto Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Although union lobbyists lost a few battles, they could count many more victories. With the Legislature's Democratic majority utterly beholden to unions for political sustenance and with a governor, Jerry Brown, whose 2010 campaign relied on union financing, unions and their 2.4 million members are at the apogee of political influence. Nevertheless, Labor Day 2012 also finds...
  • Prop. 32: What really scares California's big unions

    08/28/2012 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/24/2012 | Larry Sand
    Michael Hiltzik infers in his column Sunday that Proposition 32 is a big lie -- because it prohibits both corporations and labor unions such as the California Teachers Assn. from extracting involuntary political contributions from the paychecks of workers. Hiltzik argues that its prohibition of corporate deductions is of minor impact, but that union political fund-raising will be crippled. He is amazingly untroubled by the fact that taking such payroll deductions for political purposes without consent is patently immoral. Why should a worker have some of his forced union dues spent on candidates or causes that he doesn't agree with?...
  • Jarvis group's new ad calls Jerry Brown's tax bid street robbery

    08/20/2012 7:13:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/20/12 | David Siders
    The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is up with its second radio advertisement against Gov. Jerry Brown's November ballot initiative to raise taxes, comparing Brown's tax campaign to street robbery. "Hey, lady, hand over your purse or the schools get it," a voice at the top of the ad says. The ad, an issue-advocacy spot running statewide beginning today, comes as the Democratic governor begins in earnest to campaign for Proposition 30, his proposal to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners. The Democratic governor has characterized the election as a choice between higher taxes and...
  • Teachers union drops $7.5 million against Prop. 32

    08/03/2012 8:28:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 8/3/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    As we told you a few weeks back, California’s unions are very worried about Proposition 32, which — if passed — would kneecap their political power. The measure would limit labor’s chief weapon for influencing the state’s politics – political donations – by preventing unions from using automatic payroll deductions from members without their permission. It would also prevent corporations from doing the same, but as we noted in our story a while back — they’ve got some serious loopholes. So that explains why the the 325,000-member California Teachers Association/Issues PAC dropped $7.5 miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllion Friday in opposition to the measure,...
  • California: November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures

    07/09/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies
    November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 30 Initiative Constitutional Amendment 1578. (12-0009) - Final Random Sample Update - 06/20/12 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Qualified: 06/20/12 Proponent: Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200 Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings...
  • ARB Announces Plans to Require Major Industrial Facilities to Cut Pollution

    06/30/2011 10:19:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/30/11 | Devra Wang
    At a California Senate oversight hearing yesterday called by Senator Pavley, a joint author of the state's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), Air Resources Board Chairman Nichols reaffirmed her agency's commitment to proceed with implementation of a robust package of clean energy policies backed up with a cap-and-trade program to cut the state's emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. Chairman Nichols also announced a major new addition to the AB 32 package - CARB will require that major industrial facilities in California, such as refineries and cement plants, implement cost-effective reduction measures that will provide significant greenhouse...
  • Dan Walters: Debate heats up over greenhouse gas measure

    06/16/2010 7:51:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 356+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/16/10 | Dan Walters
    A great debate has been under way for months over whether California's leading role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions would reap rich economic returns or retard recovery from deep recession. The debate will intensify in the coming months as voters decide the fate of a ballot measure that would suspend implementation of Assembly Bill 32, California's landmark anti-global warming law, and as gubernatorial candidates Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman argue. "Investments in clean energy produce two to three times as many jobs per dollar as gas, oil or coal," Brown said in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. "Clean energy...
  • Schwarzenegger calls Texas oil companies 'greedy'

    04/13/2010 4:29:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 52 replies · 996+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/13/10 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday rebuked oil companies Valero and Tesoro for financing an effort to suspend the state's greenhouse gas reduction law, labeling the companies "greedy." The governor made his remarks during a press conference on the Capitol's east steps to promote the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Valero, based in San Antonio, Texas, has given $500,000 so far toward a signature-gathering drive to suspend Assembly Bill 32, the 2006 law requiring California to roll back greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020. Tesoro, also based in San Antonio, has contributed $100,000.