January 20, 2013
By Steven Harmon
SACRAMENTO — As he prepares to deliver the third State of the State speech of his third term on Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown will be peering down from a lofty political perch that he may never ascend to again.
Even this late in his political travels, the 74-year-old Brown can safely be called a political phenomenon. He’s fresh off producing what many are calling a “miracle” deficit-free budget only two years after inheriting $27 billion in red ink. And the budget came only two months after he shocked the political world with his triumphant tax-hike ballot measure, Proposition 30.
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