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  • Rob Reiner aka Meathead: Hillary Would Be ‘Most Qualified Person Ever to Run for President’

    11/02/2013 9:42:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 116 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 2, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    The media drumbeat for Hillary Clinton to be the next president is truly nauseating. Consider Rob Reiner, aka Meathead in the famed sitcom All in the Family, saying on HBO’s Real Time Friday, “If she decides to run, you will have the single most qualified person ever to run for President of the United States” Rob Reiner aka Meathead: Hillary Would Be ‘Most Qualified Person Ever to Run for President’ Now take a moment to consider the absurdity of that statement. Because Hillary was senator for eight years and Secretary of State for four, she’s the most qualified person EVER...
  • CNN Asks If Traditional Marriage Defenders Are 'On the Wrong Side of History'

    03/25/2013 2:54:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/25/2013 | Matt Hadro
    Hyping "growing support" for same-sex marriage, CNN's Carol Costello asked a supporter of California's Proposition 8 on Monday if he was "on the wrong side of history" for legally defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Her tone fits right with Friday's CNN panel where a traditional marriage supporter was disgustingly marginalized as a segregationist and compared to a slave owner. Costello cited GOP strategist Karl Rove admitting that he could see a Republican presidential candidate publicly support same-sex marriage in 2016. She then asked Austin Nimocks of the Alliance Defense Fund, "Austin, you heard what Karl Rove...
  • Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors [Geffen, Bing, Reiner Mehlman, ex-RNC Chair]

    03/24/2012 11:02:38 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 23, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES
    Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES March 23, 2012 LOS ANGELES — On a warm Friday afternoon three years ago, Rob Reiner, the director, arrived for lunch at the Beverly Hills estate of David Geffen, the entertainment mogul. Mr. Reiner and his political adviser, Chad H. Griffin, had spent six months drafting an ambitious legal campaign aimed at persuading the United States Supreme Court to establish a constitutional right of same-sex marriage. Mr. Reiner, joined by Mr. Griffin and Mr. Reiner’s wife, Michele, told Mr. Geffen they would need $3 million to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Looking for copy of famous Democracy Alliance Powerpoint

    At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute $1 million or more apiece to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up over the past three decades. The money will be channeled through a new partnership called the Democracy Alliance, which was founded last spring -- the latest in a series of liberal initiatives as the Democratic Party and its allies continue to struggle with the loss of the House and the Senate in 1994 and the presidency in 2000. Many influential Democratic contributors were left angry and despairing...
  • 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
  • Pelosi’s Preschool Amnesia [CaliforniaRepublic]

    06/28/2007 7:32:15 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 2 replies · 309+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic ^ | 6/28/07 | Lance Izumi
    Does House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remember what happened in the 2006 elections? She represents the people’s republic of San Francisco, but she must recall that the rest of California overwhelmingly rejected ex-actor/director Rob Reiner’s government-run universal preschool initiative last June. Yet, at her recent children’s summit, Pelosi ushered in a parade of notables advocating for more government preschool. In her remarks at the summit, Pelosi pushed for more government spending on early childhood initiatives, saying: “We know that these investments in our children today pay off many-fold in later years.” To back up this claim, keynote speaker James Heckman, a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Unions threaten consumer boycott to dry up campaign contributions

    05/12/2006 11:53:24 PM PDT · by peggybac · 18 replies · 573+ views
    ELECTION 2006 Unions threaten consumer boycott to dry up campaign contributions California labor groups warn national retailers: Oppose Reiner initiative, you'll be blackballed Union supporters of a California ballot measure promising "Preschool for All" have threatened several national retailers with a nationwide boycott if their companies or major shareholders make contributions to the opposition campaign. Representatives for the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic – major mall-based clothing retailers – were sent letters last week from the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees warning that a national action against all their stores...
  • 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...
  • $2.8 million in public money allocated to pro-preschool ads is missing [Meathead's Prop 82]

    04/14/2006 7:47:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 554+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/6 | Mark Martin
    State contractor sues subcontractor; police and auditor notified. Sacramento -- Nearly $3 million in public money earmarked for pro-preschool commercials is missing, marking a weird twist in the controversy surrounding a move by a state commission headed until recently by director Rob Reiner to air the commercials while Reiner was working to get a preschool initiative on the ballot. The new head of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission and the commission's lead advertising firm acknowledged Thursday that $2.8 million owed to Spanish-language television stations for commercials aired last fall is unaccounted for. The firm, GMMB Inc., filed...
  • 'First 5' Probes for Missing $3 Million (Where is the cash, Meathead?)

