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[By Steven Luo | 7 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

California Governor Jerry Brown and state Democrats scored significant victories in Tuesday’s general election, as voters approved Brown’s proposed income and sales tax hike to support education and rejected a measure which would have weakened union influence in politics considerably.

And as of Wednesday morning, Democrats were elected or leading in 28 of the state’s 40 Senate seats and 54 of the 80 Assembly seats — results which, if they hold, would give them two-thirds supermajorities and the power to raise taxes without Republican support for the first time in recent memory.

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[By Steven Luo | 30 Apr 2011 | No Comments]

California Governor Jerry Brown has had surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his nose, according to the governor’s office.

A basal cell carcinoma was found on the right side of the governor’s nose and removed during an outpatient procedure Friday. The governor’s office says “some reconstructive surgery was required as a result of the procedure.”

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[By Steven Luo | 31 Jan 2011 | No Comments]

California Governor Jerry Brown mounted a spirited defense of his proposal to close the state’s $25 billion budget gap in his State of the State address this evening, challenging critics to “let the different ideas come forth.”

“California faces a crisis that is real and unprecedented,” Brown said, saying the times demanded action “boldly and without delay.”

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[By Steven Luo | 27 Jan 2011 | No Comments]

A majority of Californians say they are satisfied with Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to use spending cuts and tax extensions to balance the budget, but support for the proposed ballot measure to extend the tax increases is somewhat weaker, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

And fewer than half of respondents to the Public Policy Institute of California poll say they approve of Brown’s performance in his first few weeks on the job, though many say they are unsure of his job performance.

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[By Steven Luo | 3 Jan 2011 | No Comments]

Newly elected Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians “learn to work together as Californians first, members of a political party second” as he was sworn in for an unprecedented third term as California’s governor.

Brown, a Democrat who previously served as governor from 1975 to 1983, promised he would deliver a “painful,” but “honest” budget that will “realign key functions that are currently spread between state and local government,” and affirmed his belief that “the people of California have not lost their pioneering spirit or their capacity to meet life’s challenges.”

Oakland, Political Beat »

Supporters for Jerry Brown gather at the Fox Theater to await his victory speech in his bid for California governor. (Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(11/3) — 06:20 PDT — OAKLAND — Jerry Brown had his wish granted Tuesday night: the former two-term California governor from the 1970s won a third term as the top official in the state, beating out Republican challenger and political novice Meg Whitman.

And in front of a crowd of cheering supports at the Fox Theater in Oakland, he promised to work toward a “breakthrough” in Sacramento.

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[By Steven Luo | 3 Nov 2010 | One Comment]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer defied the red tide that swept Republicans into office nationwide Tuesday, winning hotly-contested races over well-funded Republican opponents and leading what could be a Democratic sweep of the statewide offices Tuesday.

Meanwhile, state voters rejected proposals to legalize marijuana and suspend the state’s 2006 global warming control law, while passing a proposal to let future state budgets be passed by a majority vote of the legislature instead of a two-thirds vote.

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[By Steven Luo | 2 Nov 2010 | One Comment]

Amidst a backdrop of high unemployment and record discontent with government, California voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose a governor and senator, and decide on a host of state ballot measures on topics ranging from the legalization of marijuana to whether the legislature should be able to pass a budget without a 2/3 supermajority.

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[By Steven Luo | 28 Oct 2010 | No Comments]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has opened a 10-point lead on Republican rival Meg Whitman with less than a week to go before the election, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

Brown, the state attorney general who served two terms as governor in the 1970s, drew the support of 49 percent of likely voters in the survey, up from 41 percent in September’s Field Poll. Whitman, the former eBay CEO, was backed by 39 percent, down from 41 percent in September.

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[By Steven Luo | 21 Oct 2010 | No Comments]

At a time when discontent with state government and elected officials is at record highs, California’s voters appear to be leaning toward returning Attorney General Jerry Brown — a Democrat who has already served two terms as governor — to the state’s top post.

Those are among the findings of a Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday, which shows Brown with an eight-point advantage over his Republican rival, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.