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While Jerry Brown Focuses On Term 4 Challenges, a Senate Race Starts to Shape Up

William Bradley | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

For the first time since the first George Bush was president, California Democrats are having a competition for a seat in the U.S. Senate. And the early leader is the only candidate on the 2010 statewide Democratic ticket who nearly didn't win.

Jerry Brown's Big Green Inaugural Week

William Bradley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown isn't much of a party animal, as his latest low-key inaugural festivities suggest, but he showed again that he does have a knack for making a set of impressions.

Pre-Holiday Jerry Brown Preps for Term 4

William Bradley | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown was resolute when I raised the latest disappointing round of UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru with him. "California will lead the way," he declared. "Have no doubt."

Jerry Brown's California, Barack Obama's America: Starkly Different Democratic Realities

William Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Looking at the political shards left over from Tuesday's election, shadowed so heavily by President Barack Obama's sharp decline from his strong re-election just two years ago, we see two starkly different realities for Democrats in the nation's largest state and the nation as a whole.

Jerry Brown's Final (Gubernatorial) Campaign Ends Quietly and Confidently

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In his Zen-inflected drive for a record fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown had a deceptively simple approach. He would run for governor by being governor.

On the Road To Term 4, Jerry Brown Dispenses With Kashkari and Rolls With Arnold Schwarzenegger

William Bradley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After kicking off the fall campaign with his latest Labor Day weekend tour, Governor Jerry Brown ... wait. That didn't happen. I don't know what Jerry Brown did on Labor Day weekend, but it wasn't that.

California Primary: Jerry Brown Romps While Republicans Dodge Their Own Silver Bullet and Other Races Intrigue

William Bradley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Though the election was largely a bore, it did have some interesting outcomes, not only in the statewide races but also in some district level races for Congress and state Assembly and even local office.

Now That the Future's Back in California, What's Up and Why with Jerry Brown, Democrats, and Republicans

William Bradley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Is it because of Jerry Brown's leadership skills, his "insider's knowledge and outsider's mind?" Is it because California Democrats have their act together? Is it because California Republicans have run their party into the ground? Or some combination thereof?

Amidst the Encomiums for His Record-Setting Tenure, It Can Now Be Revealed: Jerry Brown's Only Fatal Vulnerability for Re-Election

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Amidst the plaudits for his record and his new/renewed governorship, California Republicans met over the weekend past in convention to, among other things, discuss what they will try to do next year when Brown runs for re-election, something he has not yet announced.

How Prop 187 Became the Pivot for the Immigration Issue and Future of Democratic Politics

William Bradley | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Kathleen Brown was on her third campaign manager, and things weren't going well. She had begun as the toast of the East Coast-based national media, with a big lead in the polls over incumbent California Republican Governor Pete Wilson.

Sunnylands Summitry: Alternate Chinese View, Alternate Californian Summit

William Bradley | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Snowden's revelations have dramatically undercut Washington's effort to corner Beijing on the issue. They allow Xi to counter Obama's complaints by saying that the rest of the world, including China, is a potential victim of this massive and formerly secret American cyber-surveillance program.

The State of Jerry Brown's Status: After the State of the State

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

There is no shortage of kudos now for Governor Jerry Brown, who with his State of the State address last Thursday tied the late Governor-turned-Chief Justice Earl Warren for the most such addresses in California's history. Does he have things sewn up politically in the battered but brightening Golden State?

A Bucket of Woe: Jerry Brown's Unsurprisingly Unhappy Budget

William Bradley | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Does the air of shock around the latest in California's chronic budget crisis count as a failure of Gov. Brown's communications strategy? Or as a success? A bad shock may be what the electoral doctor ordered for Brown's November revenue initiative.

Jerry Brown 2.0 at 1

William Bradley | Posted 03.08.2012 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

President Barack Obama will carry California. That's not in question. What is in question is California's future.

Jerry Brown Makes Some Moves

William Bradley | Posted 10.01.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Brown had been remarkably quiet since signing the state budget at the end of June, even by the terms of his rather quiet new/renewed governorship. He returned on July 22nd with a burst of activity.

Anne Gust Brown's Key Role In Jerry's Life

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jerry Brown was feeling the pressure. His billionaire Republican opponent in California's gubernatorial race had tapped he...

From Governator to Moonbeam

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

It's the fate of Jerry Brown, the 34th and 39th governor of California, to succeed Republican movie stars as governor. Of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a much bigger movie star than Ronald Reagan ever dreamed of being.

2010: A Jerry Brown Odyssey

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

In the long and winding road that is Jerry Brown's life, there has been no shortage of odysseys. But with 2010 drawing to a close, and Brown confronting one of the greatest crises of governance seen in a modern state, it's worth looking at this particular one.

Jerry Brown on Crises Past and Present

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

As Jerry Brown prepares to become California's oldest governor more than three decades after he became its youngest in the modern era, many search for clues to his thinking. The past is prologue.

Jerry Brown and the California Exception

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The dust is still settling on Brown's resounding landslide victory by a margin of more than 1.2 million votes over billionaire Meg Whitman. The race was by far the costliest non-presidential campaign in American history.