Politics and Elections

NEW: Campaign to rebrand CA GOP defines Nov. 4

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
CA GOP reclaim

With less than two weeks to go before the November election, the hottest race in California doesn't have to do with a single candidate, measure or issue. Instead, all eyes are on race to define the state's Republican Party. The development has been a long time coming, but only an unexpected seq...

Covered CA caught in Prop. 45 crossfire

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Yes on 45

On Proposition 45, some Democrats are feeling as if they got a transfusion of the wrong blood type. The initiative would give the state insurance commissioner the power to approve changes in health-insurance policies, including those by Covered California, this state's implementation of Obamac...

VIDEO: Can the GOP build a better brand by embracing unions?

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
VIDEO: Can the GOP build a better brand by embracing unions?

We may be experiencing a libertarian moment, but are blue collar workers the secret to give this moment a lasting impact? The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss a new political alliance to challenge the supporters of big government. ...

CA voters may upend national crime policy again

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Thanks to a new ballot measure, Proposition 47, voters in California could soon eliminate the last vestiges of the state's tough-on-crime reputation. In a sea change from the 1990s, when high-profile, grisly crimes seized the state's attention, Californians have helped drive the national conversat...

Covered CA dissects Prop. 45, doesn’t oppose it

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Covered CA picture

  Officials at the Covered California insurance exchange, the state's implementation of Obamacare, worry passage of Prop. 45 could damage its operations, potentially affecting insurance coverage for millions of Californians. But the board has chosen not to notify California voters of th...

Voters face pension-reform decisions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

In a series of contests playing out at the state and local levels, Golden State voters will cast votes this November that could reshape the pension landscape for years to come. Races have attracted attention for offices that exercise direct influence over the institutions that set pension pol...

VIDEO: The millennial mind: Fiscally conservative & socially liberal?

Monday, October 13th, 2014
VIDEO: The millennial mind: Fiscally conservative & socially liberal?

The Reason Foundation's Emily Ekins talks to James Poulos about the findings from a recent poll that suggest millennials are political hybrids who don't abide by traditional stereotypes. ...

VIDEO: Will battle tanks replace think tanks?

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
VIDEO: Will battle tanks replace think tanks?

Politics is a contact sport, so is it time for think tanks to transition from academic institutions to partisan brawlers? Stephen Moore, chief economist and the Heritage Foundation and Orange County Register columnist, shares his views with CalWatchdog.com's James Poulos. ...

Brown steers clear of Dems as election nears

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Jerry Brown, Prop. 1 ad

State Democrats haven't had much luck in securing the biggest show of support in California -- Gov. Jerry Brown. As he gears up for the final stretch of his bid for an unprecedented fourth term in office, Brown has chosen to focus closely on his own fortunes and his own political brand. Rather t...

Kashkari draws a media crowd

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Neel Kashkari, Gov. Jerry Brown's Republican challenger, has been playing a long game. That hasn't been immediately evident from the frenetic activity surrounding his final month of campaigning. Using a string of concept-driven political stunts, ranging from free prizes to a masquerade as a hom...