Palin: plotting a GOP coup?

28 February 2010 |permalink | email article

It’s time for the tea parties to “take over” the Republican Party, Sarah Palin told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday. The resigned Alaska governor said it ‘”would be easier to do so than reform one of the… read full story

Jerry Brown goes after health insurers

26 February 2010 |permalink | email article

California’s Attorney General has just received a huge political gift in the wake of Washington congressional hearings on huge insurance industry profits and increased premiums. Yesterday he subpoenaed financial records of the state’s seven largest health insurance companies.

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Insurance politics: premium hike war

25 February 2010 |permalink | email article

One subtext shadowing today’s marathon White House summit on meaningful health-care reform is the shocking example of insurance companies putting soaring profits and huge executive perks ahead of policyholders.

A notable example was the congressional hearing Wednesday in which… read full story

Brown gets real, crosses Tea Party

24 February 2010 |permalink | email article

The political honeymoon between Scott Brown, the newly seated Republican senator who killed the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority by winning a special election in Massachusetts, and the Tea Party may have set a record for brevity.

Brown’s sin was that,… read full story

Fixing what’s broken, Haig on politics

23 February 2010 |permalink | email article

A little noticed but key CNN/Opinion Research poll released Sunday finds that 86% of Americans think that the nation’s government is broken. But the survey also finds the public by 81% holds out the hope that what’s broken can… read full story

Fear, loathing and Glenn Beck

22 February 2010 |permalink | email article

In the parade of Republican presidential wannabes, self-styled Tea Party patriots and young Libertarians at CPAC’s annual carnival in Washington – no, Sarah Palin passed – it was Glenn Beck’s craziness which provided a paranoid tour about who was… read full story

Party of no, simulus package hypocrisy

21 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Mike Pence, the Indiana congressman and third ranking Republican in the House, issued a call to arms at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, urging grass-roots activists to utilize “our moment” and thrown the Democrats out of… read full story

How Scott Brown won

19 February 2010 |permalink | email article

As the Boston Globe reported this week, Massachusetts was the epicenter of a massive political earthquake – the election of a Republican to the seat long held by Ted Kennedy, an iconic Democrat. For the first time in 64… read full story

Bayh’s long goodbye

18 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh’s surprise decision not to seek reelection by pointing to excessive partisanship in Washington raises critical historical questions. I liked the Salon headline, Not his father’s son. It was a reference to Senator Birch Bayh, an… read full story

California politics

17 February 2010 |permalink | email article

New Rasmussen polls this week spell possible trouble for major Democratic candidates in the general election. Two-term former Gov. Jerry Brown and billionaire Republican challenger Meg Whitman are tied at 43%. So it’s not a surprise that three independent… read full story

GOP: Medicare tinkering anew

16 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Last summer at a town hall meeting of angry conservatives an older man was seen on national television railing against the Obama administration’s health care reform policy while shouting “don’t take away my Medicare.” He was apparently unaware that… read full story

Boxer: divide and conquer threat?

15 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Water is always a pivotal political issue for the San Joaquin Valley and this November it will get special statewide attention when voters consider an $11 billion water bond.

As The Fresno Bee noted last week Sen. Dianne Feinstein… read full story

Joe and Dick show

14 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Much has been made about Sunday’s unprecedented dueling sit-downs between Joe Biden (NBC) and Dick Cheney (ABC). But, in fact, aside from their electronic barbs little new ground was broken.

Biden, who drew first blood in a taped interview,… read full story

Feinstein preps for 2012

12 February 2010 |permalink | email article

The Wall Street Journal recently revived intermittent speculation that popular Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein might be a wild-card entry in the 2010 California race for governor. Last October the Field Poll reported that voter preferences then indicated that… read full story

Obama gaffe, California notebook

11 February 2010 |permalink | email article

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the President’s approval rating holding steady, with 51% of respondents giving him a positive rating. But on big domestic issues – the economy, health care, jobs and the federal deficit – bare… read full story

Jon Stewart on straight talk

10 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Jon Stewart, who made his reputation as a comedy-news host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central and is best known for firing grenades at media personalities and outlets that displease him, has elevated his role as a biting… read full story

Palin, Goldwater version 2.0

09 February 2010 |permalink | email article

With a hat tip to Rick Perlstein, the historian and journalist who has written books on Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon (Nixonland), Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, offers a compelling reaction to Sarah Palin in Nashville.

She… read full story

Feinstein: gubernatorial wild card?

08 February 2010 |permalink | email article

The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that in a gathering of young Democrats on Saturday Jerry Brown still won’t call himself a candidate for governor, but that he’s sure talking like one.

Despite the probability that he will officially… read full story

Editor awarded legal costs in News Press case

07 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Jerry Roberts, former editor of the Santa Barbara News Press, has been awarded $748,022 by an arbitrator to cover his legal expenses in a years-long battle with News-Press owner Wendy McCaw, his former employer.

The arbitrator rejected all claims… read full story

Democrats, declines up, GOP down

07 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office reported Friday that since an equivalent pre-2006 gubernatorial primary report both Democratic and decline-to-state registrations have increased while Republican numbers have declined.

While the news is especially good for long dominant Democrats… read full story

Newsom’s odd kabuki dance

05 February 2010 |permalink | email article

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, struggling to find a popular message beyond the San Francisco Bay area, dropped out of the race against Attorney General Jerry Brown for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination at the end of October. So political… read full story

Senator 41

04 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is being seated today even as recriminations over granting him an early start date are flying, especially within the labor community. Ben Smith of Politico has described him as the “first senator of the reality show… read full story

Blair, Bush’s Poodle, Iraq

03 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair last week rejected accusations that he misled the public when steering Britain into the Iraq war, during an unusual six-hour public grilling of a former premier about a decision, including prompting from President… read full story

Brown deflects Newsom taunt

02 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Jerry Brown, the California attorney general and undeclared candidate for governor, has finally taken off the gloves in response to trash talk by San Francisco Mayor and former gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom that he apparently lacks the “fire in… read full story

Elephant’s den

01 February 2010 |permalink | email article

Commenting on President Obama’s State of the Union address I noted in passing that in “an unexpected gesture” he would appear before the entire House Republican Caucus in Baltimore on Friday. Little did anyone expect that the 82-minute televised… read full story

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