Cal Politic

A weblog dedicated to California politics. A thriving democracy depends on an informed body politic.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Welcome to Cal Politic

California is in political chaos.

The wild recall election of 2003 was a loud crescendo to a quarter century of California's serious experiments with the most psychedelic of all political drugs, direct democracy. The wild ride brought us signature driven ballot initiatives like Howard Jarvis' crusade against property tax (Prop 13), a formula locking in minimum education funding levels (Prop 98), and even a statewide ban on eating horsemeat (Prop 6).

But Direct democracy also left California with quite a hangover.

* We have an action hero as governor.

* Our state budget deficit is hovering near $15 billion, (and with our last action hero's budget proposal, it's not going away any time soon).

* The California Legislature has an public approval rating just north of cancer. This is despite the fact that legislative term limits (another spawn of direct democracy) have rooted out nearly all "career politicians".

How can we make sense out of this chaos? How can the state pull itself out of this mess? What are the big issues? What political strategy will carry the day? Why does the Governor wear television make-up when he's walking around the Capitol?

At Cal Politic, we will try and answer all of these questions and more. We will have multiple writers, with multiple insider perspectives on the state of politics in the Golden State. We encourage each and every reader of Cal Politic to use the comments to bring a little perspective from the outside world into Sacramento's smoke filled rooms.

Welcome to Cal Politic, California's first interactive political weblog. We hope you enjoy.

2 Comments:

  • At 9:01 AM, Blogger Jefe Le Gran said…

    You make it sound so bleak. Surely there must be some ray of hope in Sacramento...

     
  • At 9:10 AM, Blogger Jack Conner said…

    Well, it sounds bleak right now because it is. But, of course there is hope. The way I see it, once you've hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up. I think that blogs (and this blog in particular) will allow people all over the state to investigate what is really going on in Sacramento, will allow people to cut through the muck, and allow for an informed Cal Politic.

    Thanks for the comment.

     

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