Push comes to shove: California's Schwarzenegger Calls Vote on Initiatives.
Dan Weintraub sums up the competition's attack strategy:
With the governor poised to call a special election Monday for Nov. 8, the California Teachers Assn. has voted to levy a surcharge on members to raise $50 million to fight his policies. And the prison guards are voting on a plan to raise $18 million from their members through 2006. It's becoming more apparent every day that The Issue in the fall election will be Arnold Schwarzenegger versus the public employee unions.
Getting our her checkbook (hopefully for the last time), CTA President Barbara Kerr says:
The governor is wasting taxpayer money to hold an election that nobody wants and to push an agenda that will hurt our public schools, kids and local communities...and the plan announced by his advisers to use the election to create a 'phenomenon of anger' against teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public employees breaks his promise to unite our state for the public good.
Further from the New York Times:
One wild card in the equation is what other measures might qualify to appear on the November ballot as well. The secretary of state's office said two measures in addition to those backed by Mr. Schwarzenegger had already qualified. One would require parental permission for girls under 17 to receive an abortion. The other would bar public employee labor unions from using dues or fees for political contributions unless members provide written consent.
At least three other measures are being reviewed by the secretary of state's office and might qualify before the June 30 deadline. Nathan Barankin, a spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who must approve the final wording of ballot measures, said a record-breaking 86 initiatives had been proposed in 2005. Of those, 76 are "in the pipeline" and could qualify for a future vote.
A short list of the major Initiatives: Measures Expected on Calif. Special Ballot.
Let the spending begin...