Barbara Boxer -- The December 5 deadline
for candidates filing to run against her rapidly approaches,
and the GOP has yet to find a heavyweight for their ticket.
They're still courting Congressman David Dreier (the de facto
head of Schwarzenegger's transition), but that looks like
a no go, keeping Babs and her $5 million warchest in good
Howard Dean -- Dean snatched up two huge
public employee union endorsements this week -- SEIU and AFSCME
-- keeping the Dean juggernaut moving forward with incredible
speed. Couple that with the week rival John Kerry had, and
Dean soars upward.
Sunne Wright McPeak -- The former Contra
Costa county supervisor becomes the first Democrat nominated
to a cabinet post by Guv-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger. As Secretary
of Business, Transportation and Housing, she'll oversee Caltrans,
the California Highway Patrol, the California Housing Finance
Agency and the departments of Motor Vehicles, Alcoholic Beverage
Control, Corporations, Financial Institutions, Housing and
Community Development, Managed Health Care and Real Estate.
As a Democrat, she joins Arnold adviser Bonnie Reiss in helping
out his partisan balancing act.
The California Correctional Peace Officers Assn --
After getting kicked around pretty hard and becoming
the poster children for "special interests" during
the recall election cycle, the prison guard's union resurfaces
to show they do still have some clout -- as 20 lawmakers sign
up to spend three days in at the union's Maui conference,
which starts a week the legislature meets in special sesssion
to deal with budget and workers' compensation issues.
Governor Davis -- Movin' down, possibly
for the last time. His final week in office basically uneventful,
Davis will officially be replaced in the Guv's seat on Monday
by Guv-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's more than a lingering
John Kerry -- Is it possible to have a worse
week than this guy did? He kicked it off Sunday by firing
his campaign manager, Jim Jordan -- which was intended to
create a new (and, we suppose, better) dynamic within his
drooping presidential campaign. But calling his staff while
audibly eating dinner and mispronouncing the name of one of
his staffers while on the call just deepened the impression
that this guy is out of touch. On Monday, his press secretary,
Robert Gibbs, and deputy finance director, Carl Chitlow, walked.
He rode his Harley onto Leno's Tonight Show stage, wearing
a leather jacket, and fell flat. By Thursday, he was calling
the three departed staffers to apologize for telling a reporter
he'd be "better off" without them. Way to turn a
one-day story into a week's worth of bad news, John!
Mary Beth Cahill -- Tapped by John Kerry to replace
his ousted campaign manager, this former chief of staff to
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy and EMILY's List adviser has taken
on the messiest internal squabbling of the 2004 cycle, and
is charged with turning Kerry from a lead balloon into this
year's "Comeback Kid." Lots o' luck to you, Ms.
Bill Jones -- While his name was still floating around
as a possible candidate to unseat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer,
Jones was instead tapped by the Guv-elect to head up the CA
Resources Agency -- on the same day the current agency head
sent word that this department is about to go under due to
budget problems. Okay, sure, it's a challenge -- but is that
really the challenge Jones was hoping for?
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