As of press time, the stalemate over the overdue state budget was in full force. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held daily press events this week to urge his fellow Republicans to pass California’s spending blueprint, now six weeks past due. Two Republicans are needed to garner the two-thirds vote necessary to pass the budget. To date, only one Republican has agreed to vote with the Democrat lawmakers. The Republican leadership has tried to make approval of the state spending plan contingent on legislatively prohibiting Attorney General Jerry Brown from suing local agencies for failing to consider the carbon impacts of their long-term land use decisions (Circuit, August 10, 2007).