Candidates for state superintendent debate

Folks with a keen interest in the race
for state superintendent for public instruction, and with a free
Friday night should check out what will likely be a lively debate
between the candidates.

The debate will actually take place
Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sacramento Convention Center.
However, it will be taped and broadcast at 7 p.m. that night on the California

Sen. Gloria Romero and Assemblyman Tom
Torlakson will face off in the debate, and controversial education
reforms backed by President Barack Obama are likely to take center
stage. Romero is for them; Torlakson is not.

Former school superintendent Larry
Aceves and teacher Diane Lenning will also participate in the debate.

The debate is co-sponsored by California’s PTA and the
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.

If you don’t catch the Friday night
showing, visit
for a rebroadcast schedule.

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:

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

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:

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.”

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.

Brown up next to finally declare candidacy

Attorney General Jerry Brown is finally going to declare his candidacy for governor Tuesday, the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

Brown has been the presumed Democratic candidate for months, but it he has yet to actually declare his intention to run.

Brown will declare online Tuesday, and followup with press interviews Wednesday and Thursday, the Bee reports.

Poizner officially declares candidacy

State Insurance Commissioner Steve
Poizner officially declared his candidacy for governor today.

He submitted his paperwork at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

want to deploy a series of smart, common sense, conservative solutions
that will get this great state back on track. My campaign is about cutting taxes
across-the-board to bring jobs back to California,” he said in a statement.

N.J.: Governor’s race too close to call

The New Jersey governor’s race is too close to call between Republican Chris Christie and Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, according to the Associated Press’s exit poll.
Voters said their top concerns were the economy and jobs, followed by property
Corzine scored help from President Obama during his campaign but faced stiff challenges from Christie and Independent Chris Daggett.

Va. election: Republican McDonnell wins easily

In one of the few gubernatorial elections across the country, Virginia overwhelming elected Republican Bob McDonnell with nearly 60 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
Unofficial results showed McDonnell defeated Democrat Creigh Deeds in a state which has increasingly swung Democratic in recent elections, the AP reported.
Many saw the election as a early report card on President Obama, who won Virginia during his election, and the Democratic controlled-Congress before next years midterm elections.
McDonnell, a former state attorney general, will be the state’s first Republican governor in eight years.