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Budget Battles: Maldo v. Poizner

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Ah, the fun days of budget brawling aren’t over yet. Today’s tussle features the most prominent Republican legislator to vote in support of the $40 billion budget package last month… and the highest ranking Republican running for his party’s nomination … Continue reading »

Business Yes, Nurses No on Budget Measures

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Ever so slowly, different interest groups around California are starting to sort out how they feel about the six budget-related measures on the May 19 ballot. And add two noteworthy groups to the list: the California Nurses Association as a … Continue reading »

Prop 1E Gets New Title & Summary

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[this posting has been updated to reflect additional details on the new wording. –JM] The May 19 ballot measure to temporarily take money from a 2004 mental health initiative has a new overview that will be presented to voters, after … Continue reading »

Budget Twittering

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I admit I’ve been reluctant to enter the TwitterWorld, if for no other reason than it’s just one more step towards full non-contemplative analysis and writing. But for tonight’s budget debate/vote/saga, it’s worth a try. If it turns out to … Continue reading »

Stay Tuned

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With budget deliberations and machinations still far from over, we’re holding our podcast punditry until next week. Might as well see where the chips fall first, eh? More budget news to come, probably this weekend.


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Just a note to say there’s no podcast this week, as I’m back east attending the annual conference of the Association of Capitol Reporters & Editors. Back at it on Monday…

Arnold on Obama: Too Few Muscles, Too Much Money?

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It was vintage Arnold Schwarzenegger today in Columbus Ohio, as the guv stumped for GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Two parts of his intro of McCain are worth noting, the first for its mocking humor. “The next Arnold Classic [held … Continue reading »


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Look for updates on the budget impasse and more again next week. I’m out of the state visiting family for the weekend. Apologies, too, for the missing podcast this week…

Dems Lay Tax Cards On The Table

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After several weeks of calling for billions of dollars in new tax revenues.. but not actually providing details… legislative Democrats unveiled their proposal late tonight as the joint budget conference committee wrapped up its work on a new spending plan. … Continue reading »

Court Receiver Ups The Ante, Again

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Henry Hill: “You’re a pistol, you’re really funny. You’re really funny.” Tommy DeVito: “What do you mean I’m funny? You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me… but I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m … Continue reading »