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Q&A: CA Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, Tony Beard Jr.
Friday, 08 February 2008

The California Senate may lose a quarter of its members every two years via term limits, but Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard Jr. remains at the helm. Following in his grandfather's and father's footsteps, he assumed the post 28 years ago at the age of 29. Today, many would argue that Beard is the legislature's deepest well of institutional memory remaining.

California POV: The Federal Partnership
Tuesday, 10 July 2007

In the "California POV," California Senators Roy Ashburn and Jack Scott share their points of view on immigration, education and the state of the federal partnership.

Feature Story
Term Limits: The Good, The Bad & The Inevitable
Wednesday, 28 March 2007

In taming the "career politician," term limits have also gutted the Legislature's body of experienced lawmakers.

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One Size Fits None
California legislators feel the pull of constituent interests, personal beliefs, party politics and interest group pressure.
CA Process:
With institutional memory largely archived with professional staff, California lawmakers have had to find new paths to old policy places.
Citizens take matters into their own hands as environmentalists, big oil and tobacco fight ballot initiatives.
After intense political wrangling, voters will see a $37 billion bond package in November. Many are wondering how it finally came to pass, and why it didn't happen in time for the June ballot. May...
Founding Fathers signing a document JULY 2008

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