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"It was a splendid population - for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home - you never find that sort of people among pioneers - you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day - and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, "Well, that is California all over."

- - - - Mark Twain (Roughing It)

Monday, October 20, 2014

It took 15 years to get one desalination plant online

Why Nothing Gets Done in California
Endless "studies" and truckloads of lawyers.

Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.

They are building the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will convert as much as 56 million gallons of seawater each day into drinking water for San Diego County residents. The project, with a price tag of $1 billion, is emerging from the sand like an industrial miracle. In California’s highly regulated coastal zone, it took nearly 15 years to move from concept to construction, surviving 14 legal challenges along the way.

The desalination plant is being built by Poseidon Water, a private company, and will be paid for in large part by rate increases on San Diego County water customers. On the surface, the plant resembles any other major construction project: Construction cranes scrape the sky as concrete foundations are poured; the giant new blocky building could be any warehouse or parts factory.


Inside, the truth of the project is revealed. The building will house more than 16,000 reverse-osmosis membranes – salt filters, essentially – that will convert the Pacific Ocean into drinking water suitable for making coffee and watering lawns.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article3017597.html#storylink=cpy

“This plant can’t come online fast enough,” said Bob Yamada, water resources manager at the San Diego County Water Authority, which serves 3.1 million people and is buying all of the plant’s freshwater production. “It’s droughtproof. That’s one of the most important attributes. It will be the most reliable water source we have.”

The water authority’s 30-year contract with Poseidon illustrates both the promise and peril of this water source. San Diego County agreed to pay for 48,000 acre-feet of water from the plant every year – whether it needs the water or not – to ensure a guaranteed supply. The water will cost $2,257 per acre-foot, about double the price of the authority’s most expensive current supply, which is water imported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta more than 400 miles away.
Under this so-called “take-or-pay” contract, the water authority can purchase an additional 8,000 acre-feet each year if necessary, which reduces the price slightly, to about $2,000 per acre-foot.
One acre-foot is enough to serve two average homes for a year. At a total output of 56,000 acre-feet, the plant will meet 7 percent of San Diego County’s annual water demand.
Read More . . . .

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article3017597.html#storylink=cpy

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Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article3017597.html#storylink=cpyUnder this so-called “take-or-pay” contract, the water authority can purchase an additional 8,000 acre-feet each year if necessary, which reduces the price slightly, to about $2,000 per acre-foot.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article3017597.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Two Democrats face off for Senate

Another Phony Election
  • It's Democrat vs. Democrat in Sacramento's 6th State Senate district.  Voter choices have deliberately been reduced by the Elites.
  • 48% of the district's voters are Democrats.  The 52% who are not are told to go screw themselves.
  • From 1850 until 2010 voters in general elections had the choice of multiple political parties and independent candidates.  Today the election system is rigged.  In 2014 there are 25 one-party contests on the ballot.  Election freedom is an illusion to keep the Sheeple voters happy.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA News) —A fiercely contested race is underway to fill a Sacramento-area Senate seat – and it’s the latest example of California’s new election system, in which the top two vote-getters from the Primary advance to November's election, regardless of party.

Dr. Richard Pan was on the campaign trail this week at Sacramento State University, shaking hands and greeting voters in his bid for a state Senate seat – the very one that Senate leader Darryl Steinberg is leaving because of term limits.
Pan’s medical background is an important part of his campaign.

“I’m working hard to bring my real-life experience as a doctor, as an educator, as a small-business owner and a parent to try and keep our families safe and healthy,” Pan told KCRA 3. “I’m a parent. I have children. I need to be sure they get educated. So, I see both personally as well as a legislator -- what families are struggling with."

Welcome to Authoritarianism
It's Democrat vs. Democrat.
In the 6th State Senate District the corrupt "top two" phony
election system gives the voters a choice of only one political party. 
There is no Republican on the ballot and all small opposition
parties and independent candidates are banned.  The corrupt Elites
have even made your write-in vote illegal.

