Poizner could try to win the traditional way: Collect 90 percent of the Republican vote, then amass a majority of independents to offset the Democratic advantage in voter registration. That worked for him in 2006. It won’t in 2018, which is why he’s running as a no party preference candidate.
Gov. Jerry Brown should use his big State of the State speech in January to go big on the sexual harassment issue hovering over the Capitol. He should appoint a blue-ribbon panel to examine the treatment of women beyond the confines of Sacramento.
Starting next year, California voters will automatically receive their ballots by mail four weeks before the election. But early voting deprives citizens of being more physically and spiritually involved in the democratic process.
The culture inside the Capitol likely won’t change because much of what the public would deem outrageous and sickening has a hard time escaping the Sacramento bubble. And for that, you can partially blame Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor.
The billionaire activist flirting with a challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but if he truly wants to buck the establishment, a Senate run is a waste of our time and his considerable resources. Steyer should redirect his outrage and run for governor instead.
Voters may not like paying more at the pump. And perhaps in our car culture, there’s a knee-jerk reaction to making driving more expensive. But being on the “no” side of better roads is a bad place to be when voters are sick of potholes, gridlock and seeing their estimated time-of-arrival soar like the stock market.
Sen. Feinstein should seek another six-year term until, maybe, someone with her gravitas comes along. It appears at times that Kamala Harris seemingly left her heart and her intellect in San Francisco.
A referendum to repeal a gas tax increase, and possibly another on “sanctuary state” legislation, might turn out otherwise blasé conservatives and get the attention of middle-of-the-road voters interested in taxes and public safety.
The four first-time statewide candidates strike the right chords on jobs, affordable housing, energy costs and poverty, but collectively they lack several elements necessary for a Republican to even have a shot at being viable in California these days.