Arizona boils over

30 April 2010 |permalink | email article

As the weekend approaches anger over the Arizona measure cracking down on illegal immigration has exploded:  the governors of both Texas and Colorado came forward to oppose such a law in their own states, and Chicago activists chanted for… read full story

Final UK debate: too close to call?

29 April 2010 |permalink | email article

Tonight’s last of three historic televised debates before the elections May 6 to determine Britain’s next prime minister has taken on two interesting twists—with the traditionally two-horse race between the Labor and Conservative parties now unpredictable.

Nick Clegg, leader… read full story

California elections: decline-to-state rules

28 April 2010 |permalink | email article

A little noticed report last week by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen highlighted an all-time high of decline-to-state voters for a statewide primary in a gubernatorial election year. More to the point the Democratic and Republican parties will… read full story

Carly, Meg: political perils ahead

27 April 2010 |permalink | email article

A Sunday Los Angeles Times story about SEC fraud charges against Goldman Sachs not only sent shivers through Wall Street but also may create uncertainty in California’s top political races this year – notably contests for the U.S. Senate… read full story

Where have you gone, John McCain?

26 April 2010 |permalink | email article

It’s a sad commentary that the once famous maverick, in a tough re-election fight in Arizona against a right-wing radio host endorsed by border vigilantes, has abandoned his principles as the anti-demagogue and now says he’ll never support immigration… read full story

Reagan is no Grant

23 April 2010 |permalink | email article

American conservatives, in California and across the nation, have succeeded in getting President Reagan’s face and name on everything from Washington’s airport to the biggest federal building in American history.

But the San Francisco Chronicle reports that a new… read full story

Brown gains ground, Whitman calls in chits

22 April 2010 |permalink | email article

A new Rasmussen survey in California shows a significant bounce back for Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown who has taken a 6-point lead over his leading Republican contender, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Brown led by 4-points in a… read full story

U.S. majority oppose pot legalization

21 April 2010 |permalink | email article

Even as California voters begin to consider the controversial question this fall, most Americans oppose legalizing pot. According to an Associated Press-CNBC poll of 1,001 adults, 33% of respondents favored legalization, while 55% oppose it. Young people were more… read full story

Goldman Sachs ties: Whitman vs. Brown

20 April 2010 |permalink | email article

The huge uproar over the investment bank is now certain to become a key, and escalating, issue in the campaign for California governor, one of the most closely watched races in the country.

The leading candidates, Republican Meg Whitman,… read full story

Wall Street: bank bill reform

19 April 2010 |permalink | email article

To hear Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, express it the financial regulatory reform bill amounts to – in his words – “an endless taxpayer bailout of banks.”

But on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told… read full story

Jerry Brown’s 3-way primary debate ploy

18 April 2010 |permalink | email article

The belief that Brown, the certain Democratic gubernatorial nominee in the general election, would watch from the grandstand as Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner slugged it out for the Republican nomination in June, was belied by the canny politician’s… read full story

Financial overhaul: fresh GOP defeat?

16 April 2010 |permalink | email article

With public anger at Wall Street mounting Republican leaders are fighting to maintain unity in opposition to White House legislation to tighten financial regulation and end taxpayer bailouts of banks. The daunting question is whether they can commit all… read full story

Dumpstergate and Sarah Palin

15 April 2010 |permalink | email article

The Alaska snowflake’s contract to speak at California State University Stanislaus and Turlock educators who allegedly ordered the shredding of public documents to conceal her speaking fee are now facing an “expanded inquiry” from California State Attorney General Jerry… read full story

Sunday political talk: online fact check

14 April 2010 |permalink | email article

One major concern with Sunday public affairs programs is the absence of any online fact checking in what political guests say on television. ABC’s program, “This Week, has taken an exploratory step to address the idea,  first suggested by… read full story

False Brown ad hurts state Chamber

13 April 2010 |permalink | email article

It has long been an axiom in Democratic politics—and one which I share—that a Republican attack on Jerry Brown in November would center on his two-terms as governor from 1975-1983. The respected state Chamber of Commerce was the first… read full story

Greenspan: 70 percent is not acceptable

12 April 2010 |permalink | email article

Federal hearings last week investigating the causes of financial deregulation were particularly riveting in the exchange between panelist Brooksley E. Born, a former regulator, who clashed with former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan during the last part of his over… read full story

Marijuana ballot measure, Clinton drug czar

09 April 2010 |permalink | email article

An initiative to legalize marijuana and allow it to be sold and taxed will appear on the November ballot, again putting California at the forefront of the nation’s drug debate about whether to soften drug laws. Supporters have collected… read full story

Villaraigosa on the brink

08 April 2010 |permalink | email article

The Los Angeles mayor’s long and cozy relationship with the Department of Water and Power has crashed to earth over proposed rate increases, and the ambitious politician’s political future is now in serious jeopardy. A pungent Los Angeles Times read full story

Is California a business?

07 April 2010 |permalink | email article

It’s reassuring that Republican Meg Whitman, the billionaire former chief executive of eBay is not running out of money, and is able to pump another $20 million into her campaign for governor. It brings her total so far to… read full story

L.A.  stares at a financial abyss

06 April 2010 |permalink | email article

The late Angeleno historian and author W. W. Robinson profiled Los Angeles in 1938 as a city still taking shape and, despite its particular problems, drawn into a new kind of comment. Fortune described it as the “prototype of… read full story

Apostles of Anger

05 April 2010 |permalink | email article

On his New York Times blog Charles M. Blow has coined a powerful phrase because “in their echo chamber of fallacies” attacking President Obama is now an article of faith. Beyond being the enemy of small government and national… read full story

Is Obamacare dead on arrival?

04 April 2010 |permalink | email article

Judging from the first week of trying to sell the health-care bill the effort by President Obama and the Democrats has yet to yield a first down. And now liberal Newsweek columnist Howard Fineman, a regular pundit on MSNBC, read full story

California’s key fall contest

02 April 2010 |permalink | email article

The Wall Street Journal, not surprisingly, is quick to confirm that the nominations for governor have narrowed to a race between Jerry Brown, a second-generation Democratic politician, and a Republican newcomer with the deep pockets of a Silicon Valley… read full story

Campaign 2010 and illegal immigration

01 April 2010 |permalink | email article

A new Public Policy Institute of California poll raises questions about the intensity of a long festering problem which former Gov. Pete Wilson stoked to win reelection in 1994. As PPIC president Mark Baldassare told Calbuzz “it’s somewhat fertile… read full story

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