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Analysis and Commentary

The Same Old, Same Old California Suicide

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tech titans and Bay Area Bourbons grow rich, the middle class flees, forests burn.

In the News

Silicon Valley Values

featuring Scott W. Atlas, Lanhee J. Chenvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 14, 2020

[Subscription Required] Skepticism of government is great, but some governments deserve more than others.

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The California Brownout Disaster Is Manmade

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 11, 2020

One August day I received a notice on the website Nextdoor. It was titled “Rotating Power Outages Likely to Occur Monday Afternoon and Evening,” and here’s the first paragraph: PG&E [Pacific Gas and Electric] urges customers to conserve electricity in response to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) statewide Flex Alert called for Monday (Aug. 17) from 3 to 10 p.m. CAISO is the organization that manages the state’s power grid.

In the News

Californiaʼs Assault On The Commercial Real Estate Industry

quoting Lee Ohanianvia California Globe
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Real Estate brokers warn: anti-real estate and business legislation, tax increases, rent control, have devastating effect on CRE investment, development and management.

In the News

State Policy Favoritism And Corruption

cited Lee Ohanianvia Cato Institute
Thursday, September 10, 2020

California leaders are in the news for passing a misguided law that requires most independent contractors to be treated as employees, and then realizing how harmful that is and passing another law exempting dozens of politically important industries from the mandate. Lee Ohanian describes the law’s damage here.

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

In A Carnival-Like Spree, California Lawmakers Just Played Right Into Trump’s Hands

by Bill Whalenvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

By the time the clock struck midnight on Aug. 31 in Sacramento — the state legislature’s deadline for sending bills to the governor — Democratic supermajorities had indulged in a spree of progressive fantasy-weaving. 

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

“Extraordinary” And California’s Legislature—In The Same Sentence?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

After a recently concluded bill-drafting session considered remarkable only in the remarkable job that lawmakers did in avoiding a host of weighty matters, what could California’s State Legislature do for an encore?


Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "The Speaker’s Death By A Thousand Snips And Cuts."


The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Is Trump Creating A Middle-Class Coalition Of All Races?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Joe Biden’s paradoxes, Donald Trump’s appeal to minority voters, America’s hamstrung police, the wild and much-repeated claims by The Atlantic that Donald Trump insulted America’s war dead, California’s continuing descent, and the mistake that was (and remains) the lockdowns.

BusinessAnalysis and Commentary

California Businesses Leave The State By The Thousands

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

California businesses are leaving the state in droves. In just 2018 and 2019—economic boom years—765 commercial facilities left California. This exodus doesn’t count Charles Schwab’s announcement to leave San Francisco next year. Nor does it include the 13,000 estimated businesses to have left between 2009 and 2016.