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California’s Primary Dilemma

Does California Need a Debate Commission?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Earlier this week, too much fanfare, it was announced that Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, will meet for this election season’s only gubernatorial debate on September 4, which also happens to be the same evening as the 2014 NFL season kick-off. 

Sacramento Spotlight: AB 1559 – Adding ALD to the Newborn Screening List

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One could argue that a government’s core responsibility is to efficiently and effectively provide public goods to its citizens.  

A Bridge over Water: A Win-Win-Win for the 2014 Water Bond?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, August 14, 2014

At the last possible minute, the state legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law a new water bond that will appear on the November ballot.  

US Political Parties

The California Electoral Landscape – Congressional Races

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Unlike either the Assembly or Senate, for Republicans there isn’t much at stake in the California Congressional elections.  Even if Democrats won all of the competitive California seats, the national House Republican majority would hold. 

The California Electoral Landscape – Senate Races

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Only half of California’s State Senate is up for election each cycle (Senate terms are for 4 years) with the even-numbered districts up this year.  Due to the 2010 redistricting, it is also the first time these districts are up for election under the new boundaries.  


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Ever since Archimedes supposedly first uttered the word, eureka has meant joy, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Drawing on the combined wisdom of Hoover’s policy experts and leading California thinkers, we hope that you’ll find enlightenment in these pages. Hoover research fellow Bill Whalen, who has nearly two decades of experience in California politics and public policy, serves as this forum’s editor.