Thursday, November 23, 2006

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Truce Between Arnie and Republicans
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim emerged from a meeting Thursday to declare that as far as they're concerned, the controversy over the governor's appointment of Democrat Susan Kennedy as chief of staff is over.

"I think that issue has been put to rest," Sundheim said, after the governor's session with the state GOP board in a hotel conference room that lasted about an hour. "He made it clear she is there to implement his policies. She's totally committed to that, and we support his decision."


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Schwarzenegger & Republicans Meet
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got an earful from GOP colleagues Tuesday in his first meeting with the Assembly Republican Caucus since his hiring of Susan Kennedy, a longtime Democratic activist, as his chief of staff.

The hourlong private session, attended by nearly 20 of the 32 Assembly Republicans, was a wide-ranging discussion on issues from a future transportation bond to defeat of Schwarzenegger's initiatives in last month's special election."


Way To Go Arnold...

Way to go Arnold. Justice was served, finally. The only injustice was that it took 24 years to accomplish. It gave him too much time to reflect and strategize to build a base of well-meaning but wrong supporters. Why would he not write children's books condemning gang violence since no one in their right mind would buy a children's book supporting gang violence.



Arnold, I'm Disapointed In You...

You let me down. I thought that I was voting
for another German/Austrian American who had
made it through creativity, intelligence, dilligence
and personal courage, and instead I find a coward
who can't even stand up for what is right when it is
not politically expedient and a man who has lost his edge.

You could have had the courage to do the right
thing with Tookie Williams, instead of the political thing.
After 25 years, I don't care about the original crime.
Many murderers have done far less time. I do not care
to indulge the blood lust revenge of relatives. Whether
he was really guilty, I don't know. If he did commit the crime,
your decision was stupid. If he did not, your decision was evil.

You have ignored the lessons of history. Certainly, we of
German descent must have learned something from this
century's events. If people have no hope, they will riot and
create revolutions. There will be civil unrest and civil war.
If people feel they have nothing to lose, they will destroy.
They will fight to the death and take down everything.

Germany's situation was hopeless. So Germans went to war.
Some insame Germans took this as the opportunity to eliminate hope
for Jews. And so for these same reasons, Germans were defeated.
Because people can not live without hope and can not tolerate the
creation of a hopeless situation.

Tookie represented hope to many people, the hope that even a bad
man could change, that no matter how bad the beginning, a
person could change to create at least some good.

You of all people could have taken that and even turned it to your
advantage, with a creative twist, if you were still half the man
you used to be. But that would have taken courage that
apparently you no longer have.


Killing Is Wrong...

Dear people,I write to you not as a teenage girl but as a peer. A peer in a society where no-one can win. No-one can do what's right all the time because we are only human. We are not entitled to know or understand the workings of the world as it is beyond our grasp, but i do believe we are entitled to our opinions and sometimes though opinions differ they need to be heard. In relation to the execution of Williams i must voice my thoughts not because they are right because they are mine and in the democracy we are told to believe in, a democracy that our ancestors have worked for, i beliave i am entitled to my opinion. He killed four people. I will not deny that. I ask you to think about it. Each person had a family. Kids, parents, spouses, cousins, aunts, uncles, neices, nephews etc. By destroying their lives he destroyed many others. I dread to imagine their pain. Pain that cuts so deep words and actions can't console. I have been there. I do believe that though we may never fully recover from a loss we can move on. ANd here's the tricky part, do we hold on to our ander and let it consume us. OR do we grieve and suffer and build ourselves back up? For all your pain i am truly and deeply sorry. However i can not see the taking of another human life as justice. Life is sacred. Williams did a bad thing, but that does not make him a bad man. He spent years trying to make up for what he had done. He did his penence. He was working for good. WHat good i ask you can come from killing a man who was encouraging others not to end up like him? he showed remorse and for that we must at least admire him. I put to you GOVERNOR, the power of what you have just done. You have angered a massive force of people and for that you will suffer. I do not wish harm upon you but i must ask how one man's opinion can kill another? in a world where tolerance is preached how can the taking of a life under any circumstance be justified? you may not of pulled the trigger governor but his blood rmains on your hands. FOr that i wish for you that you may find peace. Race has always been an issue. As much as we deny it, it's always there. I believe that equality is where neither side use their race as an excuse. I predict ramifications that the black communtiy if AMerica will indeed make this a race issue and not one of facts. I don't think it is. You can not ask some-one to judge you from the inside and call it racisim if you do not get the desired answer? that's hypocricy. THink about it. I think that racism is going the other way. People are so afriad of being branded as racists, their judgements are being influenced. I'm not trying to anger the Bolack americans im just calling it as i see it. Like i said i may not be agreed with, but i am entitled to my point of view. I wish to send my condolences to the family of Williams and the community that treasured him. Yours sincerely, an irish girl. . . .. . . .Sarah


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Blog Reader Agrees With Arnold

"Dear Arnold: Please do your duty and not grant clemency to this murdering animal. Youy really shouldnt have considered i. If riots etc. break out over this it is your fault because you should never have coinsidered it. He and others like him deserve to die and whats better is that the majority of black people think so. I'm behind you.



One Woman's Opinion




Schwarzenegger Denies Tookie Clemency (Full Statement)
"Stanley Williams has been convicted of brutally murdering four people during two separate armed robberies in February and March 1979. A California jury sentenced him to death, and he is scheduled for execution on December 13, 2005.

