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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has stoked a rivalry with California, recently hinted he might move here. But the state Democratic Party chairman suggested he reconsider.

The Buzz: California dream may not be good fit for Perry, Democratic boss warns

Published: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 - 12:00 am

After Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted last week that he might move to California when his term ends in January, Democratic Party Chairman John Burton responded with simple warning: “It may not be your scene.”

As governor, the potential 2016 presidential candidate has stoked a rivalry with Gov. Jerry Brown, talking up the Lone Star State’s ability to attract new jobs, even releasing a radio ad last year criticizing California’s business environment.

In an open letter on Thursday, Burton wrote that although California is attractive to even its “harshest critics,” Perry should “do a little research” before relocating. Burton points to progressive accomplishments on climate change, minimum wage and marriage equality, a not-so-subtle reference to Perry equating homosexuality with alcoholism at an event in San Francisco earlier this month.

“Rick, it will take more than marching in this month’s San Francisco Pride Parade for you to begin to walk those comments back,” Burton said, “but if you’re planning to make the move, it couldn’t hurt to start there.”

A spokesman for Perry had no comment on the letter.

– Daniel Rothberg


AT THE CAPITOL

With the high-profile coming-out announcements of professional athletes like Jason Collins, Brittney Griner and Michael Sam, conversations about the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes have entered the mainstream. Today they’ll enter the Capitol. The Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet will hold a hearing on discrimination against LGBT athletes in sports and culture and the effectiveness of laws to overcome that bias at 2 p.m. in Room 127.

– Alexei Koseff


WORTH REPEATING

“From a business perspective, we have a significant interest in safety.”

Juan Acosta, lobbyist for BNSF Railway, assuring state lawmakers precautions have been taken amid the proliferation of crude oil rolling through California.



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