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California Election 2006 Watch: The Schwarzenegger – Angelides Debate

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and opponent Phil Angelides meet for a photo opportunity before the Governors Debate 2006 at Sacramento State University October 7, 2006.

AP: Schwarzenegger, Angelides Spar Over Economy

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic state Treasurer Phil Angelides sparred over the direction of the state’s economy Saturday in their first and only debate of the gubernatorial campaign.

In a series of sharp exchanges, Schwarzenegger and Angelides differed over higher education fees, taxes and the state of California’s middle class.

Angelides said fees at the California State University and University of California systems have risen by thousands of dollars under Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger noted that college fees rose dramatically under his predecessor, former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, and that he has capped them this year.

He also attacked Angelides as wanting to raise billions in taxes if he is elected on Nov. 7.

The debate (Flap watched the televised event) was a boring exchange of generally known facts in a strange and ineffective format. In fact, the moderator Stan Statham was hard pressed to fill the remaining time after 50 minutes of ennui.

So, who wins?

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and his opponent California Treasurer Phil Angelides, right, begin their debate moderated by Stan Stathem, president of the California Broadcasters Association at Sacramento State University.

Why?

The Governator is the incumbent and Phil Angelides was unable to make the case why California voters should replace him.

Schwarzenneger looked tight during the first twenty minutes of the debate/conversation. It wan’t until Arnold made the quip of the night while addressing Angelides: “You sound like Uncle Teddy at Thanksgiving Dinner.” – referring to wife Maria Schriver’s Uncle Ted Kennedy that he loosened up and started to smile. Angelides did not act like the GEEK that he looked but was not in the same league as the Hollywood action star.

On policy matters Angelides failed to provide specifics as to how he would pay for his education and other middle class taxpayer initiatives. When challenged by the Governor as to his desire to raise taxes, the California Treasurer demurred. He did reference but not overtly his desire to increase the highest tax rate on personal income for wealthy taxpayers – like in the Reagan and Wilson years.

The format was strange and awkward. There were no opening or closing statements – although each candidate in answering their first question filibustered and gave an opening statement in any event. The end of the debate was anti-climactic. There were 13-14 questions asked of the candidates but comprehensive answers were relegated to boring talking points obviously memorized by each candidate.

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Mo Kashmiri of Oakland, Calif., makes his point about the number of debates between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic challenger Phil Angelides before their one and only debate at California State University in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006.

More debates?

Both candidates are so “canned” in their approach unless the format was like a presidential debate they shouldn’t bother – and won’t. Questions asked by journalists with time limits and the ability to follow-up should be the mandated format. California voters were cheated tonight by both candidates and their campaigns.

Arnold holds the lead in the polls and based on tonight’s performance should cruise into re-election.

Stay tuned…..


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Mark Foley Sex Scandal Watch: Three More Pages Accuse Foley

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ABC News: Three More Former Pages Accuse Foley of Online Sexual Approaches

Three more former congressional pages have come forward to reveal what they call “sexual approaches” over the Internet from former Congressman Mark Foley.

The pages served in the classes of 1998, 2000 and 2002. They independently approached ABC News after the Foley resignation through the Brian Ross & the Investigative Team‘s tip line on ABCNews.com. None wanted their names used because of the sensitive nature of the communications.

“I was seventeen years old and just returned to [my home state] when Foley began to e-mail me, asking if I had ever seen my page roommates naked and how big their penises were,” said the page in the 2002 class.

The former page also said Foley told him that if he happened to be in Washington, D.C., he could stay at Foley’s home if he “would engage in oral sex” with Foley.

Obviously NO prank here…….

Allah has a comprehensive linkage of updating Foley scandal events.

With this revelation a Hastert apology is certainly not enough.

Look at some of the polls here, here, and here. And they are likely to get worse.

If the GOP wishes to lose 50-60 seats and the majority in the United States Senate, then leave Hastert as Speaker and Boehner as Majority Leader.

