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Imagine our surprise when we saw Dan Schnur, the new head watchdog at the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, listed as the headliner for a fundraiser for Sen. Joe Simitian. Never mind that Simitian is a registered Democrat and Schnur has made a living as one of the most quotable Republican operatives in the state. We understand that Schnur was leaving that partisan image behind as an academic at USC and now as campaign regulator in chief at the FPPC. But we were a bit confused as to why Schnur would agree to a $1,000-a-plate brunch to discuss the Schwarzenegger legacy and raise some dough for Palo Alto Joe. Apparently nobody was more surprised than Schnur himself, who says he never knew it was a fundraiser. Schnur and Simitian spoke about an event in Palo Alto to ruminate on seven years of Schwarzeneegger. Simitian failed to mention that the Oct. 31 gathering was a fundraiser. Schnur says he has since disinvited himself from the affair. Of course, if you really want to talk Schwarzenegger legacy, you can always attend Capitol Weekly/UC Center Election Post-Mortem on Nov. 4 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. The first panel will discuss the Schwarzenegger legacy in the context of this year’s ballot initiative wars. For details, call Tim Foster at 916.444.7665.

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