Anthony Rendon, center, stands with Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon after he was sworn in as the new Assembly speaker on March 7, 2016. Dubbed the “Big 3,” they negotiate the final version of the state budget under current practice.
Anthony Rendon, center, stands with Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon after he was sworn in as the new Assembly speaker on March 7, 2016. Dubbed the “Big 3,” they negotiate the final version of the state budget under current practice. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Anthony Rendon, center, stands with Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon after he was sworn in as the new Assembly speaker on March 7, 2016. Dubbed the “Big 3,” they negotiate the final version of the state budget under current practice. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Dan Walters

Dan Walters

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Dan Walters’ column appeared in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984 he moved to The Sacramento Bee, where his column ran until 2017.