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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.

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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.


California’s 2018 Vote: Limited Drama, Plenty of Uncounted Votes, And Lots of Needed Repairs

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Friday, November 9, 2018

Not that California elections are predictable, but most every cycle over the past twenty years has played out as follows.

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Area 45: What Challenges Face California’s New Governor With Lee Ohanian

interview with Lee Ohanianvia Area 45
Monday, November 5, 2018

Lee Ohanian on Hoover’s new online journal and what challenges confront the Golden State’s next governor.

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Area 45: Election Preview With Dave Brady, Mo Fiorina, And Doug Rivers

interview with David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Friday, November 2, 2018

What the fractious political landscape means for the midterm elections.

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The Invisible California

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The coastal elites ignore the Central Valley—yet force it to abide by their decisions. A portrait of California’s own “flyover country.”

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Sunny Delusion

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

California recently enacted a law requiring solar roofs on all new homes. Wasteful and pointless, the measure will damage the state’s economy while doing nothing about climate change.


A Few Questions About Tomorrow’s California Vote

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Monday, November 5, 2018

America’s nation-state goes to the polls tomorrow, where candidates receive the high honor of holding public office and ideas pass or fail.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Wolves In Wolves’ Clothing

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Friday, October 26, 2018

As the Democratic Party falls under the sway of its progressive wing, even the pretense of moderation is fading away.

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Political Reform In California Begins With Convincing The Next Generation Of California Leaders To Vote

by Dan Schnur via Eureka
Friday, October 26, 2018

This November’s election will almost certainly continue a longtime trend in which young people vote in significantly smaller numbers than their parents and grandparents. The millennials and post-millennials did not originate this trend but they have intensified it, as the rate with which they are withdrawing from most forms of traditional political participation are accelerating.