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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:00:35:56

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

Episode 26: No Sex Books, Please, We’re Californians!

4/20/2018
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David and Will discuss a state bill that would ban the sale of books that may be offensive to the LGBTQ community; a Depression-era program that kills California jobs and illustrates the dangers of Trumpian protectionism; and the growing protest against California’s sanctuary state laws.

Duration:00:41:49

Episode 25: The Dead Hand of Bernie Sanders

4/13/2018
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On this anniversary episode, David and Will consider Free College for All, the 2018 ballot initiative that would raise taxes on California’s wealthiest -- ostensibly to fund universal college education.

Duration:00:21:28

Episode 24: We’re No. 1—In Homelessness!

3/29/2018
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Host Will Swaim talks with guest Jim Palmer, president of Rescue Mission, about the causes of California’s seemingly intractable homeless problem. (David Bahnsen returns next week.)

Duration:00:33:45

Episode 23: A Solution to the ‘Problem’ of Facebook Hacks

3/22/2018
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David and Will discuss the grisly death in police custody of a mentally ill San Luis Obispo man; one city’s attempt to shut down the illegal use of taxpayer dollars to support political campaigns; and a secret weapon in limiting the global reach of that very California company, Facebook.

Duration:00:41:15

Episode 22: The Prototypical-Border-Wall-Inspection Episode

3/13/2018
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On the day of President Trump’s first California visit, David and Will discuss what it’ll take to transform California politics, the impact of the Supreme Court’s impending decision in Janus, and the meaning of property rights when it comes to that symbol of all things California: the beach.

Duration:00:45:39

Episode 21: California’s Bag Ban Takes New York!

3/9/2018
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David and Will discuss Jeff Sessions’s announcement that he’s taking California to court over illegal immigration. Will New York state will adopt California’s misguided plastic bag ban? And what about those reports that Gov. Jerry Brown will leave office with a budget surplus?

Duration:00:41:43

Episode 20: Do Government Unions Care About Black People?

2/21/2018
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David and Will watch as California’s liberal supermajority wrestle over a single-payer healthcare system—in a state that can’t pay off its current obligations. They also bust the myth that government unions are good for poor people and take a quick look at the symbolism of the latest announcement from state pension regulators. Special bonus: The return of the Stooge of the Week.

Duration:00:57:55

Ep. 19: Goodbye, Columbus

2/9/2018
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David and Will discuss whether recent stock-market volatility means anything for California’s precarious finances. Also: Columbus statue sails out of San Jose City Hall, the meaning for California politics of Donald Trump’s latest DACA proposal, and state treasurer (and gubernatorial candidate) John Chiang’s plan to create an government-run bank for the state’s burgeoning weed industry.

Duration:00:37:37

Ep. 18: Back to the 1940s

1/31/2018
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David and Will take a trip with gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa—back to a time when America’s anxiety about urban blight coincided with nearly boundless faith in government planners. All that, plus plastic straws, and a wrestling match with one of the nation’s largest investors, the California Public Employees Retirement System.

Duration:00:37:19

Ep. 17: A Podcast Rich in Irony

1/25/2018
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David and Will examine the latest headlines from the California Resistance, the move to put coffee on the state’s list of things that’ll kill you, Sacramento’s latest attempts to circumvent the Trump tax plan, and the skyrocketing cost of Gov. Brown’s High Speed Rail project. Bonus: yet another effort to divide the state into smaller, bite-sized Californias.

Duration:00:49:39

Ep. 16: Exit, Stage Right

1/15/2018
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David and Will discuss the meaning of the just-announced retirement of two longtime California Republican members of Congress. Also: The anthropological problem behind Sacramento’s sex harassment scandal that unions can’t fix.

Duration:00:40:27

Ep. 15: The Nonbinary But Highly Taxed Edition

1/5/2018
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Fluid genders, higher taxes, and First Amendment violations: David and Will discuss the bumper crop of new curious and/or dangerous state laws on the books in this new year. Special bonus: Predictions for 2018. Intro music is provided by Metalachi, the LA-based mariachi/metal band.

Duration:00:56:29

Ep. 14: A Jackson Pollock of Podcasts

12/19/2017
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David and Will shout at each other in this messy discussion of the GOP tax plan; Southern Cal football; carbon-emitting wildfires; San Francisco’s recently deceased mayor, Ed Lee; and Dennis Prager’s federal suit claiming YouTube and Google have censored his conservative speech. Intro music provided by Metalachi, the LA-based mariachi/metal band.

Duration:00:53:21

Ep. 13: Jerry Brown, Free at Last

12/4/2017
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David and Will discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s surprise state supreme court filing last week in re government unions. They also measure the threat to California of a North Korean nuclear strike. In other news: Friday’s Pac-12 championship football game, the discovery of a giant sphinx’s head buried in the dunes of north Santa Barbara County, the revivification of Access Hollywood’s infamous Trump tape, and an update on the GOP tax plan’s implications for the Golden State.

Duration:00:48:01

Ep. 12: Dammit, Janet!

11/30/2017
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David and Will discuss the Trump tax plan and the growing controversy surrounding Janet Napolitano, president of the vast University of California system. In other news: the USC–Stanford Pac-12 football championship, state Senate leader (and U.S. Senate hopeful) Kevin de Leon’s roommate problem, and Prince Harry’s just-announced marriage to Californian/Angeleno/actress Meghan Markle.

Duration:00:37:09

Ep. 11: Trump and Taxes

11/9/2017
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In this special episode, David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group) and Will Swaim (Cal Policy Center) brawl over implications of the Trump tax plan for Californians.

Duration:00:45:59

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