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A show about the perilous state of the Golden State—and what that means for you, wherever you live. California is the hothouse lab of the Left, the nation-state creating the statist policies, art, and lifestyles of the future – and generating the political dollars to make them a reality in a community near you. Hosts Will Swaim (California Policy Center) and David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group, Fox Business News commentator, conservative activist) beam this weekly show internationally, from mostly undisclosed pirate-radio platforms west of the Sierra Nevada. [Intro music graciously provided by Los Angeles-based Metalachi, the metal/mariachi soundtrack of the near-future. Find them at]
154 Episodes
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow NotesDemocrats Eager to Prop Up Kamala Harris as Biden TeetersUnburdened by what has been: The case for Kamala HarrisCNN: Calling Kamala Harris a ‘DEI hire’ is what bigotry looks likeWill the Grants Pass ruling on homelessness spur smaller cities to shoo people into L.A.?State Sen. John Moorlach’s history of homelessness in CaliforniaTIMELINE: FBI political corruption investigation involving Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao, Duong familyRob Bonta’s on-again, off-again ties to the DuongsSam Bankman-Fried’s Campaign Spending Spree Was a Family AffairThe latest sign that California is a fiscal basket case‘Read My Lips: I Lied’Three Los Angeles County Men, Including Third Striker, Charged with Special Circumstances Murder of 69-Year-old New Zealand Woman During Fashion Island Robbery
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:St. Junípero Serra statue targeted by protests in 2020 is now settled in a new homeUSC prof clearedNatalie Bowles in the Free PressGavin Newsom had sex with his best friend’s wife, who allegedly ‘showed up passed out’ outside Newsom’s doorList of California state agenciesJustices uphold laws targeting homelessness with criminal penaltiesGovernor Newsom statement on Supreme Court’s homeless encampments decisionSF City Attorney issues statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision in Grants PassMayor London N. Breed on the Supreme Court Decision in Grants PassMayor Bass slams Supreme Court ruling allowing failed homeless policies across the nation Rob Bonta’s on-again, off-again ties to the Duongs
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow NotesTranscript of the State of the StateNewsom's Wife, Kids Relocating to Posh Marin County So Their Oldest Can Attend $60k/Year High SchoolSponsor:ADF
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:Measure to restrict tax increases cannot appear on November ballot, California Supreme Court rulesJerry West, Lakers legend and architect of ‘Showtime’ era, dies at 86Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants legend and MLB all-time great, is dead‘California wins big’ with Biden’s new immigration policy shielding undocumented spousesLess than half approve of Newsom, the California legislature, and their own legislatorsA major disinformation research team's future is uncertain after political attacksUC Berkeley firebomb suspect, 34, lives with parents, has PhD‘End Slavery in California Act’ clears key hurdle
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:"Something to Stand For" movieMusic audio used with permission. 
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:US VP Harris welcomes rescue of hostages, mourns innocent lives lost in GazaHarris blasts Rep. Byron Donalds for comments on Black families under Jim CrowJudge halts UC academic workers’ strike, citing ‘damage to students’A year after Newsom called for constitutional amendment on gun safety, no other states have joined himSacramento’s tax rebate giveaway two years ago is coming home to roostNewsom’s charter school funding proposal could strip millions from 5 Bay Area countiesCalifornia lawmakers in standoff with Gavin Newsom over $400M loan to keep Diablo Canyon openSouthern Poverty Law Center labels conservative California organization a ‘hate group’It’s time for corporate America to ditch the Southern Poverty Law CenterCelebrity chef vows to never open another business in California until they ‘fix things’California GOP lawmakers boycott after Republican booted for ‘pedophile protector’ commentGov. Newsom, Democratic leaders are trying to negotiate Prop 47 reform off the November ballotAmerica’s most corrupt governor (Rep. Kevin Kiley on X)Will in NR: A California campus brings anti-Israel activism to Its Jewish Studies program
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:Mari Barke congressional testimony on the impact of illegal immigration on public educationPolitico’s Carla Marinucci endorses Rep. Robert Garcia (D–Long Beach) on Fauci testimonyBack to schools: Orange County’s board of education recommendations on school reopenings during CovidHiltzik: Inside Orange County’s bizarre school-reopening vote
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:Solar project to destroy thousands of Joshua trees in the Mojave DesertRubio’s Coastal Grill, citing rising business costs, abruptly shuts down 48 restaurants in CaliforniaCalifornia lawmakers unveil budget rejecting Gavin Newsom spending cuts. Here’s their planNew bill in California legislature would allow undocumented college students to work on campusSenator Portantino, lawmakers & arts advocates rally for arts fundingState Senate approves Min’s voter ID protectionsBig expansion of UC strike over pro-Palestinian protests: Irvine, San Diego, Santa Barbara nextDenied again: UC fails a second time to get court order to stop academic workers’ strike
