Good Government or Political Power Play?

September 9, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Politics, Elections · 2 Comments 

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After a debate on everything from fixing direct democracy to allegations of welshing on a deal, the Legislature approved legislation on its final day that strips June statewide ballots of initiative measures and -- in an unrelated move -- delays a pending ballot measure to beef up the state's rainy day fund.

The measure, if signed into law, would have major political ramifications... most notably, for several Republican-backed measures now expecting a shot at the June 2012 primary election.
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Legislators Lose Pay. See You In Court?

June 21, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget · 13 Comments 

Getty/Justin Sullivan

Given the hard-to-be-lower approval ratings of the California Legislature, there's likely to be a lot of cheers around the state today from Controller John Chiang's decision to cancel the salary and expense payments for the 120 men and women who serve in the Assembly and Senate.

But inside the big domed building just down the street from Chiang's office here in Sacramento it's jeers, not cheers. And the political and legal battle surely to be launched by the actions of the state's chief financial officer add yet another historic footnote to a budget season chock full of noteworthy moments.
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