March 3 Open Thread


*  Sen. Ashburn was arrested on suspicion of DUI last night.

*  Elected officials received nearly $1 million in gifts, with the governor getting about 60% of that.

*  Timm Herdt wonders if the addition of John Perez will mean the Big 5 will be able to add some sunshine to the budget negotiations.

*  The new Speaker’s text messaging ban on the floor might be tough to enforce, but is probably good for appearances.

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  1. Some more details on the Ashburn thing.

    Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning… A male passenger, who was not identified as a lawmaker, was also in the car but was not detained.

    Incidentally, poking around google for a few minutes one quickly finds a lot of stuff about a rally Sen. Ashburn cohosted in in 2005 for the Traditional Values Coalition in support of a sort of proto-Prop 8 constitutional amendment which would have banned not only same-sex marriage but also domestic partnerships or any marriage-like benefits. Classy.

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