Barack Obama, yesterday in Las Vegas, talks about Nevada’s key role in a new energy economy.
** BOND, JAMES, UH … Okay, gang, I will run the new McCain Bond-style web ad tomorrow morning. It can wait.
** FROM THE ARNOLD FILE. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, having toured fires around Northern California and having conducted briefings in Big Sur and Chico, is, as of mid to late afternoon Wednesday, now winging his way to Miami. In advance of his appearance there tomorrow at noon with Florida Governor Charlie Crist — the other governor most responsible for John McCain’s Republican presidential win — to promote the cause of fighting the greenhouse effect before a conference of some 800 opinion leaders.
** BIG ANTONIO FUNDER IN SAN FRAN. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had a big fundraiser last night in San Francisco. Which the San Francisco Chronicle plays as something of a slap in the face to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. On the theory that the two mayors will be in the field for Governor of California in 2010.
Well, here is an NWN prediction. Villaraigosa will not run for governor in 2010. He is going to have his hands full getting re-elected mayor in 2009.
** BROWN GOES AFTER COUNTRYWIDE. Former Governor-turned-Attorney General Jerry Brown, who last week received the award from the Coalition for Clean Air and this week cracked down on a Latino street gang victimizing its own community in the Central Valley, today launched a multifaceted legal assault against California-based Countrywide, the lender at the center of the subprime mortgage crisis, along with its top execs Angelo Mozilo and David Sambol. Said Brown at an event in LA this morning: “Countrywide exploited the American dream of homeownership and then sold its mortgages for huge profits on the secondary market. The company sold ever-increasing numbers of complex and risky home loans, as quickly as possible. Countrywide was, in essence, a mass-production loan factory, producing ever-increasing streams of debt without regard for borrowers. Today’s lawsuit seeks relief for Californians who were ripped off by Countrywide’s deceptive scheme.”
Top Republican and Democratic lobbyists have helped out Countrywide. Their names will be brought up throughout the trial.
** CALIFORNIA: OBAMA UP 2 TO 1 OVER MCCAIN. The latest Rasmussen tracking poll of California — bear in mind that pollster Scott Rasmussen is an avowed Republican — shows Barack Obama opening up a massive lead over John McCain in the Golden State, which Team McCain once saw as a possibility. It’s Obama 58%, McCain 30%. Frankly, this is the biggest lead I can recall in any such presidential poll of California voters. McCain’s shift in position for offshore oil drilling is a major backfire. The McCain connection, as I noted yesterday, has become not a badge of honor in California, but a serious negative. Unfortunately for the Republicans, all of their most credible 2010 gubernatorial candidates are officials in the McCain campaign. Hasta la bye bye.
** NEW MEXICO: SIGNIFICANT OBAMA LEAD. The Mountain West is part of the new swing state phenomenon. And in New Mexico, Barack Obama holds a significant lead over John McCain in the latest Rasmussen tracking poll, 47% to 39%.
John McCain’s town hall on Monday at California State University, Fresno.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
Barack Obama is in Chicago, where he has private meetings with business leaders from around the country on the US economy, and holds a press conference.
John McCain is in Las Vegas. He speaks at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and has a fundraiser.
** SCHWARZENEGGER LIVE WEBCAST THIS MORNING. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tours the fire situation in Monterey County and conducts a briefing on the statewide fire situation from Big Sur. The event will be webcast live at 10:20 AM on www.gov.ca.gov.
** MY LATEST PODCAST. The road ahead.
** OBAMA V. MCCAIN: THE AD WARS ARE ON. What Obama and McCain are doing in their first rounds of general election TV advertising. Along with the where and the why. From my other blog.
** 24/7 LIVE TV NEWS FEED FROM RUSSIA TODAY. Russia has re-emerged as one of the world’s great powers. Click here for a live TV news feed on your computer, bringing you English-language, jargon-free, fast-paced coverage of global and Russian news from the new Russia Today channel. You probably already know about CNN International, BBC World, and Al Jazeera. Russia Today, which also features culture, entertainment, and sports, is based in Moscow and is owned and operated by the TV Novosti division of Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti.
While it’s quite foolish to expect to see, say, criticism of Vladimir Putin on Russia Today, which I know as a former DemRussia advisor, the channel is very interesting nonetheless. With U.S. cable news chattering away as it does, this sort of respite can be informative. The NWN live link to RT does not constitute an endorsement of the channel’s views. It’s presented as an otherwise unavailable new media window.
** TRACK GLOBAL AND U.S. ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. Crude oil is trading in the $133 to $136 per barrel range.
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