District Attorney Kamala Harris will be on the KFOG (104.5 FM) morning show, 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 1st. She will answer questions by the morning team and take questions from KFOG listeners. …

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to the Sacramento Press Club on Wednesday and it was immediately clear to this reporter – who was witnessing a Schwarzenegger press conference for the first time since the recall – why Arnold enjoys holds onto popularity and why the GOP agenda is advancing. … Schwarzenegger has elevated simple manipulation to an art form. His pitches are perfect for TV and radio because he comes back to the same simple themes time and time again. (“I was not sent to Sacramento to represent both parties. I was sent to represent the people.”) And even when he’s bashing the legislature and unions he does so obliquely and intersperses his remarks with olive branches. … It’s all very Hollywood, with Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, with movie star looks in a dark suit, offering a rebuttal for the press core after the luncheon. … In his short speech, Schwarzenegger pitched his goal of reforming public pensions, district lines and teacher incentives as a battle of “the people of California and the governor” vs. the legislators and the special interests (who can be recognized by their purple shirts, Schwarzenegger said, in a not-so-subtle dig at SEIU). Even as legislative committees met in the Capitol, Schwarzenegger charged that the senators and assembly members have been simply “hanging” in Sacramento since he called a special session three weeks ago. … “I gave the legislators a chance to be my partners,” he said. … But coaxed by reporters, he refused to criticize easy target Democrats Sec. of State Kevin Shelley – saying his position should continued to be elected by party – or Sen. Barbara Boxer – who he said is free to speak her mind as she sees fit – and said he’s interested in getting his reform work done, not speculating about a 2006 re-election bid. “I don’t pay any attention to what they (potential Democratic challengers) are doing. That’s a sideshow.” … “I have my eye on the ball.” … Schwarzenegger, who has laid out general lines of reform without yet presenting specific legislative proposals for his concepts, also dittoed George Bush with a plea for anyone with alternatives to come work with him directly instead of trying to get him to give ground in a vacuum: “I’m not about to go and negotiate with myself.” … Schwarzenegger wooed the audience with a story of giving back a $100,000 contribution to a donor who kept insisting on a meeting, and said the negative polling on his proposals is action by special interests doing anything they can “to make people believe I am doing a terrible job.” … One thing is clear, though, and until the state’s political players realize it they are going to continue to play defense: Whatever the polling says, this governor is serious about changing the climate of Sacramento, and he still has the charisma and message to cut through media punditry and Capitol shadowboxing by taking his message to the Costco parking lot. And that’s what anyone who takes time to take the public pulse will tell you. …

Carole Migden, San Francisco’s state senator and an influential member of the DNC, said Saturday she is looking closely at Martin Frost for national party chair. “He, too, is a grownup, with a sterling, proven Democratic record,” Migden said. “I was very favorably impressed with his record.” … Migden acknowledged the dominance of Howard Dean supporters in the 500 or so people at Saturday’s DNC chair forum in Sacramento, but said it was difficult to tell if it was “pure or orchestrated.” Significantly, though, no other candidate could orchestrate a similar show of force – at least in this part of the country. …

Howard Dean, who may well represent the Hail Mary pass the Democrats need right now, on whether he will support the DNC if he fails in his bid for chair: “This is not about the Democratic Party. … I think the Democratic Party is the vehicle by which we can bring America back to a central role of moral leadership in the world.” … (That’s similar to a statement San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, an early Dean supporter, made about his Dem Party early last year – it’s a political brand.) … Dean made it clear that his Democracy for America is going to continue regardless, and that he won’t shy away from labor, “the best grassroots organization in this country.” That’s a smart statement, considering labor put a heck of a lot of its money into America Coming Together instead of the DNC last year. …

Who is this Karl Rove you speak of?

Do the candidates for DNC chair really think they are offering a win when they jump all over the Republicans? While President Bush is slipping the word “freedom” into a 20-minute inaugural speech something like 27 times, we have the Dems’ top strategists still agreeing more on the need to “beat Karl Rove” – his name came up half a dozen times at Saturday’s chair candidate forum – than on any “shared values.” (“Values” was one word used a lot more than “Rove,” but according to Donnie Fowler, all Democrats share “75 percent” of their values; later, Simon Rosenberg said they share “90 percent.”) … Interesting words in closing statements from Martin Frost – “I will wake up every morning and think how we can get the best of Karl Rove” – and Howard Dean (the most humorous of the seven candidates) – “I am working on a Red State speech that doesn’t mention George Bush, it only mentions the good things we are going to do.” …