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  • Rob Reiner: Tea Party Should Be 'Eliminated' Like Hamas

    08/18/2014 6:15:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 100 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/18/2014 | Tim Graham
    Michael Chapman at our sister site CNSNews.com reported that Hollywood director Rob Reiner unleashed another anti-Tea Party rant in an interview with Larry King. He compared the Tea Party to the terrorist group Hamas, because apparently both groups are extreme and cannot be negotiated with, and the only solution is to make them go away or “eliminate” them. In Israel, “[Y]ou can’t negotiate with that, you have to say either Hamas goes away and the Palestinian authority takes over all that region and deal with some kind of honest broker here, and create the two-state solution,” said Reiner. The Palestinians...
  • Rob Reiner Likens HAMAS To The TEA Party

    08/14/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 99 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Thursday on Ora TV's "PoliticKing with Larry King," left-leaning actor and director Rob Reiner compared the designated terrorist group Hamas to the American political conservative movement, the Tea Party.
  • Cindy Sheehan: Say Yes To Hillary, Two-Thousand And Never – OpEd

    07/09/2014 7:37:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    EurAsia Review ^ | June 21, 2014 | Cindy Sheehan
    Right after Camp Casey the huge media circus/protest in front of George Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas in August of 2005, I was invited to the home of Producer/Director/Actor Rob Reiner to meet and have a chat. Also at that meeting was a major philanthropist (although I didn’t know it at the time) to all causes Clinton, wealthy Stephen Bing. I naďvely believed that I was there because Rob Reiner and Steve Bing were against war. HAH! I was there because Rob and Steve were above all things (even peace and justice) pro-Democrat. At this meeting, the suggestion was made...
  • Maher Battles Wasserman-Schultz Over Obamacare: Obama Clearly Lied, His ‘No New Taxes’ Moment

    11/01/2013 8:22:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | November 01, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    Bill Maher has no qualms about saying that President Obama clearly lied about people being able to keep their health care plans if they liked them, and clashed with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz over exactly how significant that lie was to the health care debate and whether Obamacare would have been passed in the first place without it. Maher wondered if Obamacare had been passed in the first place if he was more honest about insurance plans. Wasserman-Schultz insisted “it was not a lie,” but Maher shot back, “Because of Obamacare, they are not able to keep [insurance plans]. To...
  • Tobacco Bonds Deliver a Lesson -- Decline in smoking hurts payment of state notes (CA-DUH!)

    03/15/2012 4:58:12 PM PDT · by Mark · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 3/15/2012 | Editorial
    The percentage of Californians who smoke has dropped to an all-time low of 11.9 percent, the second-lowest in the nation behind Utah's 9.1 percent. That's good news for the health of Californians, but bad news for the state's budget and First 5 program, which funds local services for children up to age 5. The decline in smoking was anticipated, but it has descended at a much sharper rate than predicted. As a result, California will face difficulty in funding $16 billion in bonds the state has issued since 2001. The bonds are supposed to be financed by payments from the...
  • The President's New Nickname (given by Archie Bunker)

    03/02/2012 6:51:57 AM PST · by do the dhue · 32 replies
    email ^ | 03/01/12 | unknown
    click here to see his new nickname Was Archie a Political Prophet of some sort?Archie Bunker gives what's his name a new nick name. I will only refer to what's his name by his new nickname from now on!
  • Norman Lear Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Karl Rove and GOP Presidential Candidates

    12/13/2011 4:48:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Norman Lear Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Karl Rove and GOP Presidential Candidates By Noel Sheppard Created 12/13/2011 - 6:51pm Television's Norman Lear, in a speech celebrating the 30th anniversary of his far-left organization People for the American Way, called James Dobson, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Karl Rove hate-mongers. In his December 5 address published at the Huffington Post Tuesday, he also accused the Republican candidates for president of having a "holier-than-thou sanctity" (video follows with transcript and commentary): NORMAN LEAR: I want to suggest we lefties start laying claim to what we see as "sacred" -- and serve...
  • Rob Reiner 'pleased' with First 5 compromise

    03/09/2011 4:47:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/9/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Actor and director Rob Reiner, a champion of the state's First 5 childhood development programs, said Wednesday he is "pleased" that lawmakers have backed off Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal to take half of future First 5 revenues for the state budget. Brown and lawmakers have abandoned the governor's original First 5 idea in large part because it required them to get voter approval.
  • It's About Freedom, Meathead!

