Capitol Alert

The latest on California politics and government

October 3, 2011
Rex Babin: Bill action by Jerry (and Sutter) Brown

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click here to see a collection of his work.

May 18, 2011
Rex Babin: Schwarzenegger's (not-so) secret child?

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Rex Babin is a political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work at here. Colleagues David Siders and Sam Stanton have a full story on the fallout at SacBee.com.

February 17, 2011
Rex Babin: Budget bear

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. See a collection of his work here.

February 2, 2011
Rex Babin: The elephant in the room

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. See a collection of his work here.

January 20, 2011
Rex Babin: Redevelopment Gold Rush

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Above is Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's take on how local redevelopment agencies have reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal to eliminate their funding. Click here for a collection of Babin's work.

January 10, 2011
Rex Babin: Jerry and Gavin

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. This cartoon was originally published in Sunday's Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

January 7, 2011
Rex Babin: What's old is new

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Above is Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on Gov. Jerry Brown's recent appointments. See a collection of Babin's work here.

December 15, 2010
Rex Babin: Christmas wishes at the Capitol

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

December 1, 2010
Rex Babin: Revolving door

babinprisons.jpg Here's Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's take on California's prison overcrowding issues reaching the high court. Colleague Michael Doyle has a story on yesterday's oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in today's Bee. Click here for a full collection of Babin's work.

November 19, 2010
Rex Babin: Cannabis and vote counts

babinAGpot.jpg Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on Bee colleague Peter Hecht's story about the medical marijuana industry's close watching of the ballot counting in the attorney general's contest: Democrat Kamala Harris holds a slim lead over Republican Steve Cooley, with hundreds of thousands of ballots left to be counted. See a full collection of Babin's work here.

November 12, 2010
Rex Babin: S.S. California

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click here to see a collection of his work.

September 29, 2010
Rex Babin: Budget 'framework'

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

September 16, 2010
Rex Babin: The state of the gubernatorial race

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

September 3, 2010
Rex Babin: Talking points from the Senate debate

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click here to see a collection of his work.

August 9, 2010
Rex Babin: Whitman on immigration

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

July 27, 2010
Rex Babin: Bass' big rides

Here's cartoonist Rex Babin's take on former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass still using drivers provided for her as speaker:

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

July 13, 2010
Rex Babin: Pay cut 'chicken'

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click here for a collection of his work.

July 8, 2010
Rex Babin: Water bond on the ballot

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

July 7, 2010
Rex Babin: Steinberg's struggle

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here. Read Bee colleague Susan Ferriss' story on Steinberg's leadership challenges here.

July 6, 2010
Rex Babin: The real state rock

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

July 1, 2010
Rex Babin: Recess

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

June 29, 2010
Rex Babin: Campaign style

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

June 28, 2010
Rex Babin: Pension Cop

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

June 10, 2010
Rex Babin: Power(man) failure

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

June 8, 2010
Rex Babin: Choosing a candidate

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

June 1, 2010
Rex Babin: Spending solution

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

May 14, 2010
Rex Babin: Band-Aid budget

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

May 5, 2010
Rex Babin: Abandoned platform

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

May 3, 2010
Rex Babin: The Capitol's Cheshire Cat

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

April 28, 2010
Rex Babin: A 'lite' gig?

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

April 16, 2010
Rex Babin: Guv bid grounded

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

April 12, 2010
Rex Babin: Campaign casualties

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

April 9, 2010
Rex Babin: Three checks to the wind

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for the Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.


April 6, 2010
Rex Babin: Pension peril

Here's Rex Babin's take on a new report that found California's three major public pension funds face a combined half-trillion dollar shortfall.

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

March 26, 2010
Rex Babin: Marijuana market

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

March 19, 2010
Rex Babin: Reconciliation wars

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

March 18, 2010
Rex Babin: A bracket to bet on?

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

March 17, 2010
Rex Babin: Pérez's pay raises

Here's Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the pay raises new Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and GOP leader Martin Garrick gave some staff upon assuming their new gigs:

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Click here to see a collection of Babin's work.

March 4, 2010
Rex Babin: Proposed text ban? LOL

Here's Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's take on Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez's pledge to ban lawmakers from texting with lobbyists on the Assembly floor.

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Click here to see a collection of Babin's work.

