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Meet me in the Middle

Posted by Brenda McCune on April 22, 2014

This is a quote from one of my favorite politicians, Bill Clinton.  Not because I stand with him ideologically, but because he was effective in creating consensus and getting things done.  Bill Clinton’s biggest fan is Bill Clinton, and he certainly would never let any ideology stand in his way of making a deal.  Not saying we should adopt that approach, but certainly something we could learn from.

The OCGOP held its monthly meeting last night, and the agenda included a variety of important endorsements for state and local offices.  Clearly the big events of the evening were consideration of the application from Tim Donnelly to obtain the county party endorsement in his race for California Governor, and Carlos Vasquez, seeking an endorsement from the party in his effort to unseat Loretta Sanchez.

Neither candidate was successful.

Mr. Vasquez is sorely underfunded for a race against a behemoth of a politician like Loretta Sanchez.  While everyone appreciated his sincerity and courage, he seemed unprepared to deal with this crowd.  Both Mr. Vasquez and his opponent who was in attendance were give an opportunity to respond to questions. (Jim Collum is a candidate endorsed by the American Independent party and did not seek the endorsement of the OCGOP, he complained that some glitch in getting his paperwork in on time prevented him from seeking this endorsement)  When asked why we should give them our endorsement, the candidates both dodged the question and gave their stump speech about why they are running.  Two more committee members asked similar questions, and it was only after Chairman Baugh pointed out their non-responsiveness, and Kermit Marsh asked them directly about endorsements and funds, did they finally get to the point of how viable they are that they should have the important endorsement of this particular body.  It was practically comical at times, with the lack of direct and concise responses and the effort to sidestep and obfuscate the issues that were clearly important to this body.  Can you really take this on?  Are you a serious candidate or is this just a haphazard game?

Loretta Sanchez is a serious contender.  Agreeably, a serious problem that the GOP would love to eliminate.  Are you the guy to get this job done?  That was the topic of discussion. Did they really think we were interested in their high gloss, soft shoe, sales pitch?

Andrew Blount is the mayor of Laguna Hills.  He is a nice man, with seemingly good intentions.  He has even less money than Tim Donnelly and does not have the cheerleading section, the “boots on the ground” that Donnelly has.  I am not sure why he is running.  He has $7,000.00 in his campaign that he has self funded.   He is a nice man and should save himself the grief of this race and just stay home.

Tim Donnelly came flanked by what appeared to be about 50 enthusiastic supporters.  The same rhetorical question should be posed to those people.  Did you really think, the elected OCGOP Central Committee members in this room were interested in your signs, or T-shirts, or your Whooping and hollering?  Next time the Tea Party desires to bring a candidate for the support of this group, please feel free to exercise some, or any, restraint and someone please take a lesson on decorum.  This is a room of politicos of varying experience, but certainly all committed to pursuing what is best for the party, our county and the state and federal governments overall.  The cheering and the interruptions were not only not persuasive, they were uncalled for and lended strength to the arguments against their candidate, in that this may not be the right time or the right candidate.

One thing that would have made Donnelly’s presentation more effective, is for all of those supporters present, to make some immediate financial contributions. They could have gotten on phones earlier in the day and worked on raising him some immediate money, rather than spending all the time they must have spent coordinating their T-shirts and signs.  Donnelly would have been more persuasive if he had come by himself, professional and dignified, just like every one of the many candidates we did endorse that evening.  With nearly 50 people there,  it is impossible not to wonder why or if, they have done or given anything at all to give this campaign some financial credibility, and prepare or strategize for this meeting, rather than just have an obvious plan to be disruptive.  Donnelly told us he had $11,000.00 in the bank.  If every enthusiastic supporter there put in $50.00 RIGHT THEN, he could certainly have boasted that he raised $2,500.00 THIS EVENING. That would have been impressive and might have helped to convert some believers to their arguments about all the faith they have in their grassroots and ground swell.

I get it,  Meg Whitman, blah, blah, blah, money doesn’t win races, blah, blah.

A campaign is not a religious exercise requiring a vow of poverty either.  Money is necessary.  Money is required.  Donnelly also acknowledged that more than $100k is still needed.  I do not recall if that is debt from past expenditures or is needed for future printing projects, but clearly the campaign is not even realizing it’s own goals.  If there were more effort in this energetic group, put behind fund raising, coupled with their enthusiasm, certainly committee members like me, who came with a truly open mind, could be persuaded to get on the band wagon.  There is an enormous problem with credibility when there is such a disparity between reality and necessity.

