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  • 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,...
  • New Evidence Cheney Swayed Reaction to Leak (Obama still hunting)

    07/03/2009 11:34:07 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 35 replies · 1,496+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7-3-09 | R. Jefferey Smith
    A document filed in federal court this week by the Justice Department offers new evidence that former vice president Richard B. Cheney helped steer the Bush administration's public response to the disclosure of Valerie Plame Wilson's employment by the CIA and that he was at the center of many related administration deliberations. The administration's discussion of Wilson's link to the CIA was meant to undermine criticism by her husband of administration allegations that Iraq attempted to acquire uranium, a matter that her husband had probed for the CIA, according to testimony presented in a 2007 trial. *snip* He mentioned in...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • California Gets it?

    06/09/2006 4:46:51 AM PDT · by bu9418 · 1 replies · 150+ views
    markbureau.us ^ | 6/9/6 | Mark Bureau
    People of California Defeat Prop 82.. This week in California there was a special election for the House seat that was previously occupied by the disgraced Republican Duke Cunningham. It was somewhat newsworthy that the GOP held onto the seat, but what was even more newsworthy was the defeat of proposition 82. For some reason this is not getting the play it should. Proposition 82 was a bill to raise taxes on all Californians earning over 400,000 a year. It would have affected .6% of the people of California. The tax hike was proposed for the purpose of providing Universal...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Prop. 82 backers picket Gap store (Meathead Initiative alert)

    04/14/2006 9:49:06 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 14 replies · 532+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 14 April 2006 | Rachel Gordon
    SAN FRANCISCO Prop. 82 backers picket Gap store Backers of Proposition 82, which would offer free preschool to all California 4-year-olds, called for a boycott of Gap Inc. because of its owners' opposition to the June ballot measure. About two dozen Prop. 82 supporters set up a boisterous but peaceful picket outside the Gap's San Francisco flagship store at Powell and Market streets on Thursday. John Fisher, whose father is Gap founder Don Fisher and who manages the family's multibillion-dollar investment portfolio, gave $25,000 to the campaign opposed to Prop. 82. Family members also have contributed to business groups campaigning...
  • Schwarzenegger announces opposition to preschool initiative

    04/12/2006 3:36:10 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 23 replies · 469+ views
    AP-San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Apr. 12, 2006 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is opposing a June ballot initiative promoted by director Rob Reiner that would raise income taxes on the rich to pay for universal preschool, his campaign team said Wednesday. "Put simply, the governor does not support tax increases and is opposed to Proposition 82 because it will raise taxes," said his communications director, Katie Levinson. Until now, Schwarzenegger has avoided definitive statements on Proposition 82, an initiative that is similar to an after-school measure he spearheaded in 2002 for after-school programs. Voters approved that measure and it is set to be funded for the first...
  • New PPIC Survey: Prop. 82 Sinking Fast in Latest Poll (Meathead's Universal Preschool Initiative)

    03/30/2006 5:06:07 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 10 replies · 611+ views
    No on 82 e-mail | 30 March 2006
    New PPIC Survey: Prop. 82 Sinking Fast in Latest Poll In what can only be interpreted as very bad news for the Yes on 82 camp, a new Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey shows voter support for the measure has plummeted 14 percent since the last PPIC poll in January, while opposition grew 10 percent. According to the poll, 52 percent currently support the measure and 41 oppose. It’s clear that once educated with the facts, voters understand that Prop. 82 is not a vote for or against preschool. It’s a vote about whether Prop. 82 is the...
  • Embattled Reiner Steps Down as 'First 5' Chairman [meat-head]

    03/29/2006 11:59:49 AM PST · by mathprof · 34 replies · 1,081+ views
    la times ^ | 3/28/06
    Amidst continuing partisan furor, Hollywood producer Rob Reiner today resigned his seat on a state commission he helped found, and was replaced by another Democrat. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised Reiner's service while accepting the resignation, which Reiner two weeks ago said he would not submit. Schwarzenegger named Hector Ramirez, 38, of La Mirada, as Reiner's successor. Republican state senators had campaigned against the noted liberal Reiner, accusing him of abusing his position as chairman of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission to further passage of Proposition 82, an initiative on the June ballot that would create universal preschool....
  • Pro-preschool campaign well ahead in fundraising (Meathead's Proposition 82)