February 23, 2010
Rex Babin: Party of No

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

February 22, 2010
Babin: Feinstein's water flow

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

February 16, 2010
Babin: Ramming the renomination

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. This cartoon was first published over the weekend; you can see a collection of his work here.

February 11, 2010
Rex Babin: Driving distraction

Here's Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the governor's proposal to raise revenues by selling advertisement space on electronic billboards.

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Click here to see a collection of Babin's work.

February 8, 2010
Rex Babin: Early release

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

February 3, 2010
Rex Babin: 'Wood-chipper' winner

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

February 2, 2010
Rex Babin: Cash comparison

Here's Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the latest campaign finance reports filed by the GOP gubernatorial hopefuls.

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Click here to see a collection of Babin's work.

January 27, 2010
Rex Babin: Supreme flood

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist at The Bee. Click here to see a collection of his work.

January 26, 2010
Rex Babin: Bernanke confirmation

We wrote yesterday about California's senators' opposite stances on whether to approve Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for a second term. Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the confirmation scuffle:

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

January 22, 2010
Rex Babin: Strange political bedfellows

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

January 6, 2010
Babin: State of the State

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

December 15, 2009
Rex Babin: Paying for prisons

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click here for a collection of his work.

December 14, 2009
Rex Babin: Race to the Top

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

December 11, 2009
Rex Babin: Regulation run down

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the Air Resources Board's recent decision to delay the enforcement of new diesel emissions rules.

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December 10, 2009
Rex Babin: Bill factory

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click here for a collection of his work.


December 7, 2009
Rex Babin: Revolving door

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. This cartoon originally appeared in Sunday's Bee; click here to see a collection of Babin's work.

December 4, 2009
Rex Babin: Hall of Shame

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

November 30, 2009
Rex Babin: A 'lite' workload

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click here to see a collection of his work.

November 25, 2009
Rex Babin: Preferred parking

TMZ, the gossip site that has repeatedly caught the governor and his wife violating various traffic laws, posted a video yesterday of the governor talking about his recent red-zone parking incident. Here's cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the governor's parking problem.

Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

November 23, 2009
Rex Babin: Lunar bond

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

November 11, 2009
Rex Babin: Hanging in the balance

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

November 10, 2009
Rex Babin: Refreshments flowing

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

Related: Columnist Dan Walters writes in today's Bee that political "pork" could hurt efforts to pass the $11 billion bond proposal that's headed to the ballot. Read that piece here.

November 3, 2009
Rex Babin: Candidate down

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

November 2, 2009
Rex Babin: Bay Bridge fix

Here's cartoonist Rex Babin's take on one use for some of those recently purchased state-owned trucks that have been sitting idle:

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October 29, 2009
Rex Babin: Water fight

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Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin offers his take on how those behind-closed-doors water negotiations are playing out.

When it comes to crafting a package that is palatable enough to pass both houses, lawmakers might as well go to battle armed with "Whack-a-mole" mallets, as Fresno Bee's E.J. Schultz pointed out in breaking down the challenges of crafting a passable pair of policy and financing proposals. Read his post on adding up the votes here.


Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

October 28, 2009
Rex Babin: Cannabis coverage

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

October 27, 2009
Rex Babin: Stocked lots

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here. Click here to read Andrew McIntosh's report on vehicles recently purchased by the state going unused.

October 16, 2009
Rex Babin: Governor in action

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

October 14, 2009
Rex Babin: Land of milk and honey (bills)

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

October 11, 2009
Rex Babin: Guv's water goal

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

October 9, 2009
Rex Babin: Record response

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

October 8, 2009
Rex Babin: War Room wars

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

September 29, 2009
Rex Babin: Highest bidder

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

September 21, 2009
Rex Babin: Whac-A-Worker

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

In case you missed it: Read Jon Ortiz's piece on SEIU Local 1000's yard sign campaign here.

September 16, 2009
Rex Babin: Solar panel pains

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. Click to see a collection of his work.

September 11, 2009
Rex Babin: Crude committee

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

September 10, 2009
Rex Babin: Eye-patch exploits

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

September 9, 2009
Rex Babin: Obama's lesson plan

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

On a related note, Kevin Yamamura has the governor's response to President Obama's addressing schoolchildren here.

August 24, 2009
Rex Babin: The Governator's garage sales

Here's Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's take on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signing car visors in hopes of boosting sales at the upcoming auction of government-owned cars. Will this weekend's auction draw cash or leave a lot full of celeb-signed clunkers? Let us know what you think in the comments forum below.

