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Republicans Urge Spot (Budget Bill) Removal

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They are 18 words, repeated over and over in 80 pieces of legislation, ones that provoked a testy debate this morning under the Capitol dome: “It is the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget … 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 »


Government Reformers Eye November 2012

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Efforts to reform California’s system of government — a system that virtually no one denies is dysfunctional — have been percolating for the last few years, but have never actually reached the boiling point. Now, reformers hope they can finally … Continue reading »


Legislature, Heal Thyself

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Listening to today’s news conference from legislative leaders announcing a package of proposals to fix the dysfunction that permeates the state Capitol brought to mind those late night TV commercials for incredible whiz bang products, where after you’re offered more … Continue reading »


A Conversation About The Crisis

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“It’s very simple what people want,” said Mark Baldassare. “People want progress.” That was the context for… and the motivation behind… a provocative two hour discussion on Friday morning at our KQED studios in San Francisco, a discussion among eight … Continue reading »


Govt Reform For All To Love... And Hate

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A bipartisan group of seasoned ex-politicians and policy wonks has settled on a package of government reform proposals while sending a pretty simple message to those inside the state Capitol: work with us or stand aside. The leaders of the … Continue reading »