Gov. Schwarzenegger has vetoed a controversial bill that was promoted as a way to prohibit discrimination against gays in public school teaching and text books.
Posted by dweintraub at 3:13 PM
The prison guards have endorsed Phil Angelides, giving him a potential $10 million-plus shot in the arm and a loud voice to portray Schwarzenegger's criminal justice policies as bad for the state. It's funny how these things come full circle.
Schwarzenegger ran on a campaign to reduce the power of "special interests" in the Capitol, and there has been plenty of debate about what he meant by that and how well he succeeded. But there can be no denying that the CCPOA's 30,000 members exercise far more power over public policy than their numbers in a state of 37 million people would suggest. And they do so mainly because they have the ability to assess their members and collect and spend millions of dollars in political money every year. They are a classic special interest. And despite Schwarzenegger's late attempts to woo them at least toward neutrality, he apparently would not bend far enough to their will, and now they will try to get rid of him.
It will be interesting to see if he tries to ignore their attacks or if he makes some attempt, as he did with the Indian gaming tribes in 2003, to portray the guards as the narrow group that they are, interested, as a union should be, more in pay and health benefits and pensions than the greater good of the state.
Posted by dweintraub at 12:22 PM
Bill Bradley has some details on the LA Times new political blog, though I hear it is set to launch on Monday, not tomorrow as he reports....Meanwhile, Phil Angelides has retooled his site with a livelier, fresher feel....And in my print column tomorrow I plan to take a look at how Bush's former webmaster has been reworking Schwarzenegger's official state web site.
Posted by dweintraub at 10:28 AM
Equality California reports that a record 14 bills sponsored by the gay rights movement have reached the governor's desk. Schwarzenegger has already signed four and vetoed two, while eight are still pending.
Posted by dweintraub at 10:10 AM
Stephen Rose says the middle class is shrinking -- because more families are better off.
Posted by dweintraub at 7:05 AM