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Jerry Brown's Strange Lawsuit

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Jerry Brown's Strange Lawsuit

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This is one of the stranger stories about California government that I've encountered in a long time. In one of his last acts as state attorney general before he becomes governor, Brown is suing a state agency on a type of claim that his office has been defending the same state agency against.

If that sounds complicated, it is. But also interesting. Robert Salladay of California Watch explains here.

What does this mean for fixing California? Well, this lawsuit provides a good example why there shouldn't be a separately elected attorney general -- or separately elected statewide executive officials in general. The only such elected official should be the governor, who, if given proper executive control, should be able to save time and money by preventing state agencies from suing each other.

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