Monthly Archives: January 2012

Political Inside Game, Outside Game... All in One Day

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You don’t get many political multi-tasking days like this one: heated debate over legislation down to its final day to survive, a new alarm over the state’s finances, and public disclosure of all the campaign cash raised by candidates and … Continue reading »


Supremes Won't Block Redistricting Maps

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If the state Senate districts drawn by California’s new citizens redistricting panel are going to be erased and redrawn this decade, it will only happen if a referendum qualifies for the November ballot and voters agree. That’s because the final … Continue reading »


Podcast: Sales Pitch

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Maybe all those years spent on the rough seas of California politics help explain why, so far, Governor Jerry Brown has charted a pretty successful course for his November tax initiative. But there’s a lot more sailing to be done … Continue reading »


Reformers Team Up for November Ballot

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Advocates for major government reform have long lamented that if only they could find the financial backing for a political campaign, the voters would ratify changes to help end California’s dysfunction. Now, it looks as though the white knight has … Continue reading »


If Not For Schools, Would Brown's Tax Hike Be A Dud?

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Governor Jerry Brown will no doubt love the headline out of the brand new statewide public poll: 68% of likely voters say they support his November initiative to raise taxes and earmark the money for public schools. But dig deeper … Continue reading »


Brown's Early Tax Initiative Donors: Hospitals, Oil, Tribes

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Governor Jerry Brown looks to be off to a strong start in collecting cash for his November tax initiative, with cash coming from some of the same groups his predecessor argued were the problem in California politics. Campaign finance records … Continue reading »


Dems Pre-Endorsements Presage Tough 2012

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For casual political watchers, it may be hard to believe that small gatherings of diehard Democrats in January will decide who wins races for the Legislature or Congress come November. And yet, in some cases, that’s exactly what could happen … Continue reading »


November's Ground Zero Initiative

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While talk about California’s November ballot has focused largely on tax proposals or possible social and criminal justice measures, watch for the real political slugfest to be over an issue near and dear to the hearts of organized labor: union … Continue reading »


Podcast: State Your Case, Mr. Brown

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Governor Jerry Brown has now performed his two expected duties of the month of January: a budget and, as we saw this week, the State of the State address. Now, the tough work begins. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast mulls … Continue reading »


Brown Urges Action, Vision In State of the State

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If there’s one takeaway from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 State of the State address, it may be this: Brown faces the unique task this year of preaching both boldness and austerity… all at the same time. The governor’s roughly 20 … Continue reading »