Monthly Archives: September 2011

Message or Messenger? California GOP Wrestles With Answer

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NOTE TO READERS: This will the last blogging until early October, as I take a break from the Capitol and political coverage. I also hope to bring back the weekly podcast at that time, which so many of you have … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: Bill-o-Rama!

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California’s state legislators have gone home, leaving in their wake hundreds of bills either ratified or rejected. They have also, for the time being, shut down their interparty warfare operations… which gives us a moment to open up a raft … Continue reading »


Good Government or Political Power Play?

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After a debate on everything from fixing direct democracy to allegations of welshing on a deal, the Legislature approved legislation on its final day that strips June statewide ballots of initiative measures and — in an unrelated move — delays … Continue reading »


Brown Touts (Almost) Deal on Jobs

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Governor Jerry Brown was once famous for declaring an “era of limits,” and today’s news conference on a bipartisan jobs agreement brought to mind that classic quip in that the news was, well, limited: Brown’s announcement reached half a deal… … Continue reading »


Brown's Veto Messages Simple, Philosophical

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It was a veto message that, if not for the famous signature at the bottom, sounded like the guiding principle of a conservative Republican governor. “Not every human problem deserves a law,” it said. Of course the author of that … Continue reading »


5 Questions I Wasn't Supposed to Think About on Vacation

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There’s a sort of unwritten, and yet often violated rule, when my family goes on vacation: don’t keep checking your smartphone. I didn’t break it too often while visiting my waterlogged family on the coast of North Carolina this past … Continue reading »