This graphic pretty much sums it up but some pundits are saying MORE House seats than 50.
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In a little over an hour the California polls will open and voters will have an opportunity to “CORRECT” the disastrous elections of the past few election cycles.
But, will they?
Stay tuned as I report election trends and returns from Thousand Oaks and later in the day from the Big “OC” and the Irvine, California Republican Party election night event.
The Day By Day Archive
OK, here are my California Ballot Proposition Recommendations:
YES on Proposition 23: SUSPENDS IMPLEMENTATION OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROL LAW (AB 32) REQUIRING MAJOR SOURCES OF EMISSIONS TO REPORT AND REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAT CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING, UNTIL UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 5.5 PERCENT OR LESS FOR FULL YEAR. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
NO on Proposition 24: REPEALS RECENT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW BUSINESSES TO LOWER THEIR TAX LIABILITY. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
No on Proposition 25: CHANGES LEGISLATIVE VOTE REQUIREMENT TO PASS BUDGET AND BUDGET-RELATED LEGISLATION FROM TWO-THIRDS TO A SIMPLE MAJORITY. RETAINS TWO-THIRDS VOTE REQUIREMENT FOR TAXES. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
Yes on Proposition 26: REQUIRES THAT CERTAIN STATE AND LOCAL FEES BE APPROVED BY TWO-THIRDS VOTE. FEES INCLUDE THOSE THAT ADDRESS ADVERSE IMPACTS ON SOCIETY OR THE ENVIRONMENT CAUSED BY THE FEE-PAYER’S BUSINESS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
And, there you have the rest of the California Propositions on tomorrow’s ballot. Part one is here (Propositions 19 through 22).
OK, here are my California Ballot Proposition Recommendations:
NO on Proposition 19: LEGALIZES MARIJUANA UNDER CALIFORNIA BUT NOT FEDERAL LAW. PERMITS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REGULATE AND TAX COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE OF MARIJUANA. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
YES on Proposition 20: REDISTRICTING OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
NO on Prpposition 21: ESTABLISHES $18 ANNUAL VEHICLE LICENSE SURCHARGE TO HELP FUND STATE PARKS AND WILDLIFE PROGRAMS. GRANTS SURCHARGED VEHICLES FREE ADMISSION TO ALL STATE PARKS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
YES on Proposition 22: PROHIBITS THE STATE FROM BORROWING OR TAKING FUNDS USED FOR TRANSPORTATION, REDEVELOPMENT, OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROJECTS AND SERVICES. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
The rest I will post later in the day.
Looks like former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman is finally announcing a run for California Governor.
Former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman officially submitted her bid to explore a run for governor on Monday.
The move by the billionaire businesswoman sets up what’s expected to be an expensive, 17-month auction between herself and Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the 2010 Republican primary.
“California faces challenges unlike any other time in its history — a weak and faltering economy, massive job losses, and an exploding state budget deficit. California is better than this, and I refuse to stand by and watch it fail,” Whitman said in a prepared statement, announcing her exploration of a run for governor. “Now is the time for people across the state to join in a cause for change, excellence and a new California.”
Whitman, 52, first stepped onto the political stage in last year’s presidential campaign, initially as a fundraiser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, then as a senior adviser to Republican nominee John McCain.
McCain, at one point, called Whitman one of the “three wisest people” he knew, handing her a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
The race will be an expensive one in the June GOP primary election between Whitman and California Insurance Commissioner and fellow billionaire Steve Poizner.
Whitman has an impressive list of Republican endorsers including former California Governor and U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain. Other California co-chairs of her campaign include:
- Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark
- Rep. Mary Bono-Mack, R-Palm Springs
- Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego
- Former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster
What is interesting is that Whitman boasts conservative and moderate pro-choice Republican supporters.
Whitman wil be criticzed having just registered as a Republican in 2007 and having missed some chances to vote in recent elections. But, unlike, Caroline Kennedy, Meg’s Whitman’s REAL success in business should trump these negatives.