During the early morning hours of February 28, 1979, Williams and three others went on a robbery spree. Around 4 a.m., they entered a 7-Eleven store where Albert Owens was working by himself. Here, Williams, armed with his pump-action shotgun, ordered Owens to a back room and shot him twice in the back while he lay face down on the floor. Williams and his accomplices made off with about $120 from the store's cash register. After leaving the 7-Eleven store, Williams told the others that he killed Albert Owens because he did not want any witnesses. Later that morning, Williams recounted shooting Albert Owens, saying "You should have heard the way he sounded when I shot him." Williams then made a growling noise and laughed for five to six minutes.

On March 11, 1979, less than two weeks later, Williams, again armed with his shotgun, robbed a family operated motel and shot and killed three members of the family: the father, Yen-I Yang, who was shot once in the torso and once in the arm while he was laying on a sofa; the mother, Tsai-Shai Lin, who was shot once in the abdomen and once in the back; and the daughter, Yee-Chen Lin, who was shot once in her face. For these murders, Williams made away with approximately $100 in cash. Williams also told others about the details of these murders and referred to the victims as "Buddha-heads."

Now, his appeals exhausted, Williams seeks mercy in the form of a petition for clemency. He claims that he deserves clemency because he has undergone a personal transformation and is redeemed, and because there were problems with his trial that undermine the fairness of the jury's verdict.

Williams' case has been thoroughly reviewed in the 24 years since his convictions and death sentence. In addition to his direct appeal to the California Supreme Court, Williams has filed five state habeas corpus petitions, each of which has been rejected. The federal courts have also reviewed his convictions and death sentence. Williams filed a federal habeas corpus petition, and the U.S. District Court denied it. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed this decision. Williams was also given a number of post-trial evidentiary hearings, and he and his lawyers had the opportunity at these hearings to present evidence that was not heard at trial. The jury's decision has withstood these challenges.

In all, Williams' case has been the subject of at least eight substantive judicial opinions. Prior to the filing of the clemency petition, the state court habeas process was completed on June 21, 1995, when the California Supreme Court denied Williams' fourth state habeas corpus petition. The federal court habeas process was completed on October 11, 2005, when the United States Supreme Court denied Williams' writ of certiorari.

The claim that Williams received an unfair trial was the subject of this extensive litigation in the state and federal courts. The courts considered the sufficiency of his counsel, the strategic nature of counsel's decisions during the penalty phase of Williams' trial, the adequacy and reliability of testimony from informants, whether Williams was prejudiced by security measures employed during his trial, whether he was competent to stand trial, whether the prosecutor impermissibly challenged potential jurors on the basis of race, and whether his jury was improperly influenced by Williams' threats made against them. There is no need to rehash or second guess the myriad findings of the courts over 24 years of litigation.

The possible irregularities in Williams' trial have been thoroughly and carefully reviewed by the courts, and there is no reason to disturb the judicial decisions that uphold the jury's decisions that he is guilty of these four murders and should pay with his life.

The basis of Williams' clemency request is not innocence. Rather, the basis of the request is the "personal redemption Stanley Williams has experienced and the positive impact of the message he sends" (quoting Williams' own clemency reply). But Williams' claim of innocence remains a key factor to evaluating his claim of personal redemption. It is impossible to separate Williams' claim of innocence from his claim of redemption.

Cumulatively, the evidence demonstrating Williams is guilty of these murders is strong and compelling. It includes: (1) eyewitness testimony of Alfred Coward, who was one of Williams' accomplices in the 7-Eleven shooting; (2) ballistics evidence proving that the shotgun casing found at the scene of the motel murders was fired from Williams' shotgun; (3) testimony from Samuel Coleman that Williams confessed that he had robbed and killed some people on Vermont Street (where the motel was located); (4) testimony from James and Esther Garrett that Williams admitted to them that he committed both sets of murders; and (5) testimony from jailhouse informant George Oglesby that Williams confessed to the motel murders and conspired with Oglesby to escape from county jail.

The trial evidence is bolstered by information from Tony Sims, who has admitted to being an accomplice in the 7-Eleven murder. Sims did not testify against Williams at trial, but he was later convicted of murder for his role in Albert Owens' death. During his trial and subsequent parole hearings, Sims has repeatedly stated under oath that Williams was the shooter.

Based on the cumulative weight of the evidence, there is no reason to second guess the jury's decision of guilt or raise significant doubts or serious reservations about Williams' convictions and death sentence. He murdered Albert Owens and Yen-I Yang, Yee-Chen Lin and Tsai-Shai Lin in cold blood in two separate incidents that were just weeks apart.

But Williams claims that he is particularly deserving of clemency because he has reformed and been redeemed for his violent past. Williams' claim of redemption triggers an inquiry into his atonement for all his transgressions. Williams protests that he has no reason to apologize for these murders because he did not commit them. But he is guilty, and a close look at Williams' post-arrest and post-conviction conduct tells a story that is different from redemption.

After Williams was arrested for these crimes, and while he was awaiting trial, he conspired to escape from custody by blowing up a jail transportation bus and killing the deputies guarding the bus. There are detailed escape plans in Williams' own handwriting. Williams never executed this plan, but his co-conspirator implicated Williams in the scheme. The fact that Williams conspired to murder several others to effectuate his escape from jail while awaiting his murder trial is consistent with guilt, not innocence. And the timing of the motel murders - less than two weeks after the murder of Albert Owens - shows a callous disregard for human life.

Williams has written books that instruct readers to avoid the gang lifestyle and to stay out of prison. In 1996, a Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence children's book series was published. In 1998, "Life in Prison" was published. In 2004, Williams published a memoir entitled "Blue Rage, Black Redemption." He has also recently (since 1995) tried to preach a message of gang avoidance and peacemaking, including a protocol for street peace to be used by opposing gangs.

It is hard to assess the effect of such efforts in concrete terms, but the continued pervasiveness of gang violence leads one to question the efficacy of Williams' message. Williams co-founded the Crips, a notorious street gang that has contributed and continues to contribute to predatory and exploitative violence.

The dedication of Williams' book "Life in Prison" casts significant doubt on his personal redemption. This book was published in 1998, several years after Williams' claimed redemptive experience. Specifically, the book is dedicated to "Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Ramona Africa, John Africa, Leonard Peltier, Dhoruba Al-Mujahid, George Jackson, Mumia Abu-Jamal and the countless other men, women and youths who have to endure the hellish oppression of living behind bars." The mix of individuals on this list is curious. Most have violent pasts and some have been convicted of committing heinous murders, including the killing of law enforcement. But the inclusion of George Jackson (a militant activist who founded the Black Guerilla Family prison gang and was charged with the murder of a San Quentin prison guard) on this list defies reason and is a significant indicator that Williams is not reformed and that he still sees violence and lawlessness as a legitimate means to address societal problems.

There is also little mention or atonement in his writings and his plea for clemency of the countless murders committed by the Crips following the lifestyle Williams once espoused. The senseless killing that has ruined many families, particularly in African-American communities, in the name of the Crips and gang warfare is a tragedy of our modern culture. One would expect more explicit and direct reference to this byproduct of his former lifestyle in Williams' writings and apology for this tragedy, but it exists only through innuendo and inference.

Is Williams' redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise? Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologize or otherwise atone for the murders of the four victims in this case. Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings there can be no redemption. In this case, the one thing that would be the clearest indication of complete remorse and full redemption is the one thing Williams will not do.

Clemency decisions are always difficult, and this one is no exception. After reviewing and weighing the showing Williams has made in support of his clemency request, there is nothing that compels me to nullify the jury's decision of guilt and sentence and the many court decisions during the last 24 years upholding the jury's decision with a grant of clemency.

Therefore, based on the totality of circumstances in this case, Williams' request for clemency is denied."


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Mel Gibson To Challenge Arnie?
"Oscar wining actor and director Mel Gibson is being looked at by some California Republicans as their next governor to replace the increasingly unpopular Arnold Schwarzenegger from office.

Websites are pleading with Gibson to stand for elections even though he had said he never wanted to enter politics. Schwarzenegger's poll ratings have dipped in recent weeks. "


Saturday, December 10, 2005

Schwarzeneggar Proposes New Climate Strategy
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's climate advisers issued ambitious recommendations this week for reducing gases linked to global warming, including a new fee on gasoline and diesel.

The draft proposals fill in the blanks of an executive order Schwarzenegger issued in June, giving California the most aggressive goals in the world for fighting global warming. He commanded the state to reduce "greenhouse gas" emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050."


Arnie Studying Tookie's Case
""That's just part of being governor, is to make those kinds of decisions," he said. "And there are always in this job wonderful moments like today. This is a wonderful moment, and I love this moment. I told Carol we should take a picture in front of the Christmas tree, because it's that kind of a thing."

He added: "But then again you have a terrible situation where you have to make a decision on that, on the Tookie Williams thing. Yes, it is very tough to do those things."


Friday, December 09, 2005

Conservatives Ask State GOP To Withhold Schwarzenegger Support
"A conservative faction of the California Republican Party is asking party leaders to reconsider their endorsement of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's re-election bid next year, a reaction to his hiring of a Democratic activist as chief of staff.

The appeal was made Thursday by the California Republican Assembly, one of the oldest and most conservative member organizations of the state GOP. It cited continued unrest among volunteers that Susan Kennedy, a former aide to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, could have such an important position in the Schwarzenegger administration."


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Schwarzenegger Hospitalized Briefly
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was back at work, "feeling fine" Wednesday after spending a few hours at a Sacramento hospital due to a rapid heartbeat.

Schwarzenegger was kept at the University of California, Davis Medical Center early Wednesday morning, his office said, after his personal physician recommended he go there to have his heart checked.

Margita Thompson, his press secretary, said the rapid heartbeat was brought on by a case of the stomach flu."


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Republicans Want Schwarzenegger To Explain Democratic Hire
"Leaders of the California Republican Party, still smarting over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice of a longtime Democrat activist as his new chief of staff, have demanded a meeting with Schwarzenegger _ and an explanation.

"We disagree with the decision," Duf Sundheim, party chairman, said Tuesday. "We thought it would be beneficial to meet with the governor so he can explain to us in person what he did."


Sunday, December 04, 2005

NAACP Asks Schwarzenegger For Clemency
"In his letter to Schwarzenegger on November 29, Gordon said: "Stanley Williams has renounced gang affiliation and has publicly apologized for his role in gang violence. He has become an accomplished author, activist, and mentor and has received five Nobel Peace Prize nominations, four Nobel Prize for Literature nominations, and the 2005 Presidential Call Service Award for his volunteer work to save youth. Few hold these accomplishments to their credit. Most importantly, Stanley Williams has vowed to spend the rest of his life working toward solutions to abolish gang violence.""


Saturday, December 03, 2005

Will Arnie Listen To Snoop Dogg?
"Whether Snoop Dogg himself has met with the governor himself regarding this issue is not entirely clear - some news sources suggest that he has. Either way, with stars such as Elliott Gould, Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, Mike Farrell, Russell Crowe, Richard Dreyfuss, Gabriel Byrne and Bianca Jagger adding their voice to the campaign alongside political and religious figures such as former governor of New York Mario Cuomo, former state senator Tom Hayden, Jesse Jackson and Desmond Tutu, the case is guaranteed to continue to generate a lot of publicity. Whether the political winds shift in Williams' favour remains to be seen."


Friday, December 02, 2005

Schwarzenegger Hires New Finance Director
"Genest, 58, spent five years as the head budget aide to Senate Republicans before joining Schwarzenegger's finance department in 2003 as chief deputy director. He has been the acting director of the Department of Finance since September."


Arnie Hires Democrat
"Schwarzenegger's hiring Wednesday of Susan Kennedy _ Cabinet secretary for his Democratic predecessor Gov. Gray Davis, a leader in the state's abortion rights movement and a lesbian who has married her longtime partner _ has already set off alarms among conservatives, whose leaders suggest they have been abandoned by their strongman governor. "


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Arnie Appears In Upcoming Film
"California's chief executive appears in a small role in "The Kid & I," but revealing the exact nature of the cameo might spoil the fun of the comedy, which stars Tom Arnold, Eric Gores and Linda Hamilton. Suffice it to say that coordinating schedules with the busy and embattled star was something of a challenge. "


Schwarzenegger Author Comments On Arnold's Current Situation

"While it may look like Arnold is losing steam, it stands to reason that he will re-invent himself yet again. Watch for ways in which he turns apparent defeats into humble victories. Watch for how he will either regain his stature as governor or step away from the job TOWARD another one that restores his status as statesman on the grand scale.
(BTW, I am co-author of the book, Why Arnold Matters: the Rise of a Cultural Icon)."

Michael Blitz

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Will Arnie Pardon Tookie?
"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would consider granting clemency to convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the Crips gang founder who became an anti-gang activist while in prison and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The governor said Friday he would meet December 8 in a private hearing with Williams' lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and others involved."


Thursday, November 24, 2005

Arnie Visits Sacramento Food Bank
""It's a morale boost," Peter Berghius, Sacramento Food Director, said of Schwarzenegger's visit to the food bank's Oak Park facility. "Awareness of our programs is real important and we're honored the governor has chosen to visit this location."
Two years ago, First Lady Maria Shriver distributed turkey dinners at the same food bank. "


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Arnie - A Good China Trip
"In his six days here, Schwarzenegger has been mobbed by paparazzi, strolled the red carpet at the Shanghai premiere of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and was quizzed by adoring students at China's most elite university on his vision of the California dream.

Business leaders have gushed about the celebrity governor's ability to open doors in China's expanding global marketplace. Front page glamour shots of Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have been splashed across local English-language newspapers. And a competing trade mission headed by another Republican governor, Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty, has been all but eclipsed by Schwarzenegger's star wattage."


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Schwarzenegger & Chan's Anti-Piracy Video
"The public service announcement with Schwarzenegger and Chan, directed by "Terminator 3'' director Jonathan Mostow, cost an estimated $40,000 to produce and shows the two action stars on motorcycles, dodging speeding cars and crashes, as they discuss the costs and dangers of pirated products, from drugs and tools to clothing, luxury goods to DVDs.

"Let's terminate it!'' says Schwarzenegger of piracy at the close of the spot. "


Friday, November 18, 2005

Schwarzengger Reaches Consensus With Shanghai Leaders
" In his talks with Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng, Schwarzenegger said California and Shanghai have great potential in cooperation in the fields of economics, culture, energy and others. He called for joint efforts from both sides to promote cooperation.

Han said California has maintained close contact with Shanghai as well as China in various sectors. The visit of the business delegation led by Schwarzenegger will be conducive to the further development of the existing economic and trade ties, he added. "


Schwarzenegger Offers Rewards In Murder Cases
"Under the Governor's Reward program, 177 rewards have been offered since 1967 and 18 have been paid. The reward process is initiated when the Governor receives a written request from the chief of the law enforcement agency with investigatory jurisdiction over the matter. This request informs the Governor that (1) those responsible for the investigation have pursued all leads and believe, in their independent judgment, that a reward will help them in their efforts, (2) the crime is one for which a reward may be offered under California law, and (3) the victims' families support the reward. The Governor's legal affairs unit processes the request and ensures statutory compliance. The Governor makes the final determination regarding the request. "


Thursday, November 17, 2005

Schwarzenegger Attends Chinese "Harry Potter" Premier
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was set for a busy schedule Thursday that included a tour of a steel plant and a stroll down the red carpet at the Shanghai premiere of ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.''

Shanghai is the second city on Schwarzenegger's six-day trade mission promoting California products and business opportunities. He travels to Hong Kong later in the week"


Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jackie Chan
"The governor will co-star with fellow action hero, Jackie Chan, in a new buddy flick, or more precisely, a buddy promo, that's about to premiere on Chinese TV.

The 30-second public service announcement - which was shot before the Governator set out on his 12-day trade mission to China - promotes a cause that's near and dear to the erstwhile star's heart: stopping film and music piracy. "


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

How The Chinese View Arnold's Trip
"As for Californian products, China is a huge market, and California will push forward the cooperation and exchanges with China in farm products, biological technology, the entertainment industry and energy-saving.

Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made the remark in Beijing Tuesday at the China-US Californian Business Networking Dinner. Schwarzenegger, also a famous movie star, is paying his first visit to China after he was elected as governor.

California, whose gross product accounts for 13 percent of US gross domestic product, has the strongest economy of all American states.

California and China keep very close economic ties, and bilateral trade brings benefits to both sides, he said. "


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Schwarzenegger Soliciting Business In China
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the business portion of his China trade mission by focusing on renewable energy, praising a Silicon Valley-designed solar chip as part of "the future" of energy efficiency in China and at home.

Schwarzenegger's three-city trade mission began in earnest Tuesday morning. He delivered a speech a day after a more boisterous ceremonial event, where he and his wife, Maria Shriver, were mobbed by unruly photographers and fans."


Monday, November 14, 2005

Arnie Goes To China
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left for China on Sunday for a six-day mission to encourage Chinese officials to crack down on the piracy of copyrighted music, movies and software and to promote California products.

The trip also gives him a chance to revive his political image after the bruising defeat of his "year of reform" package in a special election last week. "


Saturday, November 12, 2005

Arnie On The Election
"“It’s always easy to look back. As a matter of fact, you know, if I would do another Terminator movie, I would have Terminator travel back in time to tell Arnold not to have a special election. ... I should have also listened to my wife, who said to me ‘Don’t do this.’ But anyway, the bottom line is we did it, the bottom line is that we didn’t win. See how I’m making this glass half-full? We didn’t win. We lost. The bottom line is that we’ve just got to go and now, look at the reality of this (and) shift gears, because in the end, remember I came up here for one reason, and this is to serve the people of California.”

Friday, November 11, 2005

Schwarzenegger Takes The Blame For The Failure
"The buck stops with me," he told reporters Thursday during a Capitol news conference, referring to the clean sweep against his proposals in Tuesday's special election. "I take full responsibility for this election. I take full responsibility for its failure."

Voters rejected each of the initiatives Schwarzenegger was pushing on the ballot. He sought to implement a state spending cap and give the governor authority to make midyear budget cuts, change the way legislative districts are drawn, lengthen the probationary period for teachers and restrict the ability of public employee unions to raise money for political campaigns."


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Arnie's Propositions Rejected
"California voters have rejected all eight measures that were on their ballots yesterday.
The last of them fell today when the final count showed that voters rejected an initiative requiring parents to be notified when minors seek abortions.

Four of the measures were supported by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Those would have lengthened the probationary period for teachers, turned over legislative redistricting to a panel of three retired judges, capped state spending, and restricted union campaign spending."


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Arnie Campaigns In Chico
"Hundreds stood outside in the drizzle awaiting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arrival Monday morning at the Cozy Diner on Mangrove Avenue.

Supporters and protestors of propositions from Tuesday’s special election stood side by side holding picket signs on the sidewalks in front of the diner.

Schwarzenegger's first stop of the day was in Chico. The governor is trying to get Californians to vote "yes" for certain propositions as part of the Join Arnold campaign in the last day before the special election."


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Schwarzengger At The End Of The Campaign
"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is circling California today, making a final pitch to voters to back the four measures he supports on tomorrow's special election ballot.

He is slated for seven events over 12 hours, beginning by greeting breakfast diners at the Cozy Diner in Chico, then retirees at the upscale Del Webb Sun City community in Roseville."


Monday, November 07, 2005

Schwarzenegger In Bakersfield
"The Governor's message rang through . . . vote YES on propositions 74, 75, 76, and 77 . . . over and over again. Surrounded by supporters and accompanied by the band U2, the governor repeated his request for Californians to "go to the poles with a smile in (on) your face and vote YES on proposition 74, YES on proposition 75, YES on proposition 76, YES on proposition 77. A mantra to be sure, but a powerful statement to the voters."


Sunday, November 06, 2005

Schwarzenegger Tours Torrance Helicopter Factory
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greeted hundreds of Robinson Helicopter workers in Torrance on Friday and urged them to back his package of four measures in Tuesday's special election.

After arriving 45 minutes late, Schwarzenegger was given a personal tour of the plant by founder Frank Robinson. With the news media following his every move, Schwarzenegger smiled and asked questions of some of the plant's 1,225 employees as they assembled helicopters for the world's largest helicopter manufacturer."


Arnie To Help Boost Ski Tourism
"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Travel and Tourism Commission and California’s ski destinations have teamed up for the first time to launch the California Snow Campaign aimed at boosting the ‘Golden State’s’ winter sports profile worldwide.

“California’s incredible natural beauty, great snow, sunny skies and world-class resorts make it one of the best places in the world to ski,” said Governor Arnie. “I welcome skiers, winter sports enthusiasts and people from across the world to come enjoy our 43,000 acres of premier ski areas, 34 outstanding resorts and experience the amazing hospitality that California has to offer.”"


Saturday, November 05, 2005

Schwarzenegger & The Propositions
"Proposition 74 extends the period of time teachers need to win permanent tenure, while Proposition 75 requires public service unions to obtain members' permission each year to use dues for political campaigns, a move that will hurt the Democratic Party which depends on the support of unions.

Proposition 76 caps the amount of money the debt-ridden state can spend each year and allow the governor to make mid-year budget cuts, while Proposition 77 would remove the Democrat-dominated state legislature's power to redraw political boundaries and give it to an appointed panel of three retired judges."


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Beatty Battles Arnie
"CALIFORNIA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Warren Beatty are starring in a bitter political slugfest.

Beatty has attacked Mr Schwarzenegger in an advertisement urging Californians to vote against reforms to go before the electorate in a special election.

"Don't give him more power," Beatty says in the one-minute advertisement he wrote."

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Arnie Visits San Luis Obispo
"In an effort to gain support for his four propositions, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a quick stop at a San Luis Obispo restaurant.

Schwarzenegger came by the Apple Farm on Tuesday, just two days before his town hall meeting in San Luis Obispo, and was greeted by supporters and those would like to see him defeated."


Schwarzenegger Visits Bakersfield Republican Headquarters
"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Bakersfield's Republican Headquarters, Tuesday, to gather support for next week's Special Election.
The Governor is also rallying up support around the state for his Special Election initiatives, after the latest field polls show he's losing support.

Volunteers at the Republican Headquarters on California Avenue are working around the clock, making phone calls in support of the governor’s initiatives. "


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Schwarzenegger In San Diego
"Schwarzenegger emerged quietly, without introduction, from the kitchen of Point Loma Seafoods on Sunday. For 45 minutes, he shook hands, handed out campaign booklets, signed autographs and posed for photos. There were no speeches, no loudspeakers and unlike many of his appearances no protests. "


Sunday, October 30, 2005

Arnie Takes His Message To Democrats, Independents
""He needs to convince Democrats and independents that his reforms are not politically motivated, that he's looking after their best interests," said Mark Baldassare, a pollster at the Public Policy Institute of California."


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Arnie's Ads Back On TV
"But Schwarzenegger decided to come back to the airwaves starting today in another ad that promotes his slate of four of the eight measures on the ballot. For a few days, images of Schwarzenegger appeared only in commercials by groups against the propositions — a well-financed labor alliance representing teachers, nurses, firefighters and other government workers. Schwarzenegger calls his opponents "union bosses."

Thursday, October 27, 2005

What's At Stake With The Special Election
"If Schwarzenegger loses the four measures he has been promoting, analysts say it will undo the populist mystique that gave him a special power during his first year in office. Gone will be the notion that the celebrity Republican governor has such natural appeal he can take his cause directly to the people when Democrats in the Legislature refuse to do his bidding.

The special election campaign and the months-long struggle that preceded it have already inflicted grave damage to Schwarzenegger's standing with the public. For the first time in his political career, he has had to contend with serious opposition, this time from unions that have spent millions on TV ads to drive down his popularity."


Schwarzenegger - No Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a group of Spanish-speaking voters he opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and defended his veto of a bill that would have granted driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. "


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Arnie To Visit China & Hong Kong
" California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong from Nov 14 to 19 to promote his state, officials of his press office said Tuesday.

He will market California agriculture, encourage tourism to California, discuss intellectual property rights and promote business investment in California, they said. Schwarzenegger, a household name in China, will start his trip in Beijing, where he will meet with government officials, speak at Tsinghua University and attend a Special Olympics event."


Schwarzenegger Takes Public Questions
"Arnold Schwarzenegger, who calls himself the "people's governor" of California, took questions on Monday from members of the public not chosen by his staff -- a relatively rare event in a highly scripted ballot measure campaign.

During a live television appearance, the former actor and bodybuilder smoothly fielded polite questions on four ballot measures in a special election he has called for November 8."


Sunday, October 23, 2005

Arnold Wants His Ads Pulled From TV
"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked television stations to pull ads that show the him urging voters to approve measures he supports in next month’s special election.

“The governor and his staff must believe that a close association of the measures with the governor does not help them succeed in November,” University of Southern California professor Elizabeth Garrett told KCBS reporter Janice Wright."


Saturday, October 22, 2005

Schwarzenegger Snubs Bush
"In a salute to Ronald Reagan, President Bush is helping dedicate a new Air Force One exhibit at the former president's library, but his appearance at a GOP fundraiser while he's here has upset some California Republicans.

Arnold Schwarzenegger became irked at Mr. Bush for making an appearance in order to raise money from the same Republicans the governor wants help from in a special election fight. So, in retaliation, Schwarzenegger is snubbing the president's biggest public appearance in the state. "


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Arnie Asks "What To Do With Surplus?"
"California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a state-wide election for November for the public’s help in deciding how an unexpected budget surplus will be handled. Several other "ballot initiatives" will be decided on, but the poll is seen less as a matter of issues than as a vehicle for "The Governator’s" political ambitions. The nickname stems from Schwarzenegger’s fame as The Terminator in the movie by the same name.

A positive response to four issues on the ballot is expected to encourage Schwarzenegger and his supporters to test the waters for his run on the United States presidency in the 2008 election."


Monday, October 17, 2005

Schwarzenegger's 2006 Agenda
"The Los Angeles Times said the Republican governor wants to focus on health insurance for children, homelessness and big building projects that have been the hallmark of some Democratic governors.

Schwarzenegger is also planning a more measured approach to changing the state's pension system for public employees. He halted a controversial pension overhaul last spring after enraging police and firefighters unions and Democratic legislators."


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Arnie & Farmers
"The governor demonstrated a keen interest in the issues affecting California farmers in his actions on key agriculture bills that reached his desk from the 2005 legislature. In the days before the Oct. 9 deadline to act on the legislation, Schwarzenegger showed that he does know what impacts laws approved in the statehouse will have on those living in the ranch house."


Friday, October 14, 2005

Kerry Criticizes Arnie
"Kerry was the second leading national politician this week to weigh in on California's Prop. 75 ballot initiative, which would require unions to get approval from members before using dues for political causes.

"This represents part of an ongoing effort by the Republican Party to create an unfair playing field, to change the balance of democracy in America," Kerry said."


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Arnie To Star In Terminator 4, True Lies 2
"Hollywood action man Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to juggle his role as California Governor with a return to the big screen - he has reportedly agreed to star in two big money sequels.

The actor-turned-politician has agreed to reteam with Oscar-winning director James Cameron in a fourth Terminator installment in addition to a sequel to True Lies, according to website"


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Schwarzenegger and John McCain
"McCain came to California yesterday to try to help sell Schwarzenegger's November ballot proposals to a skeptical public.

During appearances with the governor in Burbank and Oakland, McCain urged California voters to support the four initiatives backed by Schwarzenegger on the special election ballot. He depicted the measures as important steps to make government more accountable.

"I have campaigned for reform efforts all over the country," McCain said at the first event, at a Burbank hotel. "What happens in California has significant effect in states like mine that are nearby. It's just a reality."


Saturday, October 08, 2005

Schwarzenegger Signs Violent Video Games Bill
"California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law legislation that will restrict sales of violent video games to children under 18 years of age. The law goes into effect January 1, 2006.

Drafted by Assembly Speaker pro Tem Leland Yee of San Francisco, the bill, known as AB1179, makes it illegal to sell or rent video games that “depict serious injury to human beings in a manner that is especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel,” according to speaker Yee’s office. Retailers who violate the act can be hit for up to $1,000 in fines."


Friday, October 07, 2005

Conservative Commentary On Special Election
"The head start this has given Schwarzenegger's foes produced a series of polls indicating that most or all of the initiatives faced defeat, and that Schwarzenegger's own popularity had declined precipitously. Now that "Ah-nold" is wading into the fray himself, however, and some pro-initiative TV commercials are beginning to hit the airwaves, this picture is expected to change. Schwarzenegger has demonstrated an impressive ability to persuade the voters to support his initiatives, and there is no reason why this should suddenly evaporate. In addition, just to assure everybody that he is no lame duck, and expects to be around for quite a while, he has announced that he will run for re-election in 2006. "


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Propositions That Arnie Supports
"-- Teacher Tenure. Proposition 74 would increase the probationary period for state school teachers from two to five years. It would also make it easier to dismiss teachers who receive two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations. The California chapter of the powerful National Education Association teacher's union is fiercely opposed.

-- Spending Limits. Proposition 76 would amend the state constitution to limit spending to the previous year's level plus the average-revenue growth of the three previous years. If the state legislature does not pass the budget, then the existing budget's spending levels would continue. Under certain circumstances the governor could declare a fiscal state of emergency and amend the budget on his own.

-- Redistricting. Proposition 77 would amend the state constitution to strip redistricting power from the legislature and grant it to a non-partisan, three-member panel of retired judges. "

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Schwarzenegger Signs Anti-Paparazzi Law
"California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law tripling damages celebrities can win from paparazzi if they are assaulted during a shoot and denying the photographers profits from any pictures taken during an altercation.

The new law comes as Los Angeles authorities try to crack down on aggressive photographers following a series of altercations involving actresses Reese Witherspoon, Lindsay Lohan and Scarlett Johansson, among others. "


Arnie Says No To Same Sex Marriage
"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a widely expected move vetoed a bill on Thursday that would have allowed gay couples to marry.
The Republican governor had earlier this month indicated he would veto the bill passed by California's Democrat-led legislature. The bill was the first of its kind approved by a state legislature. "


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

From Schwarzenegger's Mexico Speech
"I believe the future holds unbelievable promise for us. I saw this promise when I met with a group of college students from California and México, participating in a college exchange program in Mexicali.

These students are learning together and someday will work together, making the California-México partnership even stronger and more dynamic.

I have great faith in what we can achieve whether it is trade, immigration, the environment, health care, education, disaster relief, and much more.

California and México share the same future. And we will raise prosperity and the quality of life in our region by embracing that future together. "


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger For Sale On Ebay
"Arnold Schwarzenegger has famously asserted that he cannot be bought by donors. On Tuesday, his critics begged to differ: They briefly put the governor up for sale on auction giant eBay.

The gag, one slightly tarnished Schwarzenegger, was placed up for bid by the California Nurses Association, a labor union that has been battling and belittling the Republican governor for months, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. By 4:19 p.m., eBay shut down the sale."


Monday, September 26, 2005

Schwarzenegger On Warren Beatty
"Beatty's harsh words have been a bit puzzling for Schwarzenegger. In an interview with The Associated Press last week, Schwarzenegger, a Republican, said he and Beatty had a "great relationship" despite their divergent political views. He also suggested his fellow actor was out of work and looking for attention.

"Because, you know, he can give a speech somewhere and if he doesn't mention my name and no one writes about it," Schwarzenegger said. "So...that's why he throws my name in because it becomes newsworthy and it becomes big and gets coverage."


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Arnie In Mexico
"Mexico is our Number One trading partner, and I am proud that we have increased trade with Mexico by 16 percent last year alone," Schwarzenegger said Saturday. "Our trade relationship supports as many as 200,000 California jobs and generates nearly $160 billion for our economy."

Schwarzenegger and Gov. Eugenio Elorduy pledged to maintain "a permanent working relationship," and the U.S. governor said he planned to return to Mexico to meet with President Vicente Fox."


Saturday, September 24, 2005

Schwarzenegger Meets Israeli Minister
"Shalom told Schwarzenegger that he would be happy to see California, who's economy is the fifth strongest in the world, to open an interests office in Israel, as 21 other American states have done. Schwarzenegger responded positively to the idea.

He told the foreign minister that the previous governor had closed all the state's offices around the world, but that he would reopen them, and that Israel would be one of the first countries in which offices would be established."


Friday, September 23, 2005

Schwarzenegger Seeks Hispanic Votes
"To shore up his standing, Schwarzenegger will travel Friday for his first official visit to the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California for meetings with Mexican leaders.

And his political campaign plans to spend more than $1 million in the coming weeks for ads on Spanish language television to promote his ballot measures on the upcoming Nov. 8 election."


Thursday, September 22, 2005

Arnie Readies For Battle
"Arnold Schwarzenegger -- tanned, tan suit, open-collared shirt, running shoes -- will run for re-election in 2006, but first, he says cheerfully, these next seven weeks will be "the rebuttal" to the ad assault from government employee unions. He wants voters to pass ballot measures to make teachers wait five rather than two years before achieving tenure, a lifetime job entitlement; to restrict the growth of government spending by giving governors greater latitude for cutting it; and to give a panel of retired judges power to draw legislative districts."


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Will Arnie Sign Violent Videogames Bill?
"Arnold Schwarzenegger is still debating whether or not to sign the controversial violent videogames bill into law. Now there's renewed pressure for him to veto the bill."

Arnold Confidence in Passing The Propositions
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed confidence Tuesday he can persuade voters to approve several "reform" measures in the special election he called for Nov. 8, although he acknowledged making mistakes in his effort, starting with a widely publicized comment last year calling nurses a special interest group whose "butts" he is always kicking."


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Arnie Says "No Soda In High Schools"
"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation on Thursday to ban sales of sodas in state high schools as part of an effort to stem teen obesity. "California is facing an obesity epidemic," said Schwarzenegger, a former Mr. Olympia and longtime health advocate. "Today we are taking some first steps in creating a healthy future for California." He signed the legislation at the start of a daylong summit on health and obesity in the California capital Sacramento. He said that one out of three children in California, the nation's most populous state, is obese..."


Monday, September 19, 2005

Arnold and Proposition 75
"Schwarzenegger faces a steep challenge. He must spend the next seven weeks convincing voters — especially Democrats and Independents, who have abandoned him in droves — that public employee union "bosses" are the real obstacles to meaningful reform. And he must somehow do this without stigmatizing rank and file workers."


Schwarzenegger To "Terminate" Childhood Obesity
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- aiming to "terminate" childhood obesity -- has signed into law three proposals to reduce the amount of so-called junk food available in the state's schools. The new laws: Restrict the sale of soft drinks in high schools, extending a prohibition already in place in the state's lower grades. Set nutritional standards for vending-machine snacks and other foods sold in schools. Set aside $18.2 million so that schools can serve more fruits and vegetables in meal programs..."


Sunday, September 18, 2005

Official Reelect Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor in 2006 Press Release

Today marks the official launch of the Re-elect Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 website at This website will chronicle Schwarzenegger’s reelection campaign from his historic announcement last Friday in San Diego to election day 2006 and beyond.

Schwarzenegger made history in 2003 when voters successfully recalled Gray Davis and elected Schwarzenegger Governor. Arnold has made major progress in terminating “business as usual” in California and reforming state government. However, much work needs to be done and Schwarzenegger is announcing his reelection bid now to let all the residents of California know that he’s not leaving the Governor’s office in Sacramento until the job is done.

The special interest groups that thrived pre-Arnie will do everything possible to thwart Schwarzenegger’s re-election. However, the people of California are too smart to be fooled. Californian voters don’t want to go back to the dark days of unresponsive government and a vote for Arnold equals a vote for continued California reform.

Http:// will be the top internet resource for information about Governor Arnold’s reelection drive. Make sure to bookmark this resource for the latest updates about the Schwarzenegger campaign. From San Diego to San Francisco, Los Angeles to Monterey, Anaheim to Fresno, Schwarzenegger is the people’s choice for California’s governor and the people will reelect Schwarzenegger in 2006.


Saturday, September 17, 2005

Arnie Runs Again
"You sent me to Sacramento to fix the broken problem. Let us work together so we can fix it," said Governor Schwarzenegger."


Schwarzenegger Announces He'll Seek Second Term As Governor

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, pledging to "finish the job" he started in the state's highest office, said Friday he would seek a second term in 2006 -- a promise his campaign hopes will boost funding and support for his embattled Nov. 8 special election ballot measures."


Saturday, September 18, 2004


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