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  • Ross Mirkarimi Case: SF City Hall's Latest Witch Trial

    07/01/2012 5:08:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Let's start with all the things San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi did wrong: 1) Mirkarimi bullied his wife, Eliana Lopez, when he grabbed her right arm and bruised it Dec. 31. 2) When police first contacted Mirkarimi about the episode, the sheriff did not cooperate with the investigation. Instead, he circled the wagons. 3) He hired a small army of attorneys for himself and his wife, which slowed the legal process. He's the elected sheriff of San Francisco, and he tried to move his trial outside the city. 4) When Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment,...
  • Pete Wilson endorses Mitt Romney

    02/06/2012 2:56:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/6/12 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Former California Gov. Pete Wilson today endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, part of a rising move within the party to rally around the frontrunner. Romney has made a big effort to line up high-profile endorsements, although several notables, such as former Florida Gov. and conservative darling Jeb Bush, have remained neutral. Wilson, although considered a conservative in California, is viewed as fairly moderate within the current GOP. In his endorsement statement, Wilson called Romney “an enthusiastic believer in American exceptionalism” and called him “a spectacular example of it.” (American exceptionalism is a term traced back to Frenchman Alexis...
  • Mitt Romney visits North Hollywood as Rick Perry hits Century City

    07/21/2011 1:10:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Southern California Public Radio ^ | July 20, 2011 | Frank Stoltze | KPCC
    Boarded-up shops and a nearly empty parking lot provided the backdrop for former Masschusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney’s visit today to a struggling shopping center near the intersection of Victory and Laurel Canyon boulevards. Romney, presumed to be among the leading Republican contenders for the presidency in 2012, said President Barack Obama’s economic policies have contributed to the decline of this and many other malls across America. “Proposing raising taxes did not put people back to work. Obamacare made it less likely for employers to want to hire people. The talk about cap-and-trade and higher energy costs made it less likely...
  • CA: $700 million for power research bought… bird and salmon studies?

    02/05/2011 9:16:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    OC Register ^ | 2/5/11 | Teri Sforza
    The quest was a noble one: To develop, and help bring to market, new energy technologies that are better for the environment, provide greater system reliability and lower system costs, while furnishing “tangible benefits to electric utility customers.” Well, electric utility customers, you’ve shelled out $700 million for this noble effort since 1996, and what have you gotten? Precious little that could be even loosely interpreted as “tangible benefits,” concludes a report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. TENUOUS CONNECTIONS Meet the state’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, built into your electric bill as a “public goods” charge. It has...
  • (CA) Poised to Sell Trophy Buildings to Unidentified Investors (and pay rent)

    12/25/2010 11:31:21 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 3+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 25, 2010 | Elizabeth Lesly Stevens
    As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to decamp from Sacramento on Jan. 3, he has displayed zealous determination to complete what critics say will be among the worst deals the state has ever made: the sale of 11 premier state office complexes to a group of politically connected private investors. ...California would pocket about $1.3 billion after debt is paid off, but would then be a tenant in the same buildings. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, the deal would cost taxpayers $6 billion over 35 years. ....Two prominent Bay Area lawyers sued to halt the sale, and the state...
  • Polls may mislead in California governor's race

    10/31/2010 9:14:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/31/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former Gov. Pete Wilson is the only politician to have beaten Jerry Brown in an election. In 1982, Wilson, then-San Diego mayor, trounced Brown, then California's bigfoot governor, in the race for U.S. Senate 51 to 45 percent. Now Wilson serves as Meg Whitman's campaign chairman. On Thursday, he told me not to believe polls that show Whitman losing by as much as double digits. Whitman, he says, has a real shot at beating Brown. Polls that show Whitman losing, Wilson said, "are greatly underestimating the enthusiasm on the part of the Republicans and pretty much a lack of it...
  • Pete Wilson, Willie Brown reminisce about budget days of yore

    10/14/2010 6:04:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/14/10 | Kevin Yamamura
    Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown blames much of the state's budgeting chaos on weak leadership, inexperience, a lack of collegiality and too much reliance on legislative aides -- all of which might be blamed on the state's 1990 term limits law. He and former Gov. Pete Wilson -- both shown right in a 1992 file photo -- discussed the state's budget problems Thursday at a downtown Sacramento luncheon hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. Brown, who served as Assembly speaker for nearly 15 years and was an assemblyman for three decades, was a chief target of the term-limits...
  • Jerry Brown Reacts to Meg Whitman ‘Whore’ Slur at Debate (Video & Transcript)

    10/12/2010 9:42:26 PM PDT · by kristinn · 161 replies
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | Kristinn
    California gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown debated tonight at Dominican University in San Rafael. The moderator was Tom Brokaw who raised the 'whore' comment with Brown.Video of the exchange at Bay Area NBCTransription by Kristinn.BROKAW: Mr. Brown you did attempt to reach out to the police union. The telephone message was left on. It's now a notorious part of this campaign. In which somebody in your campaign referred to Ms. Whitman as a "whore." A campaign spokesman then described that as "salty language" and apologized after a fashion. We've heard no outrage from you about the use of...
  • He will be greatly missed: CA political great Joe Shumate dead at 69 (Fiorina advisor)

    10/01/2010 8:32:57 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2010 | Carla Marinucci
    California's Joe Shumate, who left an indelible mark on the politics of the Golden State and spun his magic around the globe as consultant to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, has died at the age of 69. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and we'll be hearing and writing much more on this in days to come from friends and associates. Shumate, the former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Pete Wilson, was advising the GOP campaigns of U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and also Attorney General candidate Steve Cooley.
  • Pete Wilson now behind the scenes in Meg Whitman's campaign

    08/30/2010 9:08:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/30/10 | David Siders
    Former Gov. Pete Wilson provided Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman a valuable endorsement in the GOP primary, when he declared she would be "tough as nails" on illegal immigration. But what made that recommendation resonate for many conservatives – Wilson championed Proposition 187, the 1994 initiative that sought to deny public services to illegal immigrants – has become a liability now that Whitman is trying to win over Latino and independent voters. Not surprisingly, Wilson, Whitman's campaign chairman, has all but disappeared from public view. "Pete Wilson was important before June 8," conservative talk show host Ken Chiampou said in...
  • Dan Walters: Old fight over California taxes flares anew

    07/26/2010 7:59:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/26/10 | Dan Walters
    When California faced a major budget crisis in the early 1990s, thanks to what was then the worst recession since the Great Depression, a Republican governor – Pete Wilson – and the Legislature enacted a big, albeit temporary, increase in state taxes. Despite the boost in sales and income taxes, however, state revenue continued to decline as the recession deepened, touching off years of political debate over causes and effects. Those on the right contended that by increasing taxes, Wilson and the Legislature depressed economic activity, thus causing a further decline in revenue. Those on the left argued that if...
  • Whitman wins GOP nomination for Calif. governor

    06/08/2010 8:50:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 217 replies · 348+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/8/10 | JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer
    Meg Whitman, the billionaire former eBay chief executive who poured tens of millions of her own fortune into her first-time bid for political office, easily won the Republican primary for California governor Tuesday, advancing to face a Democratic icon, former two-term Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • Pete Wilson, Mitt Romney campaign for Meg Whitman

    06/05/2010 11:31:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 337+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/6/10 | Jack Chang
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman received high-profile support in appearances in Escondido and Fullerton Saturday, with former Gov. Pete Wilson and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney stumping for her. In Fullerton, Whitman appeared in the courtyard of the mission-style Villa Del Sol complex where she made her candidacy official in September. Like that event, several hundred people stood under the baking sun to listen to the candidate. Wilson preceded Romney and called Whitman a threat to public employee unions, warning, "They have a very good reason to be scared to death of Meg Whitman." Whitman has pledged to cut state...
  • Pete Wilson to Meg Whitman's rescue

