Evan Halper

Writer

Evan Halper writes about a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C., with particular emphasis on how Washington regulates, agitates and very often miscalculates in its dealings with California. Before heading east, he was the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Sacramento, where he spent a decade untangling California’s epic budget mess and political dysfunction. 

Recent Articles

  • White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels
    White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels

    As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected obstacle: the White House.

  • Cannabis hedge funds join the green rush
    Cannabis hedge funds join the green rush

    The frenzy in the cavernous Green Valley Ranch Resort ballroom might have passed for any confab of entrepreneurs pitching their business plans to pokerfaced angel investors — until an organizer took the podium for a public service announcement.

  • Support for legal pot down off its high
    Support for legal pot down off its high

    Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusiasm among voters has hit a plateau.

  • Tom Steyer gets little payoff for millions spent on green issues
    Tom Steyer gets little payoff for millions spent on green issues

    Environmentalists had something in their arsenal for Tuesday's election they never did before: a billionaire benefactor willing to empty his pockets of tens of millions of dollars to bring climate change to the forefront of political debate and elect candidates committed to fighting global...

  • Pot legalization spreads through the West and into D.C.
    Pot legalization spreads through the West and into D.C.

    Joints, pot brownies, cannabis–dosed sodas and other marijuana products will soon be sold in retail shops to any adult who wants them throughout a large chunk of the West, after voters in Oregon and Alaska approved legalization measures Tuesday.

  • Louisiana Senate race likely to hinge on black vote
    Louisiana Senate race likely to hinge on black vote

    Standing on a street of abandoned lots interrupted by the occasional dilapidated shotgun house, a campaign worker for Sen. Mary L. Landrieu looked down at the list of addresses where she was to knock on doors and assumed there had been a mistake.

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