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Gov. Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari tangled in the one-and-only debate of the 2014 gubernatorial season. The debate received points for being spirited and engaging, and focused on a range of issues from immigration to the economy.

John Howard reports: “A fast-paced, sometimes raucous confrontation between incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari shed some light and more heat on an array of issues facing Californians, but there were no knockout blows and it was uncertain whether the only debate of the campaign two months before Election Day would have an impact on voters.

Brown, 76, a Democrat seeking an unprecedented fourth term, and Kashkari, 41, a Republican and former federal treasury official, met for the hour-long debate in the Sacramento studios of the California Channel, the nonprofit public affairs network. Kashkari questioned Brown’s support of the multibillion-dollar delta water and bullet-train projects, while front-runner Brown assailed Kashkari as a scion of Wall Street.”

Kashkari received generally positive reviews from the punditocracy, but all question whether it will be enough to erase Brown’s double-digit lead in the polls.

Decker: The Republican challenger acquitted himself well for a beginner, but he had a bigger problem beyond California’s long familiarity with Brown: the state's disdain for the party Kashkari represents. Over and over, Kashkari sought to distance himself from the toxic Republican brand, moves freighted with danger that he would alienate GOP voters even as he sought to attract the state's dominant independents and Democrats.

Nagourney: By the end of the hour, the men had painted such different portraits of California that it was hard to believe they were seeking to lead the same state, as Mr. Brown noted.

Brown made a bit of news last night, saying he was likely to sign the ban on single-use plastic bags.

Chris Megerian reports: Brown said that grocers supported a reasonable ban, implying they welcomed a more consistent statewide policy.

“This is a compromise,” Brown said. “It’s taking into account the needs of the environment, and the needs of the economy and the needs of the grocers.”

Kashkari responded that “no chance would I sign” the plastic bag ban if he were governor.

Barbara Boxer is not resigning. And Francisco Franco is Still Dead. Jim Miller reports.

“U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is staying put, her political consultant said Thursday, seeking to squelch fast-moving rumors that the veteranCalifornia Democrat plans to resign.

“I have talked to her. She’s definitely not resigning,” longtime adviser Rose Kapolczynski said of Boxer. The senator, whose current term ends in 2016, will decide next year if she will seek re-election, Kapolczynski said.

“Also fueling the rumor: Boxer’s campaign fundraising is lagging. At a comparable point in her previous term, Boxer had more than $3.5 million on hand in June 2008. As of this past June, Boxer had $200,000 in her Senate account, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The air wars are coming. The air wars are coming. As the fight for Congress ramps up, TV spots are coming to California.

Jean Merl reports: One of the ads is running in a Democratic-leaning Inland Empire district, where Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) is retiring. Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a Democrat, is running against Republican Paul Chabot, a military officer and businessman.

Another ad sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running in a Ventura County-centered district, where first-term Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) is facing a strong challenge from Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo).

The ad slams Gorell as a former "lobbyist who sides with corporate special interests over California women and middle-class families."

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Neel Strong In Debate; Brown’s Record Stronger « Calbuzz
Top line on Thursday night’s debate between Neel Kashkari and Gov. Jerry Brown: Neel put in a strong and substantive showing. But it won’t matter because Brown makes an inarguable case that California was in the toilet when he took over and since then he’s put the budget in the black, added 4 million jobs, implemented Obamacare, got a deal on water and achieved relative harmony in Sacramento. Higher education, immigration and climate change have all been addressed in some form. Which is why six in 10 voters approve of his job performance.

CalPERS board candidate reports stolen campaign signs
Jon Ortiz @
With ballots hitting mailboxes this week, a candidate for one of two open seats on CalPERS Board of Administration says that approximately 200 of his campaign signs in Sacramento have been stolen.

Brown-kashkari Debate: GOP Candidate For Governor Might Swing For Fences Tonight
Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati Staff writers @
California's Republican candidate for governor, who is taking on Jerry Brown in the Democrat's bid to win an unprecedented fourth term, must swing for the fences in Thursday night's first -- and probably only -- debate if he has any chance of closing the incumbent's big lead, state political experts say.

Kashkari, Brown Clash Over Economy, Education, Plastic Bags
Christopher Cadelago @
In their first and only scheduled debate of the campaign, Republican challenger Neel Kashkari emerged from the starting block Thursday with a torrent of attacks on Gov. Jerry Brown, assailing the three-term incumbent for failing to lead on the economy and education and building on his case that it’s time for new leadership.

