Monthly Archives: February 2010

Podcast: Small Steps

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We’re back to the budget deficit. On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast, we look at this week’s budget news… small steps towards closing the $20 billion gap, but steps nonetheless. Capitol Weekly’s Anthony York and I pore over the proposals … Continue reading »


The League of Extraordinary Budget Sessions

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“The Budget Debate Is Over. Long Live The Budget Debate!” A California version of the rally cry of the perpetual monarchy seems appropriate, as the constitutional clock on the extra special fiscal Armageddon emergency session has expired… and yet here … Continue reading »


Podcast: Battle Lines

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The next statewide election is still 109 days away, but you’d be hard pressed to know that given the battle lines already going up in some of the state’s biggest contests. On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast, we head back … Continue reading »


The Political 'Bromance' Goes On

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“This man is a great man.” And with that, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger put his arm around Abel Maldonado today, and pushed the Republican back out into the political free-for-all over his nomination to be California’s next lieutenant governor. Schwarzenegger’s decision … Continue reading »


The Official Assembly Vote

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As we prepare for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement later today that he’s renominating Abel Maldonado to be lieutenant governor, it’s good to set the record straight on who voted which way in the Assembly’s weird and wild ride last Thursday.


Podcast: The Maldo Morass

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There’s nothing like a day in politics where different sides say the outcome means different things… and neither may end up with the final word. Confused? Us, too. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast is solely devoted to Thursday’s oddball events … Continue reading »


Doing The Maldo Limbo

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It was a day full of partisan bickering, political maneuvering, and threatened legal action. In short… the kind of day that’s helped fuel the perception that California’s statehouse is stuck in never-ending dysfunction. And through all that, by day’s end … Continue reading »


Lite Guv Limbo & The Law

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Welcome, students, to Constitutional Law 101. Interpret the following passage from Article V of the California Constitution: “In the event the nominee is neither confirmed nor refused confirmation by both the Senate and the Assembly within 90 days of the … Continue reading »


Prop 14: Change? Yes. Dramatic? Probably Not.

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It’s still an awfully long way from the June election, where voters will be asked to revamp the system by which candidates for elected office are chosen by voters. But perhaps that’s exactly the right time for some nonpartisan analysis … Continue reading »


Constitutional Convention On The Ropes

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The political campaign organized to convene a constitutional convention in California is, in the words of a top campaign official, “pausing” its efforts to get the measure on the November ballot.