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By ROBERT SALLADAY AND PETER NICHOLAS and ROBERT SALLADAY AND PETER NICHOLAS,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 1, 2005
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, launching an overhaul of his administration, yesterday named a former Democratic Party activist and high-ranking aide to Gray Davis as his new chief of staff. The hiring of Susan P. Kennedy - a former executive director of the California Democratic Party, longtime abortion rights activist and Cabinet secretary to Davis, the Democrat whom Schwarzenegger replaced - signals a shift in direction for the Republican governor. Schwarzenegger has been seeking to recover politically from the defeat of his ballot initiatives last month and prepare for his re-election bid in this heavily Democratic state.
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By ROBERT SALLADAY AND PETER NICHOLAS and ROBERT SALLADAY AND PETER NICHOLAS,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 1, 2005
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, launching an overhaul of his administration, yesterday named a former Democratic Party activist and high-ranking aide to Gray Davis as his new chief of staff. The hiring of Susan P. Kennedy - a former executive director of the California Democratic Party, longtime abortion rights activist and Cabinet secretary to Davis, the Democrat whom Schwarzenegger replaced - signals a shift in direction for the Republican governor. Schwarzenegger has been seeking to recover politically from the defeat of his ballot initiatives last month and prepare for his re-election bid in this heavily Democratic state.
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By SUN STAFF | October 7, 2003
After months of legal challenges, today Californians finally go to the polls to decide the politican fate of Gov. Gray Davis and the future of their state. Here's a look at who's on the ballot and what they voting may look like. LEADING CANDIDATES The Challengers Cruz Miguel Bustamante Party: Democrat Birth date: Jan. 4, 1953 Age: 50 Birthplace: Dinuha Calif. Education: Fresco City College and California State University, Fresno, 2003 Family: Wife, Arcelia; three children Experience: District representative for Rep. Richard Lehman, 1983-88; district administrative assistant for State Assemblyman Bruce Bronzan, 1988-93; assemblyman, 1993-98; Assembly Speaker, 1996-98 lieutenant governor, 1999-present Thomas Miller McClintock Republican Birth date: July 10, 1956 Age: 47 Birthplace: White Plains, N.Y. Education: Graduated UCLA, 1978 Family: Wife, Lori; two children Experience: State assemblyman, 1982-92 and 1996-2000 director of Center for the California Taxpayer 1992-94; ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1992 and for state Controller in 1994 and 2002; director of economic and regulatory affairs for Claremont Institutes Golden State Center for Policy Studies, 1995- 96; state senator 2000-present Arnold Schwarzenegger Party: Republican Birth date: July 30, 1947 Age: 56 Birthplace: Thai, Austria Education: Graduated University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1979 Family: Wife, Maria Shriver, daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver; four children...
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By Dick Polman and Dick Polman,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 20, 2003
It's hard to believe it was only seven years ago when Republican Bob Dole made history by mentioning his Internet site during a presidential debate. Millions of Americans didn't know what he was talking about. Actually, he didn't know, either: He botched the address by omitting one of the dots. Yet, today, thanks largely to the Howard Dean phenomenon and other Web-driven developments, the Internet has become such a potent force in national politics that its most vocal boosters are heralding a brave new world of civic engagement, a new era of grass-roots Jeffersonian democracy.
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By Jules Witcover | October 10, 2003
WASHINGTON - In the last scene of the movie The Candidate, a stunned Robert Redford, having run an image campaign with no appreciable political experience and having just been informed he had won, asks: "What do we do now?" After fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as governor of California in the recall of the hapless Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, the same response from him would seem appropriate. Some of the things he has said he will do, such as wrestling down a state budget that is at least $8 billion in the red while rolling back Mr. Davis' onerous tripling of California's car license fee, will require more magic than Mr. Schwarzenegger managed to weave in gaining the governor's chair.
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August 12, 2003
WHO SAYS politics can't be must-see TV? The recall free-for-all in California outdoes "Friends" in terms of number of special guest co-stars (aka candidates), and "WWE Smackdown" in the amount of trash talk to look forward to. It plays as farce and as tragedy. A tearful Darrell Issa says he won't run for governor after he spent his own millions to fund the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger announces his candidacy on Jay Leno's talk show, and spends the rest of the first weekend of campaigning playing to a national network television audience as large as that of some of his more successful films . Meanwhile, the state with a small-nation-size hole in its budget girds itself for another unbudgeted expense, running an election in which 193 people have applied to take part.
