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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 08.06.2014 | 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.

Whose Water? Ours! How to End California's Water Crisis

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

California is basically a dry state, subject to periodic severe droughts. So, how come the largest water user is cow pasture, watered with giant sprinklers sending great sprays into the atmosphere?

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?

Going for Term Four, Jerry Brown Gets It In Gear

William Bradley | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown could have waited until Friday, March 7th -- when delegates arrive at the LA Convention Center and begin caucusing and partying -- to file for re-election, then come by the convention with an 'oh, by the way, look what I just did.'

When Is Enforcement Effective?

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Brigham A. McCown

On a January day when freezing temperatures outside did nothing to cool the heated rhetoric of Congress, a group of former regulators gathered on Capi...

Jerry Brown's New Budget Sets Up Election Year Tug of War With Fellow Dems

William Bradley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After an online leak forced him to advance state budget roll-out press conferences in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego from from Friday to Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his new Prop 30 surplus era California budget proposal and set up a likely tug of war over spending with fellow Democrats.

Jerry Brown's Thankful Holiday Season

William Bradley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Not only is he massively favored for the re-election campaign for an historic fourth term as governor of California, which he, in his inimitable fashion, has not yet announced, he is even being touted for president.

On the 10th Anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger Settling In as Governor

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Schwarzenegger did not revive California as "the golden dream by the sea," as he would have had it in his inaugural address 10 years ago.

Civil Court Crunch Creates Winners, Losers

Sara Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

California, in general, and Los Angeles County, in particular, have become favorites among those "forum shopping" -- a term often used for lawyers naturally searching for a court that favors their case.

Jerry Brown Heads East, Talks West

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown headed east on Wednesday for a featured speech Thursday in Washington to talk up his now ballyhooed successes out here in the west.

Rationing Justice: Closing LA 'Gang Court' Sets Up Vicious Spiral

Sara Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

For young people in South Los Angeles, the only "miracle" in California's budget will be if they get a fair day in court.

New California Law Could Shut Out Low-Income College Students

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.11.2013 | College

A controversial new law will allow some California community colleges to charge more for their most popular classes, outraging some students and publi...

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.

California's Pivotal Day: Things Could Have Gone Very Differently for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, and Many More

William Bradley | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

If a centrist Schwarzenegger was running for re-election in 2010, would Brown, who admired Schwarzenegger and knew first-hand how difficult an incumbent governor is to defeat, have run against him?

California Story: Jerry Brown's Fortunes, or, Stop Me If You've Heard This Before

William Bradley | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Now, having vanquished a massively over-funded opponent, Brown may face off against a massively under-funded opponent. Whitman got 41 percent of the vote for her $180 million. It will be interesting to see how different the results are in 2014, if at all.