Podcast: The Personal Touch

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Sometimes, politics isn't about the person who yells the loudest but rather the person who knows how to work behind the scenes. And the success or failure of that strategy tells you all you need to know about the biggest story, so far, of the November ballot.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast focuses on Governor Jerry Brown's ongoing effort to avoid a multi-prong tax initiative war this fall.

Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times is freshly back from tailing the Guv around the city by the Potomac, and we discuss those meetings plus Brown's recent evening applying the personal touch to the leader of one of the state's teachers unions.

We also discuss the likely addition of an initiative to repeal the death penalty to a November ballot that's starting to look ever longer.

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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.
  • superxbodega

    John you’ll be missed

  • http://blogs.kqed.org/capitalnotes John Myers, KQED

    Thanks. More to come on that soon. But there’s still a lot of reporting and work to do until then!