Tracking Political Spending by Government Unions

By Edward Ring
11/18/2022
With a rough top-down analysis, it’s easy enough to estimate how much government unions collect and spend every year in California. They have roughly a million members, paying roughly $1,000 per year in dues. That would be one billion dollars per year. They spend about a third of that to fund political campaigns for candidates and ballot...

TAGS: California public sector unions, campaign finance, Dark money, Elections, public sector union reform

Forgotten Local Elections, Unforgettable Consequences

By Edward Ring
11/09/2022
Thanks to California’s ridiculous policy of mailing ballots to voters a full month prior to election day, and allowing “early voting,” I had already completed and submitted my ballot when I realized that was a mistake. After voting for a local school board candidate who I had some familiarity with and thought might be a safe choice,...

TAGS: ballot measures, california election results, Elections, local bond measures, voting

Newsom recall a win for accountability

By Chantal Lovell
09/15/2021
Recently, Brandeis University updated its list of no-longer-politically correct idioms we should eliminate from our vocabulary. Among them is the one that’s always disturbed me a little, but seems perfectly apropos this week: There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Perhaps more relatable to Californians living in 2021 (who hopefully will never need...

TAGS: Attempt, Democrat, Elections, Gavin Newsom, recall, Republican