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Gov. Jerry Brown hits populist notes in speech to school workers union
Gov. Jerry Brown hits populist notes in speech to school workers union

In a rallying cry to his base, Gov. Jerry Brown boasted of California's liberal accomplishments during his tenure in a Wednesday address to a school employees union. The speech was a spirited account of Brown's third term, a sign that his so-far muted reelection campaign is becoming more assertive.  And the governor gleefully batted away conservative critics, particularly those from outside the state. He blasted the "dysfunctionality" of Washington and dismissed the GOP-led House of Representatives as obstructionists. "And they have the gall to say California has problems," he said. "You've bet we've got problems. Everyone in the...

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