Trump scores with California women — and everybody else

FILE - In this March 11, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in St. Louis. A possibly decisive presidential primary June 7 is going to take Republican candidates where they haven't been before, if they intend to collect as many delegates as possible toward the party's nomination. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Lots of coverage today on the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll that shows Donald Trump jumping out to a sizable lead over Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Here’s my story.

And here is the report: ppic report

First a disclaimer: The poll is focused primarily on statewide issues so when it gets down to just Republicans the margin of error increases. For the Republican primary results it was plus or minus 7.3 percent. The sample size decreases further when you get into Republican subgroups. That said, Trump was favored by every single subgroup measured by the poll, especially women.

Here’s the break down:

Candidate          Female     Male
Donald Trump 43%           35%
Ted Cruz           18%            33%
John Kasich     15%             14%

Candidate          18-54     Over 55
Donald Trump 41%         37%
Ted Cruz            28%        25%
John Kasich      12%         17%

Candidate         Yes          No
Donald Trump 36%       40%
Ted Cruz           24%       28%
John Kasich     18%       12%

Candidate         <$80k   >$80k
Donald Trump 46%          34%
Ted Cruz           26%          28%
John Kasich     12%           15%

Candidate           Very      Somewhat
Donald Trump  40%        39%
Ted Cruz            35%         34%
John Kasich      13%         10%




One minimum wage initiative qualifies for Nov. ballot

An initiative to increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 by 2021.

The Fair Wage Act of 2016 would raise California’s minimum wage from $10 to $11 in 2017 — and keep raising it $1 per year until it hits $15 in 2021. After that it would be adjusted to keep up with inflation.

The measure is backed by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West.

But there is a competing measure being circulated by another union to get to a $15 minimum wage one year earlier (2020). Voters will likely get to choose.


Hillary Clinton to talk terrorism at Stanford Wednesday


Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are already tripping over themselves to take the hardest line on terrorism in the wake of the Brussels attack.

Cruz proposed policing and monitoring Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. Trump said he agrees with Cruz 100 percent and continued to press for torturing terrorism suspects. He told  CNN that the recently-caught suspect in the Paris attack “would be talking a lot faster with the torture.” John Kasich said he opposed monitoring Muslim neighborhood in the U.S.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton will get her say when she delivers a counter-terrorism address at Stanford University. She was already planning to be in the Bay Area for a fundraising junket.

Earlier today, Clinton said:

“These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”



Swalwell (And Trump) on Brussels attack


Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, was the only local member of congress to issue (at least to me) a statement on today’s terrorist attack.

“I stand with the people of Belgium and mourn the loss of life,” Swalwell said. “Today’s attacks, on a 183-year ally and the host country to NATO, must not paralyze us with fear or go unanswered.

“This attack has an ISIS signature we’ve seen before,” Swalwell added. “They clearly are determined to plan and strike our allies across Europe, but have also demonstrated a reach that inspires lone wolves to attack us at home. We must not live in fear and should go about our regular activities, but our military must continue to pound ISIS in Iraq and Syria while our law enforcement and intelligence communities aggressively investigate all threats and leads at home.”

All of the presidential candidates issued statements as well, including Donald Trump who went on TODAY and  reiterated his support for torturing aggressively questioning terrorist suspects. Continue Reading


A San Francisco target for Trump protesters

555 california

With the Trump campaign gearing up for the California Primary, Protesters might target a ritzy San Francisco office building that is 30 percent owned by the Donald.

Trump is a minority partner in 555 California Street, which houses offices for several corporate giants including Microsoft and Bank of America.

More on his history with the building here.

After a little digging, it looks like the building is Trump’s only Bay Area asset. Not surprisingly, there’s some rumblings about protesting it.

This was posted Saturday IndyBay.