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  • Jery Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger urge green energy policies

    12/16/2011 11:26:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/16/11 | David Siders
    SAN FRANCISCO Ė Gov. Jerry Brown railed Thursday against politicians who doubt climate change, calling them "political lemmings" and the chief obstacle in the fight against global warming. "The main thing we have to deal with in climate change is the skepticism, the denial and the cult-like behavior of the political lemmings that would take us over the cliff," the Democratic governor said at a high-profile conference on climate change at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. At a conference that included Brown's predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Brown said climate change has...
  • Appeals court rules Schwarzenegger had right to furlough workers in constitutional offices

    08/31/2011 9:00:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/31/11 | Denny Walsh
    The two-day-a-month unpaid furloughs of state executive branch workers ordered in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger legally applied to employees of California's elected constitutional officers, an appellate court in Sacramento ruled Tuesday. Applying the furlough order to the staffs of constitutional officers "does not violate the California Constitution's system of divided executive authority or impermissibly interfere with (the officers') statutory right to control the staffing and management of their respective offices," a three-justice panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal declared in a 47-page opinion. Schwarzenegger resorted to furloughs as a cost-saving device in the face of an overwhelming...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger can't be blamed for California's chronic mess

    05/29/2011 11:00:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/29/11 | Dan Walters
    Now that the tabloid feeding frenzy has abated somewhat, it's time for a cooler look at the furor over former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fathering a child by one of his household workers. A few pundits have tried to make the connection between his marital betrayal and his failings as governor, but one has nothing to do with the other. Illicit sex involving political figures is nothing new and, as we know now, was rampant even among the nation's founders. More recently, we have seen scandals involving Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, Strom Thurmond, Mark Sanford and John Edwards, to name but...
  • Schwarzenegger backers say they feel betrayed

    05/19/2011 9:49:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/19/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Sacramento anti-tax advocate Ted Costa looks back at the events he set in motion when he helped kick off California's historic gubernatorial recall in 2003 - culminating in the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger - with more than a little disgust."He's betrayed the people who supported him from Day One," said Costa of the former GOP governor, who this week acknowledged betraying wife Maria Shriver by having an affair and an out-of-wedlock child with a housekeeper more than a decade ago. "I don't know why people are shocked." Melanie Morgan, the former KSFO conservative talk show host who was dubbed the...
  • The tale of the Governator and the baby

    05/18/2011 7:58:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/18/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    In 2005, Maria Shriver told Vanity Fair that many people were surprised that a Kennedy clan member would marry Hollywood bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. "People at first were like, 'You married the other side of the tracks.' " She said, "They have trouble with the class thing. ... Everyone assumed that I was supposed to marry someone like a John Kerry, some preppy that had gone to Harvard or Yale. I didn't want to marry those boys - I did not like them. I had been around them my whole life. I interrupted the story line." Tuesday the Los Angeles Times...
  • Now itís official: Heís a Kennedy

    05/17/2011 9:31:55 PM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 69 replies
    http://www.bostonherald.com ^ | Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Howie Carr
    So this Schwarzenegger spalpeen was born more than 10 years ago, and Maria never had a clue? Arnold apparently took good care of his offspring, at least monetarily, but Maria didnít catch on. Thatís showing her (female) Kennedy roots all right. Paging Rose Kennedy. Just look the other way, like Michael Kennedy with the babysitter. Or Jack with Fiddle and Faddle and Judith Campbell Exner. Or Bobby with Marilyn Monroe . . . Obviously, Schwarzenegger had to overcome any number of handicaps to become a soldier in the Kennedy Crime Family. Heís an Austrian and, much more damning, heís a...
  • Suit seeks to nullify Schwarzenegger commutation

    05/11/2011 6:25:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 5/11/11 | JULIE WATSON - Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County prosecutors asked a state court Wednesday to overturn former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's last-minute decision to slash the prison sentence for the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, his friend and political ally. The civil lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court is the latest fallout from the Republican governor's decision, which angered prosecutors, the victim's family and other Republicans. A day before his term ended in January, Schwarzenegger cut by more than half the sentence for Esteban Nunez, to 7 years from 16 years. The younger Nunez pleaded guilty in the 2008...
  • Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger to depart in frustration

    08/08/2010 9:26:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 59 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/7/10 | Dan Walters
    Arnold Schwarzenegger came into the governorship seven years ago believing that he could succeed where his predecessors had failed in dealing with California's thorniest issues. He'll leave office in a few months, having learned the hard way that California is difficult, and perhaps impossible, to govern. Its ever-expanding economic and cultural complexity collides with a politics so ossified and diffused, with so many officeholders and institutions sharing authority, that no one is truly accountable for outcomes. Schwarzenegger offered his take on that dysfunction during a presentation in Fresno the other day, a truncated version of which follows: "There is no...
  • Will Schwarzenegger endorse Whitman, and should she want him to?