    03/25/2006 1:46:41 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 20 replies · 656+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 25 March 2006 | Dana Hull
    Pro-preschool campaign well ahead in fundraising The campaign for Proposition 82, the Preschool for All Act, raised $2 million between Jan. 1 and March 17, according to campaign-finance records released this week. That's 10 times as much as the $196,000 raised by the ``No on 82'' campaign. The no campaign has $81,000 in remaining cash on hand; the pro-82 campaign, $1.6 million. Rob Reiner, who at nearly $657,000 is the campaign's biggest donor, has also become the focal point for its opposition. Much of the controversy surrounds conflict-of-interest charges stemming from Reiner's role as chair of a state commission, First...
  • CA: Inaction nonhero - Governor wrong to ignore Reiner outrage (MeatheadGate)

    03/25/2006 12:29:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 325+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/25/06 | Editorial
    The facts are not in dispute: At the same time Rob Reiner, the chairman of the state's First 5 Commission, was pushing to qualify his “preschool for all” initiative for the June ballot, the commission spent $23 million on a “preschool for all” ad campaign. Whether or not it was criminal, this use of taxpayer money for Reiner's private political crusade is outrageous and grossly unethical. Yet Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told The Fresno Bee that he will stand by his “friend” because he is “innocent until proven guilty” and questioned whether there was indeed evidence of wrongdoing. He rejected a...
  • Preschool Campaign Gets an Ethics Issue /Reiner may be the issue, for now…but its still a bad idea

    03/24/2006 9:05:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 449+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 3/24/06 | K. Lloyd Billingsley
    Rob Reiner claims that opponents of Proposition 82, his ballot initiative for universal government-run preschool in California, are making him the issue because they are incapable of arguing against the measure on its merits. In recent days, Reiner has become the issue, but for reasons related to his first political production. The child of show-biz magnate Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner made his television debut as a motorcycle hood in a "Partridge Family" episode in 1970. The following year, Norman Lear cast him as the verbose liberal Michael Stivik in "All in the Family." His fame secured, Reiner went on to...
  • CA: Governor won't oust Reiner from commission. Governor standing by his "friend"

    03/22/2006 11:18:12 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 19 replies · 541+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Mar 22, 2006 | Laura Mecoy
    LOS ANGELES - Defying Senate Republicans' wishes, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday said he would not replace director Rob Reiner from the chairmanship of the state agency First 5 California. The governor told the Fresno Bee's editorial board that he was standing by his "friend" Reiner until there is evidence of wrongdoing. "Innocent until proven guilty," Schwarzenegger said. Senate Republicans had asked the governor to replace Reiner in the chairman's job because the agency spent $23 million in tax dollars on an ad campaign promoting preschool while Reiner was qualifying a universal preschool initiative - Proposition 82 - for the...
  • Arnold won't terminate Reiner

    03/21/2006 6:01:59 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 22 replies · 518+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | 03-21-06 | Gail Marshall
    During an editorial board meeting with The Fresno Bee today, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he won't fire Democratic activist Rob Reiner, a director and fellow actor, as chairman of the California Children and Families Commission. Reiner has taken a leave of absence from the First Five Commission after reports of questionable spending under his tenure. He 's pushing Proposition 82, the universal preschool initiative on the June ballot. The commission reportedly used $23 million in tax dollars for advertisements supporting universal preschool while Reiner was collecting signatures to get his preschool initiative on the ballot. Schwarzenegger said there is only...
  • CA: Why Hasn’t Arnold Replaced Reiner?

    03/20/2006 3:27:36 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 32 replies · 542+ views
    LA Weekly - New West Notes ^ | March 20, 2006 | Bill Bradley
    Why hasn’t Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced controversial movie director/initiative promoter Rob Reiner as chairman of the California Children and Families Commission? That’s the question that has many, especially Schwarzenegger’s fellow Republicans, perplexed. Reiner has stepped away, taken a “leave of absence” from his post at the so-called “First Five Commission” in the wake of revelations about its highly questionable spending practices under his leadership. But he intends to return to the chairmanship after his Proposition 82 universal preschool initiative is voted on in June, even though his term in office expired in 2004. Many Republicans thought they understood Schwarzenegger’s motivation...
  • Why Hasn’t Arnold Replaced Reiner?