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By Sue Fox and Mark Z. Barabak and Sue Fox and Mark Z. Barabak,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 24, 2003
Bill Simon Jr. dropped out of the race for California governor yesterday, saying that there were too many Republicans on the ballot and that he didn't want to jeopardize his party's opportunity to replace Gov. Gray Davis if he is recalled. The decision was welcomed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the leading Republican, who said he hoped Simon's "personal sacrifice will serve to unify Republicans and other Californians" - presumably behind Schwarzenegger's candidacy. But two other major GOP candidates, state Sen. Tom McClintock and former baseball commissioner Peter V. Ueberroth, said they had no intention of following Simon's lead.
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By Cal Thomas | August 13, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Ronald Reagan was an actor who became governor of California, so why not Arnold Schwarzenegger? Or so the argument goes. Why not actor Gary Coleman, then, or any of the other candidates for whom inexperience, not to mention cluelessness about what's needed to repair the damage done to the state's economy, seems to be their main qualification? President Bush has endorsed Mr. Schwarzenegger, saying he would make a good governor. Based on what? The president couldn't possibly know what Mr. Schwarzenegger stands for, because no one else seems to know, including Mr. Schwarzenegger.
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By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,SUN STAFF | September 29, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Perhaps 200 invited guests sit in a four-tiered horseshoe arrangement with rapt attention as the man who wants to be the next governor of California, action-movie hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, stands in the center and tells them why. It's like a made-for-the-movies melodrama -- the poor immigrant from Austria who came to these shores as an aspiring bodybuilder champion and wound up an immensely rich and popular star with a celebrity wife...
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By Peter Nicholas and Joe Mathews and Peter Nicholas and Joe Mathews,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 18, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger took the oath as California's 38th governor yesterday, vowing to upend the political culture and humble the special interests through decisive action that would amount to the "Miracle of Sacramento." The audience of 7,500 invited guests, including thousands standing and watching on big-screen televisions, interrupted Schwarzenegger for applause 24 times during the course of his 12-minute inaugural speech, with the loudest ovation coming when he renewed his promise to roll back the state's car tax. Shortly after the 45-minute ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol, the new governor delivered on that promise, issuing Executive Order 1, which repealed the $4 billion increase that had been approved by the man he replaced - Gray Davis.
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By Peter Nicholas and Joe Mathews and Peter Nicholas and Joe Mathews,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 18, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger took the oath as California's 38th governor yesterday, vowing to upend the political culture and humble the special interests through decisive action that would amount to the "Miracle of Sacramento." The audience of 7,500 invited guests, including thousands standing and watching on big-screen televisions, interrupted Schwarzenegger for applause 24 times during the course of his 12-minute inaugural speech, with the loudest ovation coming when he renewed his promise to roll back the state's car tax. Shortly after the 45-minute ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol, the new governor delivered on that promise, issuing Executive Order 1, which repealed the $4 billion increase that had been approved by the man he replaced - Gray Davis.
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By Jules Witcover | October 10, 2003
WASHINGTON - In the last scene of the movie The Candidate, a stunned Robert Redford, having run an image campaign with no appreciable political experience and having just been informed he had won, asks: "What do we do now?" After fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as governor of California in the recall of the hapless Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, the same response from him would seem appropriate. Some of the things he has said he will do, such as wrestling down a state budget that is at least $8 billion in the red while rolling back Mr. Davis' onerous tripling of California's car license fee, will require more magic than Mr. Schwarzenegger managed to weave in gaining the governor's chair.
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By Michael Finnegan and Michael Finnegan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 7, 2003
The tumultuous California recall race hurtles to a close today when millions of voters cast their ballots on whether to sweep Gray Davis from office and install a new governor to finish the remaining three years of his term. Davis and leading contenders for his job raced across the state yesterday beseeching supporters to turn out for the historic election - the first statewide recall ever presented to California voters. The Democratic governor, dashing from a Sacramento school forum to raucous labor rallies in San Francisco and Los Angeles, urged voters to give him credit for making progress on education, health care, the environment and jobs.