    06/18/2010 8:07:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 191+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/19/10 | David Siders
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is not sure he will endorse either candidate bidding to succeed him. If he does, he said after last week's primary elections, it will not necessarily be Republican Meg Whitman, his party's nominee. Not that she has asked. Or that the governor's endorsement would be helpful, anyway. Even when he was popular, Schwarzenegger's star power did not always rub off on fellow Republicans. Now, with his public approval rating foundering and the Capitol gridlocked over a $19.1 billion deficit, some strategists and campaign watchers say his endorsement, if he offers it, could hurt. "Meg's going...
  • An old white guy takes on a rookie woman

    06/10/2010 8:40:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 152+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/10/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    So much for the undeserved stereotype of California Republicans voting lemming-like for the most conservative, unelectable contenders. Tuesday, GOP voters rejected the most conservative candidates in favor of moderate hopefuls generally deemed to be more likely to win in November. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman trounced Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina beat two skilled opponents. Like Whitman, most candidates endorsed by former Gov. Pete Wilson won big. Most endorsed by conservative demigod Tom McClintock tanked. It wasn't even close. Down ticket, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a GOP moderate, fended off more conservative competition. In the attorney...
  • Primary lesson: Don't let ads go unchallenged

    06/10/2010 8:37:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 56+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/10/10 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Former Gov. Jerry Brown and other forces lining up to oppose Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman in November learned something from the billionaire's overwhelming primary victory: It wasn't just about her seemingly bottomless bank account.It was about letting her ubiquitous advertising go unchallenged. Of course, Whitman's money played a major role in her victory Tuesday over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a fellow Silicon Valley multimillionaire. Whitman contributed a record-shattering $71 million of her own money to her campaign and raised another $16 million. Poizner contributed $24 million of his own money to his bid and raised another $3 million....
  • WILLIE'S WORLD: World will be watching our governor's race

    06/08/2010 7:51:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 39+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/8/10 | Willie Brown
    It looks like it's going to be eMeg versus Moonbeam for governor of California, and the whole world will be watching.For Meg Whitman, this is not just a race for governor. This is a race to the top of the Republican food chain and for consideration to be Mitt Romney's running mate in 2o12.For Jerry Brown, it's the ultimate redemption for old-time politicians, for those opposed to term limits and for those who believe that experience counts.I think Jerry started out with the idea that becoming governor again would launch him on another run for the White House, but Barack...
  • Record 71% disapprove of governor, poll shows { Schwarzenegger won't be back!}

    03/21/2010 2:11:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 547+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/21/10 | Wyatt Buchanan
    More Californians disapprove of the job performance of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger than any governor in modern state history including Gray Davis, who was ousted by Schwarzenegger in a popular uprising, according to a Field Poll released today. Seventy-one percent of California voters surveyed said they disapprove of Schwarzenegger's handling of the job, while 23 percent approve. The low ratings are shared across all demographics including party affiliation, region of the state, age and race or ethnicity."Schwarzenegger still has a persona that appeals to people, but the real problem is he's presiding over a terrible time in California history and he...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • CALIFORNIA: State and local growth slows to a trickle

    12/18/2009 1:04:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 762+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/18/9 | Phillip Reese
    Shedding jobs that once reliably attracted new residents, California grew at a slower pace this year than all but two other years since 1900, according to state Department of Finance figures released Thursday. The number of new births dropped. The number of new immigrants dropped. And more residents left California for other states than came here. The end result: Statewide growth from July 2008 to July 2009 was 350,000 people, or less than 1 percent. During the rest of the decade, California averaged 525,000 new residents each year. The four-county Sacramento region posted even more striking numbers, adding just 21,000...
  • Palin Vs. Arnold: Terminating California