    05/11/2010 4:48:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 419+ views
    SaC bee ^ | 5/11/10 | Amy Chance
    You know the GOP race for governor is tightening when Meg Whitman brings out the big gun -- former Gov. Pete Wilson -- to defend her position on illegal immigration. Wilson, chairman of Whitman's campaign, is now appearing in a radio ad arguing that Whitman will be "tough as nails" on the issue. "This is former Gov. Pete Wilson. I know how important it is to stop illegal immigration and I know Meg Whitman," he says in the spot. "Meg will be tough as nails on illegal immigration. She'll fight to secure our border and go after sanctuary cities." It's...
  • Pete Wilson to Whitman's rescue

    05/11/2010 12:51:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 299+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/11/10 | Amy Chance
    You know the GOP race for governor is tightening when Meg Whitman brings out the big gun - former Gov. Pete Wilson - to defend her position on illegal immigration. Wilson, chairman of Whitman's campaign, is now appearing in a radio ad arguing that Whitman will be "tough as nails" on the issue. "This is former Gov. Pete Wilson. I know how important it is to stop illegal immigration and I know Meg Whitman," he says in the spot. "Meg will be tough as nails on illegal immigration. She'll fight to secure our border and go after sanctuary cities." It's...
  • Meg Whitman Supports $112 Billion In Higher Taxes On Californians

    03/10/2010 11:34:59 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 28 replies · 817+ views
    Real Meg Whitman ^ | 7 March 2010
    Meg Whitman Supports $112 Billion In Higher Taxes On Californians Meg Whitman has embraced former Governor Pete Wilson, tapping the man she described as the greatest California governor in memory to be her campaign chairman. Unfortunately, she has also embraced the billions of dollars in higher taxes that Wilson championed as governor. As governor, Wilson championed a 1.25% increase in the sales tax, which has directly resulted in at least $112 billion in higher taxes for California. Whitman has not distanced herself from these higher taxes. Instead, Whitman has defended them, saying she trusted Wilson’s judgment and that “every time...
  • Ordination of Meg Whitman?

    02/21/2010 8:21:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 128 replies · 1,367+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/21/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    This month, former Gov. Pete Wilson sent out a letter calling on good Republicans to "unite" behind former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's bid for governor. A largely Democratic effort had been formed to raise $40 million to defeat the billionaire candidate, which Wilson argued forced Team Whitman to launch its general election campaign early. It was an arrogant move - calling the GOP primary before a single voter has cast a ballot in the June 8 election. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is still in the race. No wonder Poizner recently told me, "She wants to be ordained." After pouring $39...
  • CA: Former Gov. Wilson urges Poizner to drop out of governor s race

    02/11/2010 7:39:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 473+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/11/10 | Ken McLaughlin
    The Republican primary is still nearly four months away, but former Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday declared that the general election has begun and that the party needs to unite behind front-runner Meg Whitman as its candidate for governor. Wilson's e-mail to Whitman supporters was sent a day after three Democratic and pro-labor groups said they were ready to raise more than $40 million to begin targeting the former eBay chief in statewide ads. "Meg and our campaign team are beginning the general election today, and we are not wasting time,'' Wilson, Whitman's campaign chairman, wrote. To counter the Democrats'...
  • New push to deregulate energy: Schwarzenegger electricity plan fuels fears of another debacle

    10/11/2003 8:32:00 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 135 replies · 4,938+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/11/03 | Zachary Coile
    <p>Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing a push to deregulate the state's electricity markets -- a move embraced by business leaders and some energy analysts but criticized by many Democrats and consumer advocates as a return to the failed policies that sparked California's energy crisis.</p>
  • Yes, Colin Powell Deserves a Spot in the Republican Party

