Monthly Archives: July 2010

This is great.

This article by Mike Taugher of the Contra Costa Times is beautifully done.  When Fiorina asserts her campaign theme (the ESA is costing California tens of thousands of jobs), Taugher knows enough about the field to correct her and the record.

Fiorina said the Delta water crisis is a “huge piece of my platform,” in which she argues that an increase in water supply is essential to creating jobs.

But her attacks are not always accurate. Delta pumps were never turned off last year — they were dialed down but that was mostly because of dry conditions and not endangered species rules. And she has exaggerated the number of jobs lost.

Mr. Taugher’s article (at least) twice points out that Fiorina is exaggerating at best, lying at worst, about facts that she knows are inaccurate.  I’m very glad that we have a half dozen or so water reporters who are too knowledgeable to repeat campaign slogans as facts.  I hope the political reporters who cover the campaigns are as professional as our water reporters.


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R-squared = seventy million.

Looks to me like people’s opinions about the water bond dovetail very closely with whether they want a peripheral canal or not.  People may have other supporting reasons, but if I could only have one piece of information from which to predict someone’s opinion about the water bond, I’d ask whether that person wanted the peripheral canal to be built.

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