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Whether you live in California, are a refugee, or understand that much of what happens in California eventually seeps eastward like a primordial Marxist ooze, every American has an interest in seeing some sanity on the Left Coast. This weekend, Whiskey Politics is scheduled to do an in-person, long-form sit down with the man who […]

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Joel Kotkin joins Brian Anderson to discuss California’s economic performance since the Great Recession, the state’s worsening housing crunch, and the impending departure of Governor Jerry Brown, who will leave office in January. After serving four terms (nonconsecutively) since the late 1970s, Brown is one of the longest-serving governors in American history.

While California has seen tremendous growth during Brown’s tenure, the state has big problems: people are moving out in greater numbers than they’re moving in, job creation outside of Silicon Valley is stagnant, and the state’s housing costs are the highest in the country.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a new Axios/Survey Monkey poll showing five incumbent Senate Democrats losing to specific or unnamed Republicans right now and a few others barely ahead.  They also rip California for brazenly impeding efforts of federal immigration officials and wonder where all the liberal love for states’ rights was when Arizona wanted to enforce federal laws when the federal government refused to do it.  And they swat down a Washington Post columnist for suggesting the U.S. pursue a socialist system and dig deeper into why so many people are not satisfied with the way things are going right now.

California, the land of anti-Trump “resistance”, has its own problems both irresistible and intractable – mounting public pension debt, underfunded schools, and a revenue stream too dependent upon capital gains. David Crane, a Stanford lecturer, past economic aide to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-founder of Govern for California, weighs the health of the state so bitterly opposed to Trump.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly stunned to see liberal California Gov. Jerry Brown veto bills from his even more liberal legislature, including one that guts due process for those accused of sexual assault on college campuses and another that would ban morals clauses for employees of religious institutions.  They also throw up their hands over reports that the FBI spent years documenting Russia’s shady but successful efforts to steer U.S. nuclear policy and uranium deals its way during the Obama years  – but never made any of it public until now.  And they get a kick out of the Republican congressional candidate in Florida who claims to have been abducted by aliens and communicated with them telepathically several times since.

Even a Stopped Clock…


You might want to sit down for this… Jerry Brown made a good decision. Actually, he made two.

The governor’s first good decision was vetoing a bill that would have enforced Obama’s Title IX guidance about campus sexual assault. This was the garbage rule that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos scuttled because it denied the accused their due process rights. Brown explained his veto in a statement:

Since this law was enacted, however, thoughtful legal minds have increasingly questioned whether federal and state actions to prevent and redress sexual harassment and assault—well-intentioned as they are—have also unintentionally resulted in some colleges’ failure to uphold due process for accused students. Depriving any student of higher education opportunities should not be done lightly, or out of fear of losing state or federal funding.

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After reading Rodin’s excellent post about California becoming a Sanctuary State, I spotted this story. President Trump, one of the greatest counter-punchers in political history, just counter-punched Governor Moonbeam’s anti-American move to make California a “sanctuary state” — this is golden! Preview Open

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California, which many other states often follow as an example, just protected it’s illegal immigrant criminals while putting up another roadblock in allowing law enforcement to keep its people safe. While not surprising, it’s still a major disappointment for the law-abiding citizens. This Sanctuary State legislation signed by Jerry Brown passed with zero support from […]

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California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown Gushes Over Chinese Communist Dictator Xi Jiping. “I met with president Xi for almost an hour. This is a very determined man. He’s building roads and high-speed rail and not just in China, but all over the world. Preview Open

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Victor Davis Hanson explains how political and cultural changes in California have eroded the state’s status as a national leader.

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Paris – I miss the days when the circus rolled into town on a sleepy train in the middle of the night rather on luxury private planes and chartered jets in the middle of the day. But then again, this is no ordinary circus, kids. It’s the Climate Circus! Where the folly of group action […]

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What Gov. Jerry Brown’s Veto of “Right to Try” Means for California’s Terminally Ill Patients


1401317421000-OLSENEvery year, more than 60,000 Californians die of heart disease, the nation’s leading killer. Another 55,000 die of cancer, and more than 7,000 die of Alzheimer’s. But these are more than just statistics. These are our parents, siblings, relatives, and friends. For far too many, they run out of time waiting for a breakthrough drug or treatment.

That is why it was so troubling that Gov. Jerry Brown slammed the door shut on protecting terminally ill Californians’ right to try to save their own lives. To date, 24 states have a Right to Try law, which provides an important avenue for terminally ill patients to access potentially life-saving treatments.

Had the California Right to Try law been approved, terminally ill patients under the care of their physician, who had exhausted all treatment options and who did not qualify for a clinical trial would have been permitted to seek treatments that had successfully completed basic safety testing and continued to be part of the FDA’s ongoing approval process.

Signs of Peak Progressivism


shutterstock_123731821Last week at a Capitol Hill hearing, Sierra Club president Aaron Mair was flummoxed when confronted with the inconvenient truth of an eighteen-year-and-counting cessation of global warming. Under persistent questioning from presidential contender Ted Cruz, Mair had only the flimsiest appeal-to-authority by way of response — boiled down, the discredited assertion that 97 percent of scientists agree with whatever the left is pushing this election cycle.

