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Welcome To California’s “4-H Club” Of Policy Concerns

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, January 16, 2020

For all the storm and fury emanating from the national’s capital, national politics at the beginning of 2020 boils down to three words, all beginning with the letter “i”: impeachment, Iran, and incumbency.

Law and Justice
In the News

Bill To Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation Moves To The Full Senate

mentioning Ayaan Hirsi Alivia WEKU
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A bill to criminalize the practice of female genital mutilation in Kentucky unanimously passed out of a Senate Committee Wednesday.

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Trust Me, I’m from the DMV

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
California’s “motor voter” registration system is a clunker.
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Forbidden Cities

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Housing in the state may be critically scarce, but creating a new community in California can still take decades.
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The Gig Is Up

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

There’s no other way to say this: California has destroyed the gig economy.


A Perverse Way To “Solve” California’s Housing Crisis: People Are Leaving The Golden State

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Almost everywhere you look, you will see somebody talking, writing, or complaining about California’s housing crisis. Choosing to live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, or Silicon Valley will cost you about $1,000,000 if you buy, and about $3,000–$5,000 or more a month if you rent. And that is if you are willing to live in something you would not want to post on Instagram.


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, January 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "California Wrecks Its Gig-Economy."

PoliticsAnalysis and CommentaryPolitics

And If Trump Wanted To Do Business With California . . .

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, January 9, 2020

This being my first column of the new year, let’s start things off with a high-altitude, big-picture look at the relationship between President Trump and California—namely, what, if anything, will change will change politically or policywise?

Analysis and Commentary

State Support For Nuclear Power

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Tyler Cowen responded with an interesting post to my query, "I don’t see just why nuclear power needs “state support,” rather than a clear workable set of safety regulations that are not excuses for anyone to stop any project."


California’s Governor And His Three Christmas Ghosts

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 19, 2019

This being our last Thursday column before the holiday break, I thought it fitting to take a look at Sacramento through a more Dickensian lens—a 2019 version, if you will, of A Christmas Carol, the 66-page novella first published in 1843.