Monthly Archives: March 2011

No Mas, Says Brown

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Jerry Brown has been in politics for a long time, so you have to assume he’s not surprised by what happened Tuesday afternoon. Disappointed maybe, but not surprised. 78 days after sending legislators his plan to erase the latest in … Continue reading »


Is That Your Final Offer?

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The 2011 budget saga feels every bit like the dreadful haggling over buying a car, with tactics ranging from the “How much are you looking for in a monthly payment?” to “Show me the invoice” and the ever-popular, “Let me … Continue reading »


In Search of Budget Dénouement

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If ever a process was in need of someone who, as Kenny Rogers would sing, would “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,” it’s probably the 2011 budget saga. Even so, it looks like we’re going to … Continue reading »


Brown's Here to Eternity... AKA March 31

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In football terms, Governor Jerry Brown got to the 50-yard line last week, but now seems to be facing a second or third down situation with only a few ticks left on the clock. All of which means the coach … Continue reading »


Republicans Rumble, Reconcile at Confab

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Republicans are fond of invoking just about everything Ronald Reagan, but their biannual state convention routinely sees shattered into tiny pieces what Reagan liked to call the party’s 11th Commandment: thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. This … Continue reading »


Podcast: Speedy Marathon

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Maybe it’s just me who’s noticed that the state’s projected budget deficit of $26.6 billion lines up nicely to the miles run in a marathon, the time honored gut-check of road races. And yet, this race is being run as … Continue reading »


Budget Battle: That Was the Easy Stuff

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When the dust finally settled Thursday afternoon, the two houses of the California Legislature had ratified spending cuts and budget transfers valued at $14 billion. It also marked the end of what might be called Act II of a three … Continue reading »


Brown Cajoles, GOP Demurs

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When a governor sets up camp just outside the doors of a legislative chamber and wages a full court press to get something approved, it’s usually a pretty big deal. But can such a dramatic gesture be pulled off more … Continue reading »


A Wobbly Budget Balancing Act

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The famous Flying Wallendas have nothing on Governor Jerry Brown as he tries to walk a tightrope between the towers of political paralysis in Sacramento. Of course, Brown still hasn’t pulled off the stunt… and, depending on who you believe, … Continue reading »


Podcast: Make Me An Offer

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For weeks, Governor Jerry Brown said that all he wanted from Republicans was specifics about what they want in exchange for supporting a statewide election on taxes. Now that’s he’s getting those details, can he close the deal? This week’s … Continue reading »