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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 of faraway national political battles carry enormous importance for the state, and the high stakes may be summed up with a few names and numbers: Supreme… »

PPIC: Xerxes of Kashkari Down 21 Points to Gandalf


Here’s Republican Neel Kashkari’s fundamental problem in challenging Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown: The governor’s ’s job approval rating is at 55% among likely voters compared to 42% two years ago. And while a slight majority of likely voters still say the state is going… »

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 executive disposition. “You’re the two geniuses who wrote that I wasn’t doing anything to help the… »

Rand Paul Serves Thin Gruel to GOP Convention


California Republicans 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, in… »

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… »

GOP Magical Thinking: Pathway IS Crucial to Latinos


Every now and then, some misguided conservative stumbles onto a poll finding that immigration is not the No. 1 issue for Latino voters and he cries “Eureka!” as if… »

DiFi: Putin’s Manhood vs. Schweitzer’s Sick Fantasy


Gender bender: As a convent schoolgirl, Dianne Feinstein was a drama queen, invariably picked to play strong males leads in all-female casts because she was precociously statuesque. From Prince… »

Income Taxes Don’t Kill Jobs & Tyrion’s No AuH2O


You’ll recall that in the fall of 2012, as Jerry Brown campaigned for Prop. 30, his tax-hike plan to balance California’s budget and boost school funding, right-wingers argued vociferously… »

Why Bully Boy Perez Should Concede to Betty Yee


[Editors Note: Two days after this article was posted, John Perez called off his recount and threw his support behind Betty Yee's campaign for Controller.] Former Assembly Speaker John… »

Opinions About Obama’s Presidency Are Not Facts

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As we recover from our schnock- ered weekend celebrations of the founding of our great nation 238 years ago, we can rejoice in our freedom to hold and express… »

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