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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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Sacramento Spotlight: Comprehensive Good Governance Reform Part 1 – Unicameral Legislature

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, September 19, 2013

California’s State Legislature is now on interim recess until January. In its absence, the “Sacramento Spotlight” will shine on something different: not bills, but good governance reform.

10 Years After California's Recall, Lessons Learned

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Now that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner plans to call it quits this Friday, “America’s Finest City” will hold a

California’s Migration Problem: “Good Luck Movin’ Up Cause I’m Movin’ Out”

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Looking at domestic migration into and out of California today versus three decades ago explains much about California’s looming obstacles and forestalls state policy dominated by a single-party for way too long.

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Sacramento Spotlight: AB 110 – The Not-So-Balanced Balanced Budget

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, June 21, 2013

“A tremendous achievement.”

“Ho-hum, another on-time balanced budget.”

For California’s GOP, Image Rebranding is a Must

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The California Republican Party is facing a serious “come to Jesus” moment.  After multiple unsuccessful election cycles, the Golden State GOP has been searching for answers: electing a new chairman – former state Sen.

CALIFORNIA VOTES: TUESDAY TAKEAWAYS

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

To the many annoyances of life in Los Angeles – traffic, traffic and, well, traffic – toss in this gem: on Tuesday night, Angelenos headed to the polls for the third time in less than seven months.

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Sacramento Spotlight: AB 158/SB 405 – Statewide Plastic Bag Bans

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, May 2, 2013

“Paper or plastic?”

Or, if you are shopping in California in the near future: “E. Coli cloth or E. Coli compostable?”

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Sacramento Spotlight: A Cornucopia of Fracking Legislation

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, April 4, 2013

California currently has about 50,000 producing oil and gas wells scattered throughout the state, of which about 750 (or 1.5%) use hydraulic fracturing – “fracki

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Sacramento Spotlight: AB 1203/SB209 – Retroactive Capital Gains Tax Increase Repeal

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Following the passage of Proposition 30, California has the highest capital gains tax rate in the nation (13.3% for California; 33% state and federal combined) – second only to D

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Sacramento Spotlight: AB 10 – Minimum Wage Increase

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This marks the first in a regular series examining legislation introduced by California lawmakers.

 

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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.