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California’s 2018 Election: Tax Repeal—Maybe; Political Reform—Not This Year?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Spoiler alert: there’s not much drama at the top of the California ballot this year.

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The Argument Against Proposition 6: Don’t Jettison Road And Bridge Safety Projects

by Loren Kayevia Eureka
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

California practically invented the modern transportation system. Without our historic highway and road network, connecting farm and city, factories and ports, California would be Albania—a pretty coastline with an underperforming economy.

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The Argument For Proposition 6: Ease Families’ Tax Burden, Start A Political Earthquake

by Carl DeMaiovia Eureka
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

California’s Proposition 6, if approved by voters, will repeal the recently imposed gas and car tax hikes.

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When A Venture Capitalist Enters California’s Political Matrix: Innovation Meets The Status Quo

by Tim Drapervia Eureka
Monday, October 22, 2018

I wonder if we still have a democracy in California.

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Political Reform In California Begins With Convincing The Next Generation Of California Leaders To Vote

by Dan Schnur via Eureka
Friday, October 26, 2018

This November’s election will almost certainly continue a longtime trend in which young people vote in significantly smaller numbers than their parents and grandparents. The millennials and post-millennials did not originate this trend but they have intensified it, as the rate with which they are withdrawing from most forms of traditional political participation are accelerating.

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What’s Wrong With Sanctuary Cities? What Might Be Done? How Might It Affect California?

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s immigration policies were widely mischaracterized during the 2016 election campaign. Time and again media critics described Trump as a racist who opposes immigration.

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What Should California Expect From TrumpCare? Here Are Five Predictions For The Coming Rx

by Scott W. Atlasvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

“Repeal and replace”–the mantra of the Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)–is about to become a reality.

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Go West, Young Man . . . To A Nation-State Openly At War With The Nation’s New President

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hotel California? Not quite. In 2017, it’s Hostile California.

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The Year of Living Dangerously: 2017

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, December 19, 2016

The calendar year is about to end. What have we learned about California? In political terms the rich got richer and the poor a whole lot poorer. Fiscally 2016 was a win for the status quo. Governor Jerry Brown signed a $167 billion budget that didn’t contain a dime in so-called blue-pencil reductions to individual spending items. 

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Golden State Poll Studies California Voters in Unconventional Election

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In an election year defined by breaks from tradition, the ballot before California voters next month fits right in. Beyond the historic and highly unusual presidential race, Californians will make their first general election choice between two Democrats for U.S. Senate. And among a fleet of propositions, the voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana and about a pair of initiatives that together give Californians the choice to repeal, reform, or keep as is the state’s death penalty.

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What A Non-Exciting Election In California Says: As Maine Goes, So Too Should The Golden State?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It’s a presidential election little different from others in the California of the past quarter of a century. We don’t know the exact numbers for where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will end up, but here’s an educated guess: Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, will wind up near or north of 60% of the nation-state’s vote. It’s where Obama twice finished in his two presidential runs – against stronger Republican opposition.

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Proposition 54 Will Shine a Light on Legislative Secrecy

by Kristin Olsenvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Do you remember when Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said about the Affordable Care Act, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…”? She was mocked for that statement, and rightly so. Unfortunately, that type of legislating in the dark has too often been the norm in California.

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Altering Californian Behavior by the Ballot

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Public policy at its very core is functionally using government action (or inaction) to alter how people behave, in some form or another.  This doesn’t necessarily means brute government force, i.e. bans, mandates, or government’s monopoly over violence, as using market mechanisms also strive to alter behavior.  Behavioral changes can be as simple as stopping at red lights to ensure orderly vehicle movement or as complex as altering the incentives to alleviate the symptoms or causes for poverty.

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A November Ballot That, If You Can Wade Through It, Will Tell Us Much About Which Way California Leans

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Election Night in California looks something like this: the polls close at 8 p.m., the presidential race is called as soon as the local news personalities dispense with the pleasantries, Democrats party into the night while Republicans turn in early.

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California, Criminal Justice, And Initiatives: Maintenance Is Harder To Sell Than A Crusade

by Kent Scheideggervia Eureka
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Democracy, Winston Churchill once said, is the worst form of government except for all the other forms that have ever been tried.  In California, we carry that a step further: direct democracy is the worst form of democracy, except for the other kind. This has been particularly true in the area of criminal justice. 

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