Archive for March 30th, 2014

LATimes: Indispensable insider looks out for Gov. Jerry Brown’s interests

Nancy McFadden

Nancy McFadden, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide, leads a meeting in the governor’s office in the Capitol. Before working for Brown she held senior posts in the Clinton administration and at PG&E. (Robert Durell, For The Times / March 13, 2014)

By Anthony York
March 29, 2014, 6:25 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:11 pm

One of the conceits of Capitol politicians – much on display during this election year – is that they finally balanced the state budget after years of deficits.

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Among the 20 firms buying the most California real estate since January 2012, purchases are down more than 70% compared with last year in each of the last four months.

By Tim Logan
March 29, 2014, 5:00 a.m.

This time last year, investment firms raced to buy dozens of single-family homes in neighborhoods from Fontana to South Los Angeles to lease them out, transforming the mom-and-pop rental business into a Wall Street juggernaut.

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Jeb Bush

Wilfredo Lee/AP – GOP insiders and financiers courting former Florida governor Jeb Bush and starting to talk fundraising strategy.

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
Sunday, March 30, 2014

LAS VEGAS — Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

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