Archive for October 31st, 2010

USAToday/Gallup: Republicans Appear Poised to Win Big on Tuesday

October 31, 2010

Lead in generic ballot large enough to give Republicans solid majority control of U.S. House

by Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ — The final USA Today/Gallup measure of Americans’ voting intentions for Congress shows Republicans continuing to hold a substantial lead over Democrats among likely voters, a lead large enough to suggest that regardless of turnout, the Republicans will win more than the 40 seats needed to give them the majority in the U.S. House.

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The PE: Inland region looms as election wild card

10:09 AM PDT on Sunday, October 31, 2010

By JIM MILLER and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

SACRAMENTO – In 2006, the last time candidates for governor and U.S. senator shared a ballot, large majorities of voters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties helped re-elect Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

Leading into Tuesday’s election, the economically battered two-county region is a big piece of the campaigns by Republicans Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina to win hard-fought contests for governor and Senate.

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The Sun: Gutierrez conviction could boost county probe

Guilty verdict may help

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/31/2010 04:52:36 AM PDT

The conviction of a Rancho Cucamonga councilman last week marks a major step in the ongoing investigation into corruption in San Bernardino County government, according to political experts.

While prosecutors maintain they were always confident in their case against Rex Gutierrez, Gutierrez’s attorney and spokesmen for other defendants and potential defendants have continuously alleged the investigation is a politically motivated waste of taxpayer money.

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The Sun: Latinos souring on illegal immigration

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/30/2010 03:41:02 PM PDT

A new study shows Latinos have soured considerably on illegal immigration in the last three years.

In 2007, 50percent of Latinos surveyed told the Pew Hispanic Center that the growing number of illegal immigrants was a positive force for the existing Latino population. In a Pew survey released Thursday, that number had plummeted to 29percent.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville facing $1M budget gap

City water district cash falls from $60 million in 2008 down to $3.7 million
October 30, 2010 2:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city posted a $1 million budget gap at the end of the first quarter, according to a financial update on Tuesday’s agenda.

The city used reserves to plug a $4.7 million deficit at the start of the fiscal year July 1. Management said revenues needed to increase and expenses needed to drop during the year, since those reserves won’t be there to cover a similar shortfall at the end of the year.

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October 30, 2010 12:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • As Victorville fights to appeal the precedent-setting termination of its EB-5 Visa Investor program, city staff is scrambling to rebalance a budget less $25 million those investments were expected to bring.

Meanwhile, a few dozen aspiring immigrants are waiting to hear whether they’ll get to come to America as planned. And 19 are anxious to find out what’ll happen with their $500,000 investment into Victorville’s wastewater treatment plant.

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Brown opens a 13-stop caravan in Oakland as Whitman courts independents and women in San Diego and Orange counties. Fiorina is in Seal Beach as a Boxer spot featuring President Obama hits the air.

Meg Whitman traveled to San Diego and Orange counties Saturday trying to appeal to independents and women. “We have a chance to … put the first woman governor in California in office,” she said. (Lenny Ignelzi, Associated Press / October 30, 2010)

By Cathleen Decker and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2010

Reporting from Los Angeles and Fresno —
Buffeted by advertising, besieged by phone calls, buried in campaign mailers, California voters on Tuesday will close out an election for the history books, its massive outlay part of a Republican effort to ride a national wave of enthusiasm and a Democratic attempt to turn out voters less motivated this year than in the landmark presidential election of 2008.

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John Wildermuth, Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, October 31, 2010

(10-31) 04:00 PDT Costa Mesa, Orange County –

Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are wrapping up their campaigns for governor, leaving voters Tuesday with a very distinct choice – between an experienced politician who says he’ll be the most frugal governor ever and a former CEO who has spent more than $160 million in an attempt to convince voters that the state needs a political outsider to rebuild it.

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By Rob Hotakainen
rhotakainen@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Kicking off a three-day get-out-the-vote tour with a visit to Sacramento, GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina urged Californians Saturday “to finally retire” Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, calling the incumbent a career politician who has not done enough to bring new jobs to the state.

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SacBee: Where they stand on the issues

Published: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1E

From jobs to education and prisons to climate change, where do Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman stand on key issues in the 2010 campaign for governor?

What top three issues should the next governor of California focus on? To comment on this issue, please use our forum.

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Debra J. Saunders
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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 on the other side.”

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LATimes: Both parties campaign to the finish line

With just days left before the midterm election, Republicans are targeting House seats in blue-state bastions and Democrats are attempting to save dozens of threatened incumbents.

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2010

Democrats fought Republicans on Saturday in a campaign battle that stretched coast to coast, pushing against an epic tide of anger, frustration and economic anxiety that could sweep the GOP to control of one and possibly both houses of Congress.

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