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A race official assists Bill Iffrig, 78, of Lake Stevens, Wash., as Iffrig lies on the ground after the first explosion.

Charles Pierce of the Grantland website provides a Bostonian’s view of the Boston Marathon bombings. Fantastic narrative journalism.

I’ve been posting to Twitter many of the big financial contributions to the state Senate campaigns of Democrat Leticia Perez and Republican Andy Vidak. If you want to follow the money, go to Twitter and follow @electiontrack

Associated Press is reporting that the two bombs that ripped through the crowds at the Boston Marathon were made out of pressure cookers and packed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings.

Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that his administration will prepare to release as many as 10,000 state prisoners if the state is unable to get out from under a court order demanding it reduce California’s prison population.  capitolalert

Our Letter of the Day is from Ron Wells of Coarsegold. He would like to see drug tests for welfare recipients.


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Read Gov. Brown’s State of California speech

Here is the text of Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech, which he gave Thursday morning to generally favorable reviews — although there remain many critics of high-speed rail project and his proposal to build water-carrying tunnels beneath the San Joaquin Delta.


The message this year is clear: California has once again confounded our critics. We have wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget. And, by God, we will persevere and keep it that way for years to come.

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Everyone will pay more taxes under Prop. 30

The conservative spin about Proposition 30 passing in California is that the “takers” voted for it because they won’t have to pay the increased taxes. Wrong.

The measure raises the state sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years. Everyone pays sales taxes if you live in California, as well as visitors coming into the state. A sales tax is a regressive tax, and hits lower-income earners harder than high-income earners. So the so-called “takers” voted for a tax that they will pay.

Prop. 30 also raises income taxes on those making $250,000 or more for seven years. The poor won’t pay that part of the tax increase because if they made $250,000, they wouldn’t be poor.

But the idea that because you’re poor, your motives for voting aren’t as pure as someone who is wealthy does not meet the ideals of our democracy. We vote for people and measures for a variety of reasons — some because of self-interest and some because of our political philosophies. Those who vote against taxes likely do it because they don’t want to pay more taxes. That’s voting in their self interest. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we should also acknowledge the reason for their votes.