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Echoes of 1994 in California governor race

California state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner's (R) unrelenting focus on illegal immigration in advance of tomorrow's gubernatorial primary has raised the specter of the heated 1994 debate that alienated the state's Republicans from Hispanics -- and is already causing potential general election trouble for Republican frontrunner and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

Whitman has long had as her campaign co-chairman former Gov. Pete Wilson (R), a divisive figure from California's 1994 immigration debate. But in an effort to stave off attacks from Poizner -- who launched an ad accusing the free-spending front-runner of supporting amnesty and tying her stance on immigration to those of President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon -- Whitman has moved Wilson front and center in her campaign.

Whitman has been airing tough-on-immigration TV ads as well as a radio ad in which Wilson praises the former eBay CEO's position on the issue as "tough as nails."

Poizner has seized on that ad as well releasing a radio ad -- in Spanish -- highlighting Wilson's support of Whitman. And in a preview of what awaits Whitman in the general election, the California Nurses Association has also gone up with its own Spanish-language radio ad featuring Wilson's endorsement.

Wilson, who served as the state's top executive from 1991 to 1999, was a champion of Proposition 187, a controversial immigration measure barring illegal immigrants from receiving any public services. The measure played a large role in Wilson's victorious re-election effort -- and, even though it was later ruled by a federal judge to be unconstitutional, has also caused deep and lasting damage to the Republican Party's relationship with Latinos.

(For a taste of the tenor of the 1994 campaign, check out Wilson's "Border Crossing" ad, which shows grainy black-and-white footage of a border crossing while a narrator ominously intones, "They keep coming").

As evidence of Prop 187's legacy, some observers point to the fact that since 1994, apart from kind-of-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, no GOPer has been elected to statewide office in California.

A Whitman spokesperson called Wilson a "respected leader" and a "very valuable asset" to the campaign, but also noted that Whitman is not necessarily in agreement with Wilson on all issues and would not have supported Proposition 187.

Still, the former governor remains a divisive figure in the state's politics, and could become a liability for Whitman in a general election campaign in a state where the Latino population tops 35 percent -- the highest in the nation.

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said he was "baffled" by Whitman's choice of Wilson as her campaign co-chairman. Wilson, Vargas said, "continues to be the personification for California Latinos of anti-Latino fervor."

Asked whether Wilson's backing might be a liability for Whitman in the fall, Vargas responded by quoting a popular Spanish idiom: "Díme con quién andas, y te diré quién eres -- tell me with whom you associate and I'll tell you who you are."

A California Republican source close to Wilson said he had advised the former governor not to get involved in the current race.

"He's become slightly radioactive in the Latino community," the source said, adding that Democrats have "succeeded in demonizing him so much" that he's "become a convenient foil." Wilson did not respond to a request for comment.

For its part, Poizner's campaign defends its decision to set its sights on illegal immigration. "What's obvious is that voters want someone who is going to at least address the issue," Poizner spokesperson Jarrod Agen said.

Recent polling backs up that point: according to a March PPIC poll, 69 percent of Californians surveyed supported major changes in the country's immigration policy. Support for reform was bipartisan: 68 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of independents were in favor of it. Moreover, support for reform was highest among Latinos, with 74 percent supporting major changes, compared to 69 percent of whites.

Still, attitudes toward immigrants themselves remain divided by party: 64 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents polled said they viewed immigrants as a "benefit" to California, while 68 percent of Republicans viewed them as a "burden."

Republican consultant Dan Schnur echoed that point, noting that while both parties often use the issue of immigration to motivate their respective bases, the issue can be a "dual-edged sword" in the general election because the broad middle of the electorate is both conflicted and emotionally invested in their approach to the issue.

Whitman spent much of the last year focused almost exclusively on the economy and jobs as she sought to run a general election campaign in the primary. But, Poizner's attacks on her stance on immigration pulled her to the ideological right. Will Latino voters forgive and forget in the general election? Or will the ghost of Prop. 187 continue to haunt her if, as expected, she becomes her party's nominee tomorrow?

