Archive for July 15th, 2010

Rassmussen: California Governor: Whitman (R) 47%, Brown (D) 46%


Editor’s Note: Favorable/Unfavorable – Whitman 49%/44%, Brown 47%/48%

Election 2010: California Governor

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown remain virtually tied in the race for governor of California.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Whitman edging ahead of Brown for the first time with 47% of the vote. The Democrat picks up 46% support. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, while three percent (3%) are not sure.

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A county union has moved to recover legal costs from San Bernardino County after the judge hearing a lawsuit filed by the county encouraged them to do so.

A lawsuit filed against the San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association by the County, at the recommendation of County Counsel Ruth Stringer and Public Defender Doreen Boxer, was dismissed a few months ago.

At that time the judge in the case, Christopher Warner, expressed his displeasure at the county for bringing such a ridiculous action.

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July 15, 2010 | Lance Williams

To conceal the fearsome prospective impact of California’s pension bomb from the taxpayers, bureaucrats sometimes play hide the ball.

When they do, it’s up to open-government advocates to drag them into court and make them do the right thing.

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July 14, 2010 2:57 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday approved agreements that help secure $100 million from the state to triple the capacity of Adelanto Detention Center.

Clinching the $100 million hinged on the county’s commitment to sell 20 acres near the Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Facility for the construction of a state prison reentry facility.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/14/2010 10:06:10 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Second Ward Councilman Jason Desjardins asserted Wednesday that he faces character assassination for opposing proposed tax hikes and City Charter changes.

The attack, Desjardins maintained, includes the revelation that he was investigated – but never charged – for rape and other crimes during his law- enforcement career.

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RivPE: Four San Jacinto councilmen to face recall election

10:41 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Four of the five San Jacinto City Council members will face a recall election after the Riverside County registrar of voters office certified Wednesday that enough valid signatures had been collected on petitions to trigger an election.

The targets of the recall — Mayor Dale Stubblefield and Councilmen Jim Ayres, John Mansperger and Jim Potts — are defendants in a political corruption case pending in Riverside County court.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/14/2010 12:23:04 PM PDT

Only one candidate for California governor, the American Independent Party’s Chelene Nightingale, openly supports S.B. 1070, a controversial new immigration law in Arizona.

Nightingale said she expects that position will help her attract new supporters.

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SFChronicle: Whitman may give $30 million to state GOP

Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, July 15, 2010

(07-14) 22:21 PDT SAN FRANCISCO —

California Republicans are buzzing about the possibility that billionaire gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman – who has spent nearly $100 million of her own money on her campaign – could be preparing another unprecedented personal investment in her political future: a $30 million-plus infusion into the state party.

The Chronicle has obtained a draft of a detailed 44-page state GOP “2010 Victory Plan” that outlines the party’s $85.5 million financial blueprint for a campaign effort that includes $30 million directed to the gubernatorial race.

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Jerry Brown
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By Peter Brown

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, is a former White House correspondent with two decades of experience covering Washington government and politics. Click here for Mr. Brown’s full bio.

If, as the conventional wisdom holds, that this is the year in which being a career politician is a problem for candidates, then one might think Jerry Brown’s effort to reclaim the California governor’s mansion would be toast.

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LATimes: Hard numbers on candidates’ soft spots

Voters perceive dismal voting records and advancing age as negatives.
By George Skelton Capitol Journal
July 15, 2010

From Sacramento

Cut to the core of the contest for California governor and you’ll find that each candidate has one very vulnerable weak spot.

For Democrat Jerry Brown, it’s his old age.

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Meg Whitman

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July 14, 2010

After saying all spring that she opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman tried to neutralize the immigration issue in the general election by arguing in an op-ed published Wednesday that she and Democratic rival Jerry Brown have virtually the same positions on the issue.

The two candidates, however, disagree on a key component of the immigration debate: Brown supports offering permanent residency and citizenship to illegal immigrants while Whitman proposes only a guest worker program without a path to citizenship.

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By Anthony York | 07/15/10 12:00 AM PST

Recount. The very word now conjures up decade-old images of a carnival-like scene in the county seats of Florida, where we all learned new terms like “hanging chads,” “overvotes” and “Kathleen Harris.”

Alas, those days are over, but elections officials in Riverside and San Diego counties are girding for their own journey into uncharted electoral waters this week. That’s because Assemblywoman Mary Salas, D-Chula Vista, asked for a recount in the two counties of the 40th Senate District where she did better than her Democratic opponent, Juan Vargas.

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