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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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Jerry Brown Meets the Voter of the Future

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Friday, November 2, 2012

As his Proposition 30 hangs in the balance, California Gov. Jerry Brown continues an old-fashioned barnstorming campaign in its support.

California's House Isn't In Order, But Its House Races Are In Play

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, November 1, 2012

If you plan to vote by mail in California in this election or have already done so, welcome to the party.

Prop 37: An Initiative in Need of Its Own Warning Label

by Henry I. Millervia Eureka
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Like much that transpires in politics, most of the anti-genetic engineering campaigns we’ve seen over the past 30 years are not what they seem; they are more propaganda than populism.

Prop 32 and California’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the Political World”

by Jon Coupalvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Proposition 32 is the most important political reform measure to be placed before California voters in decades.

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Proposition 30 Fails the Test of Honest Education Reform

by Williamson M. Eversvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Here are four reasons to be concerned about Proposition 30:

The Great 30/38 Debate: Spinning K-12 Achievement and Spending Numbers

by Autumn Cartervia Eureka
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The debate about California’s Propositions 30 and 38 has zeroed in on what has become the crux of a much larger (and unsettled) debate – the state of education in the Golden State.  Beginning with discussion of Californians’ existing tax burden, the debate transitioned quickly

Californians Take Initiative...Or Is It The Other Way Around?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

With its 11 p.m. closing time on the East Coast, West Coast powerhouse California is the last of America’s largest states to have a say in this year’s election.

Some would add: last and least.

California and Pension Reform: The Problem...The Solution

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2012

To understand California’s experience with pension reform, think of the Golden State’s legislature as a child – a child with a tricycle.

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Real Pension Reform: A California Design

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2012

California could be the leader of real pension reform by rejecting the flawed national accounting standards for public pensions, measuring pension liabilities using government bond yields, and linking part of the benefit to investment performance for all workers.

Rising Pension Costs Threaten Cities’ Ability to Provide Services

by Chuck Reedvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The skyrocketing cost of public employee retirement benefits is one of the greatest threats facing cities across California.


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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.