After failing to reach a budget deal with Republicans, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a new tactic today to deal with the Grand Old Party. Namely, hugs. On Tuesday he encouraged state workers to take a Republican to lunch -- which is a good idea since they're prone to dining somewhere fancy -- but today Brown "asked the California Hospital Association and a group of law enforcement officials to hug them."

"Hug a Republican, make them feel good," Brown said. "In fact I'm going to go up and down the state to see if I can't hug Republicans and...tell them, 'We love you, but give us a break, let the people vote.'"

We can only imagine what he'll ask them to do with Republicans on Thursday.

[Sacto Bee]