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Can ‘Big Data’ figure out how to reduce CA gridlock?

The use of “Big Data” has transformed strategizing in baseball, given rise to microtargeting of individual voters in presidential campaigns and turned browsing the Internet into an unsettling experience in which users see advertisers guess what they might want to

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You’re far more likely to be impoverished in CA than Mississippi

For decades, economists have complained about the stupidity of the Census Bureau’s annual report on poverty in the U.S. because it didn’t include cost of living in its rankings of the 50 states. An example of the old stats can

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CA workforce participation hits 38-year low

The same state survey of labor statistics that led to headlines last week about California having its lowest unemployment rate in nearly six years also had some much less positive news. The California Center for Jobs & the Economy noted these stats

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Welfare, housing: Clinton pragmatism still ignored by CA’s dim paleo Dems

In the late 1980s, after three straight Republican presidential wins in which GOP candidates won 133 of 150 states, the Democratic Leadership Council seized prominence in Democratic policy circles with its centrist reform agenda. Founded in 1985 by strategist Al

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Why Arnold owes U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars (non-bullet train edition)

Two interesting pieces published recently make a strong case that government can be made far more efficient if we actually tried empirically to evaluate what worked and what didn't. On the Zocalo Public Square website, Pepperdine academic Pete Peterson takes

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Crazifornia: Moneyball time in Sacramento 10

Oct. 8, 2012 By Laer Pearce Gov. Jerry Brown is no Billy Beane. Coaching a bottom-dwelling state, Brown is continuing to dole out big money for policies that are past their prime and failing to perform. California remains at the bottom

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