Category Archives: Legislation

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 »


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 »


Capitol Ponders Post-Redevelopment World

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Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters this morning that he’s not closing the door on pleas to postpone the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies. But let’s admit it: the door is on one of those automatic arms that … Continue reading »


Brown Paddles Left, Right on Bills

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It is easily the most familiar (and perhaps overused) shorthand for Governor Jerry Brown’s philosophy of governance and politics. And yet Brown’s self-described “canoe theory” seems to have stood the test of time, with his paddling skills put to the … Continue reading »


When All Was Said And Done

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The Great ‘Give Me Water or I’ll Give You Vetoes’ Showdown of 2009 is now over. And as is often the case around the Capitol, everyone lives to fight another day. Just after 9:30 pm last night, Governor Schwarzenegger released … Continue reading »


To Sign or Not Sign, That Is the Question

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The autumnal equinox is often marked in Sacramento by the state’s chief executive signing or vetoing hundreds of bills submitted by the Legislature. This season is no diffferent. Or… is it?


No Sale of the Big House

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San Quentin, may you rot and burn in hell. May your walls fall and may I live to tell. May all the world forget you ever stood. And may all the world regret you did no good. Those are Johnny … Continue reading »


The Blanket Veto

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With the fatigue of the budget saga slowly starting to fade (especially for those of us who took a few days off, which explains for the missing podcast last week), the annual process of bill signings and vetoes is also … Continue reading »


Napa Yes, Budget No

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 15 — With legislative leaders again gathering, and adjourning, with no resolution to the state’s budget woes today, we can at least give thanks for a new boost to the Napa wine industry. Governor Schwarzenegger signed two … Continue reading »


The One Word Change

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The ongoing saga of whether some reproductively intact pets in California should be spayed or neutered goes on, after today’s approval by a state Senate panel of controversial legislation on the subject… but approval that came only after the change … Continue reading »