    05/22/2009 11:30:08 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 62 replies · 1,393+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 22 | Jazz Shaw
    Is he a rank-and-file conservative Republican? Obviously not, but he never was, and we knew that going in. What so many fail to realize is the remarkable nature of his being elected at all. Some of us are old enough to remember a time when Republicans were competitive not only in that state’s gubernatorial races, but for the Senate seats as well. Those included the terms of Tom Kuchel, John Seymour, and Pete Wilson. But today’s Republicans seem to think of California — and her ginormous chunk of electoral weight — as nothing more than a left coast basket of...
  • CA: The Myth Of the Conservative State GOP

    02/14/2008 9:58:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 111+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 2/14/08 | Mike Spence
    LOL. There was another article this weekend about big donor GOP liberals worried that the party was too right wing and demanding changes in the structure etc.... This story comes around every so often, usually because someone is trying to benefit financially or politically from the effort. Sometimes both. These articles always make me laugh. Why? Because it is all fantasy. The State GOP central Committee is not controlled by conservatives and hasn't been for the over 15 years I've been an actual member. I should point out I've been a member of the Executive Committee of the CRP for...
  • CRAFT: California Republicans Aligned for Top-Heaviness (recruiting the CaGoP "next generation")

    02/28/2009 11:09:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 523+ views
    Red County/San Diego ^ | 2/28/09 | Jubal
    CRAFT is a 527 committee launched by last year by Schwarzenegger donors Larry Dodge and Paul Folino, and former Gov. Pete Wilson to recruit the "next generation" of statewide Republicans candidates. It is run by former California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim. Moderate GOP pundit Tony Quinn opined at the time that CRAFT's formation "...shows the money people in the party have no faith in the California Republican party. This group would not exist if not for the fact that Republicans can't win statewide elections." Judging by CRAFT's financial disclosure, I'm not sure those involved know how to run a...
  • Ex-Governor (Pete Wison) to GOP: Fight Schwarzenegger Recall

    09/28/2008 6:50:47 AM PDT · by kellynla · 33 replies · 660+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | September 27, 2008 | staff
    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former Gov. Pete Wilson urged his fellow Republicans on Saturday not to make light of a recall drive against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He told delegates at the California Republican Party's fall convention that they should take the threat from the state prison guards union seriously, even if it isn't likely to succeed. "I hope that I don't have to tell you what an ill-considered idea that is. We did it once; we did not do it lightly," he said, referring to the 2003 recall of former Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, an election that sent Schwarzenegger to...
  • Hungry for red meat? Pete Wilson (ex R Gov of CA) delivers!

    09/01/2008 7:20:37 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 44 replies · 480+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept. 1, 2008 | Robert Greene
    "The audacity - it's a word that's somewhat in vogue now, along with 'change' and 'hope' and 'unity' - the audacity that Barack Obama is offering to us and to our children, the change that he is offering ... quite frankly, is socialism," Wilson told the breakfast crowd. Individual judgment is to be replaced with central planning. Taxes will skyrocket, and money will be taken from people who work for a living and given to people who don't. "One thing we know for certain is that Barack Obama is going to have a massive tax increase were he elected president,"...
  • CA: GOP may save itself despite Arnold, Tom (Join Duf and Pete's new party, CRAFT, or don't join.)

    06/30/2008 8:57:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 310+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 6/30/08 | Scott Harris
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Sen. Tom McClintock are California's best-known Republicans. McClintock is the quintessential Republican candidate for statewide office. He is a middle-aged, upper-middle-class, white, male career politician. He currently serves as state senator for the 19th District, where he hasn't lived in years, and is running for Congress in the 4th District, where he not only doesn't live, but can't even vote. McClintock is completely inflexible and incapable of compromise, and as a result, receives little to no Republican support in Sacramento. He regularly gets beaten in statewide elections, having lost races for state controller, lieutenant governor...
  • CA: Pete the Party Wrecker Strikes Again (Pete Wilson, exposed)

