Friday, September 23, 2011
Hewlett-Packard announced on Wednesday that Meg Whitman would replace Léo Apotheker as chief executive. Whitman is the former chief executive of eBay, who made a failed bid for the governorship of California last year. Hewlett-Packard's decision shocked many people in the business world.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) We've been closely watching the intersection of transportation and politics on this site. Here are a few races where transportation may affect the outcome, or where the outcome may affect transportation.
The race: Maryland Governor -- Repub. Bob Ehrlich, Dem. Martin O’Malley
What's at stake: It's a race of rail vs bus. The two candidates each support extending some form of public transit to the area of Maryland in the Washington D.C. suburbs. O'Malley wants the proposed Purple Line while Erlich prefers a bus plan. Maryland is a deep blue state, so Ehrlich's chances aren't great. But O'Malley isn't hugely popular and this is not a good year for Democrats nationwide, so an upset is always possible and the Purple Line hangs in the balance. (Read more.)
The race: 8th Congressional District, Minnesota -- Incumbent Dem. Jim Oberstar, Chair of House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Repub. Chip Cravaack
What's at stake: Congressional control. Oberstar is currently the Chair of the Congressional transportation committee. He's in charge of the purse strings on countless transportation and infrastructure projects around the nation. He's called for a massive transportation funding package that would be less likely to pass without a champion at the helm of transportation committee. Even if Oberstar holds on in this tighter-than-expected race, he may lose his chairmanship if Republicans take control of the House. The ranking member of the House Transportation Committee is Republican John Mica of Florida, who, like Oberstar, has been a champion of increased transportation funding and high speed rail. In fact, Mica and Oberstar have joined to assail the Obama administration for not making transportation spending a higher priority.
"I view this as the most critical jobs bill before Congress ... we're going to do it together, one way or another, come hell or high water," Mica said in 2009 of the transportation bill. But it's unclear how Mica would hew to this agenda with a much more conservative, less spending-friendly congress. (Read more from MPR)
The race: Ohio Governor -- Incumbent Dem. Ted Strickland, Repub. John Kasich
What's at stake: High speed rail spending. Kasich has proposed repurposing the
Thursday, October 28, 2010
By Casey Miner
(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) If Republicans sweep Congress as expected next week, it could put the brakes on nascent high-speed rail projects around the country. But what about in California, where planning for the project is already underway?
Neither candidate for governor has said much about high-speed rail, but what they have said falls along party lines: Republican Meg Whitman thinks the project is too expensive for the state to take on right now, while Democrat Jerry Brown sees the expense as an investment that will pay off in jobs and improved transportation infrastructure.
Whitman’s website suggests that she would rather focus on providing tax incentives for companies to pursue their own energy-efficiency and electrification projects—including for rail—rather than providing state funding for them. Given that the voters already passed Prop 1A, authorizing state bond money for the high-speed rail project, it seems unlikely that Whitman could stop it, though some rail supporters are convinced she’ll find a way.
Neither the Whitman nor Brown campaigns returned requests for comment, but we’ll keep you posted if we learn more. In the meantime, Streetsblog has a rundown of where the candidates stand on other transportation issues in the state.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
(Nathanael Johnson, KALW News) - Californians go to the polls today to pick their party nominees for governor. It's a tough job -- facing the nation's highest budget deficit, and succeeding the meandering political mantle of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So how do the candidates come down on transportation issues, and the Golden State's crumbling bus systems, rusty rails, ruby red budgets and push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? The leading pols haven’t said much about transit issues (and did not respond when this reporter asked them directly). Still, we can piece together some idea of how each potential governor would alter California’s transportation environment.
Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner are racing for the Republican nomination. Jerry Brown (barring a last minute scandal) has the Democratic nomination wrapped up. Here’s where they stand: