Monthly Archives: August 2010

Familiar Fight Heads Coastward

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It was the independent candidate in tomorrow’s election for California’s 15th state Senate district who got off the best line of the night in a recent candidates forum — cracking a joke about the occupations listed on the ballot of … Continue reading »


$13 Million More In Meg Money

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There’s a powerful scene in the Oscar winning Forrest Gump that came to mind when the report surfaced tonight showing Meg Whitman has written her campaign a new check for $13 million, bringing her personal investment in the governor’s race … Continue reading »


Podcast: Endless Summer

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You’ve just got to believe that the Democratic nominee for governor wishes the summer of 2010 would never end. After all, after being outspent by a gazillion-to-one, he appears headed into the fall campaign without having lost much ground — … Continue reading »


Budget +43: Impasse Yes, Furloughs No (For Now)

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It’s a tired old adage that “It’s always darkest just before dawn,” and yet that’s the usual course of summer budget impasses here at the state Capitol. Just when the problem seems most unfixable, a deal is struck and everyone … Continue reading »


Budget +40: No, No, Oh All Right

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No actual news to report on a new state budget –shocked, aren’t you? — but three other stories all with a tie to the state’s tenuous finances are out there tonight: a win for state workers facing another furlough Friday, … Continue reading »


Podcast: Deep In The Heart of Taxes

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Sure, that’s a corny headline. But this week’s Capital Notes Podcast is, in fact, mostly about taxes: the tax proposal from legislative Democrats. That proposal is a key part of the Dem budget plan offered up earlier this week, a … Continue reading »


Judge Strikes Prop 25's Taxes Reference

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Everyone involved in asking voters to either approve or reject the November ballot measure making it easier for the Legislature to pass a budget knows one thing: the voters won’t make it easier to raise taxes. And that’s why they’re … Continue reading »


Whitman And a "Path to..."?

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The issue of illegal immigration doesn’t seem to be getting any easier for Meg Whitman. In a bruising half hour interview with Los Angeles talk show hosts John Kobylt & Ken Chiampou this afternoon, the Republican gubernatorial nominee said she’s … Continue reading »


Budget +34: "Governing Is A Tough Thing"

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That was a comment uttered Tuesday afternoon by the leader of the state Senate, and truer words have never been spoken… especially when it comes to the now annual saga of plugging the leaks in California’s seemingly sinking ship of … Continue reading »


The Triple Digit Campaign

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“What I have designed is a campaign that is designed to win.” That was Meg Whitman last week on ABC’s Good Morning America, when asked about her high spending campaign for governor. She’s used variations on that theme in the … Continue reading »