The Toni Atkins-Marty Block duel echoes the 1966 battle between another Assembly speaker, Jesse Unruh, and then-Gov. Pat Brown. Unruh, like Atkins, claimed that Brown had reneged on a promise not to seek a third term and while Brown prevailed, he lost the governorship to Republican Ronald Reagan.
The Toni Atkins-Marty Block duel echoes the 1966 battle between another Assembly speaker, Jesse Unruh, and then-Gov. Pat Brown. Unruh, like Atkins, claimed that Brown had reneged on a promise not to seek a third term and while Brown prevailed, he lost the governorship to Republican Ronald Reagan. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
The Toni Atkins-Marty Block duel echoes the 1966 battle between another Assembly speaker, Jesse Unruh, and then-Gov. Pat Brown. Unruh, like Atkins, claimed that Brown had reneged on a promise not to seek a third term and while Brown prevailed, he lost the governorship to Republican Ronald Reagan. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
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September 21, 2015 2:37 PM

Dan Walters: California Democrats are facing civil wars in Legislature

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Dan Walters' column appears 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. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee