The Lite Guv Intrigue Continues

February 8, 2010 · Filed Under CA Government, CA Politics, People · Comments Off 

The nominee getting hit from both the left and the right... the urgency, or lack thereof, in having a new #2... and the fact that someone's actually doing the job as we speak.

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Yes, another intriguing week in store over a job that never gets any press in normal times: the office of lieutenant governor and the chances this month that Republican Abel Maldonado will get to order some new business cards.

It's no surprise that the choice of Maldonado by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger faces a tougher, much more uncertain road in the Assembly than in the Senate. Last week's quick hearing before the Senate Rules Committee made it clear that, in the words of one Democratic senator, the "comity" of the upper house is going to prevail in elevating the senator from the Central Coast to the post.

Today, the lower house drama began to play out, with three Democratic assemblymembers summoning reporters to discuss the various reasons they plan to say 'no' to Maldo.
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Soulmates Arnold & Abel, Soul Searching For Dems

November 24, 2009 · Filed Under CA Politics, The Governor · Comments Off 

Let the political handwringing begin.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lieutenant Governor-designate Abel Maldonado made their big debut this morning at an event in Los Angeles, with the Guv calling Maldo his "soulmate," and the GOP senator offering an almost tearful thank you amidst a recounting of his immigrant family's path to the American Dream.

But now what? What are Maldonado's odds of getting the thumbs up or thumbs down from legislative Democrats who are in complete control of what happens next?
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The Oil Tax Sticky Wicket

September 18, 2009 · Filed Under CA Budget, Taxes · Comments Off 

Oil derricks dotting the landscape of western Kern County. Kern is home to 70% of all California oil production. (Photo: John Myers, KQED)
Few new tax proposals have dominated the recent political debate in Sacramento like calls for a new levy on each barrel of oil produced in California. Both sides say it's a no-brainer; not surprisingly, it's a little more complicated than that.
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Drill, Maybe, Drill

September 9, 2009 · Filed Under CA Budget, Environment · Comments Off 

Few proposals have had as many twists and turns in 2009 as a plan to allow new oil drilling in waters less than three miles off the California coast. But even after serious setbacks, few expect the proposal to fade away anytime soon.

The proposal is known as Tranquillon Ridge, and it's the focus of my lengthy story that aired this morning on The California Report. You can listen by clicking below.

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