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Dan Walters,
CalMatters Commentary

Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He has written more than 9,000 columns about the state and its politics and is the founding editor of the “California Political Almanac.” Dan has also been a frequent guest on national television news shows, commenting on California issues and policies.

Stories by Dan Walters

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmental Law Relied on by Housing Opponents

A plot of land where Interstate 5 crosses the American River in Sacramento was once occupied by the Rusty Duck and Hungry Hunter restaurants...

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As Californians’ Stance on Crime Hardens, Republicans Try to Regain Relevance

Over the last dozen years, Democrats have gained, lost, and finally nailed down supermajorities in the California Legislature. Now they hold...

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California Restaurants Want an Exemption from State’s New Hidden Fees Law

In “1984,” George Orwell’s novel about a dystopian future, he describes “newspeak,” a propagandistic language of euphemisms and inversions u...

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High School Free Speech Controversy Jogs Memories of My Start in Journalism: Dan Walters

Students at Sacramento’s McClatchy High School learned last month that if officialdom feels uncomfortable, it will trample on free speech. ...

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California Seeks a More Resilient Water Supply as Familiar Sides Battle for Access

California is a semi-arid state in which the availability of water determines land use, and in turn shapes the economy. Dan Walters CalMat...

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Homelessness Funding on the Chopping Block. Will It Make the Final CA Budget?

It’s the billion-dollar question. That’s how much cities and other local governments have been receiving from the state each year to deal wi...

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Why California Regulators Have to Protect Both Consumers and Company Profits

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Southern Pacific Railroad wielded almost total control over California’s politics, angering f...

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Inflation Hits California Families Hardest. It’s Shaping Their Views on the Economy

On paper, the U.S. economy seems to be doing well with historically low unemployment. Yet most Americans have a sour view in recent polls, w...

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Warning: Pay Special Attention to California’s November Ballot Measures

California politics being what they are – deeply blue domination by Democrats – means that many of the races on the November ballot are alre...

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Delta Tunnel Water Project May Finally Be Nearing a Historic Decision

It’s been almost a half-century since I first heard the term “peripheral canal” uttered by William Gianelli, who was then-Gov. Ronald Reagan...

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