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  •  Two Los Angeles County measures... (2+ / 0-)
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    H & L, both of which would extend existing taxes, look to be passing rather easily right now.  At this time, we can't afford to suddenly lose some of the tax revenue we get, so it's good to see Los Angelenos weren't stupid about that.

    The L.A. County Democratic Party had endorsed Danette Meyers for the county's District Attorney, but it looks like Jackie Lacey won.  Unless this is also a top two??  (Won't matter for Meyers, she finished a distant 4th.  2nd is going to some guy named Alan Jackson.)

    In figuring out how some of the smaller races and judges won, it looks like those who had a small bio printed in the official sample ballot that gets mailed to us either won or at least finished in the top two.  That seems to be how Bill Bloomfield, who does NOT even list a party at all, looks to be the 2nd place finisher in CA-33 to challenge Rep. Henry Waxman (D) in November.

    Some good news, it looks likely that Sanjay Kumar gets to keep his judgeship on the Superior Court in Office #10.  He was being challenged by a guy the L.A. County Bar Association listed as "unqualified", simply because he thought his more American-sounding name would help him win.

    District Attorney Steve Cooley, who once was Smith’s colleague in the district attorney’s office, opposes Smith.

    “Kim Smith is eminently unqualified to be on the Superior Court, and he has proven that,” Cooley told me. “When I heard he was running, I called him personally to urge him to not pursue the challenge against Kumar. I explained to him that Kumar was widely considered by me and others to be an outstanding jurist with impeccable character and superior qualifications. There is not any reason to challenge him on the merits. I suggested to Smith he was running because of Sanjay Kumar’s foreign-sounding name, and I thought it was despicable and un-American and that he, Kim Smith, would be properly vilified for making this challenge. He said something to the effect, ‘I have got to take my best shot, I’ve got to do this, and I’m going to do it.’ ”

    Roger M. Grace, editor and co-publisher of the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, a Los Angeles legal newspaper, has written that Smith is targeting Kumar, “it can’t be doubted, based on his name.” Grace had asked Fred Huebscher, who managed Smith’s 2010 campaign, if the name “Kim Smith” was enough to defeat Kumar, solely on the basis of the name. Huebscher responded yes, Grace wrote.

    It's still only 35.7% of precincts reporting, but Kumar is winning 59.7%-40.3% so far.
    •  Alan Jackson is (3+ / 0-)

      the hardline Republican in the race - traditional tough on crime, pro-cop, endorsed by the Republican establishment like Buck McKeon and Mike Antonovich.

      Jackie Lacey is more like current DA Cooley in that she is more moderate, but forward thinking on issues like Three Strikes. But she helped Cooley bust the budding deputy DA union (ADDA), which likely tipped to Democratic endorsement to Dannette Meyers.

      •  Huh. (0+ / 0-)

        I had seen a bunch of Carmen Trutanich commercials on TV, but not a single one from Lacey.

        I had known about Trutanich from his days of basically being USC football's personal lawyer, getting them out of trouble when they got arrested for drugs, rape, assault & battery, etc.  He ran against L.A. City Councilman Jack Weiss (D) for city attorney a few years ago.  We tried to help Weiss, but wow, he royally pissed off his constituents while on the city council, and lost badly to Trutanich.

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