Republican AssemblymanRepublican Assemblyman representing the 5th District, which includes suburban Sacramento. He is the Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chairman (R-Fair Oaks).
FROM Roger Niello
Anti-tax Governor Considers Closing Tax Loopholes In January, with a 14 billion dollar deficit, Governor Schwarzenegger proposed a 10% cut in spending across the board including almost 5 billion from schools. Now the deficit is estimated at 16 billion by the Legislative Analyst, Elizabeth Hill. She works for both Democrats and Republicans; she conducts bipartisan analysis of legislative proposals, and this year she’s come up with some ideas of her own. She says the state could save some programs—especially in education—by eliminating what are called “loopholes” that are not as valuable. When it comes to closing so-called ”tax loop holes,” Governor Schwarzenegger says Ms. Hill has a good idea. He “When he have a financial crisis like this, we all should chip in.” But that’s not a sentiment shared by many fellow Republicans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?