Steven Greenhut

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

California Targets Supreme Court

 

Sacramento California’s government has set itself up as Ground Zero for the resistance, epitomized by the 29 lawsuits the state has filed or joined (with other states) since the beginning of the Trump administration. Most of these cases are symbolic and serve mainly to energize the Democratic base. They make for great political theater and […]

Continue Reading

Is One California Really Enough?

 

Sacramento Is it time for Californians to seriously consider breaking up their state into smaller portions? We’ll soon see if they think so after Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s latest plan to turn California into three Californias has qualified for the November ballot. Unfortunately, it won’t fix most of the problems that ail our massive […]

Continue Reading

Signs of Life in California Electorate?

 

Sacramento Perhaps I spent too much time on social media as Tuesday’s California primary results rolled in, but I was stunned by the negative reaction of the state’s most conservative voters. Some backers of gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen — a rabble-rousing Orange County Assemblyman who built his campaign around his support for the president — seemed […]

Continue Reading

Election Gimmick Turns Races Into Circus

 

Sacramento One of the more unusual campaign mailers for the California governor’s primary race came from a Super PAC funded by some billionaire donors, including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They are backing former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But instead of touting Villaraigosa’s candidacy or blasting his main Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. […]

Continue Reading

California’s Gubernatorial Yawner

 

Sacramento When Donald Trump last week endorsed San Diego area businessman John Cox for California’s gubernatorial election, some of the Trumpiest grassroots Republicans were outraged. They blasted Cox, a fairly traditional conservative with a professional demeanor, and swore their fealty to Assemblyman Travis Allen, a populist Orange County bomb thrower whose campaign is built around cheerleading […]

Continue Reading

Why Not Celebrate the Gulags, Too?

 

Sacramento Those of us accustomed to California’s wacky brand of liberal politics often roll our eyes at some of the lefties who run the state Legislature. Even a progressive Democratic friend jokes about the “Marxists” in the Assembly, given their never-ending push to create government bureaucracies and deep hostility to the private sector. He exaggerates, but […]

Continue Reading

Addicted to Edicts: The Latest Solar Insanity

 

Sacramento California officials have been obsessed this year about the ongoing housing crisis, as home prices soar out of reach of most of the state’s residents and as rent prices consume an ever-greater portion of people’s incomes. Absurdly high housing costs — driven by local growth controls and burdensome state regulatory requirements — are the […]

Continue Reading

Ruling Poses Existential Threat to Tech Firms

 

Sacramento In applying a convoluted new test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, the California Supreme Court may be dimming the lights on the brightest spot in the state’s economy. The high court’s unanimous decision on Monday will likely force app-based tech firms, many of which are based in the […]

Continue Reading

Rent Control Is Too Damn Likely

 

Sacramento Most people believe the rent is too damn high in California. Fortunately, we don’t have candidates running under the unusual The Rent Is Too Damn High Party, as they did in New York. But thanks to California’s initiative process, the state is on the verge of unleashing rent-control ordinances in municipalities across the state. […]

Continue Reading

Unusual Spirits Worthy of Some Attention

 

Sacramento Discovering interesting new music in my college days was an entertaining yet costly experience. This was long before the invention of music apps and before the days that most record stores had listening booths to sample music. So I bought unheard records on a whim. I found some gems that I still savor four […]

Continue Reading




Send this to a friend