-- Felicia Sonmez

By The Fix  |  June 7, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
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No vote from Vietnamese community of 500,000 people for pro-communist gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who, as governor of California in 1975, strongly opposed Vietnamese refugees settling in California while supporting amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico. In fact, he works for the interests of unions and illegal immigrants only, not for California. Worst still, Brown sided with notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro demanding a lift of U.S. embargo on communist Cuba for its human rights violations during his visit to Cuba in July 2000 to formalize the relationship between Brown's city of Oakland with its sister city Santiago de Cuba.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 8, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama has had SEVEN WEEKS TO RESPOND TO THIS OIL SPILL


And still there are hundreds of birds dying.

Seven weeks into Katrina, Bush had everyone out of New Orleans, the city was drained, and RAINBOWS WERE EVERYWHERE.


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OBAMA IS SO UPSET ABOUT THE OIL SPILL because he knows he just came out in favor of expanded offshore oil drilling - and he just did a year-long safety review - and HE ASSURED EVERYONE THAT THE SAFETY STANDARDS WERE UP FOR THE TASK.


He cant understand why the country isnt slamming him harder for that.

See Obama's health care plan is TICKING DEFICIT BOMB.


HE CANT FIGURE OUT WHY THE COUNTRY ISN'T MORE UPSET ABOUT THAT EITHER.


ALL Obama's policies are a disaster.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama has had SEVEN WEEKS TO RESPOND TO THIS OIL SPILL


And still there are hundreds of birds dying.

Seven weeks into Katrina, Bush had everyone out of New Orleans, the city was drained, and RAINBOWS WERE EVERYWHERE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Most of my friends in California, some Democrats, say Pete Wilson was right in 1994 and events has shown to be right today. What else is there to say? Go Whiteman! and if you don't make it watch California sink and sink and sink in debt and loss of wealth. The Hispanics who are a burden today, not all by any means, will then simply move to an adjacent state and try to start the dependency wheel going again.

Posted by: newssenior | June 7, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

What an outstanding job the Democrats have done.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 7, 2010 8:41 PM
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You could almost say the chickens have come home to roost.

Posted by: Brigade | June 7, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised there isn't a Proposition to Mandate "Take Your Poodle to Work in a TuTu" and to require a 2/3 vote of the legislature to overturn it.

We need to return California to governability, not keep going down this crazy road of making all decisions by Proposition, and then the next year changing it to something else.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 7, 2010 6:27 PM |

Just leave it to the loons on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. You don't really need laws OR propositions---that's what they think they're for.

Posted by: Brigade | June 7, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

As anyone can see, Pete Wilson was wrong.

Letting all those "hard-working", "paying more in taxes then they receive in benefits" Latinos into California sure helped the state. What is the current budget deficit? Oh yeah, 19.1 Billion dollars. And who wants to live in Los Angeles these days? No one, or at least, no Americans.

California used to be the American dream. But thanks to Leftist ideology, it's become an American sewer.

Besides, it doesn't really matter who becomes governor. You will still have a bunch of lunatic leftist Dumbocrats running the state legislature. Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election.

What an outstanding job the Democrats have done.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 7, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division. It's all Republicans have to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | June 7, 2010 4:45 PM
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Well, that and victory.

Posted by: Brigade | June 7, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Isn’t Quackenbush still in jail? I think Quackenbush was elected in the 80s, not the 90s.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 7, 2010 4:05 PM
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I think the Quackenbush they're talking about is that battery-powered device you purchased on e-bay.

Posted by: Brigade | June 7, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

the other side of the story is what Jerry Brown intends to do: allow sanctuary cities like San Francisco? Allow companies to hire illegal workers? Just because you are for upholding the law doesn't mean you are against hispanics. Hispanics don't vote in one huge block.

Posted by: kenpasadena | June 7, 2010 3:52 PM
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Governor Moonbeam? What does he intend to do is right. The state is way beyond broke, which rules out most liberal fixes; the federal government is way beyond broke which nixes going on hands and knees to Obama begging for handouts in exchange for rigging the ballots in 2012. A California victory for Brown is one you shouldn't really wish on a friend.

Posted by: Brigade | June 7, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Proof that NY Times Readers are Smarter than WAPO Readers-

Today's NY Times Gulf Response Blog-
175.HIGHLIGHT
cannula

June 7th, 2010
12:46 pm
How Can You Tell When A Lawyer's Lying to the American People on the Anniversary of D-Day ?

NY Times yesterday-

"In his weekly radio address broadcast Saturday, President Obama emphasized that the federal government had “mobilized on every front” to contain and clean up the oil spill, and called attention to the plight of some of the shrimpers and oystermen he met while visiting the Louisiana coast on Friday."

