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  • Schwarzenegger to convene global climate summit

    09/27/2008 12:29:20 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 742+ views
    AP - google ^ | SAMANTHA YOUNG
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who has challenged many members of his party to take climate change seriously, said Friday that he plans to invite lawmakers and governmental executives from around the globe to California this fall to address solutions to the problem. The governor said he will invite officials from Europe, as well as from Australia, China, India and other countries, in the hope of forming an international alliance of community and regional leaders. He is planning the conference for November, a month before the United Nations holds its next round of international climate talks...
  • Americans may be losing faith in free markets

    07/16/2008 2:43:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 309+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/16/08 | Peter G. Gosselin
    WASHINGTON -- For a generation, most people accepted the idea that the core of what makes America tick was an economy governed by free markets. And whatever combination of goods, services and jobs the market cooked up was presumed to be fine for the nation and for its citizens -- certainly better than government meddling. No longer. Spurred by the continued housing crisis, turmoil in financial markets, spiking oil prices, disappearing jobs and shrinking retirement savings, the nation and its political leaders have begun to sour on the notion that the current market system is the key to a fair,...
  • Schwarzenegger’s Daily Jet Commute Receiving Flak

    07/13/2008 3:09:19 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 52 replies · 256+ views
    ecorazzi ^ | March 10, 2008 | ecorazzi
    Last March, we received word that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was offsetting his jet travel demands by purchasing green credits. The cost of Schwarzenegger’s travel was to be “annually invested” in sustainable forest management projects. At that time, it was reported that the Governor was flying twice-weekly from his office in Sacramento, CA to his mansion in Brentwood, CA. We firmly believed then that the offsetting was, at best, a band-aid for a habit that in one hour would do more damage to the environment than a small car could inflict over the course of one year. Now, the LA Times...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger Throws Support Behind High-Speed Rail

    07/09/2008 6:43:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 965+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 7/9/08
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has placed his support behind a costly high-speed rail system in California. Schwarzenegger told NBC11 he wants California to lead the way in transporting commuters across the state at near-record speeds while reducing global warming at the same time. Critics have said the state's proposed high-speed rail system is too costly and too good to be true, NBC11's Mike Luery reported. On the very spot where the Transcontinental Railroad was established nearly 140 years ago, Schwarzenegger told Luery that a less-than-three-hour trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles represents the type of progress that...
  • McCain surrogate Fiorina's campaign gaffes drawing criticism

    07/09/2008 5:52:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 359+ views ^ | 7/9/08 | Carla Marinucci
    Carly Fiorina has headed a major Silicon Valley corporation, ascended to the rank of America's top female business icon, authored a book - and now is on the short list of possible GOP vice presidential candidates. But now the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard has a new challenge: As a leader of Republican National Committee's 2008 "Victory" drive and a chief adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, she's being buffeted by intense criticism that, as a star campaign surrogate, she is playing fast and loose with the facts. --snip-- It wasn't the first such slip-up, Keenan said. Fiorina's public reassurance to...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger dents green credentials with Dodge Challenger

    07/02/2008 7:52:35 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 62 replies · 32,800+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 7/1/08 | Laura Clout
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has risked accusations of green hypocrisy by driving around in a gas-guzzling Dodge Challenger Coupe. The Hollywood star-turned Californian governor has built a reputation as a leading green campaigner and last Friday told a climate-change meeting in Florida: "America is so addicted to oil it will take us years to wean ourselves from it, and to look for new ways to feed our addiction is not the answer." In an interview last year, the governor spoke of his wish to create "a whole new industry of clean cars and clean engines and components to build those engines." To...
  • CA: GOP may save itself despite Arnold, Tom (Join Duf and Pete's new party, CRAFT, or don't join.)

