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Analysis and Commentary

Steve Poizner Adds Some Spice To 2018 Election

by Bill Whalenvia The Sacramento Bee
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rather than more idle speculation over who will be the next governor of California, let’s look at an office further down the ladder – state insurance commissioner.

In the News

Top California Republican To Run Statewide As An Independent

quoting Bill Whalenvia Politico
Monday, February 12, 2018

Steve Poizner, the wealthy Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate, has announced he'll seek statewide office as an independent in 2018 — marking a high-profile defection from the state Republican Party as President Trump's approval ratings sink in California.

In the News

Struggling California City Prepares To Experiment With ‘Universal Basic Income’

quoting Thomas Sowellvia BizPac Review
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Michael Tubbs, the 26-year-old mayor of Stockton, California, thinks handing out $6,000 a year to low-income residents (with no strings attached) is the way to lift people out of poverty.

In the News

Think California Politics Is On The Far-Left Fringe? Just Wait For The Next Elections.

quoting Bill Whalenvia Denver Post
Monday, February 5, 2018

For those who think California politics is on the far-left fringe of the national spectrum, stand by. The next election season, already well underway here, will showcase a younger generation of Democrats that is more liberal and personally invested in standing up to President Donald Trump’s Washington than those leaving office.

In the News

California Democrat's Blueprint For The Election: 'Go Left'

quoting Bill Whalenvia SF Gate
Monday, February 5, 2018

For those who think California politics is on the far-left fringe of the national spectrum, stand by. The next election season, already well underway here, will showcase a younger generation of Democrats that is more liberal and personally invested in standing up to President Donald Trump's Washington than those leaving office.

Analysis and Commentary

How Will Gov. Brown Have Republicans’ Back?

by Bill Whalenvia The Sacremento Bee
Thursday, February 1, 2018

It doesn’t have the comedic value of “the era of big government is over” (Bill Clinton’s 1996 State of the Union speech), but I do wonder what Gov. Jerry Brown was getting at in last week’s State of the State address when he assured legislative Republicans: “Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.”

Interviews

Richard Epstein On Law Talk: Something Fishy

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Ricochet
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses who looks worse in the Mueller investigation, President Trump or the FBI? Is trading DACA for a border wall a grand bargain or a big mistake? Can California prosecute business owners for working with federal immigration authorities? Can blue states sue their way out of the new tax law? Will the Supreme Court overhaul internet taxation? Do federal judges really need clerks? And does the Americans with Disabilities Act protect “obnoxious chronic body odor”?

Analysis and Commentary

The State Of The State In California? Maybe The Next Governor Will Have More To Say

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, January 25, 2018

On the morning of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s final State of the State Address, delivered earlier today in Sacramento, his office homepage led with a three-day old proclamation declaring a day of remembrance for those lost in the recent Montecito mudslides.

Featured CommentaryAnalysis and Commentary

California’s Green Governor: A Climate Hero With A Wrinkled Cape

by Dan Jacobsonvia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

When Californians look back a generation from now on the environmental legacy of Governor Jerry Brown, what will they see?

Featured CommentaryAnalysis and Commentary

Absent For Too Long: Urgently Addressing California School Truancy

by Austin Beutner, LaPhonza Butlervia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A quality public education is the right of every child and the foundation of every community. A good education is the best path out of poverty and will provide every child with a chance to succeed in life. Yet in Los Angeles less than 30 percent of students meet state standards in math; less than 40 percent of students meet state standards in English. Only one-third of LA Unified School District’s 2015/16 graduating cohort met the standards to apply to California’s public universities. Another 25 percent did not graduate.

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