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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Friday, July 30, 2010

CA: The Man with a Plan that Nobody Knows

In The Los Angeles Times, Seema Mehta sensibly asks whether policy proposals can have much political effect if nobody hears about them:

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman has been hitting Democratic rival Jerry Brown hard for offering no plans to deal with the state’s myriad problems. Earlier this week, Brown responded by posting education and environmental proposals on his website.

Although the substance marked a change from the summer’s bickering over who forgot to pay taxes, or who accepted whose challenge to debate, it’s unclear how many voters actually heard about the proposals.

A smattering of media outlets covered the plans, perhaps because few knew about them. Brown’s campaign didn’t announce their unveiling or send out press releases touting their contents, as is customary when a candidate announces something.

The candidate posted a solitary Twitter comment about the education plan, including a link. No one mentioned the environment plan.

Visitors to Brown’s website can find the documents if they venture beyond the home page, into the “Fighting for You” section