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New PPIC poll: Sacramento is an embarrassment

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At what point can we pronounce the state legislature an utter failure? A new PPIC poll shows that California voters give Sacramento an abysmal 10 percent approval rating.

To put that into perspective, more people think that the sun revolves around the earth than think that state legislators are doing a good job.

Congress fares slightly better, with a 26 percent approval rating, according to the poll, which indicates increased voter pessimism around the country.

President Obama's approval rating is down 17 points from its high in May 2009; it now stands at 49 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove. He's more popular in California--55 percent of Golden State likely voters approve of his job performance.

Almost all Californians think the country is in a recession, and about two-thirds are worried about making their next rent or mortgage payment.

Although Democrats outnumber Republicans in California, only 45 percent of likely voters think Congress should remain in Democratic hands; 43 percent want to see control shifted to the Republicans.

Overall, it's still shaping up to be a historic election for Republicans, but they aren't there yet.  While Fiorina is gaining on Boxer, the PPIC poll shows that Whitman is falling behind Brown. A conflicting poll by the Republican Governor's Association shows a dead heat.

California NOW at odds with parent group over "whore" remark

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The National Organization for Women, the premier organization for gender equality in the United States, is at odds with itself over the Whitman/Brown "whore" saga.  While the national organization condemned the insult from the Brown campaign as "hate speech", the president of the California chapter seems to disagree and reasserted Thursday that Whitman is a "political whore."

California NOW President [Patty] Bellasalma told the TPM blog on Thursday that the description of the Republican candidate for governor of California is accurate.

"Meg Whitman could be described as 'a political whore.' Yes, that's an accurate statement," Bellasalma said after a TPM blogger called to ask her about a story that appeared on the Daily Caller website.

In response to the voicemail where Brown and a female aide are heard discussing calling Whitman a "whore", the national NOW group, which endorsed Brown's campaign a day after the scandal erupted, called his apology "overdue" and called on him to "fire any member of his staff who used this word or any hate speech against women." [continue reading]

Why is NOW endorsing Brown?

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Within a day of the revelation that gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown discussed calling opponent Meg Whitman a "whore" with an aide, he received the endorsement of the National Organization of Women.

In case that didn't register with some readers: a powerful man referred to a woman who he is in competition with as a "whore" and he then received an endorsement from the country's premier feminist organizations.

What's going on here?

Whitman is an accomplished businesswoman, something that feminists everywhere should love, and NOW is OK with a guy that called her a "sexist" name?

Brown supposedly used the word because he was upset that she was endorsed by a law enforcement union with whom he claimed she cut a deal. If that makes it OK to call her names, what name should Brown call a women's organization that sells out to a man just because he's a Democrat?

Simply put, the NOW is nothing more than a front organization for Progressive and Democratic causes. It no longer should have any credibility when it comes to women's issues.

Whitman housekeeper scandal is "Jerry-rigged"

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Are we really supposed to believe that Gloria Allred coincidentally dropped the accusation that Meg Whitman knowingly employed an illegal alien right before the first gubernatorial debate on Univision in Spanish?

"It looks like a political stunt," said Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who attended the debate as a co-chairman of the Whitman campaign. "It's no accident that they do a big press conference with Gloria Allred a month before the election."

Of course, Thursday evenings, which was when the press conference was held, are the primo times to drop a bombshell on your opponent so they are kept on the defensive all weekend.

"Don't run for governor if you can't stand on your own two feet and say, 'I made a mistake,'" Jerry Brown said.

Is Jerry Brown going to make any admissions about his ally Allred's timing? Doubt it. [continue reading]

This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
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