| Aug 3, 2009
The fact that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's poll numbers have plummeted to where Gray Davis' were when Schwarzenegger booted him from office might humble an ordinary politician. He'd probably lower his sights. But not Schwarzenegger.
The lame duck...
| Jul 20, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chanting this mantra since he first landed in Sacramento: Sacramento must learn to live within its means.
The volume rose in late June when budget talks heated up.
The governor lambasted "Sacramento's failure to...
| Jul 30, 2009
Who are the winners of the California budget battle? Yes, there are some, even though there are many more losers.
Set aside individuals for a moment and assess victory and defeat by political ideology. Distinguish between short term and long term.
| Aug 30, 2009
The pictures that dominated the news last week formed two parallel realities.
In one, Teddy Kennedy's face was young and unlined, his jaw taut, his bearing vibrant, as he was when he campaigned for his brothers and when he ran for president, with one...
| Sep 3, 2009
The Legislature is on the verge of two major achievements -- on prisons and water -- if lawmakers can be calm and rational during the final week of this year's regular session.
That means cooling the heated rhetoric -- particularly the staff-produced...
| Dec 20, 2009
Like an out-of-town gambler trying to elbow his way into the big game, Steve Poizner announced last week that he'd ante up $15 million of his own money for his campaign to become California's next governor. He's hoping that money changes everything. Or at...
| Sep 15, 2008
Today's question: Is California today better or worse off since Schwarzenegger became governor in 2003? Was Gray Davis' recall a mistake? Does the proposed recall of Schwarzenegger by the prison guards union have any merit or pose a threat to his...
| Sep 16, 2008
Today's question: Will Arnold Schwarzenegger be able to fulfill his promise to never raise taxes? Previously, Boyarsky and Bradley debated whether California is better off under Schwarzenegger.
Fix the entire tax structure Point: Bill Boyarsky
| Apr 19, 2009
Yes, this is far too outlandish for real life, but work with us for a moment:
Suppose a public official rules like a petty tyrant, makes reckless financial moves, bungles the people's business and sows divisiveness. Suppose, too, he's so distracted by...
| Mar 9, 2010
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A look at politicians who came out of Hollywood, part of LATimes.com's amazing new Hollywood Walk of Stars database....
| Mar 31, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Can it be that the only growth sector in California state government is the money that Meg Whitman is willing to spend to make herself governor of it? The primary is just over two months away, and sheâs already gone through $46 million -- $27 million of...