Author Archive for Thomas D. Elias

GOP revival will take big Orange County change

For more than half a century, the Election Night fate of California Republican candidates could be foretold early in the vote count: If a Republican emerged from Orange County with a lead of 250,000 or more votes, he or she would almost always win statewide office.

California money switches rouse voter suspicion

One reason Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax increases passed so handily last fall was that many voters became convinced that if they didn’t say yes to the new levies, the sky would fall.

The false assumption that passing taxes will be easy

Spend more than $30 million to pass a temporary tax increase proposition.

Time to get serious about Texas war on California

It’s easy to see the four-day job-poaching foray into California just completed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry as an isolated incident.

Alternatives to prison realignment could be worse

As crime statistics for 2012 gradually filter in from around the state, gripes about the 15-month-old prison realignment program have begun rising in newspaper headlines and talk show airwaves.

Another billionaire tries to avoid a payment

The old saw tells us that billionaires didn’t get rich by giving away money.But what about paying their fair share?

Obamacare: Good for many Californians and state’s coffers?

It’s hard to find any government program that helps both the physical and financial health of many Californians and also fattens the state’s own coffers.

A portion of state’s mental health program: A national model?

One of the first bits of advice Vice President Joe Biden received after becoming the point person for shaping new federal gun control and mental health proposals in the wake of December’s mass shootings in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school was to follow the California example.

Will greedy billionaire’s intimidation attempt win?

No one spent more money trying to influence California politics during last year’s election season than the billionaire Munger siblings, Molly and Charles Jr., the children of Charles Munger Sr., who has provided them piles of money he made as the business partner of famed investor Warren Buffett.

Homeless veterans a huge, neglected problem

You didn’t hear a word about homeless veterans in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last January and chances are you won’t hear anything from him about those vets next month, either, unless it’s a boilerplate homage for their contributions to American freedom.