- Newsmaker: Governor's Race Shapes up as Lesser of Two Evils
Contrary to conventional wisdom, California voters are closely following this year-s race for Governor. Yet, according to the latest statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, they don-t like what they see. Mark Baldassare, who conducts the polls for the PPIC, says that while most voters will vote party line, they-ll do it reluctantly.
Legislative Year Ends with Bills but No Budget
The State Legislature is on track to adjourn day after tomorrow. But for the first time in its history, California may not have a budget before November-s election-five months past the constitutional deadline. Even though billions of dollars in bills won-t get paid, the consensus in Sacramento is that, whatever the fallout, voters don-t care. So, Governor Davis and state legislators don-t either. We join Controller Kathleen Connell, former Republican political consultant Tony Quinn and former Democratic consultant Bill Bradley for a look at what the impact might be and how elected officials have insulated themselves from the consequences of not doing their jobs.