Author Archives: John Myers

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.

Signing Off From KQED Sacramento

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If you’re like me, there are those days you always remember in your life… days where fate kindly turned you the right way. For me the list includes February 10, 2003 — the day I signed on as the guy … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Road Ahead

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As the great Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” There are some forks in the road ahead for Governor Jerry Brown and his backers of a budget balanced, in part, with … Continue reading »


Republicans Urge Spot (Budget Bill) Removal

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They are 18 words, repeated over and over in 80 pieces of legislation, ones that provoked a testy debate this morning under the Capitol dome: “It is the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Deal

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Things look different on California’s political landscape as the new week begins, and it’s not just because spring is around the corner. Change your scorecards from three tax increase initiatives… to two. On a special Monday edition of the Capital … Continue reading »


Analyst Sees $2 Billion Less In Brown Tax 2.0

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Governor Jerry Brown is no doubt happy that his modified tax increase initiative has already received its fiscal vetting, less than 48 hours after being formally introduced. But that vetting doesn’t settle on an estimate of how much tax revenue … Continue reading »


Tax Initiative Deal Struck, Gathering Signatures Will Be Pricey

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2:00 p.m. UPDATE: Governor Brown confirmed to reporters in southern California this afternoon that a deal has, in fact, been reached on a November tax initiative. As such, this posting includes updated information and has a slightly tweaked headline from … Continue reading »


Podcast: From Poems to Polls

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Governor Jerry Brown sent out a favorite poem this week along with his official proclamation of Arbor Day in California. If only this complicated election season in which he will play a major role could be described as elegantly… Instead, … Continue reading »


Brown's Tax Is Ahead, But Why Not By More?

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A brand new statewide poll shows Governor Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increase initiative slightly ahead with voters. And that’s no doubt a good thing if you’re the governor. But a more interesting question, it seems, is why isn’t it ahead … Continue reading »


Some Initiatives Flush With Cash, Others Bare

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It’s by no means a perfect way to measure the eventual outcome at the polls, but money often talks loudest in campaigns for or against ballot measures in California. And at this juncture, the money recorded in publicly filed fundraising … Continue reading »


"Whatever It Takes," Says Munger on Campaign

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Attorney and education activist Molly Munger says she will spend as much of her personal fortune as needed to run a statewide campaign for her tax initiative to help K-12 schools. “We are totally committed to spending whatever it takes … Continue reading »