Chairman Baugh confirmed that Jerry Brown has a war chest of $20million.  Twenty-million dollars.

The probation thing also doesn’t help, and Donnelly never even mentioned it.  It is out there, it will have to be addressed.  Ignoring the elephant in the room will not make it go away.

Although Mr. Donnelly, was polished and articulate, he was condescending and played to his crowd.  He was there to seek the endorsement of the committee, and frankly, it appeared he planned on not getting it.  Donnelly and his followers left the room as soon as the votes pertaining to him were complete. They were indignant and noisy, and continued to make  noise and commotion as they exited a meeting that was still in progress. The meeting was in progress in fact, to honor the hard work of our great volunteers.  Well played Donnelly camp.  Disrespect is not usually the way to win anyone’s support.  Volunteers are the heart of what we do, and in general the volunteers who are honored at this meeting are not people who just discovered the conservative movement last week, but generally have long histories of service.  Shame on you for such glaring disrespect of these people and the process.

The chronic defensiveness of the Tea Party continues to hurt their message.  Their premise is that they are right about all of their platforms and disenfranchised from the “establishment” without any access or appreciation for their enormous “grassroots” efforts. They came to the “establishment” and acted like jerks.  That is not inviting or attractive in anyway. Rodney Dangerfield got no respect because he went around saying it all the time.  You get what you give usually.

I WANT to support Tim Donnelly.  I WANT to believe that there is a tremendous ground swell effort in play, that grassroots are taking hold, that voters are fed up and they want change, BUT, if the captains of the grassroots ship, keep coming to the party with a chip on their shoulder about how disenfranchised they are, this movement will sink itself AND the party.  I hope that doesn’t happen, but based upon the display last night, I can’t help but feel we are all doomed, to eventually live in a completely and hopelessly blue state, in a completely and hopelessly blue nation.  We all remember where that one party experiment was last tried and failed.

Meet me in the middle, was about compromise, it was about reaching out, and if Bill Clinton was anything, it was persuasive.  We need people from the base and the Tea Party to develop attitudes of meeting in the middle. The ideaologues and dogma are a problem, the obvious one, but what was evidenced last night is both greater and easier to fix.  It was about respect.  Donnelly fans showed up, moderately hostile, anticipating to be disrespected and not to gain the endorsement they alleged to seek.  They left, fulfilling their negative self prophecy, not more enlightened in how their own behavior contributed to this.  I came with an open mind. I want to believe that there is a David who can kill Jerry Brown’s Goliath.  In the course of the meeting, though, they lost me.  Misguided efforts and the prevailing attitude were too prevalent to overlook.

Republican party voter registration is now down to 28%.  The increase in No Party Preference voters continues, with no end in sight.  We are almost tied, the GOP and NPP for voter registration.  Sad.  Our platform is that limited government would provide increased economic freedom to all, and as such, increased liberty to all.  Is that really so hard? Is there any concept or ideal that is more important than that?  That is our middle.  It is our foundation.  It is right. It works. If we can not figure out how to meet THERE, we continue to jeopardize our future.  I sincerely hope that both Tim Donnelly and Carlos Vasquez continue to work hard, step up and clean up their game, so that we see viable candidates to carry our message in November after the June primary.

If the Donnelly supporters are serious about truly helping him get this endorsement prior to November, it would behoove them to put a proverbial shoulder to the plow in good faith. There are always openings for Volunteers in the GOTV efforts at OCGOP.  Join us.

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Live from OCGOP Central Committee: Endorsements

Posted by Chris Nguyen on April 21, 2014

We’re live from the Republican Party of Orange County Central Committee meeting, where a slew of endorsements are up tonight.

These endorsements are being sent straight to the whole Central Committee for consideration without going to the Endorsements Committee:
AD-69: Cecilia Iglesias
SD-34: Janet Nguyen
CD-39: Ed Royce
CD-46: Carlos Vasquez
CD-48: Dana Rohrabacher
CD-49: Darrell Issa
Supe 4: Shawn Nelson
Judge: Helen Hayden
Governor: Tim Donnelly
Lt. Gov.: Ron Nehring

These recommendations are being made by the Endorsements Committee for consideration of the whole Central Committee:
OC Auditor-Controller: Eric Woolery
Judge: Kevin Haskins
Judge: Delay until May 5 (Jeff Ferguson/Carmen Luege race)
Supe 5: Delay until May 5

There is zero chance that there won’t be some debate, so we’ll be here blogging it.