The President as head of the Republican Party should have a nationally televised news conference Friday and accept the GOP House leadership’s resignations.

Stay tuned…….

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Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert Watch: Hastert on the Laura Ingraham Show

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Fox News is reporting that a GOP pollster has reported to the GOP House Leadership that the continued presence of Speaker Hastert could mean a loss of up to 50 seats in the November election versus 20 seats if he leaves.

Speaker Hastert is to have a news conference soon.

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is being interviewed by Laura Ingraham on her national radio show. Hastert states that the “buck stops here” on the Mark Foley sex scandal.

The Speaker should RESIGN.

Hastert’s responses are WEAK and PATHETIC.

He has cancelled all of his GOP fundraising for the next week.

New York Times: Hastert Tells Conservative He’ll Resign If It Helps GOP

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., told a leading conservative Wednesday that he would resign as the top congressional leader if it would help the Republican Party stave off defeat in November.But conservative activist Paul Weyrich said Hastert has rejected calls for his resignation because he believes it would prompt “a feeding frenzy” that ultimately would lead to the downfall of other GOP leaders as well.

“He said if he thought that resigning would be helpful to the Republicans maintaining the majority, he would do it. But he did not think it would be helpful for Republicans,” Weyrich said in an interview after holding what he described as an emotional telephone conversation with Hastert, who is home in Illinois campaigning and trying to deal with the fallout from the Mark Foley scandal.

Hastert HAS to GO.

Will his help the GOP maintain the majorities in the House and Senate?

Doubtful…….look for a Democrat landslide in November.

American voters will punish Republicans for their abysmal handling of this matter.

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California Election 2006 Watch: Angelides Campaign Admits Schwarzenegger LEAK

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Cathy Calfo, campaign manager for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, state Treasurer Phil Angelides responds to a question concerning audio tapes of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006. Calfo acknowledged that the Angelides campaign had downloaded an audio file of a private meeting in which the governor remarked on a Hispanic legislator’s fiery temperament. Calfo went on to say that the campaign had done nothing wrong because the file was available publicly on the governor’s Web site.

AP: Rival admits leaking Schwarzenegger tape

The campaign of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Democratic rival acknowledged Tuesday that it downloaded — and leaked to the media — a recording of a private meeting in which the governor described a Hispanic legislator as having a “very hot” personality.

But Cathy Calfo, campaign manager for Democrat Phil Angelides, said the campaign had done nothing wrong because the file was available publicly on the governor’s Web site.

“No one hacked,” Calfo said at a news conference to address the role played by the Angelides campaign, first reported by The Sacramento Bee. “They accessed information that was available to the public.”

Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendelsohn said someone would have had to snoop to find the audio file.

“The file that was leaked to the Los Angeles Times was in a private area of the governor’s server not accessible to the public without manipulation of information,” he said.

Phil Angelides has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. The Flap amounted to not much but this revelation on how Angelides’ staff HACKED the Governor’s website will SINK his campaign like a stone.

Flap hears the FAT LADY singing the final chorus on this race.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger listens while California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Palm Springs, left, talks about tape-recorded comments the governor made about her at a news conference in Santa Monica, Calif., Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Schwarzenegger apologized Friday for saying during a closed-door meeting that Cubans and Puerto Ricans are naturally feisty and temperamental because of their combination of ‘black blood’ and ‘Latino blood.’ Garcia said she was not offended by the governor’s comments. Garcia earlier told the Los Angeles Times that she often calls herself a ‘hot-blooded Latina.’

So, Flap wants to know……was it Bob Mulholland behind this leak HACK?

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MM comments on who REALLY looks STUPID here – THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.

You know who else looks stupid here? The Los Angeles Times. Nice going, tools.

Can you imagine the LATimes editors accepting a leaked tape from GOP operatives and splashing its contents all over the front page in a last-ditch attempt to humiliate a Democrat governor?

Bias? What liberal bias?

INDEED….

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