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Edwards fans should flock to Clinton, Dellums says

Supporters of John Edwards seeking a new candidate following his withdrawal from the presidential race today should look to Hillary Clinton “based on substance and merit,” Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said this morning.

Dellums, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk spent Thursday barnstorming Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles on Clinton’s behalf. They started the day at Merritt College, where they were briefed on a green jobs training program before addressing the press.

dellums.jpgDellums said he was impressed in 2004 by Edwards’ “courageous” and “articulate” focus on narrowing the divide between America’s haves and have-nots, “and it is my view that Senator Clinton has done exactly the same thing.” By embracing the ideas and recognizing the needs of America’s mayors, as well as by deeming “untenable, unconscionable and un-American” the continued racial disparities in education, ecomomic opportunity and other areas, Clinton has distinguished herself “based on merit, based on substance, based on clear ideas,” he said.

“Too much of this campaign has been about issues that are not issues,” he said.

Newsom said the mayors chose to highlight the green jobs training program Monday because it’s working to better working families’ lives, protect the environment and conserve energy, and “that’s the spirit of the Clinton campaign… She understands the importance of taking these ideals and working together to make progress.”

Dellums chimed in that “jobs are the byproduct of a society’s commitment to solve other problems,” be it environmental protection and energy conservation, or crumbling infrastructure, or inadequate health care, or affordable housing. “And guess what: You can’t export these jobs. They all have to be done in the United States.”

Clinton in October named Dellums chairman of her campaign’s urban policy committee.

Villaraigosa was asked why Latinos should support Clinton when only Obama has expressed support for granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. He replied that Clinton “has a strong record in support of immigration reform” which would include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but that Latinos “don’t define ourselves by just one issue… We make decisions based on the totality of issues and experiences.”

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, Gavin Newsom, General, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Oakland, Ron Dellums | 20 Comments »

John Edwards withdraws, too

This just in from CNN:

edwards.jpgFormer Sen. John Edwards is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN has learned.

Edwards has told top advisers about his decision. It is expected he will announce it at a speech in New Orleans, Louisiana, at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Edwards had amassed 26 delegates in the race for the Democratic nomination.

New Orleans is the same city in which Edwards declared his run to be the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee.

Edwards’ campaign Web site said he was to deliver an address on poverty and work on a Habitat for Humanity project in New Orleans on Wednesday.

Edwards has trailed former first lady Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the early primaries, including a third-place finish in Tuesday’s Florida primary, with 14 percent of the votes. He also came in third in key races in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

An Edwards aide said that he does not plan to endorse either Clinton or Obama, at this time, but he may do so in the future.

And then there were two. Well, three if you count Mike Gravel.

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Gravel | 2 Comments »

Giuliani is pulling the plug

From the Washington Post, regarding John McCain‘s big win in Florida today:

giuliani.jpgFormer New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose status as “America’s Mayor” catapulted him to the head of the GOP field for most of last year, finished third. His speech to supporters had the feel of a goodbye, and top aides said he plans to drop out Wednesday and endorse McCain in California ahead of a debate there.

Speaking in Orlando as tears ran down his staffers’ faces, Giuliani said: “I’m proud that we chose to stay positive and run a campaign of ideas. We ran a campaign that was uplifting. You don’t always win but you can always try to do it right.”

Ouch, that’s gotta hurt (though it can’t be too surprising, given how Giuliani’s “Florida or bust” strategy clearly wasn’t working out in recent weeks) for America’s Mayor’s staunchest supporters here in California: former Giuliani subordinate and 2002 gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon; Silicon Valley venture capital mogul E. Floyd Kvamme; Hoover Institution senior fellow Abraham Sofaer; an array of California businesspeople; some Bay Area folks who were advising him on health care; and others.


No, there’s no good reason for me to be re-running this photo from last March. I just like the hand gesture.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: Elections, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Oakland, SF mayors hit the road for Hillary

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will barnstorm three cities tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 30, to hold press events promoting Hillary Clinton’s economic stimulus package. They’re bound for Oakland’s Merritt College in the morning, Sacramento’s Quinn Cottages at midday and Clinton’s East Los Angeles campaign headquarters in the late afternoon, talking on themes including the foreclosure crisis and the needs of working families.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: Elections, Gavin Newsom, Hillary Clinton, Oakland, Ron Dellums, Sacramento | No Comments »

Vote early, but not often.

In fact, don’t even think about it. This just in from Secretary of State Debra Bowen‘s office:

SACRAMENTO – A Weed man was charged today with one felony count accusing him of casting two ballots in the November 2005 Special Statewide Election following an investigation by Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s fraud unit. The voter allegedly cast one ballot by mail a week before that election and voted a second time at the polls on Election Day.

After conducting her official canvass for the special election, Siskiyou County Clerk Colleen Setzer noticed the apparent double voting and alerted the Secretary of State’s office. An investigation by the Secretary’s Election Fraud Investigation Unit concluded that Dennis Roy Roberts had indeed voted by mail and also at the polls. A forensic handwriting expert confirmed the signatures on the ballot and precinct documents both belong to Roberts.

The November 2005 special election ballot contained eight statewide initiatives. Also on the ballot in Siskiyou County was a Measure A, a local bond benefiting the Siskiyou Joint Community College District, which voters approved. Roberts is Athletic Director at College of the Siskiyous.

“The Presidential Primary Election is a week away and the message here is if you vote more than once in California, you will be caught,” said Secretary Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer. “Voter fraud is not acceptable, and I applaud Colleen Setzer and her staff for their vigilance in helping keep California elections clean.”

Siskiyou County District Attorney J. Kirk Andrus charged Roberts with one count of Elections Code Section 18560(b), voting more than once. It is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: Debra Bowen, Elections | No Comments »

Presidential hopefuls brace for CA’s Super Tuesday

With 20-plus primaries set for Tsunami Tuesday on Feb. 5, the presidential candidates and their surrogates won’t have too much time to linger in California.