    06/30/2008 8:57:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 310+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 6/30/08 | Scott Harris
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Sen. Tom McClintock are California's best-known Republicans. McClintock is the quintessential Republican candidate for statewide office. He is a middle-aged, upper-middle-class, white, male career politician. He currently serves as state senator for the 19th District, where he hasn't lived in years, and is running for Congress in the 4th District, where he not only doesn't live, but can't even vote. McClintock is completely inflexible and incapable of compromise, and as a result, receives little to no Republican support in Sacramento. He regularly gets beaten in statewide elections, having lost races for state controller, lieutenant governor...
  • Schwarzenegger remains opposed to offshore oil drilling

    06/18/2008 5:30:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 222+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/18/08 | Greg Gross
    SAN DIEGO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may like John McCain as a presidential candidate, but not enough to drop his opposition to offshore oil drilling off the California coast. The governor told reporters Wednesday that the state would maintain its long-held stance against offshore drilling, despite the positions taken this week by both the Arizona senator and President Bush. He also suggested that scrambling for new sources of crude oil in response to the recent drastic upturn in fuel prices represented a step backward at a time when America needs to move forward in its quest for energy independence. A...
  • (Sen. Sam) Brownback on McCain train

    06/15/2008 10:27:20 AM PDT · by CreativePerspective · 13 replies · 314+ views
    The Manhattan Mercury ^ | June 15, 2008 | Bill Felber
    Quietly for now, perhaps more visibly later, Sen. Sam Brownback has set himself a missionary task. That task involves persuading the so-called "religious right," his core constituency, to get behind the John McCain presidential candidacy. .... "You get down to the raw points of it, and that's the (Supreme Court)," he said. He tells conservatives that McCain's "very reliable on that... and so (in a different way) is Barack Obama." "Barack's a good guy - I like him - but he's a very liberal Democrat," Brownback said. "If you have a liberal Democrat plus a Democratic House and Senate, that's...
  • At Reuters Summit, McCain seen as best choice for economy

    06/15/2008 11:07:53 AM PDT · by CreativePerspective · 11 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 15, 2008 | Jennifer Ablan
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain's tax policies have given him an edge as the better man for the economy, various Wall Street experts said at this week's Reuters Investment Outlook Summit. McCain plans to extend the Bush administration's tax cuts, eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, and slash corporate taxes. Obama, who has derided the Arizona senator's plans, has pledged to raise taxes on the wealthy and introduce a broad range of refundable tax credits. "My personal opinion is I would argue that McCain is probably the better candidate for the economy and that is more or less because of his...
  • Dan Walters: Once again, Schwarzenegger wimps out

    05/16/2008 7:53:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 252+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/16/8 | Dan Walters
    There is – or at least should be – only one standard by which to judge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest budget proposal: Does it stop the "crazy deficit spending" that he pledged to end when he was elected five years ago, or at least make significant progress toward fiscal responsibility? Sadly, not only is the answer "no," but Schwarzenegger has apparently abandoned even the pretense of truly balancing the state's books, and would bury the state even deeper in the quicksand of borrowed money, bookkeeping gimmicks and pie-in-the-sky assumptions on revenues and spending. This seemingly endless cycle of mounting debt...
  • Schwarzenegger gives up trying to balance budget

    05/15/2008 9:40:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 295+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/15/08 | Daniel Weintraub
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has now abandoned his goal of fixing the problem that led to his historic election in 2003. With the revised budget proposal he released Wednesday, the governor has effectively conceded that California's era of perpetual budget deficits will not end on his watch. --snip-- His trouble started early, when he proposed spending cuts that were politically unpalatable while failing to follow through on a fundamental, top-to-bottom rethinking of the way the state does business. When the economy briefly surged and brought in billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue, Schwarzenegger lost his zeal for fiscal discipline and...
  • Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Thread - Wednesday 5/14/08

    05/14/2008 8:10:10 AM PDT · by TSchmereL · 314 replies · 477+ views
    The EIB Network ^ | May 14, 2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, with talent on loan from G-d, at the cutting-edge of societal evolution, with half his brain tied behind his back — just to make it fair, the all-knowing, all-caring, all-sensing, all-feeling,...
  • Governor takes budget gamble

