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Poll: Palin ‘top villian,’ Hillary’s ’3 a.m.’ top ad

Some results from a poll of Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine subscribers:

Who would you say was the “Best Villain” of the 2008 election?

  • Sarah Palin 23%
  • Joe Lieberman 17%
  • John Edwards 16%
  • Michelle Bachmann 7%
  • Rudy Giuliani 6%
  • Ron Paul 5%
  • Elizabeth Dole 4%
  • Barack Obama 4%
  • John McCain 3%
  • Other 12%
  • Don’t Know 3%
  • Which of the following political advertisements would you say was the “Best TV spot” of the 2008 election?

  • Hillary Clinton – “3 AM” 31%
  • Barack Obama – “The Moment” 24%
  • John McCain – “Celebrity” 11%
  • Mike Huckabee – “Chuck Norris Approved” 9%
  • Bill Richardson – “Job Interviews” 7%
  • Mitt Romney – “Experience Matters” 3%
  • Republican National Committee – “Storm” 3%
  • Mike Gravel – “Throws a Rock in a Lake” 1%
  • Other 4%
  • Don’t Know 6%
  • Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
    Under: 2008 presidential election, General | No Comments »

    Martinez residents interviewed in D.C.

    Check out CCT reporter Meera Pal’s interview with Martinez resident Tim Farley, his son and two friends who attended the inauguration in Washington, D.C. Pal outlined her visit with the Farley group at the CCT blog On Assignment.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
    Under: Inauguration 2009 | No Comments »

    McNerney introduces resolution honoring US Airlines pilot

    Chesley B. Sullenberger III

    Chesley B. Sullenberger III

    Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has introduced a resolution in Congress to honor U.S. Airlines pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger of Danville.

    Sullenberger, for those of you who have been in a cave, heroically landed a disabled airliner in the Hudson River, New York, and all passengers and crew were rescued.

    Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, also joined in praising Sullenberger, stating that “Captain Sullenberger and his crew exemplify professionalism and selflessness, and they are an example for us all. 150 Americans are alive today because of the training and dedication shown by the pilot and crew.”

    Read on for the press release and the resolution text: Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
    Under: Congress, congressional district 11 | No Comments »

    Get your swearing-in tidbits here

    In the course of interviewing East Bay folks out in Washington, D.C., for the swearing-in of Barack Obama, I obtained some fun details that didn’t make it into the main story:

    Cell phones took a hit during the inauguration but not because the transmission system broke down. Someone stole Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover’s phone. Saint Mary’s College government affairs director Tim Farley lost his cell phone somewhere downtown in the mad crush. And Ken Kilday of Martinez left his phone at the San Francisco Airport. (But TSA found it so he’ll get it back.)

    At least Tim Farley  didn’t lose his phone a day earlier. He was staying in a hotel room offered to him by a reporter (not this newspaper) who couldn’t use it. Early Tuesday morning, a shopping center next door caught on fire, smoke poured into the hotel and the power went out. He had to evacuate using his cell phone as a flashlight.

    There were some celebrity sightings, of course.

    Veteran Contra Costa political consultant Tom Koch ate dinner at the the Blue Duck Tavern and sitting at the next table was actor Ben Affleck. He also saw CIA director nominee and former Clinton administration chief of staff Leon Panetta talking on the cell phone in Lafayette Square “just like any other tourist.”

    Koch also made a very important observation: Standing on newsprint helps insulate your feet from the cold ground. This is yet another reason why newspapers cannot and must not die.

    Lynda Kilday, advocacy coordinator for the Contra Costa Child Care Council, says Mariah Carey waved at her. Well, maybe she just waved in her direction but “she could have been waving at us.” The Kildays were standing at the front of the standing section and Carey was seated near the back of the seated section.

    Lynda also offered some very interesting advice on the use of those chemical handwarmers: They are not just for pockets. She put them in her shoes, her gloves and under her hat. It’s good thing her husband bought them in bulk at Big 5.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    Under: Inauguration 2009 | No Comments »

    Barbara Lee’s statement on the inauguration

    This just in from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus:

    The inauguration of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States is a transformative chapter in American history, signaling a dramatic shift in our nation’s politics and priorities. It is an extraordinary event that illustrates to our neighbors abroad that America has made tremendous progress in breaking down racial barriers that have historically paralyzed our nation.

    When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke a generation ago of the dream he held for America, he envisioned exactly this type of moment, where a man was judged by his character, his intellect and his hard work — and not by the color of his skin or his race or his ancestry. Now, children of color everywhere can truly dream without limitations and actualize the true promise of this great land. When a young child of color aspires to one day be the President of the United States, we can assure them, “Yes, you can!”

