Category Archives: People

Speaker #68 Takes The Gavel

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“I intend to lead as you expect me to: boldly, creatively, and decisively.” That’s the pledge, and the promise of Assembly Speaker John Perez as he takes the helm leading the lower house of the California Legislature for what will … Continue reading »


The Political 'Bromance' Goes On

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“This man is a great man.” And with that, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger put his arm around Abel Maldonado today, and pushed the Republican back out into the political free-for-all over his nomination to be California’s next lieutenant governor. Schwarzenegger’s decision … Continue reading »


Doing The Maldo Limbo

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It was a day full of partisan bickering, political maneuvering, and threatened legal action. In short… the kind of day that’s helped fuel the perception that California’s statehouse is stuck in never-ending dysfunction. And through all that, by day’s end … Continue reading »


Lite Guv Limbo & The Law

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Welcome, students, to Constitutional Law 101. Interpret the following passage from Article V of the California Constitution: “In the event the nominee is neither confirmed nor refused confirmation by both the Senate and the Assembly within 90 days of the … Continue reading »


The Lite Guv Intrigue Continues

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The nominee getting hit from both the left and the right… the urgency, or lack thereof, in having a new #2… and the fact that someone’s actually doing the job as we speak. Yes, another intriguing week in store over … Continue reading »


All's Quiet Here

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So it’s Christmas Eve. And let’s face it, the Capitol is all quiet. Which means there’s time for something light… as in a trip back with the chief executive to his former career, and a scene that makes budget fights … Continue reading »


Poll To Brown: Don't Measure The Drapes Just Yet

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There are 321 days left until California voters go to the polls and choose their next governor. That’s a long time, but not so long that political junkies won’t read tonight’s new poll and wonder this: might the all-but-official Democratic … Continue reading »


"An Incredibly Moving Experience"

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That was the sentiment of John Perez of Los Angeles after Assembly Democrats unanimously chose him today to be the fifth Speaker of the Assembly in just the last nine years.


Heavy Budget Lifting & The Lite Guv

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No major news today on whether Abel Maldonado will… or won’t… be California’s next lieutenant governor. But new comments from the leader of the state Senate seem to acknowledge one part of the deliberations… or rather, six billion parts. As … Continue reading »


Perata Attempts To Squelch Borrowing Buzz

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 29 — The hallmark of a good horror movie is that just when everyone thinks they’ve stabbed, or strangled, or mutilated the monster to death… he rears up again, scaring the bejeebers out of everyone. In budget … Continue reading »