Bill Whalen

Bill Whalen

How serious is Schwarzenegger on redistricting?

California’s former governor is talking about making redistricting reform a greater part of his legacy. The easiest lift is meddling in Ohio’s redistricting process because he has a kindred spirit in that state’s current governor, John Kasich. But if Schwarzenegger wants to pump some real iron in 2018, there are the 36 gubernatorial races that will be crucial to the next round of redistricting.

Bill Whalen

Climate change is crucial, but so is pension reform

Warmer waters won’t melt the iceberg that is California’s long-term pension obligation. There’s an opening for Brown to return to what got him a gubernatorial do-over: the earnest guy unafraid to ruffle feathers and take on sacred cows – not just the ones releasing methane.

Bill Whalen

California should host all national party conventions

The math is the stuff of income inequality – billions in political donations taken out of California, but in return maybe one or two conventions likely to pump about $200 million apiece into a local economy. To level this playing field, let’s make California the permanent home of both conventions, starting in 2020.

Bill Whalen

What to watch for in state’s June 7 primary

The easiest way to make California a player in 2020 is to advance the presidential primary – say, to the same first Tuesday in February as it was in 2008, if that’s possible without starting a war with Iowa, New Hampshire and the other early voting states.

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Air Asia X plane forced to turn back after “single engine failure”

Video shows shakiness of Air Asia X flight before landing back in Perth, Australia. There were nearly 400 passengers on the flight.
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Air Asia X plane forced to turn back after “single engine failure”

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Reaction to Islamic hate crimes

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Harry Giles had a good feeling about Sacramento after his pre-draft workout

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Justin Jackson knows it will be hard for the rookies to fit in with the Kings to start out