CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 26


  • CalWatchdogLogoClinton, Sanders tied in CA, both lead Trump
  • San Jose Senate race splits Democrats
  • Cap-and-trade credits ain’t selling
  • High-speed rail behind schedule, short on funding
  • Presidential circus

Good morning! Happy Thursday.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are virtually tied in their quest for the Democratic presidential nomination among likely voters in California, with both leading the prospective Republican nominee, Donald Trump, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, according to the poll, the Republican brand is falling in California, even among Republicans, although neither party’s voters are widely satisfied with their choices for president.

And while it’s unclear how Californians will vote in November, they are currently rejecting by a wide margin Trump’s immigration positions to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border and to deport all or many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

CalWatchdog has more. 

In other news:

  • A San Jose Senate election highlights a rift in the Democratic Party between environmentalists and the more business-friendly wing, reports The Sacramento Bee
  • Proceeds from the latest cap and trade auction fell woefully short of expectations, leaving financial uncertainty for many state programs including high-speed rail. The Los Angeles Times has more. 
  • Speaking of high-speed rail, the timeline for completion of the first segment was pushed back four years. CalWatchdog has more. 

And here’s a quick roundup of the presidential circus:

  • 16 protesters were arrested in Anaheim yesterday at Trump events, according to The Orange County Register.
  • A Clinton event in Buena Park was much more subdued, although two men got topless, writes OC Weekly.
  • And this wasn’t just any two men, writes The Daily Caller.
  • The Trump candidacy has sparked an increase in Latino voter registration and citizenship in Fresno, with the latter increasing by around 25 percent in 2015, writes The Fresno Bee.  
  • But not all Latinos dislike Trump, writes the AP/SF Gate.



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