With the special election for state Senate District 37 set for March 17, the familiar lament about negative advertising fills the op-ed pages, blogs and social media sites.
He said this, she said that, he said the other thing, with each of the two front-runners denying the particular charges leveled against them.
So with all this noise, who do you believe? Who is best suited to represent the 37th Senate District in Sacramento?
The answer can be found by looking at the endorsements of the elected officials you know and trust. Assemblyman Don Wagner’s endorsements are a who’s who of Orange County conservative leaders: District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens both endorse him as the best candidate to keep our community safe.
Four of the five current county supervisors (Lisa Bartlett, Andrew Do, Todd Spitzer and Michelle Steel), and three of the four who served the last term with candidate John Moorlach (State Senators Janet Nguyen and Patricia Bates as well as Spitzer), have endorsed Wagner as the best candidate to work effectively in Sacramento to pass legislation that helps Orange County and California. Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery, Assessor Claude Parrish and Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen likewise endorse Wagner.
All three of Orange County’s congressional representatives, Reps. Ed Royce, Mimi Walters and Dana Rohrabacher, the vast majority of the Republican caucus in the state Assembly, and many others round out the overwhelming support Wagner enjoys among those who have worked with him and Moorlach.
The reason for this overwhelming support is simple: Wagner has a well-earned reputation for taking a common-sense approach to the problems that face Orange County and the state and, while maintaining his conservative principles, working across the aisle to get legislation passed and signed by the governor.
That is why Wagner has been recognized as the legislator of the year by the Orange County Republican Party and the Orange County Business Council and has received the Collaborative Lawmaker Award from the Association of California Cities.
Orange County needs a principled and effective leader in the state Senate, and Wagner is that candidate.
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Posted by Newsletter Reprint on March 9, 2015
Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District, 37th Senate District, Republican Central Committee | Tagged: Andrew Do, Claude Parrish, Dana Rohrabacher, Don Wagner, Ed Royce, Eric Woolery, hugh nguyen, Janet Nguyen, Jim Silva, John Moorlach, Lisa Bartlett, Michelle Steel, Mimi Walters, Orange County Business Council, Pat Bates, Sandra Hutchens, Todd Spitzer, Tony Rackauckas | 4 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on January 26, 2015
Filing has closed for the March 17 special election to fill the vacancy in the 37th Senate District left when Mimi Walters was elected to Congress. As expected, Assemblyman Don Wagner and former Supervisor/former Treasurer-Tax Collector John Moorlach filed for the seat. Unexpectedly, Naz Namazi pulled papers on the final day of filing and then filed for the seat as well.
A head-to-head Wagner vs. Moorlach race would have ended this election on St. Patrick’s Day. If Namazi pulls enough votes to prevent either candidate from breaking 50%, that would force a Wagner-Moorlach run-off on May 19.
Wagner is using “Business Owner/Assemblyman” as his ballot designation. Moorlach unsuccessfully sought “County Supervisor/Businessman” as his ballot designation, receiving “Orange County Supervisor” instead. Oddly, Namazi does not have a ballot designation. Ballot designations can be challenged in court through Monday, February 2 (a week from today).
I’ve never understood why a candidate would refuse to have a ballot designation. It costs nothing and is the one thing every voter sees because it’s right under the candidate’s name under the ballot. It’s literally the last thing a candidate gets to say to every voter (and for a scary number of voters, it’s also the first thing).
Ballot Statements (or Lack Thereof)
Wagner and Moorlach both got statements for the sample ballot while Namazi did not.
There are only two scenarios why a candidate wouldn’t have a ballot statement for the State Legislature: 1) the candidate can’t afford it or 2) the candidate plans to spend more than the voluntary expenditure limit. (For example, in November 2014, Young Kim, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Janet Nguyen, and Jose Solorio did not get statements because they all planned to spend more than the voluntary expenditure limit.)
The voluntary expenditure limit for this election is $846,000, and I think it’s pretty reasonable to assume that Namazi isn’t going to spend more than $846,000. That leaves only the logical conclusion that Namazi couldn’t plunk down the $5,376 for a ballot statement.
