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Slushy Politics in California

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

For years, watchdog groups in California have criticized the existence of a slush fund controlled by the speaker of the California Assembly. The fund, which is not subject to any credible audit or oversight, has spent over $100 million in the past six years, mostly for pet projects and peddling political influence.

WATCH: Fight On State Assembly Floor Over 'Sopranos'

Posted 08.16.2011 | Los Angeles

Life imitated art on the Assembly floor Wednesday when Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine) compared line items in the Democrats' budget plan to somethin...

Closing the "Open Carry" Loophole

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, efforts have begun to repeal "open carry" laws that have been exploited for political purposes by the more extreme elements of the gun rights community.

New Law Would Take Aim At Party Crashers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This article comes courtesy of California Watch By Chase Davis You'd think the SWAT snipers, bomb-sniffing dogs and legions of G-men chattering into...

A Strongly Worded Letter to the California Assembly

Kirker Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Kirker Butler

Our streets are crumbling, businesses are leaving, and you want to take away our right to swear? What the fuck is wrong with you? This is exactly the time when Californians need swearing the most.