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.