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October 3, 2005

A half million more say no to parties

Interesting numbers from the secretary of state on voter registration. As of 60 days before the Nov. 8 election, the latest party registration figures show a rapid acceleration in the yearslong trend toward a pox on both major parties.

Since 60 days before the 2003 recall election:

The number of Democrats registered decreased from 44.1 percent to 42.8 percent.

The number of Republicans registered has decreased from 35.3 percent to 34.8 percent.

The number of voters who decline to state a party affiliation has increased from 15.7 percent to 18 percent.

The state now has nearly 850,000 more registered voters than it did two years ago.

I don't see these numbers in there, but my calculations from comparing this report to a previous report show that, since the 2003 recall, the state has about 166,000 more Democrats, 220,000 more Republicans and nearly 500,000 more voters who decline to state any party.

A link to the report is here.

Posted by dweintraub at 3:22 PM

Another white paper opposing 77

Rick Hasen has posted this critical "white paper" from the No on Prop. 77 campaign picking apart the redistricting reform measure. My favorite part is where it says competitive districts would increase the number of disappointed voters. Why? Because if the final result in a race were 52-48 instead of, say, 65-35, then 48 percent of the voters in that district would be bothered by the result, instead of only 35 percent (my numbers here to illustrate their point). I guess that's one way of looking at it.

NOTE: This post was edited to clarify that the white paper was not Hasen's but merely something from the campaign that he posted on his blog.

Posted by dweintraub at 2:29 PM

The Fleischman blog

Orange County Republican activist Jon Fleischman this morning rolls out his new Web page and blog that features posts from a long line-up of Republican political consultants and activists. Scroll down for Dan Schnur's take on the special election, where he seems to be asking, why aren't these people acting as if the situation is as desperate as it seems? Schnur recommends that Schwarzenegger challenge legislative leaders to a televised debate on the initiatives.

UPDATE: Here is a direct link to the Schnur item.

Posted by dweintraub at 10:36 AM

Feinstein brief on Miers selection

Dianne Feinstein, who opposed the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts, was fairly tight-lipped this morning about Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers, his White House counsel, to the court. Here is her first statement:

“While I am pleased the President has named a woman to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, it remains critically important that the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, indeed, the American people learn more about her positions on some of the most important issues facing our nation. This new justice will be critical in the balance with respect to rulings on congressional authority, as well as a woman’s right to privacy, environmental protections, and many other aspects of constitutional law in the United States.”

Posted by dweintraub at 9:37 AM

Social Responsibility

If you read nothing else today, read this fantastic debate among Milton Friedman, John Mackey and T.J. Rodgers about business and social responsibility. Friedman is the Nobel Prize winning economist. Mackey is the founder and CEO of Whole Foods. Rodgers is the co-founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor. The exchange is from Reason Magazine.

Posted by dweintraub at 6:11 AM



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