Live-blogging the election

Live-blogging the election

California Election 2014At the CalWatchdog.com blog, we’ll be live-blogging the election this evening. So tune in.

The main races to watch are:

  • Superintendent of public instruction, between union ally Tom Torlakson and reformer Marshall Tuck.
  • Several California races for U.S. Congress, which will help decide the size of the expected Republican majority in the House.
  • Several state Senate and Assembly races, which will decide if the Democrats regain their two-chamber supermajority, allowing them to massively increases taxes willy-nilly.
  • Ballot initiatives, including Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion bond measure.

Remember: This is a democracy, so as they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Skippingdog
    Skippingdog 3 November, 2014, 16:22

    Probably be an early night for you, John.

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  2. John Tieber
    John Tieber 3 November, 2014, 17:46

    All are cordially invited:

    GOTV!!! / CA-24 (Capps/Mitchum): George Carlin ! – John Tieber – Linh Dinh !
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TestingGroup48235/conversations/messages/149

    Frank Zappa Special Appearance!!!

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  3. Ted Steele, Editor
    Ted Steele, Editor 3 November, 2014, 18:07

    CWD ers !

    I will be very busy tomorrow night but rest assured that I will try to make pithy comments as things unfold!
    I know many of you depend on me for this kind of thing.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 November, 2014, 20:13

    Yes we do. Fair and balanced…..don’t forget to tell the codgers some Goldwater and Peetie Wilson hero stories. Medicinal,you know, in trying times-

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 November, 2014, 20:36

    “This is a democracy, so as they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often.”

    Yeah, sure it is. Now pull my other thumb. Trick or treat?

    I don’t understand how anyone over the age of 50 takes these elections seriously. We had more tax increases when the Ca dems didn’t have a supermajority! heh. We have more tax increases under a Pub governator! heh. The old paradigm is dead. Sorry. Under the one party system it makes little difference whether Pubs or Dems are in charge.
    Forest told us that his momma said that life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re goina get. But in modern day american politics you know what you’re goina get regardless of which party controls the system: You’re goina get screwed royally! And that you can count on. I no longer buy into the ‘root for the ______’ paradigm. I’ve lived too long for that. Sorry.
    Oh, and I predict that within 12 months that the teacher’s union owns Marshall Tuck. All these people who run for office are control freaks. They want to control your lives. And sooner or later all of them act solely in their own self-interest. Name one who doesn’t. 😉

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 November, 2014, 21:47

    Is anyone happy out there? Happy, happy, happy.

    We are so busy….had to hire two shifts making overseas wood shipping crates….

    Send us your forlorn, weak, disillusioned. Like Statue of Liberty in reverse. After redistribution you export yourselves!

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  7. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 November, 2014, 22:23

    I read that Wall Street is totally pumped over news that the Pubs might take both the House and the Senate! hah! Not a shocker to me! It was the Pubs under GW Booosh (w/ the help of a host of dems) who orchestrated the biggest economic ripoff and crash known to the human race, without one of the Wall Street crooks getting arrested or indicted, let alone convicted!!! So this is like a homecoming to Wall Street! hah! Of course the largest Wall Street political donations in 2008 and 2012 went to POTUS Obola! Goldman Sachs gave him over a million bucks in 2008! hah! Did you see Eric Placeholder go after anybody on Wall Street in the last 8 years??? NOPE!!! hah! And remember when Obola told us 7 years ago that he was going to take out the ‘fat cats’??? I do!!! HAH! All liars and frauds!!! And you folks still believe in the power of the ‘vote’??? GROW UP!!! IMO the next POTUS has already been selected by the ruling class. Just keep your eye on which candidate the media supports. That will be your first clue who will get crowned. But if you want to think that your vote is important – knock yourself out!!! They tell me it’s a free country!!! 😀

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  8. bob
    bob 4 November, 2014, 07:01

    How you cover all the local tax increases and bond measures (166 of them).

