DeVore, Campbell face off tonight minus Fiorina

U.S. Senate hopefuls Chuck DeVore and Tom Campbell will face off tonight at a debate in Brandman University in Irvine, but the third GOP competitor in the race, Carly Fiorina, has opted out.

Apparently Fiorina’s camp doesn’t think the debate’s moderator, Brandman assistant professor Mike Moodian, would be impartial, so they declined the invite.

Judge for yourself by watching the debate from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/brandman-university-townhall

Reform haters have tea party in Rep. Schiff’s toilet


In an act of total defiance against health care reform, an opponent filled a toilet in Rep. Adam Schiff’s Pasadena office with tea bags, causing it to overflow.

While some Democrats who voted in favor of health care reform have faced serious threats and vandalism from opponents of the legislation, Schiff called the act of opposition in his office “downright silly.”

“It was a minor nuisance,” he said.

Schiff said the “vast majority” of correspondence and calls to his office have been thoughtful and respectful in tone.

“There have been exceptions, some have been
downright vile, racist, others have been vaguely threatening – you
are going to pay in more ways the one kind of language, but nothing I
consider a security issue… and those are the aberrations.”

Still, Schiff said he is concerned
about the nationwide tone that has “gone from bad to worse” since
the vote.

“It’s been a gradual degradation of
the civil dialogue of the last several years, where people feel like
it’s okay to say anything when they are in opposition to a point of
view. You see it on the House floor – people calling the president
‘liar’ and yelling ‘baby killer’ and outside, with people spitting on
members of Congress, and yelling racial epithets,” Schiff said.

“Everyone needs to take a deep breath
and remember what this country was founded on: an ideal of
competition in the marketplace of ideas,” he continued.

Whitman spends $27.2 million on campaign in three months

In case you missed it, billionaire candidate Meg Whitman is shattering campaign spending records – spending $27.2 million in the first 11 weeks of this year alone.

Combined with the $19.4 million she spent last year, that’s a total of 46.6 million, and the primary is still more than two months away. All but some $8 million of that came from her own pocket, the San Jose Mercury News is reporting.

And with only $4.5 million on hand, she is probably going to have to cut herself another check soon, the paper reports.

Read the full story at:


http://www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_14736848?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1

Former Covina Mayor Allen supports Whitman

Former Covina Mayor Walt Allen is the latest GOP politico to endorse former eBay CEO Meg Whitman for governor, Whitman’s camp announced today.

Allen, who is also former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Correctional Safety for the
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), switched his earlier endorsement for Poizner.

Allen’s reason:

“Meg Whitman is the
best candidate to turn California around. More than anyone
else running, Meg believes the safety of our communities and our
families can never be sacrificed. She will work closely with local law
enforcement to make certain justice is delivered fairly and quickly,” he said. 

Poizner launches ad targeting undocumented immigrants


Gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner
continues to frame himself as the anti-undocumented immigrant
candidate.

Tomorrow he’ll start running a
30-second ad blasting the estimated 2.6 million undocumented
immigrants living in California for the toll they take on the state’s
budget and economy.

Poizner’s immigration platform
includes:

  • Cutting taxpayer-funded benefits
    to undocuments mmigrants, including ending in-state tuition for
    undocumented immigrants at state colleges and universities

  • Holding employers responsible for
    following the law, including revoking business licenses from
    businesses that knowingly hire undocumented immigrants

  • Ending sanctuary city practices,
    including reporting all undocumented immigrants arrested for
    criminal activity to federal immigration authorities.

  • Securing borders, including
    creating a multi-state national guard partnership

Immigrant rights advocates are none too
pleased with the new ad. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los
Angeles (CHIRLA) executive director Angelica Salas released this statement: 

“Newsflash to California
gubernatorial candidate Stephen Poizner: more than forty-five percent
of the residents in the Golden State are immigrant and they live in
virtually all 58 counties. More than sixty percent of students in the
Los Angeles Unified School District are sons and daughters of
immigrants and U.S. citizens. Immigrants comprise one-third of the
labor force and through their entrepreneurial spirit have created
72,839 jobs and generated more than $19.5 billion in sales in
California.

