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  • California Republicans say McCarthy endorsed gerrymandering that lost them 4 seats

    11/20/2012 7:46:18 AM PST · by old school · 43 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/19/2012 | John Gizzi
    “Kevin McCarthy was a staunch defender of these new lines, reassuring everyone that Republicans would fare just fine under them,” said Jon Fleischman of the Flash Report, the much-read online newsletter on California politics. “Clearly, this turned out not to be the case– although he was easily re-elected to the safe seat drawn for him. Had he drawn a competitive district, I wonder if he would have been so enthusiastic about the lines he helped stopped others from trying to stop.”
  • People's Republik of California Now #1 in Poverty

    11/16/2012 9:10:09 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 12 replies
    The Pirate's Cove ^ | November 16, 2012 | William Teach
    The brokeyest broke state in the nation (which means it is also one of the brokeyest broke entities in the world, as it has the world’s 8th largest economy) has long served as the place where the far left has conducted field experiments for their policies. How’s that working out? Neil Munro tells us (Daily Caller) The Golden State has fallen on hard times, with a poverty rate that is now twice as bad as West Virginia’s and substantially worse than the rates of poverty in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas. Democrat-run California earned its last-place rank under the federal...
  • California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands

    11/13/2012 9:12:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | November 13, 2012
    California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands November 13, 2012 SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- There are plenty of vote-by-mail ballots in California that won't count in the final November tally, largely because of postmarks and signatures. There's a group out to change some of those ballot rules, hoping to boost voter turnout. Thousands of vote-by-mail ballots throughout California are sitting in county registrar offices right now and will never be counted. Some signatures on ballot envelopes don't match the one on the voter registration card. Other ballots are from previous elections. But the most common reason a ballot doesn't get counted: it...
  • The Myth of the Missing Three Million Republicans

    11/12/2012 5:38:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-12-12 | Jack Cashill
    A score of people this past week have asked me about the three million Republicans allegedly "missing" at the polls this year. For starters, if the Washington Post is to be believed, Mitt Romney received 1.3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008, not 3 million. For the record, Obama received 7.5 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. More than 1.1 million of the Republican votes were "lost" in California. It is not that California Republicans turned against Romney. His percentage of the vote was higher than McCain's in 2008. It is just they...
  • Prepare for Demise of California; Liberals Will Get All the Government (and Tax Hikes) They Want

    11/11/2012 8:27:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    On Tuesday voters in California went the wrong way on three propositions. Voters approved Proposition 30 "temporarily" increasing the state sales tax and income tax on individuals making over $250,000. They voted against Proposition 31 that would allow the governor to cut the budget in fiscal emergencies. They voted against Proposition 32 would prevent unions from making campaign donations via members' dues. Moreover, and worse yet, Democrats picked up two more votes in the state legislature giving them a supermajority, capable of passing any tax hikes they want. Those results are so awful I suggest you prepare for the demise...
  • CA: 'Yes' Votes Prevail on Proposition 30 ( numbers on all of the propositions & a Map)

    11/08/2012 10:23:30 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    westhollywood.patch.com ^ | November 7, 2012 | Karen Jordan
    Votes supporting a ballot measure to fund education backed by Gov. Jerry Brown outpolled "no" votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Refresh this page for the latest updates.
  • DEMOCRATS MAY NAB SUPERMAJORITY (California)

    11/08/2012 7:57:27 AM PST · by BAW · 101 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 11-08-2012 | Michael Gardner
    California voters may have just handed Democrats unbridled control over taxes as well as policy, but party leaders from Gov. Jerry Brown on down immediately pledged to exercise restraint. Although final tallies are not official, it appears Democrats will hold at least a two-thirds supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate. That gives them the ability to pass taxes and fees, and place initiatives — such as same-sex marriage and bonds — on the ballot without securing a single Republican vote.
  • Sacramento Veteran Pollster Fired Over Protest Against U.N. Observers

