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Op Ed: How Big Plastic is Threatening California



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By Steve Maviglio, Special to Calbuzz: Tell me if you have you seen this movie before: a corporate special interest, frustrated with the Legislature, dreams up a ballot measure designed to protect its profits. An army of high-priced consultants tells the naive corporate backers they can win — notwithstanding public polls showing just the opposite…. »

Election Post-Mortem: We’ve Seen This Movie Before


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In the wake of Tuesday’s election, wherein the Republican Party took control of the U.S. Senate, captured governorships in key battleground states, increased their majority in the House and generally stole the Democrats’ lunch, Calbuzz has a word of advice for partisan and media hysterics… »

Op Ed: Why Politicians Run Knowing They’ll Lose


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By Chuck McFadden, Special to Calbuzz: If the polls are correct, and they usually are, Jerry Brown will demolish Neel Kashkari on Tuesday. In fact, much of the speculation among California pundits (see: Calbuzz election line) these days revolves around a single figure: the percentage… »

Why Kashkari’s Electoral Project Is a Total Failure


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Neel Kashkari has argued through- out the 2014 that he could alter the dynamics of the party politics in California by demonstrating that a Republican who is socially moderate… »

Time for Cheapskate Gandalf to Cover the Spread


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It’s time for Gov. Jerry Brown to spend some of the millions in contributions he has on hand for his own re-election against Republican Neel Kashkari. Why? Not because… »

Press Clips: A Salute to Bill German, True Newsman


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They buried Bill German on a hilltop overlooking Mt. Tamalpais Sunday, a great editor whose 62-year career at The Chronicle spanned the last great era of newspapering in San… »

Kashkari’s TV Spot Betrays His Utter Lack of Decency


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Everyone knows that Demo- cratic Gov. Jerry Brown is going to crush his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, in the November election, probably by 20 percentage points or more. But… »

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


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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… »

Brown’s Slip Up Gives Neel a Small Opening


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Just when you thought the 2014 govern- or’s race was a done deal and that Jerry Brown had a lock on a fourth term, he has exposed an unexpected… »

Press Clips: No Punditry For Old Men


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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


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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


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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… »

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