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Why Making Policy from Polls Can Be Troublesome

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, July 25, 2014

It is a constant criticism of politicians; they poll test or focus group everything before making a decision. 

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For Swearengin and Peterson, the Controller Recount Presents Opportunities

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Monday, July 7, 2014

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.

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A First Look at California’s Statewide Contests

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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.  

Should the Recent Field Poll Concern California Republicans?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, June 26, 2014

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.

The Week’s Other Political Earthquake – In California, Naturally

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday brought two major political earthquakes, one on either side of the country. While Majority Leader Eric Cantor will forever be known as the first House Majority Leader to fall to a primary challenge, on the West Coast, the all-powerful California teachers’ unions were defeated by judicial review.


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