Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 7, 2004 · Page 4
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 4

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, March 7, 2004
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A-4 - SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004 GOVERNMENT Schwarzenegger wages charm offensive to get his way By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press Writer , LOS ANGELES — Celebrity's perks — cigar butts, crumpled dinner napkins and spent tanks of aviation fuel — litter the pathway to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's victory as the self-styled savior of California's economy. Schwarzenegger not only wowed the voters as he barnstormed around California before his triumph at the polls Tuesday — he also brought his famously indulgent lifestyle to bear on the state's politicians, turning them into star-struck foot soldiers for his $15 billion budget bailout campaign. .• Long before Tuesday's votes were counted, Schwarzenegger, who favors costly Daniel Marshall cigars with personalized labels, made a point of torching up with legislators, tie made personal pilgrimages to Jheir offices, or invited them into his statehouse suite, known as the "horseshoe." Some had a private lunch or dinner with him, or jetted off in one of his private planes. "You walk in his house and he's got Maria Shriver and him and Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman there," said state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, recounting the January evening he spent at the Republican governor's gated Brentwood estate. For a Tijuana kid who started life in hand-me-downs, it was a memorable night. At one point .he said, "'Let's go out to the back and smoke a cigar.' And DeVito looks at me and says, 'Can I come, too?' I'm like, 'You're Danny DeVito, come on! It was great,'" Nunez said. In Sacramento, home of California's Jong-detested Legislature, many lawmakers now have similar Hollywood encounters to marvel about, helping build a vast reserve of political capital and confidence for the world's most famous 'Even though he's probably the most well-known person in the world today, if he was sitting here one-on-one with you, he would make you feel like you were the most important person in the world, That's a huge skill,' JIM BRULTE, Senate Republican leader governor. Schwarzenegger's next move will be to use the same formula — star power plus a threat to go straight to the voters with his own solution in November — to tackle the runaway cost of providing health care for injured workers. Already, he and top lawmakers are closing in on a compromise for workers' compensation reform, an issue that has long been the subject of partisan fights. "There's no question the governor's political strength and power fosters bipartisanship because that's how he uses his power, instead of going out and crushing anyone," said Rob Stutzman, Schwarzenegger's communications director. While Schwarzenegger credited voters Tuesday for passing Proposition 57, his $15 billion plan to restructure the state's deficit, he didn't mention his relentless efforts to befriend and unite famously quarrelsome members of both parties, quiet work that went on beyond the view of the TV cameras that patrol his tightly scripted public events. Before he came into office, many lawmakers expected Schwarzeneg- ger to be at best a caricature of his bodybuilding and movie roles, or at worst a pampered prima donna. But in the day-to-day work of government, his charismatic personality and appetite for Armani suits, expensive cigars and gas-swilling Hummers has left legislators by turns awed, cajoled, confounded. "Just his presence — you see people are moved by him," said the Assembly Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, who has twice been a guest on one of the private jets Schwarzenegger uses to get around the state. With his personality and stature, McCarthy said, Schwarzenegger is "using the bully pulpit ... to move issues and move debate, making it a stronger governor's office. And he does that with building relationships." "When Hollywood meets politics, it can be electric," said Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, a former Democratic governor who has socialized with Schwarzenegger in Sacramento. "He is an exciting per- See GOVERNOR, Page A-5 GOP moderates may back modest tax cuts Associated Press , WASHINGTON — Congressional Republican leaders hope to avoid an insurrection from their own Senate moderates over a drive to win a fresh round of major tax cuts. Moderate GOP senators forced President Bush to halve his tax cut package last year and have little enthusiasm for broad new reductions now as e Senate opens debate onday on a $2.36 trillion iudget. Their distaste is amplified £ow by record federal deficits Jjhat are swelling, by the Scarcity of money for veterans Jind other programs, and by elections looming in November. g "The long-term budget out- Jook is far worse than our 10^ear, $5.5 trillion forecast" of Deficits suggests, due to soar- fiig costs for benefits like Jvfedicare, the investment J^ank Goldman, Sachs & Co. rfaid Friday in the latest warning from private experts. 5 Even so, many tax cuts Associated Press ABC's "This Week" — Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz.; Matthew Dowd, campaign strategist for President Bush; Tad Devine, senior adviser to Democratic candidate John Kerry. CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla.; Govs. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., and Ed Rendell, D-Pa. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. CNN's "Late Edition" — L. Paul Bremer, U.S. administrator in Iraq; Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R- Texas, and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former Democratic candidate. "Fox News Sunday' Bremer. charted by the Senate's GOP- written fiscal blueprint may win enough support from moderates to survive in the narrowly divided chamber.- - • That is because the Senate budget shrinks the far larger . tax reduction Bush wants, underlining the pressure party leaders feel to win campaign- season unity. In addition, the tax cuts that remain are widely popular, and moderates could say the budget deals with t their deficit worries because it shows a gradual reduction of red ink, although the shortfalls would remain huge. In one indicator, Sen. Ukiah Fitness Center & Tanning Salon OPEN HOUSE March 20, 2004 9:00am-5:00pm Offering: Fitness Evaluation by Gael Blanchard Certified Personal Trainer Sample Massages by Ruth Strader and Jani Creel-Tollow Supplements by Europa, Nathan Kircher Sports Drinks and Supplements by NorCal Tanning Products by Tan America, Amy Ross Nutrition Information by Sharon Bortz Jazzercise by Adrienne Thompson Water by Alhambra Samples + Handouts + Raffles Em Come enjoy the fun and see all the new improvements. *Try us out for one full week FREE. March 20 th - 26th ^Sample our Tanning Beds, one FREE Tanning Session, Look for future ads for your Free Pass on 3/17/04 & 3/19/04 Passes are also available at Ukiah Fitness Center for first time users only and for the week of March 20 - 26, 2004. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, seemed to be leaning toward supporting the Senate plan. He is a leader of moderates who last year compelled Bush to accept less than half the $726 billion in 10-year tax reductions he wanted. "The senator believes this year's modest budget is an appropriate response to our current deficit situation," said spokesman Scott Milburn. The spokesman said Voinovich would look at the budget's tax cuts to make sure they would help Ohio's lagging economic recovery. That's not to say GOP leaders will find it easy to pass the budget. Democrats are sure to try to change it by proposing smaller tax cuts and more spending and deficit reduction. Republicans have a 51-48 Senate majority, with a Democratic-leaning indepen- See, TAX, Page A-5 > Sunday-Saturday March 14trr20th 1 Day Coupon: St Mncks Day on Wed, March 17 UKIAH * 728 Sa State Street 462-0750 Money Really £ jj Holding Out jbr a Higher Yield? Investment Mm W ith RCU's two federally insured limited edition investment accounts, you can take advantage of rising interest rates. We've removed the investment guesswork - creating simple, useful options for maximizing your yields. 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