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Friday, September 10, 2021

Issue 2103: Total Recall – The Sequel

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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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Introduction

A School Year Like No Other

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

In California, as elsewhere in America, school’s out for a majority of the summer months. And while California schools aren’t out forever, nor have they been blown to pieces (yes, we’re channeling our inner Alice Cooper), there’s the uncomfortable question of what happens when the next academic year commences in mid-August.

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California’s 2021 Key Educational Achievements: School Closures, Critical Race Theory And Antisemitism

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The last year wasn’t a banner year for California’s K–12 education system.

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California's Failed Response To COVID

by Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorffvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

Now that we’ve "celebrated" the first anniversary of COVID in California, it’s a good time to take stock of the state's response.

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The Teacher Handshake

by Michael Trujillovia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

For many months in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was panic at California’s local grocery stores. While most businesses were closed, government buildings locked up, and schools shut down, our markets never were. Neither were our farms. Our survival depended, as it always has, on food continuing to be grown, picked, and shipped to stores where we could buy it. 

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Let Small Businesses Open Up – And Stay Open

by Lorraine Salazarvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

All of us who own and run small businesses can appreciate the difficult balancing act California governor Gavin Newsom, local elected officials, and county health directors have had in containing the spread of COVID-19 without doing too much more damage to our beleaguered economy.

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Beyond California’s Pandemic Response, Questions Of Government Mismanagement

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

Almost two million Californians have signed petitions calling for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom. The reasons for this are varied, ranging from his uneven response to the COVID-19 pandemic to staggering fraud in the state’s unemployment insurance system under his watch—and, of course, the flouting of his own public health rules when he attended a dinner with lobbyists at the French Laundry, a high-priced Napa Valley restaurant.  

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Bipartisan Opportunism Is to Blame for California’s High Tax Rate

by David Cranevia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

Conventionally, Ronald Reagan is characterized as conservative.

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Newsom’s Annus Horribilis

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

History shows that California governor Gavin Newsom took office on the seventh day of 2019 under clear skies in Sacramento—in itself an unusual occurrence, as winter weather in California’s state capital has been known to literally rain on a new governor’s parade.

Eureka Issue 2101: So What’s A Governor To Do?

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Friday, March 12, 2021

A new issue of Eureka is now available online.

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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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