Democratic Asemblywoman Sally Lieber plans to introduce a ban on the spanking of children by parents. When the San Jose Mercury News broke the story, it got 86 pages of comments from readers. On Reporter's Notebook, in next year's presidential campaigns, will California matter for more than money?
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Governor Schwarzenegger says he got smacked around a lot as a kid. Now his native Austria bans corporal punishment. This week in the California Assembly, Democrat Sally Lieber of Mountain View says she'll introduce a bill to ban parents from spanking their children, punishable by a fine and up to a year in jail. The newspaper that broke the story got 86 pages of letters plus e-mails. Is it a popular idea or not?
For decades, California's June presidential primaries have done nothing more than ratify the decisions of other states. Next year could be different, if the legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger move the date up to February the 8. In the meantime, California is still the ATM where candidates come to withdraw campaign money--especially Democrats, as Dan Morain writes in the Los Angeles Times.