    11/01/2010 4:57:22 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/1/2010 | Star Parker
    Americans go to the polls Tuesday. Who would question that this is not just another election? We’re fighting for our nation’s soul. For what we believe freedom is about. Or if we really care to be free. In most elections, we’re all pretty much on the same page about who we are as a nation. The debate is about details concerning how it’s going to be managed. This year the debate is about what page we’re on. New data from Gallup shows how polarized we’ve become. In 1994, 40% identified as conservative, 48% as moderate, and 12% as liberal. Now,...
  • Rob Reiner likens 'tea party' movement to Hitler (MEATHEAD!)

    10/25/2010 8:51:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Top of the Ticket ^ | October 25, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm and Tony Pierce
    The actor formerly known as Meathead blasted the "tea party" movement Friday night on HBO, comparing its followers to the Nazis. "My fear is that the tea party gets a charismatic leader," actor/director Rob Reiner said to applause in front of a live audience on Bill Maher's "Real Time." "Because all they're selling is fear and anger. And that's all Hitler sold. 'I'm angry and I'm frightened and you should hate that guy over there.' And that's what they're doing." Ranting between the senior advisor for the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, Nicolle Wallace, and ABC's Jake Tapper, Reiner began his assault...
  • Pray For 0bama - LOL

    11/14/2009 1:26:16 PM PST · by Enough_Deceit · 49 replies · 2,367+ views
    Email From Friend | 11-14-09 | Enough_Deceit
    A friend and I were away for the weekend and we left to come home on Sunday. Traffic was moving slow & a car in front of us had an Obama bumper sticker on it. It read: "Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8". His bible was lying on the dash board & he got it & opened it up to the scripture & read it. He started laughing & laughing. Then he read it to me. I couldn't believe what it said. I had a good laugh, too. Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office....
  • Reiner on 1D and 1E: Don't hurt kids

    05/18/2009 9:44:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 745+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/18/9 | Susan Ferriss
    Hollywood director Rob Reiner stars in the only broadcast ad specifically opposing Propositions 1D and 1E.The two items on Tuesday's special election ballot would temporarily shift funds to the state from local children's and mental-health programs, which voters approved in past years.Reiner is involved in the campaign because in 1998 he spearheaded Proposition 10, which created the children's programs and the tobacco tax to finance them. Proposition 10 proponents have merged efforts with those seeking to protect Proposition 63, the 2004 measure that imposed a "millionaire's tax" to fund mental health programs.Following is the text of the radio ad and...
  • Schwarzenegger May Support a Democrat ( Meathead! )

    05/02/2009 10:32:28 PM PDT · by kellynla · 35 replies · 1,166+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | May 1, 2009 | staff
    Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says it's possible he could endorse a Democrat to succeed him. According to The New York Times, Schwarzenegger was asked Friday in Los Angeles if he could envision supporting a Democratic successor, and he replied: “It could happen, yes.” Schwarzenegger, however, declined to name any Democrats he might support. The governor offered no specifics on any particular candidate he might support, but he did rule out following in Sen. Arlen Specter's footsteps and switching parties. “I’m not going to become a Democrat,” he said. “I think the Kennedy family has enough Democrats.” Democrats likely to...
  • AP Interview: Reiner slams Schwarzenegger, Legis.

    04/22/2009 1:56:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 488+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/22/9 | SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer
    SACRAMENTO, (AP) -- Director Rob Reiner is back on the campaign trail — and he's not happy about it. Reiner told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has joined forces with children's advocates to defeat a measure on next month's special election ballot. Proposition 1D would steer money away from a childhood development program Reiner championed a decade ago. The "When Harry Met Sally" filmmaker criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California lawmakers for their management of state finances. "They failed miserably," he said. "So now what are they going to do? The thing that they always do. They try...
  • CA: Vote could cut First 5 funds (Prop. 1D, redirects chunk of Prop. 10 proceeds to general fund)

    04/03/2009 11:12:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 514+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 4/3/09 | Jennifer Torres
    Among the special election propositions that Californians will consider as part of the 2009-10 budget plan is a measure that puts at odds the needs and interests of two groups responsible for providing much of the preschool education offered in San Joaquin County. Voters in 1998 approved the 50-cent-per-pack tobacco tax that sends millions of dollars to First 5 commissions throughout the state to pay for health and education programs focused on children 5 and younger. Proposition 1D, which will appear on the May 19 ballot, seeks to help fill California's gaping budget hole by sending much of that tobacco-tax...
  • In honor of the Poles on Pulaski Day

    03/02/2009 10:14:08 AM PST · by prplhze2000 · 6 replies · 333+ views
    Youtube ^ | March 2, 2009 | Kingfish
    Enjoy.
  • Calif. governor wants to tax golf, auto repairs (RINOld alert!)

