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California’s Election: Registered Excitement And The Traditional “Airing Of Grievances”

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

If you were anticipating a calm election in California, there’s still time to move to another state—maybe not neighboring Arizona, a pivotal battleground state, but some other state with less baggage.

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Proposition 16 – Whether To Restore Racial Quotas In California

by Thomas Campbellvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Proposition 16, on the ballot this November, aims to repeal Proposition 209, passed by California voters in 1996 (it received 54.5 percent support at the time). 

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Proposition 18—Should Seventeen-Year-Olds Be Allowed To Vote?

by David Davenportvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

California’s Proposition 18 on this year’s ballot is like those television commercials that may be clever but where, in the end, you fail to see the point or even remember the product being advertised. It would amend the California constitution to allow seventeen-year-olds who would turn eighteen by the time of the next general election to vote in primaries or special elections.

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Proposition 22—The Future Of California’s Gig Economy

by Mira Farkavia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In just a few days, Californians will cast a hugely consequential vote. It won’t be for president of the United States—if the polls are to believed, and based in part on the last presidential election, California has all but made up its mind as to which septuagenarian should lead the Free World.

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California’s Primary Dilemma

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. 

The California Electoral Landscape – Senate Races

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Only half of California’s State Senate is up for election each cycle (Senate terms are for 4 years) with the even-numbered districts up this year.  Due to the 2010 redistricting, it is also the first time these districts are up for election under the new boundaries.  

The California Electoral Landscape – Assembly Races

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In California’s June primary, a total of 3.9 million votes were cast for the 80 State Assembly races, representing a 22.3% turnout. 

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California’s June Primary by the Numbers

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On June 3rd, Californians went to the polls to vote in the 2014 primary election.  While it yielded some surprising results (like Republican David Evans’ strong State Controller results), the evening was relatively a dull affair. 

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Why Making Policy from Polls Can Be Troublesome

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, July 25, 2014

It is a constant criticism of politicians; they poll test or focus group everything before making a decision. 

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For Swearengin and Peterson, the Controller Recount Presents Opportunities

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Monday, July 7, 2014

Over the weekend, former Assembly Speaker and Democratic candidate for State Controller, John Perez, officially called for a selective recount of 15 counties in the ever-so-close race for 2nd place in the State Controller primary.

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A First Look at California’s Statewide Contests

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

With Lake County finished tallying its remaining votes, the last of California’s June primary votes have been counted and the Secretary of State will soon certify the results.  

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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.