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To see more cartoons from the Babin files, click here.

August 20, 2009
Rex Babin: Pumping policies

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

August 13, 2009
Rex Babin: Crowd control

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

August 12, 2009
Rex Babin: Clown Halls

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The Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin sketches his take on the health care town halls going on across the country. What do you think about the town halls and Babin's cartoon? Let us know in the comments forum.

You can see a collection of Babin's work here.

August 7, 2009
Rex Babin: Run for the hills

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

August 4, 2009
Rex Babin: Reefer revenues

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You can see a collection of Bee political cartoonist Rex Babin's work here.

August 3, 2009
Rex Babin: Roller coaster revenues

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here.

July 28, 2009
Rex Babin: Recess

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Rex Babin is the political cartoonist for The Bee. You can see a collection of his work here
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July 21, 2009
Rex Babin on the budget

July 16, 2009
Babin on legislative meltdown

July 8, 2009
Babin on IOUs
June 24, 2009
Babin on Villaraigosa

June 22, 2009
Babin on Schwarzenegger's popularity

June 18, 2009
Babin on the UCD Chancellor

June 10, 2009
Babin on the budget cuts/ballot measures

June 8, 2009
Babin on the special interests

June 4, 2009
Babin on the 2/3rds vote

June 3, 2009
Babin on Prop. 13

June 2, 2009
Rex Babin animated: Caleeforneeya

Click the image to view the animation.

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June 1, 2009
Babin on the governor's budget task

May 21, 2009
Babin on the budget

The latest from Bee Cartoonist Rex Babin.

May 14, 2009
Babin's doomsday scenario

Here's Bee Cartoonist Rex Babin's take on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget revision today.


May 7, 2009
Babin on legalizing marijuana

May 5, 2009
Babin on Schwarzenegger switching parties

May 4, 2009
Babin on Burton

Cartoonist Rex Babin on the selection of former Sen. John Burton as the next chairman of the California Democratic Party.

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April 30, 2009
Babin on the Integrated Waste Management Board

Here's Rex Babin's latest political cartoon.

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April 27, 2009
Babin on the bedfellows together against Prop 1A

Here's Rex Babin's latest cartoon on the curious coalition in support of Proposition 1A.

April 24, 2009
Babin on Newsom on Twitter

Here's Rex Babin's latest cartoon:

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Related: Speaking of which, I'm Twittering all weekend about the California Democratic Party convention.

April 22, 2009
Babin on the governor's big Brentwood fundraiser

Here's Rex Babin's latest cartoon. It's in reference to this story in Tuesday's Bee.

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April 15, 2009
Babin on the bear statue

The latest from cartoonist Rex Babin:

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April 6, 2009
Babin on the drought

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on California's water drought:

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April 1, 2009
Babin on Proposition 1A on the May 19 ballot

Here's cartoonist Rex Babin's take on Proposition 1A, the ballot measure that would create a spending cap while extending tax hikes:

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March 31, 2009
Babin on the May 19 ballot measures

Here is Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the special election ballot measures headed for a May 19 vote. The cartoon was published on Friday.

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March 16, 2009
Babin on furloughs

Bee Cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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March 9, 2009
Babin on the Prop. 8 decision

Here's cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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March 6, 2009
Babin on the 2010 governor's race

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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February 24, 2009
Babin on legalizing marijuana

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February 23, 2009
Babin on what makes California special

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest drawing. Find all his work here.

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February 20, 2009
Babin: It's a budget!

The latest from Bee cartoonist Rex Babin:

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February 18, 2009
Babin on the budget held hostage

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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February 12, 2009
Babin on yoga, meditation and California prisons

Cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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February 11, 2009
Babin on the prisons

Cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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February 9, 2009
Babin on the state's credit rating

Cartoonist Rex Babin's take, which was in the Sunday paper:

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February 4, 2009
Babin on California's cupboard

Cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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February 2, 2009
Babin on the 'Stupor Bowl' budget

Here's cartoonist Rex Babin take in his 'Caleeforneeya' cartoon:

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January 27, 2009
Babin on a barrel of monkeys

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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January 23, 2009
Babin on the GOP talking taxes

Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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January 16, 2009
Babin on the State of Emergency

Here's Rex Babin's latest take:

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January 13, 2009
Babin on IOUs and furloughs

The latest take from Bee cartoonist Rex Babin:

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January 12, 2009
Babin on special interests and the Capitol

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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Meanwhile, Babin's colleagues on the editorial board have launched a series of editorials on the "various interest groups whose demands have contributed to the deadlock over California's budget crisis."