    01/27/2009 5:33:55 AM PST · by kellynla · 31 replies · 834+ views
    townhall.com/AP News ^ | January 27, 2009 | staff
    Golf course owners and some of their customers are teed off at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So are veterinarians, auto mechanics and amusement park operators. Their anger is directed at the Republican governor's proposal to extend the state sales tax to cover more services, an idea that has surfaced in other states as they race to plug crippling budget deficits. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a research clearinghouse, predicts such deficits nationwide could reach $350 billion by 2011. In California, Schwarzenegger wants to help close a nearly $42 billion budget deficit by taxing rounds of golf, auto repairs, veterinary...
  • Sex, Lies, and Watergate Tapes

    12/04/2007 1:00:16 PM PST · by bs9021 · 13 replies · 91+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 4, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    Sex, Lies and Watergate Tapes by: Malcolm A. Kline, December 04, 2007 Only an academic would comb the Watergate tapes looking for Richard Nixon’s views on homosexuality. As it turns out, the 37th president’s observations on the subject were extensive and fairly well-defined. “On May 13, 1971, the president, responding to the television sitcom All in the Family, whose Meathead character (Archie Bunker’s son-in-law) Nixon decided ‘apparently goes both ways,’ sputtered in a secretly recorded conversation about homosexuality to his nearly mute aides,” Northwestern University professor Michael S. Sherry writes in the September 7, 2007 issue of the Chronicle of...
  • email from Queen Hillary/Rob Reiner (meathead) (BARF ALERT)

    10/09/2007 9:02:16 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies · 531+ views
    Dear Friend, When I received Hillary's email asking for volunteers, I did what any other Hollywood director would do. Made a movie. Starring myself and a great supporting cast of Hillary volunteers from all over town. You can see it right here: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/teamhillary Hey, I wasn't the only one who answered Hillary's call. We've received an overwhelming response, with supporters from across the country pledging over 300,000 volunteer hours. And that was just three hours after Hillary's email went out! We hit 500,000 volunteer hours later that day. So now there's a new goal. Ready? One million volunteer hours. So...
  • Film director (RoB)Reiner endorses (Hillary)Clinton

    09/27/2007 12:41:32 PM PDT · by Dane · 43 replies · 100+ views
    Film director Reiner endorses Clinton The Associated Press Article Launched: 09/27/2007 04:48:19 AM PDT LOS ANGELES—Director Rob Reiner has endorsed New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. "Every one of the Democratic candidates is strong, but Hillary is head and shoulders above the rest," Reiner said Wednesday
  • Paul the apostate

    07/22/2007 10:30:04 AM PDT · by George W. Bush · 69 replies · 1,067+ views
    The Economist ^ | 7/19/07 | staff, current print edition, page 32
    Paul the apostate Jul 19th 2007 | LAKE JACKSON, TEXASFrom The Economist print editionIs this would-be president brave or crazy? RON PAUL, a libertarian Republican congressman from Texas, likes to say what he thinks. And among the things he thinks is that the census is a violation of privacy. He has opted out of the congressional pension programme. He claims never to have voted for a tax increase, or for an unbalanced budget, or for a congressional pay rise and never to have gone on a congressional junket. He wants to return to the gold standard. Most notably, he strongly...
  • Michael Moore: 5 Good Reasons to Vote Today (Barf alert)

    11/07/2006 6:28:07 AM PST · by jamesrichards · 24 replies · 905+ views
    Michael Moore ^ | November 7, 2006
    November, 7th, 2006 5 Good Reasons to Vote Today 1. IT'S A NATIONAL REFERENDUM. Although candidates' names will be on the ballot today, this election is NOT about this candidate or that candidate. Make no mistake about it: This election is nothing less than a National Referendum on George W. Bush and his War. Don't waste your time trying to learn about who the schlump is that's running for office. You know they're all pretty much the same, a few are better than others, but... please. They is who they is. THIS election is not about them. It's a simple...
  • State's fumble on preschool tax energizes foes of Props. 86, 87

