New in CW 09.14.06
|2006: The year of the odd alliance|
The cast of characters at Monday's press conference was unusual, to say the least. The participants represented each of the major factions in last year's special election: the drug companies, big-business Schwarzenegger allies and unions. But this time they were all on the same side. They all opposed Proposition 89, which would create publicly financed campaigns in California.
Ex-lawmakers join the lobbying ranks
As term limits force the early retirement of a growing number of legislators, many are starting to take up residence in the Third House, shifting from the role of lawmaker to lobbyist. All told, 35 ex-lawmakers are registered as full-time lobbyists in California, including 11 that have left office since 2000.