** As alluded to some days ago, Phil Angelides for Governor chief strategist Bob Mulholland has moved back to the California Democratic Party. Here are the particulars. Mulholland is one of my oldest associates in politics, having worked under me on the Campaign for Economic Democracy Political Action Team and the Gary Hart for President campaigns, and with me with the California Democratic Party.
** The California Republican Party, on behalf of lieutenant governor candidate Tom McClintock, has launched an anti-John Garamendi TV spot centering on the French takeover of the assets of Executive Life back in the early 1990s during Garamendi’s first go-round as California’s first elected state insurance commissioner. Republican spokesman Patrick Dorinson, who just had a close encounter with his own mortality while riding his motorcycle, won’t say how much money is behind this. But he does say the ad is running in the Los Angeles and Sacramento markets, and is “the beginning of a conversation with the voters on this important issue.”
** Slate’s concern about the upcoming LA Times political blog, which was revealed here yesterday.
** Here is a good example of the surface nature of much spin.
** LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s partial takeover of the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District passed the state Senate this morning. On Tuesday, it is slated to go to the Assembly Education Committee and then to the Assembly floor. Advocates expect it to be wrapped up by Wednesday.
** Still hitting its stride after five seasons of its ground-breaking real-time format, 24, the official show of NWN, won big at last night’s Emmy Awards. Star Kiefer Sutherland, who portrays determined and resourceful counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer, won the Emmy for Best Actor in a dramatic series. The show also won Emmys for the direction of longtime producer Jon Cassar, the musical score of composer Sean Callery, the editing of David Latham, and the biggest prize of the evening, Best Dramatic Series. The final award of the evening was presented to the show’s producers by New West friend Annette Bening, herself an Emmy nominee for Mrs. Harris. The show has multiple producers including co-creators Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, Sutherland, Cassar, and Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Brian Grazer, Michael Loceff, Steven Kronish, Manny Coto, David Fury, Michael Klick, and Brad Turner.
Now here is an interesting question. The right-wing talk show world and blogosphere thinks the show is conservative in its politics. That may not be right. What do you think?
In addition, with Alan Alda winning the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of a moderate Republican presidential contender (California Senator Arnold Vinick), The West Wing, departing after seven seasons, broke its tie with Hill Street Blues to emerge as the most honored series in television history.
** Here is an impressive campaign video documentary on California’s leading conservative politician, state Senator Tom McClintock. McClintock is the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, running against Democrat John Garamendi. After narrowly losing a race for state controller in 2002 to first-time candidate Steve Westly, McClintock shot to fame in the 2003 California recall, running a respectable third behind Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante. McClintock trails Garamendi, the two-time state insurance commissioner, a Bill Clinton sub-cabinet member and former gubernatorial candidate himself, in the race for lieutenant governor, but is within striking distance.
** Track global and national energy prices in near real time via Bloomberg. Crude oil prices have dropped a couple dollars to $70 a barrel. Why? Traders believe that Hurricane Ernesto is now likely to miss Gulf oil production facilities.