The Buzz: Lockyer serves harsh GOP meal at Democratic convention

03/11/2014 12:00 AM

03/10/2014 6:26 PM

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is a notorious hater of vegetables. So it came as no surprise last weekend when he delivered to the California Democratic Party’s annual convention his final (he’s retiring) Republican-bashing top-10 list: “If politics were a garden, the Republican patch.”

Space limits prevent a full recitation, but here are some of the biggest crowd-pleasers.

U.S. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Prune) – “Tough, wrinkled, no longer essential to the flow of business.”

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (Bean sprouts) – “Pale white, shoots, no substance.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Okra) – “Cooked up in the confederacy, tasteless and seriously slimy.”

Donald Trump (Spaghetti squash) – “Colorful side dish, little nutritional value, hard to consume unless highly sauced.”

Rush Limbaugh (Mushroom) – Nestled in the dark, mildly hallucinogenic, thrives on bull(dung).”

Sarah Palin (Iceberg lettuce) – “Hard head, little substance, short shelf life if not kept in a cold climate.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (Avocado) – “Reptilian exterior, spoils quickly if exposed to sunshine, rocky pit for a heart.”

– Dan Smith


The California Democratic Party added planks to its platform Sunday calling for the legalization of marijuana and a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The platform’s adoption, on a near-unanimous voice vote, reflected the influence of the party’s more liberal wing at its annual convention. Both positions are at odds with Gov. Jerry Brown, who has expressed reservations about legalizing pot and faced protests when he spoke Saturday over his permissiveness of hydraulic fracturing, a method of oil extraction.

– David Siders


“Practically, you cannot get 800,000 signatures in a month.”

Chuck Reed, San Jose mayor, acknowledging his pension overhaul measure will not make the mid-April deadline for the 2014 ballot. Reed won’t proceed until a court battle over wording concludes.

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