FROM Susan Kennedy
The Dismal State of the State Susan Kennedy is a long-time Democrat who worked for US Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Governor Gray Davis. She created a stir in Sacramento when she signed on as Chief of Staff to Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her official biography says she "played a key role" in developing a "visionary bipartisan brand of politics." She updates us on efforts to balance the budget and solve California's growing financial crisis.
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