    11/03/2012 9:16:20 AM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Sacramento.CBS13 ^ | 2 Nov 2012
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A poll worker is out of a job, and she says it’s all because of an email she sent her supervisor. The woman says she was concerned about poll inspectors coming to Sacramento for Tuesday’s election. Shannon Lewis has been a poll worker in Sacramento for 15 years. She said she sent that email and was fired 10 minutes later. “I just tapped out a really fast email,” said Lewis. But that quick email ended Lewis’ 15 year job as a Sacramento County pollster. “I just wanted to get my feelings known and get an answer to...
  • TIDAL WAVE: Los Angeles Daily News Endorses Mitt Romney

    10/28/2012 3:30:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 10/28/12 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    On Saturday the Daily News, the second largest daily newspaper in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, endorsed Mitt Romney for President in 2012. In 2008 the Daily News endorsed Barack Obama: FOUR years ago, as America faced serious trouble at home and abroad, this news organization embraced the need for bold change to a different brand of leadership and endorsed Barack Obama for president. That assessment of the depth of the nation's problems and the most promising solution was correct in 2008. Regrettably, it applies no less in 2012, after nearly a full term of Obama's administration. This is why the...
  • Los Angeles News Group Endorsement: Mitt Romney for president {PASADENA STAR NEWS!}

    10/28/2012 3:11:08 PM PDT · by Republic Rocker · 55 replies
    PASADENA STAR NEWS ^ | 10/27/12 | Los Angeles News Group "Pasadena Star News"
    Four years ago, as America faced serious trouble at home and abroad, this news organization embraced the need for bold change to a different brand of leadership and endorsed Barack Obama for president. That assessment of the depth of the nation's problems and the most promising solution was correct in 2008. Regrettably, it applies no less in 2012, after nearly a full term of Obama's administration. This is why the editorial board urges voters to choose Mitt Romney for president in the Nov. 6 election. He is the leader this country needs for the future. Read more: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_21855603/endorsement-mitt-romney-president#ixzz2AdN26OTW
  • Los Angeles News Group Endorsement: Mitt Romney for president (Los Angeles Daily News)

    10/27/2012 5:18:15 PM PDT · by Mark · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 10/27/12 | Los Angeles News Group
    Los Angeles News Group Endorsement: Mitt Romney for president Los Angeles News Group Posted: 10/26/2012 08:00:00 AM PDT Updated: 10/27/2012 10:51:14 AM PDT Four years ago, as America faced serious trouble at home and abroad, this news organization embraced the need for bold change to a different brand of leadership and endorsed Barack Obama for president. That assessment of the depth of the nation's problems and the most promising solution was correct in 2008. Regrettably, it applies no less in 2012, after nearly a full term of Obama's administration. This is why the editorial board urges voters to choose Mitt...
  • California EC votes go to Romney?

    10/27/2012 5:04:15 PM PDT · by impimp · 26 replies
    oct 27 2012 | impimp
    http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/08/08/28124/new-law-would-allow-californias-electoral-college-/ California will have to vote for Romney if he gets the national popular vote. Romney might reverse "Gore" things this time. Looking at the Gallup polls it sometimes seems more likely that Romney wins the popular vote. What a backfire for libs! Why is nobody talking about this?
  • California poll shows Obama with smaller lead

    10/27/2012 7:27:49 AM PDT · by Arthurio · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10-27
    Even in vividly blue California, President Obama's luster has faded since his historic victory here in 2008, a new poll has found. Despite his sizable lead over Mitt Romney, the president is unlikely to repeat his historic 2008 margin of victory here because of his diminished power to pull in people who don't traditionally support Democrats, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The drop in appeal across party and demographic lines has translated, at this point, to a 14-point edge over the Republican nominee among likely voters — well below Obama's 24-point victory in 2008, the biggest margin...
  • Response to the Los Angeles Times Editor's Endorsement of Barack Obama

    10/21/2012 11:10:17 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/21/2012 | Doughtyone
    DoughtyOne at 10:48 PM October 21, 2012
  • How I know Romney will win

