When Jerry Brown was governor three decades ago, his staff was instructed to give special access to dozens of confidants whose requests were supposed to be routed straight to Brown, administrative records show. READ FULL STORY | DOCUMENTS | POLITICS VERBATIM |

Chase Davis is the director of technology for California Watch and its parent organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting. He also writes about money and politics issues for California Watch. Chase previously worked as an investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register and the Houston Chronicle and is a founding partner of the media-technology firm Hot Type Consulting. He is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.