Jerry Brown announces his candidacy for governor of California. Jerry Brown
was derided as "Governor Moonbeam"
during his two-term tenure as California's governor in the mid-70s and early 80s. He even had a famous fling with Linda Ronstadt.
Later he became a radio-show host and mayor of Oakland, and he's currently California's Democratic attorney general. Brown contrasts his experience
with current governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Republican candidiate Meg Whitman, saying: [more inside]
Frederic, Prinz von Anhalt is running for Governor of California Zsa Zsa Gabor's
9th husband, Frederic, Prinz von Anhalt wants your vote as governor of California.
Originally Hans Robert Lichtenberg, the son of a German police officer, he was adopted by the octegenarian Princess Marie von Anhalt. Now he's running for governor, promising to return the good life to California by promoting its world-class "avocados, wine, weather beaches and marijuana." [more inside]
"I will hire an outside independent auditor, free of political influence..."
Schwarzenegger breaks promise to Californians, hires Donna Arduin to head the 60-day audit of California. Arduin is "on loan" from Florida, where she is Jeb Bush's Budget director.
Arduin has been criticized by economists
and even prominent Florida republicans
for "surreal",misleading, unrealistic, and risky accounting procedures.
During her stint as Budget Director, Ms. Arduin oversaw numerous tax cuts aimed at the wealthiest Floridians, while most Floridians saw no significant decrease in taxes. Infact, today Florida has the second most regressive taxes in the nation
.The effects of these tax cuts? Unprecidented shortfalls in state tax revenues, with massive budget cuts for public schools
, child welfare
, vision services for uninsured children
Class warfare, anyone?!
Don't just stand there - Bustamante!
Arnold Schwarzenegger would lose to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante by five precentage points if the election were held today, according to a Field Poll of likely voters released today. Margin of error: 4.5%. How useful are polls like this when there are so many undecided factors still floating about?
Poll tabs and analysis here. [PDF]
Schwarzenegger caught in lie about affair, statutory rape.
After years of speculation and denials by both parties, Arnold Schwarzenegger's longtime "avenue of relaxation" and partner in outerwear spills the beans to British television. The affair was first alleged by Lacy H. Rich, Jr.
, a source of pictures and information for the infamous Spy Magazine article
. In 1995, with his health deteriorating and the mainstream media ignoring his full allegations, Rich made numerous posts to Usenet
with claims such as drug use, a longtime affair with Gigi that started when she was 16, car theft, and even prostituting himself to Paco Arce
, a gay Spanish millionaire with an interest in bodybuilders.
More plo chops, anyone?!
Save Our State: Vote Terry Tate.
(NYT/rr) Remember the Reebok Superbowl ad
featuring the "office linebacker"? Well, that actor just entered the California governor's race. As the bumpersticker says, "Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?" Name your pick for next has-been to get on the ballot...I smell Kato
Arnold Schwarzenegger is running for governor of CA
"If elected, I will resign."
Probably the most unusual campaign promise ever made, this time by a potential candidate in the California governor's recall race
-- Brian Flemming argues that Democrats are guilty of bringing a "feather to a gunfight"
and is openly courting the vote of people who are "furious about this right-wing recall."
Davis signs $9.95 billion bond bill to boost high-speed rail
"Gov. Gray Davis signed a $9.95 billion bond measure Thursday that would clear the way for a high-speed rail system linking California's major cities."
this may be the first step in getting a decent rail-system going in the states. what do folks think about high-speed rail in general, do you think acela's
are indicative of what we have to look forward to?
do those of you who have direct experience with existing high-speed rail systems have insights about the kind of obstacles this project might run into? will it revolutionize travel in the united states, or turn into a massive boondoggle?
What about Blinky?
(Link to PDF) CA Governor's candidate Bill Simon is taking an interesting approach in his campaign to appeal to a generation... a generation of Simpson fans. In this PDF, he compares incumbent Grey Davis to Mr. Burns... and how Blinky brought down Mr. Burns' campaign.
Road to Demolition Man?
Arnie as California Gov? Thank goodness for T3 and True Lies 2....
Ah-nuld for Guv?
Right on the heels of Mr. Schwarzenegger musing on his political future
the (left-wing controlled?) press reveals all his dirty laundry. Coinicidence? You tell me...