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Would Gavin Newsom Gut Prop. 98 to Fund Single-Payer Health Care?

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, likely the next governor of California, is a single-payer health care evangelist. He has a vision of the state under his charge leading “this conversation in a way that ultimately advances” a single-payer system nationwide. Idealists like Newsom often talk about “guaranteed health care for all,” ...
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PRI’s 2018 Free-Market Election Guide

By Tim Anaya It’s almost here.  Election day 2018 is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 6. Many Californians will take time over the next few days to review all the candidates and ballot measures on the November ballot.  With media coverage typically focusing on the “horse race” of ...
Agriculture

How We Can Fund California’s Roads if Proposition 6 Passes

Next week, Californians will vote on Proposition 6, which, if approved, would kill last year’s $52 billion fuel tax hike. Opponents are telling us we will doom ourselves if repeal the tax hike. How, they ask, will the state repair its miserable roads without that money? California’s transportation infrastructure is ...
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Midterm Elections and the Markets

It’s been a rocky road for the stock market so far in October.  Historically, the financial markets aren’t jittery around mid-term elections.  But rising interest rates, a trade war, the mysterious death of an Arab journalist, and Central Americans on the march toward the U.S. border all make for political ...
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What We’re Watching – Is Social Media Good for Democracy?

Rowena Itchon – Is Social Media Good for Democracy? Check out this Intelligence Squared Debate on whether social media is good for democracy.  Surprisingly, tech guru and venture capitalist Roger McNamee was against the motion – and his side won the debate. Kerry Jackson – A Cringeworthy Moment Shows How ...
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Does President Trump Favor Price Controls?

At 2 pm Eastern time today, President Trump spoke at the Department of Health and Human Services where he recommended a litany of policies that would ultimately impose price controls on the pharmaceutical market. Take his proposal to force the prices paid by Medicare for drugs administer in doctors’ offices ...
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Voter Registration Scandal Shows Why State Auditor Must Review DMV’s Activities

The problems continue at the scandal-plagued California Department of Motor Vehicles. In August, I wrote about the wait time scandal at the DMV, where Californians applying for a REAL ID Act-compliant license were forced to wait in line for 6 hours or longer to get one. On PRI’s “Next Round” ...
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Teachers, Rock Stars, and Millionaires, Oh yes!

John Cox, GOP candidate for California’s gubernatorial race, made headlines the other day when he said that he’d like to see teachers paid like “rock stars and baseball players.” Later in a statement, he sheepishly walked it back: “Of course our teachers will never approach the pay of a Beyoncé ...
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Apparently, California Officials Can’t Rest Until the State Has America’s Highest Fuel Prices

Fuel prices in California are soaring like it’s 1979. A gallon of regular gasoline was averaging $3.82 across the state on Oct. 18, nearly a full dollar higher than the national average, according to AAA. Only in Hawaii are prices higher. With the summer travel season over, we expect some ...
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What We’re Watching – What Happened in California?

Kerry Jackson – WTF Happened in California? Recently, the Department of Motor Vehicles admitted that they accidentally registered more than 1,000 non-citizens to vote. It begs the question, “WTF Happened in California?” Enjoy this interview with Hoover Institution fellow and upcoming Sir Antony Fisher Freedom Award recipient Victor Davis Hanson ...
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Would Gavin Newsom Gut Prop. 98 to Fund Single-Payer Health Care?

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, likely the next governor of California, is a single-payer health care evangelist. He has a vision of the state under his charge leading “this conversation in a way that ultimately advances” a single-payer system nationwide. Idealists like Newsom often talk about “guaranteed health care for all,” ...
Blog

PRI’s 2018 Free-Market Election Guide

By Tim Anaya It’s almost here.  Election day 2018 is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 6. Many Californians will take time over the next few days to review all the candidates and ballot measures on the November ballot.  With media coverage typically focusing on the “horse race” of ...
Agriculture

How We Can Fund California’s Roads if Proposition 6 Passes

Next week, Californians will vote on Proposition 6, which, if approved, would kill last year’s $52 billion fuel tax hike. Opponents are telling us we will doom ourselves if repeal the tax hike. How, they ask, will the state repair its miserable roads without that money? California’s transportation infrastructure is ...
Blog

Midterm Elections and the Markets

It’s been a rocky road for the stock market so far in October.  Historically, the financial markets aren’t jittery around mid-term elections.  But rising interest rates, a trade war, the mysterious death of an Arab journalist, and Central Americans on the march toward the U.S. border all make for political ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – Is Social Media Good for Democracy?

Rowena Itchon – Is Social Media Good for Democracy? Check out this Intelligence Squared Debate on whether social media is good for democracy.  Surprisingly, tech guru and venture capitalist Roger McNamee was against the motion – and his side won the debate. Kerry Jackson – A Cringeworthy Moment Shows How ...
Blog

Does President Trump Favor Price Controls?

At 2 pm Eastern time today, President Trump spoke at the Department of Health and Human Services where he recommended a litany of policies that would ultimately impose price controls on the pharmaceutical market. Take his proposal to force the prices paid by Medicare for drugs administer in doctors’ offices ...
Blog

Voter Registration Scandal Shows Why State Auditor Must Review DMV’s Activities

The problems continue at the scandal-plagued California Department of Motor Vehicles. In August, I wrote about the wait time scandal at the DMV, where Californians applying for a REAL ID Act-compliant license were forced to wait in line for 6 hours or longer to get one. On PRI’s “Next Round” ...
Blog

Teachers, Rock Stars, and Millionaires, Oh yes!

John Cox, GOP candidate for California’s gubernatorial race, made headlines the other day when he said that he’d like to see teachers paid like “rock stars and baseball players.” Later in a statement, he sheepishly walked it back: “Of course our teachers will never approach the pay of a Beyoncé ...
Blog

Apparently, California Officials Can’t Rest Until the State Has America’s Highest Fuel Prices

Fuel prices in California are soaring like it’s 1979. A gallon of regular gasoline was averaging $3.82 across the state on Oct. 18, nearly a full dollar higher than the national average, according to AAA. Only in Hawaii are prices higher. With the summer travel season over, we expect some ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – What Happened in California?

Kerry Jackson – WTF Happened in California? Recently, the Department of Motor Vehicles admitted that they accidentally registered more than 1,000 non-citizens to vote. It begs the question, “WTF Happened in California?” Enjoy this interview with Hoover Institution fellow and upcoming Sir Antony Fisher Freedom Award recipient Victor Davis Hanson ...
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