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If you oppose illegal immigration, Tim Donnelly isn't on your side (California) - 04/08/14

... extremely long-shot candidate to be California governor. The primary election is June 3, 2014 and then the top two vote getters (i.e., Jerry Brown and either Donnelly or Neel Kashkari) will face off in the general election in November. Earlier I wrote how Tim Donnelly is a waste of time. But, it goes beyond even that: even though Donnelly himself might oppose massive or at least illegal...

Cowardly fake patriot Bill Whittle "jokes" that Texans should shoot Californians - 01/13/14

... "jokes" that Texans should shoot Californians who move to that state. He spoke at an event featuring Ted Cruz, who's seated in front row center. Whittle's "joke" illustrates yet again the low level of patriotism of many of today's conservatives leaders. Instead of standing with their millions of fellow citizens in California - including Whittle - many in the conservative sphere turn their backs...

U. of California, CA Student Aid Commission join Mexican government to give college grants to illegal aliens (Darrell Steinberg) - 01/10/14

... release [1], bolding added: The California Student Aid Commission; the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, Cien Amigos; the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California; the University of California; the Latino Policy Coalition; the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; and, Dream. Develop. Do. invite you to attend Steps to College 2014 on Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 8...

Tim Donnelly for California governor? How he'll waste everyone's time - 11/06/13

California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is running to replace Jerry Brown as California governor in 2014. In its current form, his campaign is not at all a good fit for the state and thus he'll be yet another Republican who ends up wasting time and money in a pointless campaign. Unless he changes his campaign (not likely) I urge everyone to support someone else instead. I heard him on today's John...

Freedom in the 50 States: freedom has a big cost (Koch, Mercatus Center, GMU) - 03/28/13

... state is New York, followed by California, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. It's worth pointing out that four of the five most free states (all but NH) are subsidized by three of the least free states (NJ, CA, and NY) [2]. Unless you happen to live in a "free" state and you like it, you might at this point be thinking that there's a big cost to what the Kochs define as "freedom". Most...

Libertarian Steven Greenhut welcomes California's far-left overlords that libertarian immigration policies created - 03/01/13

... Immigration Debate Is Over in California" [1] in Reason Magazine. He sideways admits how much damage libertarian-style loose borders immigration policies have done to California, such as establishing de facto one party rule. His solution isn't to stem the tide of massive immigration. Instead, he wants to double-down: he wants to help the far-left in other states with even more immigration. ......

Why Conn Carroll has no credibility ("California in Crisis", illegal immigration) - 02/26/13

... who complain about the problems California faces but ignore the key issue facing the state: massive illegal immigration. See Fiscal Con for several examples. However, so far none of those "conservatives" have been bold enough to admit that they weren't going to discuss immigration: they just ignored it completely. That is, until now. Meet Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner, who's...

How can "conservatives" help California if they support or ignore the root cause? (Conn Carroll) - 11/19/12

... prevent the U.S. from becoming California?", link): Don't think for a second that California's chronic deficits are caused by low taxes. Even before last Tuesday's tax hikes, California had the most progressive income tax system in the nation... The real cause for California's fiscal crisis is simple: They spend too much money... What are Californians getting for all this government spending?...

Hot Air readers still turning their backs on millions of Americans in California - 11/11/12

... Johnsen entitled "The coming California supermajority?" ( peekURL.com/ztdStBR ); while she's toned down her anti-California stance since the last time, her readers more than pick up the slack. First, there are the just-wall-off-California comments, like this one: The faster conservatives can leave the faster will be CA’s downward spiral. It will be fun to watch. Can we find a way to fence the...

Jerry Brown vetoes pro-illegal immigration Trust Act (AB1081, Tom Ammiano) - 10/01/12

... below. From [1]: (Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown) vetoed AB1081 (from Tom Ammiano), which could have protected illegal immigrants from deportation if they committed minor infractions. The bill has been dubbed "anti-Arizona" legislation, a reference to that state's immigrant identification law. The so-called Trust Act would have let California opt out of some parts of a federal...

