As legislators ratified a new state budget last week, it’s doubtful that many of them considered the dangers to that budget posed by the final legal smackdown of California’s attempt to get a cut of millions of dollars in tribal … Continue reading
“Here’s my plan,” an earnest Arnold Schwarzenegger said in one of his most detailed TV ads during the 2003 recall campaign. “Audit everything. Open the books. And then we end the crazy deficit spending.” But it wasn’t so simple. And … Continue reading
Everything you always wanted to know, or maybe didn’t want to know, about the state budget was hashed and rehashed this week — by two different leading men. One on the way out, the other on the way in. This … Continue reading
Arnold Schwarzenegger summoned Capitol reporters this afternoon to discuss a $9.87 billion budget fix he’s asking legislators to approve. But what was much more interesting was Schwarzenegger’s defense– at times, somewhat angry — of his legacy on California’s fiscal woes.
By the end of this week, we’re going to be able to answer two pretty noteworthy questions about the state budget mess: what’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s final suggested fix, and what’s Jerry Brown’s opening gambit? Those questions are also a clear … Continue reading
A glitzy summit of a governor’s environmental achievements. A somber discussion of his successor’s challenges. Such was the contrast of the day spent by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown.
As soon as next month, 11 office buildings owned and occupied by the state of California will drop the ‘owned’ part of that description, after clearing a major hurdle this morning that critics continue to say is a budget deal … Continue reading
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to call a special session of the Legislature to deal with the current year budget deficit, but here’s the thing: it’ll be with newly sworn in legislators and just four weeks before Schwarzenegger hands over … Continue reading
Like the fans of a baseball team whose only hope of avoiding a shutout is the final batter, California Republicans are nervously watching the fate of Steve Cooley as they ponder what went so terribly wrong for the GOP brand … Continue reading
Let’s state the obvious from the get-go: bets between politicians are corny. No one really cares what knickknack or cuisine from someone’s home state will be served up to the victor of a sporting event. But as the World Series … Continue reading