Monthly Archives: October 2011

Campaign Cash Do-Over OK In Some Cases

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A legal analysis by the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency says that donations never deposited into candidate accounts by accused treasurer Kinde Durkee can be solicited a second time. But now, the multi-million dollar question in the allegations of embezzlement … Continue reading »


Notebook: Pension Politics, DiFi's Free Shot?

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There’s probably nothing harder than prognosticating the politics of hot button issues or high profile campaigns. There’s also nothing more fun — that is, if you’re a political junkie. Hence the inspiration for a weekend edition of the Reporter’s Notebook.


Podcast: The 12-Step Pension Plan

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Like any good 12-step recovery plan, Governor Jerry Brown’s 12-point proposal to change the system of pensions for government workers includes both an admission that there’s a problem… and a willingness to change. But the plan, even if it ultimately … Continue reading »


Redistricting Lawsuits Rejected

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The odds of survival for the state’s first ever independently drawn political maps grew dramatically this afternoon, as the California Supreme Court summarily rejected legal challenges to the new districts for the state Senate and Congress. The state’s high Court … Continue reading »


Podcast: Full Disclosure

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Political junkies always struggle with what they know… and what they want to know. It’s true not only of what’s happening at any given time, but what may be on the electoral horizon. In this week’s Capital Notes Podcast, David … Continue reading »


Campaign Treasurer Scandal: "It's Quite a Mess"

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It was hard not to notice the campaign fundraising event held this week in Sacramento for Assemblymember Jose Solorio. Granted, it was for his 2014 Senate campaign. But Solorio’s future political endeavors would no doubt be easier to pursue if … Continue reading »


Redistricting Referendum Timeline Tight... or Impossible?

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California’s top elections official belives there won’t be enough time for a court-appointed panel — if one is chosen — to redraw the state’s political maps for the 2012 elections. That’s the gist of a legal filing by Secretary of … Continue reading »


Presidential Campaigns, California Style

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As Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has ramped up his rhetoric on the topic of illegal immigration in the 2012 race for the White House, you can forgive California political watchers if they feel a sense of déjà vu. Not … Continue reading »


Podcast: Breaking Our Silence

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Like the legendary Phoenix rising from the ashes, or else the annoying in-law who just won’t take a hint, our weekly political chat is back. Back from our longer-than-expected hiatus, this week’s Capital Notes Podcast digs through the rubble of … Continue reading »


Brown Paddles Left, Right on Bills

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It is easily the most familiar (and perhaps overused) shorthand for Governor Jerry Brown’s philosophy of governance and politics. And yet Brown’s self-described “canoe theory” seems to have stood the test of time, with his paddling skills put to the … Continue reading »