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2/2/2006
Doug Heller
Arnold's new Chief of Staff, Susan Kennedy, was still working as a Public Utilities Commissioner when she was secretly paid $25,000 by the Gov's re-election committee, as the LA Times reported yesterday. What has not been reported is where that $25K came from (more on that below) and why Kennedy should resign. Kennedy's last major vote at the PUC...
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2/23/2005
Jamie Court & Doug Heller
Of all people, Arnold should know that when CNN refers to you as a fading star it's time to shake things up. In this case Arnold needs to get rid the of the director and executive producer of Team Arnold -- Big Business. And while he's at it, the gov should dump his agents and managers: the 90 consultants who he has paid $9 million and have...
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2/16/2005
Jamie Court & Jerry Flanagan
Wha, yeah!, c'mon, yeah, yeah, c'mon, yeah Yeah, c'mon, oh, yeah, ma Yeah, I'm a back door man, I'm a back door man The men don't know, but the little girls understand. --The Doors California's leading man was not allowed to walk the red carpet last night into the screening of "Be Cool" at Sacramento's Crest Theatre because hundreds of...
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2/15/2005
Jamie Court
Arnold's CHP detail has visited businesses up and down the capital's K-Street pedestrian mall and asked them to close down their shops for tonight's "Be Cool" premiere and red carpet walk. Arnold's cops indicated they are restricting access to the mall for tonight's screening. But the Crest Cafe next door is open for business for real...
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1/6/2005
Jamie Court
Today, the Governor announced the proposed elimination of 94 public protection oversight boards such as the Medical Board, Board of Registered Nursing, Accountancy Board, Racial Profiling Panel, the Brown vs. Board of Education Advisory Committee and the Campus Sexual Assault Taskforce. In doing so the governor would be eliminating public process...
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1/5/2005
Doug Heller & Carmen Balber
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...
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12/7/2004
Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
At the Governor's Conference on Women and Families this morning a group of nurses protesting Arnold's decision to gut the state's nurse staffing ratios were kicked out of the event while the Gov was speaking. Arnold reportedly said from the lectern that the women were angry, "because I've been kicking their butts." Is that supposed to be...
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11/8/2004
Doug Heller
According to an LA Times analysis, Arnold's staff has accepted hundreds of gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars from special interests. These gifts ranged from 152 lunches to $7,818 in Kings tickets to a trip to the circus for Arnold's PR chief's family. [Note #1 to PR team: taking special interest perks is not good PR for the gov who said he'...