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Audio interview with Vorderbrueggen

To listen to a 5-minute interview with me about last night’s election results, conducted by Times reporter Ryan Huff, see the link below. We talked about congressional District 11, the governor’s race and a few local races.

Just keep in mind that it was conducted at 2:30 a.m. and I’ll be a heck of lot more cogent once I’ve had some sleep!

Download file (mp3)

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
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McNerney topples Pombo

U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo, once thought invincible in a safe GOP seat, has been turned out by voters in the Democratic storm that roared across the country Tuesday.

With all the precincts tallied, Democratic challenger Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton held a solid lead of 6 percentage points and more than 10,000 votes.

At 12:12 a.m. Wednesday, McNerney stood in front of 10 American flags and hundreds of cheering supporters at the San Ramon Golf Club to declare victory.

“We won this thing — it’s ours,” he said, constantly interrupted by cheers. “I’m going to fight to create new jobs. We’re going to become the country we know we can be. I’m looking to you to help inspire me. It’s about the people — we won over the monied interests. It’s time to party.”

And just like that, the Phd mathematician who lost to Pombo two years ago by 60,000 votes, walked into the loud crowd like a rock star.

The race will go down in California history as a massive upset in a district where the incumbent held a 6-percentage point party registration advantage going into Tuesday’s election. No other district in the state has flipped parties with this large a registration gap.

For the full story, click here.

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
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McNerney declares victory

In a stunning turn of events, congressional District 11 Democratic challenger Jerry McNerney declared victory just after midnight over Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.

With three-quarters of the precincts counted, McNerney led by 4 percentage points. He was winning in three of the four counties. Only San Joaquin voters were supporting Pombo and not by as much as one would expect in the congressman’s home county.

Pombo’s campaign aides refused to concede, however, and said they would wait until all the votes have been counted.

“We won this thing — it’s ours,” McNerney said. “I’m going to fight to create new jobs. We’re going to become the country we know we can be. I’m looking to you to help inspire me. It’s
about the people — we won over the monied interests. It’s time to party.”

Pombo, meanwhile, has left his campaign party. His staff says he will hold a press conference on Wednesday.

Here’s what reporter Ryan Huff had to say about McNerney’s campaign party:

Just as the rain started to fall in San Ramon after midnight, the reign of Rep. Richard Pombo came crashing down too.

At 12:12 a.m. Wednesday, McNerney stood in front of 10 American flags and hundreds of cheering supporters to declare victory in a major Congressional upset.

“We won this thing — it’s ours,” he said, constantly interrupted by cheers. “I’m going to fight to create new jobs. We’re going to become the country we know we can be. I’m looking to you to help inspire me. It’s about the people — we won over the monied interests. It’s time to party.”

And just like that, he walked into the crowd like a rock star. People even started dancing to the tunes of the Doobie Brothers’ “Taking It To The Street” and U2′s “Beautiful Day.” Also blasting from the stereo: the Bill Clinton favorite, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.”

Speaking of the former president, he called McNerney around midnight to congratulate him.

“He told me if I speak up about renewable energy that I can really make a difference,” McNerney said.

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
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National political analysts: Links

If you’ve been asleep for two weeks and have missed the congressional predictions by the top national political analysts, here’s a set of links.

Note that some of the sites requires a subscription or membership, but a good deal of their material is free.

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia
Rothenberg Political Report
Cook Political Report

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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Congressional power score card sites

Want to track the Congressional power score card?

Here are some of the top television news web sites that I’ll be checking throughout the evening. If readers find others they want to share, post a comment or send me an e-mail at lvorderbrueggen@cctimes.com and I’ll add them to the list.

ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2006/
CNN: http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2006/
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/youdecide2006/index.html
MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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EMILY’s List predicts gains for women

EMILY’s List, a national fund-raising organization that promotes the candidacy of Democratic, pro-choice women, predicts historic gains for women in todday’s mid-term congressional elections.

For updates as polls close and results become available, visit www.emilyslist.org.

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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Check out Times Election Day photos

Click here for photo slideshow of Election Day events by Times’ photographers.

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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Did Abramoff send you an e-mail?

Proponents of Proposition 89, the public financing of campaigns initiative, shipped out a creative e-mail that appears to be from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

I didn’t know Abramoff was doing much e-mailing these days. (Has he gone into the pokey yet?)

One highly suspects that Abramoff did not write this e-mail, but here it is:

Dear Reform-Minded Voter,

If Prop 89 becomes law, lobbyists like me will not have the power we once did. This would be a huge problem for my friends and clients.

I was the Capitol’s top lobbyist and I had Washington wired. And now some people call me the poster boy for reform. Boy, that ticks me off. Do people understand that Prop 89 would make people like me and my clients less powerful in Sacramento?

California’s nurses, who are leading the campaign for Prop 89, claim they want to protect voters like they protect patients every day.

HMOs, drug makers, insurers and oil companies don’t need the nurses’ help, which is why they’ve put up millions to defeat Prop 89. Trust me, the special interests have things totally under control in California and it is working just great. That’s why my old lobbying firm set up shop in Sacramento recently. What will happen to them if Californians enact the tough reforms in Prop 89? Is anyone thinking about the lobbyists?

Prop 89 even bans lobbyists from making donations. How would we ever get anything done? Prop 89 strictly limits campaign contributions to ballot measure committees and politicians. You know what that’ll do? Leave us with fewer political ads. Whose idea was that?

And do you really want tougher laws to put politicians and lobbyists in jail? Aren’t California’s jails overcrowded enough?

Please, as my last request before I enter my own prison cell next week, don’t believe the California Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters’ campaign for Yes on 89. California politics has been working just great (for my clients anyway).

Most sincerely,
Jack Abramoff
Please forward my message on to your friends and family.

Editor’s Note: Prop 89, a campaign reform measure sponsored by the California Nurses Association, dramatically reduces the power of special interests over California politicians and limits out-of-control spending on ballot measures. Prop 89 bars lobbyists and state contractors from making political contributions and limits the amount that corporations, unions and other interest groups can contribute to politicians. Prop 89 allows candidates with broad grassroots support to receive funding for their campaigns in exchange for agreeing not to fundraise from special interests (or anyone). Prop 89 also limits corporate contributions to initiative campaigns to $10,000. Learn more about Prop 89.

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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Robert Redford just called me

No, he didn’t want to whisk me away to a life of wealth and leisure. (Don’t let my husband see this.)

He just wanted me to vote yes on Prop. 87, the oil-tax initiative.

Hey, don’t get me wrong: I still think it’s silly to try and lure voters with celebrities. But it’s okay to make an exception for Robert Redford, don’t you think?

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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Election Day

I’ll be arriving in the office mid-afternoon, where I plan to blog throughout the day and into the night as returns come in.

Our biggest race, aside from the many local contests, is the congressional District 11 contest between Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, and Democratic challenger Jerry McNerney. We’ll have two reporters at the candidates’ campaign event plus photographers will document the event and post pictures later tonight.

In addition to the www.contracostatime.com home page, you can click here to go directly to the Times’ politics page.

Unfortunately, I’ll be in the office compiling the information from my colleagues in the field and won’t be able to visit the many victory parties! Besides, I couldn’t figure out to be in two places at once, i.e., the Pombo and McNerney events, so I have opted for a neutral location.

So, don’t forget to vote and then tune in later for all the fun.

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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