I have been disgusted with the Republican Party for the last six years. The Republican Party in California has failed to recruit candidates to win for the US Senate nor has nominated mainstream candidates that could reach out to voters in all parts of our state. I wish I could be a dreamer, but former State Senator Mountjoy has no prayer of becoming our next US Senator.
Electing Cindy Sheehan to be the nominee for the US Senate for the Democratic Party is just like how the Republican Party elected Richard Mountjoy for this year’s race against the incumbent Dianne Feinstein. I believe when Barbara Boxer runs again in 2010, Secretary of State Condoleza Rice will be a very formidable opponent.
Right now I believe in giving to Republican party interests who believe in an inclusive Republican Party. You can be conservative but being inclusive of all people white, brown, black, straight or queer is the best policy. I will likely concentrate on local elections only this election cycle.
Pombo versus McCloskey
Reluctantly I would rather have Congressman Pombo represent California than former Congressman McCloskey in the June primary this year. As a Republican who supports the inclusion of all Republicans I thought McCloskey would be a bit of fresh air and I had a donation check for him, but for now he deserves to lose.
I support candidates who are pro Israel. And McCloskey seems more like a crackpot the more I read about him.
Pombo is no angel too, he wants to sell off federal parkland to developers.
Neither deserve anyone’s time or money.
I invested my money in this website to use it as my platform to articulate my views and feelings about the issues that interest me.
Aside from blogging and podcasting, teaching the Inland Valley of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties about IRV and Proportional Representation will be a challenge.
There have been rumors that the CRP passed a resolution against Instant Runoff Voting and or Proportional Representation. And the group I am affiliated with Californians for Electoral Reform wanted me to investigate. I saw nothing on the search engines, and I had to use my contacts within Log Cabin to get some answers.
Heck, IRV probably would of helped the conservatives in San Diego elect one of their own to be the nominee in Congressional District 50 instead of former Congressman Billbray.
I guess I’ll need to start off with the Libertarian Party and the Democratic Party first. Then reestablish my Republican credentials in San Bernardino County.
The Malcontent blog actually has some conservative arguments that are gay friendly why the bill is rather silly. It seems natural for the GLBT community to want their influential people in history to be included in public school history books because every racial and cultural group is included. However Malcontent stirs the point right that even with hate crime laws, “They’re stupid and pointless, but as long as we have them, gays should be protected by them.”
However people of all backgrounds should realize that, we should teach about influential Californians and their contributions to the state no matter what preferred group they come from. Amen Malcontent.
SB 1437 will likely pass the Assembly and be sent to our governor for a signature. However I think we should focus on education standards and make all kids from Compton to Beverly Hills successful despite the dogma from the evangelical Christians and homosexuals.
Our governor has failed us in his career as a politcian. He advertised himself as socially progressive yet economically conservative. However he has done neither.
Conservatives and liberals are severely skeptical of the governor and he deservingly needs to go. Arnold’s recent support for 40 billion worth of bonds for evreything and the kitchen sink will only mortgage the future generations of our state. Arnold’s failure to support equality legilsation is only a futile attempt to appease the base of his own party. Arnold should get back to his roots if he wants to lead.
Unless our governor can stand up against the unpopular elements of California politiocs, many voters will be tempted to look elsewhere. It seems for now the Libertarian Party offers the best candidate for governor. Arnold Schwarzenegger is truely indeed a RINO.
Can there be a political realignment towards the Republican Party? Thomas G. Del Beccaro thinks so. Californians understand that our state needs fiscal restraint and economic recovery to make sure we do not enter another fiscal crisis. We also are very law and order supporting bills such as Jessica’s Law which the Runner family has advocated this year. Lastly, we are strongly for making sure illegal immigrants do not attain benefits for living in our state illegally.
California Republicans do have a winning agenda except for the social issues. Proposition 187 was not the problem. The social issues are the problem. We should not force our candidates to adapt the stringent platform of the National and State Party when it relates to social issues. Pete Wilson is correct to explain why our state party has failed to win statewide elections compared to the Democratic party.
The Republican Party has loads of potential, just like how they do not want the Democratic Party to control our economic lives. Many of us in California do not want the Republican party to control our personal lives. Until this happens millions of Californians will trust the Democratic party instead despite the Republican Party’s superior stance on everything else.
Nell Soto and Gloria Negrette Mcleod both serve Democratic yet culturally conservative districts. I applaud both of these legislators for standing on their principles even though GLBT equality is one of the few issues that voters may disagree with them on.