    05/14/2008 8:14:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 355+ views
    AP via CoCoTimes ^ | 5/14/8 | Juliet Williams, Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday will propose borrowing against future state lottery revenue to help close a $15.2 billion budget deficit in the next fiscal year. The governor will propose raising $15 billion in the next three years by selling bonds based on anticipated lottery revenue. He will use about $5.1 billion of that for the 2008-09 fiscal year to help erase the deficit, administration officials said Tuesday. The other $10 billion would be left in a reserve fund the governor wants to create as part of a budget-reform proposal. It would be intended to ease the effect...
  • Analysis: Schwarzenegger faces rough sledding on state budget negotiations

    05/14/2008 8:27:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 130+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/14/8 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held town hall-style meetings everywhere but Sacramento this spring, making the point that the state's budget obstructions reside in the capital city. He asked leaders in Eureka and Garden Grove to demand that lawmakers resolve budget problems in April as the state faced a deficit as large as $20 billion, yet his message had little impact. As he releases his revised May budget today, Schwarzenegger must broker a deal in Sacramento with legislators who are disinclined to reach compromise on their own, skeptical of his intentions and believe his clout has waned in the Capitol. "It's difficult...
  • McCain: Focus on illegal immigration hurt GOP's image

    05/05/2008 10:42:34 AM PDT · by pissant · 269 replies · 341+ views
    KSWT/AP ^ | 5/5/08 | staff
    PHOENIX (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain says the focus on illegal immigration during the Republican primary season harmed his party's image among Hispanics. Speaking to reporters in Phoenix on Cinco de Mayo, McCain said that Hispanic citizens want America's borders secured and illegal immigrants to be treated humanely. He says low-income Hispanic citizens are vulnerable to losing their jobs to the lower wages accepted by illegal immigrants. On the subject of broader immigration policies, McCain says local governments would not have to take on immigration problems had the federal government overhauled the country's immigration policies. McCain spoke at...
  • McCain To Speak At National La Raza Conference

    05/05/2008 12:23:47 PM PDT · by Fargo Rock · 178 replies · 352+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 5/5/08 | Michelle Malkin
    The John McCain campaign celebrated Cinco de Mayo today by launching a Spanish-language version of its website–and announcing that McCain will speak at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza (that’s “The Race”). The campaign justifies his appearance by framing it as a gesture of inclusiveness and outreach that is “part of his commitment to talking with all Americans.” Yes, they see it as an act of tolerance to legitimize the militantly open-borders, anti-immigration enforcement, ethnic nationalists who call themselves “The Race.”
  • Globalist Governator(Schwarzenegger)

    04/26/2008 7:50:47 AM PDT · by kellynla · 38 replies · 309+ views ^ | 04/25/2008 | Thomas P. Kilgannon
    Dulles, Virginia -- Bowing before the politically correct lords of the environmental movement, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared this week that when it comes to the issue of climate change, “America has to lead, and [California is] doing so with or without Washington.” Schwarzenegger was explaining his decision to ratify a two-year environmental alliance between the state of California and the People’s Republic of China under the supervision of the United Nations. Frustrated with the Bush administration’s reluctance to embrace a global climate treaty that would place caps on greenhouse gas emissions, Schwarzenegger engaged the UN and China by making...
  • McCain launches "Service to America Tour" in Mississippi (full text)

    03/31/2008 9:52:42 AM PDT · by Norman Bates · 158 replies · 1,816+ views ^ | 3/31/08 | John McCain
    Thank you. It's good to be back in Meridian. As you might know, I was once a flight instructor here at the air field named for my grandfather during my long past and misspent youth. And it's always good to be in Mississippi, which you could call my ancestral home. Generations of McCains were born and raised in Carroll County, on land that had been in our family since 1848. The last McCain to live on the property, which the family called Teoc, was my grandfather's brother, Joe McCain. I spent a couple summers here as a young boy, and...
  • When will McCain be Cushioned by Conservatives?