AP yesterday-
"With no oil response workers on Louisiana's Queen Bess Island, Plaquemines Parish coastal zone management director P.J. Hahn decided he could wait no longer, pulling an exhausted brown pelican from the oil, slime dripping from its wings.

"We're in the sixth week, you'd think there would be a flotilla of people out here," Hahn said. "As you can see, we're so far behind the curve in this thing."
At the mouth of Alabama's Mobile Bay, hundreds of seagulls squawked on a beach dotted with countless small tar balls but not a cleanup crew in sight.

Recommended Recommended by 31 Readers

Posted by: thecannula | June 7, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

18% are hispanic??


How many are half hispanic ???

How many are gang members??


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

28% are satisfied with Obama's response to the Oil Spill


Who are these 28% ???


Clearly those who are still delusional about Obama - glad to see people are waking up.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

To correct a few factual errors.

In California, 18% of the registered voters are Hispanic.

Seventy four percent of hispanics voted for President Obama in 2008.

Maybe Meg Whitman did her abrupt about-face on immigration issues when she realized she couldn't lose much Hispanic support, since she didn't have much Hispanic support.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 7, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


The Vandals were originally an ethnic group -


They were allowed into the political system - and many held political posts.

Until the whole lot of them invaded the whole place and brought down the Roman Empire.


Hence the word today..........

We all use VANDALISM.

you draw your own conclusion.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama is to spending like Cocaine is to Binge.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Still, the LAST thing we need here in California is another Governor who is essentially unfamiliar with government. We don't need to turn California into a corporation, we need someone who knows how government works to fix the messes all these insane propositions have created.

California -- Death by Proposition

Posted by: ethanquern | June 7, 2010 6:21 PM
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Ethan, you are the man!

I'm surprised there isn't a Proposition to Mandate "Take Your Poodle to Work in a TuTu" and to require a 2/3 vote of the legislature to overturn it.

I totally agree with Ethan. We don't need any more people who are going to "blow up the boxes". Quoting someone famous, the desire to blow things up always exceeds the utility of doing so.

We need to return California to governability, not keep going down this crazy road of making all decisions by Proposition, and then the next year changing it to something else.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 7, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The road show of Steve, Meg and Carly has turned the broadcast airwaves so toxic, I'm actually looking forward to a return of the drug commercials.

Each of the GOP clowns could give Vesuvius a run for its money in their collective ability to spew hate, fear, and paranoia.

To her credit, Meg tried to run a different campaign but was dragged into the swamp by Poizner.

Still, the LAST thing we need here in California is another Governor who is essentially unfamiliar with government. We don't need to turn California into a corporation, we need someone who knows how government works to fix the messes all these insane propositions have created.

California -- Death by Proposition

Posted by: ethanquern | June 7, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

While Cillizza's away, Felicia Sonmez will play (and mislead).

The CA GOP's problems for the most part don't involve immig. matters but things like running strong cultural conservatives, especially those who ignore the immig. issue. The support Poizner is getting tends to disprove what Felicia Sonmez is trying to sell: if he thought his stance would hurt him he'd be doing something else.

For the actual facts of this matter, see:

http://immref.com/spin/proposition-187-prop-200

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | June 7, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I am out of work. If Meg gets elected I am gong to go on welfare to get a job. Maybe I can replace a CHP office. I wonder which button turns on the siren?

Posted by: davidferraro | June 7, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse


Obama is to spending like Cocaine is to Binge.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Candidate A: I am the most punitive!

Candidate B: NO! I am the most punitive!

Candidate A: I'll show you harsh!

The Republicans will absolutely control the fear and punishment-driven vote. That leaves the rest of the voters for the Brown.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 7, 2010 3:43

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Post Of The Day

Posted by: Noacoler | June 7, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"Jerry Brown is going to win anyways. It's going to be the 70's all over again man!!!"


Cue the Moonbeams.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | June 7, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division. It's all Republicans have to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | June 7, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse


Obama is to spending like Cocaine is to Binge.


