Conservative activist and blogger Stephen Frank laments how Proposition 14 made the political climate one sided in many races this year. I can agree that one sided races do make partisans on both parties left out of the race with Democrats in congressional districts 8 and 31 and Republicans in district 35 rather bored.
I can agree that Proposition 14 leads to Soviet styled elections, we have no choice. For Democrats in districts 8 and 31, Gary and Bob will want to repeal Obama’s health care bill, they could care less that lesbians, undocumented women, transgendered women and Native American women are being neglected in the house version of the violence against women act. Joe and Gloria in district 35 could care less about cutting our budgets so we can have manageable budget deficits. Either way voters are at a loss.
Charles Munger Jr, investor and chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party decided to throw this new Top 2 system on the voters since the Republican Party base failed to nominate many of the choices the business faction wanted such as Abel Maldonado’s run for State Controller and Keith Richman’s run for State Treasurer in 2006. And thanks to the conservatives in the social conservative faction we still have Barbara Boxer as our US Senator for the fourth term now. Because of the National Organization for Marriage they sunk Tom Campbell when he was the frontrunner in the beginning.
The Republican establishment should get the message by now. Our reliance on bashing gays, worshiping the unborn while neglecting the born, treating the immigrants (legal and illegal) as pariahs and the worshiping of guns may not get the Bay Area Republicans and Los Angeles Metropolitan Republicans excited. but we need to have a platform and candidates that can speak for the state not just a faction. There is a reason why Democrats win often in our state.
I resent Munger’s approach where we have no way to dissent against the two choices. We need a none of the above choice. We have no way to dissent such as me voting for the Libertarian Party in 2010, many of us resented how Steve Cooley was a hypocrite where he would of not defend Proposition 19, but he would still choose to defend Proposition 8 and we sunk him by denying his promotion to statewide office.
I may agree with Munger on the social issues, but there should be a way to help make electable candidates happen such as instant runoff voting without killing off voter choice. People can rank their choices and candidates would be eliminated one by one until we get a majority choice. People said candidates would build collations, but Joe Baca, Gloria Negrette Mcleod, Gary Miller and Bob Dutton do not really care about the issues from the opposition it will only just be an extended party primary. I agree it is tempting to sit out these elections that provide no choice, but we deserve a say to find out the best political candidate that gives us the least headaches.
Despite the claims from the Top 2 proponents, this November election is going to be the same dog and pony show. With 9 Republican versus Republican races, and 19 Democratic versus Democratic races it is going to be a snooze fest for the party not invited to the dance.
Jean Merl in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times failed to mention Congressional District 35, Joe and Gloria failed to campaign to Republican voters and it is going to be tough to get partisan Republicans to vote for either one of them. I previously mentioned that even with attempts to contact Gloria and her campaign manager they basically ignored me cold. Joe Baca received ire for abstaining on the vote against Attorney General Holder. Republicans living in the area are tempted to vote for Gloria Negrette Mcleod, but since Gloria voted to authorize the high speed rail bill that our state can not afford it is likely that many Republicans will vote for Joe Baca.
The race between Gary Miller and Bob Dutton is going to be the same old dog and pony show. I don’t know how progressives in the Democratic Party will be enthusiastic to vote for either one of them. On issues such as the Violence against Women Act, they would both be likely to make sure undocumented women, lesbians, transgendered women and native Americans get removed from consideration from protection even though they are still women. Also if you are a partisan Democratic Party activist, they are both going to vote against Obama’s health care act. I can agree with Dutton’s campaign manager interviewed in Jean’s story that Dutton’s local ties will help him win the day. Even though both are socially conservative and will oppose the Obama health care law, voting Dutton would be the best bet.
I do agree that Gregg Imus is going to have severe problems against Paul Cook. Gregg will likely be a firebrand that will not do much for the people for his district, Paul will likely work for his district and bring consensus based solutions. Gregg Imus expects that his values will dominate with Democrats.We should not paint supporters of a party with one broad brush, perhaps Democrats in Inyo and Mono county may be against gun control, but Democrats in San Bernardino County may think otherwise compared to what the campaign manager Chad Hanley for Gregg Imus hypothesized on.
With Top 2, the party not invited to the dance has the opportunity to do some tactical voting. It is our opportunity to vote for the least noxious politician.
The June Primary in California offers no choice for many Southern California voters in particular in the High Desert’s CA-08, Pomona’s CA-35 and San Bernardino’s CA-31.