    And they are NOT for the kids. They are for the trough feeders increasing pensions…

    166 Local Tax Increase Proposals on California Ballots; Not For the Kids

    There are 166 tax increase proposals on the ballot in California. 118 of them are bond proposals. It matters little what the proposals are for.

    Forget about any claim, “it’s for the kids”. Politicians have a way of doing whatever they want with the money once the tax hikes pass.
    Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/11/166-local-tax-increase-proposals-on.html#I7BaPJABSeGIDf0w.99

    Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/11/166-local-tax-increase-proposals-on.html

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  9. bob
    bob 4 November, 2014, 07:04

    There are 166 tax increase proposals, all for the trough feeders increasing pensions…

    There are 166 tax increase proposals on the ballot in California. 118 of them are bond proposals. It matters little what the proposals are for.

    Forget about any claim, “it’s for the kids”. Politicians have a way of doing whatever they want with the money once the tax hikes pass.

    Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/11/166-local-tax-increase-proposals-on.html

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 4 November, 2014, 09:21

      Bob, the average California voter is so stupid that he and she thinks bond issues are free money!!! hah! So most of these 166 measures will probably pass with flying colors. I know you’re impatient, but you’ll just have to wait until the interest rates INVOLUTARILY NORMALIZE to 6% or more. That will bring the entire house of cards crashing down and the bond market will dislocate causing a widescale default. Man can manipulate the financial markets for only so long until simple MATH takes over. At that point, the pensions go ‘poof’. I suggest that you enjoy the process and watch it unfold instead of getting upset about more increments of debt being approved to add to the massive debtload we’ve already accumulated. Sit back and watch, as if it’s a five star movie. Be patient. In the end, you will get the last laugh, sir. Trust me on that! 🙂

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      • bob
        bob 4 November, 2014, 10:08

        As the result of California Courts refusing to uphold the language of the High Speed Rail bonds, the opponents of any bond proposal, at either the state or local level, need only point to High-Speed Rail to remind voters that promises in a voter approved bond proposal are meaningless and unenforceable.”

        Jon Coupal, October 26, 2014, HJTA California Commentary

        If that isn’t plain enough – here’s a restatement: California’s politicians can ask voters to approve bonds, announcing the funds will be used for a specific purpose, then they can turn around and do anything they want with the money. And while there’s been a lot of coverage and debate over big statewide bond votes, the real money is in the countless local bond issues that collectively now encumber California’s taxpayers with well over $250 billion in debt.
        Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/11/166-local-tax-increase-proposals-on.html#sxz3cbJd2bFhRsEd.99

        You can bet the lame stream media won’t cover any of that!

        Trough feeders rejoice! You sheered the sheeple again.

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  10. bob
    bob 4 November, 2014, 10:17

    Controller John Chiang drops bombshell on California public pensions

    State Controller John Chiang dropped a political bomb the other day, although he was so quiet about it, one could say it was a stealth bomb.

    Chiang added public pension systems to his already large fiscal database. One chart reveals that their “unfunded liabilities” – the gap between assets and liabilities for current and future pensions – exploded from $6.3 billion in 2003 to $198.2 billion in 2013.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/dan-walters/article3507521.html

    But nothing to see here folks, so just move along. Saw horse, Doglass, Teddy are here to assure us there is nothing wrong and we are all just paranoid doomers, so paste on a happy face, vote for bonds and tax increases, and always pay your taxes with a smile. Your rulers will have it no other way (and the sheeple will baa with alacrity).

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 4 November, 2014, 11:04

      It’s all temporary noize until the interest rates involutarily rise, bob. I’m telling you….6% or higher? Turn off the stove. We’re done. Do the math. Simple percentages. A 7th grader could do it given the values to plug into the equation. You don’t have to have a Phd in math or be a hard nosed financial investigative reporter to figure this out. Do the math yourself. It’s unsustainable. The unknown variable is ‘time’. But there’s an 85% certainty it happens within 5 years.