Pan’s opponent is fellow Assemblyman Roger Dickinson.
"People in this community know me," Dickinson said. "I’ve been here. I’ve served this community a long time. I’ve been here for nearly 40 years. I’ve lived in the same neighborhood for 36 years, the same house for 27. (I) have represented parts of Sacramento for more than 20 years."
The election features two members of the Assembly from the same party facing off against each other.
So, why should voters really care who wins? After all, they’re going to get a Democrat no matter what.
“I think we both have differences,” Dickinson said.
He points to his legislative track record, authoring a bill requiring greater truth in advertising for farmers markets.
Campaign records from Maplight show that so far, Pan has raised close to $1 million, with the biggest chunk, about $55,000, coming from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
By contrast, Dickinson has raised nearly $600,000. The biggest contributor is the Laborers’ International Union of North America, with a donation of $20,400.

"Corruptus in Extremis"
Elections in the People's Republic of California are a joke, and the Elites are laughing at the Sheeple voters.
Many "elections" have become phony one-party only contests where the people have no voice at all.  Also, because of massive district size a simple contest for a state Assembly seat can run into millions of dollars.  Only millionaires or those candidates willing to be bribed with special interest money win California elections.  The people have no voice.
The people of California must demand true election reform with either small districts where average people can win or proportional representation.
Free Elections in Scotland
Most nations around the world use a proportional representation system for elections so all factions of society can be represented.  If a party gets 20% of the vote they get 20% of the legislative seats.
In the Scottish Parliament above they have five different political parties and four independent members.  Meanwhile in California the voters are force fed a special interest group funded two-party only system.  (Scottish Parliament)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Battle of the Races: Asians vs. Latinos in Orange County

Republican Young Kim

Battle of the Races
Orange County's 65th Assembly District is 20% Latino and 20% Asian. The race sees a contest between a Latino Assemblywoman and an Asian-American Republican.

(Los Angeles Times)  -  Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a first-term Democrat facing a tough reelection bid, stood in a Sizzler dining room one recent evening with a rallying cry for her supporters.

"Do not let others define our district for us," she urged members of a local Democratic club. "It's too simplistic to do the data and say, 'It's just a Republican stronghold.' "

Until recently, it was. And in one of the most closely watched legislative contests this year, Republicans hope to flip it back.

Changing demographics recently transformed solidly Republican terrain into swing territory. But although Democrats may have expanded their playing field, they could be hobbled by lackluster turnout at the polls next month.

As Democratic registration climbs in these districts, "the blessing is they're getting more voters that are going to be supporting Democratic candidates," said Paul Mitchell, vice president of the bipartisan firm Political Data Inc.

"The curse," he said, "is that more of those voters are younger and tend to have a lower turnout."

There are currently 55 Democrats in the Assembly, one more than needed for the two-thirds supermajority. That voting bloc is handy for passing tax increases or placing measures on the ballot without Republican votes.

The Orange County race is a tossup, according to the California Target Book, an almanac of state politics.

In 2012, Quirk-Silva notched an upset victory over a sitting Republican, buoyed by strong Democratic turnout for the presidential election.

Now she's up against Republican Young Kim, who served in the area for two decades as an aide to Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton).

Orange County's 65th Assembly District is 37% Democrat, 36% Republican
and 27% independents and small political parties.

Kim is running on familiar GOP themes — decrying burdensome regulations on business and pledging to fend off any Democratic attempts to alter Proposition 13, the state's landmark property tax law. Quirk-Silva says she opposes any attempt to change the law.

A former teacher who also served on the Fullerton City Council, Quirk-Silva has emphasized local issues, namely her legislation for a new veterans cemetery in Orange County. She appeared this week with Gov. Jerry Brown at the cemetery's future site in Irvine.

Fundraising advantages typically go to the incumbent. But Kim has gone toe-to-toe with Quirk-Silva in the money race, collecting nearly $1.5 million to Quirk-Silva's $1.8 million.

New demographics are a potent undercurrent in this race to represent the 65th Assembly District. Kim, like 5% of the district, is Korean American. Asian Americans as a whole make up nearly 20%, according to Political Data.

Kim, noting that Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in North Orange County, says she has an advantage as "a candidate that looks like and talks like the district."

The same could be said of Quirk-Silva, who is Latino, as is about 20% of the district.

"There's no doubt — your grandfather's Orange County has changed," said Fred Smoller, professor of political science at Chapman University.

Read More . . . .

