Posts Tagged ‘Steve Poizner’

California Politics: There’s Something About Primary (Season)

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I already explained that the governor’s race in California was ridiculous. Twice, in fact. Yet the state, which is in the middle of an unfathomably bad budget crisis (bad enough that advocacy groups are having to sue the state…twice, in fact), never fails to entertain. A few more tidbits of politics that could only come from the Golden State as the primaries inch closer (June 8th):

Blogger-cum-candidate Mickey Kaus challenged Democratic Senate incumbent Barbara Boxer to a debate as he tries to challenger her in the primary. And she didn’t show up, so he debated the closest thing he could find: a cardboard box. No word yet as to who won, though analysts thought her positions were rough around the edges.

Mickey Kaus debates Barbara Box, err...

Heterosexual-cum-homosexual Roy Ashburn–whose flip flop was chronicled earlier on TUSB–has now decided that, now that he’s acknowledged that he’s gay, gay people should, you know, have the same rights. Funny how that works.

And we cannot forget the Republican gubernatorial primary between Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman. In case you haven’t been following, here’s a quick recap of the last few weeks: Whitman threatened to pull a Nixon on Poizner and release incriminating tapes of him saying liberal things. Poizner attacked Whitman for using the Internet as it is supposed to be used: for porn. Whitman received the Dick endorsement. Poizner cut the lead to single digits. They both swung way right on immigration in the 37% Hispanic state. Poizner gave a town hall meeting for middle schoolers. And with only a week left before the primary, both are spending oodles of money to try and win the election.

If there’s one thing we can pick up from their campaigns, it’s that either way, you’re going to get a Republican candidate that’s secretly a liberal and wants to raise taxes. Hey, maybe 2010 won’t be so bad for Democrats…

California: Home of Even More Strange Politicians

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
This is Jerry Brown's official portrait as Governor.

This is Jerry Brown's official portrait as Governor of California in the late 70s.

A few days ago, I wrote about California’s increasingly-wacky set of prospective politicians and their recent newsworthy shenanigans. But there’s more: running alongside Meg “Campaign-literature-is-real-literature” Whitman in the race for California governor are Steve Poizner and Jerry Brown, both of whom warrant more than just a passing mention.

Just two days after Whitman’s newsworthy stunt, Republican Poizner (who also happens to be a Stanford Business alum) faced heavy criticism at a book signing for his new book, “Mount Pleasant: My Journey from Creating a Billion-Dollar Company to Teaching at a Struggling Public High School,” which details his year as a teacher at a public school in San Jose. Students and teachers are upset at some of Poizner’s descriptions of the school and its students, particularly the following passage:

From an intellectual standpoint, I absolutely knew not to expect Silicon Valley-caliber ambition and smarts from East San Jose school kids.

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