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      • S Moderation Douglas
        S Moderation Douglas 4 November, 2014, 14:36

        “But there’s an 85% certainty it happens within 5 years.”

        May we quote you on that?

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        • SeeSaw
          SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 13:59

          If you can cite documentation showing that 85% certainty, please do. Nobody cares about your opinion, unless you can prove it.

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        • Skippingdog
          Skippingdog 4 November, 2014, 20:24

          He used to claim it was all going to fall down by 2013. It seems he has a poor track record for predicting the end of the financial world as we know it.

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          • Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
            Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 5 November, 2014, 07:06

            It’s true Skip— he had yet another epic prediction fail here the other day re the Stockton bk case! LMAO he’s slow….

    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 13:33

      Bob, you could go to the Far East and let ISIS help you out of your pain. You would not have to worry about your taxes anymore!

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 4 November, 2014, 14:01

        Oh, stop it with your fear mongering over ISIS. The illegals crossing our southern border at will by the millions are a MUCH greater threat than ISIS could ever be. You people eat whatever is force fed to you by the mainstream media without even smelling or looking at it first. hah. No wonder the world laughs at us. ISIS is a US creation. We even armed them with their military weapons! hah. A gift from POTUS Obola to the defense contractors! We can’t survive without starting wars and creating makeshift enemies. At your age you should know that. 😉

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        • S Moderation Douglas
          S Moderation Douglas 4 November, 2014, 14:24

          “Fear mongering”

          LOL !!!

          “34 million green cards!! Oh my !! And they’re ALL coming to California !!!”

          Hey! Maybe we can arm them with military weapons as they come across the border! hah.

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        • SeeSaw
          SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 14:49

          Who is fear mongering over ISIS? I was inviting Bob to go away to ISIS. They can remove all of his pain in one swipe. Then he wouldn’t have to whine and bray about his taxes anymore.

          I’m not afraid of the illegals who are just coming here to get a better life and get their children away from the murderous drug cartels in Mexico–if I were they, I would come over too. I do want people, legal or illegal, to engage in propriety when it comes to neighbors, littering, etc. The only jobs they can get, on their own, are in the service industries, hotels, restaurants, car washes, gardening, etc. Its true that the illegals ruined the careers of many blue collar construction workers, in the 80’s–my spouse included–the perpetrators there were the legal developers and builders who preferred substandard work over skilled work. They just canceled the union contracts and used one skilled worker on every job as a, “pickup-man”, to fix everything the illegals did wrong. Kudos should go to the Public-Sector that never let in the illegals. The illegals who come here and participate in gang/drug activities should be deported immediately.

          I don’t have a political leader named Obola. The name of the POTUS is, President Obama. Try a little respect sometime, and your life might brighten up a little–you could actually go out into the sunlight instead of posting, incognito, with your curtains closed.

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          • LetitCollapse
            LetitCollapse 4 November, 2014, 17:54

            “I’m not afraid of the illegals who are just coming here to get a better life and get their children away from the murderous drug cartels in Mexico–if I were they, I would come over too.”

            And I would expect such a comment from someone who has no compassion for the financial misery heaped upon our younger americans generations who will suffer greatly due to the massive pension debt that you contribute to. Obviously, you don’t give a crap about all those unemployed US citizens who can’t find work because illegals come here and steal their jobs. And you told bob to leave the country??? HAH! bob is 10 times the american that you are!!! 😉

          • LetitCollapse
            LetitCollapse 4 November, 2014, 18:01

            “The name of the POTUS is, President Obama. Try a little respect sometime, and your life might brighten up a little–you could actually go out into the sunlight instead of posting, incognito, with your curtains closed.”

