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THE 2018 NOONER GENERAL ELECTION CONTEST
I finally have the contest programmed and ready for your participation. I dropped the two tie-breakers, and added a few more races. I've also changed the point values to emphasize the latest we know about competitiveness. The voter registration data is also the latest September 22 report (data as of September 7).
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You can come back to change your picks any time up to 12pm on Election Day--November 6.
Only the top 25 participants will be shown, but the individual race answers will not be listed. As I've done in the past, I will have a "Wisdom of the Crowds" page showing the percentages of each of the answers after there is a sufficient sample size of participants.
Thank you for your patience! There seems to be a lot going on!
GENERIC CONGRESSIONAL BALLOT: The current Real Clear Politics generic congressional ballot average of polls from 9/26-10/2/2018 has Democrats+7.2. (change from yesterday D-0.5)
For comparison purposes only: In the same period in 2014, Republicans had an edge of +2.4.
FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM PROJECTION UPDATE:
SPORTS PAGE: After defeating the Braves 6-0 in game 1 last night, the Dodgers host Atlanta at 6:37.
Happy Friday! You made it! After a cray-cray week, the weather looks beautiful this weekend.
Today, we have the vote on the Brett Kavanaugh cloture vote, with a final vote likely Sunday morning. If you have been at a silent yoga retreat for the last month, he is a nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.
People ask me what the impact will be of the hearings and nonstop news coverage will be. Honestly, non-affiliated analysts have no idea. It could go either toward the Republicans for a partisan victory, or to the Democrats for holding out and a very high turnout of women, particularly of young women. Or, it could have a non-discernible effect nationally, but will have localized impacts.
For example, I don't think it will have any impact on CA21--TJ Cox's (D) challenge to Congressman David Valadao (R). It could, however have a huge impact in CA45, where UC Irvine law professor Katie Porter (D) is challenging Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R). The law school alone could account for the outcome of the race.
This was yesterday at my beloved alma mater:
Hung and posted by students, but I am sure many faculty were smiling.
EAR TICKLER: Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos sit down with Gavin Newsom for KQED's Political Breakdown Podcast for a largely biographical discussion. Great listen. Another great one I listened to last night was the interview by David Axelrod of Meet the Press host and CNN political director Chuck Todd on The Axe Files. Great biographical discussion and talk about the state of our political system.
VOTER REG: Here's my spreadsheet of the comparison of voter reg % between 2014 and 2018. Yeah, I don't have mad Excel skillz, but it works for me for a quick look at comparing mid-term to mid-term. The "Count" row was just the easiest way to create a blank row in between districts.
U.S. SENATE: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall has a great in-depth on what makes Kevin de León tick:
Few politicians can match de León’s hard work, persistence and political instincts, yet few spend as much time dealing with people, even some political allies, who personally dislike them. The 51-year-old, who remains lean and tall, barely gray at the temples, characterizes it as the price of success.
“I’m willing to fight for what I believe in,” de León told me, “and willing to fight for what’s right.”
After 12 years in the Legislature, de León—the first Latino in modern history to lead the state Senate—is now forced out by term limits. He leaves a stack of accomplishments born of his penchant for aggressive politicking and his embrace of controversial legislation. Laws written by de León advance progressive priorities—combating climate change, helping workers save for retirement and protecting undocumented immigrants. . . .
Perhaps nothing de León has done is more polarizing than his challenge to [Dianne] Feinstein, a 26-year incumbent and Democratic legend. He is attacking her from the left, energizing progressives by framing himself as a more forceful resistance against President Trump. Yet with 32 U.S. Senate candidates on the ballot in the June primary, Feinstein not only trounced de León statewide, but also defeated him in his very own district. Then he scored a huge coup, convincing leaders of the California Democratic Party to endorse him.
GOV: A new ad titled Gavin Newsom for Governor - Are You Sh***ing Me? the "Restore Our Values" independent expenditure committee asks Gavin Newsom "Are You on Crack"? The committee's biggest funder is Los Angeles multi-family housing developer Geoff Palmer, who is a regular donor to GOP politics. Not surprisingly, he has given $2 million to the No on 10 (rent control) committee as one of the largest donors to that side. Palmer regularly has conflicts with Democratic elected/appointed officials in Los Angeles and has been accused of housing known drug dealers in his buildings.
