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Meet the Trumpelschumers

Reality TV doesn’t get any better than the recent Oval Office brawl with Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer duking it out over border security. The media made much of it: “pitched partisan argument” (Politico), “testy confrontation” (New York Times), “political fireworks” (ABC).  The days of smiling, comfy, fireside photo-ops may be ...
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Do We Have a Right to Shelter?

Does everyone by virtue of their existence have a right to shelter? It’s a question the California legislature will consider in 2019. Earlier this month, Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced Senate Bill 48. This Right to Shelter Bill “aims to ensure that homeless individuals and families throughout California have ...
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Who Are 2018’s Big Winners and Losers?

As is customary on New Year’s Eve, many are looking back today, compiling their lists of winners and losers and memorable moments from 2018. The PRI “All Stars” (Rowena Itchon, Kerry Jackson, Lance Izumi, Ben Smithwick, and myself) have also gotten in on the act.  This week’s episode of PRI’s ...
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Fighting for California’s Free-Market Future

There’s a popular saying we are all familiar with, and it rings truer each time I hear it: “As California goes, so goes the nation.” If you want to know the policy battles America and the other states will soon be fighting, look no further than Sacramento. From the push ...
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New Year’s Resolutions The California Legislature Should (But Probably Won’t) Make

Going into a new year, many of us use the occasion to start fresh, forget about the old, and resolve to improve our lives. If lawmakers are open to suggestions, here are some New Year’s resolutions the California Senate and Assembly should make: Abolish the California Environmental Quality Act. Why ...
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What We’re Watching – Christmas Edition

Tim Anaya – It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Electric Cars? If you watched his “I Love LA” parody earlier this year, you’ll know that Remy from the Reason Foundation is just brilliant. He’s out with a holiday-themed parody and it’s right up PRI’s alley – showing the absurdity ...
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What We’re Watching – December 21

Tim Anaya – Farewell to Gov. Brown For those who didn’t have the opportunity to Gov. Brown’s one (and only) appearance before the Sacramento Press Club this week, watch this clip for some of the highlights and a look back at this unique California character’s legacy in office. Ben Smithwick ...
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Your Last Minute Shopping List: PRI’s 2018 Holiday Book Guide

It’s December 20 and many are scrambling trying to find last-minute gifts for their family and friends.  Heck, some folks won’t even begin their shopping until the afternoon of December 24th. Back by popular demand for weary shoppers is PRI’s annual holiday book guide.  We asked our PRI colleagues to ...
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Sacramento’s “Funniest Unfunny Man” Prepares to Exit Stage Left

Gov. Jerry Brown was once described by my former boss, Connie Conway, as the “funniest unfunny man” she’d ever met. For anyone who had the opportunity to watch his “exit interview” at the Sacramento Press Club, you’d know that this is an apt description. When asked to make a particularly ...
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Universal Income Just Another Name for Putting Everyone on Welfare

One idea that has been gaining traction recently is a system of universal income, also known as basic income. The city of Stockton, California will be the nation’s first city to launch a universal income pilot program in 2019.  While the specific policy proposals take many forms, the basic idea ...
Blog

Meet the Trumpelschumers

Reality TV doesn’t get any better than the recent Oval Office brawl with Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer duking it out over border security. The media made much of it: “pitched partisan argument” (Politico), “testy confrontation” (New York Times), “political fireworks” (ABC).  The days of smiling, comfy, fireside photo-ops may be ...
Blog

Do We Have a Right to Shelter?

Does everyone by virtue of their existence have a right to shelter? It’s a question the California legislature will consider in 2019. Earlier this month, Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced Senate Bill 48. This Right to Shelter Bill “aims to ensure that homeless individuals and families throughout California have ...
Blog

Who Are 2018’s Big Winners and Losers?

As is customary on New Year’s Eve, many are looking back today, compiling their lists of winners and losers and memorable moments from 2018. The PRI “All Stars” (Rowena Itchon, Kerry Jackson, Lance Izumi, Ben Smithwick, and myself) have also gotten in on the act.  This week’s episode of PRI’s ...
Blog

Fighting for California’s Free-Market Future

There’s a popular saying we are all familiar with, and it rings truer each time I hear it: “As California goes, so goes the nation.” If you want to know the policy battles America and the other states will soon be fighting, look no further than Sacramento. From the push ...
Blog

New Year’s Resolutions The California Legislature Should (But Probably Won’t) Make

Going into a new year, many of us use the occasion to start fresh, forget about the old, and resolve to improve our lives. If lawmakers are open to suggestions, here are some New Year’s resolutions the California Senate and Assembly should make: Abolish the California Environmental Quality Act. Why ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – Christmas Edition

Tim Anaya – It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Electric Cars? If you watched his “I Love LA” parody earlier this year, you’ll know that Remy from the Reason Foundation is just brilliant. He’s out with a holiday-themed parody and it’s right up PRI’s alley – showing the absurdity ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – December 21

Tim Anaya – Farewell to Gov. Brown For those who didn’t have the opportunity to Gov. Brown’s one (and only) appearance before the Sacramento Press Club this week, watch this clip for some of the highlights and a look back at this unique California character’s legacy in office. Ben Smithwick ...
Blog

Your Last Minute Shopping List: PRI’s 2018 Holiday Book Guide

It’s December 20 and many are scrambling trying to find last-minute gifts for their family and friends.  Heck, some folks won’t even begin their shopping until the afternoon of December 24th. Back by popular demand for weary shoppers is PRI’s annual holiday book guide.  We asked our PRI colleagues to ...
Blog

Sacramento’s “Funniest Unfunny Man” Prepares to Exit Stage Left

Gov. Jerry Brown was once described by my former boss, Connie Conway, as the “funniest unfunny man” she’d ever met. For anyone who had the opportunity to watch his “exit interview” at the Sacramento Press Club, you’d know that this is an apt description. When asked to make a particularly ...
Blog

Universal Income Just Another Name for Putting Everyone on Welfare

One idea that has been gaining traction recently is a system of universal income, also known as basic income. The city of Stockton, California will be the nation’s first city to launch a universal income pilot program in 2019.  While the specific policy proposals take many forms, the basic idea ...
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