The End of The Warren Court

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court culminates a 50-year struggle by conservatives to gain control of the court and end 80 years of liberal judicial activism. This confirmation also brings to an end the Warren Court, named for former California governor Earl Warren, that stretched from his appointment in 1953 until […]

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A Republican Wipeout in the GOP Heartland?

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

Harry R. Sheppard and Edward Izac are forgotten names today, but these two Democratic congressmen, elected in 1936, mark the last time Orange and San Diego counties had no Republican representation in Congress.  Now, 82 years later, it is possible that once again no Republican will represent these two once solidly Republican counties. The year […]

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A Fine Mess in San Diego – And A Democratic Socialist Congressman

Tony Quinn
Editor, California Target Book

After an investigation that seemed to take forever, a federal grand jury has now indicted San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret for illegally spending a quarter million dollars of campaign funds for personal use and lying about it. The indictment reveals a long history of misusing campaign funds, and includes such […]

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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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