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May 19, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It seemed like a fairly good idea at the time - the idea of Abel Maldonado running for governor. He wasn't going to win. But neither would he be a Republican embarrassment. There was no Republican in sight with even a faint chance of beating Gov. Jerry Brown next year. Amend that. There was no credible challenger preparing to take on the Democratic incumbent, period. The moderate Maldonado, 45, from Santa Maria - a former mayor, legislator and lieutenant governor - seemed credible.
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February 21, 2009 | Evan Halper and Michael Rothfeld
Just before midnight Tuesday, as word spread through the Capitol that a key Republican negotiator had been unceremoniously ousted by a cadre of anti-tax colleagues, lawmakers were filled with dismay: Budget negotiations were surely collapsing. Then came an interesting development. Other GOP legislators, enraged and galvanized by what they saw as their more conservative colleagues' recklessness, redoubled their efforts to get a spending plan passed.
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November 29, 2009 | By Cathleen Decker
In his bodybuilding days, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was known for playing mind games on his opponents to knock them off stride. He may have done the same thing last week when he nominated Abel Maldonado, a Republican state senator from Santa Maria, as the next lieutenant governor. Among the legislators who must confirm his appointment for it to stick, some Republicans revolted, still angry that Maldonado had broken from their ranks to endorse tax hikes favored by Schwarzenegger and Democrats in past budgets.
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October 3, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
STOCKTON - Sunburned, muddy and aching, Jose Hernandez was flopped in the back seat of the family's old Mercury with his brothers and sister when his father asked about their day in the fields, picking cucumbers. "Tiring," Hernandez, just a boy at the time, recalled answering. "My father said, 'Good! I'm not going to force you to go to school or get good grades or go to college. But if you don't, you know what your life is going to be like.'" It was a hard lesson from a father who spent years toiling in the fields of the Central Valley, migrating back and forth from Michoacán, Mexico.
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July 22, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld and Patrick McGreevy
Less than 24 hours after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders announced a plan to close California's massive budget deficit, Los Angeles County officials moved to sue the state, a union for government workers said it might strike, and Republicans threatened to back out of the deal over a provision to cut the number of prison inmates by 27,000.
OPINION
February 22, 2010 | By Ted Lieu and Alan Lowenthal
The California Assembly earlier this month failed to confirm state Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) for lieutenant governor, even though the Senate voted 27 to 6 in favor. The rejection was a travesty, even in the hyper-partisan culture of Sacramento. Many Democratic members of the Assembly assailed Maldonado's voting record. Others excoriated him for extracting concessions for his vote on last year's budget. Although there is truth to those arguments, neither of them override his courage in standing up to his own party and consistently voting for a budget compromise.
OPINION
November 28, 2009 | By Garry South
California can finally stop holding its collective breath: We have a lieutenant governor-designate. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on Monday's "Jay Leno Show" that he was appointing state Sen. Abel Maldonado to the job vacated by now-U.S. Rep. John Garamendi. A moderate coastal Republican legislator -- pretty much by himself in that category -- and the only Republican Latino in either house of the Legislature, Maldonado is a smart and courageous solon with a compelling personal story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2009 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Within a few weeks, the embattled and belittled California Legislature will take one of two actions: Approve state Sen. Abel Maldonado's nomination by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be lieutenant governor because that's the smart and right thing to do. Or reject the nomination in another exhibition of petty and partisan politics. "This Legislature is in public disrepute, and one reason is they all hate each other," says Tony Quinn, political analyst and former GOP legislative advisor.
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April 23, 2010 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's nominee to fill the vacant lieutenant governor's office cleared his last significant hurdle Thursday, apparently ending a drawn-out political ordeal that had become emblematic of Sacramento's partisan gridlock. State Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) was approved by the Assembly on Thursday and faces a second confirmation vote Monday in the state Senate, but the upper house approved him once before, in February, and is not expected to vote against him now. Maldonado, who gained notoriety by crossing party lines to vote with majority Democrats for the state budget last year, had to navigate a political minefield of fellow Republicans who called him a traitor for agreeing to tax increases and Democrats bent on denying him the advantage of incumbency in November's election.
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February 28, 2010 | Steve Lopez
Abel Maldonado the pariah, the sinner, the traitor, sits across the table at breakfast, banging his fists together. He's showing me what Sacramento is like. One clenched fist represents the intransigent Republicans, the other represents the intractable Democrats. Nothing but knuckleheads. "It's horrible," Maldonado says. "Gridlock." Maldonado is the written-off Republican state senator from Santa Maria who committed Original Sin last year, as spelled out in the GOP Bible.
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