7:15 PM: Jennifer Beall and John Brantuk appointed to two Central Committee vacancies in AD-73.

7:20 PM: The committee hears a presentation from Democracy.com.

7:25 PM: The Young Republican Association (a partnership of high school and college-age Republicans) gives a presentation.

7:29 PM: Chairman Scott Baugh speaks about Flag Day.

7:30 PM: Chairman Baugh asks the elected officials and candidates to introduce themselves. This takes quite some time due to the sheer number of people.

7:37 PM: Endorsements Committee Chairman Mark Bucher gives the committee’s report, which proposes endorsements for Eric Woolery for Orange County Auditor-Controller and Kevin Haskins for Superior Court Judge Office Number 14. The Endorsements Committee delayed consideration until May for Superior Court Judge Office Number 35 and Fifth Supervisorial District.

7:42 PM: Woolery and Haskins endorsed unanimously.

7:43 PM: Janet Nguyen, Cecilia Iglesias, Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, Shawn Nelson, Claude Parrish, and Helen Hayden endorsed unanimously.

7:44 PM: Scott Voights moves and Steve Sardis seconds endorsing Ron Nehring for Lieutenant Governor.

7:45 PM: Voigts speaks about Nehring’s efforts to grow the grassroots as state party chairman and notes victories like San Diego Mayor were due in part due to his efforts.

7:46 PM: Allan Bartlett objects to Nehring’s record as state party chair when the party made no statewide advances while Republicans nationally made gains. He also objects to Nehring making marijuana a campaign issue when there are numerous other more important issues.

7:47 PM: Nehring talks about eliminating party debt as both state party chair and San Diego County party chair. Nehring criticizes Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, and Nancy Pelosi. He speaks about needing to improve the business climate.

7:50 PM: Bartlett asks Nehring to answer the question.

7:51 PM: Nehring says the party chair wield little ability to affect races; candidates are the key. He also points to changing demographics.

7:52 PM: Mike Munzing asks if any other Republicans are running.

Someone shouts the answer: there are two other Republicans but neither has a ballot statement (Nehring has a ballot statement).

7:53 PM: Nehring is endorsed by a 2/3 vote.

7:54 PM: Jon Fleischman asks why there is an endorsement proposed for Carlos Vasquez for CD-46, as there are two other Republicans running.

7:56 PM: Candidate Carlos Vasquez says he’s running not for fame or power but to leave the country a free place for his children.

7:57 PM: Candidate John Cullum is running to make a difference and work together across the aisle to end partisan bickering. He says he wants to work for the American people, not special interests.

7:59 PM: Vasquez says the party should get involved because CD-46 is a political donut hole represented by Democrat Loretta Sanchez, surrounded by districts represented by Republicans.

8:00 PM: Cullum says the voters should decide, not the Central Committee. He urges neutrality.

8:01 PM: Kermit Marsh asks about viability, including endorsements and funds on hand.

Vasquez has $8,000 while Cullum has $7,000. Vasquez is endorsed by the Family Action PAC and CRA. Cullum is endorsed by U.S. Senator John Thune and the American Independent Party.

8:03 PM: Baron Night asks about grassroots efforts.

Vasquez points to an Institute he helped start while Cullum points to the Internet.

8:05 PM: Voigts asks if either candidate speaks Spanish.

Vasquez says, “Si” while Cullum says, “Poquito.”

Chairman Baugh admonishes Voigts in Spanish when Voigts asks for the answer to be repeated.

8:06 PM: Cullum is asked if he sought the American Independent Party endorsement.

He did seek it; it was not unsolicited.

8:07 PM: Voigts asks if the candidates believe life begins at conception.

Both are pro-life.

8:09 PM: Fleischman urges the party’s neutrality.

8:10 PM: Thomas Gordon moves and Brenda McCune seconds to table this endorsement until the May Central Committee meeting.

8:11 PM: Brett Franklin supports the motion because he feels the candidates should be vetted. Voigts urges endorsing Vasquez as part of the party’s Latino engagement efforts.

By a vote of 31-20, the party sends this to the May Central Committee meeting.

8:15 PM: In the Governor’s race, Fred Whitaker moves for no endorsement with a second from Jeff Lalloway.

