California

Orange (County) is the new blue

Featured image The vote counting in California congressional races continued until Democrats carried every district in Orange County. The Democrats flipped four seats formerly held by Republicans in the county. The last of the four races to be called yielded the victory of Democrat Gil Cisneros over Republican Young Kim (who held the lead on election night). The AP reports the result and looks back here. What happened? In the American Spectator »

I Love LA—Remy Style

Featured image Remy Munasifi has done it again. I cringed a bit when I saw that he was taking on LA in a new video, except that a moment’s reflection prompted the thought that it is simply impossible to go too far with California these says. So enjoy (especially the “emotional support rodent”): »

A Sign of Sense in California?

Featured image What’s this? An actual expression of common sense in California? Yes, it has actually happened. CalPERS, the public employee retirement system in California, has one of the largest investment portfolios in the world (0ver $350 billion), though it is still not large enough to fulfill its pension obligations. Naturally being a political plaything, several years ago CalPERS board decided that it should use its investment clout on behalf of “social »

From my conservative cousin in California

Featured image As longtime Power Line readers may recall, I have occasionally posted the political commentary of my conservative cousin from New York over the years. This post, though, is by my conservative cousin from California. But here’s the thing: it’s the same guy. After more than 70 years in New York City, my conservative cousin — the quintessential New Yorker — has moved to California so he can live near his »

Memo to California GOP: Vote Socialist?

Featured image I caught a headline yesterday concerning how Arnold Schwarzenegger regrets and is apologizing for his old line about “girly men,” because #MeToo or something: In the summer of 2004, Schwarzenegger called Democrats “girly men” and urged voters to “terminate” them on Election Day — prompting outrage from his opponents, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. Of course, the real reason the Governator is recanting is that he became a »

I Left My S— in San Francisco

Featured image The late novelist Walker Percy used to wonder about why the suicide rate was so high in San Francisco, the most beautiful city in the world by his reckoning. I wish we had Percy still with us today—for many reasons—but especially to update his observations on how San Francisco’s decadence and dysfunctions are a reflections on the defects of the human soul. Even The Guardian, the British leftist rag, is »

Kevin Boss: Control yourselves, city council

Featured image On July 31 the Santa Barbara News-Press published the letter to the editor by Santa Barbara restauranteur and Power Line reader Kevin Boss. For the reasons Steve suggests in the adjacent post, we think his letter is generally applicable and deserves the widest circulation. Mr. Boss writes: This month, our elected City Council representatives spent quite a bit of time and energy deciding to end the scourge of plastic straws. »

Calexit On the Rocks

Featured image You may have heard that an initiative to split California into three states had qualified for the November ballot. It is the brainchild of Tim Draper, one of the founders of Netflix, and a couple other successful tech startups before that. Whether the idea could actually happen would require action from Congress, and I doubt there is much appetite to expand the number of U.S. Senators by four, regardless of »

A Dogma Whistle from Kavanaugh?

Featured image I perked up at bit last night during Brett Kavanaugh’s remarks at the White House when he said, “I am part of the vibrant Catholic community in DC.” This may have been a deliberate shout out to the social conservatives who are disappointed that the nomination didn’t go to Amy Coney Barrett, whom Sen. Dianne Feinstein slurred with her infamous comment that “The dogma lives loudly with in you.” But »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 7: Bag It!

Featured image Ho do you wreck one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Simple: turn it over to “progressive” government. The latest out of San Francisco is this cheery story (avert your gaze now if you’re squeamish about raw sewage): ’20 pounds of human waste’ dropped on San Francisco street corner A foul odor permeated from a massive bag of human excrement sludge left on a street corner in San »

Got Dem Blues?

Featured image Remember that blue wave tsunami coming to wipe out Republicans in the mid-term elections? Well, it seems to have hit a sandbar far from shore. First, the “generic ballot” of which party voters prefer for Congress has suddenly swung in favor of Republicans, following months of a slowly but steadily narrowing lead for Democrats. The newest poll, from Reuters (generally thought to be without any possible Republican bias—see chart below), »

California: Who’s Leaving? Who’s Coming?

Featured image The latest news out of California is that the state has actually achieved a budget surplus that is billions larger than expected—$3.8 billion more than forecast back in January. Good times for the spend-happy state legislature, and the next Democratic governor who will love to be able to pass out goodies upon taking office next January. As the Sacramento Bee comments: “It’s an irresistible pot of money for lawmakers who »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 6: Let’s Make Housing More Expensive!

Featured image Not sure whether this item deserves to be filed under “California’s Suicide” or our “Green Weenie” category.  Apparently California’s governing class thinks the cost of housing isn’t high enough, because the state government has just mandated that all new housing starting in 2020 must come with rooftop solar power. You have to be rolfing roofies to think mandated rooftop solar makes any sense. MIT’s Technology Review notes: “The new rule »

The Streets of San Francisco

Featured image Wonderful evening last night in Denver at the annual Founders’ Dinner for the Independence Institute, the conservative think tank of Colorado. It was great to see some Power Line readers and old friends from my time as an inmate at Boulder. The Institute’s president, the colorful John Caldara (other adjectives in addition to “colorful” come to mind when you think of John) invited me to participate in the program to »

The Cost of “The Resistance”: For CA, It’s $12 Billion

Featured image If you’re an old-timer like me, cast your mind back to the tax reform of 1986, which was passed on a bipartisan basis, because Democrats understood the logic of tax simplification and cutting rates down to a lower level with a broader base. There’s one detail everyone has forgotten that is relevant today: President Reagan’s initial tax reform proposal included elimination the state and local income tax deduction. Pro-tax reform »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 5: Gov. Girly-Man Goes Flabby

Featured image In today’s installment of California Crazy, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (better known as “Governor Girly-Man“) has announced that he, too, intends to sue major major oil companies for “knowingly killing people all over the world.” Let’s see: this would be the same Schwarzenegger who agitated to have a mass-market consumer version of the Humvee after Gulf War 1?  The same Schwarzenegger who used to fly back and forth from his »

California’s Suicide, the Cartoon Version

Featured image Steve has been writing about California’s suicide attempt, most recently here and here. There can’t have been many places in world history blessed with as many natural advantages as California, but that state’s far-left governing class is rapidly destroying its seemingly invincible heritage. Michael Ramirez tells the story in graphic form (click to enlarge). It is hard to foresee a happy ending for California: »