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September 22, 2006

Back to the tax issue

The Schwarzenegger campaign says it's putting up two new ads today. One celebrates the governor's resolve in refusing to raise taxes and says he also lived up to pledges to create new jobs, fully fund education and protect children.

The other ad repeats the campaign's ridiculous assertion that Angelides wants to raise taxes by $18 billion. Everyone knows Angelides wants to raise taxes, and wants to raise them by many billions. But the Schwarzenegger camp loses credibility when it keeps repeating that number, which they created by adding up every tax or spending proposal for which Angelides ever had a kind word. By the same token, you could say Schwarzenegger is going to raise taxes by $600 million because he just endorsed the federal court receiver's plan to add new medical beds in the state prisons. And so on. Angelides has copped to supporting $5 billion in new taxes. Isn't that enough to make their point?

The ads should be viewable here later today.

Posted by dweintraub at 10:06 AM

The $40 million man

Stephen Bing

Stephen Bing's incredible commitment to the oil tax initiative.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:34 AM

The schnitzel factor

Julia Rosen wonders where communication ends and manipulation begins when it comes to the governor.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:32 AM

Did he use a GPS bracelet?

David Broder

Steve Maviglio has been tracking David Broder of the Washington Post as he travels through Sacramento.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:30 AM

Chron: let the sun shine in

The Chronicle says the governor should sign SB 1521, which would make it easier for reporters to interview prison inmates.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:24 AM

The rich get richer (in the Silicon Valley)

Writing in the New York Times, Berkeley prof Hal Varian shows how just five US counties, including three in the Bay Area, have skewed the nation's income (and income inequality) numbers. All five, by the way, are liberal counties whose voters tend to favor income redistribution.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:18 AM

U-T: Veto these bills

The Union-Tribune finds five bills on the governor's desk that the paper says he should veto. They are AB 2444, AB 680, AB 2108, SB 1578, and AB 695. Most of them are nanny-state proposals.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:13 AM

Register, Times: Lockyer should cease and desist

The Orange County Register says the Lockyer action against the auto companies is a nuisance suit.

And in a rare agreement with its libertarian neighbor to the south, the LA Times says the Lockyer suit is "silly." An excerpt:

For Lockyer, this is hardly a first. He joined several other states two years ago to file an almost identical lawsuit over the emission of greenhouse gases by power companies. That suit was rejected by the courts; the states are appealing. The judge zeroed in neatly on the problem at hand: Fighting global warming is a complex regulatory job that belongs to the legislative and executive branches. Once laws are in place, companies that break those laws should be made to pay. But holding law-abiding companies liable for the government's past failures is another matter.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:10 AM

Merc: No on 83

The Mercury looks at how Jessica's law has worked, or not worked, in Iowa, and says it would be a mistake to adopt it here.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise, meanwhile, says voters should approve the measure.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:07 AM

Eat your spinach, but beware

The Sacramento Bee says state health inspectors aren't doing enough to ensure the spinach we buy is free of contaminants.

Posted by dweintraub at 7:05 AM

What a state


On Thursday I spent much of the day at San Quentin state prison, including a few minutes on death row, in the company of several hundred convicted murderers. That's about the worst California has to offer. A few hours later, I was watching the sun set from the top of Mt. Tamalpais. You can't get much better than that. I have lived in this state for 46 years but had never been to Mt. Tam. Glorious. Alas. I didn't bring a camera. This shot is from the parks department.

Posted by dweintraub at 6:00 AM



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