    11/07/2006 7:51:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 450+ views
    MediaNews ^ | 11/7/6 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO - State mishandling of voter-approved, tax-increase funds for a children's program has pumped powerful, 11th-hour ammunition into close, expensive battles over two similar cigarette and oil-tax boosting measures on Tuesday's ballot. After an audit revealed multimillion-dollar improprieties in the use of Proposition 10 preschool funding, foes of Props. 86 and 87 attacked the two new tax measures Wednesday as creating the same type of bureaucracies -- except with loopholes ripe for exploitation. "The audit confirms what many have been saying all along about tax initiatives creating reckless, out-of-control spending of tax dollars through unaccountable government agencies," said Larry McCarthy,...
  • Audit: First 5 Commission's oversight was lax (Meathead's me$$y affair)

    10/31/2006 5:30:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 549+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/31/06 | Juliet Williams - ap
    A taxpayer-funded commission headed by Hollywood producer Rob Reiner awarded media contracts totaling more than $77 million without sufficiently reviewing their costs and was lax in overseeing its deals, California's state auditor reported Tuesday. Poor oversight of its bills also led the California Children and Families Commission, or First 5, to pay $673,000 in fees and expenses that were prohibited under its own contract and make "questionable payments to contractors for items such as laptop computers valued at $10,000, food catering costs, and monthly parking fees," the report found. But the auditor concluded the commission did not violate state law...
  • Auditor reports contract lapses by Reiner panel (Meathead spent the tobacco settlement on friends)

    10/31/2006 12:51:28 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 11 replies · 700+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/31/06 | By Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
    state commission chaired by Hollywood entertainer Rob Reiner suffered from lapses in its contracting, failed to properly award millions of dollars and did not adequately justify many of its payments, according to a state audit released today. The nonpartisan California Bureau of State Audits found that the California Children and Families Commission, also known as the California First 5 Commission, used tax money to overpay for some services and failed to follow state rules when it awarded some contracts. Among its findings, the audit said the commission: Did not follow state policy when it used a competitive process to award...
  • Calderon willing to embrace some leftist proposals

    09/07/2006 10:17:38 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 15 replies · 573+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 7 Sept. 2006 | Staff
    Mexico City, Sep 7 (EFE).- Conservative President-elect Felipe Calderon said here Thursday that he was willing to embrace some of the ideas supported by the more than one-third of voters who cast ballots for his leftist rival in Mexico's closest election ever. "I will make my own the reasons and grounds whereby the voters voted for other candidates and I'll respond to their expectations," he said in his first session with foreign reporters since Tuesday's certification of his narrow victory over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The 44-year-old lawyer and former energy secretary, insisting on his willingness to engage in dialogue...
  • How the Feminists’ “War against Boys” Paved the Way for Islam

    09/05/2006 12:03:24 AM PDT · by spkpls4 · 50 replies · 2,247+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 4 Sept. 06 | Fjordman
    Another possibility is that Western feminists fail to confront Muslim immigration for ideological reasons. Many of them are silent on Islamic oppression of women because they have also embraced “Third-Worldism” and anti-Western sentiments. I see some evidence in support of this thesis. American writer Phyllis Chesler has sharply criticized her sisters in books such as The Death of Feminism. She feels that too many feminists have abandoned their commitment to freedom and “become cowardly herd animals and grim totalitarian thinkers,” thus failing to confront Islamic terrorism. She paints a portrait of current U.S. University campuses as steeped in “a new...
  • Reiner: Gibson Must Come Clean on 'Passion' (Meathead Now Speaking for Jews Everywhere)

    08/27/2006 12:50:32 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 99 replies · 2,291+ views
    Reiner: Gibson, Come Clean on `Passion' LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mel Gibson's apology for making drunken anti-Semitic remarks isn't enough to redeem him, actor-producer Rob Reiner said. The actor also must acknowledge that "his work reflects anti-Semitism," particularly the 2004 hit movie "The Passion of the Christ," Reiner told Associated Press Radio. "When he comes to the understanding that he has done that, and can come out and say, you know, 'My views have been reflected in my work and I feel bad that I've done that,' then that will be the beginning of some reconciliation for him," Reiner said....
  • Reiner: Gibson must acknowledge "Passion" was anti-Semitic

