California Teachers Association is Losing Members

By Chris LaBella
California’s political landscape is changing, and that’s cause for celebration. In 2018, the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling prohibited the collection of union dues from public employees as a condition of employment. Before that ruling, with few exceptions, no dues meant no job. By protecting a worker’s right to choose to financially support a union, Janus...

TAGS: California, California Teachers Association, government unions, Janus

The Butler Did It

By Chris LaBella
In appointing Laphonza Butler to take Dianne Feinstein’s still-warm U.S. Senate seat, Gov. Gavin Newsom has picked his twin, someone of Cirque-du-Soleil-level flexible morality and connections to wealthy donors on all sides of most issues. In that regard, at least, she’s a perfect representative of California politics. She is “simply the best person that I...

TAGS: California, Feinstein, Laphonza Butler, seiu, union, Unions

Lone Star Bound

By Sheridan Swanson
Frisco, Texas — nestled in the north Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex — has been making headlines for the number of companies flocking to the city to take advantage of its business-friendly environment and rapid growth. This month, the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) released a statement highlighting the city’s impressive 2022 track record, having welcomed sixteen...

TAGS: book of exoduses, California, California book of exoduses, California business tax climate, California Exodus, regulations, Texas

The Abundance Choice – Part 1: California’s Failing Water Policies

By Edward Ring
Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” In October and again in December, as the third severe drought this century was entering its third year,...

TAGS: California, California water policy, Edward Ring, water rationing, water storage

Listen: Radio Free California Ep. 191

By Will Swaim
Latest episode of the Radio Free California podcast is out! San Francisco mayor London Breed says she had to dance maskless in a nightclub, and blames the “fun police” for documenting the moment. How Newsom explains his recall win. L.A. County kills oil drilling (to kill working-class jobs). California liquor licenses remain a prerogative of...

TAGS: California, free, London Breed, Podcast, radio, RFC

Fixing California- Part nine: The prosperity economy

By Edward Ring
Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in a nine-part series on how to fix California. Read the first article in the series here, the second here, the third here, the fourth here, the fifth here, the sixth here, the seventh here, and the eighth here. The policy topics considered in this series—energy, water, transportation, housing, law enforcement and the homeless, forestry,...

TAGS: California, economy, Edward Ring, Edward Ring, fixing california

Freedom is making a comeback in California

By Chantal Lovell
For lovers of freedom, living in California can sometimes feel like a losing battle. Teachers unions run the schools (or, more recently, ensure they don’t run), Sacramento politicians refuse to grant hearings to minority bills, and high taxes and excessive regulations are forcing more and more of our neighbors and family members to pack up...

TAGS: California, newsletter

Fixing California- Part two: The electric age

By Edward Ring
Editor’s note: This is the second article in a nine-part series on how to fix California. Read the first article in the series here. If energy were abundant, clean, and sustainable, nearly every other daunting challenge facing humanity would be much easier to solve. Insufficient water? No problem. Pump more water around via inter-basin transfers...

TAGS: California, Edward Ring, Edward Ring, electricity, fixing california

How Many People Have Left California Unions?

By Will Swaim
Some 300,000 Californians have stopped paying membership dues or fees to California’s government unions since 2018, the year the Supreme Court of the United States, in Janus v. AFSCME, ended mandatory union membership requirements for state and local government workers.  The 20 percent drop in membership has allowed California workers to keep approximately $240 million...

TAGS: California, Unions

Listen: Christmas in May

By Will Swaim
New episode of National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast is out In the latest episode of the Radio Free California podcast, CPC’s Will Swaim and David Bahnsen discuss Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to hand out checks to Californians on the eve of his recall. They also talk about the latest news from the state Department...

TAGS: California, free, Podcast, radio