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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.

For Any Working Mom, Child Care Is Essential

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In California and nationwide, our youngest citizens' futures must be at the top of our agenda. This is not the time to be timid, or deal with it in K-12 proposals and politicking. Later is too late; the research keeps mounting about where we need to put our money and why.

Jerry Brown Encounters Interesting Times

William Bradley | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is certainly having an interesting time of it lately as California's stabilization continues. Mostly quite good. But hardly all.

How Jerry Brown's California Budget Revision Is Playing

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Championing what he calls "prudence, not exuberance," Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday rolled out the annual "May Revise" of his proposed California state budget. How's it playing? Oh, and what's the play?

For California Republicans, Stunt Politics Worked for Awhile and Then Backfired (Yet Dems Can Still Blow It)

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

With Republicans in such profound disarray, can Democrats still screw up their opportunity for ongoing dominance?

Will Jerry Brown Be Unopposed for Reelection?

William Bradley | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Will Jerry Brown be unopposed for reelection? Technically, no. Effectively? We'll see.

Jerry Brown Finds Fun (in New Foil Rick Perry) and More Than a Bit of Illumination

William Bradley | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Does Brown want to fence with Perry in such a way as to help him with his right-wing Republican base and hurt him with moderate voters? Is he just messing about? Does he want to have some fun at the expense of a relatively unarmed man?

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?

The Slow Death of Justice in California

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

The societal harm caused by judicial budget slashing to crisis levels obviously stretches far beyond the damage caused to parties in individual cases. It undermines our democratic system.

Jerry Brown's New Budget for Post-Crisis California: Discipline Begets Opportunity

William Bradley | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

California's generation-long chronic budget crisis is over, but, while the sun is shining, metaphorically speaking, happy days aren't here again. (To reference the Democratic Party's New Deal theme song.) Not just yet.

These Convenient Machines

Rek LeCounte | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Rek LeCounte

How massively unsustainable must our system of taxes and borrowing get before we decide to rethink our asphyxiating choices? What happens when the next shock comes and the few key pillars of wealth cannot hold?

Observations on Jerry Brown's Prop 30 Win: From the Notebook

William Bradley | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The dust is still settling from Governor Jerry Brown's big win with his Proposition 30 revenue initiative. While it may be premature to say that the Prop 13 era has given way completely to the Prop 30 era, this is clearly a very big deal, with ramifications that will play out over a period of years.

Jerry Brown Rides a Wave With National Implications

William Bradley | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown's Proposition 30 revenue initiative, which consists of temporary hikes in income taxes for the wealthy and a quarter-cent sales tax for all to stop education cuts and stabilize the long-reeling state budget, is a big win that may point to a path forward for national Democrats.

California's Cap-and-Trade May Solve State's Budget Problems

Ann Carlson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Ann Carlson

The biggest news out of California may be that the supermajority could solve our budget problems without raising any new taxes or cutting existing programs.

How Jerry Brown Pulled Off the Big Prop 30 Win

William Bradley | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

How did Governor Jerry Brown pull off the strikingly sizable victory for his Proposition 30 revenue initiative? Think three words: Focus, foundation, and fortune.

Don't Look Now, But... Can Jerry Brown Actually Pull Off a Prop 30 Win?

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

I've predicted that Prop 30 -- the California initiative to temporarily raise taxes on the rich, along with a quarter-cent sales tax hike, to stave off big education cuts and stabilize the state budget -- will lose. Sometimes I like being wrong. This would definitely be one of those times.

California Story: The Initiatives Shake Down While Banana Republic Politics Revs Up

William Bradley | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

After a mostly sleepy summer and fall, California's initiative campaigns are concluding in a paroxysm of the bizarre. Here's the latest in the wild banana republic-style funding action, and a forecast of the outcomes of the various initiatives on the ballot.

California Republic: Pass the Bananas

William Bradley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Jerry Brown may have thought that the bad old days of campaign finance were gone. At least for a fleeting historical moment. But now he's finding himself in the midst of some bad new days.

Jerry Brown Gets an October Surprise

William Bradley | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown's plans to match his big budget cuts with new revenues were already somewhat complicated by heiress Molly Munger's rival income-tax-hike-for-the-schools initiative. But a much bigger threat emerged in dramatic fashion late last week.

Jerry Brown: Gearing Up a Campaign at Last?

William Bradley | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

It's been a fairly quiet campaign season so far in California with the exception of Proposition 32, the effort to rein in campaign spending by public employee unions by taking away their ability to have automatic paycheck deductions from union members.