Through September 27, Charles T. Munger, a physicist who works at Stanford University’s Linear Accelerator, has contributed roughly $7.5 million to pass Proposition 20 and defeat Proposition 27.
Proposition 20 would vest the power over drawing legislative district lines for California’s congressional delegation in the hands of a citizen’s commission approved by voters as Proposition 11 in November 2008.    Read more »
A good day for California soccer players and a bad day for kangaroos as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has extended the state law allowing the importation of dead kangaroo parts.
While the state prohibits the importing of products made from various exotic dead animals, an exemption was created for kangaroo in 2007.    Read more »
Twice in her one-hour debate with Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, GOP candidate Meg Whitman said she wants to rid California of the “factory tax.”
What Candidate Whitman calls the “factory tax” is the absence of a sales tax exemption or tax credit for purchases of manufacturing equipment.
According to legislative budget writers, such an exemption costs the state $870 million annually in tax revenue.    Read more »
Unlike GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, Democrat Jerry Brown elected not to enter the “spin room” at UC Davis’ Mondavi Center after their September 28 debate and field a few questions.
Instead, he repaired to Bistro 33 a few blocks away at 3rd and F Streets in downtown Davis where he celebrated with supporters.    Read more »
(Editor’s Note: In a recent post sparked by the first gubernatorial debate between Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown, the chief correspondent of California’s Capitol chose to explicate the phrase “boil the ocean” which Candidate Whitman used in one of her answers. Highlighting this phrase with a post of its own seems excessive since anyone who has followed Candidate Whitman’s campaign knows she uses this phrase with callous regularity.    Read more »
Mondavi Center, University of California at Davis — The two gubernatorial candidates met for the first time September 28 and echoed their respective campaign themes — neither scoring a knockout punch.
Overall, Republican Meg Whitman stuck tenaciously to her themes, staying on-script and offering little detail as to what she would do as governor.    Read more »
At one point during the September 28 gubernatorial debate between Demcorat Jerry brown, Republican candidate Meg Whitman said this:
“I am a big believer in a crisis you can only focus on a small number of things. You cannot go to Sacramento and boil the ocean.”
For those unfamiliar with the idiom, WiseGEEK offers this assistance:
“Boiling the ocean … can have a few related meanings.    Read more »
Sales of electronic cigarettes to minors are illegal in California under legislation signed by Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The measure is a follow-up to legislation last year vetoed by the GOP governor that sought to ban all California sales of the battery-powered devices that look like cigarettes and deliver a vaporized liquid to the user
The “smoke” comes in various flavors such as mint, orange, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry that the author of the legislation, Sen.    Read more »
The Police Activities League, state veterans homes and the California Arts Council all will get a voluntary check-off slot on state tax forms – some day anyway – under legislation signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The GOP governor vetoed a fourth check-off that would cover the costs of a proposed California Youth Legislature.    Read more »
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