Big Daddy

Big Daddy

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

Dear Just,

Keep it quiet.

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Can the governor raise enough money to successfully push his $7 billion-a-year tax plan for the November 2012 ballot? Some tribes have put up $275,000. Who else will help finance this?

The governor can raise enough money to meet the campaign budget but the reality is that he is not going to be able to

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A billion dollars’ worth of budget cuts are announced with more on the way. Is there any good news at all in the triggered cuts? What are Brown’s options?

This is fiscal reality.  Brown was a truth-teller during the campaign and now he is having to do what he said.

There is no good news

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“The payroll deduction proposal will be on the Nov. 2012 ballot. Unions hate it, businesses love it. In some cases, it also bars state contractors from contributing to candidates’ political committees. What’s your take?”

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: Of course you know, this means war.

This version is different from others because

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

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

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“Is the push by the wealthy to tax the wealthy gathering steam? The Band of Billionaires wants to raise $10 billion at the ballot,  a hedge-fund guru wants to raise $1.1 billion and, of course, Warren Buffet says he is woefully under-taxed and has denounced no-tax Republicans. What’s going on here?”

The One Percent strikes

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Big Daddy

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

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A group of millionaires called “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength” is demanding that Congress approve tax hikes on the wealthy. What do you think: Is this a message that will resonate in California as Gov. Brown crafts a new revenue package?

I suppose the millionaires in that group will be accused of engaging in class

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Brown’s public pension plan cuts existing benefits and sets up a “hybrid” system to include a 401(k) component. Is the love affair between labor and Brown over, this time for good?

The love affair may be waning, but they remain friends with benefits.  Gov. Brown is not above flirting, granting labor a sweet nothing by

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Big Daddy

Dear Big Daddy,Shoplifting at Neiman Marcus. So do people under the dome rally around Mary Hayashi and offer support?–Intrigued

Dear Intrigued,

No.

It’s not because of the alleged crime, it’s because of the nature of the Capitol.

There are bad bosses in the Capitol – most of the worst ones, I’m ashamed to admit, are

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