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Debra Saunders: Arnold a flop
One of my favorite columnists is Debra Saunders of Chronicle. She's survived the ongoing demise of newspapers, at least so far. Her take on Arnold's State of the State address is similar to mine (which was published yesterday in our news section). She writes: Mention Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger - y...
NEW: CA Dems also splitting on social-services spending
As noted in a previous blog, "CA Dem vs CA Dem on taxes," California's virtual one-party state is developing fissures. One is over taxes. Another is over spending on social programs. New Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, and others believe Gov. Jerry Brown is too frugal with ...
NEW: Jerry Brown’s $24 million campaign war chest
Being close to a one-party state is distorting California politics in unpredictable ways. The latest: According to the Los Angeles Times, Gov. Jerry Brown still holds almost $24 million in his 2014 war chest for governor. The reason is his Republican opponent last November, Neel Kashkari, wasn't...
CA jobless down, but state faces competition
California took pride this week in the staggering news of Apple Inc.'s record quarterly earnings. And the state unemployment rate dropped in December to 7 percent, down from 7.2 percent in November -- a vast improvement over the 12 percent of 2010 and 2012. But a glance to the future -- and b...
Californians distrust state government
  Nine out of 10 Californians believe state government wastes their tax dollars. Two-thirds believe state government is run for the benefit of a few special interests and state officials cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Those results from a Public Policy Institute of California s...
CA lawmakers deal pair of online poker bills
State lawmakers have dealt out a pair of bills to legalize Internet poker in California. Assemblymen Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, and Reggies Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, have introduced separate proposals to allow online poker in the largest potential gaming market in the country. As many as 2 mil...
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