Take two

May 3, 2010

Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman met in their second gubernatorial debate Sunday night, talking a lot about Barbara Boxer, Al Gore, Goldman Sachs and immigration.


Evan Halper reports, "Debating for the final time before next month's primary election, GOP gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner on Sunday engaged in a lively and personal joust, attacking each other's business dealings, political affiliations and consistency on policy issues.

Few sharp policy differences emerged amid the accusations of poor character that were a departure from the general gentility of their one previous debate.


Whitman against gave a non-apology forher role in cashing in on special IPO stock deals at Goldman, prompting this response from Poizner: "Wow, you really don't get this, Meg.... Until you got caught, you didn't think anything was wrong. Congress investigated what you did. They called it 'corrupt.' "

Whitman accused Poizner, who is seeking to position himself as the more conservative of the two, with changing his policy positions for political expedience. Poizner commented that he now supports new legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants in Arizona — legislation he said he opposed until revisions were made in recent days — and Whitman called his endorsement "a classic case of Steve Poizner changing his mind."

"Since he ran for Assembly in 2004, he has changed his position on every important thing," said Whitman, who opposes the new Arizona law.


Kevin Yamamura reports both candidates have changed their environmental views.


"Steve Poizner in 2004 vowed to pursue a ban on offshore oil drilling and wanted to reduce greenhouse gases. He boasted about signing up to buy a hybrid car.


"Meg Whitman in 2008 joined an elite group of leaders on a global warming tour of Norwegian Arctic waters. She launched an initiative to reduce electronic waste as head of eBay and donated $300,000 to the Environmental Defense Fund.


"Both Republican gubernatorial candidates have supported environmental causes before. But in their appeal to conservative voters this year, they have made environmental concerns subordinate to the state's struggling economy."


Dan Weintraub profiles Jerry Brown's campaign manager, Steven Glazer.


"When Steven Glazer first met Jerry Brown, Mr. Glazer was a student at San Diego State University and Mr. Brown was running for re-election as governor of California. More than 30 years later, Mr. Brown is again running for governor. And this time, Mr. Glazer is managing his campaign.


"Their enduring relationship is a testament both to Mr. Glazer’s devotion to Mr. Brown and to Mr. Brown’s penchant for trusting only a handful of close advisers.


"Mr. Brown has derided the role of professional consultants in politics, but if there is one on his staff, Mr. Glazer comes closest to filling the bill."


This weekend saw big protests of Arizona's new immigration law around the country, including this one in downtown Los Angeles.


The LAT reports, "Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Cardinal Roger Mahony joined the crowd and were among the speakers at the rally.


The mayor took the stage to raucous cheers, taking a moment to groove to the live band on stage before addressing the crowd. Speaking in English and Spanish, he called Los Angeles a bilingual city and expressed strong support for immigration reform.


"Villaraigosa recounted the story of his grandfather who immigrated to the city in the early 1900s. He drew loud cheers when he expressed support for the thousands of illegal immigrants who have documented children at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


"Afterward, Mahony spoke, saying "everyone in God's eyes is legal. We are all standing with our immigrant brothers and sisters."


Carly Fiorina says she supports Arizona's new immigration law, but doesn't like the "racists tone" surrounding the debate.


Politico reports, "The former Hewlett Packard CEO said the law’s passage stemmed from Washington’s failure to address the problem of illegal immigration through stricter border enforcement and a practical temporary worker program.


But when asked in an interview with POLITICO if Republicans needed to make any changes in their approach to the growing Hispanic community, Fiorina replied, "There has been a very unfortunate racist tone that has emerged in a lot of the discussion about immigration and that's inexcusable. We must be a country that welcomes legal immigrants to this country. We must be a country that recognizes that we have industries like agriculture that have depended on temporary migrant labor for generations."

Today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the oil companies who love them will submit signatures to qualify a measure that would delay implementation of AB 32, the state's greenhouse gas law. Get those reading glasses ready for the mighty November ballot...


And finally, from our Honeymoons Gone Wrong Files, "An Australian man pleaded guilty to bigamy after his first wife saw his second wedding photo in a newspaper and went to the police.


"Nicholas Trikilis, 44, of Conningham pleaded guilty to bigamy, forgery and giving false information in Hobart Magistrates Court, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. Trikilis forged divorce papers and married his second wife in 2008, court records showed.


"His first wife saw a wedding photo he submitted to a local newspaper and reported him to police."

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