    10/21/2012 6:25:27 PM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 53 replies
    self | 10/21/12 | self
    I now firmly believe Mitt Romney will win the election. Why? Because the economy is so bad... How bad? Today I happened to be in Malibu (long story) and saw a Romney bumper sticker...on a Prius...in Malibu CA. When things are that bad, that even west coast liberals are supporting the challenger, you know the incumbent is done.
  • Obama running ads in California

    10/16/2012 11:12:44 AM PDT · by deek69 · 57 replies
    The last two days while watching Fox in the evening, I have seen an ad for Obama. The ad has run a number of times. It basically say Romney has shipped all the jobs to china. Im trying to figure out why is Obama spending money in California?
  • Endorsements: Barack Obama for president

    10/14/2012 5:55:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | October 14, 2012 | Editorial
    Voters often say they want their elected leaders to keep their promises and, at crucial moments, show real political backbone. President Barack Obama deserves a second term largely because he has delivered on both of these fronts. ... Obama – unruffled by Looney Tunes claims that he is a "socialist" and a "Marxist" – has pursued a consistent, moderate path that has pulled this country back from the brink and put it on a path toward recovery. In a second term, with just a little help from Congress, he could finish the job and pursue other priorities, including upgrading transportation...
  • Romney gains 8 points in CA

    10/10/2012 11:21:47 PM PDT · by libh8er · 48 replies
    The effects of President Barack Obama’s falter in the first debate with Mitt Romney are not just being felt in battleground states, according to KPIX-TV CBS 5′s latest tracking poll of California which shows Romney slicing eight points off Obama’s lead. Obama had led by 22 points in the CBS 5 tracking poll released four weeks ago. Obama now leads by only 14 points, an 8-point improvement for Romney. At the same time, the poll found U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s support for her re-election bid remained largely unchanged, month-on-month, suggesting that the erosion in Democratic support is not across-the-board, but...
  • Katy Perry: I’m so honored to play for the President!

    10/08/2012 5:46:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | October 8, 2012
    She performed some singles including her own song “Firework” and Al Green’s classic “Let’s stay Together” for an audience of about 6,000 Obama supporters. The uplifting “Firework” set off a storm of postings on Twitter. The pop star also donned faux fingernails featuring red, white and blue stripes and photos of Obama, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The celebrity singer posted yesterday on Twitter that she’s “so honored to play for the President!”
  • Obama meets Hollywood mega-donors during secret “thank-you event” in L.A.

    10/08/2012 5:43:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/8/2012 | Charlie Spiering
    During his fundraising trip to Los Angeles this weekend, President Obama began by privately meeting a dozen liberal donors at the home of DreamWorks Animation Chief Jeffery Katzenberg. Obama’s “defender-in-chief,” former President Bill Clinton also attended. When asked by reporters about the nature of the event, White House Traveling Press Secretary Jen Psaki would only say that it was a “thank-you event” “We have actually done meetings or events with high-dollar donors who have maxed out or contributed a high amount to the campaign around other events before, Psaki explained. “So this is one of those events; it’s a thank-you...
  • California gasoline prices jump 17 cents a gallon overnight

    10/05/2012 12:27:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies
    bottomline.nbcnews.com ^ | Braden Reddall, Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California gas prices rose 17 cents a gallon overnight due to supply disruptions at some refineries and seasonally low inventories, bringing the one-week increase in the Golden State to nearly 36 cents. The average retail price of gasoline was $4.486 on Friday morning, up from $4.315 on Thursday and $4.131 a week ago, according to AAA data. The average price was $3.818 a year ago. The average price is just 12 cents below the highest recorded statewide price of $4.61, which was reached in June of 2008. "It's insane," said Matt Hurd, 35, who works in real...
  • California`s illegitimate 55 electoral college votes!

