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  • Turmoil: CA Democrats' Sexual Harassment Problem Cost Them

    12/26/2017 10:26:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 26, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    The sexual harassment reckoning has exposed many men in positions of power for their bad behavior. Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin and others have either been fired or suspended for sexual misconduct. In the political realm, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is resigning in early January after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) made his way to the exit after his sexual harassment allegations made it into the limelight; he paid $27,000 to settle a claim in 2015. And yes, that’s our money he used for that expenditure. This reached a boiling point during the...
  • Budget Is Hostage To Two-Thirds Rule (Tom McClintock Slams Supermajority Requirement Alert

    07/05/2005 1:19:57 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 480+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/04/05 | George Skelton
    One Republican who is a maverick on this subject is conservative Sen. Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks, who received 13.5% of the vote for governor in the Gray Davis recall election and plans to run next year for lieutenant governor. McClintock has long thought that the budget should be passed by a simple majority vote. "A perverse result of the supermajority requirement is that it does not constrain state spending," McClintock says. "What it does is bid up the cost of the budget with each additional vote. Every additional vote comes with louder calls for higher spending.
  • Catherine Stefani, head of Cali Moms Demand Action, is just another professional gun grabber…

    03/29/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 3/28/2014 | Eric
    Catherine Stefani has an article up over at the SacBee talking about how she became the head of the Kaliforniastan chapter of Moms Demand Action… Its not much more than a shameless plug and link bait for the civilian disarmament cult, but I thought it was pretty interesting for a couple of reasons… one, I had never heard of Catherine Stefani before this and two, I thought it was incredibly interesting how she talks about how she became involved in MDA:
  • CALIFORNIA: Will 2012 be a pileup for reform initiatives?

    11/27/2011 9:01:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/27/11 | Editor
    Some are deriding Nicolas Berggruen and other wealthy reform advocates for jumping into the initiative fray with plans for fixing California's tax system, schools and other services. This editorial board has long been leery of initiatives, and we certainly understand why many are angry about wealth disparities that have grown wider since the recession. Yet Californians shouldn't reflexively reject a reform measure because its backers are wealthy. Instead, we should welcome the energy behind any and all efforts to fix California's governance and finances, and recognize that any change in the status quo will require not only strong grass-roots support,...
  • Billionaires, Insiders Plan To Place $10-Billion Tax Hike On 2012 California Ballot

    11/20/2011 8:16:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 20, 2011 | Anthony York
    Billionaires, Insiders Plan To Place $10-Billion Tax Hike On 2012 California Ballot Acting as the Think Long Committee, they want to change the tax system to increase money for public schools and universities and for local governments. By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times November 20, 2011 Reporting from Sacramento— Joining the battle over California taxes, a group of billionaires and political insiders say they will place a $10-billion tax increase on the November 2012 ballot. The Think Long Committee, which includes Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, former governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad, says its...
  • CA: State workers union loses pension ruling in court

    01/26/2011 10:00:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies ^ | 1/26/11 | Bob Egelko
    SACRAMENTO -- As the debate over state pensions simmers in Sacramento, an appeals court Wednesday overturned part of a negotiated increase in retirement benefits for several thousand regulatory workers, saying the Legislature never approved the full increase or its estimated $40 million cost. The case involves 3,500 to 4,000 employees whose union, the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, reached an agreement with then-Gov. Gray Davis' administration in 2002 to reclassify them as "safety members" of the state's retirement system in July 2004. That entitled them to higher pensions - 2.5 percent of their pay, instead of 2 percent, for each...
  • Jerry Brown denies reports he's tapped former Gov. Gray Davis for transition team

    11/01/2010 10:03:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/1/10 | Carla Marinucci
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown says he seeks a lot of opinions from around California -- and denies the report from former Speaker Willie Brown suggesting he has tapped former Gov. Gray Davis to help run his transition team. We spoke to Brown, the former two term governor, Sunday regarding the report in the San Francisco Chronicle's Matier and Ross column which is being touted by the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. The Whitman team sent out the comments of Willie Brown to M&R, as the former SF Mayor noted he met up with Davis at a recent...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger approval drops to record low -- tied with Gray Davis

