The Skinny

Et vous, Bruce McPherson? We know that a lot of people are calling the
election for Arnold Schwarzenegger in September, but now it looks like the
SOS is as well. On the department’s live Web site this week, there were mock
results for the November election: 4.17 million votes for Schwarzenegger,
3.57 million for Phil Angelides. Apparently word got out, because, by
Wednesday, the results had been wiped clean, with this disclaimer: “The
results on these web pages are randomly generated to test and ensure the
website is functioning properly. These numbers in no way represent projected
outcomes in any contest.” A likely story. … Speaking of the secretary of
state, imagine our surprise when we were combing through the campaign
filings and found a blast from the past among Debra Bowen‘s campaign donors.
Arun Baheti gave Bowen $100. We’re not sure if it’s a joke or not. Baheti
was Gray Davis’ chief technology adviser, who resigned after admitting to
accepting a $25,000 check for the governor’s campaign from Oracle in the
midst of contract negotiations. The weirdest thing about Baheti’s donation
was that his old job title was still listed in Bowen’s campaign report. …
Does Jerome Horton have another job lined up? Published rumors indicate the
termed-out assemblyman may be appointed city manager in Inglewood.

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