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‘Herding’ blinded pollsters

How did the national polls, which overwhelmingly predicted a Hillary Clinton victory, get the presidential election so wrong? A Capitol Weekly election postmortem panel Thursday gave me the opportunity to ask California pollsters unaffiliated with the bad national polls. Mark DiCamillo of the Field Poll saw the Bradley effect with female Trump voters. (The "Bradley effect" was born in 1982 when the late pollster Mervin Field proclaimed that voters would elect Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to be California and America's first black governor. He was wrong, he believed, because voters would not admit to pollsters they supported George ...

November 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Memo to Trump: ‘Action this Day!’

"In victory, magnanimity!" said Winston Churchill.

November 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Enjoying Hollywood’s doomsaying

The election has passed, and the American people gave the spoiled celebrities of Hollywood the heave-ho. Despite all of their earnest YouTube lectures and pro-Hillary Clinton concerts and campaign appearances, the next president is Donald Trump.

November 11, 2016 | | Other Views


I hate to say I told you so, actually, I Really don’t mind

The day after one of the greatest political upsets in world history, I dug out my July 2016 exchange with "David," an Ohio left-wing retired law professor whom I once considered my best friend. He wrote:

November 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Congratulations, America!

As you read this Election Day has come and gone. This means our Constitutional system of government is still intact. No person, or party, or military strongman has taken over the government to establish a dictatorship, a socialistic government, or a junta.

November 08, 2016 | | Other Views


A sign of the future

Michael Eggman stopped by Manteca on Monday.

November 08, 2016 | Al Moncada | Other Views


Voting for Gary Johnson

If I were a Democrat, then I'd be as furious with my fellow partisans for nominating Hillary Clinton as I am at my fellow Republicans for nominating Donald Trump.

November 07, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


For joint pain, give your meds time to work effectively

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old woman, in generally good health, and am having trouble with my right hip. I have had both knees replaced (I spent 40-plus years as a floor nurse). I lost 40 pounds and have kept it off for the past three years by walking 10,000 steps per day.

November 06, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Early voter gets remorse

As I write this, more than 27 million Americans already have voted in the Nov. 8 election. California voters can submit their ballots 30 days before Election Day. Minnesotans can vote 46 days out - starting Sept. 23, i.e., before the first of the three general election presidential debates. Many early voters cast their ballots before recent revelations about Donald Trump's treatment of women and Hillary Clinton's wayward emails, so there have to be voters who regret their choice.

November 05, 2016 | | Other Views


CNN: Clinton News Network

Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal, where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed "town hall" questions to Hillary Clinton. It's the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, where Charles Van Doren was given the questions on the NBC game show "Twenty-One" in advance and looked like a genius on national television. Van Doren later apologized to America, saying, "I have deceived my friends, and I had millions of them."

November 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary’s high crimes & misdemeanors

If Hillary Clinton is elected president on Tuesday, and if what Bret Baier is reporting from FBI sources on Fox News is true, America is headed for a constitutional crisis.

November 04, 2016 | | Other Views


John Kasich and his fellow Republican ‘Never Trumpers’

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, just announced his decision.

November 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Not so FAST, Mike Restuccia

Every citizen has the right to endorse anyone for public office, but public officers walk a fine line when endorsing a candidate for elected office. That is the case of Michael Restuccia, the current Chairman of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. On Monday, October 31, 2016, Restuccia wrote a Letter to the Editor at the Manteca Bulletin, "Denham delivers for district," announcing his support for Congressman Jeff Denham's reelection. Denham is the incumbent, a Republican and supporter of Donald Trump. He is fighting for survival in his reelection to Congress; Michael Eggman, a farmer, beekeeper and small business ...

November 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Landslide? Not so fast

So we have one candidate who definitely supports the Constitution and one who takes 24 hours to decide whether he does (tough one). We have one candidate who has stood up for women's rights in 115 nations and one who is credited with starting a national discussion about whether a nice way of saying hello to a woman is to grab her by the, well - it's a word that can mean "cat." (Look, he's the one running for president and saying these things, not me.) We've got one candidate who is supported by her base and ...

November 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary’s Watergate?

After posting Friday's column, "A Presidency from Hell," about the investigations a President Hillary Clinton would face, by afternoon it was clear I had understated the gravity of the situation.

November 01, 2016 | | Other Views


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The Obama team’s plot to sabotage President Trump

Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.

March 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Obamacare & unsurable? Try free markets & charity

When it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare, defenders of President Barack Obama's signature domestic law constantly ask, "What about those with pre-existing illnesses?"

March 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump Counters media take with ‘victims’ of Obamacare

President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal ...

March 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Will Russiagate backfire on the anti-Trump left?

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based ...

March 21, 2017 | | Other Views


The powerless president

Donald Trump is learning a lesson he should have known during the campaign. Being president is not like being the host of "Celebrity Apprentice" or ...

March 20, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Essential thrombocythemia comes with bleeding risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, I was diagnosed with essential thrombocythemia. The recommended treatment is the drug hydroxyurea because I turned 60 this past year and ...

March 19, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Crates for dogs aren’t cruel per se

Dear Didi: Isn't it cruel to crate a dog? -dog lover in Lathrop

March 19, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


ACA: GOP has to practice bipartisanship within itself

The good should never be the evil of the perfect. House Speaker Paul Ryan's health care bill is a very good first step. Massive ...

March 17, 2017 | | Other Views


Same remarks: Obama got kudos, Ben Carson called ‘Uncle Tom’

Ben Carson, in a speech before employees of Housing and Urban Development, the department he now runs, likened slaves to "immigrants": "That's what America ...

March 16, 2017 | | Other Views


The President is fooling himself

Some people who attain high public office grow in their position of trust. Some, however, just bloat.

March 16, 2017 | | Other Views


Hiding the media’s disapproval rating

The latest poll by USA Today and Suffolk University carried some eye-opening numbers about public disapproval of the media's aggressive attempts to run the ...

March 15, 2017 | | Other Views


My doctor says there’s a guideline for my treatment – but is it right for me?

Health care guidelines are produced in ever-increasing numbers. The National Guideline Clearinghouse, a U.S.-based public website compiling summaries of "clinical practice" (health care ...

March 12, 2017 | MELISSA J. ARMSTRONG | Other Views


After 15 years, it’s time to drop the nicotine gum habit

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have chewed nicotine gum for 15 years with tea or coffee. What are the dangers? -- V.B.

March 12, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


ABC’s gay propaganda flop

They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that's obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood's sexual politics. Last week ...

March 12, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Can’t turn the page

"A lot of people are upset when I talk about Mexican child rapes, Muslims clitorectomies, Muslim honor killings…white people don't do that. America ...

March 11, 2017 | Al Moncada | Other Views


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