Jerry Brown gives drivers licenses to illegal aliens in Obama's amnesty (Gil Cedillo, AB2189) - 10/01/12

California governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed AB2189, a bill that gives drivers licenses to the illegal aliens who'll be admitted into Obama's amnesty program. This is a partial victory for Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, a supposed representative of U.S. interests who actually frequently acts more like a paid agent of the Mexican government. Cedillo has been pushing to get drivers licenses into the...

Elizabeth Emken on immigration: weak, GOP boilerplate (amnesty, California, Feinstein) - 09/10/12

... to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, a state that's been greatly harmed by massive illegal immigration. Rather than doing what's best for the U.S. and California by making strong opposition to illegal immigration a central part of her campaign, all Emken can offer is weak GOP boilerplate that supports some form of amnesty. On the page emken2012.com/issues, she has full-page "Policy Papers...

Do red states give more to charity than blue states? - 08/20/12

... actual dollar terms residents of California give more than than the top eight percentage givers combined (Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas, and Georgia). Not only does California give more in dollar terms to charity than those red and mostly Southern states, but California has helped prop up several of those states by giving billions upon billions more to...

Walter Russell Mead blames the victims of globalization, mass immigration (California, The American Interest, Kotkin) - 07/15/12

... '"Green" Energy Bias Killing California' [1]: The destruction of California isn’t a victimless crime. Millions of low income California residents are trapped in decaying cities where, thanks in large part to narcissistic green unicorn chasers, the manufacturing base has withered away. And anything that blights California, blights us all. America and the world need California back on line; the...

Hot Air readers, Erika Johnsen turn their backs on millions of Americans in California ("anti-Arizona" immigration bill) - 07/06/12

The California state senate recently passed a bill called the TRUST Act which seeks to prevent localities from contacting the Department of Homeland Security about all but the most dangerous illegal aliens. The patriotic response to the bill would consist of realizing that the far-left illegal immigration supporters in the California legislature are not representative of the state as a whole. And...

US cities with highest unemployment have something in common. What is it? - 06/28/12

... agricultural areas, and most are in California's Central Valley. And, all those cities are home to large illegal alien populations engaged in various agricultural fields. (There are other factors such as the Delta Smelt, but those other factors' impact would be reduced if not for the very large numbers of illegal aliens in those areas.) The way to reduce those numbers is to encourage able-bodied...

What City Journal doesn't want you to see (Troy Senik, "Worst Union", California, immigration) - 06/14/12

... seemingly trying to lay all of California's woes at the feet of the California Teachers Association union - without once mentioning the role illegal immigration has played in this state's problems. In response, I left the following comment [3]. Weeks later, it hasn't appeared on their comments page (which has 137 comments on it): Whatever your opinion of the CTA, they wouldn't have so much power...

Robert Reich misleads about immigration, Arizona, Mitt Romney - 04/28/12

... to woo them back? Replicating California Republican Governor Pete Wilson's disastrous support almost twenty years ago for Proposition 187 -- which would have screened out undocumented immigrants from public schools, health care, and other social services, and required law-enforcement officials to report any "suspected" illegals. (Wilson, you may remember, lost that year's election, and...

Joel Kotkin, Allysia Finley grossly mislead yet again ("The Great California Exodus", Wall Street Journal) - 04/21/12

Allysia Finley offers "The Great California Exodus" (link) in which she and Chapman University urban studies professor Joel Kotkin grossly mislead about the problems that state faces. The article is misleading not so much for what it says, but for what it doesn't say. In fact, both Finley and Kotkin avoid mentioning the key role that those in the Wall Street Journal sphere have played in the very...

Poll: 61% oppose California driver's licenses for illegal aliens (51% of Hispanics & Democrats oppose) - 02/28/12

California state assemblyman Gil Cedillo has yet again introduced a bill to give drivers licenses to give illegal aliens. To determine public support for the plan, KABC commissioned a Survey USA poll of Los Angeles area residents [1]. The results show that 61% oppose giving illegal aliens licenses to drive, and only 35% support the plan. Moreover, majorities of both Hispanics (51% against, 45%...