If a candidate can’t afford to even get the ballot statement, how is the candidate supposed to get their message out? The ballot statement is the opportunity for every candidate to get a 1/4 page message mailed out to every registered voter in the district, as it is included in the sample ballot. Any mailer districtwide would cost more than the ballot statement. Even the costs of ink and paper from printing literature on a home computer to hand deliver to every voter in the district would cost more than a ballot statement.
In a general election, it’s possible to win an obscure down-ticket race without a ballot statement because voters are exhausted from reading many seats’ ballot statements or voters aren’t paying attention to the down-ticket races. However, this is the only thing on the ballot; there is no down-ticket. Anyone turning out for this election is turning out solely for the Senate race. Plus, it’s a special election, and special election voters are far more likely to read the sample ballot than general election voters.
Who is Namazi?
Namazi was a paid staffer on Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election campaigns in 2012 and 2014. She also purportedly joined Rohrabacher’s Congressional staff earlier this month. She has been a licensed real estate salesperson for 1 year, 8 months (since May 2013).
As I live blogged two years ago at the January 2013 OCGOP Central Committee meeting, Namazi received the Anna Woods Memorial HQ Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts in the 2012 election at the OCGOP headquarters in Tustin and the OCGOP office in Huntington Beach. (Ironically, as the highest-ranking elected official present at that meeting, Wagner helped present all of the volunteer awards, including the one to Namazi.)
Born in Pakistan, the 47-year-old Namazi had been registered to vote at her Laguna Niguel residence for 20 years but recently reregistered to vote in Irvine in the two-bedroom residence of 64-year-old Julie Tanha. Property records do not show that Namazi has given up her residence in Laguna Niguel nor acquired Tanha’s residence in Irvine. Laguna Niguel is in the 36th Senate District while Irvine is in the 37th.
Born in Pennsylvania, the 54-year-old Wagner has been registered to vote at his Irvine residence for 23 years. Wagner has been a licensed attorney since 1987, an Assemblyman since 2010, and was a community college district trustee from 1998-2010.
Born in the Netherlands, the 59-year-old Moorlach has been registered to vote at his Costa Mesa residence for 12 years. Moorlach’s CPA license was issued in 1980 but is currently inactive; he was a County Supervisor from 2007-2015 and the County Treasurer-Tax Collector from 1995-2007.
Ordinarily, a candidate who pulls papers on the last day of filing, recently reregistered from a longtime out-of-district residence to an in-district residence, has no ballot designation, and has no ballot statement would have all the red flags of being a decoy candidate.
However, there is one big gaping hole in the decoy theory: who actually benefits from Namazi’s candidacy? Unless she starts hitting either Wagner or Moorlach, there is no obvious beneficiary of her candidacy. There is no reason to see how she would draw from more from one candidate or the other: her name isn’t similar to either Wagner or Moorlach, she doesn’t have a similar ballot designation to either Wagner or Moorlach, she’s a woman while the other two are men (indeed, her name doesn’t even make her gender obvious), she has an Iranian name while Wagner and Moorlach have European names, etc. Now, if Namazi starts campaigning heavily against one of the two major candidates, then the decoy theory is worth another look.
Who Will Campaign to Democrats?
It had long been thought that Wagner and Moorlach would try to outflank each other on the right to win the safely Republican SD-37, but with the Democrats failing to field a candidate (and indeed, no non-Republican candidate filing at all), which one will attempt to win over Democrats? Or will both attempt it? It will be a delicate balancing act trying to hang on to Republicans and grabbing Democrats. 28.6% of SD-37 voters are Democrats. It’s a huge voting bloc. If one candidate goes for the Democrats but the other does not, the Democrats could well determine the result of the election. (Leslie Daigle missed her chance; this race was tailor-made for her!) However, it’s still a staunchly Republican district; tilting too far left could cost too many votes on the right.
The riskiest strategy would be sending a hit piece to Democrats accusing the opponent of being too conservative, as the target of that hit piece would presumably quickly send a piece to Republicans: “Look! My opponent says I’m more conservative than he is!”
Of course, there is the ever safe strategy of non-substantive messaging, along the lines of “Democrats Trust John Moorlach” or “Democrats Support Don Wagner” without any political stances included whatsoever.