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Free elections illegal in California - 25 same-party contests are on the ballot

Another Phony California Election
  • This Fresno Bee article reports how the corrupt "top two" election system has reduced voter choices in California elections. 
  • In 25 districts voters will see only one single party on the ballot.  Other countries with only one party on the ballot are the Communist nations of China, Vietnam and North Korea.
  • The two so-called "major parties" have effectively banned all independent candidates as well as the small opposition parties:  Green Party, American Independent Party, Peace and Freedom Party and Libertarian Party.  Also the Democrats and Republicans have made your write-in vote illegal and it will not be counted.  We no longer live in a republic but in an authoritarian oligarchy.

(Fresno Bee)  -  John McAtee, a 52-year-old voter from Elk Grove, isn’t happy about the state of his ballot this year.

In two legislative contests, the Republican will not have a candidate of his own party to choose from. For state Assembly, he can pick between Democrats Jim Cooper and Darrell Fong. For state Senate, his choices are Democrats Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan.

He considers the scenario one drawback of living in a heavily Democratic area.

“I am not moving, but you take your lumps,” McAtee said.

It's Democrat vs. Democrat
In the 9th State Assembly District the corrupt "top two" phony
election system gives the voters a choice of only one political party. 
There is no Republican on the ballot and all small opposition
parties and independent candidates are banned.  The corrupt Elites
have even made your write-in vote illegal.

A reverse scenario is playing out in a Roseville-centered congressional district, where veteran conservative Rep. Tom McClintock is challenged by fellow Republican Art Moore. More than 116,000 Democrats there have no opportunity to select one of their own.

Democrat Michael Adams said he’s met Moore at district events and also has attended McClintock’s town-hall meetings. Adams, a 68-year-old resident of Roseville, said the upcoming congressional contest boils down to this: “Voting for the lesser of two evils is what I have to do.”

In California, 25 same-party contests populate the fall ballot, intraparty battles made possible by voter-approved Proposition 14 in June 2010. Under the measure, the top two candidates regardless of party advance to the general election.

Banned from the ballot
by Democrats & Republicans.
The system is changing the mechanics of some campaigns, and putting many voters in an uncomfortable spot.

“I’ve knocked on some doors and people have said, ‘I’m not going to vote for a Democrat,’ ” Fong said. “Our job is to get them engaged and part of the process.”

Advocates of the open primary system expected that candidates would move to the middle in some races, eventually moderating a Legislature that for years gridlocked over budgets and other partisan matters. They anticipated that Republicans would choose Democrats less beholden to unions, or that Democrats would choose more environmentally friendly Republicans.

Whether they achieve their objective, however, will depend on whether voters are willing to cast any ballot at all in a general election for a member of an opposing party. Regardless of how much pressure parties exert on their members, polling and election experts suggest some voters don’t vote on contests without a candidate who shares their party affiliation.

Analysis of the possibility of a dropoff in voting is already underway.

Election data analyst Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data Inc., reviewed the 50th Assembly District runoff in 2012 between Democrats Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler and found that as many as 35 percent of Republicans didn’t cast a vote in the contest, while only a very small percentage of Democrats skipped the race. Still, Bloom, backed by business interests, was the victor over Butler, a more traditional labor-backed Democrat.
Banned from the ballot
by Democrats & Republicans.

“This is something that kind of undercuts one of the main objectives of the open primary, which was to allow for all voters in a district to impact the potential outcome of a race,” Mitchell said. “If, for example, Republicans in Santa Monica are bypassing the Democrat-vs.-Democrat legislative or congressional race, then they are not impacting the vote.”

Some candidates this year are banking on high crossover support.

Moore’s candidacy in the 4th Congressional District is based on the idea that Democrats unhappy with McClintock will turn out to vote for another Republican they like better.

Moore’s campaign strategists anticipate that just 15 percent of Democrats will skip the GOP-on-GOP race. In a memorandum to potential donors, the campaign estimated a winning scenario in which Moore pulls 80 percent of the Democratic vote to McClintock’s 5 percent. It assumes McClintock will receive 75 percent of the Republican vote to Moore’s 25 percent share.

“Keep in mind that McClintock is well known and disliked by Democrats,” it states. “We’re confident Moore will pull more Republicans than modeled here.”

Chris Baker, the general consultant to McClintock, said Moore’s estimates amounted to “wishful thinking.” In the primary, McClintock received 56 percent, Moore drew 23 percent, and independent Jeffrey Gerlach finished with 21 percent.

