A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.
With dozens of candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor this year, handicapping the June 5 primary election is difficult. The biggest unknown is whether Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will have the luxury of a Republican opponent in November, or will face fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa.
Gov. Jerry Brown once again is warning about the heavy impact of recession on the state budget. However, he continues to shun reforming the state’s tax system to reduce revenue volatility and therefore lessen the impact.
Despite a surge of revenues, Gov. Jerry Brown holds the line on spending in his final budget. He says state overdue for recession and needs to build reserves to cushion impacts.
California’s Republican elite – yes, Virginia, there was once such a thing – gathered in the Capitol on Dec.