Full Text of Ballot Statements
Wagner’s ballot statement is below:
As an Assemblyman since 2010, I’ve been a proven, principled conservative voice in Sacramento. That’s why I’m endorsed for State Senate by our conservative Congressman Ed Royce and Congresswoman Mimi Walters.
As Senator, I’ll strongly support a balanced budget, with no new taxes. I’ve fought to eliminate the $500 billion “wall of debt” that liberal politicians have created and plan to leave to our children. I signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” to never vote to raise your taxes and am endorsed by the OCTaxpayers Association.
My fiscal credentials aren’t just talk. I have real experience balancing government budgets – as President of a local Community College District I balanced every budget and paid off all debts, without raising taxes. It can be done.
I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. I’ve been a leader in demanding that Washington secure our border and compensate California taxpayers for the enormous costs of illegal immigration. I’m on record strongly opposing President Obama’s actions to grant amnesty.
As a small business owner myself, I experienced how overregulation and over-taxation stifle business success and economic growth. That’s why I’ve worked to get government off the backs of business owners. And that’s why I’ve been endorsed by the California Small Business Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
I’ve been leading the fight for conservative values in Sacramento, not just talking about them from afar. I pledge to use my experience and proven conservative record to keep up that fight for responsive, responsible, limited government.
Moorlach’s ballot statement is below:
I will fight to end unnecessary government spending and reduce debts. I oppose raising tax rates and I believe government must be lean, efficient, and live within its means.
I began my career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner. I believe government spending requires sound planning and must stand firm against pressures from special interests.
California has an unrestricted net deficit of $124 billion and is 46th out of 50 states in financial status! Billions in underfunded public employee pensions is one of our biggest threats. As a County Supervisor, I passed a ballot measure requiring voter approval on any new public employee pension enhancement.
We also renegotiated the county employee retiree medical plan, reducing the unfunded liability by 71% and saving Orange County taxpayers nearly $100 million a year.
In 1994, I was a partner in a local accounting firm. When Orange County declared bankruptcy that December, I was brought in to help clean up the mess. We immediately cut costs, eliminated risky investments, and put the County back on a fiscally conservative path.
In 2006, I was elected to serve as County Supervisor, where I helped to prudently guide spending through the Great Recession, thus improving the business climate. During my tenure, the County’s unrestricted net assets grew from a deficit to in excess of $300 million. Today Orange County is fiscally sound, and our economy is strong.
California needs a fiscally conservative accountant in Sacramento. I would be honored to continue serving you. http://www.MoorlachforSenate.com
As mentioned earlier, Namazi did not get a ballot statement.
Posted in 37th Senate District | Tagged: Dana Rohrabacher, Don Wagner, Ed Royce, Janet Nguyen, John Moorlach, Jose Solorio, Julie Tanha, Leslie Daigle, Mimi Walters, Naz Namazi, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Young Kim | 2 Comments »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 18, 2014
This just came across the wire from Lee Ramos for Costa Mesa City Council 2014:
Lee Ramos Raises More Than All Non-Incumbent Candidates Combined
Has More than Double Cash on Hand of Non-Incumbent Candidates Combined
(Costa Mesa, CA) – Campaign finance reports show Lee Ramos far outpacing all other non-incumbents combined in the race to replace termed-out Costa Mesa City Council Member Wendy Leece. Ramos raised more than all non-incumbent candidates combined. The majority of money Ramos raised for his campaign has come from Costa Mesa donors.
Having already walked to 75% of the homes in Costa Mesa, the Ramos campaign juggernaut is firmly ahead of all other non-incumbents with both more dollars raised and more homes walked.
“I am honored by the outpouring of support from throughout Costa Mesa, as I’ve met thousands of residents personally walking to their homes,” Ramos said. “I am humbled that so many Costa Mesa donors have contributed to my effort to make our hometown an even better place to live.”
Subtracting out loans, Ramos has double the cash on hand of all other non-incumbent candidates combined. With loans included, Ramos has triple the cash on hand of all other non-incumbents combined.
Of all Costa Mesa candidates in the November elections, only incumbent Mayor Jim Righeimer has outraised Ramos. Subtracting out loans, however, shows Ramos has more cash on hand than even Mayor Righeimer. Mayor Righeimer is running for re-election while Ramos is seeking the seat held by termed-out Council Member Wendy Leece.
