Politics and Elections

Dismal election turnout

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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The California Secretary of State's office just released figures showing the Nov. 4 election suffered the worst turnout rate ever. According to the Capitol Weekly summary: Less than a third of California’s eligible voters cast ballots on Nov. 4.... Of those who registered to vote, little better ...

Has quirky San Diego Democrat put hold on city’s “Los Angelization”?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Democrats have long had a big voter registration advantage in San Diego -- a consistent 70,000-plus edge. Yet until November 2012, this never translated into liberal local governance akin to the aggressive progressivism of other large West Coast cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. To po...

Beyond MSM, Feinstein report knocked by left and right

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The release of the report by the Senate intelligence committee's majority Democrats that annihilates the CIA for using torture for years even when the agency allegedly knew that it didn't work has been treated by the mainstream media as a career achievement for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who ...

Moorlach to seek O.C. state Senate seat

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Termed-out Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach -- who until recently seemed to be preparing for an exit from active politics -- has decided to run for the 37th State Senate District. Moorlach, who will be 59 on Dec. 21, is likely to face a tough challenge from fellow Republican Don Wagner, 53, an...

For 2nd straight election, inattention leads to huge Assembly upset

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

In 2012, Republican officials were appalled at the incompetence of Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smith, a Republican who somehow managed to lose a safe Assembly seat to a Democrat with so much baggage he looked like a muni airport where the handlers were on strike. Joel Fox has the ugly details: ...

Jerry Brown about to annihilate UC president on tuition hikes

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Jerry Brown about to annihilate naif UC president on tuition hikes

Aficionados of California politics are going to be in for a fun exercise over the next month or two. Gov. Jerry Brown is absolutely going to annihilate UC President Janet Napolitano in their fight over her proposal to get UC regents to commit to five years of annual 5 percent tuition increases unles...

Bag ban repeal could reach 2016 ballot

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Looks like a repeal of Gov. Jerry Brown's ban on plastic bags in grocery stores could reach the 2016 ballot. Reported the Chronicle: SACRAMENTO — Plastic bag manufacturers have poured $2.7 million into efforts to overturn California’s statewide ban on plastic bags in the seven weeks since Gov. ...

Homage to Catalonia independence

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
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Is there still hope for the Six Californias initiative of entrepreneur Tom Draper? This year it failed to get enough signatures to make it to the 2016 ballot. The next attempt would be 2018. If so, hope comes from Catalonia, the region of Spain that just voted 80 percent for independence. Althou...

Teachers win Torlakson battle, but does Brown want them to win war?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's defeat of reformer and fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck on Tuesday prompted analysis pieces that outlined how California's union-dominated education establishment had rang up another win. While Tuesday night was grim for liberals, embattled t...

Silicon Valley firms, Asian voters edging away from Democrats

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The 2014 midterms have already been dismissed by President Obama as irrelevant because of low turnout. This isn't entirely self-serving sour grapes. Not just partisans but analysts who have little nice to say about the Obama administration wonder how a Republican candidate can cobble together 270 el...