No matter how much money Ben Lopez has to run against Nell Soto, being a social conservative advocate will not serve Ben Lopez in his run for State Assembly in the 2006 elections in district 61. Unless Mr.Lopez wants to dish out socialism with his social conservatism then he may have a chance in defeating long term legislator Nell Soto. Being anti-homosexual and anti-abortion will not earn brownie points with independents, center and left leaning Republicans.
I highly support State Senator Kuehl’s bill SB 1437 to incorporate the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community be incorporated in our social science text books in our public schools. An accurate portrayal of this often marginalized group will help reduce the ignorance and prejudice that these individuals often face. Opponents may say this is going to transform our public schools into miniature versions of Castro Street in San Fransisco, but this legislation is mainly intended to eliminate bias in our school curriculum and nothing more.
And today’s committee vote in the State Senate allows me the chance to thank Senator Nell Soto for sticking up for the GLBT people of California and their straight allies.
There are other bills that both sides are eagerly anticipating for in the coming weeks.
AB 606: This piece of legislation will give the state government enforcement power to school districts who fail to enforce anti discrimination laws.
AB 1056: Adds the GLBT community in tolerance instruction curriculum.
Campaign for Children and Families may say its about forcing and indoctrinating the youth of our state, all the advocates want is for the GLBT youth to learn in peace without being beaten up.
We cant spoon feed heterosexuality nor any alternative sexuality to any youth of our state. People will turnout the way they will turn out. However we can give support to those who are outside the majority.
These legislators need your love and support because you know Randy Thomason’s legion is going to hound these legislators left and right despite their guaranteed victory in November.
And our governor needs to stop being a sock puppet for the social conservatives, else he will probally have the same fate as Congressman Lungren in 1998.
The death of Proposition 77 was the death of some common sense into California politics. 2001’s party monopoly in redistricting resulted in a reduction of competitive districts and the reduction in mainstream Democrats and Republicans.
Take for example Assembly District 61, the district I ran my first major campaign for office. It was originally a Republican district, but since when Nell Soto the former city council woman of Pomona won the Democratic Party locked in the district. Aspiring Republicans of all political persuasions from left leaning Republican (myself), business conservative (Wapner), and just simply conservative (Yates) have thrown their time and money and still not able to claim victory.
Also we want politicians who are not as dogmatic towards other viewpoints. Of course George Runner and Jackie Goldberg may be full of conviction for their politics, most voters prefer pragmatic problem solvers. Where are the Pete Wilsons and Gray Davises of California? I know the party activists do not want to lose their base leaning politicians, but most centrists of both political parties do not want the dogmatic ones to dominate our government.
I just want districts that are not gerrymandered and districts not drawn up by currently serving politicians.
Although I may be a centrist Republican who is burned out by the Republican Party establishment. I am not totally against all Republicans running for office in 2006 in California.
Any Republican I disagree with will probably get a polite non vote. If conservatives in my local area could just simply not vote for Tom Campbell in 2000 when he ran against Dianne Feinstein, I could vote for someone else with enthusiasm.
Here are my Republicans of note for this June 2006 primary election.
Keith Richman – Treasurer
Inclusive Republican dedicated to the big issues that face our state as a whole. Assemblyman Richman has proposed solutions to solve our upcoming pension crisis and the numerous uninsured Californians that grow each year.
Abel Maldanado – Controller
The lesser of two evils. I am uncomfortable having Tony Strickland as the nominee. Due to the Strickland family using campaign money for their own personal gain.
Steve Poizner – Insurance Commissioner
He is the only one running in the Republican Party for this office, and if he was running against anyone else I would still vote for this man who almost won in a overwhelmingly Democratic party district in 2004.
I wish I was able to support Bruce McPherson for Secretary of State, but his certification of Diebold voting machines makes me uncomfortable to punch his name in the voting booth.
Lastly, our Governor does not deserve my support either. Governor Schwarzenegger is only a slave to the Democrats who want to put our state into fiscal peril, and to our own party who wants to restrict personal freedoms.
81 and 82 NO
I could understand that the Republican Party is having severe problems in the upcoming 2006 election. However they have called my home three times in the last week asking for money. None of my family is made of money and the Bush administration has failed our country.
Gas is rapidly approaching 4 dollars a gallon and our president has not implemented any reasonable solutions to lower the prices.
The insurgency still plagues Iraq, and has the mission really been accomplished? Many former generals in the Iraq conflict have said the leadership mishandled the effort.
And our president to ease his low poll numbers sells his soul to the evangelical crusaders by using wedge issues in order to win elections.
And the reconquistas want to invade our country so they could soak up the government services that their home countries have failed to provide them.
Our president is not doing anything substantial to make our nation a better place. Sadly Bush is only a lame duck now.