Author Archives: John Myers

About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new 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. In 2014, he was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

Dems Day 2: Brown Passes on Tax Pitch

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SAN DIEGO — Well, so much for the notion that Governor Jerry Brown would use his big speech at the California Democratic Party convention to pitch his November tax increase initiative. In a speech running a little more than 11 … 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 »


Podcast: America's Finest Podcast

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Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement. But as California Democrats flock to the sunny environs of San Diego for their annual convention, it was hard to resist a borrowing of the city’s famous moniker. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast offers a … Continue reading »


Another Shot at Tax Break Democrats Love to Hate

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For the last several years, Democrats have been relentless at trying to undo a hotly debated tax incentive for large corporations that was signed into law as part of the 2009 deal. And now they’re launching another shot. The 2012 … Continue reading »


Brown Appears Unsuccessful at Blocking Other Tax Measures

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Somewhere out there is a crystal ball that can tell us whether multiple tax increase initiatives on the November ballot means voters will reject all of them en masse. But until that clairvoyant device shows up, we’re left to wonder … Continue reading »


Podcast: Show Your Cards

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At some point in most poker games, you’ve got to lay down your cards and see who wins. This week, we saw a few of the cards floating around the 2012 election cycle when it comes to campaign cash. But … Continue reading »


Budget Dreams and Dangers of Facebook's IPO

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In the world of state budget writing, the past is often prologue. And that’s why news of a tech company’s dazzling initial public offering is nothing new in Sacramento, and why there’s both hope… and caution. And the bottom line: … 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 »