Although it’s currently the Democrats’ turn in the spotlight, California’s Republican governor stole a few headlines Thursday with the news that he may skip his party’s convention next week. The Golden State is still trying to work through a budget stalemate, and it just wouldn’t do to have the star governor basking in the warmth of Republican love while his state is in fiscal turmoil.

AP via Google:

The stalled budget already forced Schwarzenegger to curtail nearly all appearances this summer. His efforts to cajole lawmakers into a compromise have repeatedly fallen flat.

California is the only state with a fiscal year beginning July 1 that has not approved a spending plan.

Lawmakers remain at odds over how to close a $15.2 billion budget gap, with Republicans adamantly opposed to any tax increases and Democrats seeking to avoid massive program cuts.

Most Democratic lawmakers already made the decision to stay home and miss their historic convention in Denver this week. The majority party likely won’t be motivated to strike a deal with their Republican counterparts in time for them to attend next week’s GOP convention.

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