TWINC: Polls, the President, the GOP & Solyndra

On Friday night’s edition of “This Week in Northern California,” we talked about what recent California polls mean for the President, Congress and Republicans, as well as about the state GOP convention, plus the Solyndra bankruptcy debacle. Also, Belva Davis’ interview with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood


    I wonder why?

    “Sept 20 (Reuters) – Solyndra LLC’s chief executive and chief financial officer will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and decline to answer any questions put to them at a Congressional hearing on Friday, according to letters from their attorneys obtained by Reuters.”


  • John W

    Uh, because there is an ongoing investigation by the FBI; and because even a saint can be made to look like a fool and Hitler’s grandson when a congressional committee gets its hands on you.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Taking the Fifth could also mean grabbing a bottle of blended Scotch, rendering the subject inebriate.

  • Elwood

    @ #2

    Gee, and I was hoping that someone would explain the Constitution to me.

    I’m so naive that I figure if you have nothing to hide you should have no problem with testifying freely and truthfully.

    I see they lawyered up with two of the most politically connected law firms in the country.

    I guess all the mafioso and various other criminals were afraid of being abused by the mean old congressional committee when they “took da fit”.

  • John W

    “I’m so naive that I figure if you have nothing to hide…”

    Yes you are.

    If the FBI is snooping around, and congressional committees are looking for the next “Gate,” whether there is one or not, you lawyer up and you follow the advice of counsel. As I understand it, if you answer even one substantive question when testifying before Congress, you effectively waive the right to invoke the Fifth on other questions.

    If these guys or anybody in the government did anything improper or illegal, it’ll all come out. Be patient, my son.