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.

Destroying Free Speech in Service of Abortion

 

Sacramento Remember the days when Democratic politicians at least pretended that, although they wanted abortions to be “safe and legal,” they also wanted them to be “rare”? Those days are long gone, and California lawmakers, in particular, are eager to pass measures that seem designed to make these life-ending “procedures” as plentiful as possible. They’re […]

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L.A. School Bullies Back Off, But Are Crushing Charters

 

Sacramento The nation’s second-largest school system, the Los Angeles Unified School District, is pretty much everything you would expect from a hulking, union-controlled, wasteful, big urban school monopoly. But two stories stick in my mind as illustrative of what happens when people turn over something as important as education to the bureaucrats. First, at Jefferson […]

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Take an Adventure Into the Delightful World of Mezcal

 

After a recent party at a friend’s house, our host opened the small Stolichnaya bottle and the smell was overwhelming. The nose was a cross between a tire fire and burning leather. It tasted like something made from diesel fuel, or at least what I imagine diesel fuel to taste like given that I’m not […]

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Sex Scandal Embroils California Capitol

 

Sacramento Sex scandals are, of course, not confined to members of any particular party or worldview, despite efforts by the Left to portray them as a result of patriarchy and sexism — and efforts by some on the Right to portray them as the result of post-modern values. Powerful people often behave in despicable ways because […]

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Jeff Sessions Pushes Back on Free-Speech Limits

 

Sacramento After Donald Trump was elected president, scores of students at Pierce College in Los Angeles, part of the nation’s largest community college system, walked out on classes, marched and peacefully expressed themselves on the public campus. That’s to be expected. It’s what students often do, and it’s in keeping with the spirit of collegiate […]

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Brown’s Few Vetoes: This Is as Good as It Gets

 

Sacramento Since the 1970s, when “Moonbeam” first was elected governor, commentators, including this one, have remarked on his “canoe theory” of politics. You paddle a little to the left and a little to the right. Back then, there was more merit to Brown’s maxim, given that he stood up for tax-limiting Proposition 13 after its […]

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No Coercing State to Reform Pension Funds

 

Sacramento Gov. Jerry Brown has been signing hundreds of bills, but this week he vetoed two that would have banned smoking and vaping along 300 miles of California’s coastline and at state parks. “If people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to the coercive power of […]

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Car Ban: Yet Another Gaseous Proposal

 

Sacramento California Assemblyman Phil Ting managed to get some positive coverage in newspapers across the state and in major news publications across the country last week. That was quite a feat for the little-known San Francisco Democrat — someone whose previous claim-to-fame was his disastrous 2011 run for mayor in which he (and taxpayers, given the city’s […]

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California GOP’s RINOs Retake the Leadership

 

Sacramento The newly announced California Assembly’s Republican leadership team is, as I reported, a “who’s who” of “Republicans in name only” (RINOs) — a poke in the eye of party activists. No matter how riled the party’s dwindling number of voters become, it’s clear that GOP leaders are doubling down on the kinder, gentler approach […]

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It’s Leftward Ho — and No End in Sight

 

Sacramento California’s legislative session has, mercifully, come to a close. The big takeaway, from a national political perspective, is that the state’s Democratic leadership has thrown down the gauntlet at the Trump administration. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the “sanctuary state” bill that prohibits state and local authorities from cooperating with federal immigration officials, then […]

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