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Brown Urges Action, Vision In State of the State

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If there’s one takeaway from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 State of the State address, it may be this: Brown faces the unique task this year of preaching both boldness and austerity… all at the same time. The governor’s roughly 20 … 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: The Early Show

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For a budget that most watchers thought wouldn’t hold many surprises — new and deep cuts, premised on taxes — perhaps the biggest surprise was the timing. A surprise to Governor Jerry Brown, too. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast takes … Continue reading »


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 »


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: 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 »