    09/23/2012 1:57:55 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 75 replies
    9/23/2012 | johnwk
    Just for the record and to get down to some upsetting facts regarding California‘s 55 electoral college votes, the total share of federal taxes paid by the people of 18 states [New York, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, Arkansas , Nebraska, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Mexico, and Wyoming] works out to be a higher per capita amount then paid by the people of California. And yet, the state of California has an overwhelming 55 electoral college votes compared to any of these states! For example, and according to 2007 figures the people of...
  • Romney pulls in big bucks in southern California

    09/23/2012 10:12:02 AM PDT · by kingattax · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-23-12 | Ros Krasny
    Having declared that his presidential campaign does not need a makeover, Republican Mitt Romney raised millions of dollars at two fundraisers in southern California on Saturday to help bankroll the final weeks of the race. "I'm not even going to be able to go home today. We're just coming to town to see you and keep the campaign going," Romney told a well-heeled crowd at the Grand Del Mar Resort hotel in Del Mar, California, about 12 miles from his beachfront house in La Jolla. Some 650 supporters - including diet guru Jenny Craig - paid from $1,000 to $25,000...
  • Paul Ryan Attends Fundraiser at Safeway CEO's home, Will Visit Danville Home Saturday Morning ...

    09/08/2012 5:34:43 PM PDT · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Walnut Creek, CA Patch / Patch.com ^ | September 7, 2012 | Patch.com staff
    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will stop by the Danville home of a former San Francisco 49er for a fundraiser on Saturday morning. The San Jose Mercury News reports Ryan will be attend the breakfast fundraiser at the home of retired football player Brent Jones. The breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m. [...] Earlier tonight Ryan was at a fundraiser at the Alamo home of Steven Burd, the Chief Executive Officer of Safeway Inc., the Pleasanton-based grocery store chain.
  • Paul Ryan In Danville: A Recap of the Congressman's Visit

    09/08/2012 5:18:24 PM PDT · by thecodont · 17 replies
    Pleasanton Patch / Patch.com ^ | September 8, 2012 8:04 a.m. | By David Mills
    Here is a live blog of the appearance this morning of Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, at a breakfast fundraiser at the Danville home of former San Francisco 49er Brent Jones. 9:45 a.m.: A quick get-away for Congressman Ryan. The Republican vice presidential nominee walked out of the home with Jones. He then climbed into his black SUV-like vehicle and the convoy led by the CHP drove off. Ryan was in the house for about an hour. He's on his way to Mountain View. The valets keep running and the guest keep waiting for their cars. One...
  • California bill would allow a child to have more than two parents

    ACRAMENTO — (MCT) Beaver had June and Ward. Ricky had Ozzie and Harriet. Mom and Dad, same-sex couples or blended families, California law is clear: No more than two legal parents per child.
  • To California GOP, Tampa a Far-Away and Hostile Planet

    08/26/2012 5:52:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Like teenagers on vacation with their parents, Republicans from blue states and Democrats from red states don't want to be seen with party elders. "I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Mitt Romney," Elizabeth Emken, the Republican who will face off against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, recently told me. "That's the truth. I've never met him." Emken thinks she has a shot at winning the election precisely because she is not the pick of the GOP establishment. "We've had millionaires and billionaires and CEOs and movie stars," said Emken in a not-so-subtle swipe at former top-of-the...
  • California OKs bill shielding undocumented immigrants

    08/25/2012 1:51:14 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 25, 2012 | Matthai Kuruvila
    California state legislators passed a bill Friday that seeks to protect undocumented immigrants charged with relatively minor crimes from being deported. The bill, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would prohibit local police from detaining anyone on an immigration hold if the person is not charged with or has not been convicted of a serious or violent crime. The bill, which only needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law, passed the Assembly on Friday after being amended in the state Senate to remove language that would have required police departments to develop plans to guard against racial...
  • CA: Politics, chicken welcome Chick-fil-A to its new San Jose location

