California Politics: New Poll

30 June 2010 |permalink | email article

Democratic candidates for the Senate and governor hold a slight edge over their Republican opponents as voters worry about a weak economy with four months to go before the November election, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll of 600 registered voters… read full story

A Thurgood Marshall Moment

29 June 2010 |permalink | email article

ELENA Kagan’s judicial philosophy will be the central theme of her confirmation hearings when senators begin questioning her today. The expectation is that she will be confirmed. But Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday appeared united on one… read full story

Afghan War: Reacessing July 2011

28 June 2010 |permalink | email article

CIA Director Leon Panetta on Sunday offered a candid assessment on ABC’s “This Week” on the war, noting serious problems: a tribal society, dealing with governance, corruption, narcotics trafficking and the Taliban insurgency.

In the New York Times, Frank… read full story

Afghanistan: Mission Impossible

25 June 2010 |permalink | email article

A blunt column by George F. Will, the Pulitzer-Prize winner best known for his conservative commentary on politics, caught my attention in the wake of the abrupt firing by President Obama of Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday.

What’s… read full story

New General, Same Problem, No Win

24 June 2010 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama, as both candidate and president, in effect created the IED known as Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman noted after the change in command. “Now that improvised explosive devise has blown up in the midst of the… read full story

General McChrystal: In or Out?

23 June 2010 |permalink | email article

The top commander in Afghanistan will learn quickly whether he will get a reprieve or be forced to resign for derisive remarks he and his staff made in an article in Rolling Stone magazine about President Obama, Vice President… read full story

Illegals: the Whitman contradiction

22 June 2010 |permalink | email article

During the primary for the Republican gubernatorial nomination Meg Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO, repeatedly told reporters that she opposed Proposition 187, the 1994 California ballot measure that would have denied taxpayer-funded services to illegal immigrants even though… read full story

Carly Fiorina and Politics 101

21 June 2010 |permalink | email article

The controversial former head of Hewlett-Packard Co., and a sharp critic of President Obama, easily won the Republican nomination for the Senate seat now held by Democrat Barbara Boxer. A hard core conservative she’s gaffe prone and unpredictable in… read full story

Obama and the deficit hawks

20 June 2010 |permalink | email article

The prime challenge in today’s struggling economy, at the federal and state levels, is job creation. Banishing deficits is now a worldwide mantra. In this country, 52 senators just voted against extending aid to the unemployed. Note this is… read full story

Sarah Palin on Marijuana

19 June 2010 |permalink | email article

The former Alaska governor seems unfazed about the use of pot. She’s not for legalization but Mama Grizzly sounded very much like a libertarian recently on the Fox Biz Network:

“If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house… read full story

GP fund, GOP gaffe, Democratic edge

18 June 2010 |permalink | email article

E.J. Dionne, the Washington Post columnist, noted an odd malaise haunting the Democratic Party even though Democrats should feel a lot better than they do – pulling the country out of a terrible economic spiral, a health care bill… read full story

Brown moves to regain his groove

17 June 2010 |permalink | email article

The Los Angeles Times, in a striking editorial after the primary election, made the point that Californians must demand more of their candidates for statewide office than simply sloganeering and checklist platforms – real problems, real answers.

Take for… read full story

A New New Deal

16 June 2010 |permalink | email article

WHILE President Obama is pushing hard for more jobs created by the private sector the level of success has charitably been disappointing.  Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich wonders why we are having such a hard time getting free… read full story

Money: obsession to win

11 June 2010 |permalink | email article

A California Watch analysis has shown that Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO-turned-Republican billionaire, spent an incredible $76 per vote to win her party’s nomination for governor. In sharp contrast, Attorney General and former Gov. Jerry Brown spent less… read full story

How angry are California voters?

10 June 2010 |permalink | email article

A New Poll released on Monday suggests that California voters “hate” most of their top politicians and give them negative ratings – whether officeholders or their challengers alike.

The Public Policy Poll, as reported by Politico, puts lame duck… read full story

Brown vs. Whitman, Prop. 14 wins

09 June 2010 |permalink | email article

The battle lines are set: Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina are the Republican nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate. The former eBay CEO will run against Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown in November, while former Hewlett Packard CEO… read full story

Election Day: cash trumps ideology

08 June 2010 |permalink | email article

“WE’VE seen examples of where moving to the conservative base is paying off for Republican candidates,” Bruce Cain, a University of California political scientist told The Wall Street Journal. But in the California race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination,… read full story

California: voters are tuned out

07 June 2010 |permalink | email article

POLITICAL analysts believe that no more than a third of California’s 16.9 million voters will vote by the time polls close on Tuesday. A dismal turnout would not be shocking, given the low road major campaigns have taken –… read full story

BP spill: Obama got bad news early

06 June 2010 |permalink | email article

THE conventional wisdom among critics has been that President Obama was slow to seize the political initiative in confronting the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now considered the worse environmental disaster in U. S. history.

But now,… read full story

Antonio Villaraigosa’s misplaced ego

04 June 2010 |permalink | email article

THE mayor has come under legitimate fire by the Los Angeles Times for accepting free tickets to Lakers games at Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, the Academy Awards, the Grammys, the Emmys and the BET Awards since taking office in… read full story

Politicians: fibs about military service

03 June 2010 |permalink | email article

THE number of ambitious politicians who have been caught by the media exaggerating their military service is alarming and shows no sign of slowing down.

Connecticut Atty. General Richard Blumenthal wants to succeed retiring Democratic Senator Chris Dodd.… read full story

Obama: homegrown terrorism focus

02 June 2010 |permalink | email article

DESPITE persistent charges by right-wing conservatives that the Obama Administration has been soft on terrorism the White House has, in fact, been more far more successful in eliminating key Al Qaeda leaders than on George W. Bush’s watch. Confirmation… read full story

Apocalypse soon? Hurricanes, Big Spill

01 June 2010 |permalink | email article

TODAY marks the start of the 2010 hurricane season with the prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its long-range forecast to expect 14 to 23 named storms to develop in the mid-Atlantic this year. NOAA expects… read full story

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