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Tag: John Myers

February 27, 2012 | 10:37 am

Analysis: Gingrich Speech to State GOP Example of Party’s California Dilemma

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For those who just can’t get enough Newt — here’s his entire 45-minute speech on Saturday at the California Republican convention in Burlingame. (“Just a short drive south of Pelosiville,” according to KQED Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers.) Myers’ take on Gingrich’s speech: It’s a good example of the GOP’s California dilemma… Throw the party’s […]

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Reformers Eye November 2012 For Fixing California Governance Crisis

November 8, 2011 | 9:16 am

Reformers Eye November 2012 For Fixing California Governance Crisis

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Efforts to reform California’s system of government — a system that virtually no one denies is dysfunctional — have been percolating for the last few years, but have never actually reached the boiling point. Now, reformers hope they can finally turn up the heat in time for the November 2012 ballot. To do so will […]

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New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

November 3, 2011 | 2:50 pm

New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

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There’s a temptation to dust off the quote attributed to an infamous bank robber when assessing two new and explosive initiative proposals to rework the pensions of public employees in California. Why do the proposed ballot measures go after the pension system for current workers? Because that’s where the money is. That quote, of course, […]

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Analysis: Final Decision by Guv on Scores of Bills Saw Brown Paddling Both Left and Right

October 10, 2011 | 8:26 am

Analysis: Final Decision by Guv on Scores of Bills Saw Brown Paddling Both Left and Right

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It is easily the most familiar (and perhaps overused) shorthand for Governor Jerry Brown’s philosophy of governance and politics. And yet Brown’s self-described “canoe theory” seems to have stood the test of time, with his paddling skills put to the test this past week navigating Capitol waters thick with hundreds of pieces of legislation. For […]

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September 12, 2011 | 1:43 pm

Reporter’s Notebook: Bill-o-Rama!

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California’s state legislators have gone home, leaving in their wake hundreds of bills either ratified or rejected. They have also, for the time being, shut down their interparty warfare operations… which gives us a moment to open up a raft of questions about why things played out the way they did these last few weeks. […]

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August 16, 2011 | 3:39 pm

Disappointing California Revenue Report Could Point to More Cuts

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California released its August Finance Report today, indicating a $541 million shortfall from the revenue forecast for July. Our Sacramento Bureau Chief, John Myers, offers this report: Keeping tabs on the inflow of tax revenues is not easy in California. Various assessments are based on cash in the bank, cash in the door but not […]

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Redistricting Process Ends — Analysis

August 1, 2011 | 10:49 am

Redistricting Process Ends — Analysis

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There are two, and only two, options left at this point for the political districts in which Californians will reside for the next decade: the current maps from the state’s citizens redistricting panel or as-yet-to-exist maps drawn by judges. And that second option — judicial intervention — only will happen if opponents prevail in court, […]

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Amazon Sales Tax May Be Put on Hold If Referendum Submitted by Company Qualifies

July 26, 2011 | 9:44 am

Amazon Sales Tax May Be Put on Hold If Referendum Submitted by Company Qualifies

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Legislative lawyers believe that if a referendum on the new law requiring sales tax collection by online retailers qualifies for the ballot, the law will have to be put on hold until the voters have their say. If that opinion holds, it may raise the stakes for a budget written with an expectation of at […]

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Audio: Democratic Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Why He Voted for Arnold Schwarzennegger

July 14, 2011 | 4:45 pm

Audio: Democratic Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Why He Voted for Arnold Schwarzennegger

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Recall the recall for a moment, if you would. You know, the 2003 special election that asked voters two questions: 1) Shall Gray Davis be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor? 2) Candidates to succeed Gray Davis as Governor if he is recalled: Which was followed by a list of candidates that included Arnold […]

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The Budget Deal Explained

June 28, 2011 | 9:04 am

The Budget Deal Explained

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Audio: John Myers discusses budget on KQED Radio Assuming Democratic legislative leaders have their ducks in a row, by Tuesday night the 2011 budget fight could be one for the record books, after confirmation yesterday that Governor Jerry Brown has closed party ranks on a budget that is missing the one thing Brown has seemed […]

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