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Calif. gov pushes for special election on budget

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown kept up his push for a special election on the state budget in a quick tour through the territory of Republican lawmakers, who have repeatedly rebuffed him on the idea.

Speaking Saturday to a group of kids from the California Cadet Corps at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, Brown said the state would not overcome its remaining deficit until leaders stepped out of their comfort zones.

After his public remarks he addressed Friday's near-shutdown of the federal government, saying it was "pathetic" that leaders from a world superpower would need until the 11th hour to finish a budget.

The special election allowing voters to approve extending tax hikes is essential to Brown's plan to close a budget shortfall of more than $15 billion.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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