8:16 PM: Kermit Marsh asks the gubernatorial candidates about Jerry Brown’s $20 million. He asks about viability: how much does each candidate have cash on hand and their top endorsements.

Tim Donnelly has $11,000 cash on hand with $148,000 in debt. His endorsements are actor Rob Schneider, Brad Dacus, CRA, and several county central committees. Andrew Blount has self-funded $7,000 and has sought neither donations nor endorsements.

8:21 PM: Dennis White asks what distinguishes each candidate from the other Republicans.

Donnelly says he is leading his Republican opponents 9:1 among all voters and 10:1 among Republicans. He says he will capitalize upon Common Core, AB 1266, and SCA 5.

Blount says he is Mayor of Laguna Hills and had bladder surgery this morning. He says he is part of Orange County. He didn’t seek the Orange County party endorsement because he believes the party should be neutral in a contested partisan primary. He criticizes Donnelly for bringing outsiders to hold signs (who then boo him) and for being o probation.

8:25 PM: Baron Night asks what they’ve done to get their message out.

Donnelly says he’s met 55,000 people and raised $700,000 without a professional fundraiser. He speaks of growing the party and points to the crowd in the room. He says he has fought the Dream Act. He says he’s sponsored AB 351 to require that people accused of terrorism get their day in court in a speedy fashion rather than being held indefinitely. He says he already has 17% support without spending any money on advertising.

Blount says he has not taken any money to pay for traveling up and down the state or going to the state party convetnion. He notes he’s ahead of Neel Kashkari. He says his app, Skidoo, will allow him to reach voters without spending large sums of money.

Both Donnelly and Blount say that MEG Whitman’s campaign demonstrated $178 million could still lose an election.

8:30 PM: Candidate questions end and the motion is debated.

Fred Whitaker says the party needs to unite behind a nominee after June. He says none of the candidates have demonstrated viability yet. He wishes to avoid a divisive endorsement because he wants everyone to come together after the voters decide in June.

Dennis White says the country is in crisis, and California leads the way in being in crisis. He says there are major differences between Donnelly and Kashkari. He says Donnelly wants an endorsement while Blount does not; he suggests complying with both requests.

8:38 PM: By a razor-thin 27-26 margin, the motion for no endorsement appears to have prevailed.

8:39 PM: Deborah Pauly calls for a roll call vote with support from Kermit Marsh.

8:45 PM: By a vote of 30-25-1, the motion for no endorsement is defeated.

8:48 PM: John Draper points to the endorsement of Diane Harkey over Mark Wyland as precedent. He dismisses Blount and points to Donnelly’s conservative record and blasts Kashkari for TARP and for supporting Obama. He points to Donnelly’s endorsements from seven other Central Committees.

8:51 PM: Mary Young says it’s a big mistake for the party to endorse, noting the party needlessly made an enemy of conservative Senator Mark Wyland.

8:52 PM: Dennis White speaks of a controversial candidate named Ronald Reagan and his “A Time to Choose” speech. He speaks of protecting individual liberty against totalitarianism. He says there is not a contested election when it comes to morality. He blasts AB 1266, noting Latinos oppose the bill. He says the party is “at war” with the Democrats.

8:58 PM: It requires a 2/3 vote to endorse. With 30 votes for Donnelly, 21 against Donnelly, and 1 abstention, the vote falls far short of the 2/3 needed to endorse. There is no endorsement for Governor.

9:00 PM: With endorsements completed, the room starts to clear out.

9:02 PM: Steve Baric is named Volunteer of the Month for his pro bono legal work defending the party in recent months when someone sued the party and threatened the safety of party volunteers and leaders.

9:07 PM: Various club reports are given.

9:09 PM: The Central Committee adjourns.

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AD-55 Watch: Ling-Ling Chang Quacks out of SGV Tribune Editorial Board Meeting

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 14, 2014

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune Editorial Board had an Q & A session with the candidates running for State Assembly in the 55th Assembly District.

Assembly candidates Phillip Chen (R), Steve Tye (R) and Greg Fritchle (D) attended the meeting with the paper.

Unfortunately, Ling-Ling Chang was a no-show for a meeting with the Editorial Board.  Chang also skipped out of last Tuesday’s candidate forum at the Salt and Light Ministry at Calvary Chapel in Diamond Bar.

Is it possible that she snubbed the meeting with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, because she did not earn the paper’s endorsement when she first ran for Diamond Bar City Council in 2009?

