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California’s Open-Primary Reform Leaves Open Questions As To Its Effect On Golden State Politics

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A funny thing happened to California on the way to its moment of glory as the decider of the fate of the next Republican presidential nominee. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich abruptly quit the race in early May, a month before California’s June 7 vote, leaving the California landscape wide open to Donald Trump.

Golden State Poll Analysis
Golden State Poll Analysis

California’s June Primary: Laying The Foundation For What Is To Come

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Since 2000, on average, 44% of registered voters have cast a ballot in the California Presidential primary – a whopping 31 points below the average Presidential general election turnout. There has been much debate about the causes and consequences of low primary turnout, but at the end of the day, it is apparent that while the June primary lays the foundation for the November general election, Californians don’t have much urgency to be a part of that masonry.

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From the Ivory Tower to the Mean Streets of Santa Monica

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With two elections under the belts of California voters using the “Top Two” primary system, the verdict is in: the new primary is accomplishing the goals stated by supporters when Proposition 14 was passed in 2010. Well…sort of.

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Top-Two Primary Limits Voters’ Choices

by Steven Greenhutvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

If a California-style Top Two primary were in place for presidential races, in 2008 the nation’s voters would have had to choose between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the general election. There would have been no “third party” candidates on the ballot – and no chance for voters to show their disgust by writing in “Mickey Mouse.”

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Now’s the Time to Leverage Technology and Transform California’s Campaign Disclosure Laws

by Jim Heerwagen via Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This year’s national election may be unlike any we’ve seen before, especially at the top of the ticket.  But a disconcerting constant remains up and down the ballot: the influence of large sums of undisclosed money.

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Now’s the Time to Leverage Technology and Transform California’s Campaign Disclosure Laws

by Jim Heerwagen via Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This year’s national election may be unlike any we’ve seen before, especially at the top of the ticket.  But a disconcerting constant remains up and down the ballot: the influence of large sums of undisclosed money.

Featured Commentary

Top-Two Primary Limits Voters’ Choices

by Steven Greenhutvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

If a California-style Top Two primary were in place for presidential races, in 2008 the nation’s voters would have had to choose between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the general election. There would have been no “third party” candidates on the ballot – and no chance for voters to show their disgust by writing in “Mickey Mouse.”

Featured Commentary

From the Ivory Tower to the Mean Streets of Santa Monica

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With two elections under the belts of California voters using the “Top Two” primary system, the verdict is in: the new primary is accomplishing the goals stated by supporters when Proposition 14 was passed in 2010. Well…sort of.

Introduction

California’s Open-Primary Reform Leaves Open Questions As To Its Effect On Golden State Politics

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A funny thing happened to California on the way to its moment of glory as the decider of the fate of the next Republican presidential nominee. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich abruptly quit the race in early May, a month before California’s June 7 vote, leaving the California landscape wide open to Donald Trump.

Golden State Poll Analysis

California’s June Primary: Laying The Foundation For What Is To Come

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Since 2000, on average, 44% of registered voters have cast a ballot in the California Presidential primary – a whopping 31 points below the average Presidential general election turnout. There has been much debate about the causes and consequences of low primary turnout, but at the end of the day, it is apparent that while the June primary lays the foundation for the November general election, Californians don’t have much urgency to be a part of that masonry.

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Ending The California Coastal Commission Lolly Scramble

by Terry Andersonvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Coming from the “big sky country” of Montana where beautiful views are common around every bend in the road, I am still impressed by the green hills overlooking Point Reyes, the coastal cliffs plunging into the Pacific at Big Sur, and the vistas at San Simeon once enjoyed by Randolph Hearst.

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Be It On The Coast, In The Web, Or In The State Capitol: The Question Of California Rising To The Challenge

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Drive into the Central Valley city of Modesto and, at the intersection of 9th and I Streets, you’ll pass underneath the fabled centennial arch that dates back to the early years of the 20th Century. 

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California’s Crumbling Condition – The Past, Present, and Future of Infrastructure in California

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The modern California was built on an expansive and well-thought-out infrastructure plan.  Today, however, that system is crumbling beneath our feet and the bill just repair it – let alone modernize it for the next generation of Californians – is steadily growing: some estimate it to be around $500 billion or roughly 3 times the proposed 2016-2017 total state expenditure budget.  

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Financing Medi-Cal: Navigating Scylla and Charybdis While Blindfolded with Both Hands Tied Behind Your Back

by Lucien Wulsinvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 state budget projects that Medi-Cal enrollment – free or low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income and resources – will increase from 12.5 million to 13.5 million subscribers over the coming year at a total cost of $86 billion. 

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The Imperative of an Open, Transparent, and Accountable Government

by Sam Blakesleevia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Few people are aware that the motto of the California State University system is Vox Veritas Vita: “Speak truth as a way of life.” It is an imperative, calling upon all students, professors, and indeed all of us, to seek out truth, and to proclaim it loudly. It is a call to action, and not merely contemplation.

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Eureka was created to serve as an occasional discussion of the policy, political and economic issues confronting California. Like the Golden State motto from which this forum’s title was borrowed, the goal here is one of discovery – identifying underlying problems and offering reasonable and common-sense reforms for America’s great nation-state.

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.