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Analysis and Commentary

Junk Science And Leftist Folklore Have Set California Ablaze

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, August 17, 2018

The Left Coast is burning. Oregon is fighting 13 wildfires encompassing 185,000 acres. California is battling 19 fires, including tornados of fire called "fire whirls," which have gobbled up 577,000 acres and left eight dead. A good progressive who never lets a crisis go to waste, Governor Jerry Brown told Californians, “With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up.”

California PoliticsFeatured

August In Sacramento—Jerry Brown’s Game, Jerry Brown’s Rules

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 16, 2018

With all due respect to T.S. Eliot and his grim assessment of April, it’s August in Sacramento that can be “the cruelest month” for ambitious lawmakers.

In the News

Gavin Newsom Has Big, Liberal Plans For California. So How Would He Pay For Them?

quoting Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is promising an ambitious agenda for California in his campaign for governor: universal preschool and child care. Health care for all. More money for higher education and job training. More spending on roads, public transit and bridges. Millions of new housing units.
California PoliticsFeatured

Want A Lot Of Debates Between Gavin Newsom And John Cox? Fat Chance

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, August 9, 2018

California’s suffering through a frustrating election-year ritual: the two gubernatorial candidates debating over how many times they’re willing to debate. In this Sacramento Bee column, I offer a fix: local media should take the lead and announce four debates – one in Sacramento on taxes and budgets; one in San Francisco on housing and the economy; one in Los Angeles on inclusiveness; one in the Central Valley on the environment and land management.


California Is Using Lawsuits To Impose Blue-State Values On The Rest Of The Country

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

It's not fake news that California is joining 19 other states to sue the Trump administration over auto emission standards. But it’s not surprising news either, since this is now the 39th lawsuit California has brought against the federal government during Donald Trump’s 1.5-year presidency. 

Economic GrowthFeatured

Two Governor Browns And Two State Budgets: How California Stopped Investing

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Look inside Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown Jr.’s final state budget that was passed in June, and you will see important reasons why California struggles with a host of problems ranging from road congestion to reliable water supplies.

Natural DisastersFeatured

How California Wildfires Fan Political And Policy Flames

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Where many parts of the United States enjoy four seasons, California experiences only two: wet and dry. It rains in the winter and fall (at least, it’s supposed to). Springtime and summers are predominately arid.

CaliforniaAnalysis and Commentary

Is California On Your Mind?

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 9, 2018

California on Your Mind is a new biweekly journal from the Hoover Institution about California politics, California policies, and the California economy. This online journal, written by Hoover Senior Fellow Lee Ohanian and Hoover Research Fellow Bill Whalen, fills an important need by delivering detailed, real-time economic and political analysis twice each week about the state that has become the world’s 5th largest economy.

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Area 45: What Survey Data Indicates About The Parties’ Chances This Fall

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Monday, August 6, 2018

Wave Hello or Goodbye?


Michael Petrilli: Golden State Charter Politics

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the state’s charter school politics.