    05/30/2008 3:58:11 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 39 replies · 112+ views
    Sacramento Union ^ | May 28, 2008 | William E. Saracino
    Not content with his legacy of seriously damaging the Republican Party in California during his term in office, former Gov. Pete Wilson has weighed in on the Sacramento-area Tom McClintock vs. Doug Ose congressional primary ... I lived in Sacramento and was deeply involved in GOP politics during the “Wilson years,” and as such think there are a couple of items Republican voters in the 4th Congressional district ought to take into account as they weigh the liberal Wilson’s endorsement of the liberal Ose. * If Pete Wilson had gotten his way, Ronald Reagan would have never been in the...
  • Shame on Pete Wilson

    05/28/2008 4:36:55 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 27 replies · 112+ views
    The Flash Report ^ | 05-28-2008 | Jon Fleischman
    As a Regional Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party, I take seriously my commitment to stay out of contested Republican primaries for partisan office. As such, it has been difficult for me to sit on the sidelines during the epic battle in the 4th Congressional District, because that primary is really all about defining the heart and soul of the GOP. I will leave it to the Republican voters in this large Congressional District in North Eastern California to decide for themselves whether they want to elect former Congressman Doug Ose or State Senator Tom McClintock. All that said,...
  • Ex-Gov. Wilson takes sides in Northern Calif. GOP primary

    05/27/2008 8:05:11 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 60 replies · 213+ views
    Former Gov. Pete Wilson has lashed out at GOP state Sen. Tom McClintock, saying McClintock couldn't be counted on in the Legislature and should not go to Congress. Wilson, a fellow Republican, made the remarks during a campaign event for the 4th Congressional District GOP primary organized by McClintock rival Doug Ose. The two are battling to replace incumbent GOP Rep. John Doolittle, who is retiring. McClintock was in the state Assembly while Wilson was governor. Wilson said McClintock was the first to criticize but the last to help his own team. McClintock's campaign did not immediately respond to a...
  • Pete Wilson governor endorses Giuliani in presidential bid

    09/27/2007 11:59:15 PM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies · 135+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 27, 2007 | Michael R. Blood
    SANTA MONICA – Rudy Giuliani picked up the support Thursday of former Gov. Pete Wilson, an endorsement that could be a mixed blessing for the Republican presidential front-runner because of Wilson's hardline reputation on illegal immigration. “America needs America's mayor to lead us as president,” Wilson said while endorsing the former mayor of New York. Wilson, who served terms as U.S. senator and San Diego mayor, becomes Giuliani's most recognized supporter in the nation's largest state. But the endorsement represents some tricky political calculus for Giuliani, since the immigration policies Wilson championed as governor in the 1990s are widely blamed...
  • Once again racial politics. The objection of a statue for former Gov. Pete Wilson.

    08/01/2007 9:02:07 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 63 replies · 1,070+ views
    NBC ^ | 7/31/2007 | YouTube/NBC
    This is on private property no less but even if it wasn't. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK4Tdul9EJk Also see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-UHtfJtZM8
  • KGO-TV, ABC7 anchor Pete Wilson dead at 62 (massive heart attack during hip replacement surgery)

    07/21/2007 12:58:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 903+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/21/07
    KGO-TV, ABC7 anchor Pete Wilson died Friday night at Stanford Hospital from a massive heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery, the station reported today on its Web site. Wilson, 62, is survived by his wife, Sandra and son Brendan. "Pete was one of the most valued and respected news professionals in the Bay Area and the country," ABC7 President and General Manager Valari Staab said in the station's account. "For more than 30 years, he was welcomed into the homes of thousands of local viewers reporting on every major news event that touched their lives. This is a deep...
  • Hard Line On Illegals A GOP Loser? Not In View Of An Old GOP Winner

    07/08/2007 1:09:21 PM PDT · by ruination · 37 replies · 1,422+ views
    Investor's Busines Daily ^ | 7/6/2007 | IBD editors
    No sooner had immigration reform died in the Senate than dire warnings went out from its defeated supporters: Republican opponents risk political oblivion if they alienate Latinos, the nation's fastest-growing demographic, by continuing to take a hard line on illegal immigration. As usual, the warnings included references to the immigration battle in California in 1994. In that year's general election, voters approved a ballot initiative, Proposition 187, to prohibit the expenditure of state tax money to provide services to illegal immigrants. The most high-profile supporter of Proposition 187 was Republican Gov. Pete Wilson. He had long pressed the federal government...
  • SAUNDERS: Intolerance, a San Francisco treat

