Yearly Archives: 2009

  • Water bond will be a tough sell

    This piece originally appeared in the Capitol Weekly. 

    At a press conference last week, Gov. Schwarzenegger predicted an energetic campaign to pass the state water bond, including bipartisan groups of legislators “traveling up

  • The Most Important Vote I Have Ever Cast

    I have had one of those weeks that you remember for the rest of your life. On Tuesday, I won a congressional election. On Thursday, I was sworn in by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and got to cast the first vote of my congressional career: a resolution hon

  • Why Democrats Win and Lose with Gavin Newsom Dropping Out of the Governor’s Race

    And its now down to one.  The race for Governor among Democrats started off with a flourish, as many of the state’s leading Democrats threw their hat in the ring or at least were rumored to be considered running for the state’s h

  • Susan Jordan Picking Up Key Labor Support in Assembly Run

    Susan Jordan, running for the 35th State Assembly District in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, has picked up key labor endorsements in her effort to win the primary for this Democratic-leading Assembly seat.

    According to a press relea

  • Jerry Brown: Keeping the focus on the Republicans

    This piece originally appeared in the Capitol Weekly. 

    This week, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed papers with the Secretary of State opening an exploratory committee for Governor, for all intents and purposes divulging the worst

  • Parrt-Time Legislative Initiative Draws Opposition

    “Californians for an Effective Legislature” filed paperwork today with the Secretary of State’s office to oppose a proposed initiative that would make California’s legislature part-time.
    Co-chairing the effort will

  • CA-10: On Polls and Policy

    Did you hear the good news?

    On Sunday, my campaign released a new poll of 400 likely 10th Congressional District special primary election voters that found our campaign holds a double digit lead over other Democratic challengers. When in

  • Will Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Be on a Milk Carton Soon?

    The California Democratic Party put out this little ditty on Thursday:

    With voters in the 45th District wondering where Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack has been over the last months, the question remains: will she finally answer questions f

  • Budget Winners and Losers: Schwarzenegger, Bass, Steinberg, CTA & More

    There are some that will argue that there were no winners in the budget deal announced Monday. Indeed, it’s difficult to argue that point: just about everyone’s ox was gored. But there are always winners and losers in any budget war,

  • Kevin McCarty Tops $235,000 in Bid for State Assembly

    McCarty well on way to match Dave Jones’ fundraising pace from successful 2004 campaign
    Democrat Kevin McCarty’s campaign for the California State Assembly 9th District today announced that he has raised more than $118,000 in t