    03/20/2006 8:37:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 129+ views
    New West Notes ^ | 3/20/06 | Bill Bradley
    Why hasn’t Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced controversial movie director/initiative promoter Rob Reiner as chairman of the California Children and Families Commission? That’s the question that has many, especially Schwarzenegger’s fellow Republicans, perplexed. Reiner has stepped away, taken a “leave of absence” from his post at the so-called “First Five Commission” in the wake of revelations about its highly questionable spending practices under his leadership. But he intends to return to the chairmanship after his Proposition 82 universal preschool initiative is voted on in June, even though his term in office expired in 2004. Many Republicans thought they understood Schwarzenegger’s motivation...
  • Reporters Grill (Rob) Reiner Over First 5 Preschool Ad Spending

    03/14/2006 6:22:23 PM PST · by ChessMan · 24 replies · 683+ views
    Reporters Grill Reiner Over First 5 Preschool Ad Spending Written for the web by C. Johnson, Internet News Producer Film director and children's activist Rob Reiner defended himself Tuesday over the alleged misuse of taxpayer money to promote his universal preschool initiative. Answering reporter questions today at the Sacramento Press Club, Reiner said neither he nor the First 5 Children and Families Commission has done anything wrong. "We've been audited every year," he said. "We've been audited seven or eight times. Clean bill of health every time. Contracting is clean as a whistle. Everything we've done has been above board."...
  • Embattled Reiner slams his critics - He says they won't address merits of his preschool initiative.

    03/14/2006 11:29:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 72 replies · 1,191+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/14/6 | Laura Mecoy
    BEVERLY HILLS - Facing a state audit and possible criminal investigation of the state commission he chaired, movie director Rob Reiner on Monday said his opponents are targeting him for attacks to avoid discussing the merits of the universal preschool initiative he put on the June ballot. "They will do whatever it takes to knock this thing out," he said in an interview with The Bee. "So they will attack me because they know they can't talk about the initiative." Opponents responded that they have discussed the shortcomings of Proposition 82, including their argument that raising taxes on the wealthy...
  • Memo lays out strategy for using First 5 money for Prop 82

    03/13/2006 7:59:56 AM PST · by Excellence · 160+ views
    The Big Lizard ^ | 10 March 2006 | The Big Lizard
    The controversial preschool-for-all ad campaign paid for with public funds and timed to coincide with the unveiling of Rob Reiner’s universal preschool initiative had its roots in a 2002 memorandum that laid out a detailed strategy for changing the public’s mind on the issue. The memo, which you can see in pdf form here [link on page], was prepared by GMMB, the same ad firm whose principals have close ties to Reiner and created the $23 million campaign that began airing late last year just as Reiner and his allies began to seek signatures for the initiative that will appear...
  • AG Supports Poochigian's Request for Review of First 5 Commission's Use of Taxpayer Funds (Meathead)

    03/07/2006 3:24:52 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 5 replies · 353+ views
    Poochigian for Attorney General e-mail | 7 March 2006
    Attorney General Supports Poochigian’s Request for Review of First 5 Commission’s Use of Taxpayer Funds Citing Conflict, Lockyer Refers Investigation to Sacramento County District Attorney “Attorney General Bill Lockyer has acknowledged that allegations that the First 5 Commission may have misused taxpayer funds in connection with campaign advertising for Proposition 82 warrant a prompt review. Although the Attorney General’s office has investigated and prosecuted other state entities and officers in the past, he has decided to refer this case. I believe that Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully will fully investigate the matter and, if warranted, prosecute any civil or...
  • CA: As Humanitarians, Reiner, Hastings, Don't Measure Up - A new class of self-appointed

    03/07/2006 2:16:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 480+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 3/7/06 | Jon Coupal & HJTA
    They don't make humanitarians like they used to. Ten years ago, if someone were asked for an example of a humanitarian, chances are Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to helping the poor, would come to mind. Fifty years ago, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who brought modern medicine to a remote area of Africa, was a humanitarian icon. When he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 he used the $33,000 to expand his hospital and build a leper colony. One hundred years ago, Andrew Carnegie was busy giving away a fortune, much of it to public libraries and education....
  • First 5 boss may stop giving cover to Reiner (better watch his back)

    03/07/2006 7:45:31 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies · 671+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | March 7, 2006
    Rob Reiner better watch his back. It now appears that an outside audit – at the least – will be done of the California Children and Families Commission because it used $23 million in taxpayer funds for TV ads touting “preschool for all” at the same time Reiner, a commission board member, was circulating petitions for his “preschool for all” initiative. And when investigators come to chat, the executive director of the commission just might not go along with the cover story that it was all one big “coincidence” that the TV ads ran at the same time as the...
  • CA: Another Boondoggle - Rob Reiner’s preschool deception (The 'Meathead' initiative)

