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May 18, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger had two kids by two women in one week

  • 09/27/97 the birthdate of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s youngest son with wife Maria Shriver
  • 10/02/97 the birthdate of Arnold’s son with his former housemaid; her husband left her three weeks later source

» This makes things even more awkward: According to birth records released regarding Mildred Patricia Baena’s child with the former governor, he was born less than a week after Maria Shriver had a child of her own. The actor has supported the child since his birth. The superstar actor, who is taking this hard, “is doing everything he can to take full responsibility to take all of the spotlight off his children and wife,” according to a CNN source close to Schwarzenegger. Still though, it’s kinda tough to do so with this kind of scandal. This is pretty weird, right?

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21:09 // 2 years ago
May 17, 2011
On Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mind-blowing out-of-wedlock bomb
So yeah, that was kind of an atomic bomb of a news story TMZ just dropped, eh? It says a lot that the revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child out of wedlock would be shocking if he was just a movie star. (Over a decade ago, but still.) Problem is, though, he’s a former California governor, and as a result, the standard is way higher. Plus, he was married to a Kennedy! Anyway, here’s the apology: “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family,” he said. “There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.” Considering he’s done with political life, will this hurt his career going forward? Or will his now-revived movie career survive the revelation? (photo via the Port of San Diego's Flickr page) source
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So yeah, that was kind of an atomic bomb of a news story TMZ just dropped, eh? It says a lot that the revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child out of wedlock would be shocking if he was just a movie star. (Over a decade ago, but still.) Problem is, though, he’s a former California governor, and as a result, the standard is way higher. Plus, he was married to a Kennedy! Anyway, here’s the apology: “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family,” he said. “There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.” Considering he’s done with political life, will this hurt his career going forward? Or will his now-revived movie career survive the revelation? (photo via the Port of San Diego's Flickr page) source

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10:11 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver separate: The Kennedys are about to lose its West Coast power couple. The former California governor (best known as a pun-friendly movie star) and his wife (best known for her time with “Dateline NBC”) have been living apart for a few weeks now. “We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives,” the couple said in a joint statement, which requested privacy. Arnold has said in the past that the rigors of being the governor of California were tough on his family life, and it shows here. (h/t producermatthew)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver separate: The Kennedys are about to lose its West Coast power couple. The former California governor (best known as a pun-friendly movie star) and his wife (best known for her time with “Dateline NBC”) have been living apart for a few weeks now. “We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives,” the couple said in a joint statement, which requested privacy. Arnold has said in the past that the rigors of being the governor of California were tough on his family life, and it shows here. (h/t producermatthew)

23:30 // 2 years ago
January 20, 2011
I want [Jerry Brown] to be successful. California needs him to be successful. Let’s give the guy a chance to turn around and let’s see what he can do.
Meg Whitman • In a speech this week at the University Club. Some have taken this speech, along with another she’s set to give at the end of the month, as a sign that Whitman is planning a political comeback. We think that’s a tad premature. This is simply an ex-candidate wishing good luck to the guy who beat her. In our current political climate, that’s is a nice change of pace. source (viafollow)
22:31 // 3 years ago
January 3, 2011

New-old Governor inherits worse disaster than last time

  • 9.4% unemployment rate in California when Jerry Brown first assumed the Governorship back in 1975
  • 12.4% California’s unemployment rate today, as Brown begins his third term. Good luck, man. source
21:37 // 3 years ago
October 28, 2010

Cost-benefit ratio: Meg Whitman spends high, polls low

Everybody knows that the California Governor’s race is really, really expensive. Meg Whitman has dropped  $162 million so far on her bid, with Jerry Brown spending an only-modest-by-comparison $25.5 million. However, Whitman’s spending (including $22 million this month alone) hasn’t been able to buy her a lead in the polls. The latest Public Policy Poll has Brown leading by 11 points, 53-42. This made us wonder: how much has each candidate spent for each percentage point they hold in the polls? The results were somewhat lopsided:

  • $481k the price Jerry Brown pays for one percentage point in the polls. Not a paltry sum, to be sure.
  • $3.8m the price Meg Whitman pays for one point in the polls. That’s eight times as much. And she’s still down! source
15:53 // 3 years ago

Meg Whitman’s money may not win California’s governor’s race

  • 49% of folks plan to give Jerry Brown another whirl as governor
  • 39% plan to take Meg Whitman’s eBay know-how into the governor’s chair
  • 12% plan to vote for Arnold again even though he’s not running source
10:03 // 3 years ago
October 20, 2010

The video speaks for itself, so we’ll keep our commentary brief: this is one of the most effective campaign ads we’ve ever seen. Absolutely brutal. Keep in mind, Californians really, really don’t like Schwarzenegger (he’s got a 28% approval rating as of last month). source

12:45 // 3 years ago
October 16, 2010
Conundrum: Jerry Brown hates Bill Clinton, but needs his help: Bill Clinton has had an adversarial relationship with Jerry Brown since the 1992 presidential race. Now, Brown needs Clinton’s help on the campaign trail. Hug it out, bitches. source

Conundrum: Jerry Brown hates Bill Clinton, but needs his help: Bill Clinton has had an adversarial relationship with Jerry Brown since the 1992 presidential race. Now, Brown needs Clinton’s help on the campaign trail. Hug it out, bitches. source

13:00 // 3 years ago