"I felt good about the election and looked forward to getting out in the fresh air," he told this newspaper.
That night, the governor's serenity turned to triumph when his tax initiative, Proposition 30, passed by an 8-point margin that no one thought possible just days before.
The new revenue meant that for the first time in almost a decade and a half, the state had truly balanced its budget. And for the first time in more than 120 years, Democrats on Tuesday captured two-thirds of both houses of the Legislature, freeing the Democratic governor to embark on a more visionary policy path that may determine his ultimate legacy.
"I'm very optimistic," Brown said. "We have quite a big agenda facing us."
It includes getting high-speed rail construction off the ground and building a massive water tunnel project in the
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