    04/13/2006 4:55:18 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 16 replies · 856+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/13/06 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
    California's First 5 commission is investigating the apparent disappearance of nearly $3 million in tax money owed to television stations that aired its recent preschool ads, the commission chairman said today. Hector Ramirez, First 5 California Children and Families Commission chairman, also called on the Los Angeles Police Department and California Bureau of State Audits to find out what became of $2.8 million given to the Los Angeles public relations and advertising firm Durazo Communications. The firm was supposed to use the money to pay the TV stations. "What we're going to be doing is just conducting a full investigation...
  • 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...
  • Rob Reiner steps down from California preschool commission (Dead Meathead Walking)

    03/29/2006 3:58:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,027+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/29/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    Complaining of "personal political attacks," Hollywood director Rob Reiner resigned Wednesday as chairman of a statewide preschool commission he helped create that's under scrutiny for $23 million in advertising spending. Just two weeks ago, Reiner dismissed suggestions that he should step down from the California First 5 Commission, which has collected nearly $4 billion in tobacco taxes to fund early childhood programs. "Everything I've done is completely legal," he said at the time. But Reiner called Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over the weekend and resigned, said Margita Thompson, a Schwarzenegger spokeswoman. In a letter to the governor Wednesday, Reiner said, "We...
  • 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...
  • CA: It's Time to Send "PreSchool for All" Back to the Drawing Boards

    03/21/2006 7:19:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 643+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 3/21/06 | Jon Coupal and Tony Strickland
    It is remarkable how a committee of so many well-intentioned people can produce a disaster as uniformly flawed as Proposition 82, the "PreSchool for All" ballot measure on this November's California ballot. If there is fault to be found -- and there is -- it rests squarely on the shoulders of Proposition 82's huckster-in-chief Rob Reiner. While no one can deny Reiner's commitment to his utopian schemes, like many who presume to know what's best for the rest of us, Reiner has scarcely encountered a corner he hasn't cut. To date, he stands accused of: 1) Funnelling $23 million of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • CA: First 5 Commission: Opening The Books (Meathead Alert!)

    03/08/2006 8:17:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 348+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 3/8/06 | John Myers
    Legislators have decided to launch a formal audit of the spending practices of the state commission led by actor/director Rob Reiner, in the wake of news stories examining whether the commission spent taxpayer dollars for an ad campaign that promoted Reiner's political efforts at universal preschool programs. The audit, which officials say could take 4 or 5 months, was approved this afternoon by the Joint Legislative Audit Commitee. Reiner, the driving force behind June's Proposition 82 to create taxpayer-funded preschool for all children, has served for several years as the chairman of the state First 5 Commission, which focuses on...
  • 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...
  • Perata changes mind on Prop. 82 [Meathead's Goverment-Nanny Initiative]

    03/01/2006 7:51:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 372+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/1/6 | Kevin Yamamura and Jim Sanders
    Preschool ballot measure has fatal flaws, Senate leader says. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, one of the state's leading Democrats, on Tuesday withdrew his support for a universal preschool ballot proposal in another blow to actor Rob Reiner's initiative. Perata, at a breakfast meeting with The Bee Capitol Bureau, said his reversal on Proposition 82 was unrelated to mounting criticism of Reiner's dual leadership roles with the First 5 California Commission and the political campaign to pass the $2.4 billion initiative. Instead, the Oakland Democrat said his own analysis determined the plan has fatal flaws.Proposition 82 would increase income...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...