    10/17/2006 7:38:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1,022+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/17/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    SAN FRANCISCANS may think of their town as a haven for tolerance, but once again, S.F. supervisors are showing the rest of America how intolerant The Special City can be. Forget a flower in your hair. If you come to San Francisco, be sure to wear a muzzle on your brain. Criticize a supervisor, and some supes will do their utmost to get you fired. Last week, KGO radio talk-show host Pete Wilson made some comments about a child born to Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who is gay, and Rebecca Goldfader, who is a lesbian. As Wilson put it, a baby...
  • JON CARROLL [I'm Mad, Too, Pete Wilson]

    10/16/2006 7:39:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 499+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/16/6 | Jon Carroll
    So Bevan Dufty, who is gay and a San Francisco supervisor, is sharing a house with a woman named Rebecca Goldfader, and together they are raising a child named Sidney. For some reason, this situation enraged normally sensible radio talk show host Pete Wilson, who called it an "experiment," partly because Dufty and Goldfader are not in a romantic relationship. Here's the breaking-news non-flash: It's all an experiment. Every adventure in parenting is trial and error, generally performed by people totally unqualified for the task. I think of myself at 23, which is how old I was when my first...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Anchor won't be fired over remarks

    10/13/2006 10:50:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 1,189+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/6 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Pete Wilson angered many by criticizing alternative families - Television news anchor Pete Wilson will not lose his job over comments he made during a radio broadcast criticizing nontraditional families. Kevin Keeshan, news director of ABC 7, spoke with Wilson about the controversy Wednesday and Wilson apologized for his "inappropriate comments," Keeshan said. "Beyond that, nothing is going to change. In the five years of working with Pete Wilson as a news anchor who also does a talk show, we've never experienced anything like this. It's highly unusual and highly out of character for Pete and, by his own admission,...
  • Barbs over baby spark a big fuss [Gay man & lesbian making a baby]

    10/13/2006 8:00:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1,285+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/6 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Eye of a storm: Even in the tolerant Bay Area, nontraditional parenting can cause a stir. KGO's Pete Wilson feels the heat after criticizing a gay-lesbian couple for having a child together. Longtime Bay Area television news anchorman Pete Wilson has found himself in the headlines this week after criticizing a San Francisco city official for joining a phenomenon flourishing in the region: the nontraditional family. Controversy over Wilson's on-air comments about Supervisor Bevan Dufty and his newborn daughter shot to the highest reaches of city government as Mayor Gavin Newsom weighed in and several members of the Board...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Anchor's comments anger gays, lesbians

    10/12/2006 8:00:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 108 replies · 2,829+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/12/6 | Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco public officials and leaders of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community are demanding that a prominent radio host and television news anchor apologize for comments he made on the air about nontraditional families. Pete Wilson, the anchor of ABC's local evening news and host of a radio show on KGO 810 AM, criticized Supervisor Bevan Dufty and his friend Rebecca Goldfader, who are sharing a home and co-parenting a newborn, during a radio broadcast Tuesday. Their daughter, Sydney, was born last week. Wilson, who said he supports same-sex marriage and lesbian and gay couples raising children, referred...
  • CA: Former governors ask politicians to stand behind school standards

    07/08/2006 4:47:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 303+ views
    In a rare show of bipartisanship, former Govs. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis asked state legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to stand behind curriculum standards and testing they credit with improving performance in the state's public schools. "Standards provide a measure of excellence regardless of one's skin color, family income or ZIP code. We believe that if we set expectations high, students will respond," Republican Wilson and Democrat Davis wrote in an open letter Friday. The governors' letter came a week after Democratic lawmakers stripped funding for the Board of Education from the state budget. Lawmakers had warned the board...
  • Ex-California governor says GOP timid on immigration

