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Brown’s Gains in California Imperiled by Lingering Ills

Napa Valley vintner Michael Marston voted for Jerry Brown in 2010, trusting the Democrat’s pledge that, with 26 years in California government, he could “lead a broken legislature out of a morass of poisonous partisanship.”

Three years later, Governor Brown has ended chronic deficits, the state’s credit rating is at the highest level since 2006 and a Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia index shows the world’s 10th-largest economy is the strongest in three decades. Still, Marston says he’s disappointed.