    03/06/2006 11:35:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 843+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 3/6/06 | Ray Haynes
    Do you remember Chuck Quackenbush? He was the insurance commissioner who lost his job because he used fines that he collected from insurance companies to buy television commercials to promote his political career. It was a huge scandal at the time, and Quackenbush, who was a colleague of mine in the Assembly, left his job in disgrace, having been run out of office by Legislative Democrats for abusing state money. Another boondoggle is brewing, only this time Legislative Democrats are strangely silent. A few years ago, Rob Reiner (“Meathead” from the old television series, “All in the Family”) sponsored an...
  • SAUNDERS: Reiner knows best

    03/05/2006 7:45:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 663+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/5/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    CALIFORNIA VOTERS, beware. There is a new trend with ballot initiatives. Rich guys raise money to put pet measures on the ballot. Voters approve the measures. Rich guys acquire petty fiefdoms that put buckets of state government dollars under their thumbs. Wealthy developer Robert Klein spearheaded the 2004 campaign for Proposition 71, the $3 billion stem-cell research measure. Wonder of wonders: Klein became chairman of the board that oversees the stem-cell program, campaign staffers got jobs with the new bureaucracy and the Legislature learned that, despite campaign rhetoric about sharing profits with taxpayers, Team Klein valued "the need to assure...
  • Update: Another Democratic Leader Moves On The Reiner Situation

    03/04/2006 2:51:56 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 8 replies · 686+ views
    New West Notes ^ | 03-03-06 | Bill Bradley
    Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, a Los Angeles area Democrat who was also a high-ranking aide to then Governor Gray Davis, has formally joined forces with state Senator Dave Cox, the Sacramento area Republican, in requesting a state investigation of the Rob Reiner-led California Children and Families Commission. This as a result of a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee dated February 24th and recently uncovered. The committee meets on March 8th. During that meeting, as committee chair Nicole Parra, an ally of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, told me on Wednesday, the committee is expected to authorize an investigation...
  • Dan Walters: Reiner controversy illustrates flaws in how California makes its laws

    03/01/2006 7:55:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 688+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/1/6 | Dan Walters
    Actor-director Rob Reiner is taking a lot of well-deserved media and political heat - from politicians in both parties, for a change - over a lavish promotional program for preschool education financed by tobacco tax money that is controlled by a commission he heads. Although Reiner and the First 5 California Children and Families Commission insist that he didn't play a direct role, it's perfectly clear that the commission was using public money to boost a Reiner initiative to tax the wealthy for preschool programs. Reiner temporarily stepped down from the chairmanship last week as political and media criticism mounted,...
  • CA: Strickland Files “Public Documents” Request for Reiner Documents (Meathead-Gate)

    03/01/2006 10:46:35 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 716+ views
    Tony Strickland for Controller e-mail | 1 March 2006
    Strickland Files “Public Documents” Request for Reiner Documents “The public has a right to know how their money is being spent” (Sacramento) – Taxpayer Advocate Tony Strickland has filed a request pursuant to the California Public Records Act for all documents surrounding the decision of a California commission to funnel millions in public funds into a television advertising campaign that may have been designed to boost an initiative petition being circulated by a member of the commission. The Sacramento Bee broke the story in December, with a more recent Los Angeles Times story highlighting the fact that more than $23...
  • Reiner flap symbolizes California's broader systemic dilemma

    02/28/2006 9:24:22 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 15 replies · 601+ views
    Sacramento Bee via shns ^ | February 28, 2006 | DAN WALTERS
    Actor-director Rob Reiner is taking a lot of well deserved media and political heat--from politicians in both parties, for a change--over a lavish promotional program for preschool education financed by tobacco tax money controlled by a commission he heads. Although Reiner and the First 5 California Children and Families Commission insist that he didn't play a direct role, it's perfectly clear that the commission was using public money to boost a Reiner initiative to tax the wealthy for preschool programs. (snip) The bigger issue is the emerging syndrome of wealthy Californians pursuing their pet causes through the initiative process, spending...
  • Meathead Economics (California's Rob Reiner-induced population loss)

    02/27/2006 11:02:52 PM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 1,854+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 28, 2006
    It takes hard work to drive anyone away from California's sunshine and scenic vistas, but politicians in Sacramento have been up to the task. The latest Census Bureau data indicate that, in 2005, 239,416 more native-born Americans left the state than moved in. California is also on pace to lose domestic population (not counting immigrants) this year. The outmigration is such that the cost to rent a U-Haul trailer to move from Los Angeles to Boise, Idaho, is $2,090 -- or some eight times more than the cost of moving in the opposite direction. What's gone wrong? A big part...
  • CA: Governor pressured over Reiner (flap over First 5 ads)

