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The StateAnalysis and Commentary

As July 4th Approaches, Does California Freedom Have a Hollow Ring?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 2, 2020

As circumstance would have it, for the second consecutive year this column precedes America’s Fourth of July weekend. As such, it seems like the proper moment to discuss California and liberty.


Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

via The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his California On Your Mind article "Do California’s Future Travel Plans Include Planes, Trains . . . And More Automobiles?"


Progressive Lawmakers Decry Racism, But Their Policies Devastate People Of Color

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

California politicians are promising to address racism with new policies, including a potential state constitutional amendment, ACA 5, that would restore racial, ethnic, and gender-based preferential hiring and college admissions. As one lawmaker remarked, “It is time to eliminate the systemic racism that permeates our society. We will not stand for anything less.”


Do California’s Future Travel Plans Include Planes, Trains . . . And More Automobiles?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

There’s plenty to observe in California these days.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Kamala Harris’s Rise And The California GOP’s Tumble: It’s An LA Story

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ordinarily, I’m cautious when it comes to “short lists” of possible vice presidential nominees.


Bruce Thornton On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bruce Thorntonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bruce Thornton discusses his Front Page Magazine article "California Seeks to Empower Illiberal Identity Politics."

Analysis and Commentary

The Bigger Hurdle: Harris Becoming VP, Or Newsom Picking Her Successor?

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In politics, as in baseball, June predictions aren’t the wisest -- especially when it comes to forecasting presidential running mates. That said, Joe Biden has done a favor for those of us who engage in idle “veep” speculation. By limiting his choices to strictly double-X-chromosome, the Democrats’ nominee-in-waiting has a tapered list of options. And if recent news accounts are to be believed, at the top of said list is California Sen. Kamala Harris, who at this time in 2019 was a presidential hopeful.

In the News

Bill Whalen And David Henderson Conversation

featuring David R. Henderson, Bill Whalenvia USSA News
Saturday, June 13, 2020

On June 4, my Hoover colleague Bill Whalen interviewed me about my latest article for Hoover’s Defining Ideas, “Just Say No to State & Local Bailouts,” June 3. I had heard and seen a talk by Bill on Zoom a week earlier and was impressed with his deep knowledge of California politics. His show is titled “Area 45.” 


Victor Davis Hanson: Disorder In Blue & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "The Bitter Irony of Revolutions."


Where Have You Gone, Jack Kemp?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, June 11, 2020

As a product of the East Coast, here’s one way that I’ve come to process what’s occurred in California in recent weeks: cicadas.