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Analysis and Commentary

A Suggestion For Gov. Jerry Brown’s Next Job: West Coast Emissary In Washington

by Bill Whalenvia The Sacremento Bee
Thursday, April 19, 2018

He’s not the founding father with the hit musical. Unlike his longtime political rival, John Adams, he’s never been lionized in an HBO miniseries. Still Thomas Jefferson, whose 275th birthday came and went last week with little fanfare other than a statue being vandalized, might be pleased that the nation is looking his way.


They Say That Breaking Up Is Hard To Do -- Unless It's Breaking California Into More Than Two

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan signing the nation’s first no-fault divorce law.

In the News

Is California Too Big? Voters May Get Chance To Split Golden State Into Three

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Mercury News
Friday, April 13, 2018

Should there be three Californias instead of just one? You may soon have a chance to decide.

Analysis and Commentary

While Pelosi Stars In Republican Ads, Does Fate Have Another Plan For Her?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, April 5, 2018
If you happen to live in a congressional swing district – one where a Republican incumbent is on the hot griddle – and don’t like the mien of Nancy Pelosi, then I have some bad news: you could be seeing a lot more of her the closer we get to Election Day.
In the News

Calif. 'Jungle' Primary Presents Concerns For Both Parties

quoting Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 29, 2018

The road to winning – or retaining -- the House majority likely runs through competitive districts in California, and the top-two “jungle” primary in June is causing headaches for Republicans and Democrats, who see its potential to tilt the playing field.

Salinas Event On Immigration

by David R. Henderson
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Immigration: Bane or blessing? That's the title of an event that I'll be speaking at in Salinas late this afternoon and early this evening. 

In the News

House Republicans Open Southern California Field Office As They Gird For Midterm Siege

quoting Bill Whalenvia Washington Examiner
Monday, March 26, 2018

The National Republican Congressional Committee has opened an annex in Southern California as the vulnerable GOP majority in the House girds for a midterm fight with the Democrats in more than half-dozen battleground districts.


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, March 23, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Pension Abuse In California."

Analysis and Commentary

Another Shot Fired In California’s Civil War

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Thursday, March 22, 2018

California is stepping closer to a civil war with the federal government over immigration. In the latest round, one day after President Trump visited the state to see prototypes of his border wall, the state senate appointed an illegal immigrant to serve on a state commission, a big step in California’s progressive history.


Lanhee Chen: California Politics, Debate Over Arming Teachers, National Student Walkout

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KQED
Friday, March 16, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses immigration, House races, and President Trump's visit to California.