Says so much.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you that Whitman is in for a stand-off with Latino voters. Latinos absolutely hate former Gov. Wilson and that has been the worst choice she has made since running for governor. Latinos will NOT forget. This is California and we are energized against the divisive rhetoric preached by Poizner and Whitman.
See the following:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/02/BAE71DON38.DTL

Posted by: Adethro | June 7, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

There are three markers for dismal in modern American politics: Bush's Katrina effort for natural disasters (unfair, I know, but there it is), Jimmy Carter's inertia during the Iranian hostage crisis for foreign relations, and Richard Nixon's Watergate fiasco for internal scandals. As of this moment, Obama has matched all three, and, it can be argued, exceeded them in the case of Bush and Carter.


As for future crises, all planted, fertilized, watered, and ready to emerge, we have:


Israel -- the Hamas flotilla was simply a test to see how far they could go, much the same as the Cheonan sinking. There will be more to come.
Iran -- those nukes will be coming off the line soon enough. Praise Allah!
Russia -- perpetually on the alert to grab off whatever they can. O handled Georgia just swell, didn't he?
Collapse of the Euro -- not so much a possibility as a certainty. But hey, economics is O's major strength. We've got to admit that, haven't we?
Terror Strikes -- eventually the jihadis are going to run out of goofs and send somebody who can figure out how to light a fuse. Look out below!
The Border -- What border?
A Double Dip -- See "Collapse of the Euro," above.


...along with the inevitable unforeseen eventuality that always hits at the precise wrong moment.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 7, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


um, Obama is the one with the extremist agenda, completely out-of-touch with the American People.


How big is Obama's budget deficit ?

A trillion dollars? How can you sleep at night, knowing that Obama is spending so much money ???


Obama is to spending like Cocaine is to Binge.

Obama's coke binge spending binge.


When will you wake up ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


there you go again - with your RACIST MESSAGE OF HATE.

Why don't you take it elsewhere?


Your kind of politics is not welcome in this country.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones


that is who I predict to win in Nov. Jerry Brown and Carly


I am just giving a little story about how old Jerry Brown is - he was before weather sattelites.


The whole thing is hilarious.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Pete Wilson is to Hispanics what Rush Limbaugh is to blacks, a object of intense hatred.

This isn't even clever racial coding. For Whitman to embrace him a co-chairman of her campaign is a DIRECT insult to every Latino voter. Let Meg try to win with no Hispanic and no black votes. Fat chance. Let Meg go back to peddling used broken merchandise and garage sale garbage on ebay. What Steve Poizner's doing with Wilson is exactly what BHO should be doing with Rand Paul, hanging an extremist agenda around the necks of his opposition.
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Governor Brown, welcome back to the Governor's Mansion. Why'd you stay away so long?
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BTW, did the Fix intern write this? This was actually good and informative...and truthful. Let's hope Fix doesn't read it and require fifteen retypings of the Charlie Cook Report by the intern as penance.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 7, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It is now cool to bash Obama


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7805775/Obama-loses-the-Left-suddenly-its-cool-to-bash-Barack.html


The POINT IS: ANY PERSON WHO PUT ASIDE EXPERIENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT ABILITY WHEN VOTING FOR PRESIDENT - they were EXTREMELY IRRESPONSIBLE WHEN THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA.


AND NOW THE REALITY IS SETTING IN.


Obama was supposed to clean up Minerals Management Service - which was responsible for the safety standards on oil rigs. Obama did a long review of offshore drilling and said it was safe when he came out in favor of expanding offshore drilling.


Incompetence at its worst.


We have a third rate government in a CRISIS - FILLED WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION APPOINTEES.


If you voted for Obama, You are PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS SITUATION.


IT IS YOUR FAULT THAT BIRDS ARE DYING -


HUNDREDS OF BIRDS.


Don't cry to me - if you said to yourself that you didn't care about EXPERIENCE - you didn't care about crisis management ability - when you voted for President.


Everyone told you that Experience was IMPORTANT - AND YOU SAID YOU DIDN'T CARE AND VOTED FOR OBAMA ANYWAY.


THAT WAS IRRESPONSIBLE WITH THIS COUNTRY.


IT IS YOUR FAULT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

TO: 37thand0street
“I predict a Jerry Brown - Carly Fiorina combo EXACTA
It's just going to go that way”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

What’s that supposed to mean?

Brown is running for Governor against whichever Republican gets the nomination.

Fiorina is running for U.S. Senate against Barbara Boxer.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

TO: 37thand0street who wrote:
“Jerry Brown used to predict that sattelites would be launched to circle the Earth to predict the weather. People mocked him. They called him Governor Moonbeam.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Huh, and now we do have satelites predicting or otherwise monitoring our weather.

