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Time for Cheapskate Gandalf to Cover the Spread


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 he’s in danger of losing – he’s ahead 52-36% in the latest PPIC poll. But because he’s in danger of losing the all-important Calbuzz 20-point spread…. »

Press Clips: A Salute to Bill German, True Newsman


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 Francisco. Mr. German was a principal player in the Bay Area’s final, fierce and full-scale newspaper… »

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… »

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… »

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


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,… »

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