Monthly Archives: February 2007

That's A Mighty Big Footprint

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It’s a well-known fact that Governor Schwarzenegger does not fly commercial. And it’s also well-known that he flies a lot. But when word trickled out today that he intended to try and make amends for all the greenhouse gases his … Continue reading »

Guv in DC: Third Parties, Immigration, Toll Roads

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Governor Schwarzenegger just wrapped up remarks to the National Press Club during his visit to Washington, DC. And in the Q&A following his speech, the governor touched on everything from the party system of politics to private companies building more … Continue reading »

When Everything Isn't Everything

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“Everything is on the table.” That’s a direct quote from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the question of how to solve the state’s quickly expanding prison crisis. The governor made that comment this afternoon during a Capitol news conference. But less … Continue reading »

Real Money

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“The governor, in his budget, proposed spending out of the state General Fund next year $358 million dollars per day, or more than $3,400 for every man, woman, and child in California.” –Legislative Analyst Liz Hill in today’s presentation to … Continue reading »

LAO: Governor's Budget Not Balanced

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The in-depth analysis of Governor Schwarzenegger’s new state budget is out, and the Legislature’s non-partisan analyst essentially says the numbers don’t add up. Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill says that expenditures in 2007-08 would outpace revenues by $2.6 billion. And while … Continue reading »

Slicing The Transportation Pie

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More than 5 million California voters said yes on November 8 to Proposition 1B, the multi-billion dollar transportation bond. Now, more than three months later, the inevitable battle has begun: who gets how much money, and for which badly needed … Continue reading »


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A few items to ponder as the holiday weekend rolls on… * On this weekend’s newsmagazine edition of The California Report, I reported on some of the larger issues to consider when it comes to the notion of a February … Continue reading »

Term Limits: Initiative Filed

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(New information at the end of this posting) Well, the chatter is on its way to being true. This morning, a bipartisan group of political heavyweights filed a proposed initiative to modify the state’s term limits law for members of … Continue reading »

Former GOP Lawmaker To Head FPPC

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Former legislator Ross Johnson has been tapped by Governor Schwarzenegger to be the new chairman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency. Johnson represented Orange County in the Legislature for 26 years, and was Republican … Continue reading »

Perata: Tough Talk, Lobbyist Ban, & More

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Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata is often one of the more quotable legislators at the Capitol… not so much because of his position as top dog in the Senate, but more because he often says it like he feels, … Continue reading »