Today’s California Blog Roundup is on the flip. Teasers: Angelides, Westly, Schwarzenegger, Paid-For Pombo, Francine Busby, Winograd v. Harman, new David Dreier blog, CA-42, Prop 82, Jerry Lewis / CA-41, immigration, minimum wage, and the economy.
Endorsements for Tuesday
- First, Frank Russo overwhelms you with resources, not just once, but twice.
- Bill Cavala endorses Jackie Speier for Lieutenant Governor.
- Kid Oakland supports Ron Dellums in the Oakland mayoral race.
- AnthonyLA from DailyKos (and he wants help with the Lt. Governor’s primary)
- Greg Dewar
- The Mad Professah
- Craigorian Chant
State-Wide Races Generally
- Bill Cavala: “Independent” really means “disinterested”.
- Frank Russo on the Field Poll’s portents for Schwarzenegger.
- Bob Brigham is writing at his own shop again, and he’s not happy about the recent Westly attack ads. Not even a little. Also, he’s got a discussion of what the Angelides & Westly campaigns’ relative MySpace profiles say about the younger folks’ vote.
- It’s not just the Democratic side where the primaries are nasty. Here, for example, is a fun bit of Republican infighting from the controller’s race.
- Alliance for a Better California has a sampler of commentary from the consultants running the campaigns for Angelides, Westly and Schwarzenegger. If only there were term limits for these people.
Paid-For Pombo / CA-11
- Green Boy at Needlenose tells us that commercial whaling may be making a comeback. Fun fact: Paid-For Pombo is actually PRO-WHALING and has helped in the effort to re-establish commercial whaling. Who is pro-whaling? Seriously, Pombo just hates the planet.
- Say No To Pombo (perhaps unintentionally) on the importance of narrative and standing for something.
- CQ Politics on the Republican primary in CA-11.
- Slate Mailers Suck.
- CQ Politics has a rundown of the Winograd / Harman matchup.
- MyDD interviews Mark Hull-Richter, write-in Dem for CA-42.
- CQ Politics asks whether identity politics will trump constituent service in the CA-51 Dem primary.
- Seth Flaxman is going to cover David Dreier / CA-26 while he’s there at a Harvey Mudd summer program. Good on ya, Seth. Even if he can’t continue when he returns to school, with some luck it will inspire a permanent local.
- Dump Doolittle has a link to a great WaPo graphic laying out both the nature of the Abramoff theft from the American people and 15% Doolittle’s participation.
- It’s opposite day for Republican Jerry Lewis of CA-41. The real story is more like this. Lewis’s corruption is par for the Republican course — any interest by the Republican leadership in stopping this kind of corruption could have ended it.
- There’s got to be a better use for this kind of cash than fighting over a safe Dem Assembly seat.
- Cab Drollery catches David Brooks using some of the Grey Lady’s real estate to opine against Prop 82. Prop 82 must have really gotten the attention of some national Republican funders in order for them to pull Brooks off his ordinary pop-sociology-by-false-dichotomy shtick.
- From Angry Bear, the National Review comes out against Prop 82. Seriously, Prop 82 must have really scared the Republican funder base. Of course, it’s a use of progressive taxation for the common good, and that must be stopped at all costs, or the masses might get the idea that government can actually do something to help them.
- Minivery Cheevy on Robert Cringely on the stupidity of electronic voting vs. pen and paper. Electronic machines are less reliable, less certain, and more expensive. What’s not to like? (Side note: In a former life, I knew Bob Cringely, and he’s one of the smartest observers of technology and the tech industry I’ve met.)
- Cannonfire likes the Popular Vote option for California’s electoral votes.
- Cab Drollery suggests that we might try to understand some of the root causes of the massive immigration from Latin America to the United States.
- Not directly related to immigration, but Blognonymous notes that the national permitted-to-work database could have other uses. Wasn’t it conservatives who used to warn us about the law of unintended consequences and the dangers of invasive government? More proof that the Republicans aren’t conservatives in any recognizable sense.
California Progress Report has the transcript of the weekly state Dem radio address: they’re arguing for the minimum-wage increase with indexing, the only sane option for the working people of California. Schwarzenegger, of course, is trying to undermine the effort and take credit for the cheat.
Miscellany & Economy
- Riffing off of the LA Weekly’s endorsements, Down With Tyranny explains the difference between corporatist Dems and progressive Dems.
- John Kerry was in LA last week. SteveAudio, Hollywood Liberal, and Dem Daily.
- From Angry Bear, we learn that the working people of California have not done well under Republicans.
- Fair warning: California’s housing-based economic boomlet will not last.
- Why did people think that free-market fundamentalism applied to an essential service would be a good idea? When has it ever been a good idea?