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Brown's Tax Is Ahead, But Why Not By More?

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A brand new statewide poll shows Governor Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increase initiative slightly ahead with voters. And that’s no doubt a good thing if you’re the governor. But a more interesting question, it seems, is why isn’t it ahead … Continue reading »


If Not For Schools, Would Brown's Tax Hike Be A Dud?

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Governor Jerry Brown will no doubt love the headline out of the brand new statewide public poll: 68% of likely voters say they support his November initiative to raise taxes and earmark the money for public schools. But dig deeper … 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 »


Let Us Vote, Watch Us Say 'No'

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Public opinion polling isn’t always predictive of an electoral outcome. And no one is probably hoping that’s true more at this point than Governor Jerry Brown. A brand new statewide poll offers virtually no change from previous surveys this year… … Continue reading »


Voters Want Brown's Special Election, Says Poll

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For a new governor facing a mammoth state budget shortfall, a stubborn recession, and a polarized political world, Jerry Brown could probably use the good news that a brand new statewide poll offers. The poll, just released, shows strong support … Continue reading »


Jerry Opens A Lead in New Poll

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“You can sort of feel the momentum on the ground,” said a cheerful Meg Whitman to a group of women sitting outside a fast food joint in Sacramento late last week. Tonight, it appears there may indeed be momentum in … Continue reading »


A Climate Campaign?

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If you’re a backer of Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign and you read tonight’s new statewide poll, you’ve got to be saying to yourself: can he make this campaign about climate change? Okay, maybe not a campaign exclusively about the issue. … 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 »


The Election That Tanked

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There hasn’t been much of a post-mortem among politicos about the May 19 election — partially because the state’s fiscal crisis hasn’t allowed time for pondering, but also because it’s seemed pretty darn clear: the voters thought the budget deficit … Continue reading »