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Tough on crime? Yes, and so be it (access required)

Throughout their primary campaign, my opponents said I was too tough on crime. They complained my decision to curtail plea bargains for criminals was misguided. They said my aggressive efforts to fight illegal immigration were too much. They pledged to ...

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Taxation without representation is back (access required)

The Legislature must have a two-thirds vote to raise your taxes. However, the Legislature and the governor have found a stealthy way around this. They cut certain budgets, but then granted unlimited fee (tax) authority to several agencies. By unlimited, ...

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State budget digs deeper hole next year (access required)

Ideally, when the state budget is passed each year, lawmakers and the governor can breathe a sigh of relief that the year’s difficult finance issues have been tackled.  Sadly, instead of tackling those problems, the fiscal year 2009 budget punted ...

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