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Phil Trounstine: 1949-2022

It is with heavy heart that we report the death of Calbuzz co-founder Phil Trounstine, who passed away peacefully at home on Monday afternoon. He was 72. Phil for decades was a fiercely intelligent, hard-charging and widely-respected member of the California politics tribe – as the longtime Political Editor of the San Jose Mercury News,… »

Why Gavin Will Crush Recall and Emerge Stronger

The MSM chases Caitlyn Jenner like dogs in heat and John Cox’s big bear makes it official: the attempted recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom is a circus. On Planet Earth, however, which clown in the car is most popular matters not to Prince Gavin, whose… »

What Is This ‘QAnon’ Thing They’re Talking About?

Recent focus on the deranged views voiced by U.S. Rep Marjorie Taylor (Marge) Greene has elevated “QAnon” to a household word. Attempting to understand precisely what “QAnon” is, however, represents a slippery and elusive task, because this shadowy, nut-case umbrella term has no universally accepted… »

Dissecting Dueling IGS & PPIC Polls on Prince Gavin

A few months ago, when the Coronavirus pandemic was just getting real, a majority of Californians thought Gov. Gavin Newsom was doing a good job of managing the crisis…. »

Why 2020 Was Annus Horribilis for California

For our farewell to 2020, Calbuzz was cleverly waiting for the results of the Georgia Senate races, in order to be able to more accurately discuss how 2021 would… »

Trump’s Re-elect Strategy: Fear BLM More than Covid

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Now we know Donald Trump’s strategy for re-election: use pure, un-distilled racism to overcome Joe Biden’s multi-national coalition. It’s George Wallace on steroids. “Your vote will decide whether we… »

Why Trump’s Convention Will Be Purely Negative


In 1992, at the GOP national convention, Patrick Buchanan declared, “There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical to the… »

Biden Should Go Positive — Decency for a Change


Now that he’s got California Sen. Kamala Harris for his running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden has one key task: Sell himself to voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and… »

Why Joe Biden Should Pick Kamala Harris for Veep


Thirteen Tuesdays before Election Day (that’s 91 days until Nov. 3, for those keeping score at home) the most intriguing political question of the week is who will become… »

Why Police Must Be Brought Under Civilian Control


By Phil Troun- stine and Garry South, Special to the Sacramento Bee: In our many collective decades of covering and engaging in local, state and national politics, we… »

Biden, Sounding Like a President, Confronts Racism


Joe Biden addres- sed the three crises facing America – the pandemic, the economic depression and the racism ripping apart the social contract — during a forceful speech in… »

Why Trump’s Approval Boost is a Bump not a Spike


Thought-ful people who have witnes- sed President Trump’s ignorant, incompetent, idiotic news conferences on the Coronavirus find themselves ready to slit their wrists when they see that the president’s… »

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