For Swearengin and Peterson, the Controller Recount Presents Opportunities

Over the weekend, former Assembly Speaker and Democratic candidate for State Controller, John Perez, officially called for a selective recount of 15 counties in the ever-so-close race for 2nd place in the State Controller primary.  481 votes separate him and Democrat Board of Equalization member Betty Yee. It is anyone’s guess how long a recount…

A First Look at California’s Statewide Contests

With Lake County finished tallying its remaining votes, the last of California’s June primary votes have been counted and the Secretary of State will soon certify the results.  This November, Californians will vote for the eight statewide offices: seven partisan (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Controller, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Insurance Commissioner)…

Should the Recent Field Poll Concern California Republicans?

Three consecutive polls show Republican gubernatorial nominee, Neel Kashkari, in the low-to-mid 30’s against incumbent Governor Jerry Brown.  On the bright side, Kashkari isn’t really losing ground; on the down side, the Republican hasn’t seen a post-primary bounce. But should Californians Republicans be concerned by their nominee trailing the incumbent by 20 points? While Republican…