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:‘He was Mr. San Diego’: Basketball icon Bill Walton remembered for his generosity, philanthropy, civic prideLocal non-profit discusses Bill Walton's involvement on trying to curb homelessness crisisEric Abbenante on Walton on XS.F. removes controversial ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag from Civic Center Plaza, saying it has been co-optedLifeguard who took down Pride flags at beach sues L.A. County over religious discriminationUC Irvine soothes pro-Hamas critics by hiring two of them ‘Genocide’: Oct 27 letter from UCI’s anti-Israel Jewish scholarsJewish Studies’ scholars say Jewish Studies MUST demand a ceasefire Pro-Palestinian protesters shut down Sacramento Memorial Day serviceCalifornia academic workers strike in support of pro-Palestinian protestsNewsom administration releases plan that could speed up California insurance price increasesCalifornia’s $25-an-hour minimum-wage boomerangGavin Newsom is ‘just a prick,’ Andrew Cuomo is a ‘complete jacka–,’ New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu declaresAlabama AG Marshall leads 19-state lawsuit against California & others threatening energy systemCalPERS to vote against ExxonMobil directors at shareholder meetingCalifornia launching pilot program to charge drivers for miles drivenLance Christensen:  Teachers union kneecaps NewsomGavin Newsom and teachers union resolve their budget beefMeasure to restrict the rights of trans youth fails to qualify for California ballotAB 1955: Eliminate parent notification in schoolsGov. Newsom, school groups settle funding fight, with some more money coming as IOUsDemocrat California senator blasts party over pedophile jail sentence fight: ‘I’m done with us’Hank Muddmann of Turning to the Right: Open season oilAs oil revenue disappears, Long Beach may pursue new tax to help balance its budget Will living near an oil well in California give you cancer?The oil tax still in the ground
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:Another surprising reason Joe Biden should now step asideDaily Show brutally roasts Kamala Harris word salads by introducing her ‘holistic advisor’: ‘A process I call speaking without thinking'Sonoma State president retires after being placed on leave for supporting anti-Israel boycottUC Santa Cruz academic workers stage strike over UC protest responseWSJ: Gavin Newsom says no new taxesState Assembly passes bill apologizing for California's role in supporting slaveryCalifornia’s looming crime catastropheLegislative audit committee unanimously passes review of state worker return-to-office mandateGavin Newsom confronted at press conference about missing $24bn spent on tackling homelessnessS.F. program gives homeless people free booze. Here’s why the city says it’s helpfulLong Beach health officials to screen 175 people for tuberculosis amid outbreakLawmakers just quietly killed a bill to keep your PG&E bill in check. They better have a backup planLance Christensen: Teachers launch budget fight with NewsomTeachers criticize Newsom's budget proposal, say it would 'wreak havoc on funding for our schools'California district agrees to pay $360K to teacher who refused to use students’ preferred pronounsFollowing ADF lawsuit, CA library changes policy, allows women's sports discussionKern Board of Education approves policy on appropriate books in classrooms, parents can now file complaintsAs Black college enrollment lags, study suggests strengthening communitiesBrian T. Allen: California artThe old California missions: Force for good or evil?Impressionism’s rebels, from Paris to California: Light, light, and more lightMoving past paint in California art
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:San Francisco’s Committee of Vigilance rises again (May 14, 1856)When Newsom flies to Italy, a little-known nonprofit will foot the bill. Here’s what to knowCalifornia university president put on leave for ‘insubordination’ after meeting Gaza protesters’ demandsPolice clear UC Irvine camp, make arrests after protesters occupy science building‘Maximize chaos.’ UC academic workers authorize strike, alleging rights violated during protestsUniversity of California official says system has $32 billion in holdings targeted by protestersCalifornia’s population is increasingTech jobs leaving CaliforniaJoint Legislative Audit committee votes 13-0 to audit Newsom administration’s return to office mandate for state workers
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow NotesThe “Mexican” holiday began and continues in earnest – in a small California mountain townJane Fonda Day declared in LA County; she pushes for action on climate crisisLookout Santa Cruz, digital site with a backstory, wins Pulitzer for breaking newsColumn: MAGA loves Gaza protests on campus. Here’s whyAfter violent night at UCLA, classes canceled, UC president launches investigation into responseSpeaking of pro-Hamas protestsRob Bonta saves Indigenous People from mayhemDB on Fox BusinessMichelle Steel grills Julie Su on California’s EDD meltdownCrapo, Cassidy Demand Transparency on DOL’s New Policy Forgiving Julie Su for Losing $32 Billion to Unemployment Insurance FraudLance Christensen talks with Jonathan Zachreson and Scott Davison on California’s Protect Kids ballot initiative Protect Kids CA websiteCourtroom News Service: California judge agrees to second look at language in proposed transgender initiativeWashington Free Beacon: California Parents Sue AG for Undermining Petition That Bans Sex Change Surgeries for MinorsKRCR: Gender identity initiative renaming rejected: legal appeal anticipated
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow NotesThieves snatch Rep. Adam Schiff’s luggage in S.F. He gives dinner speech without a suitNew charges for protester charged with threatening Bakersfield council members, staffUTLA May Day CelebrationNewsom celebrates storage milestone but confirms blackouts are not over yetIn killing this bill, California Democrats proved they’re lap dogs for Gov. Newsom Planned Parenthood Northern California workers unionize with SEIU Local 1021Wonderful Nurseries workers hit UFW with charges detailing fraudulent union campaign, illegal discriminationPrima Wawona collapse shines harsh light on private-equity ownerHow a migrant farmworker built generational wealth, penny by pennyPacific Legal Foundation’s Jack Brown on reparationsNew lawsuit filed in San Diego over race-based housing programCalifornia occupational licensing bill picks winners and losers based on their race
