William Bradley: California Republicans in Focus: The Controller’s Race Gets A Democrat, Kashkari vs. Schwarzenegger, The Brown Parade Rolls On

The long road back for California Republicans came into clearer focus in the past few days as the Democratic candidate in the race for state controlle...

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William Bradley: Even With California’s Legislature on Summer Vacation, Things Keep Perking in Jerry Brown World

With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: Jerry Brown Aims Elsewhere As Republicans Careen Toward California Primary

In truth, it doesn't really matter for Brown which Republican he wallops in November. He will win a record fourth term as California's governor in a landslide, his third in four gubernatorial runs. What difference does it make how much he wins by? [Read more...]



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William Bradley: California’s ‘Up-Wing’ Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis

Brown, Schwarzenegger, and Davis are not so much left-wing figures or right-wing figures as they are up-wing figures, i.e., political leaders who place a special emphasis on big think/think big future-oriented policies that position California on the global cutting edge. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: Jerry Brown’s Thankful Holiday Season

Not only is he massively favored for the re-election campaign for an historic fourth term as governor of California, which he, in his inimitable fashion, has not yet announced, he is even being touted for president. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: Amidst the Encomiums for His Record-Setting Tenure, It Can Now Be Revealed: Jerry Brown’s Only Fatal Vulnerability for Re-Election

Amidst the plaudits for his record and his new/renewed governorship, California Republicans met over the weekend past in convention to, among other things, discuss what they will try to do next year when Brown runs for re-election, something he has not yet announced. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: National Clean Energy Summit With Reid and Schwarzenegger

When it comes to clean energy, there's plenty of bright-line principle and uplift about the future. But there is plenty of complexity and conflict as well. Who knows? There might even be more stories there. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: California’s Pivotal Day: Things Could Have Gone Very Differently for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, and Many More

If a centrist Schwarzenegger was running for re-election in 2010, would Brown, who admired Schwarzenegger and knew first-hand how difficult an incumbent governor is to defeat, have run against him? [Read more...]



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William Bradley: California Story: Jerry Brown’s Fortunes, or, Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before

Now, having vanquished a massively over-funded opponent, Brown may face off against a massively under-funded opponent. Whitman got 41 percent of the vote for her $180 million. It will be interesting to see how different the results are in 2014, if at all. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: How Jerry Brown’s California Budget Revision Is Playing

Championing what he calls "prudence, not exuberance," Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday rolled out the annual "May Revise" of his proposed California state budget. How's it playing? Oh, and what's the play? [Read more...]



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William Bradley: California Gets a New Democrat: Defection of Recent Rising Star Among Latest Signs of Further GOP Decline

One of the strangest things about California over the past decade is how little impact Arnold Schwarzenegger's two landslide wins for the governorship had on the Republican Party. [Read more...]



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