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Why the ProPublica Remap Yarn Is Nonsense

(7) Comments | Posted December 25, 2011 | 8:42 PM

The pseudo investigation by Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson of New York-based ProPublica, "How Democrats Fooled California's Redistricting Commission," is misleading at best, dishonest at worst and fatally flawed in any case.

All you really need to know about their over-reaching piece is this: the reporters studiously...

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Debate Preview: GOP Hopefuls Would Reject Ronald Reagan

(5) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 2:20 PM

The Republican presidential candidates debating this evening at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley have an insoluble problem on their hands:

Everything they say to win support of the conservative forces they need to win the GOP nomination will further distance them from mainstream American voters in general and...

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Barbour Flirts With CA Press, Ducks Key Questions

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2011 | 10:04 AM

SACRAMENTO -- In a brief fly-by media avail, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Saturday ducked two of the more contentious issues facing any Republican seeking the GOP nomination for president in California: oil drilling off the California coast and a path to citizenship for immigrants living and...

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In CA, It Wasn't the Economy, Stupid, It Was Character

(21) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 7:44 PM

By Phil Trounstine and Jerry Roberts

In their last pre-election survey, Oct. 10-17, the Public Policy Institute of California found that six in 10 likely voters said jobs and the economy represented the most important issue facing California and that by a margin of 47-39%, Meg...

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California Voters Turn Back the Angry Red Tide

(9) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 4:04 AM

Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives, pounding Democrats in states throughout the South, Midwest and Northeast, but the raging red wave that swept across the country crashed against the Sierra Nevada and washed back, as California voters rejected Meg Whitman for governor and Carly Fiorina...

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eMeg's Historic Meltdown: Woman Booed by Women

(29) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 3:23 AM

LONG BEACH -- Handed a splendid opportunity to portray her campaign as an historic event for women in politics, Meg Whitman made a different kind of history on Tuesday.

Campaigning to become California's first female governor, Republican Whitman accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of getting roundly booed by a non-partisan...

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PPIC CA Poll: Why Jerry and Babs Lead Meg and Carly

(12) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:53 AM

By Phil Trounstine and Jerry Roberts

Propelled by his standing among Democrats, Latinos, women, liberals and especially moderates, Jerry Brown is leading Meg Whitman 44-36% in the latest survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, which also finds Barbara Boxer leading Carly Fiorina...

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Why Didn't eMeg Sign Nicky's Work Documents?

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 6:12 PM

Amid the still unanswered questions about Meg Whitman and l'affaire Nicky is why neither eMeg nor her husband, Griff Harsh, ever signed the employment eligibility document for their former housekeeper, as required by law.

Much attention has focused since the story broke on why Whitman-Harsh failed to pursue questions about...

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Character in the CA Gov Race: eMeg, Nicky and the Smoking Letter

(378) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 12:47 PM

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine,

After 19 months of mass market campaigning inside the most luxurious cocoon money could buy, Meg Whitman on Thursday suddenly found herself in the political free-fire zone.

For a second straight day, Whitman flailed away in unfamiliar territory, far from her...

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How the FPPC Should (and Shouldn't) Meddle Online

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 11:01 AM


Calbuzz is generally not too keen on any regulatory movement, cause or organization, especially not one that's intent on regulating us. But we have to say there are good reasons to extend -- carefully -- to the online world some of the disclosure requirements on political...

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Meg Whitman's Immigration Snafu

(10) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 12:19 PM

Can we get a fair program where people stand at the back of the line, they pay a fine, they do some things that would ultimately allow a path to legalization? ~ Meg Whitman on citizenship for illegal immigrants, October 2009

So, I don't think we should have blanket amnesty,...

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The Death of Truth: eMeg and the Politics of Lying

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 10:07 AM

Perhaps it's just a case of wishful nostalgia, but it seems to us that before the rise of Fox News, Rovian manipulation and the abnegation by certain people of fact-based reality, there was some sort of agreed-upon truth that was adjudicated daily by the mainstream media.


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Wannabe California Governor eMeg: No Truth, No Consequences

(36) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 2:10 AM

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Meg Whitman's shape shifting versions of exactly what happened when she angrily forced a subordinate out of a conference room at eBay in 2007 reflects an increasingly clear and familiar pattern in her bid for governor: she just can't keep her stories...

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Thin Brown Line Between eMeg and the White House

(13) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 4:18 AM

"It's entirely possible that California Attorney General Jerry Brown is the only thing standing between Meg Whitman and the White House."

Co-authored by Jerry Roberts

In the middle of a press scrum at the Republican state convention on March 12, Meg Whitman laughed out...

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eMeg's Pander on the Right Hurts Her Against Brown in CA Gov Race

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 11:51 AM

By Phil Trounstine and Jerry Roberts

By lurching to the right to defeat Steve Poizner for the Republican nomination for governor, Meg Whitman has eroded her standing among independents and moderates, women and Latinos - all key constituencies in a general election against Democrat Jerry Brown.

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Goldman Sachs: False Equivalency in the California Governor's Race

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 2:55 PM

Co-authored with Jerry Roberts --

One of the more persistently perverse practices of MSM journalism is the "false equivalence fallacy," a technique too often seen in political stories, when reporters aim for even-handed balance but end up badly misleading readers.

A case study is the

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Palin Channeled Feinstein with Sneaky Palm Notes

(12) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 9:59 AM

When Sarah Palin wrote a cheat sheet for an interview on her hand, liberal pundits gleefully bashed her. But only Calbuzz will tell you that the ex-Republican veep candidate in doing so was simply following in the, uh, footsteps of California senior Senator Dianne Feinstein.

From Arianna Huffington to Andrea...

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Secrets of Secret Jerry Brown Tapes Revealed

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 12:59 AM

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine

Consumer Watchdog, the public interest group engaged in a major beef with Attorney General Jerry Brown's office, has posted transcripts of the now-famous secret recordings made by Scott Gerber, former press secretary to the AG.

The Calbuzz Archival Research &...

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Inside Story: Why Newsom's Gubernatorial Bid Collapsed

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 6:07 PM

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's publicly-stated reason for dropping out of the Democratic race for governor was the absolute truth: "With a young family and responsibilities at City Hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to -- and...

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Why Indie Voters Don't Make California Purple

(4) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 9:33 AM

Co-written by Jerry Roberts

In recent years, some pollsters, pundits and consultants have pointed to declines in partisan voter registration, along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's two elections, to question California's reputation as a left-leaning "blue state" and to argue that it is in fact a post-partisan "purple state."

Exhibit A,...

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