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Mar 03, 2005 - 07:00 PM

Who's Kickin' Butt Now?

by Jerry Flanagan & Doug Heller
Last December, Arnold shamelessly bragged that he was kicking nurses' butts in Sacramento after he threw out patient protection rules guaranteeing that hospitals have enough nurses on duty.

But a tentative court ruling today canned the governor's order, saving the butts of countless California patients.

The result was predictable given the governor's weak legal ground, which is another reason why Arnold shouldn't have done the hospitals' bidding in the first place. Now that the law has spoken, the gov should pay the state's and nurses' legal fees out of his own pocket and promise not to waste taxpayer money with another legal maneuver to delay patient protections.

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