Fault Lines: Hung up on ‘robocalls’? Don’t worry

Maybe you were one of the lucky ones that didn’t get an automated phone message recently from Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich asking for support to impeach President Bush. In San Francisco, that idea is just so yesterday — people here wanted to impeach Bush almost as soon as he “won” the presidency.

But the calls underscore a little-known fact — those automated “robocalls’’ that flood in during election periods aren’t supposed to be allowed in California, where the politics are enough to drive you batty. And now two state Democrats, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, are considering federal legislation to rein in those calls across the rest of the country.

You may miss getting those calls from Chris Rock urging you to vote for Barack Obama. But the legislation can’t be a bad idea — the only group opposing the proposed legislation so far is a national association of political consultants.

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