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Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, talks last month on Sacramento's KFBK radio station. Kashkari has been hosting radio shows around the state.

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  • By the numbers

    California doesn’t fare particularly well in a national survey of economic conditions in the 150 largest cities. Stockton and San Bernardino, two California cities that have filed for municipal bankruptcy protection, were ranked 149th and 150th in the survey. The best mark for any California city was San Francisco’s No. 20. The city-by-city evaluation of economic conditions was conducted by Wallet Hub, a website that gathers and disperses personal economic data. Two Texas cities, Laredo and Irving, ranked Nos. 1 and 2.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Jerry Brown undecided on debating Neel Kashkari

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Brown hasn’t decided how to deal with debate request

Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet decided if he will debate Republican Neel Kashkari in this year’s gubernatorial race.

“I haven’t made up my mind,” Brown said Wednesday. “I’m going to take that up later in the year, because we’ve got time.”

Brown has been pressed by Kashkari to debate 10 times, echoing the call Brown himself made four years ago in his race against Meg Whitman.

In an interview with The Sacramento Bee at the end of a four-day visit to Mexico, Brown said “there were no incumbents in that race” and that, with Whitman’s significant financial advantage, he was “looking at alternate pathways to the voters.”

Brown this year enjoys a massive fundraising advantage over Kashkari, and a large lead in public opinion polls. With no money for ads, Kashkari has spent hours hosting talk radio shows.

Brown’s wife, Anne Gust Brown, suggested Kashkari is getting abundant air time with his radio appearances.

“This time, Neel Kashkari has become a radio talk show host,” said Gust Brown, the governor’s special counsel. “And in fact we’re going to have to figure out how to rectify, how to overcome all of the free (air) he’s gotten.”

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“You can’t sign the laws and later refuse to enforce them or change them to suit your interpretation of the day.”

DOUG OSE, GOP congressional candidate, on the House agreeing to sue the Obama administration.

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