Monthly Archives: December 2011

Reporter's Notebook: From Budget Cash to Court Clash

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Few things make eyes bleary and heads throb more than reading government ledger sheets and complex, legalese court rulings. Throw in some minutiae about best budget practices and gubernatorial style… and you’ve got a full week. Hence, the weekend cleanup … Continue reading »


Podcast: Bellum omnium contra omnes

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Those of us who aren’t scholars of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes first heard this Latin phrase back in March, when Governor Jerry Brown mused on the ramifications of another year of Sacramento stalemate. Now, there are some signs that … Continue reading »


Partisan Gridlock No, Political Battle Yes

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For a governor who took office with more actual experience than virtually any elected leader in modern times, the long-awaited announcement of a budget-related initiative seems to mark the official end to Act I of Jerry Brown’s return to Sacramento. … Continue reading »


Podcast: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

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Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like election season. And this season, we may be talking an awful lot about taxes. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast takes a look at the vast array of tax increase initiatives now being … Continue reading »


Brown's Pension Musings: From Ponzi to Castor Oil

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Few governors could probably pull off an appearance like Governor Jerry Brown’s visit to a legislative committee examining his proposal to rework the public employee pension system. But as he’s proved before, Brown often seems to believe that when it … Continue reading »