Teaparty Nation: break California, Illinois into smaller states (Judson Phillips) - 01/09/12

... Nation group: ...Illinois and California are poised to become America’s Greece. Both have out of control spending problems. They have raised taxes and regulations to the point where businesses and the wealthy are fleeing those states as fast as they can. ...We need to break up both California and Illinois into smaller states. Why not? There is no such thing as too big to fail, and it applies to...

Will California declare state-level immigration amnesty? (Opportunity and Prosperity Act, illegal aliens) - 12/03/11

No, California won't be declaring its own, state-level amnesty for illegal aliens. While Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes and others are trying to put an initiative on the ballot ("California Opportunity and Prosperity Act") that would attempt to declare such an amnesty (link), such an initiative has nearly zero chance of passing. Some notes: 1. Fuentes' plan would be an initiative. That means that he...

Occupy Wall Street is failure: three examples in one story (Occupy Davis, California, tuition) - 11/28/11

... frustrations to University of California regents Monday about rising tuition costs and the use of force against their demonstrations. More than 50 UC Davis students signed up for a chance to have their say for - one minute each - during public comment at the regents' teleconference. ...At one point in the teleconference, a UC finance staffer in San Francisco attempted to give a financial report...

Jerry Brown signs anti-American California DREAM Act - 10/08/11

California governor Jerry Brown has signed the second, even worse part of what's called the state DREAM Act (AB 131). The new law will let illegal aliens deprive some American citizens of college, as even the Los Angeles Times admitted [1]. The bill Brown signed is a slap in the face to not just U.S. citizens, but legal immigrants as well: Jerry Brown supports taking very valuable resources (...

2006: Gil Cedillo supports illegal immigration boycott, shills for cheap labor employers - 09/18/11

... below has a 2006 speech from California state Assemblyman Gil Cedillo in support of a resolution supporting the "Great American Boycott" immigration march. The speech was discussed here five years ago, but since it appears to have been deleted from its original location at democrats.sen.ca.gov I uploaded my cached copy. 1. On the video, Cedillo supports comprehensive immigration reform and...

Jorge Ramos: most Californians support Mexico over U.S. in soccer; US is "latinizing" - 06/26/11

... in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Los Angeles Times headline says it all: "In Gold Cup final, it's red, white and boo again/Mexico rallies for a 4-2 win over U.S. behind overwhelming support at Rose Bowl. In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?" [1]. Since it's obviously not clear to enough of our leaders that we face a growing "Chicano Quebec" inside the...

Yolo Sheriff Ed Prieto consults with Mexican government and opposes Secure Communities; "our people" - 06/19/11

In May 2011, Yolo (California) County Sheriff Ed Prieto held a press conference with others [1] expressing his opposition to the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. Prieto admits he's consulted with a foreign government about a domestic issue, he may have indicated that racial solidarity underlies his opposition to the DHS program, and he wants to...

Supreme Court lets states give in-state tuition to illegal aliens (California) - 06/06/11

A California law lets illegal aliens get in-state tuition rates which, as described on the DREAM Act page, allows illegal aliens to deprive some citizens of college or get a better rate on college than some citizens. The US Supreme Court earlier today refused to hear a challenge to California's law [1]. That has the effect of allowing California to continue giving citizens of other countries who...

Supreme Court orders California to release >30,000 prisoners; how much overcrowding due to illegal immigration? (ACLU) - 05/23/11

... Court has ordered the state of California to release at least 30,000 state prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding (link, excerpt at [1]). What you probably won't hear from many others is the role that massive immigration - especially of the illegal variety - has played in this matter. According to a Public Policy Institute of California study, "[i]n 2005, there were 28,279 foreign born adults...

George Will misleads about a root cause of California problems - 05/21/11

... like to play on the people of California: whine about the problems California faces in order to push one part of their agenda, while ignoring how another part of their agenda caused the problems in the first place. See the fiscal con page for a detailed description and several examples. The latest pundit to pull the Fiscal Con is George Will of the Washington Post, who offers "Golden State blues...

