California prides itself on setting trends for the nation. This week, it may be the state that bucks the trend if it decides to abstain from a multi-state and federal settlement with the big banks on mortgage abuses.
Tales from the Trail
He’s been president of the United States for about two-and-a-half years, but Barack Obama still remembers being a “start-up” — and he wouldn’t mind being as popular as SpongeBob SquarePants.
Sarah McBride takes a look at the campaign ads in the California race.
California’s gubernatorial frontrunner Jerry Brown pledged Tuesday to remove all negative ads one week before the November 2 election, but only if his rival went along. Meg Whitman, the billionaire Republican with a big self-financed campaign, wasn’t willing to go quite that far.
Election day may be nearly a month off, but U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn’t confused, or cheating, when she went to the polls on Tuesday to vote (presumably for herself). The three-term Democrat was just following what has become something of a time-honored practice for many Californians: early voting.
California’s personal and unpleasant governor’s race just took another step toward the bottom as a tape emerged in which an aide to Democrat Jerry Brown calls Republican Meg Whitman a “whore” for her attempts to get endorsements from law enforcement.
Bad news, Democrats.
The crowd most likely to vote on Nov. 2 is a lot more Republican and a lot more conservative than the one that gave Congress to the GOP in 1994.
The “enthusiasm gap” was always the Democrats’ biggest problem heading into the November midterm elections, and conversely also their biggest hope. Democrats have told poll after poll they were less likely to vote than their Republican counterparts. If only Democrats could enthuse their supporters, strategists have been hoping, then maybe the party could still trump the Republicans in some tight races.
Democrat Jerry Brown has long been an outspoken critic of California’s ban on same-sex marriages, even refusing to defend the voter approved law known as Proposition 8 in court in his role as California’s attorney general – a move that won the hearts of gay and civil rights activists even as it raised eyebrows among legal scholars .
First Republican Meg Whitman, a political novice running for California governor, seemed to catch her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, napping with an aggressive early push for Latino voters – a voting bloc that has proven tough for her party to crack.