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Friday, September 10, 2021

Issue 2103: Total Recall – The Sequel

Introduction
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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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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).

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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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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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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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For Sacramento, Will This Be A Year Of Opportunities Taken Or Missed?

by Catharine Bakervia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Now that the 2018 legislative session has begun and Governor Jerry Brown has delivered his last State of the State address, Capitol leaders are faced with a year of opportunities.

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While Other Nations Fear The “Silver Tsunami,” The Golden State Should Learn To Surf The Coming Aging Wave

by Greg Lucasvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It’s time to finally ditch the “Silver Tsunami” label about longevity.  By 2020 one in five Californians—about 8 million residents of America’s nation-state—will be aged sixty years or older.  That ratio will climb to one in four by 2030. 

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Jerry Brown Meets Doc Brown: Has California Gone “Back To The Future” On Taxes And Crime?

by Joel Foxvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Despite changing demographics and a sharp veer to the ideological left, is it possible that California could take a political trip back to the future as two staples resurface that drove the state’s politics in the more conservative 1980s and 1990s? Look around and you’ll see indications that even in this liberal bastion on the left coast, the issues of taxes and crime are stirring again.

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California, The Rhetoric Of Illegal Immigration, And The Perils Of Ignoring Thucydides’s Warning

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Vocabulary changes always reflect the agendas of a political debate. The fight over illegal immigration plays out by altering words and their meanings. Take the traditional rubric “illegal alien.” The English has been clear and exact for nearly a century: illegal alien (cf. Latin alienus) was a descriptive term for any foreigner who crossed the US border without coming through customs to obtain proper legal sanction.

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California Dreamin’: Of Bolder Leaders Unafraid To Challenge The Vested Interests Running The Golden State—And Ruining Its Future

by Michael J. Boskinvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Californians long led an idyllic version of the American Dream: lots of sunshine, jobs, upward mobility, home and automobile ownership, inviting ample space and tremendous mobility.  Long a harbinger of national trends and an incubator of innovation, the Golden State used to be home to steadily rising standards of living, outstanding public schools and universities, and enviable infrastructure.

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Joke All You Want About California—But The Mounting Problems Are No Laughing Matter

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

To know California is to appreciate America’s nation-state as grist for comedians’ mills. Jack Benny’s radio show liked to titillate audiences with city names (an announcer would declare “Train now leaving on five for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cuc . . . amonga”).

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Blame California’s Elected Leaders, Not Its Teachers, For What Ails The State’s Public Schools

by Marshall Tuckvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

A few days from now, 6.2 million children will return to public schools in California. Three million of them can’t read or write at grade level (the number is especially tragic among male African American kids). In reading, California fourth-graders rank among the lowest: forty-eighth in the nation. This isn’t a recent development: twenty-five years ago, we ranked forty-ninth.

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The New Pro-Charter LA School Board Means A Chance To Treat Students As Individuals, Not Assembly-Line Products

by Caprice Youngvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

The fundamental obstacle to meaningful change for the students in the Los Angeles region can best be summed up by a statement we hear all the time from former students: “I am a proud product of LAUSD.”

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The Future Of Teacher Quality In California Is In Doubt--And That Also Puts California’s Economic Outlook In Jeopardy

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

California’s economy–on a pace this year to potentially surpass the United Kingdom as the world’s fifth largest–will likely become more and more dependent on the quality of its home-produced labor force. In that regard storm clouds are on the horizon.

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California’s Board Of Education Ignores Teacher Effectiveness– But One In Ten Teachers Are Ineffective, Claim Fellow Instructors

by Paul E. Petersonvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ever since a California superior court determined three years ago that teacher tenure and seniority rights concentrated inexperienced teachers in disadvantaged communities (Vergara v. California), the state’s Board of Education has been trying hard not to think about teacher effectiveness. An appeals court overturned the lower court decision, but the state board remains worried about other legal and political attacks.

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