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Gay marriage nixed, Cruz gets dissed, Kissinger still in the mix

Thursday, October 5
An appeals court Thursday upheld the state’s ban on gay marriage, reports
the Chron’s Bob Egelko. “The 2-1 decision reversed a lower-court ruling in
favor of plaintiffs who were among the thousands of gays and lesbians who
married at San Francisco City Hall in 2004. It cleared the way for both
sides to argue their case before the state Supreme Court, which will have
the final say on whether the courts can give same-sex couples the right to
marry.”

Friday, October 6
Consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield dropped a small bomb in the insurance
commissioner’s race, endorsing Republican Steve Poizner over Democrat Cruz
Bustamante
. In a statement, Rosenfield said, “I believe Steve Poizner is the
best candidate for Insurance Commissioner this November for three reasons.
First, he has made a commitment to the public to fully and properly enforce
Proposition 103. Second, he has promised to stop unfair insurance practices
such as canceling or surcharging consumers just because they file a
legitimate claim. And third, Mr. Poizner has refused to accept insurance
industry campaign contributions and has pledged not to take industry money
while commissioner; that means that he will be able to make decisions based
on his view of what is best for Californians–not what is best for the
insurance industry.”

Saturday, October 7
Antonio Villaraigosa is in China, reports L.A. Observed. “City Hall beat
reporter Duke Helfand is on the mayor’s trade trip to China and blogging
about it for the Times website. In the first post we learn that Villaraigosa
flew in business class, is staying at the St. Regis in Beijing and that he
barked at aides when the luggage didn’t arrive on time at the hotel.”

That might explain the crazy fist-clenched photo of Villaraigosa that ran on
the Times Web site shortly after the mayor’s meeting with Henry Kissinger.

Go figure that one out


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