The next leader in California must be
willing and able to unite Californians during tough times not divide
them by pitting one population against another. The next leader in
California must know that under federal and state mandate all
children have the right to receive an education for the benefit and
well being of our society. The next leader in California must care
about the state’s history of immigration and must be aware that
undocumented immigrants do not qualify for many social and medical
services they are accused of overwhelming.

Candidates like Stephen Poizner must
lead forward not take us back to a time we fought long and hard to
leave behind. Poizner must fully understand and learn about the state
he is interested in governing before he decides to take one more step
towards his own defeat.”

Poll: Whitman leads both Poizner and Brown



Meg Whitman’s year of campaigning for
governor seems to be doing the trick.

According to the latest Field
Poll results released today, the former eBay CEO holds a huge 49-point lead over
her GOP rival Steve Poizner in the Republican primary and a three-point lead over Democrat
Attorney General Jerry Brown in a general election matchup.

The poll results:

Last January The Field Poll found
Whitman leading Poizner by twenty-eight points – 45% to 17%, with
38% of likely voters undecided.

Now, in a survey completed this week,
Whitman’s lead has grown to forty-nine points – 63% to 14%. Those
who are undecided or favor other candidates amounts to 23%.

Last October Whitman trailed Brown by
twenty-one points. In January she had cut Brown’s lead in half to
ten points. Whitman’s upward trend in support has continued to
where she now holds a three-point lead over Brown – 46% to 43% -
among likely voters in this November’s general election.

Brown continues to hold a large
preference lead over Poizner in a general election match-up. In this
setting Brown is preferred by 49% while 32% choose Poizner, similar
to what was found last January.

Check out the full results at

http://field.com/fieldpollonline/subscribers/Rls2330.pdf

U.S. Senate debate begins soon

The three GOP candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer will meet for the first time in a few minutes for a radio debate.

Chuck DeVore, Tom Campbell and Carly
Fiorina will discuss national security, terrorism, and the economy from
noon to 1 p.m. on KTKZ’s The Capitol Hour with Eric Hogue.

Listen at www.ktkz.com

Mountjoy endorses Poizner for Governor

Former state senator and Monrovia mayor Richard Mountjoy is giving his endorsement to Steve Poizner for governor, the candidate’s camp announced today.

Mountjoy was the 2006 Republican nominee for
the U.S. Senate, the mayor of Monrovia from 1968-1976, state assemblyman from 1978-1995 and state senator from 1995-2000. 

Mountjoy was also the author of Proposition 187, which limited undocumented immigrants access to state services, and cited that as one reason for giving his support to Poizner.

From the news release:


“I
intend to vote for Steve Poizner for Governor in this important
election.  As the Author of Prop 187, I am outraged that Meg Whitman
has said on record numerous times that she opposes Prop 187.  It is
unacceptable for a candidate of our party,” said Mountjoy.  “Steve
Poizner has been a steadfast leader in our party and is the only
candidate who will fight to end public funding of abortion.  Steve
Poizner has proven he can slay the beast of government spending.  He
cut spending at the Department of Insurance by 15%, and he will bring
that same determination to the Governor’s office.”

The
vast majority of conservative leaders in California have rallied behind
Steve Poizner, including Governor George Deukmejian, CA Americans for
Prosperity Chairman Peter Foy, former CRA President Mike Spence, Ward
Connerly, Orange County GOP Chairman Emeritus Tom Fuentes, Orange
County Supervisor Pat Bates, President of the National Tax Limitation
Committee Lew Uhler, and eight former Chairs of the California
Republican Party.

Congressional Dem candidates trail Republicans in generic ballot


Forty-four percent of voters would vote
for their congressional district’s Republican candidate while only 36
percent would vote for their district’s Democratic candidate,
according to the latest Generic Congressional Ballot poll by
Rasmussen Reports.

The 8-point Republican lead is a stark
reversal for Democrats compared to last year, who led Republicans 41
percent to 39 percent a year ago.

For more on the poll, check out:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/generic_congressional_ballot

GOP candidates for Boxer seat face off

The three Republican candidates vying to oust Sen. Barbara Boxer from her seat in the U.S. Senate will sound off Friday March 5 during a debate broadcast online.

Chuck DeVore, Tom Campbell and Carly Fiorina will discuss national security, terrorism, and the economy from noon to 1 p.m. at a Sacramento radio station. 

The show — KTKZ’s The Capitol Hour with Eric Hogue — will be broadcast online at ktkz.com.