Capitol Trivia

Capitol Trivia tests the memories of the seasoned Capitol hands and offers
newbies a chance to learn something about the dark underbelly of California
political history.

1. Which senator, not known for his sartorial splendor, wore plaid sport
coats, plaid pants, 5-inch-wide ties and always voted the party line?
2. Which lobbyist plucked a derelict off the streets of Los Angeles,
cleaned him up and ran him for an Assembly seat–which he won?
3. What was the name of the aforementioned lobbyist’s ventriloquist dummy?
4. What happened in the state Capitol at 9 p.m. on the night of August 31, 1988?
5. Who told fellow politicians that he could draw up a redistricting plan
where they would be “as safe as in your mothers’ arms?”
6. Who was once described as “the felonious fink?”
7. What was “the death March”?

1. Herschel Rosenthal of Los Angeles. 2. Artie Samish 3. Mr. Legislature
4. A dozen FBI agents with search warrants searched the offices of several
lawmakers and staff members, culminating in an undercover corruption probe.
“I knew they were FBI agents. They wearing hats,” said one Assembly aide who
saw the agents in the elevator. 5. Phil Burton 6. Former Sen. Alan Robbins
7. The final two-weeks of marathon hearings in 1996 of the conference
committee, headed by Democrat Steve Peace and Republican Jim Brulte, that
wrote California’s disastrous electricity-deregulation law.

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