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Even Trump Resisters Prefer Feinstein to de León


Democratic State Sen. Kevin de León, 51, has one argument in his race to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 85: she’s too old. Which is not an argument he can make because it’s ageist, tacky and crass. So he disguises his case against the senior senator: “It’s time for a change,” “we need new leadership”… »

The GOP Ignored Our Advice and Lost Steve Schmidt


“When pigs fly” is an adynaton, a way of saying that something will never happen. As in, Steve Schmidt – the savvy Republican strategist who guided campaigns for George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain – will repudiate his membership in the GOP “when… »

Ex-Insurance Boss Poizner Seeks Non-Partisan Re-do


Win or lose in November, Steve Poizner already has made history. Poizner, a 61-year old Silicon Valley zillionaire, finished first in the June 5 balloting for Insurance Commissioner — the first political independent ever to qualify for election to state office in California. His victory,… »

A New Definition for California’s Political Sweet Spot


California voters demon- strated anew last week that the state has developed a special brand of democratic epistemology – mas o menos liberalism — that has been shaped by… »

Why Tony V is Likely to Suck Wind in Tuesday Vote


If the final Berkeley IGS poll before Tuesday’s preliminary election is correct, the California governor’s race will pit Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco,… »

Why Steyer is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong on Impeachment


Tom Steyer, the billionaire entre- preneur and Democratic activist, is right that the only way to get rid of President Donald Trump is to impeach him. But Steyer is… »

Cutting Through Fog of Polls: The Key Takeaways


At a time when polling in California is more muddled and uncertain than ever, there’s only one important known unknown in campaigns for statewide office following the two most… »

The Only Thing That Mattered in Gov’s TV Debate


Nothing that transpired in Tuesday’s “debate” among candidates for governor of California changed the one and only political question worth discussing about the June 5 preliminary vote: Will Antonio… »

Bretón: Why Prince Gavin’s Character Fails the Test


With their clever attack ad on Republican John Cox, designed to elevate Cox and thereby keep fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa from coming in second in the June preliminary vote… »

Who’s On Second? CA Polling Is a Muddled Mess


Here’s what we know about the 2018 California races for governor and U.S. Senate: Democrats Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein will come in first in the June preliminary vote…. »

Three Big Questions Shaping California Politics


Jerry Roberts spends most of his energy these days wrangling horses and politicos in Santa Barbara, where he is the RW Apple of hyper-local concerns. Occasionally he lifts his… »

Brown’s Bid to Finesse Trump’s Nat’l Guard Plan


Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednes- day yielded to President Donald Trump’s request for troops to control the Mexican border, agreeing to supply 400 members of the California National Guard… »

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