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Blog Post
6/28/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ArnoldWatchers hear that Arnold and Democratic legislative leaders are close to a deal over the extra November election that would add yet another initiative to the ballot; this one to unravel the state's term limits law. Sure, Dem leaders are as desperate to save their own jobs as the Gov is to pump up his poll numbers. Say what you will about...
Blog Post
3/11/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In 1938, Orson Welles' dramatization of "The War of the Worlds" sent American radio listeners into a panic when late-comers to the realistic broadcast were convinced that Martians were attacking New Jersey. Welles later apologized, concerned that anyone mistook the fictional dramatization for reality. 67 years later, Arnold has no such...
Blog Post
2/17/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today, we note an Arnold first - the governor admits he's wrong. The Sacramento Bee reports that Arnold is withdrawing his plan to eliminate nearly 100 public protection boards that police professions and industries. We're glad the gov acknowledged that his plan was a flop. Question is -- why now? One answer may be found in the ballot initiative...
Blog Post
2/14/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The special election in November is turning into an arms race -- Arnold's arms held out for big money that is. Hardly the vision the Gov promised voters, it will be a divisive, partisan, campaign-cash-rich election. What's the impetus behind the mad money dash? Why not wait a few months until 2006 and see if he can work it out with the legislature...
Blog Post
2/7/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
We know Arnold loves to see his name in lights. He'll have the opportunity to see his name in the sky as well as he barnstorms the state this week raising $50 million in campaign cash to fund ballot initiatives that largely help his big industry donors. Yesterday nurses, students and consumer activists showed up at the gates of Arnold's Brentwood...
Blog Post
1/5/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Here are a few New Year resolutions ArnoldWatch would like to hear from the Governor as he talks about reforming state government and cleaning up politics in tonight's State of the State speech. 1. I will stop raising money into multiple political accounts as a way to get around the maximum contribution law (while state law limits donations to the...
Blog Post
12/16/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
e.mer.gen.cy /i mur jen see/ n. An unexpected and sudden event that must be dealt with urgently. Arnold really needs to work on his definitions. For the past year he has defined special interests as anybody that criticizes Arnold. Now he can't figure out the meaning of the word "emergency." On Friday, the Gov submitted an "...
Blog Post
9/30/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Drug companies pay $337,000 to Arnold's Committees. Arnold vetoes four bills for cheaper prescription drugs. The auto industry gives the leading man $1 million. Arnold vetoes a greatly stripped down car buyers' bill of rights. Big business ponies up the lion's share of the $30 million financing for "The Governator." Arnold vetoes...
News Release
9/2/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Analysis: Non-Voting a Factor in 2/3 of Failed Bills Santa Monica, CA -- A new award-winning study conducted by graduate students at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Policy, Planning and Development, found that "nonvoting" (when a politician intentionally leaves the room or simply stays silent when called upon to...
News Story
6/23/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Opinion: The Supreme Court seems to have made the right legal judgment this week when it ruled that patients cannot sue in state courts when their managed care plans refuse to pay for treatments ordered by doctors. The nine justices' unanimous decision, expressed in majority and concurring opinions, left no room for doubt that a federal law known...