Those of us in public radio and TV are quite familiar with big pitches for big cash (tote bag, anyone?) on a semi-regular basis. Perhaps that's why the 48 hour pledge-a-thon by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders that begins today feels so familiar.
The Legislature's non-partisan cadre of analysts has weighed in on some of the big assumptions and proposals in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's new budget plan. And while many of the ideas are looked upon favorably, one glaring exception is the Guv's plan for a $7 billion fix to the state's budget problem.
"The chance that anywhere near all of the federal funds and flexibility sought by the Governor in his budget package is almost nonexistent," concludes the new report from Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor.
Now that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's new budget proposal has had a day to marinate, let's take a look at a few small, but noteworthy items and themes found among the many micro-facts.
It may not quite have been a ransom note dressed up as a state budget, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is making it clear that a whole lot of things Californians won't like will have to happen if the feds don't hand over the cash. And soon.
In a sense, the most notable thing about the 2010-11 budget proposal the Guv rolled out at midday may be that the eternally optimistic, 'I never admit defeat' Schwarzenegger is admitting that he needs a Budget Plan B. And as we now know, neither it -- nor the main 2010-11 proposal -- is pretty.
A pig and a pony. A dose of old-fashioned Republican orthodoxy and a bit of patriotism. A crowd pleasing defense of public education and a novel proposal that, if adopted, wouldn't be fully understood until long after he leaves Sacramento.
It was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's last State of the State, and it was a speech that reinforced the reality that he's unlike any other politician to have ever held the state's top job.
Rather than the standard year in review, it's hopefully more worthwhile to make note of a few of the sagas from the world of California government and politics in 2009 that are likely to keep playing out long past the switching of calendars... in a sense, gifts that keep on giving.
So while you rest up from the merrymaking, consider these nine stories to watch in 2010.
So it's Christmas Eve. And let's face it, the Capitol is all quiet. Which means there's time for something light... as in a trip back with the chief executive to his former career, and a scene that makes budget fights look tame.
There are 321 days left until California voters go to the polls and choose their next governor. That's a long time, but not so long that political junkies won't read tonight's new poll and wonder this: might the all-but-official Democratic heavyweight candidate end up losing?
Governor Schwarzenegger's big day in Copenhagen talking about climate change gave him a chance to not only push his idea of action in places other than national legislatures, while also giving him a chance to smack some climate change critics in the process.
No major news today on whether Abel Maldonado will... or won't... be California's next lieutenant governor. But new comments from the leader of the state Senate seem to acknowledge one part of the deliberations... or rather, six billion parts.
As in the $6.3 billion of missing dollars needed to balance the current budget... a deficit that may require the vote of Senator Maldonado to resolve.