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2.27.2008
Lucas Comment on Expected Bass Election as Speaker

Lucas Comment on Expected Bass Election as Speaker

“Californians are incredibly lucky to have someone with the heart and smarts of Karen Bass as our Assembly Speaker. Her passionate commitment to those in our state who need help the most is exactly the right priority for our legislative leadership, even more so during this time of economic downturn.  While I still feel my candidacy offered a unique opportunity for  lawmakers and stakeholders alike to forge a bold, wildly inclusive policy paradigm for the New Millenium, Karen is going to do an awesome job and I’m eager to help her in any way she sees fit.”    Read more »

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2.27.2008
Karen Bass, California’s Next Speaker

Karen Bass, California’s Next Speaker

 

Karen Bass appears to be the next speaker of the California Assembly, the first African-American woman to be elected to the post. 

Bass and current Speaker Fabian Nunez told lobbyists and others Wednesday night that she had endorsement letters from 33 members of the 48-member Democratic caucus – well more than needed to elect her speaker.     Read more »

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2.26.2008
Lucas For Speaker: Campaign Update — Week One

Lucas For Speaker: Campaign Update — Week One

MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY:

I’m very pleased to report that after a full week of my candidacy for Speaker, I am more viable than when I began. Momentum continues to build. 

Revealing numbers at his early juncture is both bad taste and bad luck but suffice to say I’m as much of a contender as anyone.     Read more »

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2.25.2008

How a 1962 Modesto Snowstorm Shaped Leon Panetta’s Political Career

“By Bill Bagley, Lew Butler and Leon Panetta

 

Here is how Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh’s 1961 skullduggery and a freak snowstorm in Modesto the following year caused former Republican U.S. Senate aide Leon Panetta to become a Democratic congressman from Monterey and eventually chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.

In 1961, Modesto attorney Ralph M.    Read more »

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2.25.2008
Speaker’s Cup 2008. Call Collect. Call Direct. But Call today!

Speaker’s Cup 2008. Call Collect. Call Direct. But Call today!

SPEAKER’S CUP 2008

 

11TH ANNUAL SPEAKER’S CUP

Presented by AT&T

 

April 25, 2008 – Pebble Beach & Spyglass Hill

April 26, 2008 – The Links at Spanish Bay & Spyglass Hill

 

 

2008 SPEAKER’S CUP PACKAGES

 

THE ULTIMATE — $70,000

Golf for four Friday

Golf for four Saturday

Four hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday

Dinner for eight on Friday night and Saturday night

One spa treatment per day for non-golfers or golfer’s guest

Commemorative Gifts

 

THE PLATINUM — $50,000

Golf for two Friday

Golf for two Saturday

Two hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday

Dinner for four on Friday night and Saturday night

One spa treatment per day for non-golfers or golfer’s guest

Commemorative Gifts

 

GOLD — $40,000

Golf for four Saturday

Four hotel rooms for Saturday

Dinner for eight on Saturday night

One spa treatment per day for non-golfers or golfer’s guest

Commemorative Gifts

 

BRONZE — $25,000

Golf for one Saturday

One hotel room for Saturday night

Dinner for two on Saturday night

Commemorative Gifts

 

SPA PACKAGE — $30,000

One hotel room Friday night and Saturday night

Four spa treatments, two per day

Dinner for two on Friday and Saturday night

Commemorative Gifts

 

Due to the limited number of spa treatments available through Pebble Beach and the increasing scheduling problems including no shows because of conflicts with tee times, we’re only offering spa treatments to non-golfers or golfer’s guests.    Read more »

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2.25.2008

Virginia Strom-Martin

Since Virginia Strom-Martin and her husband moved to Duncan Mills 30 years ago, the population has nearly tripled, increasing from 35 to 85.

The small Sonoma hamlet beside the Russian River was the terminus of the long defunct North Pacific Railroad. Black Bart held up stagecoaches on the trail between Duncan Mills and Pt.    Read more »

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2.21.2008
Dear Sen. Cogdill:

Dear Sen. Cogdill:

WRITESTUFF INK 

Greg Lucas

1130 K Street, Suite 290

Sacramento, CA 95814

916-446-2013

 

February 21, 2008 

Dave – 

Just a note to offer my congratulations, which I assume is the right word, on your election as Senate GOP leader. 

Ross Johnson, a predecessor in your new post, once described the job of Assembly Minority leader as “herding cats through a minefield while juggling hand grenades.” 

Given the membership of your caucus and the more genteel comportment of the upper house, I’m sure your tenure will bear no resemblance to that colorful, albeit perilous, scene.     Read more »

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2.19.2008

The Best Candidate for Assembly Speaker

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY:

 

To bring order out of chaos in the Legislature’s lower house, I hereby declare my candidacy for Speaker of the California Assembly. 

I am aware that titans have occupied the post since the first legislative session of 1849. Jess Unruh. Willie Brown. Paul Peek.    Read more »

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2.14.2008
Big Expenditures By Independent Expenditure Committees

Big Expenditures By Independent Expenditure Committees

The Fair Political Practices Commission wants more disclosure of donors to independent expenditure committees, which have spent $88 million on legislative and statewide candidates since 2000. 

Use of the committees has sharply proliferated since voters enacted Proposition 34, a campaign finance initiative that imposed contribution limits on legislative and statewide candidates.     Read more »

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2.13.2008
Re: California Political Action Budget

Re: California Political Action Budget

To: Hiram Drivell, Vice-President Governmental Relations, CONFAB Corp. 

From: Morris Dewey, legislative advocate, Dewey, Cheatam & Howe. 

Re: California political action budget

 

While keenly aware of the financial constraints facing CONFAB and other corporations in its sector, as your chief California lobbyist, I must respectfully request a significant increase in funds available for campaign contributions.      Read more »

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