Latest from Bill Whalen

After the embarrassing recall results, maybe now California Republicans will wise up

Why does the GOP keep winning gubernatorial races in deep-blue Massachusetts but must resort to trying to use the side door to the governor's mansion in the Golden State?
  • Sep 15, 2021

Whether Newsom wins or not, his political instability is on full display

How does the California governor differ from San Francisco's sinking Millennium Tower? An enormous amount of money might stave off disaster.
  • Sep 9, 2021

In gubernatorial debate, will California Republicans self-destruct?

The shame is that, if not for the GOP’s intraparty sour grapes, California’s Sept. 14 election would be a good dry run for next year’s congressional elections.
  • Aug 2, 2021

With his fortunes improving, while proposing spending a fortune, Newsom wants to speed up the recall

The governor's polls are looking better, and his opposition isn't getting traction.
  • Jun 3, 2021
  • Opinion

Why a California recall is unlikely to draw Schwarzenegger-level star power

Caitlyn Jenner is planning to run, but politically-minded Matthew McConaughey and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are looking elsewhere.
  • Apr 23, 2021
  • Opinion

The conservative effort to oust Newsom could backfire

The petition looks likely to succeed. But even if voters opt to dump the governor, his replacement could end up being an even more liberal Democrat.
  • Mar 25, 2021
  • Opinion

What Gavin Newsom could learn from Arnold Schwarzenegger

The governor appears increasingly likely to face California voters in the fall. Here's how he can avoid seeing his career terminated.
  • Feb 16, 2021
  • Opinion

NBC’s ‘Mr. Mayor’ treats life in Los Angeles as a joke. The reality is deadly serious.

Comedy is all about timing. And there’s nothing funny about the current state of Los Angeles.
  • Jan 14, 2021
  • Opinion

California’s Democratic dominance may soon prove deadly

In a one-party state, leaders don't have to master the art of persuading voters to follow. Now California officials are facing open rebellion over covid-19.
  • Dec 10, 2020
  • Opinion

Is San Francisco trying to hasten its own demise? Recent blunders point to yes.

Why are voters and administrators making San Francisco a less affordable and less attractive city for people to live and work?
  • Dec 2, 2020