            The POTUS is not entitled to automatic respect. He must EARN it. My parents taught me to only respect those who show respect in return. And that has stuck with my my entire life. Obola neither respects me nor does he respect the common American citizen. He’s a repeated liar and a con man to boot. I don’t respect liars or con men. Sorry. If you want to go down that road, be my guest. They tell me it’s a free country. 🙂

          • ted Steele, Associate Prof.
            ted Steele, Associate Prof. 4 November, 2014, 18:32

            Poor Collapso Constipado has issues with the President’s race

            I can only imagine how he/she was raised.

      • bob
        bob 4 November, 2014, 14:33

        Well, as long as your on the subject of death…Governor Lamb said old people have a duty to die so they don’t use up socieity’s resources. Guess what, saw horse? He was a Demoncrat. You’d better hope he doesn’t find out you are getting a pension 109% of your highest year’s salary. He may tell you to hurry up and die.

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        • SeeSaw
          SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 13:56

          I didn’t get 109%. I forfeited 13% off the top for a beneficiary. I’m not familiar with Governor Lamb–will check him out–he probably already has one foot in his own grave. He would approve of my pension–it is a far cry from 100K.

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    • S Moderation Douglas
      S Moderation Douglas 4 November, 2014, 14:34

      Not really a bombshell. On this (and other) websites they have been consistently quoting $500 billion since 2010.

      there is nothing wrong and you are all just paranoid doomers, so paste on a happy face, vote for bonds and tax increases, and always pay your taxes with a smile.

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  11. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 11:57

    I hope Governor Brown, “drowns”, Kashkari!

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  12. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 14:06

    Well Bob, now I am up to snuff on Governor Lamm of CO. He was last in office in 1987. Since he is now 79 years old, he might have changed his mind, because he has passed his own expiration date.

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  13. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 4 November, 2014, 15:52

    Doomed….

    California has a long way to go compared to Illinois, Rhode Island, Ct, New Jersey…..but catching up due to deferred everything in big cities…

    For example the tourists toilets San Diego and SF….old, filthy, expensive, tacky, lots of poor people….lots of corpulent rich people….bad roads, high costs for basic services…LA….no discussion…..Somalia lite.

    To turn these nightmares around requires massive dollars…..some feel pensions of government workers should be cut to improve the tourist toilets…..hardly…

    So….Kash takes a bow and gets some kudos for a valiant thought provoking fight….Sutter keeps his treats….Jerry runs for president and settles for Vice President…..ah….what a ticket.

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 19:53

      LIC, I care deeply about American workers–I have spent my whole adult life among them. Sixty-thousand factories closed during the Bush Administration because all the jobs have been off-shored, leaving 26 million Americans abruptly without means of supporting their families. That is why we are having so much economic trouble–there are no jobs anymore; the illegals are not to blame for the total lost of our middle-class economic foundation–factories!

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 19:55

      JB better not leave the people of CA to run for President. He did that before; I will not forgive him a second time.

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  14. ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    ted Steele, Associate Prof. 4 November, 2014, 18:33

    Sadly McConell will probably win– I hope the Dems get Kansas!

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  15. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 4 November, 2014, 20:01

    What absolute BS, LIC. My pension is funded mainly by investment earnings which do not add to your pension debt. I was trying to get Bob to count his blessings–something you certainly don’t know how to do either!

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  16. Queeg
    Queeg 4 November, 2014, 20:19

    Saw…shun the tome scribe….he is wrong on all levels….a depressed cap-

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  17. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 4 November, 2014, 20:44

    I just adore the imperial trumpet music that they always play on election day on NPR and ALL the ‘mainstream’ television news outlets. Odd how they all play exactly the same bit of music…Must be some kind of powerful subliminal signal to the plebs…”IMPERIAL ELECTION DAY, VERY IMPORTANT, VERY IMPORTANT”

    Also, visualize Candy Crowley stuffing her face at a buffet in a northern Virginia Marriott. Must be fun.

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  18. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 4 November, 2014, 21:58

    Bill…..that is the Post Of The Month so far, hands down.

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