Podcast: Retirement, Realignment, Republicans

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No word seems to dominate the political lexicon these days more than "optics," the acknowledgement that how something looks can sometimes be more important than what it really turns out to be.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast examines some of the optics of what could be called the three "Rs": so called "retirement security" in California, the ongoing realignment of government services, and the efforts of state Republicans to slow the shrinking of their political footprint.

Marisa Lagos of the San Francisco Chronicle and I check in on the latest moves in Sacramento by both parties to gain the upper hand in defining the pension/retirement debate; a quick check from this week's assessment of realignment; and a short things-to-watch for in the weekend GOP confab happening just outside that oh-so-friendly-to-Republicans city, San Francisco.

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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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