The clear front-runner for Leece’s seat, Ramos is endorsed by:
- U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
- California Board of Equalization Vice Chair Michelle Steel
- Ambassador George Argyros (Ret.)
- Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer
- Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger
- Costa Mesa Council Member and former Mayor Gary Monahan
- Former Costa Mesa Mayor Jack Hammett
- Mesa Water District President James Fisler
- Mesa Water District Vice President Shawn Dewane
- Mesa Water District Director Ethan Temianka
- Entire Costa Mesa Planning Commission
- Majority of Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission
A resident of Costa Mesa since the age of four, Lee Ramos serves on two Costa Mesa City committees. Ramos and his wife raised their family in Costa Mesa, where he grew businesses, managed companies, and served as an educator. Ramos is a well-respected community leader, having volunteered not only on city committees, but also for the Self-Help Interfaith Program, for the First United Methodist Church, and for the Estancia High School football team.
Paid for by Lee Ramos for City Council 2014, ID# 1361842.
Posted in Costa Mesa | Tagged: Dana Rohrabacher, Ethan Temianka, Gary Monahan, George Argyros, Jack Hammett, James R. Fisler, Jim Fisler, Jim Righeimer, Lee Ramos, Michelle Steel, Shawn Dewane, Steve Mensinger | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Marion Morrison on May 29, 2014
In a targeted mailer, Keith Curry notifies the 74th AD/48th CD overlay that he has received the endorsement of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
Posted by Marion Morrison on May 25, 2014
A friend of the Morrison clan received this invitation from the owner of the Wild Goose in Costa Mesa. It’s a “neighborhood meeting with Dana Rohrabacher and Michelle Steel,” with a light lunch served. Interestingly enough, the mailer is paid for by both the Rohrabacher and Steel campaigns respectively.
Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 19, 2014
I’ve had several people ask me what the candidate order for the June ballot will be.
California law requires a lottery to determine the order of candidates on the ballot. Why does this law exist? Studies of the primacy effect showed the candidate at the top of the ballot gains as much as a 5% increase in votes. Consequently, in 1975, California legislators adopted a law mandating an end to the alphabetical listing of candidates (likely to the chagrin of Sam Aanestad and Dick Ackerman but the joy of Mary Young and Ed Zschau) and requiring a lottery before each election.
The Secretary of State’s candidate order lottery has determined the alphabet for the June primary to be ROYWBMCKVTFUQPIHDAJNEXGSZL.
Nowhere was the result more dramatic than the 48th Congressional District. In all of Orange County, the candidate who came in absolutely last was Wendy Brooks Leece (R), who is challenging Dana Rohrabacher‘s (R) bid for re-election. Coincidentally, the candidate who came in first among all Orange County candidates was none other than Rohrabacher.
For multicounty Congressional seats, statewide seats, and Board of Equalization, they will rotate in each Assembly District.
Ed Royce (R) would have come in ahead of Rohrabacher if it weren’t for the fact that Royce’s multi-county district doesn’t get to use the Secretary of State’s drawing, instead using the Assembly District rotation. Since Royce has only one opponent, Peter O. Anderson (D), the two of them will flip-flop throughout the Assembly Districts of the 39th Congressional District.
For multicounty state legislative seats, the Registrar of Voters in each County does another lottery. The candidate order lottery for the Orange County portions has determined the alphabet to be FQMTPUSZJRIBOVCAEKNYWXHLDG.
In the 55th Assembly District, Gregg Fritchle (D) is first (with F being the first overall letter), followed by Steve Tye (R), Ling-Ling Chang (R), and Phillip Chen (R). No alphabet sequence was closer than Chang and Chen. Where C and H drew was irrelevant for Chang and Chen; it was where A and E finished that matters. This was a photo finish: A was the 16th letter drawn while E was the 17th letter. Chang and Chen also possess the two largest warchests of anyone running for the Assembly in Orange County (incumbents included). AD-55 has all the makings of a highly competitive race, and it’s almost like the candidate order lottery reflects that (though obviously the candidate order lottery’s results are just a coincidence).
On a side note, you would think that with electronic voting now, the names could be randomized for every poll voter (obviously, we’d still need the lottery for absentee voters).
