Bill Whalen

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Bill Whalen is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he studies and writes on current events and political trends with an emphasis on California's political landscape. As a research fellow, he is a contributor to the Hoover Digest and Policy Review, which are also published by Hoover.

Whalen writes frequently for leading California opinion makers including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Diego Union Tribune. His by-line also appears on the Weekly Standard's website, www.weeklystandard.com. He has been a guest political analyst on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNN. He can also be seen and heard on Bay Area radio and television, commenting on current events, in addition to frequent appearances on the nationwide radio program hosted by Hoover media fellow John Batchelor.

Whalen also serves as a media consultant for California political hopefuls and aspiring policy leaders. His clients have included former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California secretary of state Bill Jones, former congressman Tom Campbell and former Los Angeles mayor Richard J. Riordan.

From 1994 to 1999, Whalen was the chief speechwriter and director of public affairs for former California governor Pete Wilson. In that capacity, he was responsible for the governor's annual State of the State address, as well as other major policy addresses.

A native of Washington, D.C., Whalen was steeped in politics long before he relocated to California. From 1985 to 1991, Whalen was a political correspondent for Insight Magazine, the national newsweekly and sister publication of the Washington Times, where he was honored for his profiles and analysis of candidates, campaigns, Congress, and the White House. In citing Whalen as one of its "top-ten" political reporters, The 1992 Media Guide said of his work: "The New York Times could trade six of its political writers for Whalen and still get a bargain." During those years, Whalen also appeared frequently on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, and CNBC.

In addition to his time in Washington as a political journalist, Whalen served as a speechwriter for the Bush-Quayle reelection campaign in 1992. In 1993, he was a senior associate with the public relations firm Robinson-Lake/Sawyer-Miller, offering media and political advice for domestic and foreign clientele.

Whalen currently resides in Palo Alto, California.

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Revenge Of The McCainiacs: Golden Graham?

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Friday, January 30, 2015

One other note about the aforementioned Fox News Poll on the presidential field: you may be wondering what South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is doing among the names of possible GOP candidates.

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A Senate Coronation In California?

by Bill Whalenvia The Hill
Friday, January 30, 2015

When California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) announced that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term next year, she did more than create a job opening in Washington.

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2016 Poll Positions

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Thursday, January 29, 2015

What’s a race without odds, or an idea of who’s at the front of the pack?

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To Win White House In 2016, GOP Must Appeal To Middle Class

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, January 29, 2015

If history is any guide, a Republican should win the White House in 2016. Only once in the past century has a nominee of the same party succeeded a retiring two-term incumbent. George H.W. Bush pulled off the feat in 1988, following fellow Republican Ronald Reagan.

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Does Iowa Have Too Much Clout? Yes, So Here’s a Fix.

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Monday, January 26, 2015

A group of Republican presidential aspirants gathered in Iowa over the weekend, prompting two rather predictable outcomes.

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Jerry Brown Is Cautious – Except On Clean Energy

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Say what you will about Jerry Brown’s return to the Governor’s Office, but you can’t criticize the man for setting the bar too high – not in a first term highlighted by restrained rhetoric and an agenda more terrestrial than moonbeam.

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Life After Boxer, In Brief

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Thursday, January 8, 2015

And so, of all the senators up for reelection in 2016, Barbara Boxer becomes to first domino to fall — the fourth-term California Democrat announcing Thursday that she’s headed for retirement.

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How Long Does the Senate Stay Republican?

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

You won’t hear much talk about the House changing hands in 2016.

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The New Congress, By the Numbers

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Congress gets back to work today, with a new group of lawmakers taking the oath and then taking turns promising the daw of a better age in Washington.

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Governor Brown’s Double-Stuffed Oreo: Two Speeches In One, But Stuff That Went Unsaid

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, January 5, 2015

Five days into 2015, we have some answers as to where California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to take America’s nation-state – the Golden State’s longest-serving chief executive on Monday morning delivering an inaugural address from the confines of the State Assembly that was also billed as his annual State of the State oration (though technically it was not a joint convention of the State Legislature).

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