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September 14, 2006

No hands

The governor plans to sign SB 1613, which will require drivers to use a hands-free device when they use a wireless phone in their vehicle.

Posted by dweintraub at 4:34 PM

Google is starting a for-profit charity to fight poverty, disease and global warming. To run it, they have hired a "61-year-old physician and public health expert, (who) has studied under a Hindu guru in a monastery at the foothills of the Himalayas and worked as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur." In the New York Times.

Posted by dweintraub at 3:04 PM

Welcome to the party. Not.

I and others who wrote about the PPIC study on voting patterns and demographics focused on the gap between voters and nonvoters when it comes to ethnicity, wealth, education and other characteristics.

But there was another nugget buried in the report that's worth noting:

In 1990, California had 12 million voters registered as members of the two major parties. Today, after an increase of 5.7 million in the adult population, 3.4 million in the population of eligible voters, and about 2 million in the number of registered voters, we still have 12 million voters registered to the two major parties. Together, they have not grown at all.

Posted by dweintraub at 11:29 AM

Capitol Weekly awards

Capitol Weekly releases the results from its insiders' poll on the toughest, smartest, most powerful, hardest working legislators, plus more on staff and lobbyists. Is the "governor's pet" a deer?

Posted by dweintraub at 10:28 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.

Daniel Weintraub


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