California governor Jerry Brown said, "Yes, I would" run for president if I were ten years younger. He made the remarks this morning to NBC:
Host Chuck Todd asked, "If you were ten years younger would you be running this year?"
"Yes," Brown said without hesitation, "I would."
Brown hesitated in the follow-up saying, "Well, I can't say. I've run three times, so if I could go back in the time machine and be 66, you know, I might jump in. But that's a counterfactual, so we don't need to speculate on that."
The Republican party's best chance to win a statewide office in California for the first time since 2006 all started with a check for $800. Pete Peterson’s wife Gina is graphic designer in Santa Monica who owns her own business, a limited liability company. Last year, she was getting ready to pay her company's annual $800 licensing tax to the secretary of state’s office, which oversees business licensing. Only in California are LLCs taxed so much just to keep a license. In Delaware, the annual tax is just $300, and in Missouri, it’s just a one-time $50 free.
On November 6 voters in California did something nearly unheard of during the past 30 years: They approved, by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent, a ballot measure raising state income taxes on the most prosperous Californians and sales taxes on everyone, even though the state’s sales tax is already the highest in the nation.
On Monday, August 8, Governor Jerry Brown finally signed a bill the California state legislature had passed in July—a bill that binds California to “National Popular Vote” (NPV). Which is to say, to the committing of all its electoral college votes in a presidential election to the winner of the nation’s popular vote. In other words, regardless of which candidate carried California, the electors are directed to vote for the candidate who carries the nation.
Jodie Evans is a terrorist sympathizing, America and Israel bashing extreme left-wing activist in California. Evans, also, is a supporter of Democratic California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown. And, apparantely, Brown is a supporter of Evans.
How do we know? Brown attended, over the weekend, an exclusive fundraiser at Evans's California home. Here's the invitation:
You’re a California Republican and, this being an election year, anxiety is mounting. Your state endures unspeakable economic crises, mostly caused by the union-Democratic axis of Sacramento. Unemployment numbers are higher than the national average, and you’re hearing financial experts declare your deficit-plagued, once-golden state to be in worse shape than—oh the indignity!—Greece.
Some of the most exciting races of the 2010 election cycle are taking place in the states. California, Texas, New York, and Ohio all feature important statewide races that will have repercussions in 2012 and beyond. A Republican victory in any one of these states is certain to launch a new GOP celebrity. And since the Democrats suffer from a weak bench, they're looking to the big states to highlight some new faces of their own. John Heilemann has a roundup of the campaigns here. Democrats lead in two, Republicans in one, and the other is a tossup.