Of course there are also those whose entire impression of this election comes from having faithfully watched all that political advertising on TV. So you can only only guess what state of mind these folks are in. Maybe the political equivalent of a steady diet of Jolt Cola, various heavily fortified energy drinks and Skittles? Like the highly animated character Hammy enjoyed in the kid's movie "Over the Hedge?"
I've been looking at some polling lately to see who is ahead in the horse races, and probably the best poll is published on the Real Clear Politics site. Best in my opinion because RCP takes as many different polls as they are allowed to use and jumbles them all together to get an overall average. Which hopefully widens the sample, shaves the jagged edges off of the various methodologies, and gives us the most accurate up to date snapshot of what it is voters are thinking at the moment.
Here is where the Real Clear Politics average of available polling data sees us right now:
California Senate Race
Boxer (D) ...................................... 48.3% (+5.0)
Fiorina (R) ................................... 43.3%
California Governor Race
Brown (D) ..................................... 49.3% (+6.6)
Whitman (R) ................................ 42.7%
In a relatively few hours we'll know if these acclaimed scientifically derived findings are accurate, or that something has happened nobody was quite able to pick up on. Neither Brown nor Boxer are polling over 50%, which means that just about anything is still possible. Though I don't imagine any of the candidates I wrote about yesterday stand much of a chance. That does seem pretty clear.
An Interesting Land Use Initiative In ...... Florida?
One of the wiser folks to get dragged into The Tattler plot for world dominion wrote me yesterday about Florida Amendment 4. Contrasting it to our own Prop 23, he explains what is really going on like this:
The problem in California is the developers are using the "greenies" to hide the development agenda. The basic flaw with Prop 23 and how it relates to AB 32 is that this makes it look like those who want to overturn the "greenhouse gas law" hate flowers and little children. In Florida, attacking over-development the way they are trying to do with Amendment 4, the whole "green" argument does not become an issue at all. You can be "green" and still oppose development. Every one wins except the big developers.
So what exactly is this Amendment 4? Here is how it is described on a Florida news site called NewsChief.com:
One of tomorrow's more closely watched planning initiatives will be Florida's proposed Amendment 4. Donna Kelly reports that the proposed amendment to the state constitution would require local municipalities to submit all comprehensive land-use plans and major changes to a vote by public referendum for final approval. "Supporters view the amendment as a means to curb the excessive development they believe crushed Florida's economy and give voters control over growth in their area," Kelly writes.
Kind of like a statewide Measure V if you think about it. And quite a contrast to what you hear can bandied about in California. After all here in the Golden State, according to SB 375 and the lobbyists who paid for it, large scale high density mixed-use development is supposed to save the world from Global Warming. Whereas in Florida such developments are merely economic disasters, eyesores and a burden on the taxpayers. And quite obviously not saving anybody from anything.
We really do need to get an Amendment 4 of our very own.
Video: California in 2015
On one of the Orange County Register owned blogs you can access a very interesting video put together by some of the newsies employed there. This is how they describe it:
"California 2015: A Look at the Future of a Troubled State" is an 8 minute film that examines the state's recent history and imagines what the next 5 years might bring.
Now as anyone attempting to predict the future should know, there are things that might not quite turn out like the swami thought they might. And the OC Register's news team is probably wrong about Prop 19 passing, which is the measure that would legalize marijuana use. But beyond that this is a pretty stunning video clip, and one that you should check out. I've watched it several times now, and it has left quite an impression on me.
You can access the OC Register "Total Buzz" blog page and this video by clicking here.
And don't forget! Vote and vote often.