Dear Big Daddy,
You’re a Democrat and you’re old, so what’s your take on The Return of Jerry Brown?
–Intrigued in Indio
I thought that after hanging around the Capitol for so many years, there was nothing left that could amaze me. But he’s managed to do it.
He was down and
Hey, Big Daddy,
Why do some pieces of legislation seem like they don’t really do anything?
– Puzzled in Petrolia
Don’t kid yourself. There’s a reason why every bill is introduced. Like that old sourpuss Ecclesiastes says, everything under heaven has a purpose. Something like that.
The purpose of every bill isn’t to be signed
Dear Big Daddy:
I can’t help laughing, mostly to myself, whenever I hear people around the Capitol talk about their “members.” Is there something wrong with me?
– Turgid in Temecula
I’m guessing you have more problems than a snake-oil salesman pitching a room full of Christian Scientists. If I understand you,
Looking at government reform
Looking toward the end of session hysteria
So where have you been?
Big Daddy,So what did you think of the surprise budget release last week? Was this a mistake or some sort of clever ploy?–Bemused in Belmont
Dear Bemused,It was a major mistake and somebody’s head will roll. Somebody’s head always rolls.
A budget replete with misery and major changes – as this one is – needs
Dear Big Daddy,I’ve worked in the Capitol for four years and I’ve been dating a reporter, off and on, for the last eight months. We’ve kept it quiet because he thought we would have problems if the word got out, although I don’t see why. What do you think?–Just Wondering
Keep it quiet.
Big Daddy,I landed my first job out of college last September and find myself in a position that no college professor or career counselor prepared me for – babysitting my boss’ kids while he and his wife go out of town for the weekend. He already knows I’m free this weekend because he asked if
From deep in the mailbag:
Hey Big Daddy,I am a Legislative director for a freshman assemblymember. I recently had a blow-out fight with one of my (formerly) closest friends, after she committed what I deem to be an unforgivable violation of my trust. To make matters worse, this friend is a lobbyist, and reliable contributor