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Kashkari’s TV Spot Betrays His Utter Lack of Decency


Everyone knows that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is going to crush his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, in the November election, probably by 20 percentage points or more. But Kashkari had an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s a class act and that even in defeat, he could display intelligence, grace and poise enough to be taken… »

CD 17: Khanna Says Race Tied; ‘No Way’ Says Honda


Calbuzz seldom puts much stock in polls pushed by campaigns for one simple reason: they don’t tell you the results when they’re not good for their candidate. On the other hand, when a campaign is willing to give us the whole survey and we can… »

Brown’s Slip Up Gives Neel a Small Opening

Dad changing diaper

Just when you thought the 2014 governor’s race was a done deal and that Jerry Brown had a lock on a fourth term, he has exposed an unexpected weakness that gives Republican Neel Kashkari a shot at a huge chunk of the vote: diaper-changing dads… »

Press Clips: No Punditry For Old Men


Return of the Little Pulitzers: Scooplet of the Week honors to David G. Savage, who drilled down on the details of a case just accepted by the U.S. Supreme… »

Khanna Fights Uphill as Honda Flogs Phony ‘Bi’ Cred


In his one and only debate with his Democratic challenger Ro Khanna the other night, U.S. Rep Mike Honda, D-San Jose, reeled off a variety of high-dollar items he… »

A Spectator’s Guide on GOP Bid for Senate Control


California plays no role in the biggest political story of the year, the Democrats’ desperate struggle to hold off a Republican takeover of the Senate. No matter: a handful… »

PPIC: Xerxes of Kashkari Down 21 Points to Gandalf


Here’s Repub- lican Neel Kashkari’s funda- mental problem in challenging Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown: The governor’s ’s job approval rating is at 55% among likely voters compared to… »

Temper, Temper: Kashkari’s Odd Attack on Calbuzz


Neel Kashkari lashed out at two, slightly tipsy Calbuzzers extending handshakes Saturday night, a rookie display of pique and rancor that hints at a strain of distemper in his… »

Rand Paul Serves Thin Gruel to GOP Convention


California Repub- licans hoping to be fired up and inspired by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the keynote speaker at Saturday’s GOP convention, instead were given a limp, meandering ramble,… »

GOP Confab: Can Paul, McCarthy Hide True Beliefs?


The head- liners for the California Republican Party convention in Los Angeles this weekend – newly re-branded U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, and U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy,… »

Neel Strong in Debate; Brown’s Record Stronger


Top line on Thursday night’s debate between Neel Kashkari and Gov. Jerry Brown: Neel put in a strong and substantive showing. But it won’t matter because Brown makes an… »

Can Neel Beat the Spread? Plus New Poll Numbers


Facing Calii fornia’s most prosaic election in memory, our Department of Spectator Sport Politics and Insensate Choices is girding its loins (ow!) for the fall campaign by reviewing the… »

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