California Governor Schwarzenegger to Join Senator John McCain for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Discussion

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From the press release:

9 AM: Governor Schwarzenegger To Join Senator McCain for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Discussion

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Governor Schwarzenegger will join Senator and Republican Presidential Presumptive Nominee John McCain and other national leaders in national energy alternatives for a discussion on energy efficiency and conservation.

The following panelists will be joining Governor Schwarzenegger and Senator McCain for this event:

  • James Woolsey, former CIA Director
  • Mike Feeney, Executive Director of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
  • Matt Tirrell, University of California at Santa Barbara Professor and Founder of the Institute of Energy Efficiency

Flap will try to make it out to the event in the morning.

Update:

Flap has been credentialed and will make the trip to Santa Barbara tomorrow morning. The conference/discussion will begin at 9 AM PDT.

Flap will LIVE Twitter the event and of course take plenty of photos. Follow Flap on Twitter (also on the right sidebar of FlapsBlog) and watch his Flickr Photostream.


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John McCain in California Today

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McCain in Miami

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gives a thumbs up as he drinks a coffee at Cafe Versailles on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Miami.

Senator John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for President has a one day swing through California which began last night with a fundraising event in Orange County.

Today there are stops planned in Union City and Stockton in Northern California.

While in the Bay area, McCain will attend a fundraising luncheon sponsored by ex-e-Bay CEO, Meg Whitman, a former Mitt Romney national fundriaisng chairwoman and aspiring 2012 California Governor candidate.

As McCain moves on to Stockton, he picks up the campaign dollars by attending an event at the home of GOP donor Alex Spanos.

McCain arrives in California today a definite underdog to presumptive Democrat nominee Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The latest PPIC poll (page 10 here) has :

If the general election were held today, likely voters would favor Obama over McCain by 17 points (54% to 37%), an improvement for Obama since March (49% to 40%). Likely voters favor Clinton over McCain by 12 points (51% to 39%), an improvement for her also since March (46% to 43%).

Flap has seen little excitement among California conservatives for the McCain campaign. McCain is a buddy of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who has mismanaged California’s budget, is proposing a disfavored lottery redistribution plan/tax increase and has talked about rebranding the GOP.

Team McCain will come to California to raise the big bucks from the high tech companies and defense contractors who have an interest in preserving good relations with the GOP in the federal government. But, don’t look for McCain to put ANY effort into winning California in the fall. California is a blue state and will not be in play for McCain.


McCain and Schwarzenegger Host California CEO’s

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From the press release:

Team Cal
For Planning Purposes Only:
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Contact: Julie Soderlund
916-806-1409

Updated: Governor Schwarzenegger To Join Senator McCain and California CEOs For Global Competitiveness Roundtable

Note: Updated phone number for McCain campaign press contact

Thursday, May 22

10:30 a.m. Governor Schwarzenegger To Join Senator McCain and California CEOs for Global Competitiveness Roundtable
Finelite
30500 Whipple Road
Union City, CA.

Governor Schwarzenegger will join Senator and Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain and CEOs of innovative California-based companies for a roundtable discussion on global competitiveness hosted by Meg Whitman, former president & CEO of eBay and John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems.

During the roundtable, panelists will discuss the importance of supporting and promoting innovation and address the steps that need to be taken to keep America leading the globe in innovation.

The following CEOs will be joining Governor Schwarzenegger, Senator McCain, Meg Whitman and John Chambers for this event:

  • Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream
  • Conrad Burke, President and CEO, Innovalight
  • Terry Clarke, CEO, Finelite
  • Carly Fiorina, Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard
  • Vivek Ranadivé, Chairman and CEO, TIBCO
  • Lance Tokuda, CEO and Founder, Rock You!
  • Maynard Webb, President and CEO, LiveOps

For additional logistics and credentialing information please contact Mark Eisen with the McCain campaign at 818-458-9912.

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John McCain is in Orange County, California tonight at a fundraising event. And, will have a few more tomorrow before heading to his Sedona, Arizona home to talk with Crist, Jindal and Romney.


Schwarzenegger Wants California Gay Marriages to Bail Out State Budget

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Summaries of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revised state budget proposal for the 2008-09 fiscal year lay on a table in Sacramento, California, May 14, 2008. Schwarzenegger unveiled on Wednesday a revised $144.35 billion budget plan for the state’s next fiscal year that proposes using state lottery revenues to back bonds whose proceeds would help close a $17.2 billion shortfall and build a rainy-day reserve.

Arnold is desperate to balance a budget he has mismanaged.

Will gay marriage help boost California’s economy? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes so.

In the wake of the state Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage, the Republican governor said Tuesday in San Francisco he hopes gay couples come to California for wedded bliss.

“You know, I’m wishing everyone good luck with their marriages and I hope that California’s economy is booming because everyone is going to come here and get married,” said Schwarzenegger, prompting laughs and applause, according to a recording.

But, is he REALLY serious?

Probably not. But making light of a major societal change and his budgetary problems may leave the Governator as the only one laughing in California.