According to a very recent Public Policy Institute of California Poll, Senator Dianne Feinstein’s lead over Kevin De Leon for re-election to her U.S. Senate seat has been cut in half, down from 22 points earlier this summer to 11 points now. Some observers say Feinstein’s drop in the Democrat-on-Democrat runoff, can be attributed to her insidious performance in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. They say Republican voters who are “orphaned” in the Democrat-only election, who were previously lined up to vote for the much older Feinstein over former State Senate President Kevin De Leon, are having trouble sticking with Feinstein over the shabby treatment she has given President Trump’s nominee in the Committee.
Count me in as one of those conservative voters who will reject Feinstein on November 6 and vote for De Leon instead!….
…I am outraged at what Dianne Feinstein has done to Brett Kavanaugh. The one power I have to address this outrage is to not vote for her. But that is not enough in my opinion. Democrats who rule in California have succeeded in disenfranchising Republicans like me out of the option of voting for a Republican party candidate in the General election. But they can’t stop me from just ignoring my ballot in this election. So I am going to do what those Democrats would think unthinkable of me. I am going to vote for Kevin De Leon for the U.S. Senate this November and heartily encourage all my Republican friends to do the same. Let’s make the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh the reason why Dianne Feinstein is finally retired from politics. It will not make the Senate more liberal
, it will simply make California’s liberal Senate representation less effective. And I believe
, God will still help us even with Kevin De Leon.
One of the few times in recent memory I have voted for such an outspoken leftie. But, Senator Feinstein is just THAT bad for California.
California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein talking to the San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board
Well, it is clear that Senator Feinstein will NOT be debating her opponent, Republican Elizabeth Emken.
California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, in the midst of a 2012 re-election campaign, said today that she has no intention of debating her GOP opponent, Danville activist Elizabeth Emken, because “I haven’t seen the point.”
Feinstein, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1992, made the comments today during an hour-long Chronicle editorial board session.
Just weeks ago, California’s senior senator walked out on ABC 7?s Mark Matthews when he asked her about her decision this time to sidestep a debate. (“Some reporters get under your skin,” she laughed, when we noted that.)
I had DiFi’s previous refusal to debate Elizabeth Emken here, as Feinstein get testy with a reporter.
Here is today’s video:
I understand that the Senator is a long-standing and seasoned POL. Most Californians know her stands on the issues and she will win in a landslide.
But, to refuse to debate her opponent leaves a bad taste in most voter’s mouths, including mine.
Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Well, Senator Feinstein doesn’t want to take a shoo-in campaign for re-election and turn it into a gaffe-fest.
Soooo, DiFi will do some token events, raise lots of money and ignore Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken.
Works for her – but pretty pathetic government in very blue California.
Here is the video:
I thought the Senator was going to take the reporter’s shoulder off…..
While the California Republican Party has endorsed Elizabeth Emken for California United State Senate, the more conservative California Republican Assembly has just announced their endorsement for businessman, Al Ramirez.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Al Ramirez, an accomplished businessman, received the endorsement of the California Republican Assembly (CRA) at the group’s endorsing convention on Sunday.
“I’m incredibly pleased and honored to have the support of the State’s oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization,” said Ramirez. “The endorsement of the CRA demonstrates that our message is resonating with Republicans across the State. We simply cannot afford more of the same socialistic policies of Feinstein and Obama. It’s time to restore the American Dream in California.”
The CRA endorsement is one of the most coveted in all of Republican politics. Ronald Reagan even referred to the CRA as “The conscience of the Republican Party.”
Candidates seeking the CRA endorsement went through a rigorous vetting process which included giving speeches to the entire delegation and facing a session of tough questioning in front of a “Fact Finding Committee.” In order to receive an endorsement, a candidate must be supported by two-thirds of the voting delegates.
Ramirez was endorsed overwhelmingly by a vote of the entire CRA delegation late Sunday morning.
This endorsement has to deliver a decided edge to Ramirez, especially with so many candidates in the race vying to run against the front-runner and incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Millions of dollars were embezzled from her campaign. Twenty-two challengers are trying to knock her off in the June primary. And the stakes in the November election are nothing less than control of Capitol Hill.
But U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t a bit worried. Her campaign is on cruise control, her re-election all but certain — yet again.
After holding elected office for all but five of the last 42 years, Feinstein is the doyenne of California Democrats. She’s so politically bulletproof that no A-list candidates are wasting their time and money trying to dethrone her.
At 78, Feinstein has become the rare lawmaker who plays to her own political base while not overly riling her opponents. “She should have her easiest re-election ever,” said Gary Jacobson, a UC San Diego political science professor.
