Thursday, March 5, 2015

Oil glut could soon lead to plummeting prices

NEW YORK — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil […]

A night with a King

“A Night with a King,” a recent sold-out event at the Jelly Belly Visitors Center, was hosted by the Solano County Republican Central Committee. Special guest Alveda King, niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances and addressed the Republican and Democratic crowd via Skype. Her son, […]

March 02, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Your right to work for less

We have been talking about the adverse effects of money in politics in this Daily Republic column, for a couple of months now. We have seen how the wealthy and their corporations are flooding political races with boatloads of money, buying nearly every minute of broadcast air time, stuffing our mailboxes with their glossy fabrications […]

Right fight in DC, but wrong reason

Sometimes it’s hard to choose your poison, especially when all the options are horrible. That’s what it’s like when the District of Columbia decides to take on Congress over an issue of self-government. The District’s chances of winning such contests are small because of that pesky Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which gives […]

New school funding plan remains on bumpy path

California’s long-running conflict over how its public schools should be held accountable for educational outcomes entered a new phase this week. A broad coalition of civil rights and education reform groups fired a broadside at a draft proposal for evaluating how K-12 schools implement the new Local Control Funding Formula, which supposedly targets poor and […]

Even Gruber deserves a break sometimes

Jonathan Gruber – yes, that Jonathan Gruber – is in trouble again. This time he’s being pummeled by liberal state governments for whom he’s done work. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker demanded Gruber’s resignation from the board of the state’s Health Connector insurance website. And more troubling, the Vermont state auditor has raised questions over bills […]

Sound off for March 1, 2015

A statewide measure changing some felony property and drug offenses to misdemeanors has helped increase property crimes in the city, Vacaville officials say. Here’s what some readers had to say about it: First, we pass laws to limit our taxes. Then we pass the three strikes law. Then, as a result, we pack the prisons. […]

How GOP can resolve immigration mess

You can see why Mitch McConnell wants out of this fight. Republicans are irate about President Barack Obama’s plans to offer work permits to illegal immigrants. This amnesty would be carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, which is about to run out of money. So the Republican House has passed a bill that […]

Unlikely winners of Greece’s surrender on euro

The Greek government’s apparent capitulation in debt negotiations with its euro partners makes it less likely that Athens will be forced out of the common currency. The real winners, though, are the European governments who have stuck with spending cuts in the face of mounting domestic opposition. They don’t have to worry about a successful […]

A remedy for veterans’ care

Imagine how we would meet the service-related health care needs of military veterans if we had a clean slate and were considering the question for the first time. The answer is obvious. Just as we do with veterans’ educational benefits, we would use the private sector. We would never create something like the Veterans Health […]