Podcast: Transition Blues

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For political junkies, it's a great scene out of a great flick. Newly elected (fictional) Senator Bill McKay, overwhelmed by it all at the end of the 1972 movie The Candidate, asks his top adviser: "What do we do now?"

Good question.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast looks at a similar challenge now faced by Governor-elect Jerry Brown (whose own life story seemed to track the fictional McKay, portrayed by Robert Redford).

Capitol Weekly's Anthony York and I discuss Brown's transition process to date, which is focused on the biggest problem of all: the looming $25.4 billion deficit faced by the state.

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NOTE: The podcast will be on hiatus for the holiday next week.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new multimedia California Politics & Government Desk.  He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades -- serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and, most recently, as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. He moderated the only gubernatorial debate of 2014, and was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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