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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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This LA Story Wasn't A Political Thriller

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

On Tuesday, California’s largest city went to the polls to narrow choices for its next mayor. What did that vote tell us about the state of campaigns in the Golden State?

It’s not good.

Here are three takeaways from the Los Angeles mayoral primary:

The Little Governor Who Could?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 24, 2013

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can . . .”

Live with Kelly...Er, Jerry!

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Though he’s long in the tooth (a 75th birthday coming in April) and long on the job (overall, 10 years and counting as California’s governor), Jerry Brown isn’t long on tradition.

A Reform Agenda, a Path Forward for California Republicans

by Devin Nunesvia Eureka
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Californians will soon face a Democratic super-majority in Sacramento determined to further increase spending, raise more taxes, and make the state even more hostile to business and entrepreneurship.

Looking For New Ways To Lead, Under A Bolder GOP Banner

by Duf Sundheimvia Eureka
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

After last month’s Republican setbacks at the polls, I was asked if I was going to continue in politics.

It was a fair question.

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.


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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.