Good morning from the state capital. I'm Sacramento bureau chief John Myers, your Essential Politics host this week while Christina Bellantoni is away.
There was a time in the state Capitol when the annual State of the State speech was a big event. Sweeping policy proposals, intense media coverage, formal responses from leaders of the Legislature. In short, an address that was the California political equivalent of the State of the Union.
Notice the past tense in that previous paragraph. The times, it seems, have changed.
Even so, Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State that he will...