I bet the San Bernardino County Democratic Party would love to have me instead of Ray Moors in their party right now. However, I will cringe hard in either major political party. I honestly may agree with the Republicans half the time, but when it comes to civil rights issues I have to be chugging the antacid pills when I attend the meetings at the San Bernardino County Republican Party. I bet Ray is feeling like an outcast in the Democratic Party right now.
I do not feel enthusiastic in participating in my local county and state Republican parties because they do not understand how to deal with groups such as Latinos and the gays. Even though the Democratic Party does not know how to balance a budget to save their lives in Sacramento, the Republican Party alienates more voters than they attempt to reach out to in California. The Republican revolution of 2010 failed in California. If Steve Cooley only refused to defend Prop 8 and supported marijuana users we would have had our only victory.
I am writing this column today in response to a letter the San Bernardino County Republican party issued in their support of the CLASS Act to repeal SB 48.
Republicans may be concerned that teachers and students are prohibited from using examples or language that would be not be adverse about the individual being studied. However we have to be tactful about what language we use because it can affect the students because they may be part of a demographic group discussed.
Being LGBT is not like switching religions or catching the flu, either you are or you are not. Watching a KD Lang concert will not make young girls want to drive Subaru and play in softball leagues. The goal of SB 48 is to show that there are LGBT people in history and many of them did great things such as save a president’s life from assassination, help Martin Luther King in his quest for civil rights for African Americans and to help in the formation of computer science. Maybe with a more holistic presentation of history it would help make students worldlier, so we can have respect for all students no matter what group or culture they may belong to.
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Since I did not get any replies from the two statewide Republican groups I sent this to, I am sharing this idea on my blog.
It seems many districts in our state did not have any Republican running because Top 2 does not guarantee a seat in November for a Republican. Sad fact is over 7 districts have unopposed races and no one from the left, right and center wanted to help them get on the ballot so we can get someone in the November election.
However it might be likely we can score county party seats and state party committee seats.
It is not likely we will win a top 2 slot in most of these cases, but we can at least score delegates as class 3 Republicans according to the party bylaws.
How do we do it?
Go to your county registrar of voters from April 9th to May 22nd. Rule of the game is getting the papers as early as possible AND turn them in as early as possible.
You will need 40 genuine signatures. But it is better to get 50 to a maximum of 60.
You can get them from ANY registered voter in the district.
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There is something fishy in California and the plague rests on both political parties. Public services that Californians value that are being impacted due to the lack of funds. Governor Brown and the public employee unions want to make sure their causes are fully funded, but the problem we have is not enough taxpayers and not enough industry.
Even though it may be tempting to vote for Democrats due to their lack of using women, Latinos and gays as wedge issues. Democratic Party legislators are making it easy for the entrepreneur class to pack up shop and move to more accepting climes due to their advocacy of crippling restrictions that do not make it cost effective to operate in our state.
Imagine how much revenue we can have if we did not scare away the entrepreneurs that make our state work. With the economy of scale we would have more taxpayers and a more manageable tax rate for the people of California.
Perhaps Republicans need to stop going after the big wedge so we can get more people united to make California work for all of us.
What happened at UC Davis does lead towards hostility which came to UC Riverside. Yes, there are people who helped led to these riots, but its the UC system. This activism (peaceful and violent) has happened since the days of the 1960s for better or worse.
I may not be living in an utopia like the far left folk who want free rides, but fees going upto 20k a year does frustrate us all.
From prior experiences for the last five years, I think the best idea might be web conferences. No matter what campus the UC Regents meet, it should be done via teleconference because demonstrations are going to happen until we get back to stable fees that the average Californian can afford.
It might mean we might have to pare down the layers of administration, maybe have a 30% Online, 70% in campus degree program to save on costs. It might mean begging the state legislators to be pro-business so we can bring forth the revenue to make UC affordable instead of taxing our way to salvation.
There is a new effort in California to end the prohibition of marijuana in our state. And you are all encouraged to visit the official website or their official Facebook page.
