Bendy Straws? Palin Stanislaus Fracas Heats Up

April 13, 2010 · Filed Under CA Government, Education, People · 5 Comments 

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To hear Ashli Briggs and Alicia Lewis tell it, dumpster diving really paid off.

This morning, the two Cal State Stanislaus students appeared at a Capitol news conference to say they had found six pages of the heretofore confidential contract outlining Sarah Palin's big speech in June for an event hosted by the university's nonprofit foundation.

And here's a particularly fun part: the intact documents, along with a few bags of shredded documents, were apparently all carried out for disposal by employees on a furlough Friday... thus making the bustle of activity all the more obvious.

Now, the real question: does this prove that the university -- not just the foundation -- has documents related to Palin's speaking fees and other compensation, documents administrators have previously denied having?
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End of Days

July 1, 2009 · Filed Under CA Budget · Comments Off 

The calendar on the wall in the CA State Senate... right before the big ending
It was an unusual ending to a long day, the final day of the 2008-2009 fiscal year. But there was no surprise ending: the conventional wisdom won out, as the state slipped into the new budget year with no solutions in place to a deficit that could be as large as $24 billion.
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