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California: A year ago Arnold Schwarzenegger looked invincible. With a stroke of his sword, it seemed, The Barbarian would slash the state worker unions' grip on Sacramento. On Tuesday the movie ended -- badly.
Schwarzenegger's much-needed reforms centered on four ballot initiatives: Proposition 74, to extend the time it takes for teachers to earn tenure; Proposition 75, to require permission from members before union bosses spend their dues on politics; Proposition 76, to give the governor more power to curb spending; and Proposition 77, to take redistricting out of the hands of legislators and give it to a panel of retired judges.
No use mincing words: …