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California’s (Political) Year In Review

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

We’re doing something different here at the Hoover Institution as we prepare to bid adieu to 2021: merging our biweekly column California on Your Mind and our periodical Eureka into one year-end product.

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2021 In California Revealed The Failures Of Progressive Elites And Their Policies

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

California’s 2021 started off with Governor Newsom reeling from his infamous dinner at the French Laundry in Napa Valley that took place in late 2020. After scolding nearly 40 million Californians to wear masks, maintain six feet of social distancing, and restrict Thanksgiving gatherings to no more than three households—and with no singing or chanting—the governor was photographed dining at the famous restaurant at a political fundraiser, sans mask, sans six feet of social distancing, flouting just about every COVID convention that he had established.

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California's Failed Response To COVID

by Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorffvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

Now that we’ve "celebrated" the first anniversary of COVID in California, it’s a good time to take stock of the state's response.

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Teacher Union Power In California: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

by Michael T. Hartneyvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Charles Chapel, a California state assemblyman in the 1950s and 1960s, once said that he feared just three things: God, his redheaded wife, and the California Teachers Association (CTA).

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In This Recall Election, Why 2021 Is Not 2003

by Matt Rexroad via Eureka
Friday, September 10, 2021

I’ll never forget the moment back in 2003 when I heard about the pending recall of then California governor Gray Davis.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Issue 2104: California’s Year in Review

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by Bill Whalen Thursday, December 16, 2021
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by Lee Ohanian Thursday, December 16, 2021
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by Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorff Friday, March 12, 2021
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by Michael T. Hartney Thursday, June 24, 2021
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Issue 2103: Total Recall – The Sequel

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by Bill Whalen Friday, September 10, 2021
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by Lee Ohanian Friday, September 10, 2021
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by Jim Cunneen Friday, September 10, 2021
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by Joe Rodota Friday, September 10, 2021
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Friday, March 12, 2021

Issue 2101: So What’s a Governor to Do?

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by Bill Whalen Friday, March 12, 2021
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by Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorff Friday, March 12, 2021
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by Lanhee J. Chen Friday, March 12, 2021
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by David Crane Friday, March 12, 2021
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by Lorraine Salazar Friday, March 12, 2021
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by Michael Trujillo Friday, March 12, 2021
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Introduction

California’s (Political) Year In Review

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

We’re doing something different here at the Hoover Institution as we prepare to bid adieu to 2021: merging our biweekly column California on Your Mind and our periodical Eureka into one year-end product.

Featured Commentary

2021 In California Revealed The Failures Of Progressive Elites And Their Policies

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

California’s 2021 started off with Governor Newsom reeling from his infamous dinner at the French Laundry in Napa Valley that took place in late 2020. After scolding nearly 40 million Californians to wear masks, maintain six feet of social distancing, and restrict Thanksgiving gatherings to no more than three households—and with no singing or chanting—the governor was photographed dining at the famous restaurant at a political fundraiser, sans mask, sans six feet of social distancing, flouting just about every COVID convention that he had established.

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How a Winning Recall Candidate Prepared to Govern California

by Joe Rodotavia Eureka
Friday, September 10, 2021

In 2003, California voters faced a decision: whether to recall the incumbent governor, Gray Davis and replace him with someone from a list of 135 would-be chief executives, including one of the most famous individuals on the planet at the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Recalling the Governor Is a Bad Idea

by Jim Cunneenvia Eureka
Friday, September 10, 2021

I have plenty of policy quarrels with Gavin Newsom.

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California’s “Cicada Election”

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Friday, September 10, 2021

Here’s one way to look at California’s upcoming gubernatorial recall election: Why all the intrigue and drama surrounding the fate of Gavin Newsom, California’s fortieth governor?

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In This Recall Election, Why 2021 Is Not 2003

by Matt Rexroad via Eureka
Friday, September 10, 2021

I’ll never forget the moment back in 2003 when I heard about the pending recall of then California governor Gray Davis.

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An Ugly (Media) Campaign against California’s Governor Recall Candidates

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Friday, September 10, 2021

I’ve had the privilege of advising some of the candidates running for California governor in the state’s recall election, including Larry Elder, Kevin Faulconer, and Caitlyn Jenner. (While I offer advice, I’m not a paid adviser nor do I make endorsements—my door is open to any candidate of any affiliation who wants to talk about moving the state forward).

Eureka Issue 2102: California’s Class(room) Struggle

via Eureka
Friday, June 25, 2021

A new issue of Eureka is now available online.

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It’s Time To Rebalance The Power Dynamic In California’s Schools

by Loren Kayevia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The best guess by state leaders – and fondest hope for parents – is that California public schools will fully reopen their campuses this fall to all students. After more than a year of remote, hybrid or blended learning – or no learning at all – everyone should welcome a return to normalcy.

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Quality Early Education Needs To Be Part Of Ed Reform

by Ted Lempert via Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

As a long-time California education reform advocate, I’ve worked on a range of issues that are critical to ensuring equity and an excellent education for all of our kids.

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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.