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Will 2018 Be Another Watershed Election For California?

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, September 6, 2018

We think of politics in two- and four-year election cycles. But in California, those aren’t the only numbers worth remembering.


Will Corporate California Go The Way Of Quotas?

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

To the adage “let’s keep politics out of the bedroom,” what about California’s government intervening in the boardroom?

In the News

Golden Could Be The First Colorado City To Lower The Minimum Voting Age To 16

quoting David Davenportvia Denver Post
Monday, September 3, 2018

Bella Macarelli regularly discusses the big issues of the day — politics, immigration, gun control — with her classmates at Golden High School. She says her age (she turns 16 in November) shouldn’t preclude her and her friends from bringing those lofty thoughts from the schoolyard to the ballot box.

Analysis and Commentary

Junk Science And Leftist Folklore Have Set California Ablaze

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, August 17, 2018

The Left Coast is burning. Oregon is fighting 13 wildfires encompassing 185,000 acres. California is battling 19 fires, including tornados of fire called "fire whirls," which have gobbled up 577,000 acres and left eight dead. A good progressive who never lets a crisis go to waste, Governor Jerry Brown told Californians, “With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up.”

In the News

Today's Cannon: Austin's Bond Proposal, Mandatory Paid Sick Leave And Tariffs And Free Trade

quoting Steven J. Davisvia The Gilmer Mirror
Thursday, August 16, 2018

What to Know: Austin voters in November will decide the fate of a $925 million bond package, the largest in the city’s history.


August In Sacramento—Jerry Brown’s Game, Jerry Brown’s Rules

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 16, 2018

With all due respect to T.S. Eliot and his grim assessment of April, it’s August in Sacramento that can be “the cruelest month” for ambitious lawmakers.


California Is Using Lawsuits To Impose Blue-State Values On The Rest Of The Country

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

It's not fake news that California is joining 19 other states to sue the Trump administration over auto emission standards. But it’s not surprising news either, since this is now the 39th lawsuit California has brought against the federal government during Donald Trump’s 1.5-year presidency. 

Analysis and Commentary

For Jerry Brown’s Last California Hall Of Fame Class, One Choice Is Clear: Willie Brown

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Soon after the November election, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s last official acts will be announcing a new class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame.

Analysis and Commentary

David Davenport: National Lessons From California Election Reform

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Friday, June 22, 2018
California lives on the edge of change. A few years ago, the Golden State adopted two big changes to its elections: Open primaries in which voters choose candidates from any party, and a top-two primary where the top two finishers qualify for the general election, regardless of party. The idea was to elect more moderate candidates.

Bill Whalen: Early California Primary Touting

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses how to think about the California political parties in 2018 and 2020.