    07/14/2010 6:04:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee ^ | 07/14/10 | David Siders
    Arnold Schwarzenegger approval drops to record low -- tied with Gray Davis Published Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's job approval rating has fallen to a record low, matching that of former Gov. Gray Davis from 2003, the year he was recalled, according to a Field Poll released today. Registered voters held an even dimmer view of the job state lawmakers are doing. Though the Legislature's job approval rating ticked up three points from March, it remained a dismal 16 percent, according to the poll. With the state mired in yet another budget crisis, just 22 percent of...
  • Davis sides with ex-GOP governors, others on line-item veto

    10/08/2009 7:51:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 196+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 10/7/9 | Kevin Yamamura
    Former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis joined Republican predecessors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian in filing a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday supporting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's line-item vetoes of $489 million in state spending this summer. The California Chamber of Commerce, the California Taxpayers Association and the California Business Roundtable also signed the amicus brief. Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to cut the funds out of the July budget revision, which he said was necessary because the Legislature failed to pass the entire deal he negotiated with legislative leaders behind closed doors. Lawmakers left the budget slightly in the red, and Schwarzenegger...
  • CA: Subpoenas issued in pension fund corruption investigation (Villaraigosa appointees resign)

    05/23/2009 10:34:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 924+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/23/09 | Michael Rothfeld and David Zahniser
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento -- An ongoing investigation into pension fund corruption across the country intensified Friday as California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown directed subpoenas at politically connected firms and individuals, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Brown issued the subpoenas as part of a probe into "placement agents" who help secure pension fund investment contracts for their clients in return for large sums of money, often millions of dollars. The subpoenas seek information on the use and disclosure of placement agents and potential conflicts of interest, said sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because...
  • Schwarzenegger May Return to Big Screen (Terminator IV;After Last Role: Gray Davis II)

    04/22/2009 4:15:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 640+ views
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he may return to the big screen with the latest Terminator film, which will be released next month. The former Hollywood action star, known for his roles in previous Terminator movies, told a webcast interview on Tuesday that he had agreed to be in the new movie as long as he didn't have to perform. Hollywood studio Warner Bros., which will release Terminator Salvation May 21, is exploring whether it can insert images of Schwarzenegger from the original Terminator movie into the new film starring Christian Bale. Schwarzenegger told Twitter blogger Bill Bradley...
  • GOP delegate wants apology for Davis recall

    02/21/2009 5:38:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,500+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/21/9 | Peter Hecht
    You have got to believe that the California Republican base is dispirited when a delegate at this weekend's state party convention is circulating a resolution to apologize to former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis for recalling him from office. But that is exactly what party delegate Alex Burrola is suggesting. The resolution, underscoring some party activists' seething displeasure with "post-partisan" GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, reads as follows: "Whereas, in 2003 a grassroots effort was begun to recall then-Governor Gray Davis from office on grounds which included gross mismanagement of the budget and finances of the State of California; "...Whereas, candidate Arnold...
  • Californians have gotten recalls out of their system

    12/15/2008 8:09:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 490+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/15/08 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Reporting from Yuba City -- Five years ago, Donnette Shaffer was one of nearly 5 million Californians who did something unprecedented: she voted to fire Gray Davis, just months after he had been reelected governor. Now she wonders why she bothered. "I was thinking that we needed to do something before the ship totally sank," the 35-year-old postal carrier said last week as she ended her shift at Yuba City's downtown post office. A Republican, Shaffer voted to recall Democrat Davis and replace him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. For a time, she was pleased with the new GOP governor, who...
  • CA: Ethics agency fines former state senator (D-Martha Escutia, also fines GRay Davis))