If you liked Proposition 19 and you are disappointed that it did not pass in 2010, find out about this new ballot measure that is coming our way. This ballot measure does more things than what Proposition 19 and the medical legalization initiative Proposition 215.
The prohibition of marijuana would be eliminated for adults, allows for hemp agriculture and products which bill was vetoed by Governor Brown recently. This measure does not change laws about use by minors, medical use, workplace use or impairment while using marijuana.
The same infrastructure that is used to regulate beer and wine would be the same infrastructure to regulate marijuana.
Prevents the state and local agencies from cooperating with the federal government in dealing with marijuana issues.
Allows for reasonable number of plants 12 outdoors or 24 indoors to be grown in a household for personal use not for sale. Also, these plants must be cultivated in an area not visible to the general public.
The current war on drugs has failed, we are stuffing people into prisons and drug cartels are causing problems due to our prohibition of marijuana just like gangsters plagued our cities during the days of alcohol prohibition. We spend too much money on this drug war on marijuana, but can not afford to do other police activities in our cities such as dealing with the rapists and murderers that exist in society.
Help our economy, reduce crime, and prevent access to the drug for our youth. Visit the official site and sign a petition as soon as possible.
The rich in California in the “Think Long Committee for California” want to work together to make it where services are taxed. For state income tax rates to be lowered they want to have a tradeoff of services being taxed for the first time. If you want to take your dog to the veterinarian, get your teeth fixed at the dentist or your car repaired be prepared to pay extra.
Earlier this year my family had to pay for a hernia repair for my sister’s puppy and get him neutered at the same time and that rang up to 1800 dollars. If we had the Think Long proposal passed, that would add another 90 dollars to the bill. Not all of us are made of money, but we should not have to tax anything that moves to get the funding our state needs. Even though health care and education may be excluded, I don’t know of animal health care will be taxed as part of this program.
I hope all the providers of services in California work together to defeat the Think Long sponsored proposal. It is basically socking the fiscal obligations of the state to the people that cannot easily afford these tax increases. These billionaires are trying to increase their net worth on the backs of the people earning less even though they have plenty of money to go around.
Maybe the best solution is to make do with the money we have now, cap the maximum amount an individual can have for a public pension so college football coaches and city managers would no longer earn 500,000 a year upon retirement while making sure the low and mid range of public employees would still be protected at the same time.
Be careful what ballot measures you sign in the front of shopping centers and read the fine print so it does not cost you hard in the long run.
Say no to the misguided billionaires.
Recently demonstrators have protested at UC Berkley and UC Davis and the behavior of the UC Police Department makes me embarrassed that the University of California is endorsing the excessive force that their police department has used on their campus.
The police brutality in Fullerton California has led towards greater awareness of the issue of police brutality, it has helped lead towards more people being wary of our law enforcement. Police brutality on the UC system is not just an issue with the Occupy protesters, but it is a systematic problem that has happened from the fee hike protests of recent years.
Since the UC system is having fiscal difficulties due to our state budget crisis, it would be in great interest for the chancellors, UC President and the UC Regents to learn how to work with the students better instead of losing money from lawsuits and alumni closing their wallets due to these incidents.
If students were using clubs and throwing grenades to the police then yes, I could understand a violent response. However these individuals were using the same methods of Martin Luther King and Gandhi to demonstrate for the issues they care about. Just as how the police in the southern states used fire hydrants on the black civil rights protesters, it is only going to radicalize and increase the number of supporters for the Occupy movement.
Sadly I thought we were the United States, but more and more we are becoming a carbon copy of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Crony corporatism, the lack of freedom of expression such as how opposition candidates and gay rights advocates get the same abuse as the Occupy protesters makes the comparison all so real.
For 2012, those who are concerned about the issues of the day should get mobilized in the ballot box so we could change the establishment for the better by running for office or teaming up with someone else who is so we can make the government work for the common people.
