Perhaps it should be stipulated at the outset of this posting that virtually all elected officials frame data points in a way that helps make their case. Creative license in the world of politics knows no party or ideology... it just comes with the territory.
Still, there was something about this weekend's radio/internet address by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that caught my attention, a statement that seemed just a little hard to believe: that inaction by the Legislature has actually grown the size of California's deficit over the last six months by $3 billion.
There will be an awful lot of tongues wagging in the Capitol this morning, as a new statewide poll shows a large lead for the November ballot measure to allow the state budget to be passed by a simple legislative majority, and more support than expected for the supposedly doomed $11 billion water bond.
But don't bet on either, says the pollster who actually conducted the survey.
There's always a flurry of activity in a bazaar (you're a world traveler, right?), a little something for everyone. But in our own California political bazaar these days, things are... well... a bit bizarre.
On this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we chat about the week's budget news, and negotiations that seem to be focused on a subset of the $19 billion deficit. Capitol Weekly's Anthony York and I also discuss the big week of lawsuits and countersuits over plans to lower the paychecks of state workers to minimum wage.
And elsewhere in our busy shopping district of politics, we examine the race for governor and the new poll that shows the contest in a dead heat.