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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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The California Economy Needs Tax Reform–Not More Special Tax Breaks

by Daniel Heilvia Eureka
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Soon before his presidency reached its 100-day mark, Trump addressed a major campaign promise by offering his vision for tax reform. The Trump plan promises to cut rates, slash loopholes, and simplify the tax code. As more details of the plan emerge, however, the president will learn a lesson familiar to countless would-be reformers: tax reform is easy on paper and nearly impossible in reality.

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California’s Economy–Lots of Zeroes, Lots of Contradictions Having to Do with Wealth, Opportunity, and Livability

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Good luck trying to get your arms–and your head–around the enormity of California’s economy. Last month, the state’s 2015 gross domestic product (GDP: a measure of goods and services) was calculated at $2.46 trillion. That’s trillions, folks, with nine zeros–as in nine shutout innings from Clayton Kershaw, nine Oscar losses suffered by Peter O’Toole and Harrison Ford, or nine months without rain in an area that not so long ago was mired in a historic drought.

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Californians On The California Economy: Results From The May 2017 Golden State Poll

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Thursday, May 25, 2017

This spring saw the routine preparations for the annual May Revision of California’s proposed state budget disrupted by the political bargaining required to raise the gas tax for the first time in 23 years. In the midst of that unusual political scene, the Hoover Institution’s Golden State Poll surveyed Californians about their economic well-being and their opinions on economic policies that impact the nation-state’s global-sized GDP including infrastructure spending and a possible revisit of the property-tax limiting Proposition 13.

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Voters’s Views On Sacramento And What A Trump White House Means For California

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

The most recent Golden State Poll had a lot of ground to cover. For the fourth January in a row, we asked Californians to reflect on the state’s government, public policy, and politics just as the governor is about to do the same in his yearly address to the state at the end of the month. 

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That Impossibly Divided California You’ve Read About? Actually It’s Far More Politically Diverse And Competitive

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

With the votes tallied, the 2016 electoral map of the Golden State once again appears to be deeply divided. The old north-south divide of earlier decades has given way to an east-west divide with narratives regularly speaking of a liberal, prosperous coast and a conservative and impoverished inland: two politically distinct “Californias.”

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What’s Wrong With Sanctuary Cities? What Might Be Done? How Might It Affect California?

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s immigration policies were widely mischaracterized during the 2016 election campaign. Time and again media critics described Trump as a racist who opposes immigration.

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What Should California Expect From TrumpCare? Here Are Five Predictions For The Coming Rx

by Scott W. Atlasvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

“Repeal and replace”–the mantra of the Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)–is about to become a reality.

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Go West, Young Man . . . To A Nation-State Openly At War With The Nation’s New President

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hotel California? Not quite. In 2017, it’s Hostile California.

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The Year of Living Dangerously: 2017

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, December 19, 2016

The calendar year is about to end. What have we learned about California? In political terms the rich got richer and the poor a whole lot poorer. Fiscally 2016 was a win for the status quo. Governor Jerry Brown signed a $167 billion budget that didn’t contain a dime in so-called blue-pencil reductions to individual spending items. 

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Golden State Poll Studies California Voters in Unconventional Election

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In an election year defined by breaks from tradition, the ballot before California voters next month fits right in. Beyond the historic and highly unusual presidential race, Californians will make their first general election choice between two Democrats for U.S. Senate. And among a fleet of propositions, the voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana and about a pair of initiatives that together give Californians the choice to repeal, reform, or keep as is the state’s death penalty.

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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.