Feinstein, who won her last two elections in landslides, attributes her success to her work ethic and her ability to get along with fellow Washington politicians during venomous times. “I am known for working hard, and I can tell you if I wasn’t, I would have some major opposition,” Feinstein said in an interview last week.
Just how little she has to worry about was shown in a recent Survey USA poll. It found 51 percent of California’s likely voters intend to vote for Feinstein, while Republicans Elizabeth Emken of Danville and Dan Hughes of Oceanside were backed by 2 percent each. All other candidates clocked in at either 1 percent or zero.
But, will this endorsement be enough for Ramirez to come in second place above Elizbeth Emken and Dan Hughes?
California’s Senor U.S. Senator Dianne FeinsteinWhy these folks are bothering, is beyond me.
No proven Republican candidates have stepped up yet to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but six little-known longshots plus Laguna Niguel’s Orly Taitz are trying to gain traction.
Senate hopefuls Elizabeth Emken, Dan Hughes, Al Ramirez and Greg Conlon were pumping the flesh at last month’s convention of the California Republican Party, according to the Sacramento Bee’s coverage of the event.
There’s also Ron Paul-styled Republican Rick Williams and San Diego County businessman John Boruff.
Noe of these candidates has a hope or a prayer to beat DiFi.
In fact, the California Republican Party was unsuccessful in recruiting any known POL to run – doesn’t that tell you something?
Elizabeth Emken and familyElizabeth Emken announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for California United States Senate yesterday, Is she is succesfull in winning a top two spot, she undoubtedly will face off against long-time incumbent Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.
I believe Emken is the only announced Republican candidate.
She has previously run for office in California’s 11th Congressional District in 2010. She finished fourth in the Republican primary election with 16.7% of the vote.
Emken will face a tough race against the popular and very well heeled incumbent Senator who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Here is a video of her past race:Her Senate campaign website is here.
Unless lightening strikes, I would say Emken’s chances of beating Feinstein are very slim.
A morning collection of links and comments about my home, California.
The buzz in the Capitol today is that long time Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is not polling well in the latest California Field Poll. In fact, her numbers are the lowest for her since 1992. If any pundit really thinks DiFi is vulnerable, I will refer them to Carly Fiorina who was the last Republican challenger to a California Democratic U.S. Senator who was deemed vulnerable = recently re-elected Barbara Boxer.
DiFi is not going anywhere except back to the Senate, barring any health problems. But, I wonder who the GOP will run in 2012 as the sacrificial lamb?
The poll graphic:In Los Angeles, everyone is talking about the L.A. Dodgers and the owner Frank McCourt. The Commissioner of Major League Baseball who took over control of the team some time ago from McCourt disapproved a new Fox Sports television contract which may precipitate a sale of the team, lawsuits, and/or a bankruptcy filing. Likely, there will be all of the above, but most folks in L.A. want McCourt and his wife to be gone and the Dodgers to concentrate on baseball.
Oh yeah and McCourt owns the Los Angeles Marathon too. I might just have to run in Pasadena next Spring.
OK – on to the links:
Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, made it clear that there are legal implications — lawsuit, anyone? — with the decision on legislative pay that state Controller John Chiang is expected to make Tuesday.
Steinberg suggested that any decision by the Controller would be legally questionable.
The question that got Steinberg reverting back to the lawyer that he is: Will you be able to hold out and negotiate all summer if your members are not being paid.
The unspoken suggestion: that legislators would cave on demands of $2 billion to $6 billion more in cuts to schools, universities and public safety to ensure they get their salary and daily expenses.
“It is a bad precedent for anybody in the executive branch to question the quality of a budget passed by the Legislature,” he told reporters after a quick Senate session Monday. “Because to do so is to shift the balance of power … in a way that is dangerous.
“Think about if there was a governor, a treasurer or controller from the other party and they were unhappy with the quality of the budget the Legislature passed, they would have the ability — if Proposition 25 is interpreted in a way some suggest — to say it’s not good enough, we withhold your pay until you make all of the decisions and and all of the cuts that we believe are appropriate.”
The follow-up question: Could withholding legislators’ pay “tip the balance” to legislators accepting the governor’s cuts?
“If it is an attempt to tip the balance, then it is a conflict of interest like California has never seen,” Steinberg said.
Salary matters are best decided by the Citizens Compensation Commission, Steinberg said, and legislators should not be forced to determine their vote based on whether or not they would be paid.
Many kudos on baseball websites today for blogger Larry Behrendt’s detailing of the case against Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, from the interlocking companies that mean the Dodgers now pay rent for their own stadium and parking lots, to the ticket revenue that gets drained elsewhere, to the huge debt and lavish personal spending. Behrendt posted before commissioner Bud Selig stepped in today to nix the deal with Fox. But that’s exactly what Behrendt felt Selig must do…..
