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When Jerry Brown's 16 years as California governor come to an end on Monday, he'l hand the leadership of the naiton's largest state over to Gavin Newsom - the lieutenant governor and former mayor of San Francisco.  The two democrats have worked with each other for years... and their families go back decades.  In the second part of our exit interview with Brown, Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler talks with the outgoing governor about his successor.  They spoke while touring Brown's ranch on a golf cart - with the governor behind the wheel.


Jerry Brown will depart the California governor's office Monday with a healthy budget surplus and a streak of political victories.  For all that Brown accomplished during his final two terms as governor, a single moment could have changed everything.  A pivotal battle six years ago gave him the financial and political capital that fueled the rest of his governorship.  Here's Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler with Jerry Brown.

California Governor Jerry Brown issued more than 250 orders for clemency on Christmas Eve.  he has granted more pardons and commutations during his past eight years in office than any other governor in modern history.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

Everyone was on their best behavior Saturday when President Trump, Governor Jerry Brown and Governor elect Gavin Newsom viewed the damage from California's two massive wildfires. the blazes have combined to kill more than 70 people and destroy nearly 14 thousand structures. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports. 

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Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom held a media availability yesterday (Tuesday) after meeting in private at the state's Capitol.  The two discussed a lot but on the top of the list was the deadly wildfires current spreading throughout the state.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

Jerry Brown has cleared his desk for the final time in his 16 years as governor of California.  He acted on the last of nearly 20-thousand bills yesterday (Sunday), including a flurry of measures spurred by the "Me Too" movement.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

A challenge to further cut back emissions was issues last week at California's Global Climate Action Summit. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero has details.

Californina Governor Jerry Brown wrapped up his international climate change summit in San Francisco on Friday with an announcement that's out of this world: a new satellite to track and reduce climate pollutants. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has the report.

In a ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday (Wednesday), California Governor Jerry Brown signed his last state budget - the biggest California budget ever - before ending his fourth term this year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Even as California's booming economy pumps money into state coffers at unprecedented levels, Governor Jerry Brown is once again proposing a budget that would limit permanent increases in new spending.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein got a big-name endorsement in her fourth campaign for re-election: Governor Jerry Brown.  KVCR's Ben Bradford has details.

Flags at the California state Capitol are flying at half-staff in honor of the most influential advisor to Governor Jerry Brown since he returned to the office.  The governor's staff announced that his top aide, Nancy McFadden, died on Thursday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Donald Trump visited the U.S.-Mexican border yesterday, got a look at border wall prototypes, spoke to Marines, and took verbal swipes at California's governor and other leaders.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A one-of-a-kind politician has given his final State of the State address:  Jerry Brown, California's longest-serving governor and a three-time Democratic presidential candidate.  Brown told lawmakers in Sacramento yesterday (Thursday) that California is prospering... and laid out a path for the state to continue its progress.  But he also issued dire warnings on a global scale.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has this feature report.

Governor Jerry Brown sent his budget proposal to the California legislature for the 16th and final time.  He begins his last year in office with state revenues gushing in by the billions.  Yet with his trademark warnings of fiscal prudence, Brown once again sought to set an austere tone for the budget debate that will stretch into June.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Governor Jerry Brown's final California budget proposal looks a lot like his previous ones:  fiscally cautious with targeted spending increases aligned with his priorities.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento had the usual reaction to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

During his trip to Europe this week, California Governor Jerry Brown is urging foreign governments to bypass the Trump administration and coordinate with states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford looks at how far the governor can wade into international diplomacy.

Speaking in Brussels at the European Parliament yesterday (Tuesday), California Governor Jerry Brown says the state should link its signature climate change program, cap-and-trade, to it's European counterpart.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, that could make it less expensive for businesses to cut  emissions, but also to introduce more risk.

Governor Jerry Brown's office says Brown will sign a bill today designed to slow the pace that pharmaceutical companies raise drug prices.  The Governor also signed and vetoed other bills over the past weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.


A populist wave inspired by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pushing the California Democratic Party leftward. Led by the California Nurses Association, self-proclaimed “Berniecrats” have disrupted the party’s conventions, won Senate passage of a single-payer health care bill, and are being courted by 2018 candidates. Their stance contrasts with Governor Jerry Brown's philosophy of "paddle a little to the left and a little to the right." Capital Public Radio’s Ben Bradford asked Brown about this ascending wing of the party, in the second part of their interview in China.

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California Governor Jerry Brown is traveling around China, talking to regional leaders about climate change and economic issues.  But on his first day in the country, he also stopped to see the pandas.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more from China.

California Governor Jerry Brown had a strong response to President Trump's announcement yesterday (Thursday) that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.  The Democratic governor talked with NPR's David Greene this morning on Morning Edition, just before Brown was scheduled to leave for a week-long diplomatic trip to China.

California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China today for a week-long trip focused on climate change.  It's the governor's first trip back to China since he led a trade delegation in 2013.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford is traveling with Brown.

California Governor Jerry Brown will join state and local representatives in Riverside today to make his case for hiking gasoline taxes to pay for road repairs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Economy PolitiFact Check - Brown Comment: CA vs TX

Dec 20, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown recently claimed California's economy - quote - " growing a hell of a lot faster" than the economy in Texas.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols evaluates the claim.

Along with Governor Jerry Browns state budget proposal, released on Friday, he reiterated his intention to save "some" money for future rainy days. KVCR's Rick Dulock has this story from Capital Public Radio.


California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State speech yesterday.  It was brown's 14th address to the Legislature, which is a record.  And, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, it had a familiar message.

Listen to Capital Public Radio Network's coverage of Governor Jerry Brown's 2016 State of the State address, which aired live on 91.9 KVCR this morning (Thursday) at 10:00a.m.  In addition to hearing the entire speech given by the Governor, the following hour-long report includes pre-and-post speech analysis with Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak and CPRN Bureau Chief Ben Adler, joined by Republican strategist Hector Barajas, Democratic strategist Robin Swanson, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and Democratic State Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles. 

California Governor Jerry Brown isn't tipping his hand on how - or if - he'll fight two potential November 2016 ballot initiatives.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.