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California’s (Political) Year In Review

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

We’re doing something different here at the Hoover Institution as we prepare to bid adieu to 2021: merging our biweekly column California on Your Mind and our periodical Eureka into one year-end product.

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2021 In California Revealed The Failures Of Progressive Elites And Their Policies

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

California’s 2021 started off with Governor Newsom reeling from his infamous dinner at the French Laundry in Napa Valley that took place in late 2020. After scolding nearly 40 million Californians to wear masks, maintain six feet of social distancing, and restrict Thanksgiving gatherings to no more than three households—and with no singing or chanting—the governor was photographed dining at the famous restaurant at a political fundraiser, sans mask, sans six feet of social distancing, flouting just about every COVID convention that he had established.

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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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Teacher Union Power In California: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

by Michael T. Hartneyvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Charles Chapel, a California state assemblyman in the 1950s and 1960s, once said that he feared just three things: God, his redheaded wife, and the California Teachers Association (CTA).

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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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Budgeting, or California Dreaming?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

In the fabled Golden State, there are certain rites of summer. Along those lines: family vacations, top-down convertibles, the bow-wave of students coming and going at California’s nearly 400 colleges and universities.

California’s Budget, Past, Future – And What Might Have Been

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

Not too many people get excited about dry budget numbers. Most people care instead about what’s behind those numbers -- how much of our money will the government take, what kinds of services will it provide?

Stupid Things We Do In Sacramento

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

When guilt is demonstrable, confession is the best bet.

So allow me to confess: as the California’s Director of Finance for four years, I did some stupid things.

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California On Your Mind

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.