Newsmakers TV: Post-Mortem on Super Tuesday's Election
Delaney Smith, Josh Molina and Nick Welsh join Jerry this week to reprise and analyze the results of the March 3 primary, looking at what went right and what went wrong for Santa Barbara’s leading politicians.
The gang leads off with the Assembly race, discussing why Mayor Cathy Murillo finished out of the money, whether Charles Cole realizes it’s all downhill from here, why the future’s bright for Jonathan Abboud and what it means that SB’s new Assembly member will be, um, from Ventura.
Then on to the First District Supervisor’s race with a look at the whether the thousands of uncounted ballots might change the result, Das Williams’ churlish election night comments, Laura Capps’ missed opportunities and how the fractures within the progressive community may, or may not, be healed.
The panel ranks Supervisor Joan Hartmann’s big Third District win, avoiding a run-off, as one of the few surprises of Election Night, crediting a last-day blast of turnout in I.V., despite earlier efforts at vote suppression there by Bruce Porter, whose weird and baffling attack mailers are dissected, and who Trumpian press bashing, it's agreed, most certainly won’t be missed.
Turning to the Super Tuesday presidential voting, Joe Biden’s huge night, despite Bernie Sanders’ expected victory in California, is seen as good news for Salud Carbajal, in making it more difficult for fall run-off Republican rival Andy Caldwell to bolster his critique of the Democratic incumbent as a socialist tool, and Jerry breaks a little news about a scheduled debate between the duo.
Finally, in a quick look at a non-election story, we get an update on the surprise effort by City Attorney Ariel Calonne to push through an emergency ordinance on vacation rentals, amid some legal setbacks at City Hall on the issue.
All this and more, right here, right now, on Newsmakers TV.
And the podcast version is right here.