Pigs didn't fly as far as we could tell, but there was a remarkable sight nonetheless in the Capitol this week: Republicans and business leaders praising a Democratic governor's budget.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued a $97.7 billion plan Thursday that would spend more on education and generally hold the line on health and welfare programs for the foreseeable future.
At a California Chamber of Commerce budget luncheon Friday, business leaders were in good spirits as Brown budget director Ana Matosantos held court.
She emphasized how Brown is paying down debt, bolstering education and spending in line with revenue.
"I think this is the most Republican budget since Pete Wilson," declared Bob Naylor, a lobbyist and former Assembly Republican leader, prompting laughs among chamber members.
His quip came a day after the current Assembly Republican leader, Connie Conway, called Brown "the adult in the room."
But amid the fiscal conservative giddiness, one thing often went unsaid: Brown's austere budget is being balanced with the help of two tax increases that voters approved in November.
Jockeying for Sacramento-area seats is already under way. Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson has created a campaign committee for the seat that will open up when Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is termed out in 2014. And Sheriff's Capt. Jim Cooper, now on the Elk Grove City Council, has created a committee for a run in the 9th Assembly District.
Torey Van Oot
"New Asm. (Jimmy) Gomez is running lobbyists thru his office like the drive-thru at In & Out Burger. Next Speaker?"
DON PERATA, former Senate leader, commenting about the first-term Los Angeles Democrat via Twitter