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More CC supervisor mailers, these pro-Andersen

Voters have plenty of campaign mailers to peruse this election, especially in the highly competitive District 2 Contra Costa supervisor fight between Danville Mayor Candace Andersen and Contra Costa Community College board President Tomi Van de Brooke.

Yesterday, I posted mailers put out by independent expenditure committees who support Van de Brooke. Below, you’ll see a pro-Andersen mailer paid for by the Deputy Sheriffs Association PAC and one from her campaign.

Solar energy professor Sean White of Lafayette is also running, but he has no mailers. It takes money to send out mail and White has refused to take campaign contributions on the grounds that the process corrupts politicians.





Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: 2012 primary election, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics | 21 Comments »

Obama coming to Bay Area. Yes, again.

Back so soon? It’s like he was just here.

Oh, wait, President Obama was just here LAST week for an exclusive Atherton dinner fundraiser and a rally-type fundraiser in Redwood City on Wednesday evening and a small event Thursday morning with Asian American/Pacific Islander supporters in San Jose.

They're serving greens - get it?But he’ll be back again NEXT week for a fundraising luncheon Wednesday, June 6, in San Francisco’s Julia Morgan Ballroom, for which tickets cost $5,000 for general admission, $7,500 for admission plus a photo reception, or $50,000 to be a “table captain.”

The first $5,000 of a donation goes to the president’s re-election campaign, and anything above that goes to the Democratic National Committee for use in battleground states including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Iowa and New Hampshire.

The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci reports that campaign officials said another event, a “small roundtable,” is planned at Landmark at One Market Plaza.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One this morning that the president will go from San Francisco to Los Angeles for another campaign event that same day. On Thursday, he’ll hold an official, public event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before returning to Washington, D.C.

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama, campaign finance, Obama presidency | 1 Comment »

New voter #s: Registration up, parties down

I certainly hope all of you vote in next Tuesday’s election – all 17,153,699 of you.

That’s the total number of California’s registered voters, up by more than a million from this time four years ago, according to the new report issued Friday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

Partisanship continues to decline: The percentage of voters registered with a qualified political party decreased from 79.7 percent to 77.7 percent, while those with no party preference continued to tick upward from 19.4 percent to 21.3 percent over the past four years.

But perhaps there’s some good news for civic engagement: The percentage of registered voters compared to the number of people eligible to register has increased from 70 percent to 72.3 percent over the past four years.

Friday’s report reflects data gathered after registration closed May 21 for the June 5 primary, with updates to voter rolls in all 58 counties including removal of registrants who have died, moved out of state, or been determined to be ineligible to vote.

bowen.gif“If you are one of the millions of people registered to vote in the state, find your polling place on Tuesday and prove those pessimistic prognosticators wrong by driving up voter turnout for this important primary,” Bowen said in a news release.

“If you have a vote-by-mail ballot and still have not mailed it, remember that every single ballot must be turned in to county elections officials by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day and postmarks don’t count,” she said. “At this point, be safe and hand-deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to your county elections office or any polling place in the county in which you are registered.”

Polls are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; some county elections offices will be open over the weekend for early voting.

The Democratic Party saw its numbers decrease just a bit from 43.75 percent to 43.39 percent of all registered voters from May 2008 to now; the Republican Party saw a more pronounced decrease, from 32.53 percent to 30.24 percent.

Among the state’s minor parties, the Libertarian Party gained a tiny bit of ground, going from 0.49 percent to 0.55 percent, as did the American Independent Party, which went from 2.06 percent to 2.53 percent. The Peace and Freedom Party held rock-steady at 0.35 percent, and the Green Party declined a bit from 0.75 percent to 0.65 percent.

State law requires statewide voter registration data updates 154, 60 and 15 days before each primary election, and 60 and 15 days before each general election. An “off-year” update is released in February of years with no regularly scheduled statewide election.

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: 2012 primary election, voter registration | 3 Comments »

DiFi hosting fundraiser tonight for Senate Dems

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, though her campaign was the victim of a tremendous embezzlement, seems unconcerned enough about her own re-election race that she’s hosting a fundraiser tonight mostly for other Democratic Senate candidates.

The 6:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. dinner tonight at her home in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood will benefit the Heartland Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Feinstein; U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; North Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp; Nebraska U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey; and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Tester, Heitkamp and Kerry will attend tonight’s dinner.

Tickets for the dinner cost from $15,000 per person to $35,800 per couple. The first $5,000 of each contribution will be allocated evenly between Feinstein’s, Tester’s, Kerrey’s, McCaskill’s and Heitkamp’s campaigns; the next $30,800 of each contribution from a person, and the next $15,000 of each contribution from a multicandidate committee, will go to the DSCC.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee took its shots this morning.

“It’s funny how the road from North Dakota to Washington keeps leading Heitkamp through the hills of San Francisco and Los Angeles,” NRSC spokesman Lance Trover said in a news release. “If North Dakotans want to see who Heidi Heitkamp will stand with in Washington, they don’t need to look any further than to see who she is hobnobbing with in San Francisco.”

Kerrey, who lived and worked in New York City from 2001 to 2010 as a university president, got a similar verbal beatdown.

“Last week, Democrat Bob Kerrey wanted to keep outside money out of Nebraska yet today he’s collecting cash from Dianne Feinstein’s liberal friends in San Francisco,” NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox said. “It’s clear liberals in New York and San Francisco know that Bob Kerrey will once again be a loyal vote for their big government agenda of higher taxes and reckless spending.”

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: 2012 U.S. Senate election, campaign finance, Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate | 1 Comment »

Octogenarian Senate candidate scales mountain

Ain’t no mountain high enough for this 83-year-old U.S. Senate candidate and ex-Marine.

True to his promise, Republican candidate Don Krampe of Murrieta last week scaled Mount Whitney — the lower 48’s highest summit — to call attention to his campaign. Mount Whitney rises 14,505 feet; the campsite from which he made his ascent last Wednesday, May 23, is at about 10,000 feet. He returned from the 22-mile hike last Friday, May 25.

It’s safe to say that none of the other 22 candidates challenging U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in next week’s primary went to such great lengths – um, heights.

“We are running a grassroots campaign with a very small budget, this was the best way I could think of to get publicity for our campaign,” said Krampe. “The people in Washington are irresponsible with the taxpayers’ money and are in the pockets of lobbyists. When I get there, I will not sell out to special interest groups. My plan is to spend just one term in office and then come back home.”

Krampe said his priorities are balancing the budget, removing burdens on small businesses and securing the border.

And he said that although he’s in fine shape, the hike would’ve been more fun at age 40 or 50. Only Krampe and one other Senate candidate — Atherton Republican Greg Conlon, 79 — are older than Feinstein, 78.

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: 2012 U.S. Senate election, Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate | 4 Comments »

Romney releases web video of Solyndra visit

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney today released a web video featuring his visit yesterday to bankrupt solar manufacturer Solyndra in Fremont:

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Obama presidency | 2 Comments »