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Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown – Steamin’ And A-Rollin’ on the California Express

Harold Meyerson has sketched a fascinating profile of Jerry Brown in The American Prospect magazine. But even after 6,000 words Meyerson struggles to capture both the complexity and simplicity of the man. “There’s no living person who knows California better than Jerry Brown,” says Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the state AFL-CIO. Brown’s first term as Governor saw the enactment in 1978 of Proposition 13, whereby Howard Jarvis set in slow-motion a train wreck aimed to destroy the California educational system and the state’s standard-setting services. In 1994 Brown could see that Pete Wilson’s Proposition 187 was incredibly short-sighted policy, and that the backlash against it would be strong and have long-lasting consequences for the GOP in California. “Equal treatment for people in unequal conditions isn’t justice,” he tells me. “That’s from Felix Frankfurter, originally from Aristotle.” After witnessing the increasing mockery of the role occupied by Wilson’s bodybuilder puppet, Brown committed and was elected Attorney General in 2006 in preparation for his second stint as Governor. By that time Brown understood there are only …