Politics and Elections

In debate, Torlakson misrepresents teacher-discipline bill

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson debated challenger Marshall Tuck on Wednesday night and once again found himself on the defensive over the teacher tenure laws targeted in the Vergara decision. Cabinet Report details how Tuck went after ... ... Torlakson’s support of teach...

Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions’ clout

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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If you want an example of just how powerful the teachers unions are in Sacramento, consider Proposition 2. The measure was placed on the November ballot by the Legislature at the urging of Gov. Jerry Brown, who depicts it with about 70 percent persuasiveness as establishing the sort of rainy-day fun...

Chamber of Commerce touts pension reform, backs pension arsonist

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stunned a lot of people last month when it endorsed Democrat incumbent Scott Peters over Republican challenger Carl DeMaio in the 52nd congressional district race in an affluent swath of San Diego and its northeastern suburbs. Peters may be a relatively moderate Democrat...

Super PAC $ floods Peters vs. DeMaio congressional race

Friday, September 12th, 2014
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San Diego residents can't watch a major sporting event without seeing repeated ads paid for by national super PACs trashing congressman Scott Peters, a moderate Democrat, or his Republican opponent, former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, an outspoken libertarian. The flood began in August and seems lik...

Missing from CA’s economic ‘comeback': Los Angeles

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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Gov. Jerry Brown's daily push to depict California as being in a sharp rebound from the 2007-2009 economic meltdown ignores the fact that the recession never went away in a majority of the state's 58 counties, especially those in inland areas. The journalists who are competent enough to point thi...

Debra Bowen revelations appear to explain her failure on job

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Saturday's Los Angeles Times' bombshell about Secretary of State Debra Bowen's struggles with depression struck a sad chord with many people who have struggled with mental illness or had a family member with such problems. Two months before Californians go to the polls to choose a governor, the sta...

In debate gaffe, Jerry Brown channels Gerald Ford

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
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The Sacramento press corps has been acting bored with the governor's race ever since the spectacle of Tim Donnelly as the GOP nominee faded away. So now we have a debate in which Jerry Brown makes a debate gaffe as dumb as President Gerald Ford's 1976 claim that Eastern Europe wasn't dominated by th...

In debate, Brown mocks Mississippi and Arkansas (i.e., the Clintons)

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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In Thursday night's debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari, the candidates sounded pretty scripted until Brown was asked about California's ability to deal with its huge pension shortfalls. Brown depicted that as an absurd question for a wealthy state with a proud history and vast reso...

Debate: Kashkari closing channels Reagan in 1980

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Questioner asks about high cost of UC, CSU being barrier to poor students. Kashkari sympathizes and cites student loan burders. Brown notes, correctly, how many CSU and UC students pay no tuition because of waivers and says CA students have lower loan burden than national average. Questione...

Debate: Kashkari mocks focus on plastic bags, football practice limits

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Questioner asks Kashkari if he would oppose CA's continued implementation of Obamacare if elected. He says he lost his own policy cuz of ACA and notes how the law creates incentive for employers to stop offering full-time jobs. Brown links Kashkari to Goldman Sachs, says he's like arsonist put...