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More Money, But More Or Fewer Problems? The State Of The Golden State’s Public Schools

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

By this month’s end, an annual California migration will have occurred—a mass movement that, in sheer numbers, puts the swallows of San Juan Capistrano to shame.

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After A Year As Los Angeles’s School Superintendent, Learning To Separate Facts From Myths

by Austin Beutnervia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A first-generation American, son of a factory worker and a schoolteacher, attends public schools. which provide him with a great education.

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California Can Reform K–12 And Medi-Cal, Or Face A Future Of Perpetual Tax Hikes

by David Cranevia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here’s another way to look at the complicated question of California’s commitment to public education in these flush economic times, with some compelling illustration of the state’s finances. And an unsettling conclusion: more and more tax increases will be the Golden State’s fate unless lawmakers get serious about reforming two large portions of California’s budget—K–12 schools and Medi-Cal, which account for more than one-half of California’s General Fund spending.

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Teacher Strikes Are Not Going To Help California’s Students

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

When teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland went on strike earlier this year, they got a considerable amount of public support. This support is not too surprising, because there is widespread belief that teachers are underpaid. Now that the strikes have been settled, how should we view these actions?

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What California’s Top-Two Primary Predicts for November (Assembly)

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, October 17, 2014

California’s top-two election system is still new and that means analysis of it is seriously lacking in comprehensive data, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start digging into possible trends.

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The Policies the President Pro Tem Tenure of Kevin De León Could Yield

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today, in a reported $50,000 self-styled inauguration, Los Angeles-area State Senator Kevin De León becomes the new State Senate President Pro Tempore.  He’ll be the first Latino Pro Tem in 130 years and as the Senate’s leader, will guide policy for the upper legislative chamber.

What California’s Top-Two Primary Predicts for November (Congress)

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

California’s top-two election system is still new and that means analysis of it is seriously lacking in comprehensive data, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start digging into possible trends.

Kamala Harris Goes to Washington?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, September 25, 2014

News broke Thursday morning that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has handed in his resignation.  Holder has been a loyal member of Obama’s cabinet from day one, but now Obama must find someone just as loyal to replace him; let the speculation abound.

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Some Economic News for Both Gubernatorial Candidates to Tout

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Elections are, in a sense, a public relations battle.  Candidates often need to take the same news and spin it in the direction that best benefits their narrative and vision.  

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The State of California’s 2014 Electoral Environment

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In just three weeks, vote-by-mail ballots will begin hitting California voters’ doorsteps and just a few weeks after that November 4th will be upon us.  Nationally, the battle for the US Senate rages on and across the country, stories on competitive gubernatorial races fill local and state newspapers, but here in California, the 2014 electoral environment is quite quiet. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.