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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's John Seiler on CA, 47th Worst Economy & Richard Rider on More CA Breaking Bad News.

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June 21, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  
Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's John Seiler discusses ALEC-Laffer's new State Economic Competitiveness Index report ranking California 47th on economic outlook and 46th for economic performance, and Richard Rider on more CA Breaking Bad News!   

Both will talk about CA Controller John Chiang blocking pay to the Legislators for their No-Budget Budget turned in and promptly vetoed by Governor Brown last Wednesday, June  15th.  

Rider's email alert this afternoon read: RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: CA State Controller John Chiang has declared that the legislative budget passed was not balanced, and hence does not satisfy the requirements of props 58 and 25. Bottom line -- no pay for CA legislators from 16 June until they submit an actual balanced budget.

Ever so wild however, Rider goes further than his prediction last November about the budget turned in "on time."  He makes a prediction about Chiang that is wilder then usual even by his own standards.

Steven Greenhut, who is not with us tonight has a powerful piece up at CalWatchDog.com on the budget impasse he refers to as California State’s Ongoing Nutty Budget Battle.
In it, he refers to Richard Rider's comments from last week when the budget came in "on time" and was promptly vetoed:  
Bogus Projections
Richard Rider, chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, described the failed budget as “a particularly imaginative piece—a disjointed combination of bogus revenue projections, even more accounting gimmickry, illegally passed tax increases and sources of revenue that this same Legislature was bound to reject when the follow-up bills came before them (such as selling state government properties). Brown did the only possible thing he could—he vetoed the mess.” Some of the “imaginative” elements included a legally dubious increase in the vehicle-license fee; the deferment of $3.4 billion in state payments to community colleges and universities; an effort to take $1 billion from early-childhood-development commissions; and an “Amazon tax” aimed at collecting use-taxes from online retailers, which may not pass legal muster. The budget also would have raided the state’s reserve fund and cut money from the state courts.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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