For the Californians in the audience, here’s a link to an interview with Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who’s running for the Republican nomination for governor. About 30 minutes long, I think it’s well worth the time and that Poizner presents himself in a good light. I’d been concerned about his views in illegal immigration, because what I’d heard had sounded like nativist pandering, but here he explains himself to my satisfaction. I also like his idea to return the legislature to part-time status, since a detached and oligarchical legislature protected and made unaccountable by safe seats is a huge structural problem here. And he has a good record as Insurance Commissioner.
Steve has an uphill fight against Meg Whitman, but I think he’s the best choice.
Also, let me give praise to the interviewer, KQED‘s John Myers. When I lived in Sacramento, the station had a very left-liberal bent, and I don’t think that’s changed much. But Myers does a very fair job interviewing Poizner, not lobbing him softballs but asking him good questions and giving him the time to answer. I look forward to the interview with Meg Whitman, if she agrees to it.