Capitol Alert stories that lit a fire under the readers
California's state budget. Public-sector pensions. Taxes.
Capitol Alert readers avidly followed those issues this year, as the blog's top 10 posts of 2012 show. Here's the list:
No. 10: "Rep. Dennis Cardoza announces resignation" (Aug. 14).
No. 9: "FPPC says Arizona nonprofit laundered money to California campaign" (Nov. 5).
No. 8: "(Ami) Bera lead over (Dan) Lungren wider" (Nov. 9).
No. 7: "Gov. Jerry Brown signs pension reform bill" (Sept. 12).
No. 6: "Jerry Brown budget cuts $1 billion from California welfare" (Jan. 5).
No. 5: "Jerry Brown has early-stage prostate cancer" (Dec. 12).
No. 4: "Republicans propose California budget with state worker pay cut" (March 29).
No. 3: "Gov. Jerry Brown: Cut state workers, health and welfare to solve budget" (May 14):
No. 2: "Controller: State to run out of cash in March without action" (Jan. 31).
No. 1: "High-income Californians may pay nation's highest tax" (Dec. 5).
The top post, by columnist Dan Walters, cited a study looking at possible effects if the country fell over the so-called "fiscal cliff."
It drew more than 328,000 page views after the Drudge Report linked to it.
Lawmakers across the country are debating whether raising federal and state minimum wages would help or hurt the economy, and California legislators soon will have a chance to weigh in. Assembly Bill 10, by Democrat Luis Alejo of Watsonville, would gradually raise the Golden State's minimum wage from $8 to $9.25 an hour by Jan. 1, 2016.
"These guys would sort of judge freshmen by the time it took them to figure out where the private dining room was. It was like a hazing thing. "
BOB FILNER, the San Diego Democrat who served 10 terms in Congress before being sworn in earlier this month as his city's mayor, telling KPCC public radio of Southern California that the old-timers in his party made it as difficult as possible for the newest Democrats serving in the House