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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The Firing Of Captain Crozier

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

On January 17, a mighty US Navy carrier strike force departed the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego for duty in the “Indo Pacific”, a chance to remind China of the vast military power of the United States and to visit a new friend not so long ago a bitter enemy.  Heading the […]

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April: The Cruelest Month

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

April is the cruelest month, and April 2020 will be the cruelest April in decades.  Sometime this April the Covid 19 pandemic will possibly explode; with luck it will crest and the “curve flatten”, but no one knows for sure when.   Americans have been through terrible Aprils before, but this will be one of the […]

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The March Primary: Some Good News for Republicans

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Three weeks after California’s early primary, and what seems almost light years ago, California’s left for dead Republican Party is showing surprising signs of life.  Given the hot Democratic presidential primary that was hardly expected, but in fact Republicans emerged from the primary with more than they started with. For the first time in six […]

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Super Tuesday Flop; California’s Primary was Too Early

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

A lot of Californians have reason to want to tar and feather California politicians after Tuesday’s vote.  They are the 1.2 million Democratic voters who cast a ballot for one of the 11 Democratic candidates who have dropped out, or like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are no longer viable.  They wasted their votes because the primary […]

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California Will Miss The Boat On Stopping Sanders

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The California primary is too early, and Democrats are going to rue the day that California could not bat clean-up when the Democratic race becomes Sen. Bernie Sanders verses one non-socialist candidate, not half a dozen. With less than week before the California Primary, Democrats simply do not have time to vet the disaster of […]

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The California Primary—Missed Again?

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Once again it looks like California has moved up its primary to Super Tuesday at exactly the wrong time.  We did this in 2008, and ended up being an afterthought. It could be even worse for California Democrats in 2020, because it looks like a long slog to the Democratic nomination in July, and California […]

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