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Episode 39: The Dark Money Behind Rent Control

8/8/2018
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David and Will discuss the much-rumored Los Angeles teachers strike and explore the dark money behind a statewide ballot measure to resuscitate rent control. Special bonus track: You can’t be trusted with plastic straws or shopping bags in California, but the state is handing out free hypodermic needles.

Duration:00:53:15

Episode 38: The Worst Things on the Streets of San Francisco

8/2/2018
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David and Will discuss the Silicon Valley revolt against Facebook, a ban on stuff you’ll find on the streets of San Francisco, and the damage done to students by the powerful California Teachers Association.

Duration:00:30:48

Episode 37: Class-Conscious Conservatism

7/20/2018
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David and Will discuss Luke Thompson’s tour de force history of California politics and culture – and consider his prescription for a conservative comeback.

Duration:00:45:08

Episode 36: That Hideous Statehouse

7/12/2018
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David and Will discuss the cornucopia of bad legislation pouring out of Sacramento, the meaning for California of President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, and summer reading (including C.S. Lewis's "That Hideous Strength").

Duration:00:47:49

Episode 35: Let Our People Go

6/28/2018
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David and Will discuss this week’s historic Supreme Court decision eliminating mandatory government union membership – and what that means for the future of California.

Duration:00:46:01

Episode 34: Latino, Female, Californian, and Conservative

6/25/2018
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Will talks with Cecilia Iglesias, a Santa Ana school official, about her unusual political rise – and her vision for California.

Duration:00:51:33

Episode 33: Panic in Utopia

6/18/2018
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In this episode, David and Will discuss discuss Gavin Newsom’s “Marshall Plan” for California; a state court decision to allow assisted suicide; a November proposition to split California into three states; Berkeley’s declaration that climate change is worse than World War II; and a new state law that will leave you feeling so dirty.

Duration:01:01:13

Episode 32: The Hermit Kingdom of California

6/5/2018
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David and Will discuss the latest moves by California’s government union leaders to clown Wall Street and to eliminate news of the outside world. As a digestif, we’ll sip Victor Davis Hanson’s delightful National Review essay on the future – and the past – of California conservatism.

Duration:00:39:57

Episode 31: Grapes of Wrath, UFW-Style

6/1/2018
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David and Will discuss Stockton’s proposal to pay potential shooters not to shoot people; Iowa congressman Steve King’s bill that would put people like Oakland’s mayor in prison; and a California court orders the state to count ballots that have been locked in a safe in Sacramento for five years. Secret bonus track: Art Laffer’s prediction that the Trump tax plan will send Californians packing for low-tax states.

Duration:00:44:11

Episode 30: More Signs of the End Times

5/25/2018
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David and Will take notice of a recent declaration from the IRS that the state of California is not a reliable tax adviser. Governor Jerry Brown tells cities the state can’t help them survive the coming pension crisis, and the California Teachers Association doubles down on its worst impulses. Special bonus: reader comments!

Duration:00:43:47

Episode 29: Mayday! Mayday!

5/18/2018
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David and Will discuss the real fight over how to spend the state’s imaginary budget surplus, a plan to substitute International Workers Day for Washington or maybe Lincoln’s birthday observances, and what’s making California city managers nervous.

Duration:00:36:59

Episode 28: Kamala Harris Bails on UC Students

5/9/2018
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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris bows to her union backers, bails on UC Berkeley commencement. In other news, hosts David and Will contemplate the weirdness of a bill that will add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home – in what’s already the nation’s most expensive housing market. Bonus tracks: the choices California’s non-Democrat voters face in statewide races, and a June ballot initiative that promises to clean up the toxic waste dump better known as the Salton Sea.

Duration:00:36:05

Episode 27: California’s Kanye West Connection

4/30/2018
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David and Will discuss Kanye West on Donald Trump; David French’s defense of the Fresno State professor who danced on Barbara Bush’s grave; the LA cop who can’t be fired despite his alleged role in a drug-running operation; and Los Angeles’s decision to go Robert Rauschenberg on the city’s streets: the city will paint ’em white.

Duration:00:36:59