Next Round

Next Round

Next Round is a weekly podcast exploring California politics from a free market perspective hosted by the nonpartisan think tank Pacific Research Institute. Each episode features elected officials, media commentators, and policy leaders breaking down the Golden State’s top policy debates and discussing how market-based reforms can improve our quality of life. Past guests include House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Democratic Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, futurist George Gilder, State Board of Ed Member Dr. Ting Sun, pollster Scott Rasmussen, economist Steve Moore, Politico California’s Kevin Yamamura, and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy.... Show More

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August 3, 2020 34 min

R Street Institute’s Steven Greenhut returns for his annual look at the year’s legislative session in Sacramento.  We discuss how the Legislature and Governor have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising social unrest, a $54 billion budget deficit, and worsening homeless and housing crises.  He also looks ahead to November at what he calls the “scary propositions” that voters will decide, and previews his soon-to-be released ...

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PRI Senior Fellow in Tech and Innovation Bartlett Cleland joins us to discuss the California Consumer Privacy Act, which took effect on July 1. He discusses the serious flaws with the new law and how it will impact consumers and business owners, looks ahead to November when voters would have a chance to enact an even tougher law in Proposition 24, shares the ideal free market version of a privacy law, and talks about how COVID-19 h...

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PRI senior fellow in health care studies Dr. Henry Miller gives us an update on what scientists are learning about COVID-19 and the progress in finding a vaccine.  He also weighs in on whether schools should be reopening this fall, gives his thoughts on what the Trump administration is doing good and bad in fighting the pandemic, and offers advices on how we can reduce our chances of getting the coronavirus.

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July 13, 2020 28 min

This podcast is a special rebroadcast of a recent webinar featuring Damon Dunn, PRI fellow in business and economics, discussing his new book Punting Poverty:  Breaking the Chains of Welfare.  The former collegiate and pro football player turned entrepreneur pushes back against the universal basic income movement, calling it “fool’s gold that does not even attempt to offer economic empowerment.”

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PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss the latest study in the “Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity” series, which makes the case that future medical innovation will be hindered unless state and federal policymakers embrace health care entrepreneurship.

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PRI Chairman and White House Writers Group founder and managing director Clark Judge evaluates how effectively political leaders in Washington, state capitols, and city halls are communicating with the public during the COVID-19 crisis and the social unrest following the death of George Floyd.

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As single-payer advocates such as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are seizing on the COVID-19 pandemic to push even more aggressively for a complete takeover of our health care system by the federal government, listen to a special presentation of our recent webinar featuring PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes discussing why “Medicare for...

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This podcast features Erik Jaffe, a partner at Schaerr-Jaffe and a PRI fellow in Legal Studies. A constitutional attorney, Erik has been involved in over 100 Supreme Court matters. We discuss some of the high court’s decisions involving COVID-19, and the upcoming major cases in this session including LGBTQ rights, DACA and the “Dreamers”, abortion, and President Trump’s personal financial records. We also discuss whether the U.S. S...

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PRI Fellow Kerry Jackson, author of the book “Living in Fear in California,” joins us to discuss the debate over criminal justice policy in California in these troubled times. We discuss temporary changes to early release and cash bail policies during the COVID-19 crisis, controversies over police activities highlighted by the statewide riots, and potential future legislation affecting California’s public safety laws.

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Listen to a special presentation of PRI’s webinar featuring a panel of policy experts, education specialists, and homeschooling practitioners discussing the coronavirus impact on education in the United States. They discuss the many options available to parents, how to make good decisions as to what will best meet the needs of their children, and give practical information that parents and educators can use to help children learn w...

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PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss his latest study “Legislating Energy Prosperity,” which makes the case that if lawmakers acted to alleviate the unnecessary costs from state energy mandates, Californians living through these unprecedented times could save more than $2,000 annually – while still lowering emissions.

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Governor Newsom announced his new budget revisions for the next fiscal year. Due to the forced shutdown of California’s businesses and the additional spending on the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom expects a budget shortfall of $54 billion. Our All-Star panel of experts examines the governor’s new budget and discusses what Californians can expect in the coming months. Our All-Stars are Tim Anaya, PRI’s senior director of communication...

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Public affairs professional and noted wine blogger David White of Terroirist.com joins us to discuss how the wine industry is faring during the global coronavirus crisis.  He also shares his advice on organizing a virtual Happy Hour and gives recommendations for good wines that you can buy online or at the corner grocery store as shelter-in-place orders are keeping Californians away from our favorite wineries.

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Listen to a special presentation of PRI’s webinar featuring a panel of business experts and entrepreneurs analyzing how California can recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic. The panel looks at the current economic outlook resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and talks about current or new policies that should be passed, put on hold, or abolished to help Californians climb back up the economic ladder.

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PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Studies Sally C. Pipes is back to discuss some of the health care challenges that have popped up during the coronavirus crisis, including a renewed push for single-payer and calls for prescription drug price controls and a “Buy America” mandate for drug manufacturing. We also discuss a few positives changes that have occurred despite these tough times – the rise of teleh...

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PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden joins us to evaluate the response by state and federal governments to boost America’s economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We discuss the “phase 3” $2 trillion stimulus package enacted by Congress, the long-term consequences of the significant debt increase, how long we should expect the recession to last, and how entrepreneurship can help millions who are suddenl...

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Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, joins us to discuss a situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that millions of parents never though they’d find themselves in – homeschooling their kids. He shares advice from experts to parents on homeschooling, shares online education and homeschooling resources, discusses state and federal efforts to make it easier for parents and students to access online educatio...

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PRI Senior Fellow in Health Care Studies Dr. Henry Miller joins us with an update on the fight against the coronavirus.  He offers much-needed perspective on what public health officials are doing to “flatten the curve,” efforts to find vaccines and treatments, the efforts of other countries to contain the virus, when we can expect to get back to business as usual, and whether we should expect more viruses like these going forward.

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This podcast is a recorded lecture from PRI’s second annual policy conference in Sacramento. The speaker is Judge Daniel Kolkey, a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He served as an Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeals and Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Pete Wilson. California is approaching warmer weather – that means fire season. Judge Kolkey believes that the governor can help mitigate future power o...

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Dr. Mark Skousen is one of the most prominent libertarians in the country and founder of FreedomFest – the largest gathering of libertarians in the world. Dr. Skousen also teaches economics at Chapman University. In this podcast, we discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus, the financial markets, politics, California, and teaching economics to a new generation.

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