Dan Chmielewski

And Ackerman fires back…

July 25, 2007 The Honorable Don Perata Senate President pro Tempore State Capitol, Room 205 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Senator Perata: I just received your letter regarding tomorrow’s budget vote. To be clear, there was no agreement as to how we were going to proceed regarding the proposed budget. Your written letter does not follow…

Put Up or Shut Up Time in the Senate

Here’s a copy of a letter sent by Senate majority leader Perata to Senator Dick Ackerman.  Perata knows the cuts proposed by the GOP minority are not as deep as Senator Tom McClintock would like; since McClintock hasn’t voted for a budget since he was an assemblyman, I have no idea how Ackerman can make…

Flash: Pot calls Kettle Black

Last week, Jon Fleischman had no trouble calling assembly and senate Democrats “whores.”  Flattering visual, isn’t it? Today, he posts a story from Republican Senator Dave Cox, over Nunez aide Steve Maviglio’s comments to the San Francisco Chron that “we (Democrats) don’t negotiate with terrorists.” Cox is upset by the remark.

The Obstructionists in Irvine, Sacramento and Washington

Republicans thump their chests constantly as the party of freedom when they really should lay claim to the party of obstruction.  In Irvine, the Great Park Design Contract was finally approved by a 3-2 vote with obstructionists Christina Shea and Steven Choi voting no.  My kids, my friends and neighbors are all looking forward to…

Senate Republicans Proposed Budget Summed Up: Screw the Poor

Today’s LA Times and OC Register have stories on the Republican budget proposal.  Ackerman’s plan effectively cuts the budget at the expense of children on welfare who have parents that don’t comply with work requirements.  It also eliminates programs Republicans have detested for years (the elimination of the Labor Institute which educates labor leaders; you know…