Dems Day 1: Come Together, Right Now

February 10, 2012 · Filed Under CA Politics, Elections, Political Parties and Independents · Comments Off 

Hello, San Diego! (Photo: John Myers/KQED)

SAN DIEGO -- At every turn in the early hours of this 2012 California Democratic Party convention, you could hear party leaders urge the donkey-loving conventioneers to unite and fight. And yet even on day one, there were clear signs that there's a lot for Dems to sort out before it's all over... a lot of debating before they can come together for the election season ahead.

And the issues to debate come down to cash (as in taxes) and candidates.
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Podcast: America's Finest Podcast

February 10, 2012 · Filed Under Podcasts · Comments Off 

Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. But as California Democrats flock to the sunny environs of San Diego for their annual convention, it was hard to resist a borrowing of the city's famous moniker.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast offers a brief look at what we'll be watching for during the weekend donkeyfest... as well as the political currents swirling around a number of 2012 election issues.

Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I chat about the ongoing war of tax initiatives; the latest politics on pensions; and the shrewd move by the top Democrat in the Assembly on linking college affordability to corporate taxes.

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