    03/28/2008 8:56:04 PM PDT · by Marc Tumin · 39 replies · 1,022+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 28, 2008 | John Gizzi
    Numerous conservatives throughout the country have called me to say that while they may have supported candidates other than John McCain for the Republican nomination, they would now like to campaign for the Arizonan -- if for no other reason than the thought of “President Obama” or “President Clinton 44” gives them nightmares! The stumbling block for them is that John McCain, so far, is not sending out signals that he welcomes conservatives who were not with him from the start. In his recent trip to the Middle East, the certain GOP nominee was accompanied by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R.-SC)...
  • CA: Governor's inconsistencies may overshadow his accomplishments

    03/28/2008 10:04:11 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 19 replies · 387+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/28/08 | Michael Rothfeld
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger compares his governing style to hitting the "sweet spot" on a golf ball that sends it soaring through the air: negotiating contentious issues until he strikes the exact compromise that brings opposing groups together. But past the midway point in his tenure, Schwarzenegger's penchant for shifting ground has left him with a record of self-contradiction and a reputation among California's polarized constituencies as a leader whose bold pronouncements may quickly be forgotten.
  • McCain: Collaborate more with allies

    03/26/2008 1:43:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,176+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/08 | Liz Sidoti - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Republican John McCain on Wednesday called anew for the United States to work more collegially with democratic allies and live up to its duties as a world leader, drawing a sharp contrast to the past eight years under President Bush. "Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed," the likely presidential nominee said in a speech to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. "We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of...
  • John McCain: America must be a good role model

    03/18/2008 4:56:09 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 188 replies · 2,932+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 18 2008 | JOHN McCAIN
    Americans and Europeans share a common goal – to build an enduring peace based on free­dom. Our democracies today are strong and vibrant. Together we can tackle the diverse challenges we face, whether radical religious fanatics who use terror as their weapon of choice, the disturbing turn towards autocracy in Russia or the looming threats of climate change and the degradation of our planet. But the key word is “together”. We need to renew and revitalise our democratic solidarity. We need to strengthen our transatlantic alliance as the core of a new global compact – a League of Democracies –...
  • Former Governor Jeb Bush outlines ‘21st century conservative’ agenda (And More)

    03/18/2008 5:10:47 PM PDT · by flattorney · 57 replies · 1,366+ views
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | March 17, 2008 | James A. Smith Sr., Executive Editor
    MIAMI (FBW) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could barely contain his amusement at the Democrat Party’s Florida and Michigan delegate dilemma in its tightly contested presidential race, saying it’s “ironic beyond belief” that the party which accused him and other Republicans of suppressing the vote in the 2000 Florida presidential election re-count now “got themselves in a hole” of “their own doing.” “My thoughts are filled with irony that every vote should count,” Bush said with a broad smile. “I mean this brings back memories of hyperbole and anger, mock anger …. It was a political circus for several...
  • McCain suggests "New Global Order” for Democracies (Bush 41 supports, so does George Soros)

    03/18/2008 5:20:37 PM PDT · by flattorney · 30 replies · 1,095+ views
    PR-Inside ^ | February 8, 2008 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain suggested Friday that the trans-Atlantic alliance join with democracies around the world to forge “a New Global Order of peace” that would last throughout the 21st century. The Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency said the process should begin at the alliance's April summit meeting in Bucharest, Romania. Stepping up the NATO commitment to Afghanistan is one priority, he said, but that must lead to greater change around the world. McCain expressed his views in a statement distributed by his campaign on the occasion of the 44th annual Munich Conference on Security Policy in Germany....
  • Mom' and 'Dad' banished by California

    10/13/2007 4:19:32 AM PDT · by Man50D · 284 replies · 2,323+ views ^ | October 13, 2007
    "Mom and Dad" as well as "husband and wife" have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose. "We are shocked and appalled that the governor has blatantly attacked traditional family values in California," said Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute. "With this decision, Gov. Schwarzenegger has told parents that their values are irrelevant. Many parents will have no choice but to pull their children out of the public...
  • Calif. clash over GOP 'values'

