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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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Optimism reigned in first Trumps address to Congress

The mark of great presidents is optimism -- visionary optimism and transformational optimism. During Tuesday night's remarkable speech before Congress, President Donald Trump was brimming ...

March 06, 2017 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Phelps speaks out on doping, but what took so long?

It wasn't exactly Lilly King wagging a finger at a dirty Russian, then going on to beat her for a swimming gold medal in ...

March 05, 2017 | | Other Views


What’s the truth behind cancer-causing properties of burnt starchy foods?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard for a while now that the black stuff on burnt toast is carcinogenic. I don't eat it because ...

March 05, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Nervous over their dog’s black tongue

Dear Didi: We have a dog that we adopted from a shelter about 3 weeks ago. I am extremely concerned because he has a mostly ...

March 05, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Trump’s trivial pursuits

The president who gave the joint session address on Tuesday night wants Washington to put aside "trivial fights" and "compromise." He actually said this: "The ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump hits a home run

One after another, the pundits hailed President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress as his finest speech, though the usual naysayers ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


The Oscars: The activism they left on the cutting room floor

Imagine the result, with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide, if Hollywood turned its creative firepower on real problems. Instead, viewers watched wall-to-wall Trump-bashing ...

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Nobody needs lecture on morality from Paul Ryan

For nearly half a century now, America's middle-class working families have been pummeled by corporate greedmeisters and their political henchmen.

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Is Russia an enemy?

The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be "be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ...

February 28, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Enough about the shoes

That the two most prominent women in the Trump administration should be caught up in a controversy about shoes tells you (if not our new ...

February 27, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


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