    08/23/2012 4:52:20 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 23 August 2012 | Molly Vorwerck
    Chicken was in high demand Thursday in the Bay Area, as San Jose's first Chick-fil-A restaurant celebrated its grand opening. Located on the corner of First Street and Headquarters Drive, the store marks the fast food chain's first stand-alone restaurant in the Silicon Valley. Before this one, the closest Chick-fil-A was in Fairfield, and many years ago there was a location in the Sunnyvale Town Center shopping center. The chain intends to open another Bay Area franchise in Walnut Creek in October. Not even a sprinkle of protesters, rallying against Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's recent anti-gay marriage statements, could darken...
  • Bill banning parents from trying to 'cure' gay kids moves forward

    08/19/2012 1:44:18 PM PDT · by South40 · 51 replies
    MSN.com ^ | August 19, 2012
    A new bill that’s the first of its kind has opinion hotly divided in California, this time over whether parents can be banned from trying to “cure” their gay children. Senate Bill 1172, which would prohibit all “sexual orientation change efforts” for minors, is through the legislature and slated to land on the governor's desk in September.
  • Is the CA GOP dead? Maybe...

    08/09/2012 8:55:46 AM PDT · by sfwarrior · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 08/08/12 | Adam Sparks
    The NY Times just wrote about the demise of the CA GOP. It claimed its dramatic loss in voter registration, now just 30% of the state's voters, is due to the fact that the party has run out of ideas popular with the electorate and that it has grown increasingly conservative, out of step with independents who decide elections. Yes, the GOP has declined to insignificant status. It's minority status is now so small it can no longer block any legislation or budget that Gov. Brown and the Dems want. We live in a one party state. The state GOP...
  • (Newport Beach) OC city says Obama campaign hasn't paid its bill

    07/30/2012 6:41:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Newport Beach may call the bill collectors on President Obama's re-election campaign. Chicago-based Obama for America hasn't coughed up $35,000 for the cost of providing police protection during the president's February fundraiser in Corona del Mar, leaving Newport Beach stuck with the bill, the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/MjHJFO ) reported Monday. According to city policy, parties holding major events in the city are billed for municipal services unless there is a grant or sponsorship to cover the cost. City policy also directs bills unpaid after 120 days to collection agencies. City spokeswoman Tara Finnigan noted that Mitt Romney's campaign promptly...
  • With Big California Water Project, Governor Wants to 'Get %#@* Done'

    07/29/2012 7:35:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    The Atlantic Cities ^ | 26 July 2012 | Nate Berg
    Since returning to the state's top job for a second time in 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown has faced massive fiscal and functional problems. And he has not been shy about making bold moves to try to solve some of those problems. "Analysis paralysis is not why I came back," he said at a press conference in Sacramento Wednesday. "I want to get shit done." In this instance, the shit Brown hopes to get done is a $23 billion water delivery tunnel system that aims to help supply water to the state's Central Valley farms and the massive urban agglomerations...
  • Incumbents uneasy over political changes

    07/29/2012 6:38:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/29/12 | Willie Brown
    Between the new congressional district lines and the new open primaries, people who hold elected office in California are running for their lives. In previous years, maybe 10 percent of congressional and legislative districts were competitive. Now everybody thinks they're at risk. Even well-known incumbents in Democrat-dominated districts - people like Reps. Barbara Lee and John Garamendi - fear they might get beat. As a result, they are scooping up and holding onto as much campaign cash as possible. It's all putting a pinch on Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hopes of the Democrats retaking the House. You see, in the past...
  • Republican Party in California Is Caught in Cycle of Decline (Shrinking to rank of minor party)

    07/23/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/23/2012 | By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    LOS ANGELES — This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and dysfunction, the Legislature is nearly as unpopular as Congress and Democrats control every branch of government. But instead, the state party — once a symbol of Republican hope and geographical reach and which gave the nation Ronald Reagan (and Richard M. Nixon) — is caught in a cycle of relentless decline, and appears in danger of shrinking to the rank of a minor party. “We are at a lower point than we’ve ever been,” said...
  • CA bill would let children have more than two parents

