Archive for December 29th, 2013

SacBee: Dan Walters: California politicians, interests play ‘economic impact’ game

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 – 12:00 am

One of the games that politicians and interest groups play is called “economic impact.”

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Texas+California Flags

California, Texas and America’s red-blue divide: Three-quarters of state governments — more than at any time in recent memory — are fully controlled by either Republicans or Democrats. The values that underpin these governing strategies reflect contrasting political visions, and their differences can be seen in stark terms in when comparing Democratic-controlled California with Republican-controlled Texas.

By Dan Balz
Sunday, December 29, 2013

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. One is grounded in principles of lean and limited government and on traditional values; the other is built on a belief in the essential role of government and on tenets of cultural liberalism.

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WashPost: Texas, California embody red-blue divide

Campaigns

By Dan Balz
Sunday, December 29, 2013

California and Texas are nation-states within the United States, a pair of behemoths in size, population, history and influence. In the debate over red-state vs. blue-state governance, they stand at opposite poles.

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Municipal Bonds

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 27, 2013

A multi-billion-dollar surge of bond issues by state and local governments is making California, once again, the nation’s top issuer of municipal debt, the Bloomberg financial news service calculates.

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The PE: ECONOMY: How much will extended benefit sunset cost?

Unemployment Benefits Application

December 27, 2013; 04:18 PM

The good news for David Abad is that he’s about to start a new job.

But it would have been a much more festive holiday for Abad and his family if he had learned about the job offer a week earlier. On Christmas Day he found himself at the end of the 26 weeks of unemployment benefits California provides for, and he was expecting nothing after that because the federally funded extended benefits program officially ends Saturday.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press-Enterprise, click here.