Special Election Not Necessarily a Slam Dunk for Governor

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 13, 2005

Governor Schwarzenegger’s had significant successes with voters but there is work ahead to convince the public on his plans to change government.  Schwarzenegger is pushing three initiatives, including a budget spending cap and changing the way legislative districts are drawn.

 Sacramento State University Public Policy and Administration Professor Bob Waste says an election is risky for a Governor who may be running for a second term.

“I don’t think there are going to be any winners. I think in November people are going to be so tired of either side the thing that’s going to bring them out in November will be the ‘sideshow’ issues.”

 Waste is referring to controversial measures that have also qualified for the ballot including one that would require parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion.

The Governor’s supporters say his campaigning abilities will bring about the public approval for his complex agenda.