Leave it to Gov. Jerry Brown to coin a term that seems to encapsulate everything from the kickoff of budget negotiations to, well, the entire political world of the state Capitol.
"We're in a exploratory, you know, quasi-collaborative mode," Brown told reporters Wednesday when asked about budget talks.
This week's Capitol Connection Podcast explores both the status of those nascent negotiations, as well as the dynamics at play as this week's 'house of origin' deadline came and went at the statehouse.
Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I also discuss the apparent interest of one of Sacramento's best known ex-legislators in running for a new job under the Capitol dome.
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