    12/17/2009 5:37:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1,929+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 17, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Leadership: Alaska's ex-governor asks a question we'd like answered: Why is California's current governor pushing the same policies in Copenhagen that helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? The movie series that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name involved cyborgs traveling through time to alternately try to destroy or save one John Connor, who would grow up to be the leader of the resistance against a race of machines that ruled the planet. Prominent in the series was his tough cookie of a mom, Sarah Connor. Another Sarah has taken the lead in another resistance against another group...
  • Schwarzenegger Gives California Legislature A Hidden Finger

    10/28/2009 10:42:49 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 14 replies · 1,200+ views
    TechCrunch.com ^ | October 28, 2009 | Michael Arrington
    There is absolutely no way Iíll be able to make this relevant to tech. But Iím posting it anyway. Our Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, vetoed a California legislative finance bill Ė AB 1176. The letter is terse and to the point. And the first letter of each line in paragraphs 2-3 are even terser and more to the point. Schwarzeneggers battles with the state legislature are epic. But this just goes way beyond epic. Itís something for the history books. (click the link to view the message...)
  • Arnold Schwarznegger sticks it to his Legislature while vetoing AB1776

    10/27/2009 4:33:53 PM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 12 replies · 1,210+ views
    gov.ca.gov, the web site of the California governor ^ | 10/12/2009 | Arnold Schwarznegger
    An image of the bill's veto message, with some interpretive graphics added: A link to this pdf on Schwarznegger's official web site can be found here, in the "Bills Vetoed" section. It's the real deal.
  • Schwarzenegger signs long-awaited California budget

    07/28/2009 3:15:03 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies · 990+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2009 | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a package of bills on Tuesday to balance the state's budget, which should allow the state to stop issuing IOUs instead of paying bills and to prepare for a crucial sale of short-term debt. After weeks of negotiations, the Republican governor and top lawmakers in the Democratic-led legislature early last week agreed to several measures to close the state's massive budget deficit of more than $24 billion. On Friday, the legislature passed many of the measures to close most of the gap but left it to Schwarzenegger to use line-item cuts...
  • AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER FROM AN UNEMPLOYED CALIFORNIAN

    05/05/2009 8:29:33 AM PDT · by sinanju · 15 replies · 1,425+ views
    SFGate.com ("City Brights" column) ^ | May 4, 2009 | Goria Nieto: Social Justice Activist Looking for a Job
    "Dear Governor: I hope you or someone will take a moment of time to read my letter here about my experiences with EDD. I know you are trying hard to get this economy corrected while also managing the multitude of problems within the state of California: the air we breathe,this flu, the ocean on our coasts, the redwoods, the homelessness, the budget, the prisons. It's a very long list..." (snip) "I turned to EDD for unemployment the first weekend after losing my job. Putting those forms online was brilliant. No waiting in lines, getting everything submitted correctly from the homey...
  • California Consumer Chief Resigns (Governor's Hack Bilks Taxpayers For Justin Timberlake Concert)

    03/29/2009 2:38:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 650+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 28, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
    California consumer affairs chief resigns Carrie Lopez, director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, resigned Friday in the wake of disclosures about expenses she charged to taxpayers. Carrie Lopez quits when shown results of a state audit that found questionable expenses she incurred. The findings went beyond those reported earlier this month by The Times, an official says. By Michael Rothfeld March 28, 2009 Reporting from Sacramento -- The director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs resigned Friday in the wake of disclosures about expenses she charged to taxpayers, including for transportation to attend a Justin Timberlake concert...
  • Schwarzenegger slashes budgets for constitutional officers

    02/20/2009 3:40:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1,166+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/20/9 | Jim Sanders
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally ended months of political fighting Friday by signing a new state budget - but not before taking another shot at constitutional officers. Among $1.3 billion in vetoes, Schwarzenegger sliced budgets of the attorney general, controller, treasurer, secretary of state and Board of Equalization by 10 percent to compensate for savings that would have occurred from furloughing employees. Schwarzenegger chopped even more from the budget of Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2010, slicing his budget by two thirds - from $2.78 million to $1.04 million, saying he did so "to ensure that sufficient...
  • The woman who would be governator

