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Indian Gambling Compacts Headed To February 5 California Referendum

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Pechanga Casino in Temecula

Some of the richest California Indian tribes will be fighting with organized labor and racetrack interests this February 5th when California voters go to the polls to select a Presidential nominee.

Setting the stage for a political firefight, a labor union and racetrack owner yesterday filed ballot measures seeking to overturn expansive new gambling compacts for some of the state’s wealthiest Indian tribes.

Backers of the four referenda will have about 60 days to collect 434,000 signatures for each measure to qualify them for the Feb. 5 presidential primary election.
But everyone involved said they believe there is ample time to gather the necessary signatures.

The measures would give California voters an opportunity to pass judgment on compacts that would allow Sycuan of El Cajon, Pechanga of Temecula and two other tribes to build some of the largest casinos in the world.

If everyone thinks that California television airwaves will be blistering with ads from Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, you have seen nothing yet from the Indian tribes who stand to gain billions in gaming revenue.

The media campaign folks and consultants will make the big bucks as the labor unions portray the gaming agreements as the “rich getting richer.”

Will the other less affluent Indian tribes become involved?

Probably and it won’t be pretty.

Stay tuned…….

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Still A Contender for California Governor in 2008?

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells reporters, “I have a relationship with Ms. (Mirthala) Salinas, and I take full responsibility for my actions.” Salinas is an evening anchor for Telemundo, Channel 52.

You remember the story?

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa has an affair with a Telemundo, Channel 52 political reporter who has also had personal relationships with other California politicians (Fabien Nunez and Alex Padilla) she has covered on her political beat. They Mayor’s wife Corrina has filed for divorce and Mayor Villaraigosa is attempting to quell the political scandal.

This Sacramento Bee piece says “NO HARM NO FOUL”: Despite affair, Villaraigosa still seen as 2010 contender

Don’t dismiss Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from the 2010 governor’s race just because he revealed Tuesday he had an ongoing extramarital relationship, political analysts say.

Many believe Villaraigosa’s revelation will have only a marginal impact on the Democrat’s chances to win the state’s top office in three years. The former Assembly speaker is still considered among the early front-runners in a large field once Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is termed out.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s admission that he has a relationship with TV anchor Mirthala Salinas comes less than a month after he announced his separation from his wife of two decades, Corina Villaraigosa. She filed for divorce the next day.

Villaraigosa said Tuesday he has had a relationship with reporter Mirthala Salinas of the Spanish language network Telemundo that has evolved over time, according to a recording posted online by the Los Angeles Times.

Salinas once covered the mayor as a political reporter. About a year ago, Villaraigosa said, the relationship “had grown to a point where it was necessary to inform her management that she shouldn’t cover me. … They agreed,” the Associated Press reported.

The acknowledgment of the relationship came after the mayor separated last month from his wife, Corina, who has since filed for divorce. At the time, Villaraigosa took responsibility for the breakup but refused to answer questions about what he had done to cause it. He acknowledged the relationship Tuesday after the Los Angeles Daily News confirmed his involvement with Salinas through his 88-year-old mother-in-law.

Let’s look at the quotes of the political analysts:

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a University of Southern California political science professor:

“If it looks like Antonio Villaraigosa has the best chance of taking back the Governor’s Office, California Democrats will be very forgiving. It’s as simple as that.”

The Democrats will NOT be forging with the former California Controller Steve Westly, Attorney General and Former Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor John Garamendi and former State Senator Jackie Speier in the field. There is even talk that former California Treasurer Phil Angelides, defeated by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 may run.

The Democrats will need a strong candidate to beat either California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2010. Mayor Villaraigosa with these revelations will not be THAT candidate.

Garry South, who ran Democratic gubernatorial campaigns for Davis and former state Controller Steve Westly:

“I don’t think the revelations are helpful, and I think anyone would be a fool to think they would not have an impact when you have to run a high-visibility, high-scrutiny race for governor,” South said. “What kind of person you’ve been will play a factor.”

Agreed. Flap continues to maintain that politically Mayor Villar is DONE – Put a Fork in him.

If the Democrats do not have him for lunch, certainly the GOP will have him for dinner.


A contrairian opinion piece suggests Mayor Villar is NOT Done because of Rudy Giuliani and Ronald Reagan.

But, although Rudy leads in the polls has he been elected yet? And Antonio is NO Rudy or Reagan!

He is more like Henry Cisneros.

Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo newswoman, interviews L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the state Capitol on June 21, 2006. Villaraigosa has now acknowledged that he has “a relationship” with Salinas.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: The End of a Political Career

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Tony Strickland Watch: Strickland Eyes Tom McClintock’s California State Senate Seat in 2008

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GOP Controller candidate and former Simi-Thousand Oaks Assemblyman Tonyt Strickland speaking at the September 2005 California Republican Party Convention.

FlashReport: Tony Strickland looks to follow Tom McClintock into the State Senate

Last night, I had the opportunity to sit next to Tony and Audra Strickland at the wedding reception of a mutual friend. Tony, of course, is a former State Assemblyman and was the GOP nominee for State Controller last year. His wife, Audra, currently represents the 37th Assembly District as a member of the California legislature.

In chatting with Tony, he shared with me that on Friday, he had opened up a campaign committee and will be seeking the Republican nomination to succeed State Senator Tom McClintock in that Ventura County-based district, that stretches up into Santa Barbara County. Needless to say, the Strickland name has become quote familiar to residents in that area, and Tony becomes the immediate front-runner. His recent run for State Controller has helped to keep his name ID ‘current’ in the minds of voters — in addition to having his wife, Audra, serving as the State Assemblywoman for much of the district.

This move by tony Strickland was well-anticipated in Ventura County, California GOP politics.

Strickland is the front-runner and ANY thoughts that Mike Stoker, a field representative for current California State Senator, Tom McClintock are DELUSIONS of GRANDEUR.

Look for an uncontested February 2008 GOP primary election for this seat and for Tony Strickland to be the next State Senator.

Stay tuned…….


California Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) and Tony Strickland

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