Hey, Pete Stark’s (D) under an ethics investigation!
You know Pete: he’s that crazy Democrat who goes around threatening to throw journalists out the window when he doesn’t like the questions. He’s also that crazy Democrat who’ll take over for Charlie Rangel at Ways & Means if Rangel ever has to answer for his ethics violations, which is probably not the least reason why the Democrats haven’t thrown Rangel out of a metaphorical | Read More »
CA-10: the last of the four.
Everybody wants to talk about the VA/NJ races, or NY-23, which makes sense: they’re gripping. But all the way over in CA-10 is a race between Republican David Harmer and Democrat Lt Gov. John Garamendi; one that Garamendi seems determined to win pretty much in spite of himself. It’s a hard district for a Republican to win, being D+11; but Harmer isn’t running as anything | Read More »
California taxpayer raid: “Think of it as a forced, interest-free loan…”
(h/t: Instapundit) California’s come up with another way to ensure that when the state finally crashes, it’s really going to crash: California to withhold a bigger chunk of paychecks The amount goes up 10% on Sunday as Sacramento borrows from taxpayers. Technically, it’s not an income tax increase: You’ll get the money back eventually. Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento – Starting Sunday, cash-strapped California | Read More »
There’s dumb, and then there’s DUMB.
And if a further level of dumb is needed, there’s John Garamendi (D) levels of dumb. In order of dumbness: Dumb. Not doing elementary fact-checking before you send out a campaign flyer that mixes up your opponent with a guy from another state. As Jim Geraghty put it: “Same name, different guy.” Dumber. Not being mature enough to apologize when your smear is caught and | Read More »
This fish cost California almost a billion dollars.
And depending on your monitor, the picture (via Michelle Malkin) may be the actual size: That’s the delta smelt – or, as Rep. George Radanovich (R, CA-19) likes to call it, “a worthless little worm that needs to go the way of the dinosaur” – and it’s the reason why direct farm losses in California’s San Joaquin valley are being estimated at a high of | Read More »
Two Americas Watch: Antonio Villaraigosa (D).
(Via Deceiver) There’s the America where Los Angeles is in the middle of an ongoing drought, and is thus subject to strong water restrictions – which are being pushed by its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa (D). Then there’s the America where the mayor of Los Angeles was – illegally – watering his own lawn while everybody else’s was dying. And how does he explain this discrepancy? | Read More »
Mike Berryhill challenging Dennis Cardoza (D, CA-18).
[UPDATE] Mike’s campaign site is now up; contribute here. CA-18 is a D+4 district that voted for Bush in 2004; incumbent Cardoza ran unopposed in 2008. Of course, that was before unemployment in Cardoza’s district hit double digits*, and why Cardoza’s yelling for help from the federal government, while treating Speaker Pelosi like the radioactive career-killer that she is. Mind you, Cardoza’s also ducking those | Read More »
Gresham’s Law II: THE REVENGE.
The first line says it all: “Small businesses that received $682 million in IOUs from the state say California expects them to pay taxes on the worthless scraps of paper, but refuses to accept its own IOUs to pay debts or taxes.” So a bunch of them are suing the state government. The lead plaintiff in this one is a shirt manufacturer who got paid | Read More »
Rasmussen CA-SEN: Fiorina within MoE of Boxer.
Although even Rasmussen has to say “It’s California.” The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that Boxer attracts 45% of the statewide vote while Fiorina, her best-known possible Republican challenger, earns 41%. Seven percent (7%) say they’d vote for some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. In March, Boxer led Fiorina by nine, 47% to 38%. Any incumbent who polls below 50% early | Read More »
CA Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D) declares Californian independence.
It was, what? All of twenty seconds in? MODERATOR: Let’s go to our next e-mail question. Adrian from Sacramento: To save money, legislators need to go part time. If other states can do this, why can’t we? STEINBERG: Want me to take that? LENO: You start off, I’ll – STEINBERG: Okay. You know, um, I disagree with the premise of, uh, the question. California is | Read More »
Note that the eyepatch is *not* CGI…
(Via @CalebHowe) Chuck DeVore is having fun again: Of course, when it comes to Senator Boxer*, it’s not precisely a target-poor environment. Background here, for the three people in the political blogosphere who haven’t heard about this one yet. Anyway, that guy with the eyepatch had it in the original video; I remember seeing it when I saw the original YouTube. Not that Chuck DeVore | Read More »
Breaking: Senator Feinstein withdraws support for Card Check?
This is the claim, at least: A delegation from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, joined by similar groups from around the country, is in Washington to have meetings to express their opposition to the bill. At around 12:00 eastern time this afternoon, the group met with Senator Diane Feinstein. Feinstein, a major proponent of the Employee Free Choice Act, broke national news when | Read More »
By the way, we’re having a trade war with Mexico.
Yes, yes, I know: NAFTA’s supposed to prevent that sort of thing, but we’re having one anyway: Ricardo Alday, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington said pressuring politicians by hitting imports from states with key Democratic leaders with tariffs of up to 90 percent “is one the main considerations,” for the action, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday. The official list of products has | Read More »
Rep. McClintock interview with RedState.
As promised, here’s the Tom McClintock interview. Link here, if that doesn’t work. As you can see, Rep. McClintock isn’t precisely shy about speaking his opinion, particularly when it comes to the religious aspect of global warming. I had originally written “essentially religious aspect” there, but when thinking about it McClintock was pretty unambiguous on that point, so neither should I be when describing him. | Read More »
Is Grace Napolitano (D, CA-38) playing a grift?
Via Constant Reader dld717 we are alerted to this somewhat sordid tale of Rep. Napolitano and her perpetual loan to herself: Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — During a decade in Congress, California Representative Grace Napolitano has pocketed more than $200,000 of political contributions by charging as much as 18 percent interest on money she loaned to her own campaign. The suburban Los Angeles Democrat made the | Read More »
Video from Chesley Sullenberger’s first public comments.
As Hot Air notes, a man of few words. Their video doesn’t seem happy to work here, so below is a YouTube of his comments. Check out the Hot Air link for his wife’s comments, which are very good.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D! D! D! CA-14) is an idiot.
Not because she wants to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine.” That’s merely idiotic of her. No, she’s an idiot because she wants to extend it to cable and satellite stations. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP: Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto, said Monday she will work to restore the Fairness Doctrine and have it apply to cable and satellite programming as well as radio | Read More »
And so it begins: New York Times attacks minority voters.
Of course, they’re just a little shy of coming out and saying so, but then it’s always easier for a certain type to go after Mormons. Even as the nation shattered one barrier of intolerance, we were disappointed that voters in four states chose to reinforce another. Ballot measures were approved in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida and California that discriminate against couples of the same sex. | Read More »