Might Redistricting Process Run Out of Cash?

December 10, 2009 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Politics, Elections · 2 Comments 

Just a little over a year after voters created an independent commission to draw most of California's political maps, the process is costing a lot more money than was allocated.

In fact, it's possible the commission that's slated to convene in 2011 may have as its first task to ask lawmakers for more funding.

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Heavy Budget Lifting & The Lite Guv

December 8, 2009 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Government, People, The Governor · 1 Comment 

No major news today on whether Abel Maldonado will... or won't... be California's next lieutenant governor. But new comments from the leader of the state Senate seem to acknowledge one part of the deliberations... or rather, six billion parts.

As in the $6.3 billion of missing dollars needed to balance the current budget... a deficit that may require the vote of Senator Maldonado to resolve.

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A Conversation About The Crisis

December 8, 2009 · Filed Under CA Government, Elections · 2 Comments 

"It's very simple what people want," said Mark Baldassare. "People want progress."

That was the context for... and the motivation behind... a provocative two hour discussion on Friday morning at our KQED studios in San Francisco, a discussion among eight thoughtful veterans of the good and bad of government and public policy in California.
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Podcast: Career Advancement

December 4, 2009 · Filed Under Podcasts, Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

Two (or three, actually) legislators angling for two separate high-profile jobs at the same time? Sounds like a podcast theme!

In this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we discuss the battle over who will be the new Speaker of the California Assembly, and this question: will there be any discernible differences in the policies pursued by either Speaker wannabe to Joe Taxpayer?

Capitol Weekly's Anthony York and I also mull over Governor Schwarzenegger's decision to give the job of 'Lite Guv' to state Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) and whether legislative Democrats will give him the job... or the boot.

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Bass: Perez is Next Speaker

December 2, 2009 · Filed Under CA Government, CA Politics · Comments Off 

The 68th Speaker of the California Assembly has been chosen by a majority of the chambers Democratic majority -- so says the 67th leader of the lower house, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.

The new leader, says Bass, is Asssemblymember John Perez, a Democrat from Los Angeles. He could formally win the job as soon as next week.
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