“The primary results show (Moore’s) little chart is extremely unlikely to happen,” Baker said.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/10/12/4162870_california-same-party-races-force.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Read More . . . .

It's Republican vs. Republican
In the 4th Congressional District the corrupt "top two" phony election system gives the voters a choice of only one political party.  There is no Democrat on the ballot and all small opposition parties and independent candidates are banned.  The corrupt Elites have even made your write-in vote illegal.

Sample of a Free Election 
Do not be shocked.  Below is an example a free multi-party election in Britain last week.  Free multi-party elections exist everywhere in the world except in the United State where we are force fed the candidates from the two special interest funded parties.
Maybe we should try free elections in America.


By-election 2014: Clacton
UKIPDouglas Carswell21,11359.7N/A
ConservativeGiles Watling8,70924.6-28.4
LabourTim Young3,95711.2-13.8
GreenChris Southall6881.9+0.7
Liberal DemocratAndrew Graham4831.4-11.5
IndependentBruce Sizer2050.6N/A
Monster Raving LoonyAlan "Howling Laud" Hope1270.4N/A
IndependentCharlotte Rose560.2N/A
UKIP gain from ConservativeSwing+44.1

See more Clacton by-election, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Another Conservative against Neel Kashkari and Ron Nehring

Leave the top of the ballot blank

By Gary;

For the first time ever I am simply refusing to vote at all for the offices of Governor and Lt. Governor.  I will skip those two offices and move down the ballot.

The corrupt California Republican Party is a joke.  Under Arnold they went along with new taxes, massive spending and debt. 

But best of all the GOP and the Democrats worked together to ban all small political parties and independent candidates from all future general election ballots.  Your write-in vote has also been declared illegal and will not be counted.  This was done in a corrupt midnight back room deal with not one single public hearing.

Simply the GOP and Democrats acted together to rig the elections in their favor. 

Democrats wanted to keep left-wing parties off the November ballot and Republicans wanted to ban right-wing parties in the general and weaken conservative voters in the primary by allowing Democrats to vote for "moderate" GOP candidates.

Governor - Don't Vote at All

That brings us to Obama voter Neel Kashkari. . . . the hand-picked lackey of the "moderate" Republican Elite that has screwed over Conservatives for years.

Obama voter Kashkari is a total nobody who has no business running for Governor of the largest state in the U.S.  If he was serious he should have run for a seat in state Assembly to start off this political career.

But to Hell with Kashkari.  In five weeks no one will even remember his name.

Because of the crooked top two system I cannot even cast a protest vote for a minor party or write in another candidate.  So I will simply not vote at all for Governor.

Lt. Governor  -  Don't Vote at All
GOP scumbag Ron Nehring is the "official" candidate against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

Well fuck this little bastard.  As Chairman of the Republican Party Nehring was Arnold Schwarzenegger's partner in abolishing the Republican primary in order to allow "moderates" to defeat conservatives and also to ban independent and small political parties from general election ballots. 

Nehring was also at Arnold's side while GOP legislators voted to increase taxes and GOP voter registration went into a free fall.

In protest against this creep I voted for the Peace and Freedom Party candidate in the primary.  At least left-wingers are honest in their insanity and do not pretend to be something they are not.

Just skip this office and keep moving down the ballot.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

California GOP Targets Bay Area Seat

Republican Catharine Baker

A Must Win District
  • If the GOP can't win solid middle to upper class districts like this one then the party might as well dissolve itself and let a new party form to oppose Leftist Democrats.

Democrats currently hold every legislative seat in the California’s San Francisco Bay Area. But a voter revolt against public unions could give Republicans an outpost in the East Bay.

A recent poll in the 16th Assembly district commissioned by the California Chamber of Commerce’s JobsPAC shows Republican Catharine Baker, an attorney from Pleasanton, running even with the Democratic mayor of Dublin, Tim Sbranti. Democrats enjoy an eight-point voter registration advantage in the predominantly white, affluent suburban district.

Baker has benefitted from a knock-out primary fight between Sbranti and Gov. Jerry Brown’s former adviser Steve Glazer. While the two Democrats spent millions beating each other up, Baker cruised to first place in the top-two primary with 36.7% of the vote. Keep in mind that legislative campaigns rarely cost more than a few hundred thousand dollars reports the Wall Street Journal.