The ad blames Newsom for the "clean needle" and straw "ban" which he of course wasn't involved in because he is, well, lieutenant governor.
PROP 8 (kidney dialysis centers): The two sides battling over whether the state should be able to regulate kidney dialysis centers have now raised a combined $100+ million, with 80% of it coming from the corporations that operate the clinics. The biggest company, DaVita, kicked in another $20.6 million yesterday, bringing its total to nearly $60 million. Fresenius added $3,937,440 today.
As someone posted on Twitter last night, there are two sides to the campaign:
PROP 10 (rent control): Also for CALmatters, Byrhonda Lyons and Matt Levin give a one-minute rundown of the rent control ballot measure. The opponents had raised $31.3 million through September 22, and $3.8 million since. More came in yesterday, including $1 million. Apparently, there's a lot of money in multi-family real estate...
On the "yes" side, backer AIDS Healthcare Foundation kicked in $5 million for the campaign. I saw my first "Yes" campaign commercial this morning after seeing dozens on the "no" side.
PROP 12 (farm animal confinement): For CALmatters, Byrhonda Lyons also has a one-minute rundown in Proposition 12.
CA10 (Stanislaus)/CA48 (Huntington Beach): I missed this one on Tuesday. For the Times, Joe Mozingo and Jazmine Ulloa look at the very different races on immigration issues between Republican congressmen Jeff Denham and Dana Rohrabacher based on the demographic make-ups of there respective districts.
Rohrabacher: “We went surfing down at Brookhurst, and Newport the day before,” the Republican congressman said, pointing out his teenage son and daughter. “What a wonderful place to live. We should all be grateful to God that we have this quality of life.
“But the quality of life will not survive if we have open borders and millions of …” Applause drowned out the rest.
More than 300 miles north, in Modesto, another Republican congressman’s relationship with California’s growing Latino population is more welcoming, even personal. Rep. Jeff Denham often speaks of his father-in-law, a Mexican immigrant who became a citizen. He talks about a young relative who benefited from an Obama-era program that allowed people brought to the United States illegally as children to study and work.
CA39 (Fullerton): For the Times, Christine Mai-Duc profiles Young Kim (R), the former Assemblymember who is running for congress in the race to succeed retiring Ed Royce (R). "Kim’s profile is as compelling as it is rare for someone running under the GOP banner: an immigrant, an Asian American and, perhaps most important, a woman in a year when female voter enthusiasm is surging. If she wins, she would be the first Korean American woman elected to Congress."
CA48 (Huntington Beach): For KQED, Guy Marzorati reports that congressional challenger Harley Rouda (D) is focused on showing up in his race against Dana Rohrabacher (R). "In his bid to defeat Rohrabacher in this historically Republican district, Rouda, a former Republican himself, has honed in on the most nonpartisan of messages: a critique of Rohrabacher's lack of engagement with constituents."
INSURANCE COMMISH: Joel Fox looks at the campaign of independent candidate Steve Poizner for insurance commissioner, who has captured a sweep of newspaper editorials. "Can a string of newspaper endorsements help an independent candidate or any candidate win the race for a seat that is not well understood by voters?" Poizner faces State Senator Ricardo Lara (D) in the low-profile race.
VEEP: In the Times, Michael Finnegan and Maya Sweedler write-up last night's Fullerton rally by former Vice President Joe Biden in support of the four Orange County Democrat congressional challengers and also TJ Cox, who is challenging David Valadao in CA22 (Kings). David Siders writes for Politico that his outreach is raising eyebrows "One month before the 2020 presidential primary begins in earnest, Biden continues to lead in early polls. He is ramping up his schedule of midterm campaign appearances and, perhaps more significantly, meeting with donors."
Biden/Harris 2020? That would be a helluva ticket, strictly from a political perspective.
CALPERS: Ed Mendel writes that CalPERS board president Priya Mathur lost re-election to Corona police officer Jason Perez. Perez campaign over re-aligning the pension board's investment in favor higher yields rather than the policy currently pursued of more socially responsible investments. Mathur is a Bay Area Transit District analyst who has serve on the board since 2002.
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CalPERS Board President Is Ousted In Election, Losing To Corona Police Officer
John Myers @ latimes.com
The president of the board of administration of CalPERS, the state’s largest public employee pension fund, lost her bid for reelection to a Corona police officer, the agency announced Thursday after tallying votes from members cast over the last two months.
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