Analysis of Governor's Bill Signings and Vetoes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Most groups won – and lost – when the Governor handed out signatures and vetoes, says Sherry Bebitch Jeffe (jeffy).  She’s a political analyst with the University of Southern California:

“What he did reminded me very much of Jerry Brown’s philosophy of governing.  He called it the canoe theory of politics and he argued that you would paddle a little to the right and then paddle a little to the left and then sort of scoot down the middle.”

Jeffe says it’s hard to connect the dots this year; the Republican Governor vetoed bills opposed by the business community – but then signed another opposed by the National Rifle Association.  He vetoed same-sex marriage, but signed a host of other bills supported by the gay and lesbian community.  She says nothing stands out in terms of making or breaking his relationship with either political party.