The Demographics of the New Six California’s

California/Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Tim Draper, has embarked on getting a ballot initiative onto the November ballot to break California into six new states–Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California, and South California.   The proposed proposition has immediately garnered not only state and local attention, but also that of the national media. But…

San Diego Mayoral Takeaways

Last Tuesday, San Diego elected a new mayor after former mayor Bob Filner was caught in a sexual harassment scandal and was forced to resign.  After a hard-fought race, Republican City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer easily won the run-off election – current vote count has him winning by about 6 points, down from 9 point the…

A Look At California’s Economic Growth

Yesterday, I posted an quick analysis of California’s economic growth (gross state product) compared to the state’s various regions (calculated using various MSA’s).  Overall, I found that California’s growth continues to be below what it needs to pull itself out of the post-recession doldrums.  So far, growth has been driven by just one region–unsurprisingly, the…

2016 President Contender Update (February)

The last few months have shown some considerable movement for Republicans in the 2016 horse-race (but unfortunately for Democratic hopefuls, not much movement on the Democrat’s side).  Here is my November update. According to the RCP Average, former Governor (and 2008 runner-up) Mike Huckabee jumps into first place with 15% (before January 2014, he wasn’t…