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Monday, November 07, 2005

Weekend Recap

It was an interesting weekend for me. It started out with a visit from my in-laws on Saturday morning. After doing some work on the house, I settled in to watch the UCLA/Arizona game. Oops. UCLA was probably the worst #5 ranked team in the country and they got exposed by Arizona. They ended up losing 52-14 and they can now go back to being the gutty little bruins. All hope is lost for the battle of Los Angeles. We will be USC's bitch for another year I'm afraid.

My Sunday was devoted to organizing and walking precincts for the special election this Tuesday. I walked an entire precinct by myself and my wife also walked one here in Turtle Rock where we live. I get pumped up walking precincts because I always end up meeting and talking with some great neighbors about our political situation here in California and the nation. I am what the county GOP calls a "community leader" which is that I am charge of ten precincts here in the southern portion of Irvine. I think we have a good shot to pass Arnold's slate of propostions, but it will all depend on turnout. If I had to guess, I would say that props 73-77 are going to pass.

Lastly, I want to report that I was push polled again last night by the Tarrance Group which is Ed Goeas's organization. It was for the runoff 48th congressional district election. It was a doosy. Credit to Gilliard et al for a hard hitting push poll. Even though it didn't work on me(for obvious reasons), I'm sure it was effective for other voters. They hit all the Green Party stuff, Jim's bankruptcy, etc. This race is all but over.

P.S. How could have I forgotten about the Hitler errr I mean History Channel's series on the Crusades that watched last night on the tube. It's fascinating stuff for someone like me who didn't really pay attention to my world history class at Mater Dei. Now I know why the muslims hate us so much and vice versa. We've been fighting each other for hundreds of years.


  • At 1:55 PM, Blogger Jeff Flint said…


    You need to know the definition of a "push poll" vs. a couple "push questions" on a legitimate poll, before you use the terms.

    Neither GBWA nor Tarrance Group engages in push polling.


  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger Allan Bartlett said…

    I'm not going to quibble about semantics with you Jeff. You're obviously the professional in the business, but if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck to the average Joe like myself then....you get the picture. Sorry if it wasn't techically a "push poll" in political parlance, but they rigged the poll to obviously ellicit a certain positive response for Campbell by trashing Jim. It wasn't an unbiased poll. So let's call it what it was...a push poll.

  • At 2:39 PM, Blogger Jeff Flint said…


    As I understand it, your business is financial planning. So if I used an improper and perjorative term to describe what you do in your business, I would expect you would correct me.

    That is what you are doing when you use the term push poll. I would be glad to explain to you the difference between a "push poll" and "push questions on a sceintific poll" if you actually want to know.


  • At 2:59 PM, Blogger Allan Bartlett said…


    We need to meet up after all these special elections so you can fill me in on all your trade secrets of the political professional, LOL. We never did get to meet up at the racetrack last month. As far as "push polling" goes, I didn't mean it as a perjorative. I'm just reporting what happened to me.

    As for myself, I am a managed futures specialist. I raise money for alternative investments like hedge funds/commodity trading advisors. I know a lot about financial planning, but I am not technically a financial advisor.


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