Radio: Federal Budget Help

May 5, 2010 · Filed Under CA Budget · Comments Off 

On this morning's edition of The California Report, I wrote a bit of a preview story about the coming budget debate and the reliance on help from the feds. The story also comes as the two leaders of the Legislature, Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, wrap up their D.C. trip to lobby for some big bucks.

Bottom line: Governor Schwarzenegger's call for $7 billion is unlikely, but about $3 billion in help is expected. Of course, it's largely one-time cash, not the ongoing help the Guv demanded back in January.

The Politics of Old Folks vs. Kids

May 5, 2010 · Filed Under Elections, Taxes · Comments Off 

I haven't written about any of the TV ads in the Republican gubernatorial primary so far because, well, they've all been pretty predictable: my opponent is liberal, my opponent is untrustworthy, yada yada. But an ad released this morning caught my eye as meriting a brief discussion.

The ad, from front-runner Meg Whitman, hones in on the Republican touchstone of tax increases and targets the financial fears of senior citizens, while carefully not saying what supposedly threatens those older folks: kids.

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