Uncertainty Over Federal Health Care Policy Creates Major Heartburn for California Budget-Makers

Timm Herdt
Timm Herdt writes on California policy and politics. He formerly covered the Capitol for the Ventura County Star

When C. Duane Dauner, the crackerjack CEO who has headed the California Hospital Association for 31 years, announced last month his intent to retire at the end of 2018, the timing must surely have been bittersweet. On the one hand, he had just completed one of his most productive years in the big leagues of […]

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This Time the Democrats’ Supermajority Exists in Fact, Not Just Theory

Timm Herdt
Timm Herdt writes on California policy and politics. He formerly covered the Capitol for the Ventura County Star

Attempting to divine the significance of the Democrats capturing a two-thirds majority in the California Legislature, many analysts are pointing to the fact that the same thing happened in 2012, and concluding that it showed the supermajority didn’t really mean much. They note the ideological diversity within the Democratic caucus made it nearly impossible to […]

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