In summary

A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.

Changing election rules to change election results

Once again, Legislature fiddles with election laws to affect the outcome of contests.

Brown paddles his canoe on left, then right

Jerry Brown once espoused a “canoe theory” about politics, paddling left and then right, and practiced in decreeing the fate of more than 1,000 bills during the 16th and final year of his two-part governorship.

Misleading title hamstrings gas-tax repeal measure

Although most California voters appear to oppose new gas taxes and car fees, a misleading title on a ballot measure to repeal them could doom its passage.

California schools face bleak financial future

A new report says California schools face a number of negative economic factors.

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Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He began his professional career in 1960, at age 16, at the Humboldt Times...