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A new article in the San Jose Mercury News finally acknowledges what we have known all along:  

Debra Bowen will win on November 7th and this race is perhaps the more interesting of the California Statewides

"As elections go, the campaign for secretary of state is generally a sleeper: Voters rarely pay attention to the issues -- and the incumbent almost always wins.
But this year's challenge between incumbent Bruce McPherson, a Santa Cruz Republican, and state Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Redondo Beach, is shaping up to be one of the more competitive races."  

Political analyst Tony Quinn proclaims
"Democrats have a good chance with Bowen"
despite the likelihood of a win for the republican Guvornator.  Quinn attributes this to strong party lines saying
"She's a credible candidate, and Democrats tend to be better down-ticket because people tend to vote their party."

Interestingly, Bowen doesn't offend moderate republicans who see her as a reasonable Democrat with strong ties to sensible policy and while McPherson is a Republican FEW view him as the bold leader that Bowen is.

Bowen's campaign is very strongly issue based - touting her record of pioneering legislation that has made both state-wide and national news as state legislatures rush to copy Bowen's pocketbook policies for a good-sense government.

Bowen's campaign recently released film clip interviews displayed on the website You Tube with views in the hundreds and good ratings.
Here Bowen addresses the importance of her legislation nation wide:

"We have such a hodgepodge of voting and election systems in this country and the wonderful thing about working in California is that we can affect national policy by what we do here." Bowen says.

McP on the other hand claims there is really nothing wrong with what is going on in California saying
``I don't think we should have a concern,'' he said, adding that his office has standards in place to ensure accuracy. ``I've overseen two statewide elections and it's turned out fine,'' he said.

Clearly, someone forgot to mention to Mr. McP:
"unexplained discrepancy between votes for President Bush in counties where electronic voting machines were used versus counties using traditional voting methods" UC Berkeley

"While speaking with (Registrar of Voters, Mikel) Haas yesterday, he confirmed once again that indeed both Diebold touch-screen and optical-scan systems, containing their programmed memory cards, were sent home with poll workers in the days and weeks prior to the election." BradBlog  

But fear not we tin-foil hat wearing folks are just shouting to the heavens claiming their falling ... because McP has "overseen two statewide election and it's turned out fine."

No wonder Bowen is viable

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Originally posted to Sarahkatheryn on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 11:51 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  McPherson did it to himself too (2+ / 0-)
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    Alan Arizona, NearlyNormal

    Bruce McP was one of the last reasonable moderate repubs. But as Sec of State he torpedoed his own reputation by rolling over for Diebold that way.

    The Four Horsemen of Bushism: War, Corruption, Hypocrisy and Greed

    by esquimaux on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 11:59:20 AM PDT

  •  Latest Field Poll (Aug. 1st) (0+ / 0-)

    Aug. 1, likely voters

    Bowen: 38%
    McPherson: 35%

    Name recognition is still low for both candidates.


    Favorable: 10%
    Unfavorable: 6%
    No opinion: 84%


    Favorable: 19%
    Unfavorable: 9%
    No opinion: 72%

    •  its a horserace! (1+ / 0-)
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      aaaannnnnnnd they're off

      Work together to save the world.

      by Sarahkatheryn on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 12:20:34 PM PDT

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    •  Those are good numbers (0+ / 0-)

      I think it's especially bad news for McPherson since has run statewide before (at least once) and on top of that, he is the incumbent here.  However, those results were taken nearly two months ago, I'm wondering if there are any new numbers out or any other polling done.

      •  There has (1+ / 0-)
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        not been any new polling done since this Field poll.  They are due for another round any time now.

        •  What do you think of the new Angelides tack? (0+ / 0-)

          To focus on the Iraq war instead of the traditional issues?  Will this get any play?  Will it work?  

          •  I like it (2+ / 0-)
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            SoCalLiberal, esquimaux

            See this post.  It should fire up his base, which he needs, but given the unpopularity of the war as a whole it should help with DTS voters too.  If he can get Arnold to talk about the war then he will have done very well.

            Let's face it, even when he comes up with some excellent policy positins, like his HMO paper, the media does not cover it.  He has to be proactive.

          •  Too Bad Phil (0+ / 0-)

            I think its a good free media plan - but the SMN (sunday morning news) aka the talking heads loved talking about this saying - yeah its illegal.  And they're right... president gets to control the national guard remember the national guard being called in when schools were desegregated... gov was pissed then too but the Prez got to do whatever he wanted with them.  Maybe if we got every governor in the nation to do this we could cry federalism and see what happens but i think its all just grasping at straws at this point.  Which makes me sad because there is no reason Ahnold should be governor of california... Oklahoma and Kansas have democratic governors and California doesn't... whats the matter with this picture???

            Work together to save the world.

            by Sarahkatheryn on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 01:30:09 PM PDT

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      •  Statewide? (0+ / 0-)

        What did he run statewide for?  Did he make it past the primary?

        •  Liutenant Governor in 2002 (2+ / 0-)
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          ortcutt, esquimaux

          He lost to Cruz Bustamante.  He may have run prior to that but if he did, I don't remember.  He also represented a liberal leaning yet Republican held state senate district, SD-15 up along the central coast.  So the fact that he can't get more than 35% is kinda bad for him.  As for Bowen, she has a lot of strengths.  Prior to being elected state senator, she represented the 53rd assembly district which, until it was redrawn in 2001, was a swing district with a lot of Republicans.  She's used to winning tough elections.  And in the primary, she showed that she's a great finisher.  She beat Deborah Ortiz by a large margin despite the fact that the polls showed the race to be fairly close.  

  •  great... (0+ / 0-)

    thanks for getting the word out about Debra. this race needs to be frontpaged and added to the netroots actblue page. it's that important.

    "When people think, Democrats win." - Bill Clinton

    by Todd Beeton on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 12:18:41 PM PDT

  •  Bowen campaign (0+ / 0-)

    I met one of your staffers, Noah Klein, at an event last weekend, and I was impressed with how the campaign understands online media. This is a very important campaign that could use a little more visibility on dailykos. I encourage everyone to donate or volunteer for phone banking. If adding Debra to the ActBlue netroots page helps, I'll second ollieb's suggestion.

    •  Netroots (1+ / 0-)
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      Thank you!  

      I am netroot at heart.  Got started in politics joining neighborhood watch and volunteering with Heal the Bay and other enviro groups in L.A.  I worked at the community level without ever thinking about running for anything -- and when I got to Sacramento, one of my very first bills was to put the Legislature on line.
      That came directly out of being a frustrated activist who found it hard to get accurate and timely information about MY state government!

      The roots will make the difference in this race.  Millions and millions will be spend on TV ads for initiatives.  Will be?  Excuse me, already have been spent, as any Californian with a Tee Vee knows!

      The netroots work person-to-person, which is so much more effective.  And the netroots keep me connected with my own roots.  

      And most important:  y'all are inspiring!

      Your humble servant,

      Debra Bowen

      Debra Bowen for Secretary of State

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