Tag Archives: 2012 Elections

Brown Interview: Pensive, Upbeat, More Latin

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Governor Jerry Brown may be reviving the so-called “dead language” of Latin, at least in its application to California politics. In a brief one-on-one interview after his Tuesday news conference, Brown took the long view on pensions, offered a succinct … 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 »


Room for Two Tax Initiatives? Burton Thinks So

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NOTE: This posting has been modified to reflect that the proposed initiative only guarantees one-third of the oil tax revenue for higher education. The bulk of the revenues would be deposited back into the state’s general fund. One thing that’s … 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 »


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 »


The Crowding Field of 2012 Tax Initiatives

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California voters have long had a reputation as anti-tax, a reputation that explains why so many proposals either fizzle before ever making it to the ballot… or are roundly rejected on Election Day. But the November 2012 ballot appears poised … 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 »