First we go with CA-31, the district has an ethnic minority dominance while two white guys will be running against each other. This election will be an utter snooze fest for people who could care less about Gary Miller or Bob Dutton. The winning Republican Party candidate should face the reality if Democrats mobilize they are going to be in a world of hurt. This is going to be one competitive district for the rest of this decade. Unfortunately the Democratic Party has some individuals who refuse the consolidate which might give away the district to the Republicans indefinitely.
Gary and Bob have identical views on many issues, where just like in CA-35 it will be a contest of personalities. I would have to ask their views on issues such as indefinite detention of Americans and how would they deal with the drug war as issues to focus on. Non neo-conservatives are going to have a hard time determining who would be the best representative for the district.
In future columns I am going to do some investigative reporting. Voters need to know what their candidates stand on the issues. Perhaps we need a checklist and if your favorite candidate matches the positions you agree on vote for that individual. For Republicans in CA-35 and Democrats in CA-31 we need to know what these unknown individuals stand for so we can make the best choice. Due to top two, we have NO write in vote choice. We can abstain, but if we abstain we end up giving away our vote to the people who make a choice.
I am hoping to team up with Democratic Party supporters in CA-31 and Republicans in CA-35 to come up with a list of issues that they care about and see if we are going to have to vote on the superficial if our top two choices are identical? Is Bob Dutton easier on the eye than Gary Miller? Should we vote for Gloria Negrette Mcleod because she is not as allegedly sexist as Joe Baca?
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I was correct that Ron Paul got slaughtered. Jesse Benton was a turd for sabotaging Ron Paul’s campaign.
It will likely fail due to the numerous Republican voters who voted during the primary.
Congressional District 8:
Race is very tight, but I am hoping for Phil Liberatore to not make the top two.
Congressional District 31:
I was correct, It will likely be a Republican versus Republican race with Bob Dutton and Gary Miller. Democrats should support Bob Dutton because he has more of a local footprint than Gary Miller.
Congressional District 35:
This will also be a same party dog fight in November. It is very boring! Joe Baca versus Gloria Negrette Mcleod will be the race this November.
Assembly District 41:
I feel that Chris Holden will beat Donna Lowe because Donna Lowe is not a mainstream candidate. I hope Ed Colton makes a second attempt at running for office in the future. Replacing Mike Antonovich might be a good idea 4 years from now.
Assembly District 52:
This race will be a Norma Torres versus Kenny Coble race. I am not that enthused about either candidate. I need to have a discussion with Kenny Coble on certain issues before I can sustain some support for him.
Bob Dutton is termed out, redistricting created new maps. Musical chairs led to Mike Morrell wanting to run for the new Assembly District 40. Mike Morrell is placed in a new Democratic Party friendly district and he wanted to run in more friendlier climate.
Bob released a poll stating that high and medium propensity voters, prefer Bob to Mike.
Bob wins due to more name ID and more cash on hand to give him the advantage.
Dutton: 28% (4/4) and 33% (3/4)
Morrell: 20% (4/4) and 17% (3/4)
The district that Mike Morrell is originally from, district 41 is not a good climate for a Republican, due to the social policies of Assemblyman Morrell, it would be hard for him to win. Voting against bills such as AB 9 to make schools safe for all students from harassment and intimidation would not make him quality material. I am hoping that someone like Terry Hamilton runs against Chris Holden in Assembly District 41. Heck, David Drier would be a good fit for that district.
Even though Bob Dutton is basically identical to Mike Morrell, I am siding with Bob Dutton.
From Senator Dutton’s email alert:
I would like to remind constituents that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be handling vehicle registration renewals differently this year. Because of legislation passed in May, DMV will extend a 30-day grace period for vehicle renewals occurring between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.
It is important to know that billing notices issued by DMV have not been adjusted to reflect the 30-day grace period. Instead, a special insert a has been included with the billing notice that indicates penalties will not be imposed until the 31st day after the expiration date.
Normally, there is NO grace period for vehicle registration renewals, but notices are sent 60 days prior to the renewal date. Penalties under the standard system are calculated based on the number of days the registration is overdue, increasing from a 10% penalty when a payment is one to ten days late to a 60% penalty is the fee is 31 days late.
