Hey B.D.,I’ve been working in politics for about seven years and finally feel like I’m establishing myself. Problem is, just when I’ve got a good thing going in my career, my significant other is living two states away.
She’s a city girl, and isn’t exactly big on the idea of moving to Sacramento. What
Dear Big Daddy,Is Jerry Brown a pre-term limits super-predator who has been thawed out in a modern era where no one knows how to handle him? Are our legislators dim-witted but tasty flightless birds who evolved with no predators? I could go on, but you get the idea.–Darwinist in DelanoDear Darwinist –Darwin’s natural selection applies
Dear Big Daddy,Jerry Brown has spent more time in secret caucuses than Joe Stalin, but doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere in cajoling Republicans to sign off on a budget plan. What do you think?–Tense in Tiburon
Dear Tense,Not to worry. Budget negotiations are like the NBA – all the action is in the final
Dear Big Daddy,What do you think about the new FPPC chair wanting to halt announcing when politicians are under investigation?–Irked in Imperial
Dear Irked,It’s a great idea, and it’s about time somebody stopped blabbing the names of people under investigation.
I know, I’ve been there, I speak with authority. Remember, perception is as important –
Big Daddy,Okay, so what’s all this about the Third Lantern? Sounds sneaky and underhanded, so I thought I’d ask you.–Miffed in MilpitasHey Miffed,I’m shocked, shocked that someone would refer to me as sneaky and underhanded, although I know these thoughts arise regularly in Milpitas, where I spent two nights years ago. I’ll deal with you
Dear Big Daddy,
The Golden State seems to be tarnished. We don’t do big things anymore. What can we do to restore its luster?
–Addled in Anaheim
I ride trains and drink tap water, so I can speak with authority.
First, build the Peripheral Canal. Build it under, through or around the
Dear Big Daddy,We’ve heard Brown, we’ve heard the Reeps, we’ve heard the touchy-feelies, we’ve heard the anti-taxers, we’ve even heard from Grover Norquist. So what happens now on the budget?–Anxious in Anaheim
Dear Anxious,Nothing now, a lot next month. Beware the Ides of March.
What this state really needs right now is a cadre of
Dear Big Daddy,Meg Whitman’s campaign team was the first to refuse to attend UC Berkeley’s traditional postmortem symposium on the gubernatorial election. Why?— Flummoxed in FairfieldDear Flummoxed,Would YOU want to get grilled by a pack of political junkies after you’d lit a match and burned through $180 mil of your pocket change, only to lose
Dear Big Daddy,I’m a middle level manager in a big state department. I travel all over California in my job and Jerry Brown says I’m about to lose my state-issued cell phone. How am I going to communicate on the road?— Muted in Midtown, Modesto, Monrovia and Mono Hot Springs
Dear Muted,As someone whose days
Dear Big Daddy, No governor’s office, no constitutional officers and no gains in the Legislature. Are Republicans in California going the way of the dodo?— Inquisitive in Ione
Dear Inquisitive,No. Nope. Never. Nunca. Nein. Nyet.
And beg the Big Guy upstairs that it will never happen. Democrats NEED Republicans, just like Jack needed Jill