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:David L. Bahnsen Truist Shareholder Meeting Presentation VideoThe complicated legacy of César ChávezDozens of pro-Palestine protesters arrested at USC following demonstrationsCal Poly Humboldt closed through the weekend as protests continueSecret Service agent assigned to Kamala Harris hospitalized after exhibiting "distressing behavior," officials sayBiden administration finalizes controversial minimum staffing mandate at nursing homesSupreme Court divided on homelessness case that will affect California encampment policyReversing California’s declineThe California progressives trying to cancel affordable housingSanta Monica approves $1 million per unit homeless housing project WATCH: The California progressives trying to cancel affordable housingNew bill aims to help Arizonans get abortion care in CaliforniaCalif. carmaker Fisker, once worth $2.9 billion, warns of looming bankruptcyTesla lays off more than 3,300 California workers, mostly in Bay AreaClovis schools now more LGBTQ+ tolerant, union says. Here are the latest changesThis California school district passed a ‘forced outing’ policy. Now it’s backing down
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAFoundations of Freedom: The Importance of America's Constitutional PillarsRegister for Newport Beach (April 30) or San Jose (May 1)Show Notes:Google fires employees over anti-Israel office sit-Ins‘Please leave!’ A Jewish UC Berkeley dean confronts pro-Palestinian activist at his homeProvost announces valedictorian won’t speak at graduation in MayA student sent a swastika to a Jewish lawmaker’s daughter. The response led to his new billGood riddance, O. J. SimpsonBecerra weighs exit from Biden administration for California gubernatorial bidCalifornia is giving up to $150,000 to help first-time homebuyersCalifornia’s ‘anti-literacy’ teachers’ union opposes science of reading bill, critics sayEd Ring’s Department of Water & Power:High Speed RailOffshore windCO2 sequestrationThe Delta Tunnel
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAFoundations of Freedom: The Importance of America's Constitutional Pillars:Register for Newport Beach (April 30) or San Jose (May 1)Take the National Review Podcasts Survey:National Review strives to bring you the best content across all platforms, including podcasts like this one, and that means always working to improve. To do that, we need your feedback. Please take a moment to complete the podcast survey at Show Notes:19 Pomona College protesters arrested after storming, occupying president’s officeGavin Newsom says baseball saved him. But the legend of his career doesn’t always match the reality2022: ICYMI: California Poised to Become World’s 4th Biggest EconomyIndia could soon replace California as the world’s fifth largest economy, report saysNewsom wonders how Fox News will spin March jobs reportUnemployment Rates for StatesGavin Newsom pays $16 an hourCalifornia progressives forced to play defense as state faces huge budget deficitsSB 1446: Grocery establishment and retail drug establishment employees: self-service checkout and technologies affecting essential job functions.AB 2751: Employer communications during nonworking hours.AB 2319: Asm. Lori D. Wilson (D-Suisun) California regulator takes income-based electric bills off the tableEdward Duplex
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCANational Review Institute in California: "Foundations of Freedom: The Importance of America's Constitutional Pillars"Register for Newport Beach (April 30) or San Jose (May 1)Show NotesDr. Greg Bahnsen and workStalled Labor pick Julie Su lets herself off the hook for California’s missing billionsCalifornia Sen. Laphonza Butler boasts ‘win’ for crime victims fund despite less money for the stateCalifornia lawmaker wants to end exclusive control over ticket salesSacramento to become a sanctuary city for transgender peopleBerkeley settles lawsuit to repeal gas ban, in final blow to dozens of California measuresEx-Caltrain employee, contractor charged with building secret homes at train stationsChris Bray on Community Choice AggregationCalifornia Democrats are Building a Giant Political Slush FundLooking Under the Hood: What Is Community Choice Aggregation Meant to Do?
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:Before Jackie, Paige dueled Feller in league ahead of its timeGovernor Newsom’s open letter to California’s Muslim, Palestinian American, and Arab American communitiesYerba Buena Center to reopen exhibition following pro-Palestine protests Christian group is ‘luring’ students with free pizza at lunch, Clovis parents sayAttorney General Bonta files lawsuit against Apple: Smartphone monopolization has stifled innovation, resulted In higher prices for consumersCalPERS strongly opposes ballot measure that could kill pension fundingGov. Newsom’s silly arguments against the Taxpayer Protection Act don’t stickCalifornia’s unemployment rate rises to the highest level in the U.S.State could derail BNSF’s $1.5 billion Barstow International Gateway, potential benefitsNeil Young ends Spotify boycott . . . because money
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:March 19: St. Joseph’s Day and the miracle of the return of the swallows to CapistranoWill’s conversation with Mike “Dirty Jobs” Rowe'Find the Votes': Newsom scrounging for Democrat mail-in ballots to pass signature tax increaseCalifornia’s latest audited financials reveal a serious problemCalifornia’s deficit: Bring your alibisKatie Porter regrets calling primary election rigged. ‘I wish I had chosen a different word’Inside California’s progressive “Dark Money” machine: How Democrats move union donations The harmful consequences of COVID-era school closures will be with us for years to comeLawmakers want to help California be happyChino Valley revamps parental notification policy; LGBTQ+ allies fear legal escalation
Email Us:dbahnsen@thebahnsengroup.comwill@calpolicycenter.orgFollow Us:@DavidBahnsen@WillSwaim@TheRadioFreeCAShow Notes:California’s primary turnout not a record low, but vote count still slowCalifornia’s electorate doesn’t reflect the state’s diversity. It’s time to fix thatWe still don’t know the outcome of Proposition 1. Why is the vote so close?Opinion: Steve Garvey’s strange win is a loss for California election reform. Here’s the solutionBill Essayli campaign pageThe Republican Party doesn't exist (but it still cashes the checks)Early winners and losers from low-turnout Los Angeles electionsSan Francisco public safety measures backed by Mayor Breed win big on Election DayJohn Fund called the most important school board race in California
Comments (7)