Here is Whitman’s introductory video:
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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. talks with Central Intelligence Agency Director nominee Leon Panetta on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, prior to the start of Panetta’s nomination hearing before the committee. Feinstein initally voiced concerns over Panetta’s appointment.This is not too much of a surprise. In a previous poll, it is apparent that California voters like Feinstein and prefer her over the rest of the Democrat field.
The poll results:
- U.S.Senator Dianne Feinstein: 36%
- Attorney General Jerry Brown: 14%
- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: 9%
- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 9%
- Lt. Gov. John Garamendi: 4%
- Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell: 3%
- Ex-Controller Steve Westly: 1%
- Undecided: 22%
But will the DiFi run for Governor? She is 75 years old and is the new Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Jerry Brown is definitely running but can Feinstein who has always coveted the Governorship ignore these poll results?
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California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on MSNBC’s Hardball. Run the video ahead to the 8:00 mark for her comments on the California Governorship
Bad news for California Attorney General Jerry Brown as Dianne Feinstein continues to flirt with a run for California Governor to replace term-limited out Arnold Schwarzenegger. Brown all but announced his candidacy for the race earlier this week and has raised over $3 million.
But, Jerry Brown is worried about a Feinstein candidacy.
Feinstein: Well, as you know and I’ve said this, I take my new duty as chairman of the (Intelligence) Committee seriously. I want to see how it goes. You know, I’m one of those people that never says never. That’s just about the situation. It would be hard for me to do, no question, because I’ve got a 16-year commitment here.
On the other hand, I am really concerned about the state. You know, we’re now furloughing employees. We stopped all capital improvement projects. The state has a $42 billion deficit. There’s a structural deficit now built in. And I think whoever runs for the post of governor had better do so with a plan so that, if elected, that plan becomes their mandate to carry out.
Matthews: “When will you decide, you think?”
Feinstein: “Oh, later this year – most likely.”
Senator Feinstein freezes out other candidates like San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with these comments. It will be difficult for them to fundraise for a Governor race will Feinstein lingers about.
Jerry Brown is a definite go and a Feinstein-Brown Democrat Primary race in June 2010 will be a battle of the Titans – one which Feinstein has the advantage. See the latest poll:
Former Assistant United States Attorney and GOP California Governor candidate Bill Simon introduces Rudy Giuliani at the California Republican Party winter meeting, February 2007 – about 2: 50 into the video.
A California Republican activist has revealed to Flap that Bill Simon will be a candidate for California Lieutenant Governor in 2010.
Yes, it is possible.
Simon would have a clear field in the GOP primary election and incumbent Lt. Governor John Garamendi is rumored to be leaving the office to run for Governor on the Democrat side.
A team of Poizner – Simon both businessmen promising to revitalize California’s economy works for Flap and likely California voters.
However, Simon has to first set up his campaign committee which at this time he has not.
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So Says Ben Smith over at Politico. But, it has been known for quite some time here in California GOP circles.
Whitman will first have to beat the only elected statewide GOP officeholder, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the June 2010 primary election and then likely face off against Democrat former California Governor and current Attorney General Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.
Let’s look at a fairly recent poll:
Meg Whitman will have the support of California conservatives, Proposition 8 (pro-traditional marriage) supporters and will be able to self-fund a formidable advertising campaign.
The Poitico had another piece later in the day outlining an uphill battle for Whitman.
â€œThe good news for Meg Whitman is that sheâ€™s a billionaire and can finance a lavish campaign. The bad news is that her main rival, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, is also a billionaire and can match her dollar for dollar,â€ said John J. Pitney Jr., a political science professor at Californiaâ€™s Claremont McKenna College.
Despite her national profile, Whitman still faces an uphill climb in terms of voter identification. A November statewide survey of 527 registered voters conducted by the Field Poll showed that 67 percent had no opinion of the former eBay CEO while 17 percent held a favorable view and 16 percent viewed her negatively.
Flap thinks Whitman has “the outsider” working for her, especially since California voters are “pissed off” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democrat dominated California Legislature.
A fresh face is perhaps what the voters want, especially if she is to face retread California Governor Jerry Brown.