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Area 45: Act II: Mitt Romney vs. The White House

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Area 45
Friday, February 16, 2018

Romney Redux: If Romney wins the Utah senate seat, will he be a Trump White House ally or nemesis?

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.

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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.

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.”

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California Should Address Licensing Reform – And Stop Adding Violins To The String Section

by David Cranevia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

In 1850 California passed its first professional licensing law requiring foreigners to buy a monthly license to mine gold. During the next hundred years the state so dramatically expanded its licensing regime that by 1950 one in every twenty workers required a license. Today one in five working Californians requires a license from the state government; a recent study found that California is the most broadly licensed state in the nation.

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Area 45: The State Of The Golden State

interview with David Cranevia Area 45
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Is California Dreaming Away Its Problems?

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Power to the States

by David Davenport, Lenny Mendoncavia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Disarray in Washington has a silver lining: state and local governments reclaiming their essential role in American democracy. 


Trump's Midterm Known Unknowns

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Shy’ Trump voters, a booming economy, consumer confidence, looming investigations, anti-Trump frenzy — all add up to uncertainty in the 2018 elections.

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For Sacramento, Will This Be A Year Of Opportunities Taken Or Missed?

by Catharine Bakervia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Now that the 2018 legislative session has begun and Governor Jerry Brown has delivered his last State of the State address, Capitol leaders are faced with a year of opportunities.


Jerry Brown Is Dreaming Of A Blue Christmas

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

While traditionalists dream of a white, snowy Christmas, California governor Jerry Brown dreams of a blue one: a blue state, with a blue governor, aggressively pursuing blue-state policies.