The introduction ran Sunday. Today's take is on the business lobby. Tomorrow it's the California Teachers Association.

January 7, 2009
Babin on Panetta's reception

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the reception ex-congressman Leon Panetta has received since being nominated as the next CIA director.

You'll recall, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the incoming chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, didn't welcome his nomination. She has since said she supports his candidacy.

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January 6, 2009
Babin on business' budget demands

Bee Cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take:

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January 5, 2009
All the news you missed over the holidays

RexBabin12.jpgHere's a guide to all the news you missed during your (and our) holiday break.

Yes, California still has a budget problem.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic leadership negotiated during the holiday weeks over whether Schwarzenegger would sign their majority-vote package of $18 billion in cuts and taxes.

First they were "very close" in the words of Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Then they were "far away" in the words of Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear.

Bee cartoonist Rex Babin sketched the battling sides (see right).

Schwarzenegger headed off to Idaho for a Christmas break, though he kept in touch with legislative leaders via videoconferencing.

Then, on New Year's Eve, Schwarzenegger administration officials unveiled the 2009-10 budget proposal to close the roughly $40 billion deficit.

It was the sixth Schwarzenegger budget proposal of 2008.

The new elements include reducing the dependent care exemption on state income tax returns from the current $309 per dependent to $103; carrying over some of the deficit into the 2010-11 fiscal year; borrowing funds from voter-created programs for the mentally ill and pre-kindergarten children, and borrowing $4.7 billion from the private sector.

Read The Bee's outline of the plan. Or read the governor's document for yourself.

The budget proposes to change state worker health care, reduce the length of the school year, save a billion in prison and parolee costs, and blow up some of those old boxes, among other things.

Schwarzenegger himself wasn't at his own budget unveiling. Legislative leaders seemed unimpressed by the plan.

The Los Angeles Times reported more bad budget news: California fire-fighting expenditures topped $1 billion in 2008.

The California Teachers Association, meanwhile, is taking matters into its own hands, filing an initiative to raise the sales tax by a penny.

"It's time for stable and independent funding that cannot be cut by the Legislature or diverted for other uses," CTA President David Sanchez said in a statement.

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From his hospital bed in Texas, Chiang wrote a letter to state agencies saying California may have to resort to IOUs as early as Feb. 1.

First on the list of recipients: state lawmakers.

On the plus side..."Terminator," the 1984 film starring Schwarzenegger, was one of 25 films added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

In another policy arena, a panel of state leaders is calling for the construction of a canal to divert water around the Delta by 2011. And they're not asking for approval from lawmakers or voters.

TomCampbell2.jpgPotential Republican candidate for governor Tom Campbell, in an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, makes the case for a temporary hike in the per-gallon gasoline tax combined with a strict spending cap.

Campbell may end up competing with a couple of billionaires (or near-billionaires) in Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, but he's the first one out with some real, concrete ideas to solve the state's fiscal mess. Not that tax hikes are likely to woo the GOP faithful...

Speaking of Whitman, conservative Red County Placer blogger Aaron Park calls the former CEO of eBay, "Al Checci in a skirt."

Speaking of names from the past, you'd never guess who might toss his hat into the 2010 GOP ring.

Bill Simon, the 2002 Republican nominee, tells the Wall Street Journal he's interested.

In fact, Mr. Simon tells me that he would definitely consider running again for governor or lieutenant governor in 2010. He says that the budget crisis in California, including a deficit which he estimates at approximately $40 billion, will "require very fundamental change. This is an issue I understand. Economic issues are a strength for me."

Meanwhile, Attorney General Jerry Brown, who's a could-be, would-be candidate for governor in 2010, announced he was suing the Bush administration (always a popular move) over enforcement of the endangered species act.

It may seem early, but candidates are already sniffing around the open Assembly seats in 2010. The Fresno Bee says Blong Xiong may run.

Other odds and ends:

Big-time GOP donor Alex Spanos, 85, tells his family about his own battle with dementia.

