The Unintended Consequence of California’s Gun-Control Laws
In April 2014, community-college student Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree throughout Isla Vista, a small college town bordering the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rodger stabbed, shot, and ran over his victims, taking the lives of six people and …
In California, 220,000 Public Employees Earn Six-Figure Salaries
California’s liberals are infamous for railing against the top 1 percent and the income inequality that has supposedly plagued our economic system. Democratic governor Jerry Brown assured his colleagues in this year’s State of the State address that “California …
California Needs Federalism, Not Secession
Some Californians want to secede:
A fringe political group in California wants to opt out of a Donald Trump presidency by leaving the union.
The Yes California Independence Campaign aims to hold a referendum in 2019 that, if passed, would make …
Lessons from the Highway of Death
California State Route 99 is the north-south highway that cuts through the great Central Valley. And it has changed little since the mid-1960s.
A half-century ago, when the state population was about 18 million — not nearly 40 million as it is …
Thousands of California National Guardsmen Forced to Repay Reenlistment Bonuses
Thousands of California National Guard veterans are being forced to repay decade-old reenlistment bonuses — to the tune of, in many cases, tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a story that reeks of governmental incompetence, short-sightedness, and the inability …
Why Does the Left Stop the Poor from Choosing How to Educate Their Children?
It is never easy to tell what people’s motives are. But, when the political Left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in general, and of the poor in particular, we can at least get some clues …
California Governor Signs Bill to Criminalize Whistleblowing
Today, California governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed Assembly Bill 1671, a measure criminalizing many forms of whistleblowing in the health-care industry. The law makes it an alternate felony-misdemeanor offense to intentionally distribute, or to aid and abet the …
Don’t Ignore California’s Vital Senate Race
This November, Republicans will do their best to keep the Senate in Republican hands, and that won’t be easy. Republicans currently have a Senate majority of four, but they will be fending off strong Democrat challenges in ten states …
Not Every Public Policy Decision Is an Attack on You
Why do we have such poor political debates these days? In part, because much of our discourse is spurred by absurd statements such as this one:
California’s male governor rejected a bill to stop taxing women for having periods https://…
California Will Put Minimum-Wage Theories to the Test
California employers must pay at least $15 an hour by 2023. Adjusted for inflation, that works out to $13.39 an hour in today’s dollars — higher than any other country’s real minimum wage, even France’s. And it will soon cover …
It’s Still a Mad, Mad California
One reason for the emergence of outsider Donald Trump is the old outrage that elites seldom experience the consequences of their own ideologically driven agendas.
Hypocrisy, when coupled with sanctimoniousness, grates people like few other human transgressions: Barack Obama opposing …
California’s Secession Movement Gains Traction after Trump’s Victory
Some Californians are unhappy about the coming Donald Trump presidency. Their solution? Revitalize a campaign to secede from the Union.
“Yes California,” a political action committee fighting for California’s independence from the union, is campaigning to qualify a secession …
It is especially painful for me, as an economist, to see that two small cities in northern California — San Mateo and Burlingame — have rent-control proposals on the ballot this election year.
There are various other campaigns, in other …
Secretary of Defense Orders a Halt to Reenlistment-Bonus Repayments
The Pentagon will halt efforts to collect reenlistment bonuses mistakenly paid out to thousands of California National Guard veterans after an intervention by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (I wrote about the scandal, here). In a statement released this morning, …
California’s War on Crisis-Pregnancy Centers
Last Friday, the Ninth District Court of Appeals upheld a California law requiring crisis-pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion clinics. The state legislature passed the Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act last year, and the law was subsequently …
Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Must Promote Abortion
It is abundantly easy to get an abortion in California. How easy? My radical state is so intent that no unwanted pregnancy be carried to term that it allows nurse practitioners to kill fetuses.
But some babies escape the abortion …
Fresno, Calif. — The water war in California touches everything: fish and farmers, the Endangered Species Act, political fights between the parties and within both the Democratic party and the state’s rump of a Republican party. But there is …
The Golden State’s New Eminent-Domain Temptation
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Susette Kelo’s little pink house in New London, Conn., could be seized with eminent domain, its decision ignited a political firestorm. Practically everyone in the nation was outraged, with Kelo v. …
California Legislators, Don’t Back Those Bills
California’s human-trafficking industry is scandalously large. In 2015, approximately 293 cases of trafficking involving minors were reported by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. This year, the tally has already hit 200 such cases. Rather than accepting the advice of the authorities …
Observations from California’s GOP Convention
I spent much of the weekend at the California GOP state convention, which attracted all three of the GOP presidential candidates and, as a result, its share of press attention.
It’s always fun catching up with people and getting …