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Fat jokes, nurses and Chicken John

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a fat joke -- at the expense of his host. And there's video!

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez's main spokesman Steve Maviglio takes on the nurses union, calling the group "vitriolic."

The New York Times gave some national ink to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's reelection waltz, profiling his opponents.

What they do have is nicknames.

Like Kenny the Clown, a professional bozo born Kenneth Kahn. Or John Rinaldi, a k a Chicken John, a self-described showman and "experimental candidate," who says he is not allowed to drink caffeine. (He's a wee bit high-strung.) Or the mysterious Captain Democracy, whose Web site advocates a strong military. (Not that San Francisco has an army.)

Four months before the election, about the only well-known candidate for mayor is the mayor himself, Gavin Newsom. Mr. Newsom, 39, is running high in the polls - his approval rating is higher than 70 percent - and low on rivals, with a campaign bankroll of more than $1.5 million and not a lot to spend it on.

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