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Monday, February 23

Honeymoon Over  

It didn't take long for Arnold to run afoul of his fellow state officials. I'll try to find the polling data, but right now a similar fate awaits his bond measure at the polls on March 2:
The Republican governor ordered the state's Democratic attorney general, Bill Lockyer, 'to take immediate steps' to stop the marriages. Lockyer declined. 'The governor can direct the Highway Patrol. He can direct the next Terminator 4 movie if he chooses. But he can't direct the attorney general in the way he's attempted to do,' Lockyer told the San Francisco Chronicle. Lockyer, a likely challenger to a Schwarzenegger re-election bid in 2006, says he'll defend state law that restricts marriage to a man and a woman, but neither he nor the governor has the power to force the city to comply.
Did Arnold's legal people advise him that he could order the State AG around or did he just go off half-cocked? His attempt to order Lockyer came in the form of a letter, though I can't find it on his site.


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