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Links 1 through 10 of 55 by Gregory Cole tagged Jerry_Brown

It's only a radio ad, but if you listen closely you can almost hear the swagger of the governor of Texas.

"Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible," says an sympathetic Gov. Rick Perry in the 30 second radio ad now on the air in California's major radio markets.

"I have a message for California businesses," says. "Come check out Texas."

Perry's new public relations assault is only the latest chapter in a saga that has been running now for years -- a battle between the nation's two most populous states for bragging rights about who's got it the best.

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The linchpin of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan is a June special election in which voters would be asked to extend temporary tax increases on income, purchases and vehicles that are set to expire this year. Placing such a measure on the ballot would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, meaning Republican votes are needed.

Assembly GOP leader Connie Conway of Tulare says her caucus won't provide any. "Assembly Republicans stand united as the last line of defense for California taxpayers," she said in a statement. "There are not votes in the Assembly Republican Caucus to place the same tax increases that voters overwhelmingly rejected less than two years ago back on the ballot."

If Conway is right, things just got trickier for Brown.

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If Brown end arounds the Legislature, might he be recalled for malfeasance?

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1) Latinos did not constitute 22% of the electorate as reported by the Edison Research exit poll and blabbed along by those who would make the Latino vote look more important than it is (for the record, our two posted references to the 22 % factor, one from a guest columnist, the other a suggestion, are here and here). Latinos accounted for 16% of the vote, just as the better pollsters had predicted (and just 1-point lower than the LA Times/USC poll found after the fact).

2) “Independents” did not account for 27% of the voters, as reported by the exit poll and some pollsters (we name no names) who rely on party identification – a practice Calbuzz can’t fathom when party registration is available. Actual independents, that is, decline-to-state voters, accounted for 17% of the electorate.

These facts, part of the data pulled from the final voter file by Bob Proctor of Statewide Information Systems of Sacramento, are important

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But, Latinos did overwhelmingly vote for J. brown

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The budget proposals Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to unveil Monday have had those of us in local government in California holding our breath. Why? Because a key component in his plan to solve the state's structural deficit will rely on a strategy known as "realignment," in which state and local governments swap various funding streams and service responsibilities. The stated aim is to restore local administrative control and stabilize unpredictable revenues.

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Even the Democrat controlled County Board of Supervisors are leary because THEY will have to cut services or raise taxes shifting the blame form the Governor and California Legislature.

More symbolism over substance from Jerry Brown.

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In between meetings with legislative leaders Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown defended his appointment of Bill Honig, the former state schools chief convicted 18 years ago on conflict-of-interest charges, to the State Board of Education.

"He has the knowledge and skill to be quite valuable, and it would be a shame to waste that," the governor said.

Brown said he expected some controversy: "You can't create an omelet without breaking the eggs."
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Bill Honig is a convicted felon for misappropriating state of California monies.

He should have nothing to do with the State Board of Education

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On his first full day on the job, Gov. Jerry Brown walked right up to the third rail of California politics. As he headed into a meeting with local government officials, he talked about how the state response to Proposition 13's limitations on property-tax rates have contributed to the state's financial dysfunction.

Brown's remarks come as he prepares to unveil a budget plan next week that will include proposals for unwinding the consolidation of government power in Sacramento that has taken place since voters approved the ballot measure in 1978, when Brown was first governor.

Brown's goal is to work with cities and counties to return many state government functions back to local governments.

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Of course, he wants to repeal it and further grow the government ---> city and county level

The problem will be a real estate price crash and a split roll which will be anti-business

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Gov. Jerry Brown will spare K-12 schools from further drastic cuts in his budget – so long as voters extend higher income taxes in a special election, according to sources familiar with his proposal.

The tradeoff wouldn't cure education ills, and many districts would still face another year of fewer school days and larger class sizes. But it could avert even deeper cuts after years of school rollbacks and help Brown galvanize powerful education support for tax hikes in a June special election
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Brown plans to ask voters to extend higher tax rates on sales, vehicles and income. His proposal would send additional sales and vehicle tax money to counties as part of his plan to shift more responsibilities to local governments.

But Brown would keep the extra income tax revenue for the state, with a substantial portion going to education to offset that $2 billion cut. In his inaugural speech Monday, Brown singled out public schools as an area he wants to bolster in his return as governor.

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Fixing California's budget mess would be a three-stage, multiyear process. The first would be cutting spending to close the current gap and doing so in a way that convinces voters that Brown and legislators are serious about the new reality.

Stage two would be a 2011-12 budget that continues the spending cuts and asks voters for more revenues, possibly a limited extension of the $8 billion-plus in last year's temporary tax hikes that will soon expire.

Were those two steps to avert fiscal disaster and improve voter confidence, stage three would be a massive restructuring of public finances, including a much-discussed "realignment" of state-local responsibilities to, bring governmental activities … closer to the people."

We should, for instance, find out why, with 12 percent of the nation's population, we have 32 percent of its welfare cases, and why we're spending three times as much on prisons as Texas, which has almost as many inmates.
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Good luck with that, Jerry

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Jerry Brown's 1977 veto of a death penalty bill and his appointment of the overtly anti-capital punishment Rose Bird as the state's chief justice haunted him as well, playing a major role in his losing a U.S. Senate bid to Republican Pete Wilson in 1982.

Kathleen Brown enjoyed a big lead over then-Gov. Wilson when she began her 1994 run for the governorship, but Wilson hammered her on capital punishment and won in a landslide.

"Kathleen Brown is against the death penalty," one Wilson TV spot said, "even for drive-by killings … even for carjackings that take innocent lives. Kathleen Brown has the same position on the death penalty as her brother, Jerry Brown, who appointed dangerously lenient judges like Chief Justice Rose Bird, who voted to overturn 68 out of 68 death sentences."
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Meg needs to pursue this line of attack.

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Count the National Organization for Women among those unsatisfied with state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown's debate apology for the campaign staffer who called Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman a "whore."

A statement on NOW's website from President Terry O'Neill said Brown's comments Tuesday night did not go far enough.
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How does Jerry fire his wife?

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