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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."

Pivoting to Success: Is Obama's Progress in the Asia-Pacific and Elsewhere Enough?

William Bradley | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With his eight-day tour of the Asia-Pacific, his affirmation of equality on the Internet, and his move to block mass deportations, President Barack Obama has some big post-election actions to point to as he seeks to rebound from the disaster of the mid-term elections.

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.

Other States Should Follow California's Lead in Providing Health Plan Ratings

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Regardless of where you live, you should check out those rankings before selecting your insurance carrier for 2015. You'll find that, just as in California, the nonprofits lead the pack and the for-profits are eating their dust.

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.

Epic and Comic in Cal Governor's Race: Jerry Brown's Water Win vs Kashkari's Homeless Gag

William Bradley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While this water bond, assuming passage at the polls in November, may or may not lessen the need for the Delta tunnels in future years, Brown is thinking much further ahead many decades in fact, to a much larger California.

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.

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.

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

William Bradley | Posted 08.02.2014 | 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.