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

William Bradley | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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.

California Says 'Welcome Aboard' to Obama's Big Climate Move

William Bradley | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Today's executive order from President Barack Obama, directing power plants to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, vindicates California's 2006 decision to move forward on its own to cut greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive program.

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?

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 and the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Although it is not described that way so much anymore, California may be a good indicator of what the US will look like in the next decades.

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.

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?

Ex-California Governors Back Plan To Speed Up Executions

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

More than 700 California inmates are sitting on a death row that hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006, according to the San Jose Mercury News....

Considering Henry Waxman: Despite Drawbacks, the Congressman and the Scene He Helped Create Had Massive Accomplishments

William Bradley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Henry Waxman's decision to retire from Congress after 40 years service there marks the end of one of the great congressional careers, and the last of the "Watergate class" in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

Obamacare and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Daniel Zingale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Zingale

The Obamacare funding debate in Washington falls on deaf ears here in California. We aren't arguing over why the law was passed; we are too busy working together on how best to implement it.

Why California Is the Hinge of America's Asia-Pacific Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Focusing more on the Asia-Pacific region has long been in the cards as Asian economies rebuilt and rose to the fore in the decades after World War II and the ruinous Pacific War that was such a critical and yet underplayed part of it.

National Clean Energy Summit With Reid and Schwarzenegger

William Bradley | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

When it comes to clean energy, there's plenty of bright-line principle and uplift about the future. But there is plenty of complexity and conflict as well. Who knows? There might even be more stories there.

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.

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.

The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.04.2013 | World
James Marshall Crotty

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Isr...

Obama Pivots Amidst Encroaching Chaos: Is the Promise of the California Summit Receding in the Rearview Mirror?

William Bradley | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

We just don't live in a world in which it makes sense to leave our doors unlocked. But that's not a justification for an anything goes attitude.

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.

Who Does the GOP 'Brand' Impact Most?

Ron Nehring | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Ron Nehring

The rule of thumb is this: the closer a candidate is to the top of the ticket, the better their opportunity to define themselves through their own words and actions.

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?

California Gets a New Democrat: Defection of Recent Rising Star Among Latest Signs of Further GOP Decline

William Bradley | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

One of the strangest things about California over the past decade is how little impact Arnold Schwarzenegger's two landslide wins for the governorship had on the Republican Party.

California's Tides of Opinion: Strong Backing for Immigration Reform and Gun Control, Skepticism About More Taxes

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Two new polls contain fascinating information about major trends of thought among California voters. The most dramatic development is a sharp reversal of opinion on illegal immigrants.