A California governor faces a recall election later this year and among the challengers: a Hollywood celebrity with a Republican pedigree. Rob Stutzman, a Sacramento-based political strategist and co-communicator for the global story that was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2003 recall run, explains how the California political landscape has changed in the years since the rise of the “Governator” and whether Caitlyn Jenner or some other recall challenger has what it takes to “terminate” Gavin Newsom.
Has the past year of pandemic, virtual-learning and a sluggish re-opening of public schools changed America’s education debate as well as parental attitudes toward alternate forms of instruction? Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard, discusses COVID’s impact on the nation’s charter-school and school-choice movements and the clout of teacher unions.
President Biden polls consistently, but not spectacularly, as Republican's struggle to counter the Democratic message of “go big.” David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, assess the “less is more” communications approach of the new White House and whether Democrats run the risk of a backlash in the 2022 midterm elections if they over-reach on hot-button issues such as immigration, gun control, voting rights and packing the Supreme Court.
Eight years ago, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote a book, Immigration Wars: Forging An American Solution, offering a practical, nonpartisan approach to solving one of America’s most divisive matters – only to see a window for reform in Washington quickly close. The co-author of that book, Hoover fellow and Arizona Supreme Court associate justice Clint Bolick, explains why immigration reform remains elusive and what fixes are most sensible.
New economic numbers show California’s unemployment improving but still well above the national average as the Golden State wrestles with its seemingly intractable woes – homelessness, unaffordable housing, educational inequality, etc. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, explores what lies ahead for America’s most populous state, including an economic surge and a possible gubernatorial recall election this fall.