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Surprise! The New State Budget

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The unveiling of a governor’s state budget every January is an annual, and well rehearsed, ritual: budget decisions are made in late December, budget goes to the printer, gubernatorial staffers privately brief some stakeholder groups (some who leak to the … Continue reading »


California Political Stories to Watch in 2012

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A new year has arrived and, now that we’ve closed the book on 2011, here’s a glimpse into the crystal ball at what might be some of the interesting things around the bend in California politics for 2012. Yes, some … Continue reading »


The 2012 Battle Over High Speed Rail

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It’s hardly hyperbole to suggest that 2012 will be the make-or-break year for California’s long standing plans to construct a high speed train system. As supporters push forward on plans to break ground on construction by year’s end, critics are … 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 »


Brown Announces Some, Not All, Budget Trigger Cuts

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California’s Latin-fluent governor, as he likes to do, invoked the ancient language when asked what he would say to millions of the state’s citizens impacted by about $1 billion in automatic, and immediate, budget cuts. “Nemo dat non habet,” said … 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 »


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 »


Partisan Gridlock No, Political Battle Yes

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For a governor who took office with more actual experience than virtually any elected leader in modern times, the long-awaited announcement of a budget-related initiative seems to mark the official end to Act I of Jerry Brown’s return to Sacramento. … 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 »