Kashkari Proposes Shaking Up CA School System

From The Sacramento Bee:

Neel Kashkari, a Republican candidate for governor, will release an education plan Tuesday that would send more money to individual public schools instead of districts, give campuses flexibility like their charter counterparts and provide free college tuition to some students in exchange for a piece of their future earnings.

“California used to boast one of the best education systems in the nation, and we do know how to fix our schools,” Kashkari, a former official with the U.S. Treasury Department, said in a statement accompanying the 33-page plan. “States around the country have implemented bold reforms that can help improve educational outcomes for our students, both in our K-12 schools and in our institutions of higher education. With the right leadership and the right reforms, we can transform our schools to lift achievement and rebuild California’s middle class.”

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Unions Slam Obama over Keystone XL Delay

From The Daily Caller:

While environmentalists might be pleased with the Obama administration’s decision to further delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline until after the elections, unions are not.

“This is once again politics at its worst,” said Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. “In another gutless move, the administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process — and which has nothing to with the national interest.”

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California Obamacare Exchange Already Over Budget

From The Daily Caller:

California’s Obamacare exchange, which has the largest enrollment in the nation, has opted to increase its budget for its first year in action.

The exchange’s board voted to up the budget set for the 2013-14 fiscal year, bringing the total cost up to $488.6 million for the first year, 22 percent higher than the original $399.7 million budget, according to California Healthline.

The primary culprit is the website and computer system fashioned for the exchange, CalHEERS — the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System. The computer system’s cost increased by $112 million over the original projection, according to Yolanda Richardson, the exchange’s chief deputy executive director.

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Obama Administration Considers Reducing Deportations

From The Daily Caller:

A large number of illegal immigrants removed from the United States annually could soon be immune from deportation, according to a report from the Associated Press.

On President Barack Obama’s orders, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reviewing the administration’s deportation policies. The AP report reveals that Johnson is considering reducing the number of deportations of illegal immigrants without serious criminal records.

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California City Wants to Shut Down Popular Asian Business

From The Daily Caller:

Sriracha, the spicy Asian sauce, has recently stirred up a heated debate in Irwindale, Calif.

Earlier this month, the Southern Californian city ruled that the area’s Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory was a public nuisance after some residents complained they were experiencing adverse reactions to the spicy odor emanating from the factory, including nose bleeds and sore throats.

The strong chili smell led the city to sue Huy Fong Foods in 2013, and owner David Tran was forced to shut down part of his factory this past November. Since the government has officially labeled the factory as a public nuisance, Tran will have 90 days to eliminate the smell or close down his business.

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The Stupid Hounding of Condoleezza Rice

From Politico:

If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility of her enemies.

Rice’s recent speaking gigs on college campuses and her ascension to the board of the file-sharing company Dropbox have sparked protests calling for her to be disinvited, cashiered and generally isolated and shamed.

Condi Rice is not a natural lightning rod. She’s such a disreputable figure that she’s on the board of the Kennedy Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She’s such a lightweight that she’s a Stanford University professor. She’s such a yahoo that she once accompanied Yo Yo Ma on the piano.

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Microchip Inventor Fights California over Old Tax Bill

From The Sacramento Bee:

Gilbert Hyatt may be the least known of the inventors and entrepreneurs who created a technological and economic revolution that began in California, centered on digital data processing.

As a young man 40-plus years ago, he invented – and eventually patented after a two-decade-long struggle – a microprocessor chip that earned him many, many millions of dollars in payments from companies that transformed the technology into digital devices that have become indispensable to, or at least ubiquitous in, modern life.

Hyatt was a Californian at the time, but evidently aware that his forthcoming windfall would be subject to California’s high income tax rates, he moved to Nevada, which has no income taxes,prior to receiving the first of his royalty payments.

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CA Moves to Ban Judges Affiliated with Boy Scouts

From The Daily Caller:

California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned.

In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.

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San Diego and the Minimum Wage

From U-T San Diego:

City Council President Todd Gloria is expected this week to unveil the details of his much-anticipated proposal to force San Diego businesses to increase the minimum wage they must pay their workers. Whatever he proposes is virtually certain to be placed on the November ballot by the council’s Democratic supermajority. But whatever he proposes will also be a nonstarter for the San Diego economy.

Increasing the minimum wage is the centerpiece of the income-inequality theme that national, state and local Democrats are trumpeting in the run-up to the November elections.

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Rick Perry’s Extreme Makeover

From Politico:

It’s impossible to exorcise the memories of 2012. But Rick Perry is going all out to present a new and improved version of himself — the swaggering big-state governor of old, with a dash of seasoned wise man thrown in.

In the early months of 2014, his political team has booked him on one high-profile program after another: He’s joked with Jimmy Kimmel, charmed the “Morning Joe” crowd and wowed the Conservative Political Action Conference. The Texas Republican’s hip glasses are still earning approving media mentions long after he first donned them. And the possible 2016 candidate has spent time with early-state types in Iowa (and in late 2013, South Carolina), while also mixing it up in more exotic locales from Davos to Palau.

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