What would fall races look like under Prop. 14? No difference.

Along with the defeat of Proposition 16, one of the best outcomes of Tuesday’s election was the passage of Proposition 14, which offers some hope that the state Legislature will move away from being dominated by the extremes. It won’t be taking effect until the next primary two years from [...]

By | June 9th, 2010|1 Comment

GOP cash in a Democratic primary

Michael Wilson came unexpectedly close to upsetting Michael Allen in the Democratic primary in the 7th Assembly District, and it looks like the tight race may have caught the attention of the Republicans. A fingers-in-the-cookie-jar mailer arrived over the weekend blasting Allen for the Sonoma County Water Agency contract that [...]

By | June 9th, 2010|2 Comments

Passalacqua hammered his own thumb

The first indications that District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua’s re-election bid was in trouble may have come in early February when he attributed Jill Ravitch’s fundraising success to “sweetheart deals” with defense attorneys. The backlash was swift and strong. We immediately started receiving letters challenging Passalaqua to prove his allegation, some [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|7 Comments

Measure E may pave way for other local tax measures

With about 25 percent of precincts reporting, it looks as if Measure E, the half-cent sales tax measure in Rohnert Park, may be headed for victory. Right now it's leading 55 percent to 45 percent. If that holds, expect to see a number of other local tax measures on the next ballot. Elected [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|6 Comments

A nail-biter in the 7th Assembly district

Without public polling, you’re left to look for signals about how contested races are shaping up. Well, in the 7th Assembly District, there were signs in the mail box over the weekend that Santa Rosa Democrat Michael Allen’s supporters thought this race was going to be close And they may [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|6 Comments

So how will the anti-incumbent wave hit here?

Less than an hour to go before the polls close in California . . . So, I'm wondering, how will the anti-incumbent wave that’s sweeping the nation manifest itself in Sonoma County tonight, if at all? I could be wrong. But it seems to me one of the biggest mistakes North [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|2 Comments

Locals give thumbs down on 16 and 17

Here are more results from our latest Editorial Board survey conducted Sunday and Monday: Statewide polls show California voters are split on Propositions 16 and 17, but not so here on the North Coast. Proposition 16, the PG&E-funded campaign to make it more difficult for cities to get into the power utility [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|0 Comments

Results of final PD editorial survey

Here are the results of our final Press Democrat Editorial Board survey on today’s elections. The informal survey of letter writers and other readers suggests: Jill Ravitch has a substantial lead over incumbent Stephan Passalacqua in the race for Sonoma County District Attorney. Out of 186 respondents, 60 percent say [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|0 Comments

Empty mailbox

Had I forgotten that today is Election Day, all I needed to do was check the e-mail this morning. On Monday, we received 28 letters to the editor.  Today, there was … one. Obviously, we didn’t come close to running every election letter we received. In case you’re wondering (and [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|0 Comments

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By | June 7th, 2010|1 Comment