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Deja Vu?

August 4th, 2004 Posted in Politics

From this month’s Kiplinger California Letter:

The new Republican governor is getting credit for compromising with a Democratic legislature. Some conservatives are miffed that he hasn’t cut government spending enough in his new budget, but they like the way he uses his personal charm to get what he wants.

His stature is growing as a national figure, adept at fund-raising. The actor-turned-politician relies on advice from business, supporting efforts to close loopholes in a troubled workers’ comp system, fighting minimum wage increases and combating the growth in taxes.

That comes from our 1967 Kiplinger California Letter archives, documenting Ronald Reagan’s first year after his election as governor. What seems new, often isn’t, especially in Calif. politics.

Incredible, isn’t it?

Anyways, this week has seen a serious influx of new music. Turns out The Pillows released an album and an EP while I wasn’t watching. In case you’ve never heard of them, they are a kickass Japanese rock band who did the soundtrack for the greatest anime of all time, FLCL. I finally picked up the Moving Units EP, I got the Madvillain record, and after seeing Sufjan Stevens on Saturday and thinking he was great, I also grabbed Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State. Plus I finally found the eagerly anticipated Black Keys album online; it’s a little different from the last two but still fantastic. They are coming in September, and if you miss them you are pretty much an idiot.

In the world of Rok, Tuesday was the advent of 5 character slots and double drop week! Yay for my new Hocus Sage! Now what to name him…

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