Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling
"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."
"What happened to basic research before writing. While Assembly member Alejo's press release said the bill went to the Senate floor, that is incorrect. The bill was sent to the Senate Rules committee yesterday by the chair of the Appropriations committee. Cut and paste electeds press releases?"
"Nothing is more unfortunate than the situation these women describe they were subject to. If these allegations are true, then it is clear where the the blame and accountability ought to be- and will be. This is not a "right-wing" "left-wing" thing."
"What's sad is that the jackals like the UT who have been after Mayor Filner from the day he was sworn in are going to crow that they were "right all along." That's bull. Their constant attacks on the Mayor were based on ideology and partisan politics and had nothing to do with sexual harassment. They were in reaction to his attempt to end the "good old boy" network of Republicans and businessmen who had run San Diego for too long. Now, it looks like the jackals are going to win. But maybe I should refer to them instead as squirrels, as in "even a blind squirrel will find a nut once in awhile.""
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San Francisco Chronicle/Politics Blog - Dec. 7, 8:00 am
Well, you can’t say the GOP isn’t staying on message. These days it seems like if a Republican is asked to comment on anything even remotely negative – from crabgrass to toenail fungus – it’s all about Obamacare. Sometimes, they can even ... »Read
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A recently served search warrant reveals for the first time evidence that may connect the campaign of San Jose City Councilman Xavier Campos to an illegal and now infamous political mailer that smeared an opponent during the 2010 campaign. »Read
San Francisco Chronicle/Politics Blog - Dec. 6, 8:10 pm
It wasn’t that long ago that Nelson Mandela, the subject of universal tributes following his death this week at age 95, was officially classified by the United States as a terrorist. President Ronald Reagan placed Mandela and the entire African ... »Read
L.A. Unified can replace LaMotte by appointment or by special election. Each option comes with varying consequences. The death this week of Los Angeles school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte will have immediate pragmatic and political ... »Read
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