California's Capitol is full of hard-drinking, skirt-chasing, and corrupt hypocrites - or so Dianne Harman, the wife of a former state senator, would have readers of her new novel, Tea Party Teddy, believe.
The title character is Teddy Randall, GOP assemblyman from Orange County who hates illegal immigrants, is financially strapped from his campaign, owes money to a Mafia loan shark, and is willing to be bribed to vote for an immigrant-friendly bill.
Randall falls for an FBI sting, but not before learning that his wife is having an affair with a Latino lawyer who champions immigrant rights.
Harman's husband, Tom, was a long-serving legislator from Orange County, and she says in her acknowledgments that he "edited numerous drafts and gave tirelessly of his expertise on how things are done in Sacramento."
In an email promoting the book, Harman said, "While you may think you recognize some of the books' characters as being members of the Sacramento political establishment, the names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent. ... As the wife of a former California state senator, I had 12 years of firsthand experience in observing politicians, lobbyists, and consultants, as they struggled to gain political advantage."
- Dan Walters
State workers convicted of possessing or transmitting child porn would have to pay an extra $2,000 fine if they used work computers to commit the crime, under a bill breezing through the Legislature. Assemblywoman Marie Waldron's bill is aimed at public computers in libraries and at colleges, but would also apply to public employees' workstations. It cleared the Assembly and is set for a Senate floor vote.
- Jon Ortiz
"I'm running for secretary of state only to be secretary of state."
former Common Cause vice president, in his official announcement, promising that if he elected he would not run for other public offices while serving