It so totally, absolutely, couldn't be, no way in heck constitute a thank you from the just-exited Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Roy Ashburn, the anti-gay gay Republican state lawmaker who just termed out of office, has been appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, where he'll earn 8,109 a year responding to disability and unemployment claims. Ashburn was among a limited number of Republicans who backed the then-governor's temporary sales tax increase, despite signing a "no new taxes" promise during his campaign. But this cushy gig couldn't be Schwarzenegger's way of showing gratitude, right? (Flip-flopping isn't so surprising for a guy who voted against LGBT equality so he could hide his sexuality, but then came out and promised to do better.) Not that Ashburn's appointment is entirely unique: the entire board is now filled with termed-out lawmakers.
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