Category Archives: Podcasts

Podcast: Rock the (Budget) Vote

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We’ve talked in years past about the state budget essentially being placed on the ballot, but rarely have the stakes been as high as they will be in 2012 — for either the state or the state’s chief executive. This … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Early Show

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For a budget that most watchers thought wouldn’t hold many surprises — new and deep cuts, premised on taxes — perhaps the biggest surprise was the timing. A surprise to Governor Jerry Brown, too. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast takes … Continue reading »


Podcast: Adios 2011

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A new governor. Sort of. The long saga over a special election, never to be. Trigger cuts. The single sales factor. And more. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast is our final look at the year in California politics and public … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Political Pros

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While we political reporters like to think we live and breathe the goings-on under the state Capitol dome and on the campaign trail, we’ve got nothing on political consultants and strategists. And so this pre-Christmas edition of the Capital Notes … Continue reading »


Podcast: Trigger Blues

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Chances are when you sing one the holiday season’s most familiar songs, it doesn’t start out this way: “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, $980 million in budget cuts.” And yet on the first … Continue reading »


Podcast: Bellum omnium contra omnes

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Those of us who aren’t scholars of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes first heard this Latin phrase back in March, when Governor Jerry Brown mused on the ramifications of another year of Sacramento stalemate. Now, there are some signs that … Continue reading »


Podcast: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

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Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like election season. And this season, we may be talking an awful lot about taxes. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast takes a look at the vast array of tax increase initiatives now being … Continue reading »


Podcast: Trigger Talk

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And now, the final debate of the 2011 budget saga: was the $2 billion trigger cut provision a fiscal insurance policy, a risky bet for millions who depend on targeted services, or simply a political necessity in a very polarized … Continue reading »


Podcast: Fixing What's Broken

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There’s an awful lot of discussion these days about what’s broken in California’s system of government, and no shortage of ideas on how to fix it. But what is in short supply: consensus on how to do so. This week, … Continue reading »


Podcast: Money Brawl

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Some of the greatest political fights in California have been about taxpayer dollars — who pays them, who spends them, who’s spending too many of them. And two classic high price tag fights both made news this week. Our Capital … Continue reading »