Monthly Archives: January 2009

Podcast: State of the State

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It was somber. It was serious. It was short. Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2009 State of the State address is now one for the history books… but not without a sifting through on this week’s edition of the Capital Notes Podcast. We’re … Continue reading »


Part Motivator, Part Terminator?

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Eleven minutes, 56 seconds. Governor Schwarzenegger’s State of the State address was short… pretty much focused singularly on the state’s fiscal disaster… and vintage Arnold, with a pat on the back and a wagging finger all at the same time. … Continue reading »


The Shelf Life of States of the State

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It’s a big speech. But if you’re the person delivering it, it may not be so fun to go back and examine the words that don’t feel quite the same with the passing of time. This morning, Governor Schwarzenegger delivers … Continue reading »


Red Ink, Green Proposals, No White Smoke (Yet)

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The chatter continues over California’s $40 billion budget hole, as Democrats pitch some new economic stimulus ideas, all sides continue to meet in private, and the Republican faithful start ratcheting up the pressure on the issue of a tax increase. … Continue reading »


Franco Is Still Dead

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If you don’t get the reference, then you’re not reading the blog enough! Seriously, though… budget talks continue, but there doesn’t yet appear to be any kind of deal to discuss. Others in cyberspace see ways that such a deal … Continue reading »


Podcast: Once More With Feeling

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A new year, the same budget crisis. Such are things here in Sacramento, as the fiscal dilemmas of California state government live on… even as the clock ticks towards doom and gloom. On this first Capital Notes Podcast of 2009, … Continue reading »


Leg Analyst: Guv's Math Ok, Solutions... So-So

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Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s new quick look at Governor Schwarzenegger’s budget says the calculations seem reasonable, but that there are some better ideas out there for solving the $40 billion shortfall. The nonpartisan budget guru (relied on by those of … Continue reading »


"Turn The Page," Says Schwarzenegger

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C’mon, guys. You can do it. That’s pretty much the message to the Legislature from Governor Schwarzenegger, whose news conference this afternoon including a plea to legislators to reach a bipartisan budget deal, as the likelihood of the state issuing … Continue reading »


No Budge In Budget CrisisStandoffChaos

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Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. If you missed that cultural reference, then here’s the straight ahead approach: the budget impasse is still an impasse. Democratic legislative leaders summoned reporters this afternoon to announce that have now sent their recently … Continue reading »


Speaking of the Budget...

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There’s a palpable sense around the Capitol that the budget saga is entering a phase probably best described as “time to fish or cut bait.” In other words, the negotiations between Governor Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislative leaders on a budget … Continue reading »