But we will see all the candidates touch down in Southern California for CNN-sponsored debates this week. The Republicans debate on Wednesday, while the Democrats will face off on Thursday. Both debates will air live from 5-7 p.m. on CNN.

He’s not on the ballot but President George Bush will be in California on Wednesday, as well, with a planned speech on the economy in Southern California followed by a fund-raising trip to the Bay Area later that day. (He’ll be in Hillsborough raising big bucks for the Republican National Committee.)

Here’s a quick rundown of the balance of the candidates’ Golden State schedules as of this moment and believe me, it can shift on a dime:

— Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak at the Commonwealth Club on Thursday. Click here for details.

— Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain will attend fundraisers Thursday in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

— Former GOP Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will be in Sacramento Friday although details remain sketchy.

— New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton will host a fund-raiser in San Francisco Friday night at the Orpheum Theatre.


— Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will speak at San Jose State University on Friday morning.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: 2008 presidential primary | No Comments »

Campaigns heat up in California

One week to go… and here they all come!

Former U.S. Senator and 2000 Democratic presidential primary candidate Bill Bradley is stopping by Barack Obama‘s San Francisco campaign office this afternoon to rally the troops.

Hillary Clinton got an endorsement today from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, a notable boost from someone with the credibility to blunt accusations of racial politics lingering from South Carolina. Clinton also is launching a new Spanish language television ad in markets up and down the state today. (UPDATE @ 2:54 P.M. TUESDAY: Obama has a new Spanish-language ad, too.)

John McCain today rolled out his California leadership team, headed up by former Secretary of State Bill Jones and including GOP VIPs such as Fresno Mayor Alan Autry; Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca; former state Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte; Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River; former Reps. Doug Ose and Steve Kuykendall; and others. McCain will be in California on Thursday raising funds: a $1,000-a-plate breakfast at the Omni Hotel in San Francisco, and a $2,300-a-head evening reception in Los Angeles.

Mike Huckabee will address the Commonwealth Club of California at noon Thursday in San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel.

John Edwards will be in Los Angeles on Friday, joining striking Writers Guild members on a picket line at midday before taking part (with Clinton and Obama, of course) in the CNN/LA Times/ Democratic candidates’ debate that evening. And at 9:45 a.m. Friday, he’ll hold a “special community event” at San Jose State University’s Barret Ballroom.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Huckabee | 14 Comments »

Schwarzenegger video of the week

Yep, you guessed it…

Previous SVOTWs: January 22, January 15, January 8, January 1, December 25, December 18, December 11, December 4, November 27, November 20, November 13, November 6, October 30, October 23, October 16, October 9, October 2, September 25, September 18, September 11, September 4, August 28, August 21, August 7, July 31, July 24, July 17, July 10, July 3, June 26, June 19, June 12, June 5, May 29, May 22, May 15, May 8, May 1, April 24, April 17, April 10, April 3, March 27, March 20, March 13, March 6, February 27, February 20, February 13, February 6, January 30.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: Arnold Schwarzenegger | No Comments »

Bush ignores permanent bases ban

Remember how Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and others fought long and hard to impose a ban on spending any money to establish permanent military bases in Iraq? Well, President Bush doesn’t want to be bound by that, so he’s reserving the right to ignore it.

The White House issued a sigining statement yesterday for H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.

“Provisions of the Act, including sections 841, 846, 1079, and 1222, purport to impose requirements that could inhibit the President’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, to protect national security, to supervise the executive branch, and to execute his authority as Commander in Chief,” the statement says. “The executive branch shall construe such provisions in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President.”

Read as: You can’t make me.

Here’s section 1222, which the president says may cramp his style:

No funds appropriated pursuant to an authorization of appropriations in this Act may be obligated or expended for a purpose as follows:
(1) To establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq.
(2) To exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: Barbara Lee, Iraq, President Bush | No Comments »

Antioch man stumps for McCain in Florida

Antioch advertising consultant Allen Payton is in Miami where he’s been since Friday campaigning for GOP presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Today is the primary election in Florida, and Payton said this morning that he expects to be on the phone call day calling voters. Payton is the co-chairman of McCain’s campaign in Contra Costa County, and if McCain wins in the 10th Congressional district, Payton will go to St. Paul in September as a McCain delegate to the national Republican convention.

“They’re bringing in food nonstop so we don’t have to leave the office,” Payton said via cell phone.

Payton took the photo on the right in a McCain’s West Palm Beach campaign office. Another East Bay resident, Don Marshall of Piedmont is the second man from the right.

In an email Monday, Payton wrote, “Hey. Just got back from the rally in Tampa. Great event. Gov. Charlie Crist introduced Sen. McCain. Met some local and state elected officials who were in attendance. Walked out with the McCains and former Navy Sec’ty John Lehman to the Straight Talk Express.”

Not missing an opportunity to put in a small dig at McCain’s chief rival, Mitt Romney, here’s what Payton wrote write in an e-mail on Sunday: “Took a quick drive down Ocean Blvd, today to see the Atlantic Ocean and ran into a fundraiser for Romney. Security blocking the street asked me if I was there for Gov. Romney, as I drove by with my coat in the window with a McCain sticker on it. Had to say “No” and drive on. Lots of pretty people getting out of fancy cars in a very high-end neighborhood of estate-type homes with lots of valet parking attendants around.”

Update: Here’s a photo of Payton today at McCain headquarters, where he’s hoping to leave later and head for the victory party in Miami tonight. (Payton is the guy in the blue Hawaiian shirt. Nice of him to dress up for phone-call duty.)

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Under: 2008 presidential primary | No Comments »