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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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Proceed with Caution - Beware of Early Polls

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Early polls might generate buzz, but reporters, voters, and politicians should view these polls skeptically.  They are unlikely to predict the June primary results very well for three cascading reasons.

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Sacramento Spotlight: Six California’s Part 3 – Politics of the New States

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

*Editor’s Note: The first two installments of this series examp

Exploring California’s Relative Labor Market Growth

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Earlier this month, the California Employment Development Department released good news; California’s unemployment rate decreased 0.2 points to 8.1% in January 2014.  Based o

Sacramento House of Cards: Oh Yee of Little Faith

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The big news out of Northern California today (aside from some long-overdue rain): State Sen.

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Sacramento Spotlight: Six California’s Part 1 – Demographics of the New States

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Last month, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen approved for circulation (i.e. gathering roughly 800,000 signatures) venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposed ballot initiative to split the Golden State into six new states.

Staying Classy, San Diego: Takeaways from the 2014 Special Mayoral Election

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

San Diego—California’s 2nd largest city and the 8th largest in the nation—elected a Republican mayor last night.  Before Kevin Faulconer’s election, just one of Am

Assessing California's Economic Growth by Region

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In 2011, former Governor of Minnesota and Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty announced he had a plan to grow the United States’ economy by 5% annually.  Whi

Interview: California's Economic Dissonance

by Hoover Institution Editorvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hoover research fellow Carson Bruno talks to John Batchelor about the results of the Hoover Institution Golden

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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.