16th State Assembly District
39% Democrat, 32% Republican and 29% Independents
and smaller political parties.

A self-styled pro-business Democrat, Glazer flogged his opponent’s union friends. (Sbranti used to head the California Teachers Association’s Political Involvement Committee.) Labor groups hit back by portraying Glazer as a corporate lobbyist. Their primary beef was that a couple years ago he worked as a hired gun for the state’s Chamber of Commerce, which had sought to topple two pro-labor Democratic incumbents.

Sbranti edged out Glazer for second place with 29% of the vote. Yet the Chamber poll shows that about a quarter of Democrats still aren’t sold on him, and independents favor Baker by two points. His coziness with the public unions may be to blame.

The liberal editorial page of the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Baker for her “centrist sensibilities” and support for the Vergara court ruling in June striking down the state’s teacher tenure and seniority laws. By contrast, the Chronicle wrote, Sbranti is “a traditional Democrat—especially when it comes to toeing the party line in resistance to education reforms that intrude on the unions’ comfort zone.”

The Chronicle also criticized Sbranti’s refusal to endorse a ban on strikes by the Bay Area mass transit workers. A strike last year by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers, who earn on average $76,500 per year, effectively shut down the Bay Area. By using the Vergara case and BART strike as wedge issues, Ms. Baker could run away with the race.

Republicans need to pick up one seat in the Senate or two in the Assembly to deny Democrats a supermajority. The GOP’s top targets are in Southern California and the Central Valley, which traditionally provide the most fertile ground for conservative candidates. But Republicans may be able to expand the playing field by capitalizing on voters’ animus toward out-of-control government unions.

Baker for Assembly.com

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hot Congressional Races Around California

Top Democrat Target
Lt. Commander Paul Chabot
31st District, San Bernardino
 Naval Intelligence, U. S. Navy Reserve.
Paul Chabot For Congress

Both major political parties and groups of their deep-pocketed supporters are playing big in the handful of fiercely fought congressional races in California this year.

With Republicans widely expected to keep — even add to — their House majority in November, the interest from national groups appears to be all about future elections. The parties are positioning themselves for 2016, when the nation will next elect a president and when the political climate could be very different, and even beyond to 2018, experts said.

"Republicans want a cushion against the risk of future losses," said John J. "Jack" Pitney Jr., a Claremont McKenna College political scientist and former GOP official. "Democrats want to limit GOP gains this year so that they will be in a better starting position for when their prospects are brighter," reports the Los Angeles Times.

As a result, tough battles have developed in half a dozen districts. In four of those, Democrats, buoyed by strong turnout for President Obama, wrested the seats from Republicans in 2012.

Another is in the Central Valley, where Democrats hope Amanda Renteria, a local native who has worked in Washington, can dislodge Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) from the seat he won that year.

In the Inland Empire the parties are fighting it out over who will succeed retiring Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in a Democrat-tilting district.

The closest contests are widely believed to be those involving three first-term Democrats.

In Northern California, Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove faces former Republican Rep. Doug Ose of Sacramento.

In Southern California, Republicans recruited Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo to take on Rep. Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, seen by some as a rising GOP star, is challenging Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego.

Paul Chabot's 31st Congressional District

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report labels each of the three contests a toss-up. Cook gives a slight edge to the fourth Democratic freshman, Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert, opposed by GOP Assemblyman Brian Nestande, also of Palm Desert, but concludes the Central Valley district probably will stay in the Republican column.

The fierce competition is fanned by spending by groups that are not part of the candidates' own campaigns. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has so far spent roughly $3 million against DeMaio, Gorell and Ose, according to campaign reports filed with the government.

Another Democratic group, House Majority PAC, has pumped almost half a million dollars into efforts to defeat Gorell and Ose.

The National Republican Congressional Committee reported spending about $1.5 million to oppose Bera and Peters.

Other groups involved in some of these races include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent about $600,000 to support Ose and Valadao and more than $300,000 to oppose Bera.

Top Democrat Target
Both parties are pouring millions of dollars into Sacramento's
7th Congressional District.  Facing off is one term Democrat Congressman 
Ami Bera (naturally on the left) against former GOP Congressman Doug Ose.
Doug Ose for Congress

Likewise, Defending Main Street SuperPAC Inc., which supports incumbent Republicans, spent $100,000 for Ose and $29,000 for Valadao.

