Tag Archives: Tom Campbell

Podcast: The Moolah

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Some of my friends who aren’t fans of politics have asked me, “Why can’t all that money spent on campaigns be used to help balance the state budget?” That paradox — plenty of political cash, too little budget cash — … Continue reading »


The Voters That Might Sway Elections

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The latest statewide survey of voters offers some hard to pass up nuggets about two important subsets of the California electorate and how they might sway the state’s biggest November contests — those for governor and the United States Senate. … Continue reading »


GOP Day 2: The Breakup

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SANTA CLARA — Leave it to Tom McClintock, long the favorite son of the California Republican Party, to say what only others hinted about all weekend. Heck, what they’d hinted about all year. Arnold Schwarzenegger, we’re breaking up with you. … Continue reading »


GOP Day 1: We Love The Press

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SANTA CLARA — So what did we learn on this first day of the 2010 winter California Republican Party convention? In a nutshell, that messaging is king… and that part of that message is candidates love reporters. And press conferences. … Continue reading »


GOP Foil, Thy Name is Arnold

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Failed to deliver. Big government spender. Weak leadership. Those are some of the things being said about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as this election year kicks off… not by Democrats, but by his fellow Republicans. And it may be just the … Continue reading »


Political Spending: California's "Green" Leadership?

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The political world is buzzing over today’s big ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that lifts seemingly all restrictions on campaign cash funneled into groups that operate independently of candidates for Congress. Of course, those of us in the Golden … Continue reading »


Poll To Brown: Don't Measure The Drapes Just Yet

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There are 321 days left until California voters go to the polls and choose their next governor. That’s a long time, but not so long that political junkies won’t read tonight’s new poll and wonder this: might the all-but-official Democratic … Continue reading »


Nolo Contendre = Solo Contender?

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Consider it the first big news in the 2010 race for governor of California, and it came 221 days before the June primary: the nomination of the state’s dominant political party appears to be safely in the hands of a … Continue reading »


GOP Dispatches: Day 2

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Dispatches from day two of this weekend’s California GOP confab from my KQED colleague, Scott Shafer. Meg-a Problem? Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman gave a somewhat lackluster speech to the state Republican convention Saturday afternoon. She touched on all her … Continue reading »


Toys, Travels, Teabags?

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On this day before the big special election, there’s a pretty noticeable quiet around the state Capitol, as California’s budget needs will soon (and somewhat) be in the hands of the voters. Until then, a few odds and ends related … Continue reading »