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2005.11.09

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Nick

Here in California, every single one of Schwarzenegger's power-grabbing ballot measures was defeated. He managed to unite teachers, nurses, unions, and public employees... AGAINST him.

My local polling place was the fire station a block from my home, in the big garage where the fire engines are parked. There were a bunch of firemen hanging out, doing a leisurely equipment check on the engines. While I was in line, a little old lady who had just cast her ballot called out, "I voted NO! No, no, NO!"

All the firemen clapped and cheered.

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