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Politics

California’s Blue Baseball Team Has Had Its Struggles, But It’s The Big Blue State That Keeps Striking Out

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

If you watched the Los Angeles Dodgers in this year’s World Series, you may have noticed that America’s “fall classic” was also Greek classic in its plotline.

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Proposition 22—The Future Of California’s Gig Economy

by Mira Farkavia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In just a few days, Californians will cast a hugely consequential vote. It won’t be for president of the United States—if the polls are to believed, and based in part on the last presidential election, California has all but made up its mind as to which septuagenarian should lead the Free World.

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Proposition 18—Should Seventeen-Year-Olds Be Allowed To Vote?

by David Davenportvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

California’s Proposition 18 on this year’s ballot is like those television commercials that may be clever but where, in the end, you fail to see the point or even remember the product being advertised. It would amend the California constitution to allow seventeen-year-olds who would turn eighteen by the time of the next general election to vote in primaries or special elections.

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Proposition 16 – Whether To Restore Racial Quotas In California

by Thomas Campbellvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Proposition 16, on the ballot this November, aims to repeal Proposition 209, passed by California voters in 1996 (it received 54.5 percent support at the time). 

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California’s Election: Registered Excitement And The Traditional “Airing Of Grievances”

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

If you were anticipating a calm election in California, there’s still time to move to another state—maybe not neighboring Arizona, a pivotal battleground state, but some other state with less baggage.

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So What Happens To The California-Federal Relationship After The Election?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

In California and this year’s exercise in democracy, it’s not so much what happens on Election Day that matters as what might happen in the months and years afterward.

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California’s House Races: Is Orange Still The New Blue?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, October 15, 2020

One of the oddities of the California ballot: the left side of the first page (assuming one’s voting by mail and not in person on a touchscreen) couldn’t mean less, while the right side of that page—known as “Card A”—is far more intriguing.

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An Economist’s Guide To California’s 2020 Propositions

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

California has plenty of issues for voters to decide on this year, ranging from regulating how gig drivers can work to potentially doing away with 1978’s Proposition 13 property tax protection for many businesses. And as always, at least some politicians will be hoping you don’t read the fine print or look under the hood of what you will be voting on. Below are economic issues on some of the most widely discussed propositions.

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Dirty Initiatives And California’s Clean-Air Problem

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Three things I hate getting in the mail: reminders that I’m overdue to see the dentist, my accountant’s annual January missive gently chastising me to get my pay stubs and receipts in order, and California’s Official Voter Information Guide.

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Judging ACB . . . And DiFi?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Timing is everything, as my colleague Lee Ohanian demonstrated by being the first in this space to deconstruct California governor Gavin Newsom’s call to end the sale of gasoline-fueled automobiles in the Golden State by the year 2035.

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California on Your Mind is a twice weekly journal about California politics and economic policies, and how they affect California’s economy. At one time, California policies helped create the “California Dream” by fostering affordable housing, creating high quality schools, and facilitating substantial infrastructure investments. These policies helped make California the 20th century destination for thousands of businesses, and for tens of millions of Americans who moved to California from other parts of the country. Today, a very different set of state and local policies is contributing to rapidly increasing housing prices, growing homelessness, lower quality schools, and insufficient public investments.

This journal discusses California political and policy developments in real time, describes how they will affect the California economy, and analyzes how reasonable policy reforms can reduce California’s cost of living, improve California schools, increase public investment, and help restore the “California Dream”.

 

About the Authors

Lee Ohanian

Lee E. Ohanian is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Economics at UCLA. He is an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and previously has advised other Federal Reserve Banks, Foreign Central Banks, and the National Science Foundation. He has been an economic adviser to state and national political campaigns and has testified to the U.S. Senate and the California State Legislative Assembly on economic policy issues. His research, which recently has been discussed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media sources, focuses on economic policies and economic growth, and as been published widely in a number of peer-reviewed journals. He is a frequent columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.

 

Bill Whalen, a Hoover Institution research fellow since 1999, writes and comments on California and America’s political landscapes. Whalen is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee and Forbes.com and also writes frequently for Real Clear Politics, The Hill and the Washington Times. He is also the host of Hoover’s Area 45 podcast that explores policymaking and politics as they pertain to the Trump presidency. Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, Whalen served as chief speechwriter and director of public affairs for former California governor Pete Wilson. He’s also served as a strategist for numerous California political hopefuls, including former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. A native of Washington, D.C., Whalen received a B.A. in journalism from Washington & Lee University. ​