    01/11/2009 8:29:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 846+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/11/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former eBay chief Meg Whitman is preparing to run for governor in 2010. Considering that California is so broke that next month it may have to issue IOUs instead of checks, I cannot imagine why anyone would want the job. And considering that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger started out as a political outsider who promised to parachute into Sacramento to clean up the mess - only to allow it to grow messier - I wonder if voters will be eager to pick another parachute-in Republican for governor. Not that the alternatives are all that appetizing. If Whitman may seem too new,...
  • Governor's security tab is off the charts

    01/28/2008 7:58:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 78+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/28/8 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The cost to taxpayers of protecting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's other top officials has nearly tripled since the Governator took office, to close to $38 million a year, figures obtained by The Chronicle show. The California Highway Patrol, which guards the officials, won't release budget figures covering just the governor out of security considerations. But it's pretty clear from what people tell us that the big spending isn't on the state schools superintendent or the insurance commissioner - it's on Schwarzenegger.Five years ago, during Gray Davis' last year in office, the CHP spent $14.4 million providing security to the...
  • Arnold's Health Care Flop (Wall Street Journal Editorial)

    08/15/2007 2:09:50 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 807+ views
    Flash Report ^ | 08/15/2007 | WSJ Editorial Via Flash Report
    Arnold's Health Flop After Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled his universal health-care plan for California in January, almost everyone was laying down palms in Sacramento. Here was a Republican Governor putting aside political squabbling and "doing big things that Washington has failed to do," as Time magazine put it. What a change seven months later, with the plan on the cusp of collapse. There's a lesson here about health-care "bipartisanship" when it's merely a cover for bad policy. The California legislature is now in the second month of the fiscal year without a budget. Deadlocks are routine because the state requires a...
  • ("Sicko") Moore to Schwarzenegger: Adopt Austrian health care system

    06/27/2007 1:39:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies · 657+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2007 | DAVID GERMAIN
    Moore to Schwarzenegger: Adopt Austrian health care system Wednesday, June 27, 2007 By: DAVID GERMAIN - Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore has a suggestion to help California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger bring universal health care to the nation's largest state: Just do it the Austrian way. "I would like Gov. Schwarzenegger to say that he wants the citizens of California to have the same, fine, universal health coverage he got as a young man in the country of Austria," Moore said Tuesday of the Austrian-born governor. "That's all we're asking for, governor. Just give us the Austrian plan," Moore...
  • Are we safe from robots that can think for themselves?

    04/24/2007 2:43:34 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 183 replies · 3,052+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2007 | Rebecca Camber
    Are we safe from robots that can think for themselves? By REBECCA CAMBER Robots that can think for themselves could soon be caring for our children and the elderly and policing our streets, say experts. Scientists told yesterday of a new generation of robots which can work without human direction. They predict that in the next five years robots will be available for child-minding, to work in care homes, monitor prisons and help police trace criminals. And while it may sound like something out of a science-fiction film, the experts say advances in technology have made the thinking robot possible....
  • Many GOP activists riled by governor: Everybody's happy he was elected -- agenda a problem

    02/12/2007 7:58:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 363+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/12/7 | John Wildermuth, Carla Marinucci
    Sacramento -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to be governor for four more years and a surprising number of Republican party activists aren't happy about it. GOP officials at this weekend's twice-a-year state party convention talked gratefully about how much Schwarzenegger's landslide win over Democrat Phil Angelides meant to the party that saw few other bright spots last November. But there was plenty of grumbling among the 1,250 rank-and-file delegates concerned that the governor's inauguration day call for a new "post-partisan" agenda in the state showed more concern for moderate Democrats and decline-to-state voters than for the GOP's conservative core....
  • Bush learns from the governator

    01/25/2007 8:10:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 298+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/25/7 | Debra J. Saunders
    PRESIDENT BUSH -- whose approval rating has fallen to 35 percent -- seemed to borrow a page from the Team Arnold playbook when he delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The Bushies should want to mimic Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's impressive turnaround. In 2005, only one-third of California voters approved of the governor. In 2006, Schwarzenegger handily won re-election and a majority of voter approval. How did Schwarzenegger do it? The governator admitted that he erred in holding a special election, assured voters that he got their message and promised to play better with state Democrats. Bush lacked...
  • Governor tries to get enemies into his tent

