** Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a big lead over Democratic challenger Phil Angelides in a new Public Policy Institute of Califonria (PPIC) poll, 48% to 31%. This is an increase over his 13-point lead a month ago. This is no surprise.
** That public employee union demonstration against Schwarzenegger today at the big women’s conference in Long Beach was apparently small and uneventful, only a few dozen labor demonstrators.
** As public employee unions and the state Democratic Party intercede to try to make Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides competitive, another trailing candidate, state Senator Chuck Poochigian, the Republican nominee for state attorney general, has a new TV and a new radio ad attacking the frontrunner, former Governor and currrent Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. Brown is attacked for opposing the death penalty and other anti-crime measures.
** The public employee union coalition that battled Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last year is protesting at the annual women’s conference hosted by First Lady Maria Shriver today in Long Beach. A spokesman for the Alliance for a Better California (ABC) tells the AP this is their first time protesting him since last year’s special election.
Actually, as NWN readers know, that’s wrong. The public employee union coalition held protests, which turned out to be relatively small, outside Schwarzenegger fundraisers earlier this year in Beverly Hills and Sacramento.
** Track global and national energy prices in near real time via Bloomberg. Crude oil prices continue to hover around sixty dollar per barrel. There have been musings in OPEC circles about cutting production.