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December 8, 2005

Circular firing squad

Still upset at the governor for bringing some of the state's top Democrats into his camp, the state's oldest -- and most conservative -- volunteer Republican organization has decided to ask the California Republican Party to reconsider its endorsement of Schwarzenegger for governor next year.

Posted by dweintraub at 12:27 PM

Help wanted

First nurses, then teachers, now farmworkers. Labor shortages are becoming a big story in California.

Posted by dweintraub at 8:35 AM

Crowding out

I guess this is supposed to be good news, that only 9 percent of employers say they will immediately drop prescription drug coverage for retirees when the new federal plan goes into effect. Some poeple thought the number would be higher. I suspect it will be higher, very soon, and I'm struck by such a clear example of how a new social program crowds out benefits that had been offered voluntarily by the private sector. Maybe that was the idea.

Posted by dweintraub at 8:32 AM

Sutter Hospital expansion

Sacramento's left-leaning City Council deserves kudos for having the guts to approve this Sutter Hospital expansion even as the SEIU tried to hold it hostage to the union's organizing efforts. Hey, when the new complex is built, there will be even more health care jobs for the union to try to bring into its fold.

Posted by dweintraub at 8:28 AM

Health access for kids

With or without a Democrat as his chief of staff, the governor was going to focus next year on a number of issues that Democrats in the Legislature would like to pursue. Children's health care is one of them. The biggest question in the Capitol will be whether the Democrats come to the table to negotiate on those issues or freeze out the governor in hopes of denying him bragging points for making incremental progress.

Posted by dweintraub at 8:25 AM


I used to think the our citizenship-at-birth policy was a mistake that helped fuel illegal immigration. But lately I'm becoming convinced that the more European custom of denying automatic citizenship to the children of immigrants is wrong because it inhibits assimilation and walls off immigrant communities for generations.

Posted by dweintraub at 8:23 AM

Reiner exits stage left

I was never really sold on the Meathead v. Terminator idea. It's looking more and more like the governor's opponent is going to be a plain old Democratic statewide official. It looks as if Reiner has learned from Schwarzenegger's experience that it's easier for an actor to get stuff done if he's not the governor.

Posted by dweintraub at 8:18 AM



At Crossroads, a panel of experts and the public debate the future of health care in California. We'd like you to join the conversation.

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