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Getting On Ballot Only Half the Battle

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As every smart politico knows, there are two distinct stages of direct democracy in California: getting your proposition on the ballot and then getting voters to actually ratify your proposition. And so in a few cases this season, the real … Continue reading »


Dems Day 2: Congressional "Erminators"

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SAN DIEGO — Think Hatfields and McCoys. Or Corleones and Tattaglias. Now, think worse… and you start to get a feel for the animosity on display Saturday night between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman. The two veteran Democratic … Continue reading »


Dems Day 1: Come Together, Right Now

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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 … Continue reading »


Political Inside Game, Outside Game... All in One Day

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You don’t get many political multi-tasking days like this one: heated debate over legislation down to its final day to survive, a new alarm over the state’s finances, and public disclosure of all the campaign cash raised by candidates and … Continue reading »


Supremes Won't Block Redistricting Maps

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If the state Senate districts drawn by California’s new citizens redistricting panel are going to be erased and redrawn this decade, it will only happen if a referendum qualifies for the November ballot and voters agree. That’s because the final … Continue reading »


Podcast: Sales Pitch

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Maybe all those years spent on the rough seas of California politics help explain why, so far, Governor Jerry Brown has charted a pretty successful course for his November tax initiative. But there’s a lot more sailing to be done … Continue reading »


November's Ground Zero Initiative

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While talk about California’s November ballot has focused largely on tax proposals or possible social and criminal justice measures, watch for the real political slugfest to be over an issue near and dear to the hearts of organized labor: union … Continue reading »


Podcast: Rock the (Budget) Vote

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We’ve talked in years past about the state budget essentially being placed on the ballot, but rarely have the stakes been as high as they will be in 2012 — for either the state or the state’s chief executive. This … Continue reading »


The Supreme Question: Which Senate Districts for 2012?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Set aside the lengthy and complicated legal and constitutional points made Tuesday morning in oral arguments in front of the California Supreme Court and you come down to one basic question: will the maps of state Senate … Continue reading »


The Whip Snaps at High Speed Rail... and More

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For the man whose Central Valley hometown is supposed to be an anchor point in the first construction phase of high speed rail, Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems intent on doing everything he can do block the project. And given McCarthy … Continue reading »