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Why Jerry Brown Prevailed So Quickly in the California Budget Tussle

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

For weeks there were signs of a potential California budget fight between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators, with the press spinning it up a bit. The Legislative Analyst Office was estimating billions more in revenue than the Brown administration.

Despite Water and Climate Controversies and Urgings for Tax Hikes and Tax Cuts, Jerry Brown Scores High in New Polling

William Bradley | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The big drought has Californians worried. There are major controversies over Governor Jerry Brown's order to cut water consumption by 25 percent, not to mention some furious to-and-froing on climate change and demands for tax hikes and tax cuts.

Critics of Federal Spending on Cities Should Look to the South

David Paul | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Paul

If we are going to discuss the effectiveness of federal policies in our cities -- and we should -- it is time to discuss as well why some states continue to benefit systemically to the disadvantage of others, with little or no benefit to show for it in terms of relative progress as measured by socio-economic indicators.

Jerry Brown Drops Out of Stealth Mode In Washington to Talk Presidential Politics

William Bradley | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown gets widespread praise for California's comeback. And though some landowners in the Central Valley are trying to drag out the otherwise greenlit high-speed rail project there, he has more good news of late.

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.

On the Eve of Another Low-Key Inaugural, Jerry Brown Heads Into a High-Key Term 4

William Bradley | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The issues Brown is championing, in some cases for 40 years and more, dating back to his first gubernatorial inaugural in 1975 and before, are in many respects issues about the future of not only California but also the world.

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 Gets the Final Count and Looks Ahead

William Bradley | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

As he contemplates some fights to come in his record-setting fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown finally got the final count on his re-election. Late absentees and provisional ballots boosted Brown more than a full point from his standing the morning after, to 60.0 percent.

I Was Robbed: Literally

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.13.2015 | Crime
Jon Hotchkiss

I was the victim of a burglary. I know this because that's what it says on the copy of the Los Angeles Police Department Investigative Report I was gi...

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.

Jerry Brown Does His Yale Law Reunion While Kashkari Keeps Attacking and Arnold Savors Paris

William Bradley | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Republican Neel Kashkari has intensified his attack on Governor Jerry Brown, insisting that he has uncovered "Jerry Brown's Watergate." So what does Brown do? Continue to ignore the former Wall Street bailout coordinator, and continue his drive to a record fourth term as California's governor.

Jerry Brown Cruises (and Makes an Adjustment) As Kashkari Flails Strangely

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With just under three weeks left till the November 4th election, Jerry Brown is driving toward a big win in his quest for a record fourth term as governor of California.

Jerry Brown in Total Command for Term 4 Five Weeks Out

William Bradley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Despite Obama's slumping popularity, all that remains in question is the final margin of victory, the outcome of key initiatives important to Brown's future plans, the size of Democratic majorities in the state Senate and Assembly, and whether there will be another Democratic sweep of all statewide offices.

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.

The Arnold Extravaganza, 11 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

How will Schwarzenegger and his governorship -- easily the most surprising thing in a surprising life -- be seen in the end? That depends on a number of things, not the least of which is himself.

California Republicans in Focus: The Controller's Race Gets a Democrat

William Bradley | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The long road back for California Republicans came into clearer focus in the past few days as the Democratic candidate in the race for state controlle...

Even With California's Legislature on Summer Vacation, Things Keep Perking in Jerry Brown World

William Bradley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.

Jerry Brown Gets His California Budget, Teachers Unions Get a Harsh Wake-Up Call

William Bradley | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In a society in which capital has disproportionate power over labor, and in which organized labor is on the decline as a proportion of the labor force, it's incumbent on leaders of organized labor not to make it easy for their enemies to make them the issue.

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.

California Primary: Devolution and the Republican Race to Lose to Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just a few days remain till California's primary election. Will California Republicans, whose share of the state's electorate dropped more than seven percent over the past decade, veer even further to the right with their standard-bearer for governor?

Jerry Brown Aims Elsewhere As Republicans Careen Toward California Primary

William Bradley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In truth, it doesn't really matter for Brown which Republican he wallops in November. He will win a record fourth term as California's governor in a landslide, his third in four gubernatorial runs. What difference does it make how much he wins by?

Jerry Brown Makes Big Budget Moves While the Republican Race To Lose To Him Intensifies

William Bradley | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With less than three weeks until California's primary election, Governor Jerry Brown continues to campaign for a record fourth term by acting as governor while the race for the right to lose to him in November between a pair of little-known yet sharply contrasting Republicans continues to intrigue in an oddly low-key sort of way.

California Primary: Republican Fight to Lose to Jerry Brown Still Unsettled One Month Out

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In the absence of big initiative battles or high-profile, big money candidates slugging it out, we are left with, what we are left with. Primarily, that's the question of which little known Republican will emerge from the open primary into the November run-off with Governor Jerry Brown.

California's 'Up-Wing' Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis

William Bradley | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown, Schwarzenegger, and Davis are not so much left-wing figures or right-wing figures as they are up-wing figures, i.e., political leaders who place a special emphasis on big think/think big future-oriented policies that position California on the global cutting edge.