Poizner launches ad targeting undocumented immigrants

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

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

  • 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

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


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:

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.

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:


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.

Condoleezza Rice endorses Whitman

Former Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice announced her support for gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman today.

Rice called Whitman a “proven leader.”

From Whitman’s news release:

“California is my home and there is only one
person running for Governor who can lead the way toward rebuilding our
state,” Rice said. “In my experiences in and out of government, I find
the most effective leaders to be those who maintain a clear vision,
mobilize diverse groups, and inspire them to work together in
confronting the most pressing challenges. That is why I am supporting
Meg Whitman. She is a proven leader who developed a small start-up
company into a global economic powerhouse and encouraged
entrepreneurialism at all levels of society. Meg will do what is needed
to get California back on track.”

am honored to receive Condoleezza Rice’s endorsement,” Whitman said.
“For years I’ve admired Condoleezza for her passion for spreading
democracy around the world and her long commitment to serving our
nation. She is truly a model for leadership.”

is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University
and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at
the Hoover Institution, a research center devoted to advanced study of
politics, economics and political economy as well as international


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.

Spence gives endorsement to Poizner as governor

Local Republican activist Mike Spence has given his endorsement to Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, praising his conservative views.


“I can tell you that Steve Poizner is the most conservative person that can win in the gubernatorial race and the only candidate with a plan to cut taxes across-the-board,” Spence said in a statement released this morning.


Spence is the immediate past president of the California Republican Assembly and president of the West Covina Unified School District Board of Education.

Spence blasted Poizner’s rival for the GOP nomination, businesswoman Meg Whitman, for her pro-choice stance.

“Steve’s opponent supports paying for abortions with tax dollars and that is unacceptable in a candidate for governor of our party,” Spence said.