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Blog Post
2/26/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
The release of today's federal budget was accompanied by 8 principles that President Obama laid out for the Congress as it takes up health care reform.  The president clearly learned from Governor Schwarzenegger's failed health care overhaul in California. Whereas the Gov started with the premise of mandatory health insurance purchases, Obama...
Blog Post
1/15/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
California is such a mess that that the state's webcast cut off (on my L.A. computer, anyway) halfway through Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State speech this morning. It was probably the shortest such speech in modern times. No plans, no boasting, just one grim warning after another: We are in our third special session and we've...
Blog Post
12/16/2008
Posted by Mark Reback
Michael Rothfeld of the LA Times recently highlighted Governor Schwarzenegger's many public appearances this year on behalf of his donors. Rothfeld detailed one of Arnold's main mutual back-scratching arrangements, when in October of this year, Anschutz Entertainment Group completed a two-year project to generate solar power on the Staples Center...
Blog Post
11/26/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Not to be outdone by the legislature’s blatant cronyism in appointments, Governor Schwarzenegger awarded a spot on the LA Coliseum Commission to one of his top campaign donors, Rick Caruso, today. Caruso comes in 17th on the list of all-time top donors to Schwarzenegger with donations totaling $653,200. The governor has a long history of...
Blog Post
11/26/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Last week I chastised state lawmakers - including members of the budget committees - for deciding to carry on with out of state trips to places like China and Hawaii rather than get down to the business of crafting a solution to the state's budget disaster. Governor Schwarzenegger, never one to hold back when he's thwarted, let the same sentiments...
Blog Post
11/25/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
It looks like the biennial Sacramento ritual of handing out prize appointments to political allies has begun. I haven't been paying close enough attention to give a real rundown, but here are a few that have been reported: On the Sac Bee's Capitol Alert: Assembly Speaker Bass just appointed outgoing Assemblyman Laird to the Integrated Waste...
Blog Post
10/13/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
A blog at the LA Times today - Schwarzenegger's pale green report card - highlights the weak ratings on environmental scorecards given to the man who has marketed himself as America's green governor.  It's a common theme at our ArnoldWatch blog, where we've been chronicling Arnold's mediocre ratings from the environmental community for years...
Blog Post
10/1/2008
Posted by Jamie Court
A few years ago Warren Beatty claimed at our consumer group's annual dinner that the definition of a "Schwarzenegger Republican" was a Bush Republican who called himself a Schwarzenegger Republican. Schwarzenegger's final verdict on California health care legislation this week proved Beatty's point. Schwarzenegger signed legislation...
News Release
9/30/2008
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Santa Monica, CA -- Arnold Schwarzenegger today vetoed legislation that would have prevented health insurers from canceling sick patients' coverage for innocent omissions on their insurance applications, said Consumer Watchdog. The governor said in strong terms in his State of the State address that he supported such protections for cancelled...
Blog Post
9/30/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anthony York at the Capitol Weekly has found some brand new disclosures about donors to the governor thanks to a regulation passed by the FPPC earlier this year. The governor’s office is now required to disclose money spent on the governor by the California State Protocol Foundation – a non-profit that has refused to reveal the source...