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Corrigan benched, Anderson alarmed, and Davis out to pasture

Thursday, Dec. 8
The media was abuzz after the unveiling of the official Gray Davis
gubernatorial portrait at the Capitol.. But overlooked in the hoopla was the
portrait itself which captured something about the essence of Davis. The
former governor was pictured in trademark blue shirt and red tie, even
though the portrait places him at the beach. As the LA Times reported “Davis
was his old self: He delivered a campaign speech a little too long, touching
on bond measures and bills passed long ago. He thanked many people — even
those who meant to come but didn’t — not stopping until he thanked the four
guys who hung his portrait on the 3rd-floor landing near paintings of former
governors Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown.”

Just a little abuse for old time’s sake.

Meanwhile, The California Republican Assembly officially called on the
California Republican Party to reconsider it’s endorsement of Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Apparently, the “state’s oldest Republican volunteer
organization” was confused and meant to endorse an Australian, not an
Austrian, for next year’s election.

Friday, Dec. 9
Gov. Schwarzenegger bucked conservatives yet again, and appointed Carol
Corrigan to fill the vacancy left by Janice Rogers Brown on the state
Supreme Court. In making the selection, Schwarzenegger passed over
Republican Vance Raye, and avoided a likely confirmation fight in the
process.

The governor also shook up his cabinet late Friday, as expected, moving
Terry Tamminen aside and replacing him with moderate Republican Fred Aguiar,
who had been the Secretary of State and Consumer Services. The governor also
added another deputy chief of staff, Dan Dunmoyer, to help out in the policy
shop. The marginalizing of Tamminen may help ease criticism from some
conservatives, as will the elevation of Dunmoyer, who was working for the
insurance industry before joining the administration.

Monday, Dec. 12
Matier and Ross report on the harrowing tale of Capitol lobbyist Darius
Anderson
, almost caught in the crossfire when federal air marshals shot a
man on an American Airlines plane in Miami. Anderson was on his way back
from his annual sojourn to Cuba, which included Assembly Speaker Fabian
Nu


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