The Congressional Races — We have Winners

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

​Thanks to Tuesday’s primary, the outlook for California’s congressional races is now much clearer.  Democrats have targeted up to 10 Republican-held House seats.  But the primary suggests that four GOP seats are in real danger of flipping to the Democrats, while the incumbents look stronger than expected in the other contests. ​Two seats were always long shots:  Rep. Tom […]

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What’s Missing In This Election? Bread and Circuses

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

The Romans got it right: if you want to keep the people happy, you give them bread and circuses.  But California politicians forgot that rule; and consequently we are about to have a primary with possibly an historic low turnout of voters.  The lowest primary turnout ever was June 2014; June 2018 could match it. […]

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The 2018 Primary – First Look at Voter Turnout

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

What if they gave a revolution and nobody came? That seems to be the case in this first election of the Trump era in California. For all the supposed anti-Trump energy in this state, the voters are showing no sign of rushing to the polls to register their opposition; in fact, this is turning out […]

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The Changed Political Map; and the 2018 Election  

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

The battle for Congress this year will test whether Republicans can hold onto the old heartland of the Democratic Party that elected Donald Trump president, or whether Democrats will win by sweeping onetime bastions of Reagan Republicanism like Orange County. In 2016, Trump won the presidency by carrying parts of the country that once gave […]

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California House Races: The Action For 2018

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

California’s filing deadline is now past and the contours of the 2018 election are slowly coming into view.  The biggest action in California, even bigger than the governor’s race, may be the race for congressional seats, since California will almost certainly decide if Democrats can win back the House of Representatives this fall.  Money tells […]

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A Viable Republican Should Run Against Sen. Feinstein

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

Three Republicans are now running for governor, hoping one can slip into second place in the primary and make the fall runoff.  But that is unlikely given the four well funded Democrats in the race.  It is the Senate contest, completely overlooked so far, where there is an opening for a Republican.  That’s because incumbent […]

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Will The “C” Question Destroy The Democratic Party?

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

A simple request from the Trump Justice Department to the Census Bureau to add a single question to the 2020 federal census is causing a huge uproar among liberal and Democratic groups because it could have a devastating political impact for Democrats in the next decade.  This is the “C” question: are you a citizen […]

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California: Ground Zero In The Battle For Congress

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

“Gentlemen, we fight on the Marne,” supposedly said a French general in 1914 before the historic Battle of the Marne.  Well, gentleman (and ladies), in 2018 for control of the U.S. House of Representatives we fight in California.  California will determine whether Democrats seize control of the House and stop the Trump agenda in its […]

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Republicans Vote For A Tax Increase

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

California Republicans are about to vote for a major tax increase, on California Republicans.  That’s what will happen when they pass the Congressional Republican tax reform bill that does away with the state and local tax deduction to your federal taxes, widely used by middle class Californians. ​President Trump and Republican leaders have made a decision that their tax reform will be mainly to lower the corporate tax rate […]

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Citizen Bannon

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

Citizen Bannon came to California last week to address the Republican State Convention.  Bannon is the Republican Party’s answer to Maximilien Francois de Robespierre, the “citizen” revolutionary who in 1790 brought the Reign of Terror to the French Revolution. Having destroyed the French establishment by guillotine without trial, Citizen Robespierre was himself guillotined without trial […]

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