If the UC Regents and its chancellors fail to change tactics on non-violent resisters then it is up to the state legislature to write policy for them.
Due to education cut backs, schools in our area need funding from people like you and me. Microsoft has established a website where people can look to schools near where we live and contribute funds to make a difference for them.
The website is called Donorschoose.org, feel free to visit the site and read the sad, yet needed requests from many educators in our communities.
An educator in Ontario wrote:
My students deserve the best I can provide! Unfortunately, I was recently changed from Kindergarten to 2nd grade. In this transition, I found that the specific materials I have for my new students, such as lined paper and crayons, are specifically for Kinder aged students and not 2nd grade.
I feel horrible that this transition is not the students’ fault. In addition to having inappropriate materials for my students, the budget crisis in the state of California is getting worse and worse. This year, we were only given a fourth of what we usually get to purchase supplies for students. This means the majority of the supplies came from my pocket or extremely kind donations! My students truly deserve the best I can offer them! They are so excited to be 2nd graders and are so eager to learn. I do not want a budget crisis to interfere in any way with their opportunity to learn. I also would hate to have to eliminate any special projects encouraging further understanding because we are limited on supplies. Please help me keep these students motivated and un-phased by the budget.
Find a school near you and make the lives of children better.
After reading her column about the Republican Party and moderates that is hosted on her blog and the Flash Report, I decided to post my reply on my personal website since it might not get accepted. This is a longer version of what I replied to on her page.
Kathy, the Republican agenda may be a winning agenda economically. However as a gay man Id be scared big time if many in the establishment got in power in Sacramento. I do not want Bob Huff, Joel Anderson and their friends to write legislation attacking LGBT people which is another form of big government.
I do want industry to return to California, I do want people and businesses to uturn from Texas and Florida. Democrats fail to understand without private industry we have no public services.
The goal for the party is to stop using the wedge issues of bashing gays and Latinos and work on solving the real issues that we need to worry about. I do want us to “run to win”, I also agree that we need to “play to win”. Not all parts of California are receptive to the agenda of the Republican Party, but expecting a politician Sharon Runner, Bob Huff, Joel Anderson’s caliber to be elected in Burbank, Chino, Paso Robles or Pasadena, I would like to have some of the drugs you might be taking.
We are not in Oklahoma or Utah and that is what the California Republican establishment fails to recognize. We have to make our own special blend of Republican Politics. I do agree that we should not give away the store to big business and labor unions that grease the palms of politicians with donations.
I do agree that we are being taxed enough and we are not getting enough in return. We do need to chew the fat of government off to make it efficient. As what I said to Ingra Barks, the 2008 platform is fine it just needs to remove just a little bit of content and I think we can reach out to more people better. It would not be a total revision compared to Munger’s draft, but its more reasonable.
Want to know how the Republican Party can reach out to the areas that used to vote for Republicans such as Silicon Valley and the Central Valley? It is quite easy, stop being bigoted towards LGBT people. As someone who was bullied for being perceived as LGBT in high school, I find it disgusting that the political party I was weaned on has throw the raw meat on the balcony instead of expanding our political appeal.
Hearing the rhetoric that led to 97.5% of the Republican caucus to vote no on SB 48 and AB 9 makes me embarrassed to be a Republican. SB 48 and AB 9 is not about indoctrination of our children, it is about making safe and affirming learning environments so our children can learn. Is that too much to ask for, Mike Morrell and Jean Fuller? When I thought the only major hostile legislators were Joel Anderson and Bob Huff, learning that most of the caucus does not care about the marginalized in our school house walls makes me fight harder despite the odds.
When students are in fear of being beaten up and harassed where they take their lives in the instance of Seth Walsh who lived in Jean Fuller’s district or the ongoing harassment by students and staff in Bill Emmerson’s district in Menifee you know that these laws are absolutely needed where a school district failed to provide equal access to a gay straight alliance for gay history month when they allowed the black students association to do a presentation for black history month.
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