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CAPITOL TELEVISION NEWS SERVICE

SACRAMENTO, CA

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Friday, August 3, 2007

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1. BRIDGE INSPECTIONS........................................VO/SOT

2. VOTING MACHINES ANNOUNCEMENT............VO/FILE

3. NO BUDGET/TERM LIMITS.................................VO/SOT

4. HEAD START UPDATE........................................VO/SOT

NO BUDGET/TERM LIMITS VO/SOT

STATIONS NOTE: BOB ADNEY'S NAME IS CORRECT ON THE SCRIPTS AND NOT ON THE SLATE, D NOT B.

LIVE:

WITH THE STATE BUDGET MORE THAN A MONTH OVERDUE, OPPONENTS OF A TERM LIMIT INITIATIVE SAY THE OVERDUE BUDGET INDICATES LAWMAKERS DON'T DESERVE MORE TIME IN OFFICE. REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTING CHANGES TO CALIFORNIA LAWMAKER'S TERM LIMITS LAW TODAY DECLINED REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEWS.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

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THE INITIATIVE, WHICH WILL LIKELY BE INCLUDED ON THE FEBRUARY BALLOT, WOULD REDUCE THE OVERALL NUMBER OF YEARS LAWMAKERS COULD SERVE IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, BUT EXTEND THE YEARS A LAWMAKERS COULD STAY IN EACH HOUSE. IF IT PASSES, BOTH ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ AND SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA COULD RETAIN THEIR LEADERSHIP POSTS LONGER THAN UNDER EXISTING LAW. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE CALIFORNIA GROUP OPPOSING THE TERM LIMITS CHANGE SAYS THIS WEEK, U.S. TERM LIMITS AWARDED NUNEZ ITS GOLDEN PIG AWARD, WITH A TINY BERET ADDED, BECAUSE THE SPEAKER IS VACATIONING IN EUROPE INSTEAD OF WORKING IN SACRAMENTO.

SUPER: BOB ADNEY/CALIFORNIA TERM LIMITS DEFENSE FUND

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SAYS: "THE FACT IS, RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE TRYING TO PUT FORTH A MEASURE THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO STAY IN OFFICE LONGER. ONE OF THEIR BASIC DUTIES AS A LEGISLATOR IS TO GET A BUDGET PASSED. IT'S PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST BASIC THING THAT THEY DO AS THEIR JOB, AND THEY CANNOT GET IT DONE. AND YET THEY'RE GOING TO TURN AROUND IN FEBRUARY AND ASK US TO KEEP THEM IN OFFICE LONGER. AND THAT'S REALLY WHERE YOU LOOK AT THE ARROGANCE OF THE POLITICIANS, IS THAT THEY CAN'T DO THEIR JOB, THEY'RE NOT GETTING THINGS DONE, AND THEY ALL BLAME EACH OTHER FOR ALL THOSE THINGS, BUT THE FACT IS THEY'RE NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE AND THEY WANT TO STAY IN OFFICE LONGER."

VO TAG:

MATTHEW DOWD, A CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST FOR THE TERM LIMITS AND LEGISLATIVE REFORM ACT WAS IN SACRAMENTO TODAY SPEAKING AT THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES CONVENTION. HE SAID BY E-MAIL HE DID NOT HAVE TIME FOR AN INTERVIEW. RICHARD STAPLER, THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR THE TERM LIMITS AND LEGISLATIVE REFORM ACT WAS ALSO IN SACRAMENTO, AND DECLINED TO BE INTERVIEWED. HE DID LEAVE A PHONE MESSAGE SAYING BUDGET STALEMATES ARE GOING TO HAPPEN, AND OCCURRED BEFORE LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS BECOME LAW. HE SAID EACH BUDGET SITUATION IS UNIQUE, AND JUST DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD.

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SUPER: BOB ADNEY/CALIFORNIA TERM LIMITS DEFENSE FUND

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SAYS: "ONE OF THE THINGS OBVIOUSLY IS THIS HUGE BUDGET CRISIS. WE HAVE A BIG BUG, BUDGET CRUNCH, AND INSTEAD OF BEING HERE IN THE CAPITOL DISPLAYING LEADERSHIP, AND HELPING TO WORK OUT THAT CRISIS, HE IS ACTUALLY ON VACATION IN EUROPE, IN FRANCE, WHILE THAT IS GOING ON."

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SAYS: "I MEAN, WHEN YOU REALLY STEP BACK AND LOOK AT THE LEGISLATORS, IT'S REALLY NOT, A REPUBLICAN-DEMOCRAT THING. IT'S A POLITICIANS VERSUS THE PEOPLE ISSUE A LOT OF THE TIMES, AND WHAT YOU'LL FIND IS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT THE LEGISLATORS DO HERE, THEY ARE MAKING A HUNDRED, THE SPEAKER, AND TE SENATOR THE LEADERSHIP THEY ARE MAKING OVER A HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR, ABOUT TO GET A RAISE, THE REGULAR LEGISLATORS ARE MAKING A HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN THOUSAND, ABOUT TO GO TO A HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN THOUSAND, ON TOP OF THAT THEY GET ABOUT THIRTY-THOUSAND IN TAX FREE PER DIEM PER YEAR, ON TOP OF THAT THEY GET A TAX-PAYER FUNDED CAR, THEY GET A GAS CARD, THEY DON'T PAY FOR GAS, WE PAY FOR THEIR INSURANCE, AND THEY ALSO ARE ALSO ALLOWED TO GET GIFTS FROM LOBBYISTS."

SUPER: STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL

ON THURSDAY, SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL SAID THE LATE BUDGET WILL IMPACT SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHICH NEED TIME TO PLAN FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. HE SAID BECAUSE DISTRICTS DON'T HAVE RELIABLE N BUDGET NUMBERS, THEY WILL LIKELY HIRE FEWER TEACHERS THAN ARE ACTUALLY NEEDED, RESULTING IN LARGER CLASS SIZES. BUT THE DEMOCRATIC SUPERINTENDENT WAS NOT WILLING TO CRITICIZE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR DON PERATA FOR THE CURRENT BUDGET DELAY.

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REPORTER: "PRO TEM PERATA WAS SAYING LAST NIGHT HE MAY JUST LET EVERYBODY GO UNTIL AUGUST 20TH , WHICH, IS THAT AN APPROPRIATE ACTION IF WE NEED CERTAINTY?

SAYS: "WITH YEAR ROUND SCHOOLS, WE HAVE SCHOOLS STARTING EVERY MONDAY OF THE YEAR. WITH THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOL CALENDAR WHICH MOST OF OUR STUDENTS CONTINUE TO REMAIN ON, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A PREPONDERANCE OF OUR STUDENTS STARTING TOWARDS THE END OF AUGUST AND THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER. WE NEED TO HAVE A BUDGET, WE NEED TO HAVE A BUDGET NOW, WE NEED CERTAINTY FOR THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY."

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