Though, Chang thought it was important to let the world know via Twitter that two mallard ducks came by her campaign headquarters last Saturday in Brea.

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However, Chang should realize that quacking out of a meeting with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune is nothing to quack about.

If the voters in the 55th Assembly District can’t take Chang seriously as their next Assemblymember, then her candidacy is just all about quacks.

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RPLAC Endorsement Consideration: No on LA County Sheriff

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 8, 2014

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On April 19, 2014, the Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC) will take up slate of endorsements for consideration in the local and county contests such as County Supervisor, Superior Court Judges and Los Angeles County Sheriff.

The contest for Sheriff is highly contested due to the departure of Lee Baca has attracted 7 candidates:  Detective Supervisor Lou Vince, Assistant Sheriff/Lakewood Councilman Todd Rogers,  Retired Sheriff Lt. Patrick Gomez, Retired Sheriff Commander Bob Olmsted, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, Retired Undersheriff/Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka, and Assistant Sheriff James Hellmold.

Tanaka is the lone Republican running for County Sheriff is seeking RPLAC’s endorsement.

Judi Neal, RPLAC Member from the 41st Assembly District (Claremont-Pasadena), made an appeal via e-mail to RPLAC Members to block such endorsement in light of recent scandals that has snared the LASD:

To the Members of RPLAC,

I am writing to each of you regarding the Republican candidate running for Sheriff of Los Angeles County.  Paul Tanaka is the only “registered” Republican running for Sheriff and it may be that he will automatically be endorsed by RPLAC on April 19th, however, given that he is part of a three year investigation by the FBI and that the DOJ is opening their own investigation into alleged allegations an endorsement at this time may not be in the best interest of the Republican Party.

Adhering to full disclosure, I must advise that my father, a retired Commander with the Sheriff’s Dept. questioned the integrity of both Lee Baca and Paul Tanaka.  He was very concerned with the path he saw the Dept. taking under their direction and control.  At a recent Meet & Greet Paul Tanaka was asked about his Viking tattoo.  He will tell you that it’s “just a mascot”, that would be an understatement.  Deputies out of numerous stations have a reputation of playing fast and loose with the enforcement of the law.   Getting the tattoo showed they were part of the Deputies inner circle.

Our by-laws prohibit us from endorsing anyone other than Republicans; however, they don’t say we have to endorse the wrong candidate just because they have an “R” after their name.  In the case of Paul Tanaka, I believe it would suit us to withhold any endorsement until the remainder of the indictments are announced.  In other words, the person we endorse should have no encumbrances or hint of scandal that would embarrass and weaken the party.  We do not need public fallout as we are trying so diligently to rebuild and restore the Republican franchise.  Therefore, I am asking that we invoke Item 12, from the RPLAC Endorsing Rules and Procedures and that as many members as we can get to stand with me at the meeting on April 19th and block this endorsement.

Item 12 states “All Republican candidates who have requested a party endorsement, and who are running in races where there is no other Republican candidate, will be automatically endorsed, except in the situation where two or more members request the County Party to withhold such automatic endorsement and hold a vote for that Candidate.  In such an instance, a vote to endorse will be held for that candidate, who must receive a 2/3 vote of the membership.”

Los Angeles Magazine has written the most accurate account of the actions leading up to the recent indictments and those yet to come.  There are four segments so please read them all. Also see The Citizen Commission of Jail Violence.  Please note this is my opinion and in no way reflects the opinions of anyone else associated with RPLAC. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Judi Neal

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Repost: OC Political March Madness Pool 2014

Posted by Chris Emami on March 19, 2014

UPDATE 3-19-2014: Tournament starts tomorrow. Get your brackets in today.

It is that time of year again. Much Madness is upon us and OC Political is offering a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card to the winner of our free pool. All we ask is that people use their real names in order to make it easier for us to reward the winner with the prize.

Congrats go out to last years winner Connor Duckworth. Can he pull a repeat again this year or will the champion be someone different.

Here are the instructions to enter the pool which we have set up through Yahoo!

Go to http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/register/joingroup
Our Group ID # is 157582
Our Password is reagan

Let me know if you have any issues. We are looking forward to another fun-filled contest.

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Live from Dana Point City Council: Scrutinizing TCA

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 18, 2014

At last month’s Dana Point City Council meeting, Councilman Bill Brough agendized a review of TCA in light of the very public controversies swirling around the TCA (Transportation Corridor Agencies), particularly the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency, which is chaired by Dana Point’s representative, Lisa Bartlett.

