Tag Archives: 2010 Proposition 25

Podcast: Spare Some Change?

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Who says legislators aren’t doing a better job these days of spending less of your money? After all, they are spending almost $49,000 a day less. That’s their missing salary and per diem payments, of course. This week’s Capital Notes … Continue reading »


Legislators Lose Pay. See You In Court?

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Given the hard-to-be-lower approval ratings of the California Legislature, there’s likely to be a lot of cheers around the state today from Controller John Chiang’s decision to cancel the salary and expense payments for the 120 men and women who … Continue reading »


Politician Pay: All Eyes on Controller

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If you think that this week in Sacramento will be dominated by the aftermath of the historic budget veto or the negotiations needed between the two political parties, you’re wrong. All eyes are going to be on the state’s chief … Continue reading »


Podcast: Separation of Powers

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The legislative branch has the power of the purse, the executive branch the power to reject those spending plans. A simple part of every civics lesson, rarely on display more clearly than this week in Sacramento. But also quite clear: … Continue reading »


Brown Blocks Dems' Budget Shot

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In a move that set the Capitol ablaze with chatter and — depending on your company — either praise or scorn, Governor Jerry Brown today vetoed the budget sent to him less than 24 hours ago by his fellow Democrats. … Continue reading »


One for the Record Books

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It took less than six hours for both houses of the Legislature to ratify all of the components of a new state budget and send them to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. As Capitol denizens know, that’s virtual light … Continue reading »


Democrats Craft Budget Sans GOP

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We may never know for sure where the point of no return was passed in bipartisan budget talks this year, but it now seems clear that those talks are all but over and that Democrats have a majority vote plan … Continue reading »


Call the Coroner: The Election Post-Mortem

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Happy Democrats. Angry Republicans. Mixed messages from the voters. Three admittedly obvious but major stories this morning from California’s 2010 elections.


Better Than Now? Sneaky Trick? The Prop 25 Debate

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Call it an electoral mnemonic device that wasn’t supposed to be: when voters go to the polls Tuesday, it will be exactly 25 days since the state’s tardy budget was signed into law… and it will also be the day … Continue reading »


Brown, Whitman Lukewarm on Reform

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California simply needs a strong leader to solve what’s ailing it; that’s the implicit message of both of the major candidates for governor. Trouble is, voters have heard the same assessment of the problems before… and yet the problems persist. … Continue reading »