Tag Archives: 2012 Elections

Podcast: Show Your Cards

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At some point in most poker games, you’ve got to lay down your cards and see who wins. This week, we saw a few of the cards floating around the 2012 election cycle when it comes to campaign cash. But … Continue reading »


Reformers Team Up for November Ballot

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Advocates for major government reform have long lamented that if only they could find the financial backing for a political campaign, the voters would ratify changes to help end California’s dysfunction. Now, it looks as though the white knight has … Continue reading »


Brown's Early Tax Initiative Donors: Hospitals, Oil, Tribes

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Governor Jerry Brown looks to be off to a strong start in collecting cash for his November tax initiative, with cash coming from some of the same groups his predecessor argued were the problem in California politics. Campaign finance records … Continue reading »


Dems Pre-Endorsements Presage Tough 2012

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For casual political watchers, it may be hard to believe that small gatherings of diehard Democrats in January will decide who wins races for the Legislature or Congress come November. And yet, in some cases, that’s exactly what could happen … Continue reading »


November's Ground Zero Initiative

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While talk about California’s November ballot has focused largely on tax proposals or possible social and criminal justice measures, watch for the real political slugfest to be over an issue near and dear to the hearts of organized labor: union … Continue reading »


Podcast: State Your Case, Mr. Brown

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Governor Jerry Brown has now performed his two expected duties of the month of January: a budget and, as we saw this week, the State of the State address. Now, the tough work begins. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast mulls … Continue reading »


Think Long Opts to Think Longer. Advantage Brown?

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It seems safe to say that Governor Jerry Brown and billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen are unlikely to have much in common. One lives on a private jet and is the scion of an international art collector, the other favors spartan … Continue reading »


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 »


Speaker Perez: Fix Water Bond. And More.

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As the Legislature returns to Sacramento, the leader of the lower house is sounding confident but cautious on some of the more challenging issues in year ahead. And so the headlines from an interview with Assembly Speaker John Perez in … 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 »