October 23, 2011 archive

Flap’s California Blog Links and Comments for October 23rd on 18:18


These are my links for October 23rd from 18:18 to 18:39:

  • Tony Strickland’s party favors– There is no California politician more adept than Sen. Tony Strickland of Moorparkl at tapping into obscure county party committees as a fund-raising vehicle. His latest coup, reported on Monday, was a $50,000 contribution from the Stanislaus County Republican Central Committee.The website ElectionTrack.com reports that the contribution followed donations of a nearly identical amount to the Stanislaus County committee from entities associated with Farmers Insurance. Coincidentally, those contributions were made not long after Strickland had been credited with playing a key role in negotiating an end-of-session bill designed to smooth the way for construction of Farmers’ Field, the proposed downtown Los Angeles football stadium to which Farmers Insurance Group has purchased the naming rights
  • Dan Walters: With its high unemployment, California can’t afford to be choosy– Remember the old adage that beggars cannot be choosers?It’s worth recalling because of recent statements from Gov. Jerry Brown and other politicians, and the policies they are enacting that affect California’s recession-wracked economy.

    This has been the worst recession since the Great Depression, thanks largely to our central role in the unsustainable housing bubble, and it has erased well over a million jobs.

    Although there are hints of an anemic recovery, our unemployment rate continues to hover around 12 percent, the second highest in the nation. We’ve borrowed nearly $10 billion from the federal government to keep unemployment insurance checks flowing, and state and local governments face yawning budget deficits.

  • 2012 Proposition voting will require a college degree; long ballot good for Republicans historically.– It will take a college degree to understand the Secretary of State’s voter information pamphlet for the November, 2012 election, given the partisan, pro-union move by the Legislature and the Governor to force measures off the ballot next June, and lump them all together in November.  But history demonstrates the crowded ballot really helps Republicans, whom demographics demonstrate are better educated and more prepared to comprehend the information and actually vote than voters registered in other parties in California.========

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