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THE NOONER for May 16, 2014
Hope your Friday is treating you well. Unfortunately, my goal of timing John and Ken blather and commercials versus actual substance by Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari didn't succeed as I was stuck in awful traffic. You can listen to the event here (chopped up into 4 segments).
Kashkari went for Donnelly's jugular, and Donnelly largely laughed it off with the support of the rabid John and Ken audience in the room. Whether Kashkari was able to break through to the large drive-time audience of the show is the bigger unknown. Jerry Brown was invited to attend but did not; the hosts thus dressed up a skeleton and slapped bushy eyebrows and a "Jerry" name tag on it.
Keeping public focus on the real and important issues facing California will require a candidate who does not have to defend Tim Donnelly's bizarre votes and statements or his irresponsible personal behavior. Donnelly's record - not California's critical challenges - is what would inescapably become the focus of a Donnelly campaign.
With Tim Donnelly on the ballot, it would be a losing campaign, risking injury to our party and our state, and to other Republican candidates who deserve to win.
In other words, let's not make the short-term gain, long-term mistake of the 1990s.
...more after the jump...
Here's an update on the amazing independent expenditure totals for AD16 (Tri-Valley).
So, that's $1.4 million on behalf of Glazer, and $1.3 million on behalf of Sbranti. Folks, I get that it's now a 12-year investment in Assemblymembers, but they are still 1 out of 80.
Before, I gave you a list of the top IEs to date (here's the running report of IEs). Let's look at the cumulative total by candidate (separated between support and oppose). These include totals over $100,000:
CHEERS AND JEERS: The LAO will release its summary of the Governor's May Revision at 1:30pm today.
MEN COOK TOO: Campaign Potholder Offends Some Voters [Fox40]
AD17 (East SF): Entrepreneur and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman put up $200,000 to oppose David Campos. Marisa Lagos and John Cote report in the Chron "Just over two weeks before the primary, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced a $200,000 independent expenditure donation against Supervisor David Campos Thursday, saying he remains "appalled" by [Sheriff Ross] Mirkarimi's domestic violence conviction and by Campos' vote to keep the sheriff in office." Joining Hoffman in the IE is Gayle Conway with $49,000, wife of venture capitalist Ron Conway.
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Rick Jacobs, John Hanna (Saturday), Anthony Wright (Saturday), and Alan LoFaso (Sunday)!
The June 2014 NOONER Contest is now open!
Once again, The NOONER is providing an opportunity for you to prove your chops as a forecaster of California elections or, like I do with March Madness, show how little most of us really know.
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