In San Diego, the National Republican Congressional Committee launched a TV ad last week implying that Peters had used his position in Congress to engage in insider trading, a federal felony. The Peters campaign called the ad "a false, egregious and purely political attack" that its lawyers were working to have taken down.               
The Brownley camp has invested heavily in trying to knock down Gorell's record as a work-across-the-aisle moderate in a district where Democrats hold a slim registration edge.

No sooner had Gorell disavowed the tea party as "too extreme" than Brownley supporters dug up a 2009 YouTube video showing him addressing the ultra-conservative group at a rally with a tea bag around his neck.

Gorell cited an analysis by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation that reviewed voting records and showed him to be one of the most moderate members of the state Legislature. He predicted his record, his military service in a district flush with veterans and his strong local ties would win the day.

GOP Assemblyman Jeff Gorell
Ventura County's 26th Congressional District
Jeff is a Lt. Commander in the Navy Reserve.
Jeff Gorell for Congress

"I'm going to prove that you can win a congressional seat in this part of the state by running a positive campaign," Gorell said.

On Thursday, the Brownley campaign issued a news release portraying Gorell as anti-immigrant, noting, among other things, that he had once defended Proposition 187, the controversial 1994 ballot measure intended to deny most public services to those in the country illegally.

Gorell strategist Reed Galen said his client's record shows he is "staunchly in favor of comprehensive immigration reform." Brownley and her allies "have spent millions distorting Gorell's record to avoid having to talk about her own," Galen said.

Brownley and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have said she is more in line with district voters on most issues, including healthcare access and women's rights.

Longtime Democratic strategist Darry A. Sragow said it was no accident that many of the Democratic campaigns in competitive districts this year are trying to brand their Republican opponents as tea party candidates.

Not all candidates are running in the middle. Republican Iraq War veteran and business owner Paul Chabot is competing with Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar for an Inland Empire seat that most analysts say offers Democrats their best chance for a pickup this year. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent about $523,000 against Chabot.

Aguilar is emphasizing his support for schools and business growth and touting endorsements from several prominent local Republicans as evidence that he can work effectively across party lines.

But the campaign strategist for Chabot, who opposes abortion and is endorsed by the National Rifle Assn., says his conservative views are shared by a majority of the district's voters, including many Democrats.

"This district does have a lot of Democrats," said the strategist, John S. Thomas, acknowledging the rival party's modest registration edge.
But he added, referring to one of Los Angeles' most liberal bastions, "These are not Westside L.A. Democrats."

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California's 7th Congressional District
In the 2012 Obama landslide election the Democrat House candidate won
a narrow 51.7% victory over a Republican incumbent.
Voter registration is 39% Democrat to 37% GOP.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

PAC money tops $2.5 million in Peters-DeMaio race

Gay Republican Targeted By Democrats
  • Phony Democrats claim it is all about "Gays" and equal rights.  But when it comes to Republican Gays they pour in the money to elect a straight over a Gay.

(Union Tribune San Diego)  -  Political action committees have spent more than $2.5 million thus far trying to influence the outcome of the Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Scott Peters contest for the 52nd Congressional District.
That’s the latest figure reported by the Federal Election Commission, which tracks outside expenditures in near-real time. The National Republican Congressional Committee on behalf of DeMaio and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on behalf of Peters dominate the cash layout.
Most of it has gone to pay for television ads and mailers, but the R and D campaigns groups also have spent ten of thousands on surveys and research.
DeMaio and Peters each had raised well more than $2 million through the end of June. Neither has disclosed what they raised in the third quarter between July 1 and Sept. 30. Those income and expenditure reports are due by Oct. 15, although word may come out sooner.
The only race in California where PACS have spent more than in the 52nd is in District 7 race near Sacramento where first-term Democrat Ami Bera faces GOP challenger Doug Ose. PACs have shelled out more than $2.9 million in that contest.
Outside group spending in San Diego County’s four other congressional elections? Zero.

San Diego's 52nd Congressional District
The district is a toss-up with 32% Democrat registration, 34% GOP
and 34% independents and smaller parties.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Democrats Mandate Abortion, Catholics File Civil Rights Complaint

Democrats Mandate Baby Killing
  • But more interesting is how "religious" Catholics, Jews and Muslims eagerly vote for Democrats who urge the killing of babies.

