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Creating positive change by exposing the issues for California, the people, and the common good.


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Creating positive change by exposing the issues for California, the people, and the common good.





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Homeless Solutions

In the podcast, Justin Wallin, CEO of Wallin Opinion Research, discusses the complex issue of homelessness in California, highlighting its multifaceted nature, including economic factors, mental health issues, and substance abuse. He compares the situation in California with other states like Florida, emphasizing differences in regulatory environments and approaches to housing and law enforcement. Wallin points out the high costs and regulatory hurdles of building housing in California, which exacerbate the problem. Despite these challenges, he remains optimistic about the potential for systemic change through dedicated efforts and voter engagement, underscoring the need for a multifaceted approach to address homelessness effectively.


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Free Speech Evolution

In this podcast, Roger Clark and Professor Barry McDonald, First Amendment Constitutional Scholar, explore the development of Free Speech in America, discussing the origin of the First Amendment and the interesting point that the Founders did not necessarily view Free Speech through the same lens as 21st Century Americans. Their fascinating dialogue covers how Free Speech in the United States has evolved over the years, the distinction between private and government regulation of speech, and the modern-day controversies and debates about the scope of Free Speech on social media and the internet. A key point: Whose right of Free Speech is it, anyway? The social media platforms or the individual users? And how do the platforms influence public discourse and influence democracy in an era of polarized politics? How will pending cases currently pending before the United States Supreme Court redefine the rights of Free Speech in the digital age? The interview is a deep dive into the dynamic landscape of Free Speech and the Freedom of Expression in the United States.


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Modern Leadership

In this podcast episode, Professor Dan Schnur discusses the complexities of modern leadership, emphasizing the necessity of teamwork, specialized skills, and ethical integrity. He critiques the educational system's role in leadership development and stresses the importance of civics education. Schnur highlights the challenges leaders face in a polarized society and the need for effective communication across diverse media. The discussion underscores that effective leadership requires adaptability, ethical standards, and a deep understanding of community needs, mirroring historical leadership challenges despite the evolved context.


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Money & Politics

In an interview for the Fourscore and Seven Project by the New Majority Foundation, Roger Clark speaks with Pepperdine University's Professor Barry McDonald about the impact of money on U.S. politics, particularly following the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. McDonald challenges the idea, supported by the Supreme Court, that money equates to speech in politics. He argues that money serves more as an amplifier for speech, creating imbalances in political influence due to disparities in financial resources. Criticizing the Citizens United ruling for allowing corporations and unions to significantly influence politics with their treasuries, McDonald suggests public financing of elections as a potential remedy to reduce the dominance of private money. He also discusses broader systemic issues linked to current campaign financing, such as fostering a divisive political culture and entrenching vested interests. McDonald calls for a thorough reassessment of money's role in politics, including possible electoral reforms and constitutional amendments to ensure a fairer balance between free speech and political representation.


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Homelessness & Policy

The interview with Justin Wallin, founder of J Wallin Opinion Research and popular news analyst, explores the multifaceted issue of homelessness, linking it to societal changes, the drug crisis, and systemic challenges. Wallin highlights the exacerbation of homelessness due to drug abuse, like fentanyl, but clarifies that it’s not the sole cause, pointing towards a complex array of factors. He disputes a court ruling linking homelessness to systemic racism and calls for a nuanced understanding of its roots. Wallin criticizes current strategies for addressing homelessness. He advocates for compassionate measures, better rehabilitation, and preventive programs. The discussion also covers the societal impacts of homelessness, stressing the need for policies that balance individual and societal needs. The interview concludes with a call for a comprehensive approach involving legislative changes and community support to effectively tackle the homelessness crisis.


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CA's Political Future

The interview with Professor Dan Schur, hosted by Roger Clark on the Fourscore and Seven Project, focuses on the unique dynamics of California politics and whether its politics are indicative of the future of the rest of the United States. They delve into the challenges and benefits of California’s complex social, ethnic, and racial demographics, the impact of identity politics, the role of digital and social media in shaping political discourse, and the importance of compromise and understanding in a polarized society. The conversation also touches on the historical context of communications technology and its influence on societal divisions and unity.


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Justice Reform

Steve Cooley, former Los Angeles County District Attorney, discusses the recall effort against George Gascon and provides a critical perspective on current criminal justice policies in California. Cooley discusses the complexities and controversies of the recall process, including signature verification and voter roll issues. Cooley vehemently criticizes Gascon's approach to prosecutorial discretion, arguing it compromises law enforcement and public safety. He extends the conversation to broader criminal justice reform themes, like the three strikes law and Prop 47, advocating for a balanced approach that incorporates mental health and homelessness considerations. Cooley emphasizes the need for legislative changes that reinforce law enforcement's role in safeguarding communities, while also pushing for reforms that address underlying issues within the criminal justice system. His views reflect a deep-seated concern for the implications of current policies on public safety and advocate for a more integrated approach to criminal justice reform.


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Freedom Of Speech

Professor Barry McDonald from Pepperdine University School of Law discusses free speech, Internet impact, and Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act in an interview. He highlights the need to reassess Section 230 due to the influence of major Internet companies. The talk includes legal challenges in regulating social media speech, focusing on Supreme Court cases about Texas and Florida laws that attempt to restrict social media companies from moderating content, particularly political views. McDonald examines the conflict between private companies’ rights and users’ free speech, and the Supreme Court's role in balancing these interests. The interview covers constitutional law, judicial power, and public policy shaping, underscoring free speech complexities in the digital era.