Adrian Rodriguez

So I worked in a distribution center for a different but simulator company to Amazon. That company very much penalized it's low wage workers for bathroom breaks due to the fact that many workers had to walk at least 100 yards away from their work station each way and that took time. If an employee had too much away time then they could easily loss that job. During the time I worked there that company had 6 people fired or quit for every 10 new hires (weekly). Low wage workers don't work for Amazon because they want to they work there because they need to put food on the table and pay their bills.

Feb 19th

stinky rex

fantastic year end wrap up. i enjoy listening to two good friends sit around and banter. looking forward to 2021 and more episodes!

Dec 29th

stinky rex

I first found out about this podcast a year or so ago, while looking through all the NR podcasts. As a former resident of CA, I find the discussions of current events there both informative and entertaining. Even if the trends are alarming sometimes. As CA goes, so goes the nation. I really enjoy the friendly banter, Will's stories about being a former commie, and David's sharp wit and crazy work ethic. Who gets up at 3:30 AM to start working!!?? I'm definitely going to remain a loyal listener, looking forward to many more episodes!

Jun 24th

Adrian Rodriguez

This episode is a great example of why I listen to the show every week. I don't always agree with their conclusions or interpretation of the data but I see their point of view. To Will & David, I appreciate the work you put into the show and the thoughtfulness of your comments (even though I spend days trying to refute them in my head). Thank you and good luck on the next 100.

Dec 12th
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stinky rex

loved the reference to Pirate Radio 100.3!!! very good episode overall.

Oct 1st

Adrian Rodriguez

Wow, did you actually equate a white doctor servicing on a school board as something equal to slavery in the 1800's!?

Feb 9th