27 Total Quotes

Mark Baldassare Quotes

The governor must still convince independents and moderates that he is as he seemed to be last year ... a figure in Sacramento who stood for solutions and an end to partisan bickering, who put the people's interests first.
Mark Baldassare
#Convince

There is growing recognition that global warming is not just something happening in the polar regions but that it will affect Californians in a real way. It's not abstract, and it's not about the future.
Mark Baldassare
#Global Warming

The governor has a history of finishing strong,
Mark Baldassare
#History

He needs to convince Democrats and independents that his reforms are not politically motivated, that he's looking after their best interests.
Mark Baldassare
#Democrats

None of the propositions favored by the governor's administration are inspiring much passion or enthusiasm among voters. With little connecting them to this election, support for the entire enterprise is low.
Mark Baldassare
#Enthusiasm

None of the propositions favored by the governor's administration are inspiring much passion,
Mark Baldassare
#Passion

He was able to do it two years ago in the recall election, and that's what he's trying to do again.
Mark Baldassare
#Trying

The reasons for the special election and the reasons for the specific proposals the governor is endorsing are not something that are energizing the public right now or generating a lot of support.
Mark Baldassare
#Elections

The Democrats and their allies have been very successful this year in painting a different picture of the governor -- a partisan figure who has his own group of special interests. He has to find a way to win back the trust, which he's lost ... but he hasn't done things to help himself much.
Mark Baldassare
#Democrats

People are very concerned about the direction of the economy, rising gasoline prices and the ability of the government to respond to the terrible things that are happening around us, such as natural disasters. They're looking to this special election and they really can't draw a connection between what concerns them the most and what seems to be the purpose and the emphasis of the special election.
Mark Baldassare
#Ability

The majority of Californians need to be convinced that there's a reason for having this special election.
Mark Baldassare
#Majority

They're still looking for education, fiscal, political and government reform in California. They don't think government in California is working.
Mark Baldassare
#Education

The March primary was an experiment that didn't work. Nationally, it didn't really put California in the driver's seat for the presidential election and at the state level, campaigns didn't really have time to get off the ground.
Mark Baldassare
#Work

Borrowing in the short term has become the way to resolve these impasses.
Mark Baldassare
#Borrowing

The governor's standing has improved among Democrats and independents but he's still not to the point where he needs to be as a Republican running for governor in California.
Mark Baldassare
#Democrats

Clearly the governor got the message of the special election. The question is whether the words translate into action in Sacramento and move the state in the direction the governor says he would like to go and the public says they would like to go.
Mark Baldassare
#Action

He's had modest improvement with Democrats and independents, but he's nowhere near where he was two years ago.
Mark Baldassare
#Democrats

This is a real test for the governor. If they are able to reach an agreement on a bond measure and a consensus on what type of budget to pass, voters will think differently about this governor. If they are not able to do that, voters will question what kind of leadership the governor is able to provide.
Mark Baldassare
#Agreement

As long as the governor has education in the mix, the public will be supportive.
Mark Baldassare
#Education

It's reasonably good news for the governor on a number of levels. It seems many Californians continue to be pulling for the governor.
Mark Baldassare
#News

It's an unfortunate irony that state leaders were unable to reconcile their differences, while voters - who are often deeply split along partisan lines - were very much in agreement. This was an opportunity to give the public something it collectively wanted.
Mark Baldassare
#Irony

I think I'm most surprised at the degree to which people are pessimistic about education and the extent to which they lack confidence and trust in state government in general. This is one of the reasons -- at the state level at least -- that people are reluctant to raise their own taxes.
Mark Baldassare
#Education

The frustration is coming from across the political spectrum and ethnic groups. There's a strong belief that some schools are doing very well and some are doing very poorly, and the broad consensus is that that's not an acceptable system.
Mark Baldassare
#Belief

The public's frustration with the state of education is palpable. They see lots of rhetoric but little progress.
Mark Baldassare
#Education

The public is frustrated and disappointed with what they see as a lack of progress in improving the quality of education. Because the issue is so important to them, (voters) want to see officials at all levels engaged, even if they're not directly involved (in education).
Mark Baldassare
#Progress

The meaning for the average person watching the ... demonstrations is that this is a very serious movement, a large issue, and it's not going to go away. People now have a face and they have a story that goes along with what they had previously viewed as a pretty abstract concept, illegal immigration.
Mark Baldassare
#Meaning

He's faced the challenge all year of convincing people that this is an important election and he has important things on the ballot, ... And that's become that much more difficult at a time Californians have become increasingly concerned about the national and state economies, rising gas prices, government's ability to respond to natural disasters just a host of issues that seem very threatening to people that just don't seem connected to the special election.
Mark Baldassare
#Natural Disasters