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Comment Re: Change the law (Score 1) 1429

getting two fiscal conservative governors in a row—Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger was nothing of the sort. On his first day he created a $4 billion deficit (in city and county budgets that the state backfilled). In 2004, he campaigned for Prop 57, which was $15B in bonds for operational costs, the interest on which was $1M a day for 11 years (another $4B). His administration, instead of "cut[ting] up the state's credit card," tripled the debt.

Comment Re:Yes please (Score 1) 304

there are a good number of things I can think of where a 72 hour waiting period might be inappropriate such as disaster relief

The author(s) of Prop 54 agree. From the text of the proposed law (section 3, part c; emphasis mine):

To give us, the people, and our representatives the necessary time to carefully evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the final version of a bill before a vote by imposing a 72-hour public notice period between the time that the final version is made available to the Legislature and the public, and the time that a vote is taken, except in cases of a true emergency declared by the Governor.

Wrong, a 2/3 vote is also needed: In section 4.2 of the prop, section 8.b.2 of Article IV adds "and the house considering the bill thereafter dispenses with the notice period for that bill by a separate rollcall vote entered in the journal, two thirds of the membership concurring, prior to the vote on the bill.

Comment Re:dont know (Score 3, Interesting) 254

Long story short, they owe him something which is closer to the original payment than to the extortionist amount he seeks.

Unless this can be shown to be a willful breach of contract and infringement of the photog's copyright. That can trigger punitive and/or larger fines (at least in the US, I think--not sure about German law).

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