The national press has been so good to Gov. Jerry Brown lately it was hardly surprising to see this headline above a profile in Rolling Stone: "Jerry Brown's Tough-Love California Miracle: The 75-year-old governor rescued the Golden State from financial ruin and is reshaping a national progressive agenda."
The article, published on the magazine's website Thursday, follows recent spreads in The New York Times and The Atlantic, the latter of which shimmered in the glow of a governor who "moves, talks, reacts and laughs like someone who is in no mood, and feels no need, to slow down."
It isn't only Brown's reaction time that impresses observers from afar.
He is praised for passage of his November ballot initiative to raise taxes, for California's improving budget outlook and for his political dominance at the Capitol.
It isn't all flattery. Former California Democratic lawmaker and Brown contemporary Tom Hayden took a mild shot in Rolling Stone, saying Brown is "the kind of guy who, when he knows he's wrong, argues harder."
Still, on the East Coast, there is even talk that Brown might run again for president.
He isn't, but "don't be surprised" if he does, NBC News' First Read blog said this month.
BY THE NUMBERS
Although whites have dropped to well under 50 percent of California's population, they still comprise a majority of state voters, according to new studies by the Public Policy Institute of California. The research found that while whites make up 44 percent of the adult population, they are 62 percent of likely voters. La- tinos are 33 percent of the adult population but 17 percent of voters.
"If the Senate president pro tem would put this up for a vote, it would pass. The votes are there."
ASSEMBLY SPEAKER JOHN A. PÉREZ, on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program, insisting his $315 million prison plan could pass the upper house despite vehement opposition from Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg