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As The Recall Field Takes Shape, Will Hollywood Avoid Sacramento?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Writing this column as I am, on the eve of the filing deadline for California’s September 14 recall election—candidates have until 5 pm PDT this Friday to submit their paperwork with the secretary of state’s office in Sacramento—we could be in for one or several plot twists.

HousingAnalysis and Commentary

While Survey Shows Californians Would Prefer Life Elsewhere, Media Report California Doing Just Fine

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Virtually every major California media source reported last week that a new UC San Diego study concludes that there is no California exodus, and that most Californians are happy and believe the “California Dream” remains in reach for them and their children.  

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Garbage Time In California?

interview with Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Friday, July 9, 2021

The latest in the Golden State, including the gubernatorial challengers’ struggles in earning media attention.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Did Biden Really Max Out On Waters?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 8, 2021

One thing about 2021 that we were told to expect: the beginning of an age of new harmony between the West and East Coasts—more to the point, the government in Washington showing more love to its smaller cousin in Sacramento.

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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Entitled To What?

interview with Daniel Heil, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The ramifications should an additional 21 million Americans – and more than half the nation’s working-age households – become dependent upon the federal government. 

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Critical Race Math Education Violates The Standard Principles Of Science

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

California’s new math proposal, which blends current ideas in social justice and antiracist thought with mathematics instruction, is a culturally driven agenda that will almost certainly fail those whom it is intended to help. The proposal, whose curriculum focuses on “social inequities” using “trauma-informed pedagogies,” provides no compelling arguments for why this approach will be better than traditional math education.


Good Luck Keeping Up with Recall’s Cash King

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 1, 2021

For reasons either justifiable (my job necessitates keeping track of what politicians are up to) or masochistic (the urge to be a glutton for punishment), I make it a habit to sign up for officeholders’ and candidates’ email solicitations.

Policy InsightsFeatured

State Budget Woes

featuring Joshua D. Rauh, Lee Ohanian, Michael J. Boskin, John H. Cochrane, Richard A. Epstein, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 1, 2021

State and local officials continue to face significant budget challenges that predate the pandemic. What are these budget challenges and what can state lawmakers do to address them?

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

California’s Recall Election Is On—And Not Because 1.7 Million Signatories Are Racists

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Out of 1.7 million signatures among California voters to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, only 43 were withdrawn during the state’s 30-day “change your mind” period. Newsom and the state’s Democratic party would have you believe that the recall is racist and is akin to treason. This is of course not about race, nor is it about treason, as California law permits such a recall. But the fact that Newsom and his party have strategically woven such a tale tells you all you need to know about why so many are so concerned about Newsom’s performance.

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Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System

via Fellow Talks
Monday, June 28, 2021

The Hoover Institution Press presents a discussion of the recent publication Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System with authors Clint Bolick and Kate J. Hardiman, joined by Hoover Senior Fellow Chester E. Finn, Jr., on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm PT | 4:00 pm ET.