California’s Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.

The California Catholic Conference, which represents the state’s bishops and archbishops, sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It contends that California’s Department of Managed Health Care discriminated against those morally opposed to abortion and requests an investigation.

The complaint is under review, said Rachel Seeger, spokeswoman for the federal agency’s Office for Civil Rights reports CBS News Sacramento.

The state agency didn’t immediately comment.

The Catholic conference is challenging a directive the state managed care agency sent Aug. 22 to seven insurance companies. It said that California’s Constitution and a 1975 state law prohibited them from selling group plans that exclude coverage for legal abortions.

“Abortion is a basic health care service,” department director Michelle Rouillard wrote in the letter.
The civil rights complaint contends that the directive targeted Catholic-run institutions, including Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The schools notified employees last fall that they planned to stop paying for elective abortions, but said faculty and staff members could pay for supplemental coverage that would be provided through a third party.

The complaint argues that the state action violates the federal Weldon Amendment, which allows the government to withhold federal funding from agencies, programs and state or local governments that discriminate against doctors, hospitals or insurers that don’t offer abortion coverage.

“For the first time in California – indeed, for the first time anywhere in the United States – health plans are now required, as a matter of regulatory fiat, to cover all legal abortions, even late-term abortions, for any reason,” the complaint stated.

“It is a flagrant violation of their civil rights and deepest moral convictions, and is government coercion of the worst kind.”,” said a statement from Bishop Robert McElroy, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and chair of the Institutional Concerns Committee of the California Catholic Conference.

The conference represents the archbishops of Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the bishops of Fresno, Monterey, Oakland, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Stockton.

The group “is the official voice of the 10 million Catholics and their many parishes, schools, universities, social service agencies in California,” according to a conference press statement.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

San Joaquin Valley is California's hottest political spot

The San Joaquin Valley is one of the few friendly areas for the GOP.

"The Republican Party in California is
no longer a statewide party."
 Allan Hoffenblum
Republican strategist

(Fresno Bee)  -  When it comes to competitive political races, nowhere in California beats the San Joaquin Valley -- at least at the state and federal levels.

Heading into November, this part of the state has two congressional races and a state Senate race that are considered competitive. Three other seats in Congress, the state Senate and the state Assembly could be at play -- if not this year, then likely in the future.

Political experts say the region between Modesto and Bakersfield -- centered on Fresno -- is one of the few parts of California where Republicans can still challenge Democratic Party supremacy.

"The Republican Party in California is no longer a statewide party," said Allan Hoffenblum, a longtime Republican strategist and author of the California Target Book, which tracks the state's elections. "It's a regional party. And you're in one of the regions."

Only the Inland Empire of Riverside and San Bernardino counties can come close to the San Joaquin Valley when it comes to competitive races, political experts said.

This year, the region's competitive races are the 21st Congressional District clash between incumbent Hanford Republican David Valadao and his Democratic Party challenger, Amanda Renteria, the 10th Congressional District race pitting incumbent Turlock Republican Jeff Denham against Democrat Michael Eggman and the 14th State Senate race with incumbent Hanford Republican Andy Vidak and Democrat opponent Luis Chavez.

Each of the seats is held by a Republican, but in the case of Valadao's 21st Congressional and Vidak's 14th state Senate seat, Democrats dominate in voter registration. In Denham's district, Republicans hold a slight edge, though registration for both parties is below 40%.

Add in Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is the Republican candidate for state controller, and the greater San Joaquin Valley is certain to see plenty of politicking, whether it's by campaign mailers, television or radio commercials or town hall appearances.

Buying media -- be it television or radio ads -- is also cheaper in the San Joaquin Valley than in places such as Los Angeles and Orange counties. That gives both parties a fighting chance to be competitive, said Tim Clark, a Sacramento-based political consultant who is running Swearengin's campaign.

"The media markets in Fresno and Bakersfield make it easy to have a conversation about politics," he said.

That conversation is likely to start in earnest after Labor Day on Monday, the traditional kickoff of the fall campaign season.

The Young Guns Network, a national Republican group, has booked $235,000 in ads in the Fresno and Bakersfield markets before Election Day -- almost certainly aimed at the Valadao-Renteria contest.

