Assemblywoman Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista) has asked
for a recount in two counties of the 40th Senate District, where
she trails her primary opponent, former Assemblyman
Juan Vargas, by just
Capitol Weekly reports, "Assemblywoman Mary Salas, D-San Diego, has requested a recount of
ballots in San
Diego and Riverside counties in hopes of overcoming
a 22-vote deficit between her and Democrat Juan Vargas in
the 40th Senate District.
San Diego Registrar Deborah Seiler confirmed that Salas
made the request just before 5 p.m. Monday. Officials in Riverside said
received a request to tally their ballots again.
40th District includes all of Imperial County and parts
of Riverside and San Diego counties. San Diego was
the only county where Salas outpolled
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced
her opposition to a November ballot measure that would legalize
The LA Times reports, "Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior senator, has lent her
support to the campaign to defeat Proposition 19, the marijuana
legalization measure on the state’s November ballot.
prominent Democrat, first elected to the Senate in
1992, signed the
ballot argument against the initiative. On Monday,
she issued a
statement through the opposition campaign calling the
measure “a jumbled
legal nightmare that will make our highways, our workplaces
communities less safe.”
Roger Salazar, spokesman for Public
Safety First, said the opposition committee sought
“She’s one of the most respected figures in California,” he said. “She
has a great history with law enforcement and dealing
with this type of
issue. We’re looking at a bipartisan effort.”
Could the retun of Jerry Brown also mean the return of the death penalty as an issue in Califorina
politics? Bob Egelko has the analysis.
"The contrasts at the top of the major parties' tickets
could not be
"Democrats Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris, the candidates for governor
and attorney general, oppose capital punishment and
have acted on their
beliefs - Brown by vetoing a death penalty bill when he was
1977, Harris by refusing to seek death sentences as San
"Their Republican opponents, Meg Whitman and Steve Cooley, support
capital punishment. So do most Californians, according
to Field Poll
surveys going back half a century, although the majority
has fallen from
83 percent in 1986 to 67 percent in 2006."
Can the ghost of Rose Bird be far behind?
Meg Whitman launched
a new television ad Monday, attacking Jerry Brown's labor-union
Seema Mehta reports, "Another week, another ad in the
California governor’s race. This time, it’s Republican nominee Meg Whitman, who Monday launched
30-second television ad that paints Democratic rival Jerry Brown as in
the pockets of labor unions.
“They want Jerry Brown because he won’t rock the boat in Sacramento.
He’ll be the same as he ever was. High taxes. Lost jobs.
for state employees,” says a narrator over ominous music and
black-and-white images of Brown and the Statehouse. “The special
interests have chosen their governor.”
You can watch the ad here.
A new poll shows a majority of
Californians still support President Obama, even though more than
half of those surveyed believe the country is on the
Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo says Obama's numbers
(54 percent approve - 39 percent disapprove) offer "a more favorable assessment than Obama is getting
in recent national surveys that show as many Americans
approving as disapproving of the president's performance."
The military's "don't
ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay military service members
faces a legal test in Riverside County.
Phil Willon reports, "The U.S. government's "don't
ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay
military service members will be at the center of a
legal battle played
out in a federal courtroom in Riverside on Tuesday,
with the policy
facing its first major constitutional challenge since
a 2003 U.S.
Supreme Court decision in a Texas case struck down
In its lawsuit against the government, the Log Cabin
Republicans, a gay
rights group, argues that the Texas ruling means the
military can no
longer interpret a mere admission of homosexuality
as justification for a
And finally, looks like World Cup oracle Paul the Octopus is on the lam.
Reuters reports, "Some Germans are calling for a public roasting of the oracle octopus who correctly
picked the winner of all six of their national soccer
team's World Cup matches --
including a bitter defeat to Spain on Wednesday.
"Paul, a two-year-old octopus in a German aquarium, turned into a global celebrity for
his uncanny ability to predict the winner of all Germany's matches -- even
a group stage defeat to Serbia
and an ousting by Spain in the semi-finals.
"Nothing beats grilled octopus," said Dolores Lusch,
a Germany fan who
works on a Berlin fish stall. "Cut him up in thin slices
and grill him
on all sides with a dash of lemon juice, olive oil
and garlic on it.
The irony, of course, is that suggestion is a very
Spanish way to prepare octopus...