Monthly Archives: June 2011

Brown Blocks Dems' Budget Shot

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In a move that set the Capitol ablaze with chatter and — depending on your company — either praise or scorn, Governor Jerry Brown today vetoed the budget sent to him less than 24 hours ago by his fellow Democrats. … Continue reading »


One for the Record Books

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It took less than six hours for both houses of the Legislature to ratify all of the components of a new state budget and send them to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. As Capitol denizens know, that’s virtual light … Continue reading »


Democrats Craft Budget Sans GOP

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We may never know for sure where the point of no return was passed in bipartisan budget talks this year, but it now seems clear that those talks are all but over and that Democrats have a majority vote plan … Continue reading »


Brown's Budget "Fuzzy Zone"

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Governor Jerry Brown lamented this morning that it’s not altogether clear where things stand in the Legislature on his still stuck budget proposal. “There’s a fuzzy zone here that’s not yet been transcended,” said Brown. And yet, a case could … Continue reading »


Podcast: Esoteric and Significant

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That’s one way to describe the process of redistricting, which is all the buzz this weekend in California political circles. On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast, we take a look at the draft maps released on Friday morning by the … Continue reading »


Round 1 of Political Mapping Complete

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California’s much anticipated transition to new and independently drawn political boundaries has cleared a big hurdle, with the citizens commission created by voters in 2008 releasing draft legislative and congressional maps. And now, some irony. Perhaps the single biggest desire … Continue reading »


Orphans, Fingers, and Curls. Oh My.

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For those who haven’t been closely following the months long deliberations of California’s first independently drawn political maps, and who will only tune in when the draft maps are released this Friday, prepare to be disappointed. Maybe only a little … Continue reading »


Take It to the Limit... and Beyond?

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The television ad features a portly man at a restaurant table, being brought plate after plate of heaping portions, as the announcer mockingly says, “Tell him it’s time the people took control of gluttonous government spending.” The commercial aired in … Continue reading »


Podcast: Framing the Debate

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As the calendar ticks toward the first of the formal state budget deadlines, expect a lot more attempts by everyone to frame the issues… and solutions… in ways to their liking. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast examines some of those … Continue reading »


Let Us Vote, Watch Us Say 'No'

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Public opinion polling isn’t always predictive of an electoral outcome. And no one is probably hoping that’s true more at this point than Governor Jerry Brown. A brand new statewide poll offers virtually no change from previous surveys this year… … Continue reading »