    07/02/2012 11:48:40 AM PDT · by fifedom · 31 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | Jul. 02, 2012 | Jim Sanders
    State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. "The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today," the San Francisco Democrat said. Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional households and relationships.
  • What We Didn't See in Santa Cruz: "Obama 2012" Bumper Stickers

    06/16/2012 7:41:02 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 78 replies
    Self ^ | June 16, 2012 | Self
    Our daughter graduated with a BS in Biology this morning from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I did not see a single "Obama 2012" bumper sticker today -- not one! We drove about 40 miles from home to the campus and saw many hundreds or thousands of cars on Highways 85, 17, and 1; the local Santa Cruz streets; throughout campus; in the campus parking structure; and in the parking lots on campus. We walked quite a distance on campus and didn't spot a single Obama sign on any buildings, bus shelters, housing units, dorms, or student bulletin...
  • DiFi blows away GOP Senate rivals with fundraising

    04/17/2012 6:15:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 4/17/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Last fall, we pointed out that the California Republican Party was running a bit late in not being able to field — with all due respect — a “name” candidate to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. And now, we see one of the effects of that. DiFi is lapping the GOP field in the latest fundraising disclosures. . . . DiFi is outraising the entire Republican field by about a gazillion to one in the latest fundraising totals. That includes includes her closest GOP rival — Danville autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who was endorsed by the CA GOP....
  • Rick Warren explains the problem in calling Romney a ‘Christian’

    04/08/2012 12:02:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2012 | Jeff Poor
    Much has been made about Mormonism, now that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks to be on his way to the Republican presidential nomination. But should he win the general election in November, would it be accurate to say that Romney is a Christian president? On Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC, fill-in host Jake Tapper posed the question of Romney’s religion to Rick Warren, the pastor of the California mega-church, Saddleback Church. “Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican nominee and if that happens, which it looks like it will, he’ll be the first member of Church of Jesus...
  • Ron Paul says he won't quit race

    04/06/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/6/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, on a three-day campaign swing in California that has attracted overflow crowds, said Thursday his withdrawal from the race is "not going to happen" - and he isn't certain he'll support Mitt Romney should the former Massachusetts governor win the party's nomination. The Texas congressman, in a meeting with The Chronicle's editorial board, said there may be some "excitement" ahead, including the possibility of a "brokered" convention. Paul, asked whether he would back Romney if he secures the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, said, "We haven't gotten that far yet. I have...
  • California Republicans Get Behind Mitt Romney [Leads Santorum by 19 Points: Nominated Sealed?]

    03/24/2012 7:33:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | March 25, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    California Republicans Get Behind Mitt Romney The national front-runner has a substantial lead in the state over Rick Santorum, with other rivals trailing in the distance. But there's little enthusiasm for the GOP field overall. By Seema Mehta March 25, 2012 Republican voters in California have swung behind Mitt Romney, with the national presidential front-runner crushing his rivals by double digits and substantially expanding his support in the state, a new poll has found. Romney won 42% of registered Republican voters, with his closest rival, Rick Santorum, trailing by 19 points, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Newt...
  • Gavin Newsom a daunting political figure in state

    03/11/2012 8:46:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/11/12 | Willie Brown
    I see Gov. Jerry Brown took some backhanded swipes at our lieutenant governor in a visit to The Chronicle the other day. No surprise there. Even in his "do-nothing" job, Gavin Newsom is still a challenging figure for politicians throughout the state. He's articulate. He has movie-star looks. He has a great eye for issues, and he's young enough to be Jerry's son. That's also why Newsom strikes fear in other politicians. He has the potential for being a favorite of the Google generation. Brown has a special grudge against Newsom, of course, because Gavin tried to run against him...
  • California Could End Up Deciding Republican Presidential Nomination