    06/14/2006 4:44:56 AM PDT · by MountainMenace · 29 replies · 1,189+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 13, 2006 | GEBE MARTINEZ
    WASHINGTON - The political godfather of California's initiatives against illegal immigrants in the 1990s said Monday that lawmakers who favor citizenship opportunities for such workers do so only because they are afraid of being labeled racists and nativists. "I think a great many Republicans have been intimidated, and I, frankly, am quite disappointed," former California Gov. Pete Wilson said during a speech at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank.
  • CA: Arnold's Top Associates Deeply Involved With Reiner Commission - Meathead's Mob

    03/23/2006 9:19:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 742+ views
    New West Notes ^ | 3/23/06 | Bill Bradley
    As dismay grows in his own party and among many observers over Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s seemingly surprising embrace and defense of left-liberal Democrat Rob Reiner and his tenure as chairman of the California Children and Families Commission, it is becoming evident that some of Schwarzenegger’s highest ranking appointees and advisors have long been involved with the controversial commission and the movie director/initiative promoter himself and have played key roles in the direction the program has taken. “The First 5 Commission,” says one Schwarzenegger friend using the Reiner commission’s nickname, “and Reiner himself have been much closer to the governor...
  • CA: State has used Enron-style accounting tricks to cover its deficits

    02/21/2006 9:11:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 507+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/21/06 | Dan Walters
    The allegations against former Enron Corp. chairman Kenneth Lay and others involved in corporate scandals, such as WorldCom, generally revolve about creative accounting - hiding liabilities, inflating revenues and assets, etc. One specific charge in the Enron trial now under way in Houston, for example, is that it cooked the books one year to add a penny to the company's per-share earnings and thus meet Wall Street analysts' expectations. What's striking about the allegedly illegal corporate accounting is its similarity to the gimmicks that California politicians have employed in two state budget crises over the past 15 years. --snip-- Here's...
  • Ex-aide wrong on Prop. 76, Wilson says

    10/12/2005 10:17:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 461+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/12/5 | Andy Furillo
    Former Gov. Pete Wilson's one-time finance director has filmed a television advertisement blasting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget initiative - prompting a response Tuesday by Wilson that his former appointee has developed a case of "amnesia." In the ad that began airing last week, the state's former budget chief, Craig Brown, said that Proposition 76, scheduled for the Nov. 8 special election ballot, "doesn't fix the budget or stop new taxes." Moreover, Brown said the governor's budget measure "destroys our system of checks and balances." "This isn't reform," Brown said in the ad. On Tuesday, Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team fired back,...
  • Trial begins for California woman who protested inside RNC at Garden

    06/21/2005 4:29:08 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 80 replies · 1,656+ views
    SF Chronicle/AP ^ | 6/21/05 | Samuel Maull
    A California woman who staged a protest inside the Republican National Convention last September while President Bush was speaking went on trial Tuesday on charges of kicking and injuring a security official. June Brashares, 40, of San Francisco, is on trial in Manhattan's Criminal Court charged with misdemeanor assault, attempted assault, disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with the incident on Sept. 2, 2004. Assistant District Attorney Jessica Troy said Brashares kicked and opened a wound on Sean Flanagan's leg as he and another RNC floor official took her out of Madison Square Garden's main hall during Bush's speech. Troy...
  • The Gop's Star Behind The Star - Bob White Gets Things Done--Just Don't Call Him A Lobbyist

    05/20/2005 6:21:51 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 1,749+ views
    Monterey County Herald ^ | May. 20, 2005 | Dion Nissenbaum
    SACRAMENTO - California's capital is packed with more than 1,000 lobbyists, but when people want to make something happen in Sacramento, they often turn instead to Bob White, a genial Republican maestro who helped elect Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. White has an advantage lobbyists don't. While registered influence peddlers must reveal whom they work for, White calls himself a strategist who doesn't directly push for changes in state policy. That legal distinction allows White to conceal who his corporate clients are, even though he and members of his consulting firm, California Strategies, go to bat for them by exploiting a loophole...
  • Governor to go for simpler bay span (SF Bay Area)

