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First Take: State's largest union strikes pension deal. Budget vote scheduled.

October 7, 2010 |  8:16 am

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struck a pension deal with the state's largest public-employee union, paving the way for a vote on the state budget on Thursday. At least that's the plan ...

George Skelton says the state spending proposal is full of gimmicks, but with the budget nearly 100 days overdue, it's time to pass the plan and move on.

Jerry Brown was at a San Francisco fundraiser on Wednesday night, talking about rocket ships, billionaires and housekeepers -- and channeling Tony Montana.

Kate Linthicum looks at Gavin Newsom, Abel Maldonado and their quest for the lieutenant governor's job.

The two candidates will square off in a debate in Sunnyvale at 3 p.m. Thursday. PolitiCal will have full coverage of the debate in real time.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento

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