Tag Archives: 2009 Election

A $23 Billion Cash Shortage?

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Add this morning’s new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office to the growing chorus of warning signs about the fiscal year that lies ahead for California. The LAO believes that the weakened economy, the shaky budget, and the defeat of … Continue reading »


Budget Triage vs. Major Surgery

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It wasn’t specifics that reporters learned today in a wide-ranging chat with the leader of the state Senate, but rather a map for the budget debate that lies ahead — regardless of what happens in the May 19 special election. … Continue reading »


Props Fail, State Taps Local Government?

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The ‘Plan B’ scenarios if the special election measures are defeated continue to trickle out of the administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This afternoon, a new one: the governor is prepared to propose a $2 billion suspension of the 2004 … Continue reading »


And Now, The Special Election Pivot

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With no fanfare, the main campaign in support of the six budget measures on the May 19 ballot has pivoted to a media blitz focused on just two measures… the two with the most state budget money riding on them, … Continue reading »


Ah Yes, The Poll

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A lot has already been written about today’s Field Poll and the sense that a big thumping could be in the making for all but the most marshmallowy of the May 19 budget ballot measures. That may be. But let’s … Continue reading »


Prop 1B: The One Time Fix

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Four of the six measures on next month’s statewide ballot seek to pull money, from various sources, to help plug the state’s immediate and near-term budget hole. One of them, if voters approve, would widen that hole by more than … Continue reading »


Control Those Pesky Politicians, Says TV Ad

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The opening TV ad from the omnibus campaign to pass all six budget ballot measures is out, and it’s clear that the campaign is appealing to the popular sentiment that only voters can rein in those pesky politicians. The ad … Continue reading »


"Protect Priorities," Says First TV Ad

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With the statewide special election now less than five weeks away, the first TV ad of the campaign to pass the budget-related measures is out. And given its backers, it’s not surprising which measures it promotes.


Maldo's Uber Sales Pitch

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Unless something incredibly crazy happens, here’s the first and only campaign prediction you’ll see on this newsblog: Proposition 1F is going to pass on May 19. Big time. The last public poll showed a whopping 81% of voters surveyed like … Continue reading »


Radio Ads: Budget Campaign's First Salvo

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The first campaign ads have been released by backers of the six budget-related ballot measures, sending a simple and expected message to voters: vote yes or things will get worse.