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  • 1A: 76.9-23.1
    1B: 61.3-38.7
    1C: 57.4-42.6
    1D: 56.6-43.4
    1E: 64-36
    83: 70.6-29.4
    84: 53.7-46.3
    85: 45.9-54.1
    86: 48-52
    87: 45.2-54.8
    88: 23-77
    89: 25.5-74.5
    90: 47.6-52.4

    U.S. Sen.
    Feinstein 59.7
    Mountjoy 34.9
    Schwarzenegger 55.8
    Angelides 39.2
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 49.5
    McClintock 44.9
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 56.7
    Poochigian 37.9
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 48.5
    McPherson 44.7
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

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    Angelides 48.2
    Westly 43.1
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 42.9
    Speier 39.3
    Figueroa 17.8
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 63.2
    Delgadillo 36.8
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 61.1
    Ortiz 38.9
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    Democratic primary
    Chiang 53.4
    Dunn 46.6
    Republican primary
    Strickland 40.9
    Maldonado 36.9
    Insur. Comm.
    Bustamante 70.5
    Kraft 29.5
    Supt. of Schools
    O'Connell 52.5, avoids run-off

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    73: 47.4-52.6
    74: 45-55
    75: 46.6-53.4
    76: 38-62
    77: 40.5-59.5
    78: 41.5-58.5
    79: 38.9-61.1
    80: 34.3-65.7

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    Thursday, October 20, 2005

    Oh Ohio

    The state of Ohio has been making a comeback in terms of California political news. First, there is the battle between Prop 78 and Prop 79.

    The folks behind 78 (pharmaceutical companies) are claiming that the drug discount program in Ohio (which 78 is modeled after) provides deeper discounts than the program in Maine (which 79 is modeled after). There have been a spat of e-mails, press releases and vitriol on the subject.

    Now this week, President Bush is coming to town, hat in hand, raising money. But some close to Arnold Schwarzenegger are saying that he is not being loyal to a governor who stuck his neck out to campaign for the president in Ohio, almost a year ago. From George Skelton's column:

    "A little respect and courtesy for what Schwarzenegger is doing out here would be appreciated,' says a gubernatorial aide. Or, to put it another way: a little appreciation for what Schwarzenegger did for the president in Ohio, which included alienating California Democrats and turning himself into a full-fledged partisan."

    And then there is redistricting. In Ohio, the out of power party--which is Democrats, not Republicans--are pushing for redistricting reform. Issue 4 (Ohio's reform) and Prop 77 (California's) have been crossendorsed--trying to lend a nonpartisan feel across both states.

    In a statement yesterday Gov. Schwarzenegger said:

    “One of the most important ways Americans can reform our election system is to work in a bipartisan fashion to change how we draw electoral districts. That is why I am campaigning so strongly for Proposition 77, a measure to let a bipartisan panel of independent retired judges draw election districts in California. I support similar efforts around the country designed to take the power to draw districts away from the politicians and give it back to the people.

    “State Issue 4 on the ballot this year in Ohio would change the way Ohio draws election districts. State Issue 4 is far from perfect and has several shortcomings, but the perfect cannot be the enemy of the good and State Issue 4 remains a step forward toward more competitive election districts. For that reason, State Issue 4 has my endorsement.”

    We knew Ohio was a battleground state in 2004, but who would have predicted it would be a battleground in the California special election?

    Comments on "Oh Ohio"


    Anonymous Drew said ... (11:04 AM) : 

    There are a lot of differences between Ohio's issue 4 and Schwarzenegger's Proposition 77. The governor and his friends can try to compare them all they want - they're simply not the same thing.

    The same is true of the Ohio plan V. The Maine plan when it comes to prescription drugs. The Maine plan, universally lauded by healthcare activists, is tied up in the courts because the big drug companies know it will get real discounts for Mainers. The Ohio plan, they don't really mind. Why? Because like Prop 78, it doesn't really require them to do anything... Prop 79 means REAL prescription drug benefits for more Californians.


    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:14 PM) : 

    So what you are advocating is to pass Prop. 79 which will likely end up tied up in courts instead of passing Prop. 78, which could go into effect immediately and provide people with prescription drug discounts?

    I'd rather see something implemented than nothing, especially since I think Prop. 78 has a lot going for it. It is simple, gets the discounts to people who needs them, and doesn't open the door to needless lawsuits.


    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:18 AM) : 

    Won't 78 also be cheaper for the people that actually need coverage? Won't the discounts reach almost 40% with 78?


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