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San Diego U-T: How much you'll REALLY pay in gasoline tax in California

April 24, 2017
The Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown just passed a bill that will plow $52.4 billion in taxes and fees aimed at shoring up California’s freeways, roads and bridges.

Orange County Register: The hidden costs of gas-tax legislation

April 22, 2017
For the last three weeks this column has focused on both the policies and politics of the $5.2 billion annual transportation tax increase. In the unlikely event that some have forgotten — or were on another planet — the taxes include a substantial hike in the car tax as well as a 12 cent increase...

Fresno Bee: California gas-tax hike for roads? Oh, heck no

April 4, 2017
(Fresno Bee Editorial) We oppose the 10-year, $52 billion gas tax proposal put together by Brown and Democratic leadership that is headed to a self-imposed deadline vote Thursday.

Skelton - California's Democrats created a new GOP star when they booted Janet Nguyen from the Senate floor

March 2, 2017
(Los Angeles Times) State Senate leader Kevin de León did a very smart thing. He owned up to one of the dumbest things ever perpetrated by a California legislative leader. The foolish, embarrassing deed the Los Angeles Democrat owned up to showed us again that neither major political party is...

Dan Walters: Democrats cite state rights, but violate our civil rights

February 28, 2017
(Sacramento Bee) They have proclaimed California’s right to fashion a “progressive” society and maintain its unique cultural values – using, ironically, rhetoric similar to that employed by George Wallace and other Southern segregationists a half-century ago. As they pursue their vision of...

California Today: After Lawmaker’s Silencing, More Cries of ‘She Persisted’

February 28, 2017
(New York Times) The Democrats’ power in the State Capitol is ironclad. And it was wielded in startling fashion last week when a Republican state senator defied a demand to stop speaking and was physically removed from the Senate floor by law enforcement.

SENATOR JANET NGUYEN: State Senate Democrats blunt free speech

February 25, 2017
(Orange County Register) When I spoke on the floor of the California state Senate on Thursday, little did I know that my efforts to provide my colleagues with a different historical perspective regarding former Sen. Tom Hayden would become a national news story. Two days earlier, the Senate honored...

California senator removed from floor after criticizing late lawmaker Tom Hayden

February 23, 2017
(Sacramento Bee) The California Senate was thrown into chaos and anger on Thursday when a Republican member was forcibly removed from the floor for allegedly speaking out of turn during a session. Republican colleagues say Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, was silenced by the Democratic majority...

JEAN FULLER: Working with Washington helps California

January 23, 2017
(San Francisco Chronicle) While there are differences of opinion between federal and state officials, we are united in our desire to achieve the best outcomes for our constituents. As such, I hope we can brush aside any lingering emotions from the 2016 campaign and focus on the future. Simply put,...

Dan Walters: Jerry Brown will try end run to extend state’s war on carbon

July 5, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown, stymied in the Legislature, will attempt to extend the state’s crackdown on carbon emissions into the next decade by decree.