    Let us celebrate this historic achievement, but understand that we have much work to do to bring about the change that this country so desperately needs. I pledge to do everything within my power to help President Obama reverse the damaging policies of the last eight years, and to positively move our nation into its remarkable third century – one that begins to unshackle the burdens of our past and is limited only by our capacity to dream a new future.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    Under: Barbara Lee, Inauguration 2009, U.S. House | No Comments »

    Mills students missed the Mall, but were inspired

    Last month, I wrote an article that included mention of “Mills On A Mission,” a contingent of a dozen Mills College students who banded together to raise funds for a week-long trip centered on the inauguration. The young women wanted to bring the event’s feelings of power and momentum back from the National Mall to Mills’ campus, and they decided a team effort was best.

    Sadly, they didn’t make it onto the Mall today. Even having caught the first Metro train from Alexandria, Va., and making it into the city by 5 a.m. EST, they got caught in a massive crowd behind a Mall gate that never opened, organizer Tracy Peerson-Faye told me a few minutes ago.

    “We basically got corralled down the street and had nowhere to go,” she said, describing a scene of thousands packed cheek to jowl, cheering and chanting Obama’s name but “as the hypothermia started to set in” growing more and more frustrated. Finally, as a police bus moving down the street forced the crowd into an even smaller space, “we had to leave because it was no longer physically safe for us to be there.”

    They linked arms and fought their way out through the crowd – “We had to find a place to go and try to warm ourselves” – and resolved to head for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, where they knew the swearing-in would be viewable on a big screen. They could see the Capitol’s dome from there, a bittersweet reminder of how much closer they’d almost gotten.

    “But even within the (museum) building, there was an atmosphere – this energy of the crowd, of excitement, I think almost a feeling of being overwhelmed by the significance of what today was,” she said.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    Under: Inauguration 2009, Oakland | No Comments »

    Barbara Boxer’s statement on the inauguration

    This just in from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and sometime Oakland resident:

    Today, as I watched Barack Obama be sworn into office as our 44th President of the United States, I was overwhelmed with pride and emotion, and reminded of what is best about this country.

    As someone who lived through the civil rights movement and saw African-Americans shunted to the back of the bus, I cannot help today but think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who forty-seven years ago stood on steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke of his dream—that his four children would one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

    Today, that long-awaited, long-fought-for dream of equality has been realized.

    And while we must celebrate this extraordinary, historic moment in our nation’s history, we also must heed the call of President Obama who told us that, “starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

    The challenges we face today are as difficult as any I can remember in my adult lifetime—but I am confident that we have elected a President who has the fortitude and wisdom to lead us to a better future.

    In foreign policy, it’s a new day, as our President said America is willing to extend its hand to the world if people will unclench their fists.

    I stand ready to help our new President every step of the way as we work to turn our economy around, bring a responsible end to the war in Iraq, and confront the many challenges facing us- from healthcare to education to protecting our environment.

    I am ready to work for the change we all believe in.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    Under: Barbara Boxer, Inauguration 2009, U.S. Senate | 1 Comment »

    SF’s Bush Street becomes ‘Obama Street’

    Tim Evans, 32, of San Francisco just sent us these photos, where pranksters altered signs along San Francisco’s Bush Street with “Obama” signs (click to enlarge):

    Signs all along Bush Street had been changed with paper printouts attached by double-faced tape. “I thought, ‘My God, that’s great. What a bunch of merry pranksters,”’ Evans said.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    Under: General, Inauguration 2009 | No Comments »

    Scenes from the inauguration and McNerney react

    Andy Stone, head flak for Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, sent me these photos from the inauguration ceremony this morning.

    Meanwhile, here is what McNerney said about Obama:

    “Today, we celebrate an extraordinary moment in American history as Barack Obama becomes America’s 44th President and the first African-American to lead our nation. It is truly a historic day and this is a great new beginning for our country. President Obama’s inauguration renews faith in the power of ordinary Americans coming together to create monumental change”

    “I look forward to working with President Obama to address our country’s urgent priorities: reversing the course of our economy, creating millions of new jobs, especially those through new energy technology, making health care more affordable and keeping America safe and secure.”

    Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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    Inauguration 2009: Walnut Creek

    This just in from Times reporter Elisabeth Nardi, who is at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek for the Obama inauguration.

    “Hundreds gathered at Lesher Center in WC. CSPAN plays on large theater screen. A shot of Schwarzenegger on the screen draws jeers from the crowd. One woman in line said it’s weird to take the morning off from work and still get up early.”

    Interesting about the jeers for Schwarzenegger. It happened in Richmond, too.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    Under: Inauguration 2009 | No Comments »