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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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Looking For New Ways To Lead, Under A Bolder GOP Banner

by Duf Sundheimvia Eureka
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

After last month’s Republican setbacks at the polls, I was asked if I was going to continue in politics.

It was a fair question.

Prescriptions for California Republicans

by Chuck Bellvia Eureka
Monday, December 3, 2012

Mitt Romney’s loss of the Presidential election, which confounded expectations of many Republicans and the conservative news media, has set in motion a tidal wave of commentary both from inside and outside the Beltway on what ails the Republican Party.

The Elephant in the Room: California's Embattled GOP

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Sunday, December 2, 2012

Two years ago, California stuck out like a sore blue thumb on America’s political landscape.

How Now Brown Gov?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Sunday, November 11, 2012

I have an op-ed in today’s Sacramento Bee, the subject being lessons learns from Governor Jerry Brown’s surprising win on 

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Hoover Institution California Poll Released

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Monday, November 5, 2012

Between October 15-30th, 2012, a team of survey researchers affiliated with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University polled 600 Californians about their views of state government, policy choices facing the state, and life in the Golden State.

Jerry Brown Meets the Voter of the Future

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Friday, November 2, 2012

As his Proposition 30 hangs in the balance, California Gov. Jerry Brown continues an old-fashioned barnstorming campaign in its support.

California's House Isn't In Order, But Its House Races Are In Play

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, November 1, 2012

If you plan to vote by mail in California in this election or have already done so, welcome to the party.

Prop 37: An Initiative in Need of Its Own Warning Label

by Henry I. Millervia Eureka
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Like much that transpires in politics, most of the anti-genetic engineering campaigns we’ve seen over the past 30 years are not what they seem; they are more propaganda than populism.

Prop 32 and California’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the Political World”

by Jon Coupalvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Proposition 32 is the most important political reform measure to be placed before California voters in decades.


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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.