Seems like Democrat Jerry Brown had some vision.

Republicans are still scratching their heads trying to figure out how those darned weather people know what’s going on.


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Poizner is going to lose by a 2-1 margin. So even in a GOP primary, this issue is not dominating the campaign.

Posted by: chascarrington | June 7, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

TO: joeyjoejoe who wrote:
“Those observers aren't doing a very good job observing, since Bill Jones, Chuck Quackenbush, and Steve Poizner himself have all been elected to statewide office since 1994.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Quackenbush ! The former Insurance Commissioner?
I thought Quackenbush was still in jail doing time for embezzlement.

Quackenbush, a Republcian, was thrown out office here in California.

Isn’t Quackenbush still in jail? I think Quackenbush was elected in the 80s, not the 90s.


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 7, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I predict a Jerry Brown - Carly Fiorina combo EXACTA

It's just going to go that way

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Brown used to predict that sattelites would be launched to circle the Earth to predict the weather.


People mocked him.


They called him Governor Moonbeam.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"...Whitman is not necessarily in agreement with Wilson on all issues and would not have supported Proposition 187..."
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Geez, talk about somebody trying to have it both ways, that's Meg Whitman.

First she says she doesn't support illegal immigration, then she quickly takes it back and says she won't support anything that addresses illegal immigration.

Mexicans here still think California is part of Mexico.

I support Steve Poizner because he's not flip flopping on illegal immigration and since it's a campaign promise he's more likely to follow through than Meg.

Illegal means Illegal.


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 7, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

""Still, the former governor remains a divisive figure in the state's politics, and could become a liability for Whitman in a general election campaign in a state where the Latino population tops 35 percent -- the highest in the nation.""

Also false. New Mexico's is higher. Arizona's may be as well.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | June 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Poizner has ran a great race against $70 million of Whitman's money. I think Whitman has nailed it down, but Poizner made her work for it, which she had not really planned on. If Whitman wins the R nomination, she then has to come up with a comprehensive immigration plan for California and hash out details on the campaign trail. That would help her in the fall, but she also must focus on jobs & the economy...something Brown isn't likely to be able to beat her on. California is in the worst way financially, which is why Whitman is even in this race in the 1st place. Whitman has a great shot to win the R nomination tommorrow & GE in the fall.

Posted by: reason5 | June 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"some observers point to the fact that since 1994, apart from kind-of-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, no GOPer has been elected to statewide office in California."

Those observers aren't doing a very good job observing, since Bill Jones, Chuck Quackenbush, and Steve Poizner himself have all been elected to statewide office since 1994.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | June 7, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

the other side of the story is what Jerry Brown intends to do: allow sanctuary cities like San Francisco? Allow companies to hire illegal workers? Just because you are for upholding the law doesn't mean you are against hispanics. Hispanics don't vote in one huge block.

Posted by: kenpasadena | June 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Brown is going to win anyways. It's going to be the 70's all over again man!!!

Posted by: hcwarden | June 7, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

So, California is just becoming another Republican Ogre-off.

Candidate A: I am the most punitive!

Candidate B: NO! I am the most punitive!

Candidate A: I'll show you harsh!

The Republicans will absolutely control the fear and punishment-driven vote. That leaves the rest of the voters for the Brown.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 7, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Still, the former governor remains a divisive figure in the state's politics, and could become a liability for Whitman in a general election campaign in a state where the Latino population tops 35 percent -- the highest in the nation."

It's pure idiocy as a strategy, which is typical of Whitman's entire clubfooted campaign.

Posted by: drindl | June 7, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

...he really has no other life but this.

Posted by: drindl | June 7, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s first high school graduation speech of his tenure will be delivered in southwest Michigan.

Obama is headlining Kalamazoo Central High School’s ceremony Monday evening at a Western Michigan University arena.

Kalamazoo Central won the nationwide Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. The contest is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to improve schools and raise graduation rates.

A key factor was Kalamazoo’s privately funded scholarship program that guarantees covering up to 100 percent of a student’s college tuition at any of the state’s public universities or community colleges for four years.


try not to sprain your neck watching berry take credit for private funding. these are the evil rich who have already made enough money. He would prefer to spread it around so the school can double its number of administrators watching over failure. you know, like his administration is known for.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 7, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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