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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.

EconomyFeatured

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.

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The Libertarian: Free Speech And Campaign Finance

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, November 29, 2018

How to think about the role of money in politics.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Looking Over The Horizon: Could Newsom Ever Face A Veto Override?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 29, 2018

It’s been a week since Thanksgiving, yet somewhere in California, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom may still be voicing gratitude for his good fortune election-wise.

EconomyFeatured

California Budget Realities And The Coming Backlash Against The Democratic Party

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Since the midterm elections, California political discussions have been focused on the implosion of the California Republican party and the increased dominance of the Democratic party. Despite these trends, there are several reasons why I expect to see enormous pressure on the California Democratic party to significantly change their future economic priorities and policies. And this may happen sooner rather than later, just as there was a strong and unexpected national reaction against the Democratic party in 2010 and in 2016.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: The Things That Divide Us

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Monday, November 19, 2018
Examining the sources of America’s deep political chasm.
In the News

A Californian Is The Top Republican In The House. Can His Party Recover Back Home?

quoting Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Friday, November 16, 2018

Three years after he first bid for the job, Bakersfield Rep. Kevin McCarthy has finally landed the top Republican leadership position in the House of Representatives.

In the News

'Stunning': After Court Rejects GOP Lawsuit, Democrat Wins As Maine Becomes First State To Use Ranked-Choice Voting In National Race

quoting Larry Diamondvia Common Dreams
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Maine's 2nd congressional district made history Thursday afternoon as it named Jared Golden the winner of his race for incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin's (R-Maine) seat, after the state used ranked-choice voting for the first time in a national race to determine the winner.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Lies, Damn Lies, And Statistics—And California’s “Red Ceiling”

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 15, 2018

For all the talk of a “blue wave” and a “red wall” colliding in this election, let’s talk about the “red ceiling” in the nation’s biggest (and pretty much bluest) state.

In the News

A Landslide, Supermajorities And Now A Fat Budget Surplus: It’s Good To Be Gavin Right Now

quoting Bill Whalenvia CALmatters
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The good news just keeps coming for California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. Not only did he win a resounding 60 percent-plus landslide, but he will be greeted by a two-thirds supermajority of fellow Democrats in both houses—more than sufficient to approve a tax increase. Not that he’ll need it any time soon.

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