Senator Flips Vote, Union Contracts OK'd

May 2, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Politics, Money In Politics, Prisons · 32 Comments 

Today's lengthy debate in the state Senate, both in public and in private, serves as a reminder of the complicated intersection of policy and politics, as a late vote switch by a Republican senator kept six new state worker contracts alive -- including the hotly debated new agreement for prison guards.

The contracts were the subject of a pretty tense debate and seemed all but dead, until a late afternoon switch by Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) sent them to the Assembly for consideration.
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