    08/25/2006 5:26:34 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 60 replies · 1,356+ views
    Asssociated Press ^ | Aug. 25, 2006
    (AP) Mel Gibson's apology for making drunken anti-Semitic remarks isn't enough to redeem him, actor-producer Rob Reiner said. The actor also must acknowledge that "his work reflects anti-Semitism," particularly the 2004 hit movie "The Passion of the Christ," Reiner told Associated Press Radio.
  • CA: Celebrity justice? - DA's probe of First 5 had better be thorough (MeatHeadGate)

    08/02/2006 10:53:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 727+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/2/06 | Editorial
    In her 11 years as Sacramento County district attorney, Jan Scully has cultivated a reputation as a no-nonsense law-and-order type. California taxpayers are about to find out if it's a reputation she deserves. In March, Attorney General Bill Lockyer – citing a conflict of interest – turned to Scully and asked her to review the First 5 California Children and Families Commission's use of $23 million for TV ads promoting “preschool for all” at the same time a “preschool for all” initiative was seeking placement on the ballot and voter support. State law makes it a felony to use public...
  • What does "Ping" mean?

    07/02/2006 7:57:20 AM PDT · by maineman · 405 replies · 15,758+ views
    I see so many people asking to be put on the 'ping list', what does that mean? I also see that you can be 'pinged' if something you are interested in is posted. Are you notified someway? Thanks
  • To That Stupid Liberal Lurker - I Got Zapped

    06/24/2006 9:21:32 AM PDT · by tough decision · 238 replies · 6,388+ views
    One look at you tells me all I need to know about you. I am so tired of liberals that think they are so brilliant. You are such a stupid jackass. You are so stupid you probably believe that the Bush administration orchestrated the attacks on 9/11. Every time you go on the internet, every time you make a bank transaction, or pay a bill, every time you try to email a congressman or senator they are getting so much information off of you. Of course it is all a conspiracy by the Bush administration. I have screwed around by...
  • WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! You Mods ZOTTED Me!

    06/23/2006 2:33:07 PM PDT · by Gatemouth · 213 replies · 4,986+ views
    Kos | Gatemouth
    Here's something for you to ponder over... http://distressedamerican.cf.huffingtonpost.com/ Any thoughts?
  • Reiner not exiting political stage [More Meathead to come]

    06/11/2006 8:11:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 410+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/11/6 | Laura Mecoy
    Despite Prop. 82's loss, director-activist says he'll continue to back liberal causes. LOS ANGELES -- After shutting himself off from the public for nearly three months, movie director and actor Rob Reiner stepped back into the spotlight election night and declared he wasn't leaving the political stage. Voters had just handed a resounding defeat to Proposition 82, the universal preschool initiative he'd championed. Reiner had been forced to step down from the chairmanship of the First 5 California commission because of criticism about its $23 million taxpayer-financed preschool advertising campaign. He'd gone into a self-imposed exile from the media in...
  • Santa Monica Firm Settles Suit Over Ad Campaign for Preschool (Prop 82 - Meatheadgate)

    06/10/2006 3:37:03 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 374+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 10, 2006
    SACRAMENTO — A Santa Monica advertising firm that produced a tax-funded $23-million ad program touting the benefits of preschool settled a suit after one of its subcontractors made $2.5 million in payments, the firms have announced. GMMB Inc. alleged in a suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in April that the subcontractor, Durazo Communications, failed to pay some television stations that aired the commercials, which were funded by the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. (snip) The suit attracted attention when Hector Ramirez, the commission's chairman, called on the Los Angeles Police Department and the state Bureau...
  • The Nays Have It

    06/09/2006 8:48:34 AM PDT · by GoldwaterFellow · 15 replies · 456+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | June 9, 2006 | Steve Voeller
    The Nays Have It by Steve Voeller June 9, 2006 Preschool tax fails in California Every one has a breaking point when it comes to tax hikes. Tuesday, Californians soundly defeated a tax increase to pay for universal preschool. According to San Diego television station KFMB: "Proposition 82, the universal preschool measure, was also defeated, as 61 percent voted no compared to 39 percent that approved the measure. Proposition 82 would have spent $2.1 billion during the first year, increasing to $2.6 billion by 2010. The measure, conceived by actor Rob Reiner, would have provided hundreds of millions of dollars...
  • Universal preschool advocates vow to continue efforts

