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Past articles by Brian:

Sacramento Report: Know Your Capitol Twittersphere

Cheerleaders get their own support system inside the Capitol, legislator wants to crack down on trespassing drones and more in our weekly Sacramento roundup. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Atkins’ Ego Problem (It’s Not What You Think)

Why the Assembly speaker hasn't offered any groundbreaking legislation, Lorena Gonzalez starts a sick leave trend and the Boxer-succession race rages on. → Read More

Sacramento Report: The Dreaded Pilates Tax

Gov. Jerry Brown had a lot of ground to cover last week when he unveiled his $164.7 billion budget plan for 2015-16. Like all budget plans, his is wide-ranging, touching such serious topics like climate change, debt reduction and an ongoing battle over a proposed tuition hike at the University of California. Yet, the most quoted line from his press conference was a seemingly off-the-cuff quip… → Read More

Sacramento Report: Quite Possibly Jerry Brown’s Biggest Week Ever

The gov began his historic fourth term, appointed some Supreme Court justices, broke ground on high-speed rail and unveiled his latest budget proposal. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Predictions for a New Year

Two big budget fights — how to spend the state's extra cash, and the decision to hike UC tuition — will loom large in the New Year. → Read More

Sacramento Report: New Year, New Bills

Holiday pay, drones, vets and cop cams: What local legislators have already been up to in the short time since the 2015-2016 session got under way. → Read More

A Year of Firsts and Scandals in Sacramento

From San Diego's first Assembly speaker to a spate of scandals that knocked the capitol off its rails, it's been quite a year in Sacramento. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Where New Bill Ideas Come From

Hueso gets probation after August arrest, Jessica's Law hasn't been working according to plan and the new state Senate leader is already making changes. → Read More

Don’t Hold Your Breath on CEQA Reform

On the one side, you've got environmentalists opposed to any changes in the California Environmental Quality Act that would gut the law. On the other side, you've got infighting among all the interest groups pushing for reform. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Lorena Gonzalez’s Strange New Role

When Speaker Toni Atkins was done doling out committee chairmanships and leadership roles, a clear loser emerged. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez wasn't picked to chair any committees, and ended up as a vice chair, a role usually given to members of the minority party. → Read More

Sacramento Report: The Double-Edged Sword Facing Jerry Brown

The good news for Gov. Jerry Brown: Tax revenues have come in more than $1 billion above projections. The bad new: Revenues have come in more than $1 billion above projections. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Meet the DA’s Woman in Sacramento

How the DA helps get bills written in Sacramento, UC regents OK a big tuition hike (and Speaker Toni Atkins isn't happy) and more in our weekly Sacramento roundup. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Inside the Bubble

What it's really like for lawmakers in the state capitol good life. Plus, polled voters want Boxer and Feinstein to retire, the largest Legislative Black Caucus in decades and more in our round-up of the need-to-know news from up north. → Read More

Sacramento Report: An Election Winner Who Might’ve Also Lost

Toni Atkins coasted to re-election Tuesday night, but the Assembly Speaker may ultimately be the San Diego state lawmaker who lost the most. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Five Questions for a Lobbyist

What lobbyists call themselves instead of lobbyists, the race for state superintendent heats up and Gov. Jerry Brown actually does some campaigning. → Read More

Sacramento Report: The Irony of Election Season

The state capitol is half empty this time of the year because many legislative staffers are off on vacation — not to relax, but to help get other candidates elected. → Read More

Sacramento Report: A Conversation with Brian Maienschein

The rookie Republican lawmaker talks about his winning streak, the persistent drought is likely to propel Prop. 1 to a win, the state Senate has a new leader and more in our weekly Sacramento roundup. → Read More

Sacramento Report: The Political Paper Chase

In competitive races, fundraising reports are vital to understanding who has the inside track. But even San Diego's non-competitive races, campaign fundraising is telling. From the numbers, you get a sense of who has support — power — and who is on the outside looking in. → Read More

A Reader’s Guide to the November Ballot Measures

In the absence of any show-stopping propositions or statewide races this November, there's not much information floating around about the six measures on the November ballot. Here are some basics. → Read More

Here Are All the New State Laws Written by San Diego Legislators

San Diego's legislators had 91 bills signed into law this session. Not surprisingly, a substantial number of them dealt with veterans and service members, although some lawmakers stuck to other themes. → Read More