We need more debates between Meg and Steve

The debate today between Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner finally gave voters a reason to take interest in this campaign, a month before the election. They both got digs in at each other over their financial situations and the immigration issue.

But, curiously, neither one could name an initiative they’d like repealed. That should have been easy. For starters: the bullet-train boondoggle. Just last Friday, two days ago, the state Auditor criticized it as a boondoggle. The bond was for $9.7 billion.

With the state’s finances such a disaster, putting a repeal on the ballot in November is a must.

Is either of these two ready for prime time with Jerry Brown in November? As I’ve been saying, they need more practice debating each other. They should hold two debates a week until the June election.

— John Seiler

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  1. John Wildermuth
    John Wildermuth 3 May, 2010, 07:35

    Poizner and Whitman were asked what initiative measure they’d repeal. The bullet train measure, Prop. 1A in November 2008, was a bond measure put on the ballot by the Legislature. The mental health measure that Poizner finally came up with, 2004’s Prop. 63, was a ballot initiative.

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  2. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 3 May, 2010, 11:04

    Only as an afterthought did Poziner say he would repeal the initiative that supports funding for mental health programs.

    Aha, that shows for certain he isn’t a true conservative! Any “real” conservative would have called for cutting programs for poor and sick Californians without thinking.

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  3. Pat Murray
    Pat Murray 3 May, 2010, 19:02

    In response to StevefromSacto says: Geez Maviglio – this is the exact same post you put on Capitol Alert as smehl1506. Couldn’t come up with a new thought? Another thing, it’s Poizner not Poziner. Poizner said he’d push to get the part time legislature initiative on the ballot which would repeal the ballot initiative from 1966 that turned the part time legislature into full timers. He didn’t have time to explain the whole thing. The moderator didn’t get his answer which distracted Poizner. What is it about Poizner’s answer no one gets? It’s his engineer brain getting from A-Z in lightning speed. Apparently the press, and modertor, just couldn’t keep up with him.

    StevefromSacto says:
    May 3, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Only as an afterthought did Poziner say he would repeal the initiative that supports funding for mental health programs.
    Aha, that shows for certain he isn’t a true conservative! Any “real” conservative would have called for cutting programs for poor and sick Californians without thinking.

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