    02/26/2006 10:19:20 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 15 replies · 534+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 26, 2006 | Laura Mecoy
    LOS ANGELES - Republican activists on Saturday increased their pressure on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace movie director Rob Reiner as head of California's First 5 Commission, saying Reiner's decision to take a leave from his state post wasn't enough. Reiner on Friday took a leave of absence from the chairman's job until after the June 6 election in hopes of defusing a growing controversy about the state commission's $23 million ad campaign for preschool. The ad campaign, first reported in The Bee in December, generated an outcry that the commission was using tax dollars to benefit the campaign for...
  • Preschool reform measure won't close learning gap for poor

    02/26/2006 10:55:31 AM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 27 replies · 538+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 26, 2006 | Bruce Fuller
    Posted on Sun, Feb. 26, 2006 Preschool reform measure won't close learning gap for poorBy Bruce Fuller Like every would-be savior in the annals of school reform, Reiner promises miraculous results from his plan to spend $23 billion in the coming decade for preschool. Just over 64 percent of California's half-million 4-year-olds already attend a preschool center... Reiner's ``universal'' program would boost the enrollment rate only to 70 percent......by just 6 percent, or 32,000 4-year-olds statewide, at a cost of $2.3 billion a year.We are learning empirically that gains experienced by poor children who attend preschool fade by third...
  • Director Rob Reiner takes leave from early education commission (MeatHead!)

    02/25/2006 8:25:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 927+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/25/06 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Hollywood director Rob Reiner has taken a leave as chairman of a state commission that spent $23 million on ads touting the value of early education programs while he is promoting a statewide preschool initiative. In a letter Friday to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Reiner said the leave will take effect and will last until June 7, the day after voters cast ballots on Proposition 82. The proposition would establish a state constitutional right to preschool for all 4-year-olds and raise income taxes for wealthier households to fund preschool programs. Reiner is stepping down from the state's First...
  • Reiner Steps Away

    02/25/2006 11:52:59 AM PST · by Amerigomag · 10 replies · 812+ views
    New West Notes ^ | Bill Bradley
    Movie director/initiative promoter Rob Reiner stepped away from his controversial post as chairman of the First Five Commission yesterday in a private letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, taking a “leave of absence” through the June primary election. Don’t expect him back. The governor, who gave a smoothly delivered, politely received speech over an hour later than scheduled to kick off the state Republican convention in San Jose last night, wasn’t taking any press questions. He still wasn’t taking press questions when I ran into him at a private event after his speech. Some Reiner friends in Hollywood saw the bad...
  • Reiner denies impropriety in preschool politics

    02/23/2006 7:15:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 725+ views
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Hollywood director Rob Reiner denied any wrongdoing Thursday in response to recent scrutiny about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds for a June ballot initiative he is spearheading. Reiner, who heads the state's First 5 California Children and Families Commission he helped create, is now leading a campaign for a ballot initiative that would establish a state constitutional right to preschool for all 4-year-olds and raise income taxes for wealthier households to fund a preschool program. A Los Angeles Times story earlier this week detailed, however, how the commission spent $23 million on ads to...
  • CA: Tony Strickland: Governor Must Immediately Replace Reiner

    02/22/2006 11:50:35 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 4 replies · 637+ views
    Tony Strickland for Controller | 23 February 2006
    Governor Must Immediately Replace Reiner Strickland: “Controller needs to freeze Reiner funding and conduct immediate accountability audit” Sacramento, CA– Taxpayer Advocate Tony Strickland today called upon Governor Schwarzenegger to “immediately replace Rob Reiner on the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. His term has expired and nothing prevents the Governor from selecting an appointee who will restore the transparency and credibility to taxpayers when it comes to how government spends their tax dollars.” The firestorm of controversy has continued unabated since a Los Angeles Times story on Monday exposed a series of abuses orchestrated by Reiner and a small...
  • Groups consider preschool measure (Reiner to promote his initiative in San Jose Thursday)

    02/21/2006 12:43:31 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 12 replies · 460+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 21 February 2006 | Dana Hull
    Groups consider preschool measure REINER TO PROMOTE HIS INITIATIVE IN S.J. Rob Reiner returns to San Jose on Thursday to pitch Proposition 82, his Preschool for All Act, as two key Silicon Valley business groups wrangle over whether to endorse the plan to provide a free voluntary year of preschool to all 4-year-olds in the state. The tech-heavy Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which met with Reiner in mid-December, and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce have yet to weigh in on the complex initiative, which goes before voters statewide June 6. In recent weeks, a variety of opponents...
  • TV Ads Put Focus on Reiner [Meathead uses taxpayer funds to push "free preschool" ballot initiative]

