Archive by Robert Cruickshank

Politifact has started a California version, and this week they’ve been taking a look at some claims about the California high speed rail project made by both supporters and critics. Turns out that HSR backers are “mostly true” and opponents are “mostly false.” Let’s first take a look at a claim about cost savings made […]

Nov 25th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

The LA Times’ California politics columnist George Skelton takes a look at the Republican ballot initiative to divert funding from high speed rail and Delta tunnels, and concludes it’s actually an attack on the environment: Now two Republican state politicians are backing a proposed ballot initiative to make that a reality. Scuttle the train and […]

Nov 20th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

Thanks to low voter turnout in the 2014 election, the signature requirements for California ballot initiatives are unusually low. It only takes 585,000 signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the 2016 or 2018 ballot. That’s 25% less than it took prior to the 2014 election – and it’s a lower bar than at any […]

Nov 16th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

Republicans, such as Congressman Kevin McCarthy, love to argue that the state is wasting money on high speed rail when they should be spending it on addressing the drought. Of course, building high speed rail is addressing the drought, as HSR will help reduce the carbon emissions that threaten to make California’s drought a permanent […]

Nov 11th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized