** AS REPORTED HERE FOUR DAYS AGO, $23 MILLION EXTRA FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS INCLUDING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT KIDS HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM CALIFORNIA’S BUDGET. This removed the biggest stumbling block to today’s resolution of the budget.
** THE CLEAN MONEY INITIATIVE SPONSORED BY THE CALIFORNIA NURSES ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN CERTIFIED FOR CALIFORNIA’S NOVEMBER BALLOT. The measure would provide public financing through a slight increase in the corporate tax rate, establish very strict contribution limits (including on so-called independent expenditure campaigns), ban fundraising from lobbyists, strengthen public disclosure requirements, and remove those who cheat the system from office, among a variety of provisions. It will be one of several very interesting initiatives on a very important November election ballot.
** POOCH’S HUMAN EVENT. Republican Chuck Poochigian‘s campaign for state attorney general is sending this column around today. Written by John Gizzi, political editor of the conservative magazine Human Events, it was featured by our Republican friends at the Flash Report this AM. I thought that it seemed very familiar, however. And so it is.
For the June 26th column, which blasts former Governor Jerry Brown as a radical whacko, is essentially the same column published on May 8th, which blasts former Governor Jerry Brown as a radical whacko. The only significant difference is that the May 8th column refers to the presence of Poochigian strategist Ken Khachigian at lunch with the columnist and other Human Events writers discussing former Governor Jerry Brown and his radical whacko past.
I thought recycling was a lefty thing.
** COAST GUARDING. A few days after addressing the American Legion convention, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Angelides has again launched his “Coast Guard” plan, which he released during his primary contest with Steve Westly. It looks pretty familiar, more funding for the Coastal Commission and marine protection (not Marine protection), a stringent eye on existing oil leases offshore. I’ll link to it again when I’m not on the blackberry. The new element appears to be its rhetorical linkage of Arnold Schwarzenegger to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Republican Congressman Richard Pombo, who wants to open up offshore drilling. Schwarzenegger is against that, of course, but he is a Republican.
UPDATE: And just like that, a release has arrived from Team Arnold, detailing the Democratic candidate’s history of accepting big contributions from developers in a sensitive coastal zone, and of Schwarzenegger’s thanks from the Sierra Club for opposing Pombo’s coastal moves, his increase of funding for the Coastal Commission, etc.
UPDATE: Now momentarily off the blackberry, here is a link to the treasurer’s Coast Guard plan.
** A PUFF OF WHITE SMOKE OVER THE CAPITOL DOME? The “Fab Four” legislative leaders of both parties in both houses have reached agreement on California’s state budget. No further details are currently available, other than a vote prior to the July 1st constitutional deadline.
** Out and about checking in via blackberry, the governor will call for a special legislative session to deal with the prison crisis. As it has bipartisan origins, he will call for bipartisan solutions.
UPDATE: I will have a full report on the politics and policy of this in tomorrow morning’s column.
** Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will discuss crime and California’s prison crisis in an address this morning to the California District Attorneys Association in Newport Beach. The address, at 11 AM, will be carried live here via webcast.