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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 20th-Century "Voting Experience"

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A drive through the office parks of Silicon Valley may fool you into thinking California is a state with its eyes focused firmly on the future.

Jerry States His Case

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

History was made earlier today in Sacramento, when California Gov.

California's Rain Delay

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Friday, January 17, 2014

So there you have it: California Gov.

Un-Abel To Go On

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday’s big news in California political circles: former Lt. Gov.

Brown’s Proposed FY 2015 Budget In Perspective: Short-Term Memories Continue to Reign

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Monday, January 13, 2014

On Thursday, January 9th, Governor Jerry Brown released the details of his FY 2015 Proposed Budget kicking off a six month state budget journey.

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Sacramento Spotlight: Comprehensive Good Governance Reform Part 3 – Structural Consolidation

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

California has eight statewide elected officials, which is almost 1 ½ times the national average.

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Sacramento Spotlight: Comprehensive Good Governance Reform Part 2 – Eliminating Term Limits

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, October 24, 2013

In November 1990, California voters imposed term limits on their state-level elected officials in the form of Proposition 140, which received 52% support.  In June 2012, 61% of v

Dodger Blue California

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It’s fall, not spring, so a young man’s fancy turns to postseason baseball. And this being California, the dream would be an intrastate World Series featuring the Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, both of whom begin their divisional series Thursday and Friday.

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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.