Monthly Archives: September 2008

Gubernatorial Math

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Governor Schwarzenegger, at an event signing SB 1420, legislation requiring restaurant chains with at least 20 locations to post caloric information on menus and menu boards, a law to be phased in between 2009 and 2011: “The last decade, Californians … Continue reading »

A New Swipe At Party Politics?

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Political watchers know well that the single fastest growing, and most influential, group of Californians are those who decline to pick a party when they register to vote. As such, there may soon be a new push to reshape state … Continue reading »

The Blanket Veto

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With the fatigue of the budget saga slowly starting to fade (especially for those of us who took a few days off, which explains for the missing podcast last week), the annual process of bill signings and vetoes is also … Continue reading »

Budget Jackpot?

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The audio is here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] In next year’s special election, voters will be ask to change… and essentially sever… the almost 24-year relationship between the California Lottery and public education. They’ll also be asked … Continue reading »


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BUDGET DAY PLUS 84 – At last, the count has ended. The final stanza of the 2008 budget saga was finally written this morning, as Governor Schwarzenegger signed the budget into law… on this first day of autumn. Only 280 … Continue reading »

Special Election 2009: What Else?

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[see update after this posting…–JM] Now that we all know a special statewide election is in store for next year, a quick discussion seems in order to consider when it would be held, and what would the voters be asked … Continue reading »

Podcast: That's a Wrap, Budget Fans

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On this week’s edition of the Capital Notes Podcast, a look at this long and chaotic… and final… week of the 2008 state budget impasse. The Legislature gives its final seal of approval later today, and we examine the deal… … Continue reading »

The New Deal

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So is the impasse over? It would seem so. More tomorrow as budget votes are scheduled in both chambers, and after all four legislative leaders emerged today with confirmation that they’d found a way to avoid Governor Schwarzenegger’s veto. So … Continue reading »

Not Over, You Say?

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“So many tears I’ve cried. So much pain inside. But baby it ain’t over ’til it’s over.” — Lenny Kravitz BUDGET DAY PLUS 78 — An unexpected and curious meeting took place this afternoon between the four legislative leaders and … Continue reading »

Budget: Return To Sender

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 77 — So what should we call it? Extra Innings? The Throw Down in Sac Town? Maybe various riffs on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie career? Whatever it ends up being labeled, the budget saga took a decidedly … Continue reading »