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Kevin de Leon

Analysis: California governor's bad week shows he is not infallible

SACRAMENTO, Calif. For the first 41/2 years of his administration, California Gov. Jerry Brown seemed politically invincible, but in just one day in this final week of the legislative session he saw key parts of his 2015 agenda collapse.

Republicans refused to raise gasoline taxes that Brown says are desperately needed to fix California's crumbling roads and bridges, and the oil industry won an ugly skirmish over the Golden State's landmark climate-change bill that would have cut oil consumption in half by 2030.

The surprising turn of events resonated around the Capitol on Thursday, prompting questions about the wisdom of Brown's heralded strategy as a leader often...