Pete Constant, former San Jose City Councilman and president of the Retirement Security Initiative, joins us to share his experiences as a local elected official grappling with runaway public employee pensions, and what can be done to tame California’s pension monster.
Rebecca Friedrichs of For Kids and Country joins us to talk about the victory for worker freedom in the Janus decision, and her experiences as lead plaintiff in a prior case that ended in a 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court. We discuss what’s next for disaffected union members after the Janus ruling.
Regnery Publishing Vice President and Executive Editor Harry Crocker joins us to talk about his new book Armstrong, which imagines what would have if George Armstrong Custer survived the Battle of Little Big Horn. We discuss his inspiration for writing the book, the challenges faced today by the conservative book publishing industry, and an issue he has written about extensively – political correctness in the classroom.
Dr. Henry Miller, PRI’s new fellow in health care studies, joins us to discuss his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed challenging the “authentic” industry, which made waves nationally. We also discuss how over-regulation prevents beneficial products from going to market, how the EPA’s Superfund program has become a cash-cow for trial lawyers, and other topics he’ll be writing about at PRI.
The Sacramento Bee’s new political reporter and “Capitol Alert” editor Bryan Anderson shares his observations on his first summer covering the California Legislature. We discuss the DMV wait time scandal, privacy legislation, CEQA reform for stadiums, how covering North Carolina politics compares with California . . . and his real passion – enjoying a down home meal at the Cracker Barrel.
Steven Greenhut of the R Street Institute shares his thoughts on the just-completed 2018 legislative session and Jerry Brown’s legacy as governor, the second go-around. We discuss wildfire response legislation, bail reform, 100 percent renewable energy mandates, single-payer health care, soda taxes, and other hot issues.
USC Public Policy Professor Michael Thom joins us to discuss his research exploring whether California’s film and television tax credits are a good deal for taxpayers and whether they make a difference in attracting or retaining jobs and economic activity to the state.
Historian Laurence Jurdem joins us to talk about his new book, Paving the Way for Reagan, which explores how National Review, Human Events, and other conservative publications strongly influenced Ronald Reagan’s outlook and paved the way for his “peace through strength” foreign policy.
Cal State San Bernardino professor and historian Richard Samuelson joins us to discuss his upcoming book on John Adams and his take – shaped by Adams’ argument - that the best place to handle a runaway elite who want to change the world like Mark Zuckerberg or George Soros would be to send them to the U.S. Senate.
Former CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder says that “capitalism” is not a dirty word. He joins us to discuss his new book profiling the rise of anti-profit forces in the U.S., and how, under President Trump’s leadership, they can be vanquished for good.
In part 2 of our discussion with PRI general counsel Dean McGrath, who is a veteran of past Supreme Court nomination fights, we discuss the Brett Kavanaugh nomination in depth, and explore how he might rule on some of the key issues to likely come before the Supreme Court in the coming years.
PRI’s general counsel Dean McGrath – and who also served as counsel to President Reagan – joins us to discuss the battle for the Supreme Court. He gives us an inside look at what goes into nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice, and shares his thoughts on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Kennedy’s legacy. Part 1.
Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation joins us from Vancouver to discuss why California gas prices are so much higher than the rest of the nation, and what reforms would make a real difference in giving drivers some relief at the pump.
Michael Anton recently stepped down as the communications director of the NSC. He joins us to discuss Pres. Trump’s foreign policy and what he sees as the biggest threat to the U.S. He’s also a native of the Bay Area, so he offered his perspective on California’s political environment and the future of the state.
Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute joins us in Vancouver for a discussion on how the free-market is a more effective way to achieve a global, clean energy future than new clean energy laws or excess regulations.
California Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Tia Boatman Patterson discusses the efforts of the self-supporting state agency she runs to help people find an affordable place to live, and gives her thoughts on what should be done next to address the state’s housing affordability and homeless problems.
For PRI’s 50th episode, our special guest is George Gilder. We asked him about his views on Silicon Valley (“in the process of having a nervous breakdown”), the threats to innovation (“the world’s $253 trillion debt”) and his view of Basic Income (“preposterous”). And that’s not even the fun stuff. George also gives us a glimpse of future technologies to come.
Our guest in this podcast is Todd Gaziano of the Pacific Legal Foundation. As director of the newly created PLF Center for the Separation of Powers, Todd is working on a long-term project to roll back the power of unelected government administrators. Over many decades, Congress has handed more and more of its lawmaking responsibility to the bureaucracy. Todd discusses his current cases pending in the courts and PLF’s goal of reversing bureaucrat power creep.
Former California Assemblyman and now Texas Public Policy Institute VP Chuck DeVore joins to talk about his experiences relocating to the Lone Star State, the advantages that Texas has over California, how the states differ on economic and energy policy, and what he thinks from afar about politics and policy in the state he used to call home.
Now that the voters of California have spoken, what does it all mean? The PRI all stars analyze the results of the California primary, preview the major fall contests and initiative battles, and ponder the future of the Top 2 primary.