How did officials get away with giving themselves exorbitant salaries, top notch medical insurance, hefty retirement plans, and high-paying consulting gigs? The answer is charter cities.
Whether or not some judges actually are influenced by campaign contributors, the perception that they are is lethal. How can we be expected to play by the rules if we don't think the rules will apply equally?
Meg Whitman, in her maiden campaign for elected office, has spent more of her own money on her gubernatorial bid, approximately $120 million, than any other candidate in American history.
We could perhaps see Whitman as the unfailingly organized schoolmarm, and Brown as the rebel rousing student. Perhaps their only area of agreement is that California is in a bind.