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A weekly round-up of what's happening (or not happening) in California politics and state government.

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LATEST SHOW | Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cap Chat 8-22-13

Thirty years ago, Gov. Jerry Browns's youth engendered resentment from some lawmakers who saw him as unprepared. Things have changed for California's governor since his first turn in office. Ben Adler interviews Brown and discusses his evolution.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cap Chat 8-15-13

A California state senator is calling for a special legislative session to deal with California's perpetually problematic corrections system while supporters of a prison hunger strike protest outside the State Capitol. More on prisons this week.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cap Chat 8-8-13

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler discusses what lawmakers are doing in the final weeks of this legislative session. Plus we hear about the state's plans for transferring thousands of prisoners who are at risk of getting valley fever.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cap Chat 8-02-13

Under pressure from hunger strikes, the state of California has made some changes to the way it runs its toughest prison units. But protestors say those efforts aren't enough. KPCC reporter Julie Small joins us to discuss the issue.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cap Chat 7-26-13

Dan Morian, Senior Editor of the Opinion section of the Sacramento Bee, joins us for this week's Capital Chat to discuss his most recent columns, as well as San Jose mayor Chuck Reed and his support of a measure to limit pension costs.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cap Chat 7-18-13

It's an oddly quiet week at the Capitol, not just because the legislature is in recess, but also in terms of election action. In the past, lots of candidates would be running hard more than a year out from the race. But not this year.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cap Chat 7-12-13

With the legislature out of session, it's quiet in California's Capitol this week, so we've decided to take a look at some of the interesting political races that are already starting to show up locally and statewide.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cap Chat 6-28-13

California has a budget for the fiscal year beginning Monday. Gov. Brown signed the budget into law Thursday. Ben Adler provides an update on what is actually covered in the budget and what line-item vetoes are on the governor's plate.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cap Chat 6-21-13

Capital Public Radio’s State Government Reporter Katie Orr discusses California’s budget trailer bill designed to alter the Open Records Act. She also discusses the federal 3-judge panel's order for California to reduce prison populations quicker.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Cap Chat 6-14-13

Today the California legislature began debating the tentative state budget deal reached this week between legislative democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown. Reporter Katie Orr updates us on the steps toward finalizing a deal, which is due Saturday, June 15.