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Jobs, jobs, jobs… 0

We’re still pretty new around here, but this morning, after reading this press release from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, we suddenly detected a pattern in his speeches. He likes to talk about jobs. All the time. He hasn’t been able to

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Sac Bee is shocked that pols take gifts! 0

If there’s a point where railing against public graft slides from informative to merely silly, the Sacramento Bee editorial page nailed it today. “They live large, with not a hint of shame” thundered the headline of an editorial denouncing the

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Is a populist revolt brewing? 0

Jan. 25, 2010 In a telling interview on National Public Radio, a Democrat from a Boston suburb, who described himself as a proud liberal, said he nevertheless voted for Brown because of the man’s fears of an American future soaked

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Interview With A Candidate 0

I just finished an interesting interview with California’s Insurance Commissioner and candidate for Governor, Steve Poizner. Among the topics of discussion were his plans for immediate economic relief for the state upon taking office, how to permanently cut the size

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Tilting at pension reform 18

Jan. 22, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO What to do about public employee pensions is the thorniest, nastiest, most difficult question facing Sacramento lawmakers today. Few issues cause such disappointment and despair. Yet one group of activists and accountants is plugging

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This just in: We're more doomed than ever 0

OK, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been out of the state since Wednesday, passing the hat in Washington D.C. with Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Abel Maldonado, Arnold’s pick for lieutenant governor, has yet to

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He is the king! 0

Paul Goldenberg is the closest thing the small Orange County city of La Habra has to royalty. Anyone who grew up in Southern California between the 1970s and today knows him, maybe not by his full name, but by the

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Brown win in Mass. gives hope to Cali GOP 0

California Republicans’ hearts are beating so fast they’re slipping Nitro pills like candy under their tongues. If a Republican can win in Massachusetts (Massachusetts??????? Massachusetts!!!!!), an elephant can win anywhere, including in the Pyrite State. The last time a Republican

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Pols resist mail-only voting 0

Jan. 19, 2010 By JT LONG In the absence of legislation allowing local jurisdictions the power to decide how to most efficiently conduct elections, counties pay the high price of democracy. Although California’s neighbors to the north have tested the

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Can we trust Republicans? 5

Republicans should work for less spending and lower taxes, thundered Scott Baugh, Orange County GOP chairman and former Republican leader in the California Assembly in a speech yesterday. Sounds good. Amen! But can we trust them? They need to prove

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