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Image courtesy of the Associated Press: http://politi.co/1tOHRQO Is Central California becoming more conservative and are other parts of the Golden State turning conservative? Is it possible? ABC30 Action News Political Analyst Tony Capozzi says "The Valley is becoming more conservative despite voter registration." You may only need to look at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
The days are ticking away until the November 4th General Election here in California and across the U.S. Are you paying attention yet? Do you care? With ISIS, Ebola, Apple, Football, and the World Series commanding our attention, it's easy to forget we have a mid-term election coming up to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
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California voters go to the polls in less than two months for the November 4th General Election. Brace yourself… here come all those promises, campaign commercials, and political signs on every corner. Here are a few election observations and stories as the campaigns really start to heat up…and hopefully, our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
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These days, it seems like Congress doesn’t get much right, but here’s something that makes some sense. A bill known as the Honor Flight Act has been approved by the House and is now under consideration by a U.S. Senate committee. The goal of H.R. 4812 is get war veterans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
No doubt about it ... Republican Neel Kashkari is an underdog... a big underdog in the race for Governor of California. The most recent California Field Poll taken right after the June Primary Election shows Kashkari trailing Democratic Governor Jerry Brown 52% to 32% among likely voters in the election... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
No doubt about it ... Republican Neel Kashkari is an underdog... a big underdog in the race for Governor of California. The most recent California Field Poll taken right after the June Primary Election shows Kashkari trailing Democratic Governor Jerry Brown 52% to 32% among likely voters in the election... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
Judging by Tuesday's voter turnout (around 19%)... interest in the Primary Election was lackluster at best. Except for a couple of local races... no real candidate or issue motivated people to go to the polls. That may change for November when the ballot gets loaded up with various propositions and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
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The recent Action News Poll on the race for Fresno County District Attorney is turning a lot of heads. Despite no major scandal or controversy, incumbent DA Elizabeth Egan finds herself in a real campaign dogfight with her former prosecutor and challenger, Lisa Sondergaard-Smittcamp. The Action News Poll conducted by... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
*The California Air National Guard in Fresno, the 144th Fighter Wing, has a long history and relationship with Ukraine. Fresno Air Guard pilots have made many trips to Ukraine on goodwill missions to train Ukrainian flyers... and those pilots from Ukraine have traveled to Fresno to learn new modern methods... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
In less than four hours, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, made his first and probably last trip to Central California on February 14th. The Golden State's devastating drought and the economic fallout from it are what finally brought him here. I covered the President's arrival and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
From political posturing... to the power of prayer... a great deal has been said and debated in the last few weeks regarding the drought in California and the battle for water. First, the stark realization of just how critical the situation is... followed the California Department of Water Resources announcing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
Governor Jerry Brown believes Californians have a lot to be proud of right now. In his 2014 State of the State address (1/22)... he cites a million new jobs since 2010, a budgetary surplus in the billions, and a minimum wage rising to $10 an hour as reasons to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
Former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado has dropped out of the 2014 race for California Governor. Maldonado made his announcement in his home town of Santa Maria, saying "I have concluded that now, is not my time." With Maldonado out... the only official GOP candidate in the contest is Assemblyman Tim... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at ABC 30 Blogs
President Barack Obama said, "Fair to say the roll out has been rough so far... I'm not happy." The President has company in his unhappiness. A new and exclusive Action News Poll conducted by SurveyUSA shows a majority of those people in the Fresno/Visalia area who were asked... are dissatisfied... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
After leaving Washington nearly three years ago, former 19th District Congressman George Radanovich may be jumping head first back into politics. Radanovich is exploring a possible run for Governor of California. Today (9/26) he sent out an email to friends, supporters, and possible financial backers explaining his reasons for considering... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
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President Obama took his case for a military strike against Syria to the American people tonight. Many in the greater Fresno area may agree with the President in some manner, but they still oppose military action against the Assad regime. A new Action News Poll conducted by Survey USA shows... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
As President Obama considers a military strike against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons on its own people... a new Action News Poll shows a majority of Valley residents believe the President is right in turning to Congress to make the decision about a U.S. reaction. The poll conducted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
Fresno businessman Cary Catalano has been a community activist for years, but now, he's ready to seek his first political office. Catalano has announced his candidacy for Fresno City Council District 1. The District covers West-Central Fresno and the seat is currently held by Blong Xiong, who is serving his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
Blame it on the heat. A sizzling summer seems to have melted the brains of some local, state, and national politicians. As issues such as pension reform, immigration, national security, and water get bypassed, our lawmakers are busy introducing bills that make most of the American public just shake their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
Many gay and lesbian couples are now happily rushing to County Clerk offices across California to tie the knot. Their weddings follow the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that clears the way for same-sex weddings to resume in the Golden State as well as a Federal Appeals Court lifting a stay.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
You better "work on getting a thick skin." That's the advice from retiring Fresno State President Dr. John Welty to his successor at the University. This summer, Welty will retire after serving more than two decades as President of Fresno State. He is the seventh and longest serving President in... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
President Barack Obama returns to California tonight (April 3rd) to headline four fundraisers in the Bay Area. The President is basically returning to the campaign trail just months after winning re-election with one purpose: getting Democrats in control of the U.S. House. Two events on Wednesday night benefit the Democratic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
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Just four months after being soundly defeated by David Valadao… Democrat John Hernandez is back on the campaign trail… planning to challenge the Freshman GOP Congressman in 2014. Hernandez lost to Valadao (in rounded numbers) 58% to 42%. He won the vote in only one county in the 21st District…Kern... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
President Obama and Congressional Republicans are both getting the blame for the political stalemate over the $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts also known as the Sequester. That's the result of a new and exclusive Action News Poll conducted by Survey USA of 600 adults in the Fresno area.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs
Who is Central California’s most liberal Congressman? Who’s the most conservative Representative? How does your Congressional Rep vote on issues of economic, social, and foreign policy? You may find the answers you’re looking for in the new 2012 Congressional Vote Ratings report from the National Journal. For three decades, one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at ABC 30 Blogs