Tag Archives: 2012 Elections

Some Initiatives Flush With Cash, Others Bare

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It’s by no means a perfect way to measure the eventual outcome at the polls, but money often talks loudest in campaigns for or against ballot measures in California. And at this juncture, the money recorded in publicly filed fundraising … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Personal Touch

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Sometimes, politics isn’t about the person who yells the loudest but rather the person who knows how to work behind the scenes. And the success or failure of that strategy tells you all you need to know about the biggest … Continue reading »


California's Political Purple Reign

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For years, we’ve talked about how the national color coded shorthand for California politics is overly simplistic. Yes, the state may be “blue” in total votes cast in some races — presidential, most notably — but the real color palette … Continue reading »


California Republicans Try Balancing Act. Again.

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BURLINGAME– This weekend’s gathering of the California Republican Party provided another example of how hard it must be for a political party to dig itself out of a deep popularity hole, when every option comes with a downside. Throw the … Continue reading »


Simple Tax Initiatives, Not So Simple Impacts

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“We have a message that is pretty simple and pretty powerful,” Molly Munger told a group of political reporters after a recent appearance in Sacramento promoting her education tax initiative. Similar words have also been used by backers of another … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Political Lull

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It seems to feel lately as though we’re in between some big storms rumbling through the state political landscape in 2012 — hence, the title of this week’s Capital Notes Podcast. Our brief — and aurally challenged — chat features … Continue reading »


Getting On Ballot Only Half the Battle

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As every smart politico knows, there are two distinct stages of direct democracy in California: getting your proposition on the ballot and then getting voters to actually ratify your proposition. And so in a few cases this season, the real … Continue reading »


Dems Day 1: Come Together, Right Now

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SAN DIEGO — At every turn in the early hours of this 2012 California Democratic Party convention, you could hear party leaders urge the donkey-loving conventioneers to unite and fight. And yet even on day one, there were clear signs … Continue reading »


Podcast: America's Finest Podcast

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Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement. But as California Democrats flock to the sunny environs of San Diego for their annual convention, it was hard to resist a borrowing of the city’s famous moniker. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast offers a … Continue reading »


Brown Appears Unsuccessful at Blocking Other Tax Measures

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Somewhere out there is a crystal ball that can tell us whether multiple tax increase initiatives on the November ballot means voters will reject all of them en masse. But until that clairvoyant device shows up, we’re left to wonder … Continue reading »