On politics in the Golden State
June 8, 2011 | 12:47 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the Legislature have long complained that Republicans in the Legislature take their policy cues from radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

The timing of Republicans’ new position in budget talks –- that they would now support an election on tax extensions, but not a “bridge tax” until that election -– will likely only add fuel to that fire.

The new GOP stance comes only days after Kobylt and Chiampou, whose KFI-AM (640) drive-time show reaches more listeners than any other non-syndicated talk program in California, changed their own opinion on the matter.

After months of pillorying Republicans who dared to negotiate about a special election on extending current vehicle and sales tax rates to help balance the budget — calling for the “head on a stick” of any GOP legislator who would relent to Brown’s proposal — Kobylt announced last Thursday that he had changed his mind.

“I think we ought to go and have the referendum since it probably will be voted down, all the taxes,” Kobylt said. He said his change of heart was the result of studying poll numbers for the tax extensions that Brown seeks. “The Republicans that we put the heads on a stick? Let them put this on the ballot now, because I think we’re going to win,” he said.

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