FROM Fabian Nunez
Bipartisanship in Sacramento in an Election Year? California has a Republican Governor and Democrats controlling both the Assembly and Senate . For the last two years, that's meant a sort of continuing gridlock, but this year is different. The state budget was passed before the new fiscal year, which hasn't happened since 2000. A massive public works program was approved for November's ballot--on a bipartisan basis. In the next four weeks, it appears at least possible that the legislature will pass--and the Governor will sign--proposals on global warming, the minimum wage and lowering the prices of prescription drugs. So what about Schwarzenegger 's opponent in this year's re-election campaign. If bipartisanship is the rule in Sacramento, can Phil Angelides get a foothold? We hear from a major player and some political pros.
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