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Who’s Winning, Who’s Losing A Week From The Election?

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Voting by mail is now the rage in California; in the June primary more than 69 percent of the ballots were cast before Election Day.  It is very possible that a majority of votes this November will be by mail.  And thanks to Paul Mitchell and Political Data Inc, for the first time we can […]

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Something New: Cross Party Appeal

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Have we ever had a more dismal election?  For the first time in 60 years there is no serious race for governor, nor any other partisan statewide office.  Voters in competitive districts are exposed to the usual swarm of campaign mailers.  But one thing is new this year; candidates in same party runoffs are making […]

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The Non-Election Election

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

What if they called an election and nobody came?  That seems to be the story this November.  Turnout for the June primary, just 25 percent of registered voters, was the lowest in history.  The November turnout will probably not surpass 45 percent, also an historic low. Many analysts assume that this lower turnout bodes well […]

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Gov Jerry Brown will soon sign California’s ban on single use plastic grocery bags.  Nothing better represents the de-industrialization of this state; the aversion of California’s elites to the manufacture of products they don’t like even if they are a convenience provided free to consumers.  This legislation should be referred because we need a debate […]

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The 2014 Primaries: Crushing The Tea Party

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The 2014 primaries are now pretty much over and the Tea Party has lost every contest where it tried to oust an incumbent Republican.  As a political force in America, the Tea Party now is only a shadow of its former self, although the more liberal media will likely continue to prop it up to […]

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Immigration Reform: A Pathway To Impeachment

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The case for impeaching President Obama will be very strong if he does one thing: go really big on amnesty for the 11 million undocumented workers in America.  There are nothing but upsides for Obama and the Democrats if this happens, leaving his Republican foes with only the constitutional response of impeachment, which is a […]

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The Republicans Best Chance in 2014

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Republicans are looking around for a chance to snag one statewide office this fall, and most attention has focused on Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin running for Controller.  But the GOP should really focus on Pete Peterson, their candidate for Secretary of State.  He has a much better opportunity than Swearengin. Peterson is the executive director […]

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A Claude Rains Moment On Campaign Spending

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

(Editor’s Note: The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a lawsuit to remove the measure discussed below from the ballot.  More on the HJTA lawsuit can be found here.) Worried about turnout in November, Democrats have placed an advisory measure on the fall ballot to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that allows unlimited […]

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Fifty Years Ago: A Speech To Remember

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Fifty years ago today, one of the least successful candidates ever to seek the presidency, Sen. Barry Goldwater, gave his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.  The speech was roundly denounced by the political class as an appeal to extremism. Yet that speech marked the beginning of a new era […]

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Racial Voting in the Controller’s Race

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The Controller’s race recount brings up a topic rarely discussed in California, racially polarized voting, especially racially motivated voting in Democratic primaries.  John Perez, the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nod in the controller’s race, lost the Controller’s primary because not enough Latino Democrats turned out to vote for him and too few white Democrats […]

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