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October 4, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Robert Draper has written some of the best long-form political journalism of recent years. And he knows his Texas, having gone to high school in Houston and college in Austin, at the state's flagship university. He's also written for a number of Texas publications, including Texas Monthly magazine, where he offers a smart take on Wendy Davis' just-announced campaign for governor. Among the takeaways: Davis is no Ann Richards, the sassy liberal who just happens to be the last Democrat elected Texas governor, all the way back in 1990.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013
Gov.  Jerry Brown  and top lawmakers have reached agreement on some of the most contentious issues in the state budget, granting the governor significant victories on the redistribution of school money and expectations of revenue. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the latest negotiations between the governor and lawmakers in Sacramento with Times reporter Chris Megerian. The budget plan would increase funding for schools across the board and send extra money to districts with large numbers of poor students and English learners -- a key goal for Brown.
WORLD
July 7, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Concluding a violent campaign season, Mexicans were voting Sunday in 15 states for local officials in an election seen as a test of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's ability to consolidate power nationwide. The most important race is in Baja California, the state that borders California and encompasses Tijuana. Voters there were choosing a governor, a post that has deep symbolic importance for two of Mexico's main political parties. In 1989, after six decades of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, the party lost a state for the first time in its history as Baja California voters chose as governor a member of the opposition the National Action Party, or PAN. Baja thus became the launching pad for the PAN to unseat the PRI from the presidency in 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown's new offer of a 4.5% pay raise to the largest state employee union could affect the decision of a citizens panel that meets Wednesday to decide whether to give salary increases to the governor and legislators. It could be a factor in the discussions, according to Thomas Dalzell, chairman of the California Citizens Compensation Commission. “I wanted to see what happens to other state employees,” Dalzell said Tuesday. Last week, Brown announced a tentative agreement with California's largest state worker union, SEIU Local 1000, providing a possible 2% raise July 1, 2014, if the state reaches certain financial goals, and a 2.5% raise a year later.
WORLD
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- Andres Granier, the former governor of the Mexican state of Tabasco who was recently caught on tape boasting that he owned 300 suits and 400 pairs of shoes, was arrested Tuesday evening by federal authorities on suspicion of tax fraud and “operating with illicit proceeds.” Granier, 65, has taken center stage in Mexican politics in recent weeks  after tapes surfaced of him talking about his lavish lifestyle -- boasts that he...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he has seen enough. He wants to rid California of incessant special elections to fill vacancies in the Legislature. The elections interrupt the legislative process, he asserts, and they bleed local taxpayers - roughly $1 million each time some lawmaker jumps ship, which has been increasingly often. Let the governor fill vacant seats and be done with it, the Sacramento Democrat contends. Amen. If it were possible, I'd order lawmakers to stop the music, grab a seat and stay put. This musical chairs game is too expensive for the adults, the taxpayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld and Evan Halper
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, seeking to conquer what could be the last budget crisis of his tenure, is engaged in a high-stakes negotiating strategy with lawmakers that could force him to preside over a meltdown of state government. As legislators have scrambled to stop the state from postponing payment of its bills and issuing IOUs starting next week, the governor has vowed to veto any measure that fails to close the state's entire $24-billion deficit.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani and Mark Z. Barabak
A former close aide to Gov. Chris Christie said the governor knew about the George Washington Bridge road closures while they were happening, disputing the governor's assertions that he only learned about the mess later. A lawyer for David Wildstein, who engineered the lane closures while working at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a letter that the closures came at the “at the Christie adminstration's order” and that “evidence exists” to show the governor learned of it during the closures and the ensuing four-day traffic jam in Fort Lee, the town leading to the bridge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Let's welcome the governor back home. It must be sobering. The work has been piling up. The real, difficult work. Actually, it was piling up even before Gov. Jerry Brown departed on a weeklong "trade and investment" mission to China with 90 lobbyists, business execs and pals - who kicked in enough extra money to pay for him and his aides. As I previously wrote, if this was really worth the governor's time and energy - if the state actually did benefit, and it probably did - then the state should have paid for it, not a horde of favor-seeking special interests.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he would step down at the end of his current term, a move that will end his reign as the longest-serving chief executive in state history even as he left open the possibility of another run for president in 2016. Quoting from the Book of  Ecclesiastes, Perry said there was a time for everything in life and, for him, "the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. " Perry's decision, which was not unexpected, ensures the biggest shakeup in Texas politics in well over a decade, though the fresh faces are likely to be Republican and not Democratic.
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