Tag Archives: Sam Blakeslee

Does California Need A Budget Cop?

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The one thing that the recent debate over who gets to call a California budget balanced has shown… is that perhaps the old system has finally run its course. For generations, legislators and governors promised that the state’s fiscal plan … Continue reading »


Politician Pay: All Eyes on Controller

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If you think that this week in Sacramento will be dominated by the aftermath of the historic budget veto or the negotiations needed between the two political parties, you’re wrong. All eyes are going to be on the state’s chief … Continue reading »


Republicans Rumble, Reconcile at Confab

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Republicans are fond of invoking just about everything Ronald Reagan, but their biannual state convention routinely sees shattered into tiny pieces what Reagan liked to call the party’s 11th Commandment: thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. This … Continue reading »


Familiar Fight Heads Coastward

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It was the independent candidate in tomorrow’s election for California’s 15th state Senate district who got off the best line of the night in a recent candidates forum — cracking a joke about the occupations listed on the ballot of … Continue reading »


Soulmates Arnold & Abel, Soul Searching For Dems

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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 … Continue reading »


Maldo Gets The Nod. Now What?

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The guessing game is over, now that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger used the most unlikely of platforms — a national TV talk show — to announce a political decision that only matters here in California, his choice for lieutenant governor. And … Continue reading »


The Hangover

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By now, most of us who lived through the saga that resulted in a package of proposals to resolve the state’s budget deficit have recovered. But in the same way you’d clean up the beer bottles, empty the trash, and … Continue reading »


Arnold's Message: Yes, We Can

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Arnold Schwarzenegger the optimist was back on display this morning in his brief, and serious, speech to a joint session of the Legislature. But the governor, who’s fond of saying that “he alone cannot lift” the fiscal weights of California, … Continue reading »