The Skinny

We were flummoxed this week when we saw the Viejas tribe donate $20,000 into an account controlled by Assemblyman Alberto Torrico.  We know the Assemblyman is considering a run for Alameda County supervisor, and that the money would be used for that campaign. But if members can just use controlled committees to raise money above and beyond the Proposition 34 limits for regular office-holder accounts, why don’t more members have them? Or do they?  … Meanwhile, the primaries have caused some Californians to get on the Obama bandwagon. Among them is Sacramento Democrat Darrell Steinberg, who switched his support from Edwards to Obama on Wednesday. “John and Elizabeth Edwards are great people who will always have my respect and admiration,” Steinberg said in a statement. “But Barack Obama offers America the best hope to unify the county and to bring about desperately needed changes in Washington D.C. I join with the millions of Americans who recognize this historic opportunity to support Barack Obama for President.”… Speaking of Obama, we couldn’t help but notice a bit of over-optimism in the Obama campaign Tuesday, which led to the biggest “oops” of the night Tuesday. When Obama finished his speech to New Hampshire supporters, waved to the crowd as the music from the loudspeakers blared — music that was apparently picked when Obama advisers read opinion polls that showed him opening up a large lead over Hillary Clinton. The song? Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

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