9:13 PM: Item begins. Interim TCA CEO Mike Kraman gives a backgrounder on TCA, including listing the list of toll roads under its jurisdiction.

Kraman says Board actions approved 174 items, totaling $74 million, or 97% of its contracts.

At TCA, CEO authority for contracts is between $10,000-$25,000 and delegated for contracts under $10,000, totaling $1 million, or 1.5% of contracts.

That power is $35,000 for Dana Point’s City Manager.

It is $50,000 at OCTA, RCTC, and SANBAG.

TCA Chair and CEO concurrent authority was granted by a resolution buried in the budget for contracts. This authority was rescinded last month.

Five consulting contracts were approved since 2013.

9:24 PM: Councilman Bill Brough asks why Bartlett brought Kraman to give the update instead of doing it herself. He asks why OCFA Chair Weinberg (also a Dana Point Councilmember) brought the Chief for updates. He believes Councilmembers should be able to give updates themselves.

Brough expresses concern when a member of his Council is stripped of her authority on a regional board by the newspaper.

9:25 PM: Bartlett blames the election season.

9:25 PM: Brough asks if Bartlett can name any accomplishments from her tenure as F/ETCA Chair.

9:25 PM: Bartlett lists various projects in progress.

9:26 PM: Councilmen Brough and Carlos Olvera express concern about the TCA bonds refinancing extending the period of time to pay off the debt, with Brough noting the agency was trying to stave off bankruptcy. Olvera asks about the refinancing stretching out the length of time it would take to pay off the debt and actually increasing the amount of debt that the agency incurred, resulting in toll payers needing to pay more over a longer period of time to pay off the debt.

9:28 PM: Bartlett compares it to a home mortgage refinancing. Kraman objects to Brough’s characterization.

9:29 PM: Craig Alexander speaks in public comment, noting that he’s a Dana Point resident, TCA toll road user, and Robert Ming supporter. Alexander expresses his concern about Bartlett representing their city on F/TCA and discusses the vast number of contract extensions Bartlett and the CEO approved without the knowledge of the Board or the public, a power that was rescinded last month. He urges that she be replaced. He says it is accountability of taxpayer dollars not election year politics driving this.

9:32 PM: Bartlett argues $200,000 is not a vast number of contracts. She says she cannot recall any contract that she did not approve.

9:33 PM: Weinberg argues the press is being sensationalistic simply to sell newspapers. He argues it was Bartlett’s leadership that led to rescinding of the contract power.

9:34 PM: The item concludes.

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OC Political March Madness Pool 2014

Posted by Chris Emami on March 17, 2014

It is that time of year again. Much Madness is upon us and OC Political is offering a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card to the winner of our free pool. All we ask is that people use their real names in order to make it easier for us to reward the winner with the prize.

Congrats go out to last years winner Connor Duckworth. Can he pull a repeat again this year or will the champion be someone different.

Here are the instructions to enter the pool which we have set up through Yahoo!

Go to http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/register/joingroup
Our Group ID # is 157582
Our Password is reagan

Let me know if you have any issues. We are looking forward to another fun filled contest.

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How Low Will They Go!

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 13, 2014

I have known Matt McReynolds of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) for many years now. Matt is a wonderful man and a great attorney for the conservative cause.  When Matt lost his sight a few years ago, I never heard of him complaining about it once.  Instead Matt focused on applying his excellent attorney skills for the benefit of PJI’s clients as an attorney who happens to be blind instead of playing the victim.  I also give kudos to the Pacific Justice Institute and its President Brad Dacus for working with Matt to help him continue to be an effective attorney for PJI’s clients.

Matt and PJI have been heavily involved in the effort to place on the ballot a referendum about AB1266 the “Bathroom Bill.”  The effort came close to qualifying for the ballot but is just under 17,000 short of the number needed and PJI, many other attorneys and activists are going over the disqualified signatures and finding many, many instances of institutional bias by some Registrar of Voters offices and the Secretary of State’s office.

Now Matt has discovered that even his own signature was disqualified!  I commend Matt’s article over at the Flashreport (Disenfranchising the Disabled) to you.  This is a new low for the various Registrars of Voters and the Secretary of State’s office involved.  Of course I hope my friends fighting against AB1266 are successful not only because of the specific issue involved, but for the sake of our Initiative process and election integrity in California.