Dan Walters, SacBee, 2001: "New data prove that two-tier society is a fact of California life" - 05/21/11

... two-tier society is a fact of California life" by Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee is apparently not on their site any more. I'm copying it from here because it needs to be preserved as an example of the California Establishment realizing the problems they helped create: ------------- Sixteen years ago, two academic researchers took note of the powerful economic and social forces that were just...

GOP politician's ad: non-Jewish white people "should stick together" (Dan Adler, Debra Bowen, Janice Hahn) - 05/12/11

The video below is a shocking new ad from a GOP politician in which an actress says "we in the majority - non-Jewish white people - should stick together". That's followed by the Republican politician chuckling in agreement. In fact, the politician even announces at the end that he strongly approves of the message, and the ad is entitled "Stick Together". This shocking new ad - reminiscent of ads...

Tom Ammiano tries to block Secure Communities in California; will Kamala Harris help? - 04/08/11

California state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano [1] has introduced a bill [2] that seeks to hamper the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities program in California. That program is Janet Napolitano's answer to 287g: those who are booked into local jails are checked to see if they're deportable. Illegal immigration fans complain that the program catches mostly non-criminals. Under Ammiano's...

CIS: Immigrants use welfare at higher rate than natives - 04/06/11

... Arizona (62 percent); Texas, California, and New York (61 percent); Pennsylvania (59 percent); Minnesota and Oregon (56 percent); and Colorado (55 percent). Per this: Some immigrant-advocacy groups criticized the report, saying it was engineered to inflame anti-immigrant sentiment by making an unequal comparison between immigrant households, which tend to be low-income, and all native households...

Republican Liberty Caucus is a cruel joke on California - 03/16/11

... also a cruel joke, especially on California. Like other libertarians, one of their policies - open borders [1] - renders all of their other policies moot. The loose/open borders they support sharply reduces the chances that we'll ever have limited government because those being allowed to immigrate to the U.S. in one way or another simply don't support limited government. And, anyone who lives...

Anti-science, anti-American: Reason TV misleads, sticks up for illegal immigration (Delta Smelt, Paul Feine) - 01/13/11

... articles.latimes.com/keyword/pollution-eastern-europe). This is California, not the DDR. And, of course, the whole issue of the Delta Smelt is much more complicated than the mayor lets on (economist.com/node/14699639). Nothing in Reason's report even hints at the level of complexity involved in that issue. Another person Reason uses to say the things they'd like to say is Chris Collins of the...

Community college budgets cut across U.S. & many turned away even as some want to give college slots to illegal aliens - 11/27/10

... budgets is no longer available. In California, with a budget cut of 8 percent across the board, the community colleges turned away 140,000 students last year. In Colorado, the waiting lists for nursing programs at some of the state's community colleges have grown to as long as 3.5 years. In May, New York's community colleges stopped accepting applications for the fall semester and added students...

Illegal aliens can get in-state college tuition, California Supreme Court says (ACLU, MALDEF) - 11/16/10

Yesterday the California Supreme Court ruled [1] that illegal aliens and others can receive the in-state tuition rate at California colleges provided that they've attended California high schools for three or more years. They thus upheld AB 540, also known as the "California DREAM Act". Both of those are anti-American bills that allow illegal aliens to take college educations away from U.S....

Why won't Roger Simon reveal his ideology's role in California's problems? - 11/05/10

... Simon of Pajamas Media offers "Is California Hopeless?" [1]. It's yet another article by fiscal conservatives and free market types in which they fail to account for the highly negative role that their support for massive immigration has played in bringing California to its current state. And, not only does he fail to reveal his ideology's role in heavily damaging California, but he even wants...

Transcript: Jerry Brown / Meg Whitman debate October 2, 2010 - 10/08/10

... number one priority is getting Californians back to work, keeping good, new jobs in California, and then second is fixing our K through 12 education system. If we do not turn around our education system, there will be no hope for the children of California, and many Latinos live in communities where the high school graduation rate is 50 percent or even less. So I am deeply focused on two things...