    09/05/2007 7:23:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 587+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/5/07 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES - California Republicans are headed for a showdown over the direction of the party that could highlight national schisms over gay rights, gun control and abortion. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants the state GOP platform — the party's statement of core values — boiled down to as little as a single page focusing on lowering taxes, limiting the size of government and building a strong national defense. A centrist, the actor-governor describes himself as a "post-partisan" who wants to bridge the political divide that often leaves the state capital of Sacramento gridlocked. But some conservatives see his move as...
  • Schwarzenegger keeps high opinion of Mayor Bloomberg despite party switch

    06/20/2007 7:07:51 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 12 replies · 956+ views
    Associated Press vis San Jose Mercury News ^ | 20 June 2007 | Michael R. Blood
    Schwarzenegger keeps high opinion of Mayor Bloomberg despite party switch BLOOMBERG'S MOVE SURPRISES SCHWARZENEGGERBy Michael R. Blood Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday predicted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be "an excellent" presidential candidate. He stuck by the statement even after learning a few hours later that the mayor had withdrawn from the Republican Party. "The governor was surprised to learn of the mayor's decision," said Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendelsohn. "He looks forward to continuing their strong working relationship. The governor has always said it doesn't matter what party you are a member...
  • CA: Expand coverage without raising taxes (When is a "tax" a "fee"? Ask aRnold and the dems.)

    02/18/2007 9:48:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 931+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/15/07 | Chuck Devore
    ARE Californians taxed too much, or not enough? Taxes are the central question of how to fund Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's massive $12 billion expansion of government-run health care with its 4 percent payroll tax, 4 percent hospital tax and 2 percent doctor tax. Ironically, Schwarzenegger lambasted Phil Angelides during last year's gubernatorial campaign for wanting to raise taxes by $7 billion to create a new government health care entitlement. Angelides argued mightily that his proposal amounted to fees, not taxes. But the governor called Angelides' "fee" a "tax," so a "tax" it was. Now that Schwarzenegger is proposing a government...
  • CA: Governor's New Appointments Bring Good News, Bad News for Republicans

    12/14/2006 10:24:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 784+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 12/14/06 | Jon Fleischman
    Yesterday Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a number of changes in key senior positions in his administrations. A number of them represent great moves, and a few of them are, frankly very disturbing. Let's start with the great news! First and foremost, the Governor's elevation of conservative Dan Dunmoyer to the position of Cabinet Secretary is outstanding news for all of us. Dan is capable, smart and effective. In this key position which acts as a liaison and coordinator between the Governor and all of the Agency heads will be in good hands. Undoubtedly this will be a big relief for former...
  • GOP hurt by low turnout

    11/18/2006 2:33:42 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 252 replies · 3,995+ views
    SGV Tribune ^ | Nov. 18, 2006 | Mike Sprague
    What happens in Washington, D.C., can affect state and local elections. That's what happened on Election Day, when Republican voters stayed home in droves, discouraged from turning out to vote by media reports that the Congress was going Democrat, said Stephen Kinney, a partner with Public Opinion Strategy, a Republican polling company. "The Republicans stayed home because the election was nationalized," Kinney told a breakfast meeting of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angles County Lincoln Clubs on Friday. Kinney said many statewide Republicans - from lieutenant governor candidate Tom McClintock to Secretary of State Bruce McPherson -...
  • CA: Governor to promote healthier lifestyles (The HealthCare AgendaMan Cometh)

    11/18/2006 8:50:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 559+ views ^ | 11/18/06 | Tom Chorneau, Lynda Gledhill
    Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, drawing on his beliefs about fitness and personal responsibility, will make breaking the poor health habits of Californians a component of his much-anticipated health care agenda. From too much junk food and too little exercise to missed doctor visits, Schwarzenegger wants to get serious about shaping up California. Although debate continues internally about how the administration would encourage participation, officials said Friday that Schwarzenegger wants his health care agenda to address not just cost and coverage issues but also disease prevention. "The governor has always been a firm believer that at the core of solving...