    03/09/2012 10:16:38 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    KCBS ^ | March 09, 2012 | Megan Goldsby
    California Could End Up Deciding Republican Presidential Nomination Megan Goldsby, CBS Local - San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Republican presidential contest remains unsettled, and California could be the state that finally decides it. Super Tuesday turned out much like a children’s birthday party – everybody left with a prize, according to former California Republican Party chair Ron Nehring. “Everyone is going to stay in this contest throughout the month of March,” said Nehring. “I’d be very surprised if anyone dropped out.” KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports: Republican Presidential Nomination Could Be In California's Hands Even though he didn’t land...
  • S.F. billionaire quietly funds Ron Paul super PAC

    02/26/2012 12:39:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 48 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Richard S. Dunham, Carla Marinucci
    Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012.But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy.Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.Who is this mystery...
  • Feinstein challenger: Drop Fast & Furious gun-control agenda

    02/25/2012 9:34:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/21/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    California Republican Elizabeth Emken, who is challenging 20-year incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her seat in November, told The Daily Caller that her opponent is “protecting Washington insiders” with regard to Operation Fast and Furious. “Rather than Feinstein trumpeting her own gun control agenda here, she should be working to the get the truth out to the American public,” Emken said in a phone interview. “And, I think [House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell] Issa is very meticulous in ensuring that this is a fact-based investigation. Where will it end? I think you and I both have a pretty...
  • Obama widens lead over GOP rivals in California

    02/23/2012 7:44:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/23/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    With the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in increasing disarray, Democratic President Obama has significantly strengthened his hand in California, where his margin over his strongest GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, has doubled in the past three months, a new Field Poll shows. Obama leads the former Massachusetts governor by 20 percentage points, 55-35, in the nation's most-populous state. Independent voters, who will be critical in the November election, prefer the president 59 to 27 percent, the poll found. The president has an even more commanding lead - of 28 points - over former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania,...
  • The Left Fuels Santorum Surge

    02/20/2012 3:46:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2012 | Star Parker
    A succession of high profile left wing decisions and initiatives of recent weeks drive home the extent to which the left is changing the face of America. Notable among these are the decision of a federal appeals court in California to uphold a prior court decision finding California’s Proposition 8, defining marriage as between a man and a woman, unconstitutional; the reversal of a decision, due to a tsunami of left wing pressure, of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to withdraw its funding to Planned Parenthood; and the Obama administration rulemaking refusing to grant a religious exemption from the new...
  • Obama Holds Nob Hill Fundraiser… Massive Tea Party Breaks Out – Complete With “NoBama” Finger Wags

    02/17/2012 4:11:03 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 17,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama held a fundraiser last night with 2,900 adoring fans at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. Hundreds of tea partiers and Catholics lined the street to protest his visit. By the way… The LA Times forgot to mention the hundreds of anti-Obama protesters outside the event.
  • Newt Gingrich’s California Factor

    02/17/2012 1:08:45 PM PST · by Red Steel · 25 replies
    abc ^ | Feb 17, 2012 3:08am | Elicia Dover
    LOS ANGELES – When Newt Gingrich announced he would be spending the majority of the week in California it was assumed the candidate, who is low on funds, was heading west to collect money. While Gingrich’s California political director said fundraising this week likely pushed the campaign to its $2 million goal in the state since the beginning of the campaign, there is another strategy is in the works to rack up votes as the state awards proportional delegates for the first time. -snip- Gingrich has long said he’s in the race until the convention, even saying Thursday his goal...
  • Obama losing financial backing of big S.F. donor

    02/16/2012 9:12:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/12 | Carla Marinucci, Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
    San Francisco philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell, one of the Democratic Party's most generous benefactors, is keeping her checkbook closed when President Obama holds high-priced California fundraisers this week."I want to look him in the eye and say, 'Thank you so much' " for his work, said Buell, who expresses deep disappointment in the president's leadership on environmental issues, especially climate change. With Obama's 2012 re-election campaign in full swing, "I would just love to write my big check ... or have a high-dollar dinner here" on his behalf, she said. "I can't."Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company, has...