Category Archives: Ballot Measures

If Not For Schools, Would Brown's Tax Hike Be A Dud?

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Governor Jerry Brown will no doubt love the headline out of the brand new statewide public poll: 68% of likely voters say they support his November initiative to raise taxes and earmark the money for public schools. But dig deeper … Continue reading »


Brown's Early Tax Initiative Donors: Hospitals, Oil, Tribes

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Governor Jerry Brown looks to be off to a strong start in collecting cash for his November tax initiative, with cash coming from some of the same groups his predecessor argued were the problem in California politics. Campaign finance records … 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 »


Brown Urges Action, Vision In State of the State

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If there’s one takeaway from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 State of the State address, it may be this: Brown faces the unique task this year of preaching both boldness and austerity… all at the same time. The governor’s roughly 20 … Continue reading »


Think Long Opts to Think Longer. Advantage Brown?

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It seems safe to say that Governor Jerry Brown and billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen are unlikely to have much in common. One lives on a private jet and is the scion of an international art collector, the other favors spartan … 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 »


Reporter's Notebook: Tax Talks, Supremes and Signatures

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We may complain that there’s no rest for the weary, but political junkies would be disappointed if the tasty morsels of news came to an end with the unveiling of a new state budget. Right? If your answer is yes, … Continue reading »


Room for Two Tax Initiatives? Burton Thinks So

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NOTE: This posting has been modified to reflect that the proposed initiative only guarantees one-third of the oil tax revenue for higher education. The bulk of the revenues would be deposited back into the state’s general fund. One thing that’s … Continue reading »


Brown May Have Found Tax Sweet Spot, Says Poll

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A new statewide poll suggests Governor Jerry Brown may very well start out his initiative campaign to raise taxes with a bit of a tailwind, though it offers clues on how that breeze could still switch directions. First, the headline … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: From Budget Cash to Court Clash

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Few things make eyes bleary and heads throb more than reading government ledger sheets and complex, legalese court rulings. Throw in some minutiae about best budget practices and gubernatorial style… and you’ve got a full week. Hence, the weekend cleanup … Continue reading »