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Thursday, June 17, 2004
Gov. Arnold 6
Tomohiro 3


Score another one for the Gov'ner. He's squeezing the Indian tribes for some of that filthy gaming lucre. I've come around to his side on this issue. It's a regressive tax. I mean what kind of imbecile plays slots. Learn a card game for Christ's sake. Or legalize pot and prostitution and give these old coots some kind of real mental and physical stimulation. But if the slow and infirm insist on throwing away their disability or social security checks on garishly decorated random-number generators, the state ought to recoup some of the loss. We're just going to dole it back out at the beginning of next month.

But in the larger scheme of things, another point to the Governor. A recap of the scoring:

8/27/03 1977 Oui interview surfaces exposing Candidate Schwarzeneggar Tomohiroic agenda: hash, group sex, and feeling the burn (Tomo 1, Gov 0)
10/2/03 Grope-Gate (Tomo 2, Gov 0)
10/8/03 Davis recalled, Schwarzeneggar elected. (Gov 2, Tomo 2)
5/11/04 UC/CSU Compact raises state college fees but stabilizes funding (Gov 3, Tomo 2 -- but this may end up being a point - perhaps several - for my side)
5/19/04 Gov withdraws nomination of sleazy backer Edward Heidig to Office of Administrative Law (often described as an obscure but powerful state agency.) (Gov 3, Tomo 3)
5/22/04 State credit-rating upgraded (Gov 4, Tomo 3)
5/26/04 Gov replaces 3 Democratic Coastal Commission board members with Republicans supporters, but appointees receive positive remarks from Sierra Club (Gov 5, Tomo 3)
6/17/04 Governor gets state cut on hot slot action (Gov 6, Tomo 3)

So the Gov's out in front, but we're still in the first quarter. (Is Arnold governor for the next 6 years? Or just through the end of Davis's elected term? Which I guess would be very close to 6 years.)

Let's see how he handles prescription drug pressure, energy blackouts, sticker-shocked UC parents, and, of course, the big one.