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By SUN STAFF | October 7, 2003
After months of legal challenges, today Californians finally go to the polls to decide the politican fate of Gov. Gray Davis and the future of their state. Here's a look at who's on the ballot and what they voting may look like. LEADING CANDIDATES The Challengers Cruz Miguel Bustamante Party: Democrat Birth date: Jan. 4, 1953 Age: 50 Birthplace: Dinuha Calif. Education: Fresco City College and California State University, Fresno, 2003 Family: Wife, Arcelia; three children Experience: District representative for Rep. Richard Lehman, 1983-88; district administrative assistant for State Assemblyman Bruce Bronzan, 1988-93; assemblyman, 1993-98; Assembly Speaker, 1996-98 lieutenant governor, 1999-present Thomas Miller McClintock Republican Birth date: July 10, 1956 Age: 47 Birthplace: White Plains, N.Y. Education: Graduated UCLA, 1978 Family: Wife, Lori; two children Experience: State assemblyman, 1982-92 and 1996-2000 director of Center for the California Taxpayer 1992-94; ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1992 and for state Controller in 1994 and 2002; director of economic and regulatory affairs for Claremont Institutes Golden State Center for Policy Studies, 1995- 96; state senator 2000-present Arnold Schwarzenegger Party: Republican Birth date: July 30, 1947 Age: 56 Birthplace: Thai, Austria Education: Graduated University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1979 Family: Wife, Maria Shriver, daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver; four children...
NEWS
By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,SUN STAFF | September 29, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Perhaps 200 invited guests sit in a four-tiered horseshoe arrangement with rapt attention as the man who wants to be the next governor of California, action-movie hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, stands in the center and tells them why. It's like a made-for-the-movies melodrama -- the poor immigrant from Austria who came to these shores as an aspiring bodybuilder champion and wound up an immensely rich and popular star with a celebrity wife...
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 20, 2003
LOS ANGELES - A federal appeals court added another layer of confusion yesterday to California's gubernatorial recall election, agreeing to reconsider a decision by a panel of judges this week that could delay the Oct. 7 vote. In a one-paragraph ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said little about the Monday ruling by three of its judges, other than it would take the uncommon step of reconsidering it. The decision on when the election will be held now goes to an 11-member panel of judges from the court, with hearings expected to start Monday in San Francisco.
NEWS
By Michael Finnegan and Michael Finnegan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 7, 2003
The tumultuous California recall race hurtles to a close today when millions of voters cast their ballots on whether to sweep Gray Davis from office and install a new governor to finish the remaining three years of his term. Davis and leading contenders for his job raced across the state yesterday beseeching supporters to turn out for the historic election - the first statewide recall ever presented to California voters. The Democratic governor, dashing from a Sacramento school forum to raucous labor rallies in San Francisco and Los Angeles, urged voters to give him credit for making progress on education, health care, the environment and jobs.
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By Booth Moore and Booth Moore,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 25, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Never mind the budget deficit and the energy crisis. In perhaps the most image-conscious state in the nation, Gray Davis' most serious offense may be that he has no discernible style. The eye grows weary of his endless parade of gray suits, his Mister Rogers hair, his turkey neck and his puffy eyes. "He would definitely be a candidate for some of the improvements we do," says Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Robert Kotler. "Style? What style?" asks Danny Marsh, co-owner of Sy Devore, the Los Angeles menswear store that outfitted the Rat Pack.
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By Booth Moore and Booth Moore,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 25, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Never mind the budget deficit and the energy crisis. In perhaps the most image-conscious state in the nation, Gray Davis' most serious offense may be that he has no discernible style. The eye grows weary of his endless parade of gray suits, his Mister Rogers hair, his turkey neck and his puffy eyes. "He would definitely be a candidate for some of the improvements we do," says Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Robert Kotler. "Style? What style?" asks Danny Marsh, co-owner of Sy Devore, the Los Angeles menswear store that outfitted the Rat Pack.
NEWS
By Sue Fox and Mark Z. Barabak and Sue Fox and Mark Z. Barabak,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 24, 2003
Bill Simon Jr. dropped out of the race for California governor yesterday, saying that there were too many Republicans on the ballot and that he didn't want to jeopardize his party's opportunity to replace Gov. Gray Davis if he is recalled. The decision was welcomed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the leading Republican, who said he hoped Simon's "personal sacrifice will serve to unify Republicans and other Californians" - presumably behind Schwarzenegger's candidacy. But two other major GOP candidates, state Sen. Tom McClintock and former baseball commissioner Peter V. Ueberroth, said they had no intention of following Simon's lead.
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