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Analysis and Commentary

Will Newsom’s Cabinet Reflect All Of California?

by Bill Whalenvia The Sacramento Bee
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Seven days into the new year, I’m looking at the same quandary facing many a weekday commuter in congested Northern California: how to juggle same-day events in Sacramento and Silicon Valley. On Jan. 7, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will take his oath of office. A few hours later, college football’s playoff championship will get underway at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara – on an impossibly good day, a two-hour drive.

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Will Newsom Choose To Be A Nuisance, A No-Show, Or A National Leader On Immigration?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 13, 2018

What does a California governor-elect do in the time between Election Day and the inauguration?


The Simple Analytics Of Why California Home Prices Will Soon Fall

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The median price of a single-family home in California has increased to about $546,000. This is a record high, and is more than 80 percent above the 2012 median of $300,000. California home prices are likely peaking now, and I expect that they will decline soon. 


Adapting To Wildfires

by Terry Anderson, Andrew Plantingavia The Washington Times
Monday, December 10, 2018

While Gov. Jerry Brown blames the horrific death toll from California’s late-season wildfires, he and the state’s lawmakers have done little to discourage people from building homes in high-risk wildfire zones known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). By shifting the cost of wildfire prevention and protection to general taxpayers, they send the wrong signals about risk to WUI homeowners.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

The Latest California Fashion Craze: Tinfoil Hats

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 6, 2018

There’s something about close elections and unexpected results that breeds conspiracy theories.


Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the new governor of California, Gavin Newsom.


After Spending $5.4 Billion, California’s Bullet Train Is Still Going Nowhere

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown will leave office next month with a legacy of presiding over one of the biggest public policy failures in the state’s history. The California High-Speed Rail project began in 2008 at an estimated cost of about $39 billion to build high-speed train service between Northern California, Southern California, and the Central Valley. Despite the project having been significantly scaled back, the price tag for the down-sized system is likely approaching $100 billion.


Bill Whalen: Ep. 426: California Dreaming

interview with Bill Whalenvia Ricochet
Friday, November 30, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the puzzling and disturbing disappearance of a seemingly once very prevalent species: the California Republican.

To Adapt, California GOP Needs To Move Beyond Reagan

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, November 29, 2018

One of the more curious post-election commentaries came last week from the opinion page of the Orange County Register and the supposition, by a Republican consultant, that John Cox’s gubernatorial campaign deserves praise, not burial.