State of the State

Capital Public Radio broadcasts of the California governor's State of the State address.

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Monday, January 5, 2015 Permalink

State Of The State 2015


Jerry Brown made California history when he was sworn in as the state's first, four-term governor on Monday, January 5, 2015. We provided live, special coverage starting at 10 a.m. Co-hosted by Beth Ruyak of Capital Public Radio's Insight program, and John Myers, senior editor of KQED’s Government and Politics Desk, the special featured the governor's swearing-in by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (with a length introduction by Anne Gust Brown) followed by his State of the State speech, plus field interviews at the Capitol and in-studio guest analysts in Sacramento, San Francisco and New York.



  • Ben Adler, CapRadio Capitol Bureau Chief
  • Katie Orr, CapRadio State Government Reporter
  • Amy Quinton, CapRadio Environment Reporter


  • Darrell Steinberg, former CA Senate President Pro Tempore and leader of the state senate majority party from 2008-2014
  • Cassandra Pye, founder and principal of 3.14 Communications, a California-based strategic consulting and communications firm. Pye served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. Schell wrote "Brown," a 1978 biography on the governor. 
  • Assemblyman Marc Levine - (D-San Rafael)
  • State Sen. Janet Nguyen - (R-Orange Co.)

Reporters from Capital Public Radio, KQED and KPCC took a closer look at the governor's speech. Click on the highlighted parts below to read their analysis.





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1975 Brown Inauguration P

This was the inauguration scene in California State Capitol at Sacramento, Jan. 6, 1975 as Gov Jerry Brown Jr., was sworn into office at 10:13 a.m. This is the Assembly chamber where joint session of the Legislature was convened for the ceremonies. Former Gov. Edmund G. Brown, the 32nd Governor and his family are seated in the foreground balcony. (AP Photo)

CapRadio Coverage

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Brown Sets Ambitious Climate Change Goals In Address

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Curious about how the state of California has changed over the years in the words of our governors? Click the link below to hear and read archived speeches dating back to the Schwarzenegger administration. 1231 SOTS-2015-800x 200