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Gov. And Dems Break Off Negotiations And prepare For Election Battle

Sacramento, CA — Talks between Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature´s Democratic majority broke off late Thursday night without a deal on compromise measures for the upcoming November election.

With seven contentious measures set for the ballot, the move is a signal to both sides and their supporters that the much anticipated political battle is on. Schwarzenegger said “I´m very sad to say we tried very hard but we just ran out of time.”

The Secretary of State identified midnight Thursday as the last time the Legislature could put any new measures on the ballot because of the time needed to print the ballots and begin sending them to voters living outside the country. A spokesman for the governor says the focus now will be on winning the election November eighth.