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Campaign produced a lot of hot air, little substance for a state in crisis


Finally, it’s safe to turn on the television.

At least until the general election heats up and the political ads begin raining down again. As you know, campaign spending records were shattered in the primary season that mercilessly ends Tuesday, with Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner investing more than $100 million trying to convince us they’re really, really conservative.

Beginning Wednesday, of course, the winner will begin trying to convince us that was all a mistake, and that he or she is in fact really, really, moderate.

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And so it goes, Democracy in action.

Because I’m in a good mood with the primary behind us, I’d like to offer the gubernatorial candidates a way to communicate a plan to voters without resorting to more TV ads.

If Meg Whitman,Steve Poizner or Jerry Brown can explain in some detail how they would close the $20-billion budget deficit or help put more than 2 million unemployed Californians back to work, this space is theirs.

If they’d like to weigh in on term limits, the creation of a steadier revenue stream or other reforms that might help set the state straight, this space is theirs.

Silly season is over. We can’t afford another one.

And if the politicians are too afraid to bare their souls, maybe readers would like to Talk Back and show the way.

-- Steve Lopez

Tell Steve what you think -- comment below.

Full Times election day coverage:

VOTER GUIDE: Breakdowns of the candidates, polling information, resources, links and biographies

ENDORSEMENTS: From The Times' editorial page.

BREAKING POLITICAL NEWS: From PolitiCal, The Times' state politics blog.

 
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if i had $100 million to spend on a campaign, i would make large donations to places like schools, senior centers, libraries, food banks, and job assistance agencies. then i'd call the regular media to cover the story just like they would for any other large donation. that way, even if i lost, my money would be put to good use. i probably wouldn't lose though because campaigning that way would let people know how i would really help people, that i was serious, and that i know how to allocate money to something that's actually useful.

Really 100 million to be gov...what are they REALLY after? I think that's just rediculous. What are other Californian's thinking? Was this expense really necessary to get their point across. I would like to see a canidate get their point across on their own merit...not by stepping on the shoulders of the other canidate. I know...I am a dreamer...if only...

More tax breaks for motion picture production, and taxing marijuana would be a big step in the right direction. Keeping Meg Whitman as far away from California as possible, is another step.

This state is in a mess. I just think it would be best to get rid of the career politicians and start all over again. It appears that all these people just want a legacy, and that they don't care about the State of California. So I don't care if they throw them out of office at this point. What a mess!

Let's get absolutely real about the deficit and political candidates. 'Regardless of which party is represented in the gubernatiorial race in November. As a voter, reaching out to all voters. If we do not accept the changes that any politician in office will have to facilitate, then no changes will begin. It is not the politician, as they're hands are tied unless we the voters are willing to accpet the definite changes that will have to be made in order to begin to recover. how do you think we can recover if no one wants to accept the change. GIve up something, and if you can't then take a look at yourselves!!! (VOTERS)

Let's get absolutely real about the deficit and political candidates. 'Regardless of which party is represented in the gubernatiorial race in November. As a voter, reaching out to all voters. If we do not accept the changes that any politician in office will have to facilitate, then no changes will begin. It is not the politician, as they're hands are tied unless we the voters are willing to accpet the definite changes that will have to be made in order to begin to recover. how do you think we can recover if no one wants to accept the change. GIve up something, and if you can't then take a look at yourselves!!! (VOTERS)

The only way to help California is to kick all liberals out of elected office! If Jerry Brown wins another election it will be a catastrophe for California! He was already governor, he had his chance and he is part of the problem! He helped create this mess! Time for new blood!

I's like to see new legislation to put REASONABLE $ limits on campaign spending. I saddens me to think that he who has the most money can buy their way in. Secondly, why should we all be subjected to such a non stop barrage of campaign ads. Let's put on reasonable limits for our sanity too. Seems this kind of limit is more important than term limits. It has to be at least equal to it.

[1] I'd like to see an independent impartial panel that had to approve all campaign ads as "true" and not mis-leading before ads could be run. An alternative would be to encourage the stamp of approval of this panel as a verification of truth. Those ads without then would be highly suspect.

[2] I'd like to see a candid admission by PG&E and Mercury Insurance as to how much money they donated to endorse certain propositions and why.


All the Tea bags unit to form a stupidier backwards nation; so we can make Bush a king. So we can look like a monkey with a machine gun in the eyes of the world. So we can be outsmarted by any nation better ranked in the education systems. So we can't pay our debts; So we can fight more wars, Multiple wars on all front. So to say, I am not a redneck American; just an American stuck with a bunch of inbred rednecks!

Try saying The Pledge of Allegiance it may remind you that we don't live in a Democracy Steve.

The only Hot Air is the air disseminated from these reporters and news caster! You suck! All the media does!!

...abolish the death penalty....save one billion dollars in five years....yes!!!....

why are la times reporters on camera? it looks worse than the tv broadcast classes of the worst community colleges - the hand mics are from the smithsonian, the reporters dont even know how to hold them or what to do with them - the audio and video are way out of sync - ( would have been acceptable a decade ago - but not in 2010 !) all of the reporters look very uncomfortable - nervously rocking , eye contact is either drifting or frozen into the camera - like deers in headlights - badly need help with hair and makeup and wardrobe - you are on camera ! - and regarding content - which is supposed to be your niche.... you all seem to be searching for what to say -and in fact, end up not saying much of substance when its over anway - the la times reporters are terrific writers - and reporters - PRINT REPORTERS - its like placido singing the beach boys - its weird -hard to watch - yikes.... am i the first person who has noticed this? geez - is it any wonder la times readers are looking elsewhere for news !

 
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