Index
Tuesday
Sep022014

MEDIA: Washington Post, departure of publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth; naming of new publisher, Politico founder Frederick J. Ryan Jr. ....  

Tuesday
Sep022014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): Oakland mayoral election, field of 15 candidates: "Crowded field a challenge for Oakland mayor, voters" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Crowded field a challenge for Oakland mayor, voters" - From the Chronicle:

A community organizer who loves Tequila and motorcycles. A Navy veteran who was a spokesman for Occupy Oakland. A gun-toting Army vet who wants everyone to carry guns. Meet some of the 14 people challenging Oakland Mayor Jean Quan for her seat this November.

Among the rest, there's a dialysis business executive, a politics professor, two city councilwomen, the city's auditor and a tax preparer.

In just 10 weeks, Oakland voters will have to sort through the herd of candidates and rank their favorite three in a field that's the most crowded anyone can remember.

In 2010, 10 candidates vied to be mayor in the city's first ranked-choice election. In 2006, six competed in the June primary, where former Congressman Ron Dellums got enough votes to avoid a runoff. In 2002, then-mayor Jerry Brown defeated only one opponent in the March primary.

This year, the ballot will be long. "The fact that you got 15 (candidates), that's unprecedented," said Benjamin Bowser, a professor of sociology at Cal State East Bay who has studied Oakland since 1986. "To be honest, I'd lost count."

At forums, street festivals and house parties across the city, the challengers have tried to stand out and explain - sometimes in as little as 45 seconds - how they hope to control crime or attract  business .....................

Tuesday
Sep022014

POLITICS (Nationa, State): President Obama, approval rating in California, new Field Poll: "Field Poll: Obama's popularity dives to record low in California"; also, "California Democrats' support for Obama skids to lowest level yet" ....  

* Sacramento Bee:  "Field Poll: Obama's popularity dives to record low in California" - From the Bee:

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving.

Only 45 percent of California voters hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance, according to a new Field Poll released today, down 5 percentage points from June and dropping below 50 percent for the first time since late 2011. Disapproval climbed to 43 percent. Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, said the trend is ominous for Obama, because the latest declines come from his base. 

Support among California Democrats dropped 8 percentage points to 68 percent over the last three months. Approval was down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area, usually liberal strongholds. “These are constituencies that have been strong followers,” DiCamillo said. But there’s “frustration in the president not getting his way in affecting policy in Washington.”

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While it is typical for presidential approval ratings to suffer from “the accumulation of problems that a leader faces over time,” DiCamillo said, Obama has not experienced “any kind of rallying event that could rebound public support behind this president.”

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That could hurt California Democrats in the November election..................

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* San Francisco Chronicle:  "California Democrats' support for Obama skids to lowest level yet"

Tuesday
Sep022014

POLITICS (National): Capitol Hill to Wall Street: "Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor takes job on Wall Street" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor takes job on Wall Street" - From the LAT:

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is moving to Wall Street, taking a job with investment bank Moelis & Co., the firm said. Cantor, 51 who resigned last month after an upset loss in a Republican primary in June, will be vice chairman and managing director at the 7-year-old company.

The veteran lawmaker "will provide strategic counsel to the firm’s corporate and institutional clients on key issues," the company said in a news release Monday night. Cantor also "will play a leading role in client development and advise clients on strategic matters," it said.

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Cantor becomes the latest official to cash in on Wall Street after working in Washington. Last year, former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner joined private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

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Wall Street was a logical landing spot for Cantor. During his congressional career, he raised more money -- $3 million -- from the securities and investment industry than any other sector, according to the Center for Responsive Politics...........

Monday
Sep012014

POLITICS (International): Hong Kong, Basic Law, elections, popular vote: "China sets limits on 2017 Hong Kong popular vote, dismaying activists" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "China sets limits on 2017 Hong Kong popular vote, dismaying activists" - From the LAT:

Setting up a showdown with democracy activists, China’s top legislative body said Sunday that Hong Kong residents can vote directly for their next leader in 2017 — but that only two or three candidates will be allowed and all must be approved by special nominating committee.

Tension has been building for months over rules for the 2017 election of a new chief executive of the largely autonomous former British territory, which returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 under a framework known as “one country, two systems.” The drama has mounted this summer amid a series of rallies and counter-rallies, petition drives and even an unofficial vote that drew nearly 800,000 participants.

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Activists say one-person, one-vote will be meaningless if candidates all have to be approved by a nominating committee they see as beholden to Beijing’s interests. Instead, they’ve been pushing for an open nominations system, allowing any candidate with a modicum of public support to join the race. If that doesn’t happen, they have proposed blockading Hong Kong’s central business district to press their demands.

Beijing, however, contends that an open nominations system is counter to the Basic Law .......................