Since this is a Primary, there are too many different candidates in too many different races to cover every choice, so I’m just going to hit on a couple of the major ones that I have specific opinions on.
Democrats – Vote for anyone but Jerry Brown.
Republicans – Meg Whitman is the most likely candidate that could beat Jerry Brown in the general election.
Democrats – As the incumbent, Barbara Boxer has no serious competition, so it really doesn’t matter who you vote for.
Republicans – My pick is Carly Fiorino. She’s a fiscal conservative and somewhat moderate on social issues. She’s also got a chance of beating Barbara Boxer in the general election. Chuck DeVore, while fiscally conservative, is too socially conservative for me.
Very insignificant position here in California, so who you vote for for this position really doesn’t matter all that much.
Democrats – Most likely, Gavin Newsome will be the Democratic nominee, but I personally wouldn’t vote for him. I also wouldn’t vote for Janice Hahn who’s been a terrible L.A. City Council member. That leaves Eric Korevaar, who I know nothing about.
Republicans – Vote for anyone but Abel Maldonado. This weasel made a pledge not to vote for any new taxes and then promptly broke that pledge in return for being named Lieutenant Governor temporarily till the new term begins. He also got his ballot measure, Prop 14 added to the ballot as part of this backroom deal which included voting for a budget which contained nearly $19 billion in tax increases. Don’t vote for him or Prop 14.
This is actually a fairly important position as the Attorney General determines the State’s legal position on numerous matters and decides what legal resources will be used to advance those positions.
Democrats – My pick is Mike Schmier. He supports legalization of cannabis and the right of defendants to use unpublished appellate decisions as a basis for defense.
Republicans – Steve Cooley is the least objectionable choice although I don’t like his drug warrior stance on cannabis. The other two candidates, John Eastman and Tom Harman are conservative ideologues who support Prop 8.
Democrats – No choice
Republicans – Vote for Brian Fitzgerald, not Mike Villines. Villines, like Abel Maldonado, broke his no tax pledge after publicly declaring numerous times that he would not do so.
Don’t forget to read my recommendations for the ballot measures.
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