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A “Wartime” California As It Was Eighty Years Ago? Yes And No

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

California’s been through its fair share of challenges in recent times, but nothing quite like the present pandemic crisis, the containment of which entered a critical stage in mid- to late-July as state and local officials turned to new restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the Golden State.

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California’s Choice: New And Enriched Public Programs Or Freer Private Enterprise?

by Joel Foxvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Change is coming to California following the double whammy of a pandemic eruption and police reform protests. Responses to the extraordinary dual events will initially flow into California’s current cultural and political liberal tide—a move toward more government involvement in our lives and more spending.

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California’s Search For Equitable, Sustainable, And Safe Transportation Choices

by Karen Philbrickvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

COVID-19 has changed everything—when, where, and how we work, spend our leisure time, and live our lives.

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Time To Turn To California’s Community Colleges For Common-Sense Solutions?

by John Pimentelvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Do you believe that our capitalist democracy and open markets perfectly enable equality of opportunity and self-agency?

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What Will Happen To The “California Rule?

by Shirley Svornyvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

The year 2020 will be recorded in California history books as the year a pandemic arrived in America’s most populous state, but the impact of a California Supreme Court ruling likely will have a more lasting impact on state and local budgets and the economy.

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Will There Be A “Reopening” Of The Governor’s First Term?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

What the future might hold for California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Prescriptions for California Republicans

by Chuck Bellvia Eureka
Monday, December 3, 2012

Mitt Romney’s loss of the Presidential election, which confounded expectations of many Republicans and the conservative news media, has set in motion a tidal wave of commentary both from inside and outside the Beltway on what ails the Republican Party.

The Elephant in the Room: California's Embattled GOP

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Sunday, December 2, 2012

Two years ago, California stuck out like a sore blue thumb on America’s political landscape.

How Now Brown Gov?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Sunday, November 11, 2012

I have an op-ed in today’s Sacramento Bee, the subject being lessons learns from Governor Jerry Brown’s surprising win on 

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Hoover Institution California Poll Released

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Monday, November 5, 2012

Between October 15-30th, 2012, a team of survey researchers affiliated with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University polled 600 Californians about their views of state government, policy choices facing the state, and life in the Golden State.

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:


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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.