    02/20/2006 6:54:25 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 49 replies · 828+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb 20, 2006 | Dan Morain
    SACRAMENTO — Police sirens wail as a scruffy teenager, clutching a bag, runs frantically through the streets. Entering a schoolyard, he reaches into the bag. Out comes … a graduation gown, which he dons to receive a diploma. The scene is from a television ad, paid for with tax money and made by consultants close to Hollywood producer Rob Reiner. It aired across California this winter, touting the benefits of preschool. "When kids go," the narrator says, "we all benefit." The release of the ad, and two others, by a state commission Reiner heads coincided with his launch of a...
  • Preschool measure makes June ballot (California -- tax "the rich" to pay for public preschool)

    01/14/2006 2:02:48 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 86 replies · 1,235+ views
    SFC ^ | Jan. 14, 2005 | John Wildermuth
    Voters will decide in June whether they want to tax California's richest residents to send the state's 4-year-olds to preschool. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has certified the "Preschool for All'' initiative, declaring that its backers, led by actor-director Rob Reiner, had collected more than the 598,105 valid signatures needed to place the measure on the June 6 ballot. The voluntary program would offer a full year of preschool to all California 4-year-olds, provided mostly by local school districts. The initiative would boost the top tax rate by 1.7 percent on individuals earning more than $400,000 annually or married couples...
  • Preschool initiative qualifies for June ballot (Meathead)

    01/13/2006 10:32:12 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 27 replies · 443+ views
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - An initiative sponsored by director and Democratic activist Rob Reiner that would fund preschool for all California children has qualified for the June primary election ballot, the secretary of state's office said Friday. Reiner's Preschool for All Act would raise income taxes on the wealthy to pay for a year of preschool for all 4-year-olds. Reiner also is chairman of California's First 5 program, which provides programs for children up to age 5. The initiative would raise an estimated $2.4 billion a year by increasing income taxes by 1.7 percent for individuals who earn at least $400,000...
  • CA: Abuse of power - Use of state funds for Reiner cause is wrong (Meathead Alert!)

    12/31/2005 10:21:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,016+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/31/05 | Editorial
    In 1998, when Rob Reiner led the fight for an initiative that would add a 50-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes to pay for child development programs, a common media theme was that the actor-director might be naive, but, boy, wasn't his idealism refreshing? Imagine, a wealthy Hollywood type putting up his own time and money because he was so worried about nurturing children. But five years after the passage of the California Children and Families First Initiative, Reiner and his allies have abandoned any claim to the moral high ground. Their role in the misuse of taxpayer dollars for what is...
  • CA: Preschool For All (Donations So Far For Initiative Battle)

    12/20/2005 1:55:54 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 2 replies · 358+ views
    Around The Capitol ^ | December 2005
    Preschool for All Committee Total (last twelve months):$2,169,584 Cash on Hand (as of June 30):$195,431 Expenditures (Note: this includes only late contributions, generally large electronically filed contributions.This is not necessarily the total amount of cash-on-hand for the committee.) << Donor >> << Amount >> << Received Date >> << Report Date >> Carl And Estelle Reiner (Beverly Hills, CA) $500,000 12/07/2005 12/16/2005 Jamel Perkins (San Francisco, CA) $5,000 11/22/2005 12/02/2005 Catholic Healthcare West (Phoenix, AZ) $25,000 11/11/2005 11/18/2005 Brian S. Snyder (New York, NY) $30,000 11/10/2005 11/18/2005 Hispanic Express, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) $20,000 11/09/2005 11/18/2005 Elon R. Musk (Los...
  • Rob Reiner's Ads Use Taxpayer Funds

    12/19/2005 1:30:06 PM PST · by WatchYourself · 12 replies · 531+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Dec. 19, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Opponents of actor-director Rob Reiner’s $2.3 billion universal preschool initiative in California say a series of "public service announcements” are in fact taxpayer-funded ads for the measure. The foes complain that Reiner not only leads the initiative campaign, but also chairs the state commission that is paying for the ads – which carry the message that preschool is good for society at large, the Sacramento Bee reports. "It’s a matter of sheer common sense – this is an expenditure of taxpayer dollars promoting preschool,” Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, told the Bee. "It’s clearly connected to...