In the meantime, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's ad buy is from mid-October through Election Day and totals around $550,000 for the Fresno and Bakersfield media markets.

At the same time, Valadao has raised $1.8 million and has $1.2 million cash on hand, and Renteria has raised $1 million and has $400,000 in the bank, according to their latest campaign finance reports.

Valadao's campaign has also purchased more than $200,000 in television ads in both the Fresno and Bakersfield markets, and that is just for the period from Sept. 9-29.

Renteria is expected to go on television soon.

"The action is in the Central Valley because that is the area that is truly a two-party area," said Tony Quinn, a longtime political analyst in California and former Republican legislative aide.

Other races could be competitive at some point, but might not be this year.
12th State Senate
of GOP Senator Anthony Cannella

They are the 16th Congressional District seat held by Fresno Democrat Jim Costa, the 12th state Senate seat represented by Ceres Republican Anthony Cannella, and the 32nd Assembly District held by Bakersfield Democrat Rudy Salas.

The political territory held by Cannella and Salas has been competitive for well over a decade, and during that time has been held by both Democrats and Republicans. For instance, Valadao preceded Salas in the Assembly seat, though it was then known as the 30th District. Before Valadao, it was another Republican, Danny Gilmore, and prior to him, Democrat Nicole Parra.

Costa's district -- parts of Fresno and Madera counties and all of Merced County -- covers areas long held by moderate Democrats, but one nonpartisan political prognosticator says the district is marginally competitive this year.

It all comes down to candidates and money, political experts said. And this year, the challengers in each of the three districts are lacking in money or are not considered to be top-tier candidates.
In the 32nd Assembly District race, for instance, Delano Republican Pedro Rios gave Salas a good fight two years ago. Salas won 53%-47%.

This time around, Rios' campaign is close to broke. It was in the red as of June 30, and late contributions have only managed to bring Rios to around the break-even point. Salas, in the meantime, had more than $630,000 in his campaign account as of June 30, and has been steadily raising money since then.

It's a similar story on the 12th Senate District, which includes the western quarter of Fresno County, all of Merced County and other parts of the northern San Joaquin Valley as well as all of San Benito County and half of Monterey County.

Cannella is being challenged by Democrat Shawn Bagley, who only has around $30,000 in his account -- including $25,000 from the state Democratic Party -- while Cannella has more than $930,000.

Starved for Money
In the landslide Democrat year of 2012 GOP Mayor Pedro Rios pulled
47% of the vote. In this year of a strong GOP tide the party is starving
him of funds.  He is broke.  Treating Hispanic Republicans like this
drives them right into the arms of the Democrats.

Hoffenblum, the Republican strategist, said the district could be competitive if Bagley was better financed, but for now is only being watched because Democrats hold a voter-registration edge of 13 percentage points.

Finally, there is Costa's 16th Congressional District. Again, money is a major issue. Republican challenger Johnny Tacherra's campaign is nearly broke at this point, while Costa has around $760,000.

Without adequate cash, experts say, it is hard for challengers like Tacherra to get their name and message to voters, especially in a district like Costa's, where Democrats hold a nearly 16-percentage-point registration edge.

Under the right circumstances, any of those three districts could be competitive, political experts said. Add those to the three that are competitive this election cycle, and that's why the region is the epicenter of competitive California politics.

"The Central Valley from Modesto down to Bakersfield, it has ebbed and flowed for two decades," Clark said, citing swings in both voter registration and which political party has held a particular seat.

Every Republican knows you have to win big here, he said, and every Democrat knows that if you can beat the Republican Party here, you can win statewide.

Said Clark: "The San Joaquin Valley remains the electoral hot spot in the state."

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/08/29/4095091_the-san-joaquin-valley-is-californias.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

From the Fresno Bee.com

The GOP Drops the Ball Again
GOP Mayor Pedro Rios got 47% of the vote two years ago in this Southern San Joaquin Valley district.  As a reward for his hard work the GOP is starving Rios for funds this year.
One has to wonder why the GOP even exists.  Why even bother to run candidates if they refuse to back them?  If Republicans won't step up to the plate then maybe the party should dissolve itself or just stop running candidates and let the Libertarians or a new party have a shot.