The Picses caucus

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California politicians from Phil Angelides to Arnold Schwarzenegger are up in arms over the U.S. House vote late last month to reopen oil drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf. Both candidates for governor strongly condemned the vote and had urged the state's congressional delegation to unite against the bill (in the end, 19 members of the California delegation, voted in support).

Perhaps the stars were aligned against California on this one.

Believe it or not, the Washington Post features an online service that details the votes of Congress by astrological sign. On the offshore drilling measure, the crabs (Cancer) were aligned against more drilling (30-23 against), but the fish (Pisces) felt the other way (13-11 for). Perhaps the fish were enticed by a provision of the bill that would allow oil companies to convert decommissioned platforms to artificial reefs rather than be required to restore the ocean floor to its natural state by completely dismantling offshore rigs after their productive life has ended.

And the Ventura County delegation? Rep. Elton Gallegy, a Picses and a Republican, voted in favor. Rep. Lois Capps, a Capricorn and a Democrat, voted no.


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