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Don't Forget His Day Job, Third Installment

I'm amazed at what the man can achieve given everything on his plate. Herewith, the most recent attorney general success stories:

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And The Word Of The Day Is...

Each Friday, staffers update the rest of the team on our area of responsibility. This week, the assignment came with a twist: Include an SAT word somewhere in our summary, and the person with the most interesting/unusual piece of vocabulary will win a prize. As a self-proclaimed word nerd, I'm secretly praying for the win. Okay, my secret's out. Here's what I chose:

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We Say Jerry, Together

We've received a phenomenal outpouring of submissions for our How Do YOU Say Jerry? drive on Facebook and Flickr. So many, in fact, that we decided to make a video showcasing some of our favorites. Watch all the way until the end for a special surprise from Jerry.

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...pants on fire!

Someone better treat eMeg for third-degree burns. We just released a video this morning that shows just how false and fabricated her slew of Jerry Brown attack ads are.

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Save Our Schools!

Guest post from my social media cohort, Maggie, about Jerry Brown's recently-released education policy. As someone who will be going back to school to study multicultural education, Jerry's stances are especially important to her...

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It's On!

Well, look at that. eMeg just signed on for two of the ten debates Jerry challenged her to this fall. A far cry from what our guy accepted, but it's a start.

And, I concede, eMeg did perform well in her debates with Poizner in the primary (even though she flagrantly rejected our own requests), so I'm looking forward to some lively discussions.

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The Easiest Way To Help

We spend so much time spreading Jerry's message through the Interwebs that sometimes it's easy to overlook the most important element in any election: Actually voting.

Did you know registering to vote in California takes approximately the same amount of time as clicking through your high school lab partner's cousin's Facebook photos from her recent trip to the Galapagos? (I swear I didn't do that.)

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Why Buying the Win Won't Work

Interesting article in this morning's Washington Post about self-funded candidates. Some take-aways:

  • Just eleven percent of self-funded candidates (those who personally paid for half or more of their total campaign budget) seeking state office were successful in the past decade.
  • Despite their lack of success, those self-financers collectively donated one billion dollars of their own money (twelve percent of all money raised by candidates during that period). Call me a tree-hugging hippie, but I can think of a lot problems a billion dollars could help tackle. Starting with one- nineteenth of California's budget deficit.
  • Shocker: eMeg's spending has now far surpassed the highest bidder of the last ten years (New York's Tom Golisano spent $74 million of his own cash in 2002).

Most importantly, author Chris Cillizza argues that winning will not be the norm for rich, self-funding candidates this election season. Read why in the full article.

 

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25 Random Things About Jerry

Remember the "25 Random Things About Me" craze on Facebook early last year? With the help of Calitics, I dug up this little gem - Jerry's own list. Take a look; I guarantee you will learn something you didn't know about him (like how he was a cheerleader at St. Ignatius High School!).

 

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California's Once and Future Governor.

I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of this week's Time magazine and read the profile on Jerry Brown. It contains some compelling history and a couple classic Jerry quotes. (My favorite: "I've been in government and overseen thousands of businesses. I've run charter schools. Those are businesses. She ran her ... her website.") You can read the beginning of the story on Time.com.

Jerry's cover story in a 1974 issue of Time; Photo courtesy of Time magazine

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