    06/07/2006 3:29:45 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 38 replies · 615+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 7 June 2006 | Dana Hull
    Universal preschool advocates vow to continue effortsBy Dana Hull Mercury News Advocates of universal preschool vowed today to continue their fight despite the crushing defeat of Proposition 82 in Tuesday's election. According to the final tally of ballots cast, 60.9 percent of voters statewide opposed Prop. 82 while just 39.1 percent supported it. The initiative, which needed a simple majority to pass, narrowly prevailed in just three of California's 58 counties: Alameda, Imperial, and San Francisco. In conservative Orange County, 73 percent of voters came out against it. ``It was a tough environment for initiatives,'' said Prop. 82 spokesman Nathan...
  • Universal preschool plan fails

    California voters soundly rejected Proposition 82 on Tuesday, crushing the hopes of early-childhood education advocates who hoped to make universal preschool public policy in the nation's most populous state. ``Prop. 82 sounded really good, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized it was subject to shenanigans,'' said David Yomtov of San Jose, who said he voted against it. ``Kids should go to preschool, but it didn't sound like Prop. 82 would help the families who most needed the help.'' Proposition 82 enjoyed support in staunchly liberal enclaves like San Francisco, but it was overwhelmingly rejected in...
  • Voters reject Prop. 82

    06/07/2006 4:23:36 AM PDT · by jebeier · 75 replies · 1,738+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 6/7/06 | Dana Hull
    California voters soundly rejected Proposition 82 Tuesday, crushing the hopes of early childhood education advocates who hoped to make universal preschool public policy in the nation's most populous state. Throughout much of the evening, returns showed that 60 percent of voters statewide opposed Prop. 82 while just 40 percent supported it, making it nearly impossible for the measure to ever get the simple majority it needed to pass. ``It doesn't look good,'' admitted Hollywood director Rob Reiner, who spoke to about 200 supporters at a Los Angeles hotel ballroom shortly after 10 p.m... (see more at link)
  • Live Thread - California Primary Election - 6 June 2006

    Welcome to the live thread for the California Primary Election. Polls are open until 8pm tonight. If you are a registered voter, it is your duty to vote and defend your rights and civil liberties, protect your pocketbook, and vote the bums out where applicable. Feel free to discuss issues key to your local area that others may be interested in. Post your polling place experiences if you like. And post numbers as they come in later tonight.
  • Preschool measure tumbles in poll (Meathead initiative now trails!)

    06/03/2006 8:34:45 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 34 replies · 695+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3 June 2006 | Dana Hull
    Preschool measure tumbles in poll By Dana Hull Mercury News Support for Proposition 82, California's Preschool for All Act, has plummeted, according to a Field Poll released Friday, and political analysts say the measure appears extremely vulnerable in the final days of the fiercely fought campaign. Forty-six percent of likely voters plan to vote against the initiative, while 41 percent favor it, found the poll, which was taken May 23-31. That's a significant plunge from polls conducted in February and April, when supporters held double-digit leads over opponents. With momentum building behind a ``No'' campaign fueled by concerns about the...
  • Calif. preschool measure runs into trouble (.. hits a bit of a head wind,, a MeatHead wind. Prop 82)

    06/02/2006 7:17:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 582+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/06 | Juliet Williams - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Provide free preschool for all California children, tax the rich to pay for it, and get a famous Hollywood director to sell it. A measure on Tuesday's ballot to create universal preschool in the nation's most populous state seemed like a can't-miss idea in heavily Democratic California. But the $2.4 billion-a-year plan has been a tough sell. The Preschool for All initiative's best-known supporter, "When Harry Met Sally" director Rob Reiner, ducked out of the campaign spotlight this spring after a state education commission he headed was accused of improperly using taxpayer money to run TV commercials...
  • Proposition 82: Voters split on pioneering preschool plan [Meathead's Nanny State Prop]

    05/30/2006 7:46:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 415+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/30/6 | Mark Martin
    Ballot measure would expand programs by taxing richest Attending preschool for free would become a constitutional right for every 4-year-old in California if voters approve a June ballot initiative that could dramatically reshape the state's public education system. Called a key to improving the state's lagging schools by proponents and a colossal waste of money by opponents, passage of Proposition 82 would place the state in the forefront of a national movement toward standardizing pre-kindergarten education. Illinois, Georgia and Oklahoma already have implemented or are considering universal preschool programs. Most of California's half-million 4-year-olds attend some form of preschool or...
  • Meatheadgate (Rob Reiner's sagging political fortunes)

