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When the Assembly Republicn Caucus met with Gov. Schwarzenegger Tuesday to talk budget, the 32 Republican Assemblymembers were all wearing name tags. The message was clear: members feel the governor has not done enough to engage individual members on their priorities. The idea was thought up by Assemblyman Joel Anderson. “It is true, there are members of our caucus who had never met with him,” Anderson said. “It was tongue in cheek. He has a great sense of humor.” As to whether there was progress on the budget, Anderson was a bit less specific. The newly-published interview in a German magazine with the governor blasting aforementioned California Republicans couldn’t have helped much, either…Scoring a meeting with the governor’s chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, is always seen as a way to grab the attention of the woman with the governor’s ear. But when lobbyists or other stakeholders get one of those prized meetings, the question goes out: Are you meeting with Susan or Virtual Susan? Virtual Susan is a large screen hooked up to a video conferencing link in Kennedy’s office. Kennedy, who lives in Marin, often telecommutes on Fridays, but that doesn’t stop her from having face-to-face, or face-to-screen meetings…And as we were going through our political reading for the week, we stumbled upon Maxim Magazine’s list of “The World´s Hottest Politicians.” Coming in at No. 4 was a familiar face –
Nicole Parra. Sure, she finished two spots behind Sarah Palin, but the mag has some, er, nice things to say. “Nicole has the looks to mask her ferocious bite. She recently gave her party the ol´ eff you after refusing to vote for a Democratic budget bill that screwed her hometown out of a better water supply. Her punishment? The assembly speaker has now moved her office out of the Capitol building. (If you need a desk, Nikki, we have one for you!)”

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