Brown And Kashkari Clash In Wide-ranging California Debate | Kqed News Fix
The first — and apparently only — debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari was fast-paced and, at times, feisty. The candidates hit on the major issues facing California: water, immigration, the economy, education and income inequality.

Marshall Tuck Challenges California School Board To Lead On Tenure Revamp
Alexei Koseff @
Decrying state schools chief Tom Torlakson for a lack of action on the June court decision ruling California’s teacher hiring and dismissal practices unconstitutional, challenger Marshall Tuck delivered a letter to the State Board of Education Thursday asking its members to immediately begin developing solutions to the issues raised in the lawsuit.

Brown, Kashkari Get Feisty In Gubernatorial Debate - Sfgate
From the start of the debate, Kashkari was the aggressor, aiming to portray Brown as the front man for special interests, "like the people who helped finance your campaign." The candidates didn't have much company Thursday night. Besides the production crew, only six people were allowed into the intimate room at the downtown Senator Hotel where the debate took place - Brown and Kashkari, the three journalists who served as moderators and a news photographer. A few viewing parties were set up in downtown Sacramento, including Democratic clubs that posted up at a nearby country bar, and some Republican groups watched from a nearby restaurant and from their headquarters, which was in the same building as the debate.

Court: Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin unconstitutional
A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld lower court decisions that same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional.

Crazy train vs. gravy train: Debate highlights, low points
There were no YouTube moments, crazy sound bites or eye-popping gimmicks, but the California gubernatorial debate between Republican Neel Kashkari and Gov. Jerry Brown had plenty of passion and substance about the Golden State's future. Kashkari - the guy who spent $2 million of his own money to grab a spot in the November election - repeatedly tried to paint himself as an average guy standing up for the middle class, while portraying the three-term governor as a child of privilege and wealth. Brown accused Kashkari of talking California down, while the Republican slammed Brown for failing to deliver real benefits to the bulk of Californians and turning his back on the state's kids. The Kashkari campaign put out a slew of press releases throughout the debate, claiming victory and accusing Brown of showing his "crony capitalism." Brown, asked about Kashkari's characterization of his high-speed rail plan as the "crazy train," sniped, "He's more familiar with the gravy train back in Washington." Kashkari wasted no time raising a Los Angeles judge's decision declaring the state's teacher tenure rules unconstitutional, and lambasted Brown's administration for appealing it.

Fabian Nunez To Lead Campaign Vs. ‘six Californias’
By Josh Richman Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:49 pm in ballot measures, Fabian Nunez.

Fact Check: Is Brown Too Close To Teachers Union?
David Siders @
Kashkari’s claim: Brown appealed a court ruling that found the state’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional because he is beholden to the California Teachers Association, a major donor.

UC President Taps Insider For New Uci Chancellor - The Orange County Register
Regents must approve before move becomes official.

Swearengin Changes Ballot Designation In California Controller’s Contest
Jim Miller @
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state controller, speaks at the Sacramento Press Club on Aug. 26.

Gov. Jerry Brown Brings Decades Of Experience To Thursday's Debate
When Neel Kashkari , the Republican candidate for governor, steps into a television studio with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday night, he'll be facing one of the most experienced debaters in American politics.

Fact Check: Kashkari's Tax Plans
David Siders @
Brown’s claim: Kashkari wants to give tax breaks to rich people.

UC Irvine Interim Chancellor Gillman Is Offered The Job Permanently
Howard Gillman, a political scientist who has been interim chancellor of UC Irvine since July, is being nominated to become the permanent head of the Orange County campus as it starts its second half-century.

Live video, live blog: Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debate
California's candidates for governor Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari meet today in their only debate. Follow live blog updates beginning at 6 p.m. and see the debate live from the Senator Hotel in Sacramento beginning at 7 p.m.

California Governor Debate: Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari Face Off
Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger Neel Kashkari traded sharp jabs in a scrappy, rapid-fire debate Thursday night that covered a wide array of disagreements over schools, water, energy, jobs, transportation and crime.

Crazy Train Vs. Gravy Train — #cadebate Highlights, Lowlights - Politics Blog
There were no YouTube moments, crazy soundbites, or eye-popping gimmicks, but the California gubernatorial debate between Republican Neel Kashkari and Gov. Jerry Brown had plenty of passion and sub...

Plastic Bag Ban--with Massive Tax Increase--sits On Brown's Desk :: Fox&hounds
Could it be that we have reached the unforeseen future with the delivery by the California legislature of Senate Bill 270, the “plastic bag ban,” on his desk?

Jerry Brown vs Neel Kashkari: A governor's debate that changed little
s gubernatorial debate, Democrat Jerry Brown had one imperative: not to step in it.