Gov. Jerry Brown’s overhaul of school finance has sparked infighting, mostly among Democrats, over how the extra money for poor kids is to be distributed and monitored.
Beyond its human impacts, the troubled rollout of national health insurance, known as Obamacare, is having political impacts in California.
Just as the state was ground zero for the years-long struggle over same-sex marriage, it now will be the battlefield as many of the same warriors clash over the legal rights of transgender students.
The faculties and administrators of Californias public institutions of higher learning often display a certain disdain for the real world.
Gov. Jerry Brown demonstrated this year that he’s willing to skate very close to the hazy line that separates devotion to duty from political obstreperousness, virtually daring federal judges to hold him in contempt for stalling on orders to reduce prison crowding.
Bob Deis, the city manager of insolvent Stockton, is proud of fashioning a bankruptcy plan that avoids cuts in city workers’ pensions.
Unquestionably, California’s Democratic Party, which holds every statewide office, dominates the state’s congressional delegation and has supermajorities in both legislative houses, wants to suppress the one political venue it does not already control – the initiative process.
The Census Bureau reported recently that 15 percent of Californias 38 million residents were living in poverty last year, the 20th highest rate in the nation.