    01/14/2007 4:52:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 334+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/14/7 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened his second term by declaring this the era of "post-partisanship," but Democrats sounded a lot like Democrats and Republicans sounded a lot like Republicans in the week that followed. Even if Schwarzenegger wants to work both sides of the aisle, both sides seem reluctant to work with one another, a potential roadblock for the governor's agenda. His big-ticket proposals will require two-thirds support in the Legislature, which means he can't rely solely on majority Democrats as he did last year on many of his high-profile bills. Schwarzenegger needs Republican votes on the budget, $43 billion in...
  • Caption This Photo of The Governator On Crutches

    01/10/2007 7:13:55 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 34 replies · 898+ views
    Charter News ^ | 01-10-07 | WestVirginiaRebel
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves the stage after unveiling his $143.4 billion 2007-2008 budget in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10 2007 (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Arnold's Plans Spell M-A-R-I-A (Rush Limbaugh: Moderates Are Really Liberals Alert)

    01/09/2007 4:11:09 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 757+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 01/09/2007 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Stan in San Francisco. (You note that I'm delaying playing these Ted Kennedy bites because I really don't want to hear them. I'm struggling here with: I've got the duty to play them to you and do I want to sit through 'em and listen to them, and I will probably opt to play some of them.) Anyway, Stan in San Francisco, you're up, sir, welcome to the program. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Greetings from one of the 99 conservative Republicans in her speakership's district. RUSH: (Laughing.) CALLER: There were a hundred of us until it was clear she...
  • Dan Walters: Governor's next goal -- Senate?

    11/28/2006 8:10:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 563+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/28/6 | Dan Walters
    To national political observers, Arnold Schwarzenegger's landslide re-election as California's Republican governor was nothing short of miraculous, given the state's generally Democratic leanings, the Democratic tide that swept over the rest of the nation and Schwarzenegger's very low popularity when the year began. Schwarzenegger is touting his win as reflecting a new political paradigm -- centrism and bipartisanship -- that should be emulated at the national level. He established new genres in bodybuilding and movies and implies that he's doing it again in politics (just a year after trumpeting anti-politician populism as his shtick, it should be noted). "Well, it's...
  • Analyst: Budget will come up short -- Falling home sales slow economy

    11/16/2006 7:49:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 688+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/16/6 | Clea Benson
    With a decline in home sales driving a slowdown in California's recent economic boom, lawmakers will find it "much tougher" to balance the state budget next year than they did this year, the Legislature's nonpartisan budget adviser said in a report Wednesday. The economy is still doing slightly better than lawmakers expected when they approved the current $131 billion state spending plan in June, partly because oil prices have dropped since the summer, the report said. But if trends continue, the state will still take in about $5 billion less than it spends for the fiscal year beginning July 1,...
  • ELECTION AFTERMATH: Republican voters didn't show up at the polls

    11/10/2006 9:51:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 136 replies · 3,083+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/10/6 | John Wildermuth
    California's Republican voters stayed home in droves on election day, as preliminary figures show voter turnout falling well below the state average in some of the most reliably GOP parts of the state. Although the final totals won't be known for weeks, election day turnout in Fresno, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and SanDiego counties, which all have Republican pluralities, ran as much as 10 percentage points below the state's 44 percent average turnout. "The turnout in Republican counties was low compared to the turnout in counties where Democrats hold the edge,'' said Patrick Dorinson, a spokesman for the state Republican...
  • Daniel Weintraub: Schwarzenegger landslide is a win for centrism

    11/09/2006 8:02:20 AM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies · 828+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/9/6 | Daniel Weintraub
    Whatever pitched partisan battles might be looming in Washington, D.C., Tuesday's election was a victory for collaboration over confrontation in California, as the state voted overwhelmingly to give a second term to a celebrity chief executive who has redefined what it means to govern from the center. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's landslide victory and the approval of his package of proposals to rebuild the state's public works showed that in the Golden State, voters will value and reward politicians who reach out and work with their opposition rather than trying to run them over in pursuit of total policy victories. Schwarzenegger...
  • Editorial: Down the middle - Schwarzenegger steers a winning course

    11/08/2006 10:18:38 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 448+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/8/6 | Editor
    It is on days like this one that we sympathize with anyone awakening from a three-year coma and suddenly reading today's headlines. "Arnold Schwarzenegger re-elected governor." Whaaaaaat? Yes, its true, this Hollywood icon has again won the governor's race. This news doesn't shock anyone who has been awake in recent months, but to the uninitiated, it may sound like an April Fools' Day prank. We sympathize with them now, as they sit in their hospital beds, incredulous at the headlines, wondering: How did this happen? How did Schwarzenegger become governor? Many Wednesday-morning quarterbacks will point to Schwarzenegger's superior star power,...
  • Is Boxer the next target for Schwarzenegger?