    08/05/2008 9:12:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 139+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/5/08 | Patrick McGreevey
    SACRAMENTO -- -- The state's ethics agency announced fines Monday against former state Sen. Martha Escutia of Whittier for failing to properly disclose at least $340,000 in payments made by 17 special-interest firms and campaigns to her then-husband's political consulting firm. The state Fair Political Practices Commission also announced fines against former Gov. Gray Davis, related to the campaign fund he used to fight the 2003 recall that removed him from office. He failed to fully disclose $187,381 in unpaid expenses and a late contribution, and he did not keep some records required for donors who gave $5,000 or more,...
  • TOTALED RECALL - state spending up by $41 billion since Gray Davis

    07/23/2008 9:08:10 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 19 replies · 143+ views ^ | July 23, 2008
    What has changed since Golden State voters ousted Gov. Gray Davis and cast their lot with Arnold Schwarzenegger's star power? Not much -- except for $41 billion in new spending, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD). At a point when most state lawmakers and chief executives have put their budgets to bed, neatly balanced, and taken off for some R&R, the Legislature and governor of California are still wrangling over a budget that is roughly $15 billion out of balance. This is nothing new. We've been hearing about these budget gaps, delays and political standoffs since before the current governor took...
  • Totaled Recall

    07/22/2008 8:15:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 157+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 22, 2008
    California: What has changed since Golden State voters ousted Gray Davis and cast their lot with Arnold Schwarzenegger's star power? Not much — except for $41 billion in new spending.What's big, blue and red all over? The great, Democrat-dominated and profligate state government of California. At a point when most state lawmakers and chief executives have put their budgets to bed, neatly balanced, and taken off for some R&R, the Legislature and governor of California are still wrangling over a budget that is roughly $15 billion out of balance. This is nothing new. We've been hearing about these budget gaps,...
  • CA: (former) Governor shielded from lawsuit over wrongful parole denial (9th Circus - Gray Davis)

    04/02/2008 3:21:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 168+ views
    An appeals court says an inmate can't sue former Gov. Gray Davis even though he wrongly denied the prisoner parole for three years. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says governors are shielded from private lawsuits because they are essentially acting as judges and that erroneous decisions can be corrected on appeal. But the court did agreed that Davis had no authority to reverse the decision by the California Board of Prison Terms to parole Donald Miller, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder. Governors can only review parole decisions on murder convictions.
  • Pelosi attacks McCain for backing Calif.'s 2005 special election

    03/28/2008 8:39:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 656+ views
    KTVN-TV ^ | March 28, 2008
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sidestepped the superdelegate controversy as she opened the California Democratic Party convention tonight in San Jose, instead taking aim at likely Republican presidential nominee, John McCain. Pelosi noted that McCain campaigned alongside Governor Schwarzenegger during the polarizing special election the governor called in 2005. Schwarzenegger tried to pass ballot measures aimed at weakening the power of public employee unions, changing teacher tenure rules and clamping down on state spending. Californians rejected those reforms and she predicted they'd reject McCain as well. The gathering at the San Jose Convention Center continues through...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger is facing the kind of crisis that ruined Davis

    01/11/2008 12:38:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 195+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/11/08 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    Arnold Schwarzenegger stormed into office during California's last budget crisis, promising to "end the crazy deficit spending" so the state would never go over the financial cliff again. But four years later, California is back in the same spot. The cooling economy has opened up a projected $14.5 billion deficit over the next 18 months, and the governor proposed this week to cut school spending, release 22,000 prisoners early and shut dozens of state parks. The irony is rich: He is facing a repeat of the financial crisis that undid Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, the man Schwarzenegger ousted in a...
  • "Shades of Gray Davis" (déjà vu all over again)

    12/14/2007 9:53:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 112+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 12/14/07 | Jon Coupal
    The State Capitol is hemorrhaging red ink. The non-partisan legislative analyst's office (LAO) has released a report showing that the revenue shortfall from the budget just passed in August could exceed $10 billion. Fortunately, the governor and the Legislature established a modest $4 billion reserve or the deficit would be much higher. How did we get into this mess? If this seems like déjà vu all over again, you're right. It's been just seven years since then Governor Gray Davis, who inherited a budget surplus, began to run up massive state deficits which were largely responsible for his being recalled....