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by Gov. Jerry Brown
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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:
Jerry Brown has had an unusual political career. He is currently running for re-election as Governor of California, after winning a four-year term in 2010. But he previously served two terms, from 1975-1983, and in between ran for President twice, got elected as mayor of Oakland, and got elected statewide to a lower-level post as Attorney General. This will likely be his last election, since he is currently 76 years old, but with a career like his, one never knows.
This book is from one of the interim periods between elective office, when Brown ran a national call-in radio program called "We The People" (1994-1998, after running for President in 1992 and before running for Mayor in 1998). Brown interviewed political and cultural figures, and transcribed the most interesting shows into the bulk of this book. His guests ranged from Noam Chomsky (a progressive political activist) to Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple) to Sister Helen Prejean (the anti-death penalty nun). Mostly we excerpt what Brown had to say, since we're looking for his issue stances, but his guests' discussions provide a slice of history for those interested in the progressive viewpoint during the Clinton presidency.
Jerry Brown faces Neel Kashkari (R) for governor in 2014. Brown succeeded Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in 2010, indicating that Republicans do stand a chance even in blue-state California. Brown has been ridiculed as "Governor Moonbeam" (and then later idolized by the journalist who made up the nickname), and idolized (as well as ridiculed) for his presidential campaign slogan "Protect the Earth, serve the people, and explore the universe." But his history of statewide election success (five statewide election victories, against only one statewide loss, for Senate in 1982) ensures that everyone takes his campaign seriously. This book's excerpts will let you decide if your take on Brown is idolization or ridicule -- or maybe a little of both.
-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, July 2014
by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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