    11/08/2006 7:36:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 74 replies · 1,430+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/8/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's political rehabilitation and re-election has Democrats wondering whether he'll take on Sen. Barbara Boxer when her term comes up in 2010. Termed-out state Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, has already raised the question, and so has former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. The thinking? "His wife is part of the Kennedy clan, and so it would be natural for a glamorous Kennedy star to elevate himself to the U.S. Senate as the next Barack Obama,'' Brown said. After all, "here's a guy investing $15 million to $20 million of his own money in the governor's race,'' Brown said....
  • LOW TURNOUT EXPECTED: Pollster predicts only 51.5% in state to vote -- no suspense in the top races

    11/07/2006 10:37:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 1,512+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/7/6 | John Wildermuth
    The election excitement sweeping across much of the nation isn't flowing into California, where the turnout for today's statewide general election isn't expected to be much better than 2002's record low, according to a Field Poll estimate released today. With races for governor and U.S. Senate at the top of the ballot, turnout is expected to be 51.5 percent, second worst in history for a regularly scheduled election, behind only the 50.6 percent of registered voters who showed up four years ago to re-elect Democrat Gray Davis as governor. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson's slightly more optimistic prediction of a...
  • CA: Race for governor not over till it's...

    11/06/2006 12:31:25 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 26 replies · 501+ views
    San Mateo County Times - MediaNews ^ | 11/06/2006 | Mike Zapler and Kate Folmar
    Angelides tells his supporters to ignore polls Insisting he was "undaunted and unbowed" two days before an election he is widely expected to lose, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides dashed from one end of the state to the other on Sunday, hoping to spark the surge of momentum that has eluded him throughout his campaign. "I want you to ignore what the polls say," Angelides told about 100 union workers at a labor hall in Burlingame Sunday afternoon. "Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks he's got this thing locked away." Afterward, he added, "I think you're going to see a big surprise." Schwarzenegger...
  • Coattail effect on other races? Democrats fear a big win by Schwarzenegger could hurt them.

    11/06/2006 7:38:17 AM PST · by SmithL · 41 replies · 841+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/6/6 | Aurelio Rojas
    If polls are accurate and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger trounces state Treasurer Phil Angelides in Tuesday's election, history suggests some Democrats in down-ballot races could suffer collateral damage. At stake are seven other constitutional offices of significant importance -- not just in the immediate future, but in positioning for the 2010 race for governor. Democrat John Garamendi and Republican Tom McClintock, for example, are locked in a tight race for lieutenant governor. Yet their prospects as future candidates for governor could be determined by higher forces. "People come out to vote because of the top of the ticket," said Democratic consultant...
  • Dan Walters: Three contests could go either way

    11/03/2006 8:10:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 682+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/3/6 | Dan Walters
    As Phil Angelides' hopes of becoming governor of California sink to zero, political junkies and interest groups are turning their attention to a handful of other statewide offices that, with less than a week of campaigning remaining, are still in contention. The big question is whether a very strong re-election vote for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, perhaps even a landslide, will translate into Republican gains in down-ballot contests, especially if Angelides' poor showing depresses Democratic turnout. As a new Field Poll underscores, Democrats have pretty much sewed up two of those offices, attorney general and treasurer. Former Gov. (and current Oakland...
  • Judge refuses to block out-of-state inmate move

    11/02/2006 5:22:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 396+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/2/6 | Andy Furillo
    A judge refused Thursday to halt the state's impending plan to begin shipping inmates to out-of-state prisons to relieve an overcrowding crisis in the California corrections agency. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette said he saw no evidence that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to ship out the prisoners to private facilities in four other states would result in any immediate, irreparable harm to the plaintiffs in the case, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Service Employees International Union Local 1000. Marlette set a Nov. 22 court date to resolve the merits of the suit.
  • Tribal casinos bet against politicians who backed unions

