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Gov. Jerry Brown's veto rate is now 13%, Gov. Schwarzenegger's was twice that

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Then-Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown (R) speaks as then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) looks on during a discussion moderated by 'Today' show host Matt Lauer during the Women's Conference 2010 on October 26, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

Gov. Jerry Brown memorably warned California lawmakers after returning for a third term in 2011 that they would soon be "playing the veto blues."

But an analysis of the two-year legislative session that ended Sunday reveals the Democratic governor has rejected just 13 percent of the 1,866 bills that crossed his desk.

That's the lowest veto rate of any governor since Brown first sat in the governor's office during his two terms in the 1970s and 80s. Brown's predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, vetoed bills at twice that rate.

The Associated Press gathered the signing and veto statistics Tuesday from the California State Library and the secretary of the Senate after Brown completed his bill action this weekend.

Veto rates among California's governors had been creeping up until Brown returned to the governor's office in January 2011.


Student body builder: Dr. Schwarzenegger commandos new USC think tank

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University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th governor of California, announce the establishment of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, which will be housed in the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will head the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California, it was announced Thursday.

Conan the Nonsectarian calls for the think tank to promote a "post-partisanship" political era, and details the priorities of the Institute in his official release as:

  • education
  • energy and environment
  • fiscal and economic policy
  • health and human wellness
  • political reform

    USC chose to bullet point the Institute's guiding principals in their announcement

    • Science and evidence must play an important role when finding solutions to policy and social issues.
    • Local solutions are often the best means to solve global problems.
    • Future leaders, including students and young people, must help shape the solutions for our future.