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Bill Bradley

Feeling Salamandered?

EVEN BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE’S sudden adoption of the 51-day-late California state budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was preparing to move on his agenda of redistricting reform, saying, “This is the time — we are going to get this done.” Prior to seeking the governorship in the 2003 recall campaign, Schwarzenegger told......

Sacramento Bites Back

THE BIG CUTS IN LOS ANGELES public-transit funding by state lawmakers have a sudden impact on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who, in his current scandal-struck state, didn’t show up to lobby for his own program. The Legislature stepped into the power vacuum, slashing $336 million earmarked for Los Angeles and imperiling......

Circular Firing Squad

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN CALIFORNIA is in a very odd position. Even as it has a governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has won two landslide elections in a row and boasts a 62 percent job-approval rating for his centrist approach, the party leadership has moved — and been pushed — to......

Robert Greenwald's Modest Proposal

{mosimage}The successful bloggers’ campaign to dump Fox News from cablecasting the Nevada Democratic presidential debate on August 14 in Reno exposed serious problems on the left and the right. On the left, as interviews with campaing organizers Adam Green and Robert Greenwald reveal, there is a serious streak of hyperpartisan......

How Alarcón Sold Out the Schools

As he cruises toward an apparent easy victory this month in his bid to return to the Los Angeles City Council, which he left in 1998 to pursue statewide power in Sacramento, Richard Alarcón’s peripatetic career is a game of musical chairs driven by the special-interest influences that dominate legislative......

He's Not Your Father's Jerry Brown

WHAT’S THIS? Military-school cadets, anticrime strike forces, questioning his predecessor’s climate-change lawsuit against car companies because they haven’t broken the law? Not very “Moonbeamish” of Jerry Brown. “The Moonbeam has landed,” says Brown, the former two-term California governor and twice a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, now California’s new......

Teetering King Arnold

Arnold began 2005 as one of the most popular governors in our history, seemingly poised to become an important political figure in America. Alas, by the end of the year, he was one or two more big mistakes away from becoming Jesse Ventura with better acting chops. Here are five......

Arnold Gets Mail

POLITICAL LIFE SINCE THE NOVEMBER 2005 defeat of his “Year of Reform” special-election initiatives has been a whirlwind of change for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has thoroughly revamped his political operation. The Weekly has learned that just before the upheaval began, the governor received an anonymous letter alleging serious financial......

Brawling Democrats

YES, THE RUMORS ARE TRUE. There are Democrats running for governor. They’ve amassed huge amounts of money — $24 million for state Controller Steve Westly, the ex-eBay exec; something under $20 million for Treasurer Phil Angelides, the front-runner. They are even beating the incumbent in the polls. Not that you’d......