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The Tea Party, Conservatism and the Constitution – a Thought Provoking Article by Professor Charles Kesler

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 7, 2014

Conservative Hillsdale College (Hillsdale) publishes a monthly newsletter called Imprimis. In this newsletter Hillsdale publishes speeches by visiting professors and other dignitaries. Most of the speeches are worth the time to read them but every now and then one is exceptional in its thought provoking and timely commentary.  The January 2014 version is such an article / speech.  It is by Professor Charles Kesler who is an editor of the Claremont Review and an editor of the Signet Classic edition of The Federalist Papers.

Professor Kesler’s article is entitled The Tea Party, Conservatism, and the Constitution.  In the article the Professor gives a timely commentary on the current state of the Tea Party and its relationship with the Republican Party with a call for both of them to work together for the good of the country.  The Professor also notes several areas in which Obamacare is an affront to the Constitution that calls out for us all to fight together against this usurpation in general and specifically the People’s right to legislate via Congress as provided under the Constitution (Hint: there is a very specific and troubling example near the end of the Professor’s article) .  You may not agree with everything the Professor states in his article (some of his conclusions seem to be generalities and in my opinion some establishment Republicans are as much of the problem as Democrats), but you will find it very worth your while to do read it.  Here is a link to the article: The Tea Party, Conservatism, and the Constitution.  The link is to the Hillsdale site and downloads the article as a PDF.  You will need Acrobat Reader to open and read the PDF.

Of course the article is the copyrighted property of Hillsdale College.  Hillsdale allows the articles to be reprinted with credit to Hillsdale but since the article is long and there is a link to obtain it as a PDF for your reading pleasure, I have not reprinted it here.

I highly recommend the article to you and that you pass it along to your friends.

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Petrilla Makes Statement to CRA About 2001 Arrest – Double Wow!

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 4, 2014

As Chris Nguyen accurately reported over the weekend (Live From the CRA Endorsing Convention), Jesse Petrilla made a statement to the delegates at the California Republican Assembly’s Orange County endorsing convention about his past criminal problems.  He did it via a spokesperson who explained that he was away at National Guard training last weekend.  Part of that statement was his defense from those “attacking him” regarding his 2001 felony convictions.  Part of his statement was that he beat the charges.  I was there and serving as the Parliamentarian for the group so I was right next to the podium when the statement was read. Since he told a different story to the Orange County Register the day prior to the convention (See: Does a conviction matter?) – either Mr. Petrilla isn’t keeping his stories straight or his spokesperson did not read the correct statement to the delegates.  Either way this does not bode well for him.

Assuming the statement that was read to us at CRA was the one Mr. Petrilla wished us to hear, the statement is shocking.  I am an attorney although I do not practice criminal law. However, I do know and understand that when you plead no contest and the judge explains to you that such a plea is the same as a guilty plea (and you state you understand that as Petrilla did) – that is not “beating the charges” but admitting to the crime.  That is why I was so shocked by his prior statement of only a few weeks ago in my post about this: Petrilla Statement – Wow!  The Rancho Santa Margarita Patch also carried a story about his prior statement of a few weeks ago which includes copies of the actual court documents from his criminal case confirming his plea bargain and sentence (Did Petrilla Lie?)

Now at the CRA convention he apparently doubles down by having a statement read to us in which he claims to have “beat the charges!”  I guess Jesse Petrilla and some of his supporters don’t understand something extremely important – that Mr. Petrilla’s statements about this incident in which he essentially denies that he plead no contest (i.e. guilty) to two felony charges were only four weeks ago and last Saturday!!!  It is his truthfulness now that concerns me more than what happened in 2001.

Am I glad he served his time and apparently got his two convictions expunged from his record – Yes!  Am I glad he is proudly serving in the U.S. Army – Yes and thank you for your service Mr. Petrilla!  But that does not excuse him from giving out statements like those referenced above to try and make people believe he “beat the charges” or “they were all dismissed” implying he was never convicted of a crime.  As with my prior posts about this issue – don’t take my word for it – go to the Patch post linked above, read the article and the attached pages and make the judgment for yourself.

Perhaps Mr. Petrilla needs to spend a little money and time to consult with a criminal defense attorney about what a “no contest” plea means and what his obligations are under California Penal Code Section 1203.4 in a political campaign (I will leave it to Mr. Petrilla to consult with his attorney about that section of the law).

I am and have been supporting Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly.  See: Why I Am Supporting Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly.

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