Tag Archives: California Republican Party

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 »


Podcast: Retirement, Realignment, Republicans

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No word seems to dominate the political lexicon these days more than “optics,” the acknowledgement that how something looks can sometimes be more important than what it really turns out to be. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast examines some of … 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 »


Message or Messenger? California GOP Wrestles With Answer

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NOTE TO READERS: This will the last blogging until early October, as I take a break from the Capitol and political coverage. I also hope to bring back the weekly podcast at that time, which so many of you have … Continue reading »


Republicans Rumble, Reconcile at Confab

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Republicans are fond of invoking just about everything Ronald Reagan, but their biannual state convention routinely sees shattered into tiny pieces what Reagan liked to call the party’s 11th Commandment: thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. This … Continue reading »


Podcast: Speedy Marathon

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Maybe it’s just me who’s noticed that the state’s projected budget deficit of $26.6 billion lines up nicely to the miles run in a marathon, the time honored gut-check of road races. And yet, this race is being run as … Continue reading »


GOP's Cooley Beats... GOP's Whitman

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It may not be much of a consolation prize if the current trend in the vote count continues, but the most popular California Republican on Election Day was Steve Cooley. The party’s standard bearer, Meg Whitman, looks as though she’ll … Continue reading »


Red Team's Election Blues

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Like the fans of a baseball team whose only hope of avoiding a shutout is the final batter, California Republicans are nervously watching the fate of Steve Cooley as they ponder what went so terribly wrong for the GOP brand … Continue reading »


GOP Confab: WrestleMania

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SAN DIEGO — It’s true that Republicans are giddy about their chances his year. But as the first day of California’s Grand Old Party gathering comes to a close, you can’t help but feel that this is a group of … Continue reading »


Republicans Rumble In OC

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COSTA MESA– Meg Whitman. Steve Poizner. 60 minutes of debate in the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. More fun than you can possibly imagine on a Monday night. Wait, strike that last one. And yet, tonight’s debate features a … Continue reading »