Voters More Diverse... and Confused... Than Ever

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In politics, there's often a danger in relying too much on conventional wisdom. And a just released statewide poll on the November election confirms that danger, as it seems California's electorate is starting to look and act differently than expected.

In a nutshell: white voters and partisans lost, the generation gap is growing, and a wide swath of voters seem ready for change... though admitting they're also confused.
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Podcast: Crunch Time

October 22, 2010 · Filed Under Podcasts · Comments Off 

The hour is late and the nerves are frayed for those involved in this fall's big California elections. And that's just those of us in the press corps.

In this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we examine the race for governor and the race for the U.S. Senate, as a new statewide poll shows the Democratic candidates in both races ahead... but perhaps only one in a slightly comfortable position as Election Day nears.

Capitol Weekly's Anthony York and I also talk about next week's hottest event -- the two wannabe governors and the incumbent all on the same stage for a, um, friendly, get-together.

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Podcast: Poring Over Polls

September 24, 2010 · Filed Under Podcasts · Comments Off 

Jerry and Meg neck and neck. Barbara over Carly by a few points. Those are some of the gems from statewide polls released just in the last 24 hours, and the focus of this week's Capital Notes Podcast.

Capitol Weekly's Anthony York and I also discuss perhaps the most intriguing part of all of this -- who will show up to vote in the election, and how that influences what lies ahead in the races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

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(And yes, as you'll hear above, we taped the podcast before there was word of a "framework" on a budget deal. So please forgive us for being Debbie Downers on the issue. More budget news next week!)

Podcast: "So Yesterday"

June 11, 2010 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Politics, Podcasts · Comments Off 

Sure, that headline now has its own special politics backstory... but it's also the current status of the California's long, and expensive primary campaign.

On this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we do our own post-mortem on all of the marquis matchups, some of the other interesting races, and the results on the statewide ballot measures.

Capitol Weekly's Anthony York, Juliet Williams of the Associated Press, and I also examine some of the matchups for November and the campaign themes that lie ahead.

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Last Call For Primary 2010

June 9, 2010 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Politics, Elections · 1 Comment 

LOS ANGELES -- Well, that's all, folks. The long, bruising, and historically expensive 2010 primary election is now history. For all the bluster, it looks as though only a small portion of California's voters decided it was worth it to participate. And now, prepare for the general election contest to begin almost immediately.

A few late night bite-size bits on the campaign that has now drawn to a close.
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Podcast: Time's Up

June 4, 2010 · Filed Under Podcasts · Comments Off 

At long last, the primary election season is coming down to the wire. Can you feel the fatigue?

On this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we take one last look at the biggest races on next Tuesday's ballot... headlined by today's new Field Poll showing a commanding lead in the GOP primary for Meg Whitman. Capitol Weekly's Anthony York and I also discuss the surge for Carly Fiorina in the Grand Old Party's U.S. Senate contest, some of the more notable ballot measure storylines, and our sense of what to watch for come Election Day.

Now go get some rest. It's going to be a long week.

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