Over the next two weeks, Bud Selig will face the defining moment of his career as Commissioner of Major League Baseball….
There is no doubt: Commissioner Selig should reject the Dodgers-Fox contract, seize control of the Dodgers, and sell the team to a responsible owner who will (with the grateful help of millions of my fellow left coasters) restore the team to its former greatness. Selig must act to prevent Frank McCourt from continuing to plunder the team. Selig must act before the team is saddled with even greater debt, while the team’s reputation can still be salvaged and the team is still marketable to a worthy owner….
How much have the McCourts managed to extract from the Dodgers? Well, if we ignore the debt the Dodgers took on so that the McCourts could buy the Dodgers but include the McCourt salaries, the McCourts have withdrawn from the Dodgers anywhere from $109 million (Frank McCourt’s estimate) to $141 million (Jamie McCourt’s estimate). The truth is, the real amount the McCourts plundered from the Dodgers may be more than $141 million – at the moment, all we have to go on is what each McCourt has been willing to admit to.
I(In case you were wondering, during their ownership of the Dodgers the McCourts have paid not one penny in income tax.)
We’re getting the distinct feeling that something is up. Just got an “advisory” that Rep. Lynn Woolsey will hold a press conference at her home Monday in Petaluma “joined by Rep. Barbara Lee and friends and family.”
Hmmm. Remember, back in December Woolsey’s peeps told us she was “thinking of” retiring and they’d let us know by June. Tick…tock…tick…
All that Woolsey spokesperson Bart Acocella will say is: “I can tell you that she will make an announcement on the 27th about her future plans.”
Even with the state’s new redistricting plan likely to create a very-different looking 6th District, there’s already a line forming to snag the super-safe Democratic seat-for-life, starting with termed out Assemblyman Jared Huffman and activist and author Norman Solomon, Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams, state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane.
Here’s another name to toss in the mix: What about Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom?
Yes, we know the duties of Lt. Gov. are…uh…pressing. Especially when he has to walk the Governor’s dog. But eyebrows raised when Newsom just moved to…wait for it…Marin County to live with his in-laws after they had their second child.
Enjoy your morning!
The must be smoking crack over at Hot Air to even suggest that DiFi is in any trouble.
A new poll from California shows Dianne Feinstein falling below 50% in re-elect support, a rating than in any other state might mean something. McClatchy sends up the red flag from the latest Harris Poll, which gives the four-term Senator only a +4 on support for a fifth term, hitting below 50%: (…)
Despite this poll analysis, Senator Feinstein is very safe, especially with the expected turnout for Obama’s re-election to be high. I mean, if Carly Fiorina gets blown out by 10 points against Sen. Barbara Boxer who was much less popular and there was a lower Dem turnout of voters…..
And, should Feinstein, who will be 78 in June, have health problems, the California Dems have a deep bench with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ready to duke it out as her replacement.
California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on the floor of the Senate today
Hell, Dianne, you are so out of touch and out of California so much you probably don’t even know where the damn California prisons are.
No thank you, we Californians don’t want any of the GITMO terrorist folks in our state.
Because they will be placed in OUR neighborhoods – not yours but OURS.
By the way, after her little suck up to the LEFT Senator Feinstein voted to withhold funding for moving the Gitmo terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay because Obama had “NO PLAN.”
This was little publicized but Democrat California United States Senator Dianne Feinstein announced on Friday that she opposed the Employee Free Choice Act – as it is currently written.
Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office put out a low-ball statement Friday making clear she won’t be supporting the Employee Free Choice Act, the labor movement’s top congressional priority, at least in its present form.
As a policy matter, the measure would make it easier for employees to organize unions; as a political one, it would give President Obama, who campaigned in support of the legislation, and majority Democrats in Congress, a visible achievement on behalf of workers at a time of seething public anger at CEOs and corporations.
A co-sponsor of the legislation in the last Congress, Feinstein in recent days has been the target of an organized netroots campaign to pressure her into coming out in favor of the bill. The online effort came during a three-day Capitol Hill lobbying effort by the Teamsters, which sent a delegation to her office Thursday.
While Feinstein does not face re-election until 2012 as a senator, her flip-flop on labor’s most crucial legislation would be problematic in a contested Democratic primary for governor — another sign that she is unlikely to enter the race for governor next year.
Card Check appears to be dead this session of Congress.
But, Feinstein has had conversions before. Remember Leon Panetta as CIA Director?
The LEFT might not immediatley be pleased with DiFi but Flap’s bet is that Card Check will be re-written and she will then climb on board.