Skip to comments.CA: Gov. to Woo Dems in '06
Posted on 10/16/2005 10:01:24 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
SACRAMENTO Even as his battle with Democrats and their union supporters continues, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to adopt some of his opponents' most important issues as his own next year, when he will be campaigning for reelection.
Schwarzenegger wants to focus on health insurance for children, homelessness and big building projects that have been the hallmark of some Democratic governors, administration officials and others said an effort to craft a less confrontational agenda than this year's.
The 2006 agenda could make him appear conciliatory and force Democrats to debate important policy changes with him as he runs for reelection. Little was achieved in the Legislature to resolve the state's biggest problems this year as the administration and lawmakers bickered over the Nov. 8 special election. Both sides said a less bruising year would be welcome.
"Win, lose or draw in this election, after the nuclear war I am determined not to have a nuclear winter," said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez (D-Los Angeles), who has met with Schwarzenegger regularly at the governor's Brentwood home and in the Capitol to discuss policy.
The new agenda does not necessarily mean there will be peace between Schwarzenegger and the Legislature. If history repeats, the governor's reelection campaign will probably cloud efforts at cooperation.
Regardless, the governor's aides said the infrastructure plan would be Schwarzenegger's signature proposal next year.
His staff is already working with Democratic leaders on a plan to overhaul California's jammed ports and freeways, and hospitals that need seismic retrofitting. One Democratic proposal would ask voters to approve a bond measure in June for as much as $15 billion to pay for such projects.
Administration aides and Democrats alike say the public responds positively when the two groups work together.
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You think this state is in debt now?
You ain't seen nothing yet..
---"Win, lose or draw in this election, after the nuclear war I am determined not to have a nuclear winter," said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez (D-Los Angeles), who has met with Schwarzenegger regularly at the governor's Brentwood home and in the Capitol to discuss policy.---
I am so glad to be out of California.
Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock. Now ya got this jackass pretending to be a man of the people. His new book coming out- "How to get screwed by Mr Happyface".
The LA Slimes just can bring themselves to admit that Schwarzenegger is a Democrat in principal. The admission would torpedo their efforts to excise him because of his party registration. They truly hate Republicans.
Conversely we should all be thankful Schwarzenegger doesn't switch party registration. He would be unstoppable and his reign of fiscal irresponsibility would cast a shadow on our grandchildren.
When's he switching parties ?