Posts Tagged ‘nonpartisan’

Listen to CA Propositions on KSCO Radio Santa Cruz

November 5, 2012

Hear political analyst Gary Dietrich on KSCO 1080AM with host  Mark Silverman speak on the CA positions, how Hurricane Sandy has affected the presidential race and insight on local races.

11/01/12 — live @ 2:30pm — KSCO-AM1080 — Election Info & CA Propositions 


Live nonpartisan analysis of the 11 CA Propositions from politcal analyst Gary Dietrich on KGO 810AM

November 2, 2012

On KGO-AM 810 this morning…

October 10, 2011

Talking about the Governor signing vetos on hundreds of 2011 bills. Catch the podcast here

Are we near the crisis point with the CA budget?

March 21, 2011

Find out my answer on KGO-AM 810 at 6:15 this morning as their Nonparitsan Political Analyst by clicking here.

The Countdown Begins…

October 29, 2010

It’s not quite “all over but the voting”…but it’s close. Campaigns are making their final big surge, pushing their “closing argument” as they say in the political business, gearing up get out the vote machines, and hoping that all the massive effort brings victory. Having worked on campaigns from legislative to presidential, and covered them for years as a broadcast political analyst, I well know the adrenaline rush this time of election season brings. Candidates begin so show their nervousness a bit more, campaign managers get a little more testy, dedicated volunteers start looking just a touch more tired. And inside the campaign, it’s hard not to begin thinking about the “what ifs.” What if we win? If it really happens…what comes next…as early as the day after for potential staff hires, etc. What if we lose…then what? Will this have all been a waste? What will all these people who’ve poured themselves into this campaign do? What will the candidate do? And do I ever want to go through this ever again…this insanity…and the toughest job with the longest hours (15 hour days 7 days a week is not uncommon in big races…) I’ve ever had?

These last few days before election day…the soul searching just begins to creep in. You try to ignore it, get it out of your mind, tell yourself to keep your head down and stay supremely focused…or else. Or else you may be sitting alone at 4 a.m. staring at 4 blank walls, once filled with campaign memos and volunteer lists, in an empty campaign office that once hummed with energy found in few other places. Or else you may have no idea what you’re going to give yourself to now that it’s over…and you’ve lost. So ignoring the drift towards soul searching becomes essential…a simple matter of survival. They’ll be plenty of time for that later you repeat to self whenever the notion creeps up. This is it…this is the big show…you remind yourself. Because next week…on November 3…there will be winners and losers. And our communities, states, and nation will take a collective sigh of relief that it’s all over for this round…and citizens will wonder themselves what it will all mean going forward. For those actually involved in candidate and ballot measure campaigns…that sigh takes on even greater significance…and is breathed so deeply one can almost hear it echo through capitols all across the land. For them…this is “all in” time.

Citizen Voice Nonpartisan Election Project 2010 Already a Huge Success

October 26, 2010

This has been a wild last couple of weeks, my friends.  Having wrapped up a whirlwind two week statewide media tour throughout California, I can report to you that I’ve rarely seen political fever at this high a pitch, certainly in a mid-term election.  Citizens, and the media, are engaged…big time.  Want some evidence?  How about the fact that we were not only well received in every CA media market in which we did interviews about the CV Nonpartisan Election Project 2010, but actually broke some significant ground, landing high-profile interviews at important media outlets in markets big (e.g. LA) and small (e.g. Santa Maria) that we haven’t been on before.  And get this…yesterday the CV website reached the 1 million hit mark since the Nov. 2010 election project launched on Oct. 1.  Not only have we now received over a MILLION hits in just over 3 weeks, this amazing milestone was reached by the CV site even faster than during the super high-octane presidential year in 2008!  Amazing stuff…and proof positive both that people are tuned into this election cycle in huge numbers, and that with all the negative campaign stuff thrown at them, they are hungry perhaps as never before for credible, honest, nonpartisan info to help them make solid voting choices.

Behind the scenes of the mini-debate filming…

September 24, 2010