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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David and Will discuss how Democrats in Sacramento are attempting to spin their mestastisizing sex harassment scandal into a pro-government union campaign. They also consider the terror attack in NYC and bonuses paid out to managers of the state pension fund.
David and Will reminisce about the CA GOP dinner featuring Steve Bannon, and weigh the media's response to the Trump administration’s plan to raise fees at National Parks (including Yosemite). In the Department of Irony, they’ll look at Stockton, California’s first-in-the-nation experiment in guaranteed basic income.
David and Will discuss the human forces behind CA's rash of deadly wildfires, and dismiss the auditor’s investigation of government-worker wrongdoing. David reflects on those too-rare occasions when Gov. Jerry Brown does the right thing for the right reason.