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Steven Greenhut
Steven Greenhut
Steven Greenhut is a senior fellow and Western region director for the R Street Institute. Write to him at sgreenhut@rstreet.org.

Sacramento As California Republicans head to their convention in Sacramento this weekend, they are buzzing about the big election to choose a new party leader, as former state Sen. Jim Brulte heads into the sunset after six years as GOP…

The conventional wisdom, which I have thus far embraced, is that California Gov. Gavin Newsom would push the state’s politics much further to the Left, leaving Republicans wishing for the good old days of Democrat Jerry Brown’s administration. That still…

Sacramento The California Capitol isn’t known for much solid economic thinking, but sometimes lawmakers outdo the already low expectations with their wacky ideas. For instance, 19 Democratic legislators asked that Attorney General Xavier Becerra investigate the state’s exorbitantly high gas prices….

Sacramento When asked about his ultimate goal, a union president reportedly offered a simple answer: “More.” Public-sector unions always are pushing for higher pay and benefits and more protections for members. Getting more is a journey. There is no end game….

Sacramento One of my favorite scenes in Breaking Bad, the hit cable series about high-school teacher Walter White morphing into a meth kingpin, is when White’s associate Jesse Pinkman gives him advice on choosing the right attorney: “Seriously, when the going…

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a tax on drinking water as part of his newly unveiled budget, I started thinking: Wait a minute. Didn’t “we” already solve the problem of undrinkable water supplies in some largely impoverished parts of…

Sacramento For some reason, Americans seem unsatisfied living in a society that is prosperous, relatively free, generally at peace and devoid of most of the nasty and brutish things (conquest, slavery, raping/pillaging, gulags) that have plagued human society throughout, you…

Sacramento The California Legislature gets its share of national attention for some of the wackadoodle bills that it routinely signs into law. It’s 2019, which means that it’s now illegal for full-service restaurants to provide straws with sodas unless a…

Sacramento The most stunning thing about California’s Democratic-dominated progressivism is that it continually works toward some future Nirvana even as it blatantly neglects its fundamental, current responsibilities. The state’s infrastructure is crumbling and it has the nation’s highest cost-of-living-based poverty…

Sacramento What a difference one justice makes. In two of the most significant Supreme Court cases this session, Justice Neil Gorsuch helped form a conservative majority that alternately rebuked an overreaching state government and put public-sector unions in their place. But…

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