“Yes, California Can Be Saved”

Luke Phillips
Research Associate for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Senior Correspondent at Glimpse From the Globe

The prolific Victor Davis Hanson wrote an excellent piece for National Review two weeks ago, in which he attributed California’s present middle-class stagnation and decline in economic opportunity to the devolution of California’s two-party system in the 90s and the Golden State’s emergence as a de facto one-party Democratic state. Hanson describes how a favorite […]

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Three Crises, Three Opportunities

Luke Phillips
Research Associate for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Senior Correspondent at Glimpse From the Globe

The Roundup, Capitol Weekly’s daily morning news brief, covered three of the biggest issues facing the Golden State on the morning of October 19, and unintentionally highlighted why it’s so crucial that the California GOP popularizes a reformist agenda ahead of the 2016 and 2018 elections. First, the LA Times reported on the bipartisan desire […]

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A Hamilton Agenda for the California GOP?

Luke Phillips
Research Associate for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Senior Correspondent at Glimpse From the Globe

With the California Republican Party as stuck as it’s ever been, it might be time for Golden State GOP politicos to recalibrate the party’s stances and messaging. And that doesn’t just mean cosmetic re-evaluations of social issues. Sure, it’s great that measures were passed at the last two statewide conventions extending olive branches to the […]

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Saving the Climate and the Poor from Sacramento

Luke Phillips
Research Associate for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Senior Correspondent at Glimpse From the Globe

California has always been a harbinger of new ideas and bold proposals. That was once a good thing, when California’s economic and social policies encouraged middle-class opportunity, entrepreneurship, and social mobility, way back in the 1960s California described in Kevin Starr’s Golden Dreams. But the contemporary California political elite tends to pioneer the way in […]

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A New Political Power: Mod Squad & Business

Luke Phillips
Research Associate for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Senior Correspondent at Glimpse From the Globe

Another day, another story in the quixotic Green crusade to kneecap California’s lower and middle classes by jacking up the price of fossil fuel energy. The California Air Resources Board voted 9-0 two weeks ago to carry out the low-carbon fuel standard, a regulation requiring “a 10% cut in the carbon content of transportation fuels […]

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