This exchange, transcribed at PJ Media, is particularly illuminating:

Cruz: Is it correct that the satellite data over the past 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?

The Classicist Podcast, with Victor Davis Hanson: “Illegal Immigration and Sanctuary Cities”


In this installment of The Classicist podcast from the Hoover Institution, VDH uses the recent murder of Kate Steinle in the sanctuary city of San Francisco to discuss the issues faced by Californians dealing with illegal immigration, address whether ‘compassion’ ought to be the driving factor behind immigration policy, take issue with the idea that rates of criminal behavior are lower amongst those here illegally, explore the popular/elitist divide on the issue, and speculate on whether we’ve reached an inflection point in the public debate.

As ever, you can subscribe to The Classicist via iTunes or your favorite podcast app — or you can listen in below, right after the jump.

The Eureka Podcast: California’s Tax Problem


I’m back in California this week, being reminded all over again about this state’s many natural virtues and many manmade vices. Amongst the latter group is tax policy in the Golden State, which is — how do I put this tactfully — crazy. Beating-your-head-against-a-padded-wall crazy.

In this installment of the Eureka podcast from the Hoover Institution, I talk with Hoover fellows Carson Bruno and Bill Whalen about how the extreme progressivity of California’s tax code fuels its recurring budget crises, whether Californians are really the tax-loving lefties they’re made out to be in the popular consciousness, and whether meaningful tax reform in the Golden State is a real possibility. Listen in below:

Better a Brown-In or a Brown-Out?


shutterstock_218314399I had an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee last week about California Governor Jerry Brown and the 2016 presidential campaign. Brown’s pretty much closed the book on what would be a fourth run for the White House. That includes this back-and-forth on a recent episode of Meet the Press, during which he seemed to indicate that he’d be a player if he were 10 years younger (Brown, California’s oldest governor, turns 77 this year):

So why do noodges like me keep on asking Jerry to challenge Hillary — in my case, polite imploring, as opposed to The Boston Globe’s begging Elizabeth Warren (if newspapers worked this hard for readership, there wouldn’t be circulation crises)? Here’s my thinking (two-thirds tongue-in-cheek, one-third serious):

1) Geography. California doesn’t have a presence in presidential politics, other than doling out money. Yes, Carly Fiorina started out in the Golden State, but hers is a campaign driven in large party by Hillary-bashing. There’s nothing California-centric about it. From strictly an economic standpoint, it’d be nice to have a lure to draw the media west and boost the Golden State’s tourism revenue.

Will California (Once Again) Fear the Reefer?


On Tuesday, and with little fanfare (maybe that’s because smoke has a hard time wafting down from the Last Frontier to the Lower 48), Alaska became just the third state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana use. Oregon and Washington D.C. also approved recreational marijuana last year, joining Colorado and Washington State, which broke ground in 2012. D.C.’s law will likely go into effect by week’s end. Oregon law won’t change until later this year.

Voters approved the notion by a 52%-48% margin, but left it to lawmakers to work out the kinks in allowing adults to legally partake in the herb in private places. And under the category of can’t smoke ‘em if you don’t got ‘em: it’ll be a while before Alaskans will be making a purchase.

Other Straws in the Wind


shutterstock_158954213Earlier this week, I drew attention to the dearth of panels at the 2014 American Political Science Association (APSA) conference that were devoted to an assessment of the achievements in domestic and foreign affairs of the administration of Barack Obama. As I pointed out, the APSA has fifty-three “divisions” and sixty “related groups”that sponsor more than one thousand panels at these meetings with something on the order of four thousand scholars making presentations of one sort or another. Given those numbers, the profession’s silence with regard to Obama’s accomplishments are so striking as to suggest that the political science profession now regards “the One” as an embarrassment.

Today, I returned to the program of the APSA, which is available online and can be downloaded and searched. This I did with an eye to studying it more closely. Here and there, I found that someone had given a paper on some aspect of Barack Obama’s career — usually, with a focus on race — but that no one had bothered to ask whether he had been successful on the whole at home or abroad.

I found other omissions no less striking. There was, for example, not a single paper given at the convention in which the name Clinton appeared in the title, and there was not a single paper delivered in which the title referred to anyone named Hillary. You would think –given her front-runner status for the Democratic presidential nomination — someone would have addressed her achievements as Secretary of State or as a United States senator. But no one even bothered to discuss her future prospects, and no one looked back to the administration of her husband.

Kevin McCarthy, Standing Athwart Jerry Brown


In the final clip from my recent conversation with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for Uncommon Knowledge, we turn to California politics — specifically to the future of the Golden State’s high-speed rail project, a topic on which McCarthy has become a thorn in the side of Governor Jerry Brown:

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Perhaps it’s all a trick or clever political posturing, but every time I read the news from Sacramento I see articles with headlines like Brown resists Democrats’ call for more spending: Gov. Jerry Brown called on lawmakers to hold the line on spending as they enter a month of budget negotiations in Sacramento amid calls from […]

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