Podcast: The Early Show

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For a budget that most watchers thought wouldn't hold many surprises -- new and deep cuts, premised on taxes -- perhaps the biggest surprise was the timing. A surprise to Governor Jerry Brown, too.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast takes a first look at the new state budget proposal -- winners, losers, and the political challenges Brown faces in getting it passed.

Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee and I also discuss criticisms about the proposed new round of "trigger cuts," and use analogies from basketball to -- well -- Star Wars to describe the road ahead.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new multimedia California Politics & Government Desk.  He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades -- serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and, most recently, as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. He moderated the only gubernatorial debate of 2014, and was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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