Where’s Marco? Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member Missed ISIS Briefing to Attend Fundraiser
So Much for Republicans' Foreign Policy Candidate

It was more important to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to attend a fundraiser on the “left coast,” as conservatives call it, than a high-level briefing on the recent terrorist attack on Paris. That left the Republicans’ self-styled foreign policy candidate out of the loop on the biggest story in global news. Rubio said that he […]

Obama’s Job Approval Surges in California As Optimism Rises among Democrats

A Field Poll of California voters out this week [PDF] found Pres. Obama’s job approval rating has rebounded in the state to 57 percent — up 12 percentage points from five months ago when his approval rating was 45 percent. By party affiliation, the president’s job approval rating was 84 percent among Democrats, 54 percent […]

Poll: California Is Ready for Hillary


Percentage of California Democrats who say they will vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should she run for president in 2016, according to the Field Poll [PDF]. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren trailed Clinton with 17 percent. Among Republicans, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker led Florida businessman Jeb Bush by 2 percentage points, 18 to 16 percent. The poll also found that 19 percent of California Republicans are undecided.

Another Beautiful California Day – Democrats Roll to Victory In the Golden State

The weather is generally so nice in California that one local wag made a habit of abbreviating his sentiments every morning as he took in the pleasant coolness at daybreak. “A.B.C.D.,” Glen Wilcox, my mother’s husband, would say — shorthand for, “Another Beautiful California Day.” While the rest of the country reels from the results […]

We’re Number One! But Did the Voters Cheat?

A recent pronouncement that Florida is the scariest of all 50 states leaves us conflicted. I mean, hey, we’re number one at something! But looking closely at the criteria used, you can’t help but find the competition rigged. Realtors awarded this distinction, based on 15 things that incite fear, and placed Florida first in three […]

Getting Out the Pot-Head Vote

Cannabis clubs in San Jose are offering free pot and discounts to patients who go to the polls Tuesday and vote in several contested races. The Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition is organizing the Weed for Votes program as an effort to increase voter turnout at Tuesday’s election.

Los Angeles Times.

GOP Donor Handicaps Kashkari’s Chances at California Governorship

I have a better chance of being pope than he has of being governor.

— GOP donor Mark Chapin Johnson, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, on California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari (R).

Disney Charging Even More to Poison Young Minds


Jump in Disney’s profit, year over year, announced a few days before California’s Disneyland raised its price for visitors age 10 and up by $4, to $96 each. The price of a one-day “hopper” ticket between the Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure will soar $13, to $150 each.