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Texas Vs. California

In the podcast, Roger and Ken Miller, a distinguished professor at Claremont-Mckenna and author of Texas v. California, discuss the economic, political, and cultural differences between Texas and California. They explore young people's challenges with homeownership, contrasting economic models, and the implications of political culture and union influence on each state. While California offers extensive government support and faces a boom-or-bust revenue system, Texas maintains a low-tax, low-service model with more stable finances. The conversation also delves into cultural wars, like immigration and abortion, reflecting the broader national divide. Ultimately, they ponder the sustainability of these models and the future cohesion of the nation amidst deepening ideological divisions, expressing hope for a united path forward despite the challenges.


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CA Crime & Drugs

In the second part of his interview, Steve Cooley, a former District Attorney, talks about important topics like crime, drug abuse, and policies. He believes that making drug possession a less serious crime, allows drug users to return to the streets prematurely to resume their drug consumption, and financially sustaining drug cartels. Cooley thinks the homeless problem in Los Angeles is caused in significant part by drug addiction and he says that jails, with appropriate treatment programs in place, could aid people to recover from their dependency on illicit drugs. He is unhappy with how mental health and addiction are being ignored. Cooley disagrees with a new rule about bail because he thinks it lets more criminals go free, risking public safety. He talks about how drug use is changing, focusing on fentanyl, and the danger from drug cartels in China and Mexico. Cooley also looks back at crime trends and criticizes the current laws and prosecutors for making public safety worse.


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Faith In Democracy

Roger and Jessica Patterson, the Chair of the California Republican Party, discuss the crisis of faith in American democracy due to tech giants like Google and Facebook shaping public opinion and spreading misinformation. They discuss media mischaracterization, highlighting the need for diverse news perspectives, and the dangers of a single narrative. They also discuss the 2024 elections, focusing on California's importance in the Republican primaries and potential contenders. Overall, their conversation emphasized the need for renewed faith in democratic processes, especially in the lead-up to 2024.


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Energy Crisis

In this episode of The Fourscore & Seven Project, Ken Miller, a distinguished professor at Claremont-Mckenna and author of Texas v. California, discusses California's energy policies and their repercussions on consumers. Ken compares California and Texas policies, economies, and cultures. As national polarization intensifies, these states champion divergent political agendas and view themselves as competitors for control of the nation's future. Ken emphasizes the dilemma California confronts while integrating renewable energy structures amidst its scenic landscapes, contrasting it to Texas's vast terrain. Despite California's renewable energy emphasis, its residents face high electricity costs, an irony validated by Ken, who cites supply-demand issues and the state's omission of nuclear energy. The discussion also centers on the unintended socio-economic pressures of California's policies on its economically disadvantaged populace. Furthermore, Professor Miller and Host Roger Clark explore solutions like socializing electricity bills and the potential of fusion energy. They recognize the challenges each energy form presents, especially the erratic nature and storage demands of renewables.


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Homelessness Crisis

In a candid discussion with Justin Wallen of J. Wallen Opinion Research Services, the multifaceted challenge of homelessness in California was examined. Wallen dives into the unique nature of this issue, particularly in the American context. He reviews the concern that in California we have lost control of the homelessness situation due to a lack of public policy on compassionate removal and treatment of these individuals. One solution broached was using underutilized federal properties for housing, though reservations about their suitability arose. Contrasting the U.S. with other nations, Wallen noted the distinct, widespread nature of American homelessness, especially evident in California compared to areas like Mexico. Wallin notes that White Men, by a large margin, constitute the majority of the homeless, contrary to the perception of some that homelessness results primarily from systemic racism. Wallen believes at the core, mental health and substance abuse were identified as intertwined primary causes, suggesting that holistic solutions encompassing housing, health services, and substance abuse treatments are imperative. Wallen believes that with community-driven, coordinated efforts, we can address this issue while underscoring the need for empathy and understanding. This interview sheds light on California's homelessness complexities, stressing the need for comprehensive, compassionate strategies.


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Election Integrity

In this episode of “The Fourscore & Seven Project, a production of the New Majority Foundation, a 501(c) public charity, Harvard-educated attorney, Derek Lyons, president and CEO of the prestigious Washington-based organization, Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections, discusses election integrity. The complexities surrounding voting systems, mail-in ballots, and oversight, especially in a country as diverse and vast as the United States, are vast. Derek underscores the intricacies of these matters, revealing both the challenges and the solutions that can ensure the sanctity of every vote.


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Steve on CA Safety

In the New Majority’s debut podcast episode, Steve Cooley, former Los Angeles County District Attorney, provides a candid and illuminating interview on the intricacies of public safety in California. Delving deep, he traces historical crime patterns, highlighting significant spikes in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The period between 2000-2012 brought some relief as the determinate sentence law led to a notable decline in crime. Yet, the landscape shifted post-2012 with the roll-out of Propositions 47 and 57 and AB 109, resulting in unintended spikes in crime rates—most noticeably thefts, which had a domino effect on business closures. Emphasizing the pressing need to strike a balance between rehabilitation and accountability, Cooley advocates for community programs and fostering partnerships between law enforcement entities. This groundbreaking interview serves as a compelling call for collective action toward forging a safer California.