Nancy Pelosi – Victim Of The October Surprise

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The biggest surprise of election night was not Donald Trump losing, but the failure of House and Senate Democrats to make any gains, the “blue wave” that wasn’t.  And no one was a bigger loser than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who returns to Washington with a reduced Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, a […]

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A Tale of Two Fires

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

“Greatest Fire in History Ravages Napa County” read the headline in the St. Helena Star.  Only this was not the terrible 2017 fires, nor the August 2020 fire, nor the devastating Glass Fire just controlled.  It was the Hanley Fire, and headline is from the Star for September 16, 1964. It is a lesson, Napa […]

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Dianne Feinstein and Court Packing

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

These are not good times for California’s senior senator Dianne Feinstein.  Prominent Democrats want her replaced as ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  They blame her for interjecting religion into the 2017 confirmation of Supreme Court pick Amy Comey Barrett, and they do not want her leading the confirmation battle against Barrett this time. […]

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California Democrats And Communism

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

California Democrats seem to have a problem with communists.  Rep. Karen Bass of Los Angeles was on the Biden short list for vice president until her praise of “commandante Fidel” came out, and Democrats fearing the loss of anti-Castro Florida dropped her from contention.  That was followed by the bizarre praise of communist leader Ho […]

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The Phony Arguments Against Mail Voting

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

“Take some deep breaths and prepare to wait for election results,” advises Ellen Weintraub, former chair of the Federal Election Commission.  Given the enormous volume of mail in ballots expected this November, it is quite possible the winners will not be known on Election Night. But there will be no problem determining the President in […]

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Taking Down Kamala

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Democrats are well aware of their long history of seizing defeat from the jaws of victory; you can ask President Dukakis, President Gore, President Kerry and of course President Hillary Clinton all about it.  Now with Joe Biden on the cusp of what looks like an easy win, many Democrats are working full time to […]

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Is Kamala Harris Fading In The Veep Chase

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Practically every analysis of Joe Biden’s choice for vice president ranks California Sen. Kamala Harris at or near the top.  She checks the most race and gender boxes in the Democratic search for Biden’s running mate, and yet there is a sense that she may be fading in the stretch. The best evidence of that […]

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The Coming Battle Over Affirmative Action

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

California will have another battle over “affirmative action” this fall when the legislature puts a measure on the ballot to repeal Proposition 209, the 1996 ban on affirmative action.  While proponents claim this is an effort to redress low numbers of “underrepresented minorities” in California higher education, the impact will be to reduce the number […]

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All Mail Voting Works – for Republicans

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

For all the Republican howling of late about mail balloting, we have now had our first two all mail ballot elections in California, and guess what, Republicans won both: a State Senate seat in Riverside County and a congressional district in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties that Democrats had won in 2018. Republicans from President […]

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The Fight Over Voting By Mail

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

A huge battle is brewing over the use of mail in balloting for the November election.  Republicans, led by President Trump, believe mail voting is a dagger aimed at killing their party, Democrats believe mail ballots are a vast new source of Democratic votes.  Intense as this battle is, they are both wrong. Mail ballots […]

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