    11/01/2006 9:56:34 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Sac ^ | 11/1/6 | Judy Lin
    In the waning hours of August's legislative session, labor leaders successfully persuaded majority Democrats to defeat the expansion of six Indian casinos. The compacts Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger negotiated with the tribes, they argued, failed to include more collective bargaining rights for casino workers. Now most of the same tribes from Southern California are flexing their political muscle in a big way, pouring $9.1 million into an independent campaign committee that has largely backed casino-friendly candidates. One analyst says the tribes' move so late in the campaign sends a strong warning to Sacramento politicians, particularly Democrats who chose to side with...
  • SAUNDERS: Sequel outshines Governator I

    10/31/2006 7:48:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 203+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/31/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    WHEN ARNOLD Schwarzenegger first ran for governor in 2003, he talked as if being a good governor -- which for him meant, balancing the state budget without raising taxes -- would be easy. Now he knows it is not easy. He just makes it look easy. In his inauguration speech, Schwarzenegger boasted that he would be an action governor: "I don't want to move boxes around. I want to blow them up." That stunt fizzled. As frequently happens in the early part of a movie, the action hero suffers painful setbacks. When Schwarzenegger tried to cut the growth in state...
  • Unions to file suit to block inmate transfers

    10/30/2006 4:36:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 466+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/30/6 | Andy Furillo
    Two major public employee unions announced Monday they plan to file a lawsuit to block the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from transferring more than 2,000 inmates to private prisons in other states. Representatives of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 said they planned to file the suit Monday afternoon in Sacramento Superior Court. They said they would seek to stop the transfers on grounds that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger overstepped his legal authority in seeking the moves based on prison overcrowding. Although California has used private prisons for years within its...
  • Carla Marinucci: A touch of blue running through Schwarzenneger on election day?

    10/27/2006 1:40:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 121 replies · 726+ views
    SFGate Politics Blog ^ | 10/27/6 | Carla Marinucci
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said today that it's not an absolute given that he's voting for every Republican candidate on the statewide ballot, saying that "I've voted for Democratic candidates in the past." The governor made the comments today to Chronicle op-ed columnist Debra J. Saunders in a sit-down in San Francisco, following his event to promote telecommunications and more broadband networks to boost technologies that will serve medicine, transportation and a number of other areas. Saunders asked Schwarzenegger if he planned to vote the entire Republican ticket. The governor's reply: "As soon as I look at it, I mean, I...
  • PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA POLL - Governor bucks trend against GOP

    10/26/2006 7:38:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 313+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/26/6 | Carla Marinucci
    Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears headed for re-election by a landslide -- even though California voters strongly believe Democrats are better suited to handle key issues like the economy, the Iraq war, immigration and the environment, a new poll shows. The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that Schwarzenegger has an 18-point lead over Democrat state Treasurer Phil Angelides, and has gained so much momentum that even in the Bay Area -- the state's Democratic bastion -- he holds a 6-point lead. Mark Baldassare, pollster for the Public Policy Institute of California, calls it "just amazing ......
  • Schwarzenegger Makes a Comeback

    10/25/2006 11:20:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 290+ views
    AP ^ | 10/25/6 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to end his speeches with a flourish from his Terminator days: "I'll be back!" The way his re-election bid is going, he's probably right. Beaten, bruised and adrift just a year ago, the former Hollywood action star has become the clear favorite against Democratic state Treasurer Phil Angelides on Nov. 7, having turned things around by moving to the political center, collaborating with Democrats in the Legislature and watching his mouth. If Schwarzenegger can pull it off on Election Day, it will be "the most successful rehabilitation in recent California history," as political scientist Bruce Cain...
  • Governor accused of 'overstepping authority'

    10/23/2006 8:07:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/23/6 | Judy Lin
    The leader of the state Senate on Monday accused Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of overstepping his authority in implementing California's pioneering plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The governor's office fired back, saying he would not deviate from a market-based approach he believes would reach emission targets without disrupting California's economy. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata sent a letter to Schwarzenegger pointing out differences between the governor's executive order and the global warming bill negotiated with Democrats in the state Legislature in late August. The executive order directs the Air Resources Board to develop a market-based compliance program at the...