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Dear Big Daddy, Okay, wise guy, what would YOU do to balance the budget?— Stumped in Sacramento

Dear Stumped,Since it’s something of a miracle that I can talk to you at all, my answer will call for several miracles.  

First miracle: I’d turn the clock back to the 1960s when I was the Assembly

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Dear Big Daddy,I see that Jerry Brown wants to live above a bar on J Street.  What’s with this guy?  Why doesn’t he live in a nice house or the governor’s mansion?–Puzzled in Carmichael

Dear Puzzled,I see from your question that you are too young to remember Jerry’s first eight years as governor, when he

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Dear Big Daddy,Is Jerry Brown really going to go to the voters with an all-cuts budget? Is he really going to roll the dice that they’ll pass needed new taxes? This is really scary!–Hopeless in HoplandDear Hopeless,

You gotta love Jerry Brown.

Sure, he may be facing a Legislature that makes the Hatfields and

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Dear Big Daddy,Call me a frustrated Obama voter. Tax cuts for the rich? Are you serious? Who should Democrats turn to in 2012?–Bob in Chico Dear Bob,

Fighting a sitting president of your own party in a primary takes chutzpah, balls of brass, a tinge of mental instability and a lot of arrogance. Naturally, I thought

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Dear Big Daddy,In the 1960s, you predicted that if we had a full-time Legislature, it would be more professional and less beholden to special interests. Could you also pick some Lotto numbers for me?–Still waiting in Sacto

Dear Waiting,

Try 13-16-9-12-5-17. They never win, but I have them memorized and I figure they have to

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Dear Big Daddy,The Jerry Brown Era Redux is fast upon us. What do you think?–Bemused in Buelton

Dear Bemused,For one thing, I hope it’s more fun than the first time around. He was insufferable then – somehow, this turned into “bright,” “quirky” and “challenging” in the press – and my guess is that he hasn’t

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Dear Big Daddy,So now we know who won in the ballot box. But who are some of your political winners and losers in the political professional class?–Hans in Otay

Dear Hans,For those of us who live, breath and eat politics, what we really want to know is this: Who is going to get a bigger

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Dear Big Daddy,What happened Tuesday night?–Mystified in MilpitasHey Mystified,I know I often say that voters are the weak link in a Democracy, but on Tuesday night, that was only half true. I’m a cup half-full kind of guy and a Democrat to boot, so I can tell you that election night was a success.

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Dear Big Daddy,What about Meg Whitman getting booed at that women’s conference for refusing to take her negative TV ads off the air?–Murphy in Murphys

Hey Murph,Meg Whitman getting booed at a women’s conference is like Jerry Brown getting booed on Jupiter. It never looks good when you’re being booed by your own kind. And

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Dear Big Daddy,I always thought California had the best politics, but no way: New York has us beat. What do you think?–Bemused in BurlingameHey B.B.,I agree. If you think the Rent is Too Damn High here, you should try Manhattan. You can get 3,000 square feet and four bedrooms in Mendocino for the cost of

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