Monthly Archives: October 2008

Arnold on Obama: Too Few Muscles, Too Much Money?

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It was vintage Arnold Schwarzenegger today in Columbus Ohio, as the guv stumped for GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Two parts of his intro of McCain are worth noting, the first for its mocking humor. “The next Arnold Classic [held … Continue reading »


Podcast: Vote!

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This is the last weekend of a very long campaign season across California, and so this edition of the Capital Notes Podcast dwells on the big races to watch come Tuesday. From a few ballot measures with new polling data … Continue reading »


Speaking of Campaign Cash...

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A quick look at some of the big bucks on the statewide ballot measure front… based on amounts in play. The combined campaign cash raised this year for these five measures alone: $155.2 million. Proposition 8: The battle to ban … Continue reading »


9 Capitol Jobs = $37 Million and Counting

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An examination of the latest campaign finance data shows a handful of contested legislative races are racking up some big bucks, through both candidate controlled committees and those operating independently of the campaigns. These nine races — seven in the … Continue reading »


He Says Haircut, They Say Buzzcut

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Governor Schwarzenegger just wrapped up a campaign event outside the Capitol in support of Proposition 11, but all the questions (damn pesky reporters) were about the state’s ailing finances. The questions come on the heels of a much talked about … Continue reading »


Understanding the Goals of Redistricting

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The Hapsburg Dynasty… Michael Phelps… and California legislators? If you’re confused, then you haven’t been paying attention to Governor Schwarzenegger, the pitch man for Proposition 11 — this fall’s attempt to change the once-a-decade process of redistricting. This is Schwarzenegger’s … Continue reading »


Your Schwarzenegger Voting Guide

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Governor Schwarzenegger has finally weighed in on the 12 measures appearing on next week’s statewide balance, and what might be most interesting are the ones on which he’s decided to not take a position. The list, courtesy of his political … Continue reading »


Podcast: Pensions, Politicking, Polls

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On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast (okay, the second one this week), we examine everything from California’s fiscal problems and the economic impact on the state’s big pension fund to politicking in Ohio, new poll numbers, and beyond. Capitol Weekly … Continue reading »


Mortgages, Entrepreneurs, & Idiots

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The leadoff event at today’s Women’s Conference hosted by California’s first lady, featuring Governor Schwarzenegger and investor Warren Buffett, was an amusing chat sprinkled with only the slightest dusting of news. The governor and Buffett, longtime friends forever linked in … Continue reading »


Lame Duck Legislature, Come On Back

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Governor Schwarzenegger appears resolved to call current legislators back to Sacramento for a special session on the ever-growing state budget problem. That’s according to his press secretary, Aaron McLear. “We don’t believe we can wait until November 30,” said McLear, … Continue reading »