Posts by K. Lloyd Billingsley
K. Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute and a columnist at The Daily Caller.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Makes Idaho a No-Go Zone


“California will restrict state-funded travel to Idaho as a result of two discriminatory bills signed into law in Idaho this year despite,” proclaims California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a June 22 statement. This action extends a travel ban already in place since 2016.

Pandemic Has Not Locked Down California’s Bullet Train Spending


“California’s High-Speed Rail Is the Very Definition of a Boondoggle,” headlined a commentary by Adam B. Summers nearly one year ago. Plagued from the start by fanciful assumptions, the costs “quickly ballooned from $40 billion or $45 billion to $98.5 billion,” and Gov. Gavin Newsom said the project would “cost too much and take…
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Is State-Sponsored Racism Staging a Comeback?


“Is now the time to bring back affirmative action in California?” wonders Ben Christopher of CalMatters, in a piece about Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5, which could allow voters to repeal Proposition 209 in November. The 1996 ballot measure, the Sacramento Bee editorial board contends, “banned affirmative action in all state institutions.” In reality, the…
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Are Police Forces the Best Candidates for Defunding?


In the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis cop, calls are ringing out to defund the police. Those who question the wisdom of such a move might want to consider some other candidates for defunding. The U.S. Department of Education would be a good place to start. 

Is Anyone Fact-Checking Twitter’s Fact-Checkers?


Overshadowed by recent events, Twitter’s fact-check of President Trump’s tweet about mail-in ballots did not get the attention it deserved. The president’s posts were flagged as “potentially misleading,” which could be said about countless tweets on subjects ranging from politics to the COVID-19 crisis. For example, tweets about the federal Centers for Disease Control…
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Will California’s Destructive Restrictions on Freelance Workers Go National?


California Assembly Bill 5, signed last September by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is now slated for reconsideration on the November 3, 2020 ballot. An initiative, qualified for the ballot on May 22, establishes criteria for determining whether rideshare drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors.” Voters might keep a few realities in mind.

Are Gov. Newsom’s Contact Tracers the Best for the Job?


The current pandemic has turned up a need for “contact tracing,” the process of finding those actually infected with the coronavirus and who might, in turn, have infected others. According Kate Murphy in the New York Times, contact tracing is harder than it sounds, but it has been managed with some success. The best…
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California Exploits Ammunition Background Checks to Confiscate Guns


Since last July 1, California has required background checks for those purchasing firearm ammunition. As we noted, by December 2019 the state had run 345,000 background checks and rejected 62,000 Californians legally entitled to purchase ammunition, including off-duty sheriff’s deputies purchasing shotgun shells to hunt ducks. Officials blamed glitches in the system, but for…
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Is a Coronavirus Fall Classic in Store for America?


As of May 20, Australia has 7,079 coronavirus cases, with 6,444 recoveries and 100 deaths from COVID-19. New Zealand has 1153 coronavirus cases, with 1147 recoveries, 21 deaths and one person in the hospital. Also as of May 20, Argentina has 9,823 coronavirus cases, 2933 recoveries and 403 deaths from COVID-19. As it happens,…
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CHiPs Are Down in California, and Federal Judge Is Down With It


From 1977 to 1983 on the television crime drama series “CHiPs,” Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox played California Highway Patrol officers patrolling the freeways on motorcycles in pursuit of criminals. Some of that still goes on in real life, but now the CHP also patrols the California Capitol to keep non-criminals from holding public…
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