    05/29/2006 12:49:30 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 1,378+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 5, 2006 | Bill Whalen
    YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO rich or too thin, the saying goes, and it certainly holds true for California's June 6 primary. State Controller Steve Westly, a former eBay executive and Democratic candidate for governor, has spent $34.5 million of his own fortune in hopes of earning the right to face Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this fall. The other Democrat in the race, State Treasurer Phil Angelides, would certainly be out of the running by now but for a wealthy friend who spent $6 million on an "independent" expenditure to prop up his flagging campaign. As for the Governator, he's not...
  • Preschool measure has California in spotlight - Voters' decision could influence other states

    05/29/2006 12:40:11 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 33 replies · 543+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 29, 2006 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – An initiative on the June 6 ballot that would give all 4-year-olds the right to attend preschool is casting California once again in the role of possible national trendsetter. A drive to give all children the chance to begin school a year before kindergarten, with the aim of helping them become better readers and learners later on, has begun in Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida. But Proposition 82 is much more ambitious and likely more controversial – not only because the program would be funded by $2 billion a year raised through increased taxes on upper-income Californians. The measure,...
  • Campaign 2006: Reiner, Westly, Angelides add big campaign checks

    05/26/2006 8:02:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 155+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/26/6 | Peter Hecht
    Actor-director Rob Reiner on Thursday wrote a $1.65 million check to boost the closing campaign for Proposition 82, his initiative to tax wealthy residents to pay for free preschool. Reiner's donation pushes his total contributions to the campaign to $2.8 million. His wife, photographer Michelle Singer Reiner, has donated $1.3 million to the initiative, and his father, writer-comedian Carl Reiner, has contributed $500,000. Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Westly and Phil Angelides are both opening their wallets to give their campaigns new infusions of cash, according to announcements by the campaigns and reports filed with the secretary of state's office....
  • Reiner throws down another $1.6 million for Prop. 82

    05/25/2006 5:22:59 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 13 replies · 507+ views
    With polls showing that his Prop. 82 universal preschool measure is carrying a narrow lead into the final days before the June 6 election, actor/director Rob Reiner put another $1.65 million of his own money into the campaign today. So far this year, Reiner already had spent better than $1.15 million on the campaign, which has also collected about $1.3 million from his wife, Michelle Singer Reiner, and $500,000 from his father, comedian Carl Reiner. Prop. 82, which would hike taxes on wealthy California residents to provide free preschool for all the state's 4-year-olds, had a 50 percent to 43...
  • Preschool funding divides even educators [Meathead's Nanny State Prop 82]

    05/16/2006 7:52:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/16/6 | Sara Steffens
    Not quite 5 years old, Aniyah Slocum has plenty to report about her experience at the Richmond College Prep Preschool."I learned how to do the months of the year," she offers, clutching the turquoise marker she has been using to practice writing numerals. "I learned how to do puzzles, I learned my numbers and I learned my ABCs so my great-grandma can be proud of me."At programs like this one, serving one of the city's most impoverished flatland neighborhoods, teachers don't have to be convinced of preschool's role as an academic equalizer.From the slew of storybooks to the college banners...
  • Prop. 82: Initiative backers threaten Gap boycott {Meathead's Nanny State}

    05/12/2006 1:05:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 551+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/12/6 | Laura Mecoy
    Employing a new political tactic, two large labor unions are using the threat of a consumer boycott to try to curb corporate contributions to groups opposing the universal preschool initiative on the June ballot. The Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sent a letter last week threatening a national boycott of all of the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores. They said they would launch the boycott if the Gap, its affiliates or any members of the family that founded the Gap donated to groups opposing actor and director Rob Reiner's...
  • CAMPAIGN 2006: Preschool politics - Pros and cons of universal education initiative aired

    05/03/2006 7:42:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 151+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/3/6 | Janine DeFao
    Amanda Riccetti supports universal preschool, but she plans to vote against Proposition 82. Director of Big City Montessori School in San Francisco's Bayview district, Riccetti fears the June ballot initiative to provide free preschool to all California 4-year-olds is so restrictive that schools like hers will be shut out. "The initiative puts in very precise directions, making it more difficult for programs to be individualized and for parent choice," said Riccetti, who runs a school for 100 children founded by her mother in 1972. It has been turned down as a site for San Francisco's fledgling universal preschool program, though...