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A Jagged Legislative Battle Ground 0

Katy Grimes: During Gov. Jerry Brown’s first year in office, business interests were able to kill so many bills they came out ahead, a recent news story reported. Is that so? Just how well are California businesses doing right now?

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Art Pedroza Starts Great New Blog 4

John Seiler: Our old friend Art Pedroza has started a great new blog, OCPoliticsBlog.com. I’ve known Art for something like 15-20 years. Back when I was at the Orange County Register in the 1990s, he wrote great letters to the

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Voting Out the Electoral College 15

Creating over-reaching solutions for non-existent problems is what California legislators are good at. A textbook example of this is a bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature which would change the state’s Electoral College process. AB 459 passed in the Legislature in

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Assembly Budget Advice To Congress 0

Katy Grimes: In what should have been an thoroughly embarrassing move on Monday, California’s Assembly voted and passed a resolution to tell Congress to raise the national debt ceiling. Really. Even with my writer’s imagination, I could not make this

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Assembly Crime and Punishment 0

Katy Grimes: It’s never surprising when the wrath of the Speaker of the Assembly comes down on a member for failing to support the party in power on a crucial vote. That’s the way of Capitol politics. What is surprising,

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Hahn-Huey Dogfight for Cong. District 0

JULY 11, 2011 By KATY GRIMES After the February resignation of Democratic Rep. Jane Harman from the 36th Congressional District, most political observers assumed that it would be just another ho-hum political race. They expected a Democrat would easily win in

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Brown Signs Punitive Amazon Tax 25

(This is an updated Washington Examiner story from June 29.) JUNE 30, 2011 By KATY GRIMES With the California legislature having just passed a flawed budget full of accounting tricks, budget gimmicks and money grabs, one area of small business

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Brown, Leg Conjure Up Phantom Budget 2

JUNE 28, 2011 By KATY GRIMES In the shadow of the 2009 tax increases set to expire this Friday July 1, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrat party leadership announced Monday that a majority-vote budget deal had been reached. There

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Dem Budget Deals In Hope 0

Katy Grimes: Democratic legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown announced today that they have reached a majority-vote budget deal – without Republican votes or any of the reforms Republicans have pushed for. Legislators will begin voting on the plan on Tuesday.

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John Chiang Blazes Future of CA Politics 3

JUNE 27, 2011 By JOHN SEILER As they said in old-school physics, nature abhors a vacuum. Passed last November, Proposition 25 marginalized California Republicans by dropping from two-thirds to a majority the threshold for passing a state budget. That left the

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