The New York Times profiled California's congressional Sanchez sisters.

There are high levels of arsenic in Kern Valley State Prison, the Los Angeles Times reported. "It's not that major of an issue," said Kelly Harrington, the prison's new warden.

California's new clout on environmental issues was covered by the Washington Post.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a prison sentence granted because of California's three-strikes law was unconstitutional.

Former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer has returned to Orange County as a prosecutor. The OC Register reports he lost his first jury trial.

Spitzer told the Register it "was one of only two "not guiltys" he's even gotten in his career as a prosecutor."

Former Assemblywoman Shirley Horton has a new job. She's taking the helm of the San Diego Downtown Partnership.

Health Access' Anthony Wright assessed health care politics in 2008:

In the fight for quality, affordable health coverage for all Californians, the year 2008 was a year of setbacks and steps back--not just opportunities lost, but decisions that will cause many Californians' coverage to be lost.

It started with the end of the proclaimed "Year of Health Reform," as a much-watched, much-negotiated comprehensive health reform stalled in January. The year was marked by the failure of many more bills, big and small, ambitious and specific, blocked by legislative action or a Governor's veto pen.

The Department of Fish and Game labeled 2008 the "Year of Extreme Poachers and Dangerous Encounters," for what it's worth.

Calitics blogger Brian Leubitz dropped his bid for vice-chairman of the California Democratic Party.

The dynamics of these races are, in fact, quite dynamic. When I got in this race, I did so not simply to make a point. I believed, and continue to believe, that I would do an excellent job as the vice chair of the CDP. And with these changes, it is clear to me that I will not have the votes come April in Sacramento. While I am not afraid to run a race that is merely to make a point, I believe the goals of competing in every race and building the party throughout the party will be made.

RexBabin13.jpgThose dynamics involved ex-Senate leader John Burton jumping into the chairmanship race and pushing Eric Bauman, chair of the Los Angeles Democratic Party, to run for vice-chair.

A couple of other blogs are closing up shop.

Boi from Troy, the musings of a gay conservative USC alum (Scott Schmidt), has published its last post.

Ditto for California Faultline.

And it wouldn't be a new year without new laws.

The Bee's Rex Babin gave his take (see right) on the most talked -- and texted -- about new statute.

Photo: John Chiang speaking to The Bee Capitol Bureau in 2008. Credit: Brian Baer/Sacramento Bee

Photo: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, left listens to state finance director Tom Campbell during a press conference at the Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday June 21, 2005. Credit: Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee

December 22, 2008
Babin on Schwarzengger's Christmas giving

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest take on California politics:

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December 19, 2008
Budget plan not exactly a shoe-in

Or is it?

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the latest go-'round.

For more of Babin's cartoons, click here.

December 15, 2008
Babin on the Legislature

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest cartoon. Find all his work here.

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December 8, 2008
Babin on legislative staff pay raises

Here is Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest cartoon, from Sunday's California Forum section. It is based on this story from last week's Bee.

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December 4, 2008
Babin on McClintock and the Auburn dam

Here's Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's latest work:

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December 3, 2008
Babin on Schwarzenegger greeting Obama

Bee cartoonist Rex Babin gives his take on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's meeting with President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday.

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And here's an actual photo of the encounter.

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Credit: (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

November 25, 2008
Babin on the initiative process

The Bee's prolific cartoonist Rex Babin has another cartoon today. This time he's taking on California's habit of approving ballot measures -- especially those that spend money. Find the rest of Rex's cartoons here.

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November 24, 2008
Babin on the prisons budget

Here is Rex Babin's latest cartoon, on the state's university and prison funding. Find all of his cartoons here.

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November 21, 2008
Babin on the supremes and Proposition 8

Here is Rex Babin's latest cartoon, on the state Supreme Court taking up Proposition 8. Find all of his cartoons here.

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November 18, 2008
Babin on the wildfires and the budget

Here is Rex Babin's latest cartoon, on the California wildfires and the California budget. Find all of his cartoons here.

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November 17, 2008
Babin on the budget

Here is Rex Babin's latest cartoon, on the special budget-balancing session. Find all of his cartoons here.

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November 6, 2008
Cartoonist Rex Babin on the props

Below is Sacramento Bee cartoonist Rex Babin's take on the results of the statewide ballot measures.

You can check out all of Babin's work here.

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