Some vehicle owners have reported that they have been assessed a 60% penalty on their VLF fee on the first day after the fee was due. In other words, vehicle owners paying their fees online after the due date have not received graduated penalties based on the amount of time the fee is overdue–just the maximum penalty from the first day the fee is overdue.
Although DMV officials say they are working to correct the problem, vehicle owners need to pay attention to when their registration renewal payments are due since those that were due in early July have already begun to pass the 30-day grace period.
DMV is encouraging vehicle owners to use renewal by mail or its internet renewal program to renew vehicle registrations. These alternative renewal methods automatically waive late fees for 30-day grace period, but will assess a penalty of 60% of the VLF fee on the 31st day. DMV will refund any over-payments to vehicle owners who were unaware of the 30-day grace period if they included penalty fees in their mailed payments. However, it may take 3-4 weeks for the refund to be processed.
DMV officials also say law enforcement is aware of the registration renewal grace period and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle with a registration expiration date of July 10th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011.
I am here to implore our local Republican State Senators to support Seth’s Law (AB 9) by Assemblyman Ammiano of San Francisco. Even though this may not make your base happy, sometimes you have to take a stand for what is right so we can have a safe place for students to learn.
Even though there are existing anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws there are school districts across this state that refuse to do anything to stop the bullying and harassment of LGBT students from other students and at times the staff of the school. This law is not just for LGBT students, but it adds strength to existing legislation for all included groups such as sex, gender, ethnicity and religion. Just because this bill was inspired by a dead gay teenager’s plight, does not mean it should automatically deserve your opposition.
If students are feeling unsafe to attend school, then they will not be able to succeed in school thus giving students low grades and the potential for more school drop outs. No matter if the persecuted are bullied because of being different, all students deserve a safe learning environment instead of giving license for bullies.
Our local California State Senate Republican leader has submitted two very reasonable pieces of legislation. Even though I am not a big fan of him, he deserves his due once in awhile.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) introduced Senate Bill 417 that would prohibit welfare recipients from using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to purchase alcohol or tobacco products.
I agree with the senator that the loophole that allows these recipients to use the cash portion of their benefits for alcohol and tobacco should be closed so the money could be used for more vital purposes like food, clothing, rent and their utilities for themselves and their families.
If you live in Gloria Negrette Mcleod’s district ask her to co-sponsor SB 417. This bill does deserve bipartisan support.
Then we also have Senate Bill 446 which allows for the Ontario International Airport to be transferred to a regional airport authority instead of the city of Los Angeles so the city of Ontario and local officials surrounding the city could better run the airport.
This bill already has Norma Torres, Gloria Mcleod and other surrounding legislators from both major parties supporting it already.
And this concludes your moment of Dutton Zen.
I am taking the time to write a reply to the California Senate Republican leader to offer a response to the response.
There is a reason why Republicans are not representing the majority in Sacramento, they are just too mean to the marginalized populations in our state. From Proposition 8 to 187, the Republican Party had to use the big wedge to help gain popular support.
Although California has its problems, we should not resort to using the boogey man of the day to become the party of the majority. From Proposition 14 in 1964 to Proposition 8 in 2008, we are telling Californians that the Republican Party is not their party.
Even though Democratic Party legislators think that money grows on trees and we can pay high end retirement benefits to the public employees, people still vote for Democrats because they do not attack their communities.
Even though there may be lesbian business owners, or socially conservative black people who share traits with the Republican Party they end up still supporting the Democratic Party.
Since we have the passage of Proposition 25, budgets must be passed with majority vote. And if Senator Dutton and friends do not have a party platform or a welcome mat to the communities that the Republican Party marginalized in the past it will be hard to win those votes back.
Yes, Senator Dutton I would love to see the two million plus Californians back to work, but the party needs to be more inviting so it could attain the majority support to get business back to our state.
I hear you Senator Dutton, California does need to put jobs first. However there is something the Republican Party establishment needs to do first before voters in California consider the party seriously. Republicans may have the solutions to bring back California’s economy back to life, but voters will find out there is a cost for this economic recovery.
For the voters who value equality where each Californian deserves equal rights regardless of sexual orientation they will find out that Republicans will put forth a wrecking crew ready to take down anti-discrimination laws, school safety regulation and partnership registration laws.
Yes, we do need to bring forth the private sector jobs to make California a successful place. However we need to make sure that personal and economic freedom is both respected. If we want the recovery it will take two to make it work and make it where we do not have to suffer in the name of recovery.