Podcast: Separation of Powers

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The legislative branch has the power of the purse, the executive branch the power to reject those spending plans. A simple part of every civics lesson, rarely on display more clearly than this week in Sacramento.

But also quite clear: a new separation of powers in the Democratic party, one that will need to be sorted out before a state budget is enacted.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast is a look back at a fascinating week that started with no budget... and ended with no budget.

Two top Capitol budget reporters, Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee and Shane Goldmacher of the Los Angeles Times, stop by to offer some thoughts on everything from the governor's anti-gimmick crusade to the fracas over whether legislators will get paid.

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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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