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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William Bradley: Jerry Brown Leaves the Party Behind in China

Governor Jerry Brown is just back from his first major trip abroad during this incarnation as California's governor. It coincided with the annual state Democratic convention, but that didn't give him pause as he had bigger fish to fry in China. [Read more...]



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William Bradley: Will Jerry Brown Be Unopposed for Reelection?

Will Jerry Brown be unopposed for reelection? Technically, no. Effectively? We'll see.

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William Bradley: The State of Jerry Brown’s Status: After the State of the State

There is no shortage of kudos now for Governor Jerry Brown, who with his State of the State address last Thursday tied the late Governor-turned-Chief Justice Earl Warren for the most such addresses in California's history. Does he have things sewn up politically in the battered but brightening Golden State? [Read more...]



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William Bradley: California’s Futurist Agenda: A Tale of Three Governors

Governor Jerry Brown is working on the new California state budget, the first in more than a decade to be free of the state's deep chronic fiscal crisis. It's an agenda which his two most immediate predecessors, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, in large measure promoted themselves. [Read more...]



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