    12/10/2004 12:45:19 AM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 5 replies · 441+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, December 10, 2004 | Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is expected to scrap the costly signature design for the Bay Bridge's new eastern span and will instead recommend building a simple skyway, sources close to the negotiations said Thursday. The shift away from a single-tower suspension span to a viaduct, similar in concept to the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges, is expected to be announced today at a press conference in San Francisco, sources in state and local government said on condition they not be identified. The decision to go with a skyway brings the state all the way back to the original design for...
  • Hispanics for Jorge (George W. Bush)

    11/08/2004 6:10:01 AM PST · by OESY · 14 replies · 1,234+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2004 | MICHAEL GONZALEZ
    ...But for the Republicans this is unadulterated good news. It vindicates "Jorge" Bush's hunch that aggressively pursuing the Hispanic vote would pay off. His familiarity with Mexican-Americans in Texas formed in him an instinct.... The Hispanic entry into Republican ranks comes, for many, at an earlier phase in their American journey than for other immigrant groups. Just think of the Irish, Italians and Jews, who generations after arrival on these shores can still reflexively pull the Democratic lever. Their vestigial loyalty is the result of what has been the Democratic Party's strategy for over a century. The bargain back in...
  • No Nationalists on Jack Kemp's "Shining Hill," Says Patrick J. Buchanan

    07/19/2004 8:11:10 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 21 replies · 850+ views
    WND.com ^ | 07-19-04 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    No nationalists on Jack's 'shining hill' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: July 19, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc. "A struggle is underway for the soul of the Republican Party, between a minority of protectionist xenophobes and those who are pro-trade and pro-immigration." Thus does Jack Kemp begin a column in which he jettisons the black conservative running for Congress in North Carolina whom he earlier endorsed. Kemp accuses Vernon Robinson of "running a very negative and aggressive anti-immigration campaign ... contrary to the core values of the party of Lincoln." Jack is right about that struggle for the soul...
  • Former California Gov. Pete Wilson hired by LA consulting firm

    02/25/2004 7:56:18 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 7 replies · 215+ views
    AP via Contra Costa Times ^ | Feb. 25, 2004 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - Former California Gov. Pete Wilson has been hired by a consulting group that helps companies develop business and political strategies. Wilson, who was governor from 1991 to 1999, will join Bingham Consulting Group beginning March 1, the company said in a statement. He will work with various companies to create policies that can be used in regulated industries such as health care, energy, manufacturing and telecommunications. He will also counsel the company's 850-member international law firm. "Pete's knowledge of the policies, people and processes of government at all levels makes him a natural and valuable addition to...
  • Governing California (California Connected video available online)

    02/21/2004 10:19:00 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 218+ views
    Sacramento Bee - California Insider ^ | February 20, 2004 | Dan Weintraub
    <p>A full web video of the extraordinary discussion among former Govs. Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis on the question of whether California is governable is now online here. The joint interview was done for California Connected, a public television public affairs program, by host Lisa McRee. Among the nuggets: Deukmejian recommends legalizing all forms of gambling throughout the state, and Brown (backed by Wilson) suggests letting governors put initiatives on the ballot without a vote of the Legislature. Davis and Brown, meanwhile, say a return to the part-time Legislature might be in order.</p>
  • Unions Rally Latino California Voters

    10/03/2003 5:06:40 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 212+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | October 3, 2003 | JIM CARLTON
    <p>LOS ANGELES -- The Latino turnout Tuesday in California's recall election is the wild card that could allow Gray Davis to hang on to the governor's office.</p> <p>Most major polls show the embattled Democrat trailing badly in his bid to avoid being booted from office, and likely to be replaced by Republican challenger Arnold Schwarzenegger. That prospect has inspired a small army of union organizers who are blitzing potential voters in modest Latino neighborhoods with mailers, phone calls and advertisements in the Spanish-language press.</p>