Dear Big Daddy,How did DiFi get played for such a fool? Dang!–Ponzi-watching in Poway
Dear The Ponz,When you’re a campaign finance manager, your number one goal is to stay out of the news. If you do that, everything else is probably going okay. By that measure — and, well, all others — Kinde Durkee ain’t
The Kinde Durkee scandal is spreading. A number of politicos have lost campaign funds, and there may be more. What impact, if any, will this case have on elections next year?
Because there are contribution limits at both the federal and state levels, much of the stolen money cannot be replaced. Donors who have already
“Given demographics and voting trends, realistically, what is the future of the Republican Party in California?”
Their immediate future (this political generation), appears to have ended in 1994 when Gov. Pete Wilson declared war on “illegal aliens.” Bye, bye, Latino vote.
Add toxic incompetence to that mix and you have another decade of decline. They
Dear Big Daddy,What do you think is wrong with the Legislature?–Sunny in Encinitas
The problem isn’t the elected officials. The problem is the people who elect them.
Never have I seen such an uninformed and disengaged voting public as I see today. Even in the worst days of Goodwin Knight or George
Ed’s Note: Big Daddy had to go to a funeral this week, so we’re running a favorite column that seems to have a life of its own.
Hey Big Daddy,I hear rumors all the time about legislative staffers having affairs with lawmakers, especially the women with their male bosses. Big Daddy, you know women. What
“The Battle for the City of Vernon is over. What was this fight really about? Who are the real winners and losers?”
Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Still not clear how this one became the fight
Hey Big Daddy,So, finally, for the first time in modern history, there may be two-thirds Democratic majorities in each house after next year’s elections. Are you happy?–Wondering in Westminster
Dear Wondering,I’m so happy I could spit.
It’s been a long-time coming, as my favorite pock-marked singer noted in the 1960s. When you follow the money,
“Amazon, which has put another $2.25 million into its effort to repeal California’s online sales tax law through a referendum, is gambling that voters ultimately will agree to eliminate the tax. What do you think – is Amazon right or wrong?”
Right. California is already too hostile to business, the voters know this.
Dear Big Daddy,Although I’m a Democrat, I just had a religious epiphany: Grover Norquist is the Antichrist and anyone signing his no-tax pledge now has the Mark of the Beast. So much for being the party of morals and religion. –Wondering WWJD
Dear Wondrous, Look, I got your letter but you didn’t ask a question.
Antonio Villaraigosa for governor in 2014? What are his chances against Brown, not to mention the others who might be in the same primary – Newsom, Harris, Chiang, even Lockyer?
Brown wins. Next question.
If it’s time to contemplate 2014 let’s go long: Philandering politicians Villaraigosa and Newsom split the middle-age-males-in-crisis vote; turnout disappoints Brown