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Jan132019

POLITICS/LEGAL (National): American jurisprudence, The Federalist Society, impact on federal court system: Report/analysis (David Montgomery), "Conquerors of the Courts" ....  

***American jurisprudence, The Federalist Society, impact on federal judicial system?

* Washington Post MagazIne (David Montgomery):  "Conquerors of the Courts" - "Forget Trump's Supreme Court picks. The Federalist Society's impact on the courts goes much deeper."  - From the WP:

It’s rush hour on a November evening in Washington’s busiest regional rail hub, but swarming commuters must yield to a much more potent tide. The Federalist Society has taken over the Main Hall of Union Station for its annual black-tie gala. The stone walls of the vast, vaulted concourse are bathed in pale red and blue, while larger-than-life white spotlight cameo silhouettes of James Madison’s head — the society’s trademark — crown the columns and glow on video screens. Two hundred and twenty sold-out tables, each set for 10, await the throng funneling through a block-long tent, where $200-a-plate tickets are checked; inside, exclamations of celebration and reunion echo and blend into a deafening roar.

Even when the crowd simmers down, it’s so hard to hear in the cavernous hall that the words of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah — who is receiving an award — are mostly lost to history. “Whatever he’s saying, I’m sure it’s good,” says Lew Olowski, who, like me, has crept closer to try to hear. He was a human rights activist studying at Georgetown Law a decade ago when, he tells me, joining the Federalist Society expanded his mind to see both sides of issues. Now he’s general counsel for an organization helping poor pregnant women get a leg up and, not incidentally, keep their babies. His ears prick up at isolated morsels of Hatch’s talk: “… religious freedom … administrative state. …” “See what I mean?” Olowski says. “Music to my ears.”

There is much for this crowd to celebrate . . . . . . . .

But having allies on the highest court of the land is just the top layer of the Federalist Society’s expanding sway ..............................

Sunday
Jan132019

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): 2020 presidential election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti?: "How to Run for President While You're Running a City"; also, "Eric Garcetti for president? He'd be a long shot -- with reasons for hope" ....

***2020 presidential election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti?

* The Atlantic (Edward-Isaac Dovere):  "How to Run for President While You're Running a City" - "The core of Eric Garcetti's potential campaign would be his experience as mayor of Los Angeles. But that's a hard job to do on the road."

* Daily News:  "Eric Garcetti for president? He'd be a long shot -- with reasons for hope" - "Political experts say L.A. mayor's personality, record, California ties would present advantages and disadvantages in a national election."

Sunday
Jan132019

SACRAMENTO: New California Governor Gavin Newsom: "As California's most powerful politician, Gov. Newsom's choices to wield that influence seem boundless" (John Myers); "Brown's inaction let crises pile up. Gov. Newsom must be bold" (Op-Ed: Joe Mathews); also, "In California, a change of power as a liberal state pushes further to the left"  

***New California Governor Gavin Newsom....

* Los Angeles Times (John Myers):  "As California's most powerful politician, Gov. Newsom's choices to wield that influence seem boundless"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Op-Ed: Joe Mathews):  "Brown's inaction let crises pile up. Gov. Newsom must be bold"

***ALSO:

* Washington Post (Scott Wilson):  "In California. a change of power as a liberal state pushes further to the left"

Sunday
Jan132019

SACRAMENTO: New California Governor Gavin Newsom: "Analysis: What could go wrong for Gavin Newsom? Plenty" (Joe Garofoli); "It can't get much better for Gavin Newsom as California's [new] governor. But it's almost certain to get worse"; also, "Trump, Newsom share a similar problem" (Dan Walters) .... 

***New California Governor Gavin Newsom....

* Los Angeles Times:  "It can't get much better for Gavin Newsom as California's [new] governor. But it's almost certain to get worse"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Joe Garofoli):  "Analysis: What could go wrong for Gavin Newsom? Plenty"

***ALSO:

* CALmatters (Dan Walters):  "Trump, Newsom share a sjmilar problem"

Sunday
Jan132019

SACRAMENTO: California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, sales tax collection, out of state-retailers?: "California moves to raise sales tax collections from out-of-state retailers" ....

***California department of Tax and Fee Administration, sales tax collection, out-of-state retailers?'

* Sacramento Bee:  "California moves to raise sales tax collections from out-of-state retailers" - From the Bee:

Shoppers looking for a bargain by skipping California sales tax will soon close a loophole that let them buy goods from out-of-state online retailers without immediately paying local taxes. That deal ends on April 1 for thousands of out-of-state online retailers that will be required to collect California sales tax for the first time, according to a regulation the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration released on Tuesday. The new rule applies to businesses that generate more than $100,000 in annual sales from Californians, or from companies that conduct 200 or more transactions in California.

As many as 27,000 companies might be required to register with the state and begin collecting tax, department spokeswoman Stacie Spector said. She said the number could be lower. It comes from a list that the state has kept over eight years of online retailers doing business in the state. Some retailers previously identified by the tax department presumably do not meet the thresholds that would trigger a reporting requirement.

The rule makes use of new taxing authority that state and local governments gained last summer when the Supreme Court handed down a decision that allowed them to collect sales tax from all online retailers, provided they meet criteria to be determined by each state. Previously, government agencies could collect tax from online retailers only if the businesses had a physical presence in their states. California has used that authority to collect tax from online retailers with warehouses or other offices in the state since 2012.

“Today’s announcement does not increase or create any tax,” tax department Director Nick Maduros said in a news release. “Rather, California will now require more out-of-state retailers to collect and remit taxes just as brick-and-mortar retailers have done for decades.

The regulation might not be the end of the discussion about how California interprets the Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota vs. Wayfair. The decision centered on South Dakota’s efforts to collect tax from Wayfair, an online retailer. Democratic leaders from the Legislature’s revenue committees and Treasurer-elect Fiona Ma announced this week that they plan to consider legislation that would help the state use its new taxing power “effectively” and “fairly.” ..................


Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article222974830.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article222974830.html#storylink=cpy