Posted in 48th Congressional District, 55th Assembly District, California | Tagged: Dana Rohrabacher, Dick Ackerman, Ed Royce, Ed Zschau, Gregg Fritchle, Ling-Ling Chang, Mary Young, Peter O. Anderson, Phillip Chen, Sam Aanestad, Steve Tye, Wendy Brooks Leece, Wendy Leece | 1 Comment »
Posted by Chris Emami on November 20, 2013
First of all, I would argue that Mansoor is actually the front-runner in this race, having been on the ballot before when running for Assembly, as well as during his unusually high-profile tenure as Mayor of Costa Mesa. Michelle Steel, his chief opponent, may have more money but just recently moved into the district and will likely face numerous carpetbagger accusations. Mansoor takes Steel head-on in his announcement email: “My decision-making process started a few months ago, when I was approached by many residents and local leaders who suggested I run to replace John [Moorlach]. One of their biggest concerns was that the only major candidate for this office recently moved to Orange County from LA for the sole purpose of running for Orange County Supervisor in hopes of furthering her ambition of running for Congress if/when Congressman Dana Rorhabacher retires.”
Mansoor has also proven that he can defeat candidates with gobs of cash, after having defeated a challenge by Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle in 2012 despite her campaign’s vast financial resources from many wealthy contributors, including Charles Munger Jr.
Steel will also likely face accusations of supporting Larry Agran ally and Democrat Sukhee Kang in a past election.
This is the first of what I expect to be a couple of big announcements in the coming weeks with John Moorlach set to officially announce his candidacy for Congress in the very near future. Mansoor sent out an e-mail announcing the following:
As you probably know, I’ve been thinking about running for Orange County Supervisor for several months. I want you to be among the first to know that I’ve decided to run.
John Moorlach has been a great voice for the 2nd District. As a longtime Costa Mesa resident and the County Treasurer who helped Orange County recover from the bankruptcy, he has very strong ties to our community, and his thoughtful and reasoned approach has been an asset in the county. I’m sorry to see term limits force him from office.
My decision-making process started a few months ago, when I was approached by many residents and local leaders who suggested I run to replace John. One of their biggest concerns was that the only major candidate for this office recently moved to Orange County from LA for the sole purpose of running for Orange County Supervisor in hopes of furthering her ambition of running for Congress if/when Congressman Dana Rorhabacher retires.
I’ve always been the first to admit that fundraising isn’t my greatest strength, and even though I’ve always raised enough to be be competitive, I’ve been outspent in every election I’ve run. This campaign won’t be any different, especially against a candidate whose greatest strength is her ability to raise money from interests outside the district.
So this wasn’t an easy decision. It required careful deliberation and long talks with family, friends, and supporters.
Ironically, this campaign reminds me of my first campaign for city council. In 2002, I ran against entrenched establishment incumbents because a group of people from my neighborhood felt like city hall didn’t care about what was happening in our community. While everyone wanted to improve city hall, no one wanted to run. I, somewhat reluctantly, stepped up because someone had to. Ever since, I’ve been happy and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the community I grew up in.
Now, more than 10 years later, the community I love has chosen me to represent them not only for two terms on the City Council, but also for two terms in the State Assembly. The easiest path would be to cruise to reelection to a third term in the Assembly, but no one else is ready or willing to stand up and fight to make sure that our community has local representation on the Board of Supervisors.
It will be a lot of work. But I’m ready for it, and I hope to have your help and support. You can start by making a financial contribution by clicking here. Whatever you can contribute, whether it’s $10, $100, or $1000 will help. If you’d like to volunteer, or contact your neighbors, or host a coffee, let me know by replying to this email.
P.S. If you would rather mail a check instead of making an online donation by clicking here, you can send a check to Mansoor for Supervisor 2014, 2973 Harbor Blvd #571, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
Posted by Erich Breitenbucher on May 14, 2013
When I requested blog privileges, I really thought I was going to focus on education and waste in California state government. But these Benghazi hearings have got me so upset I just felt like I needed to start with the hot topic of the day. Especially because it’s not being treated like the hot topic of the day. Let’s face it. It is really the most important issue we’ve had in decades. And here is why, Hillary. It matters because if people were incompetent and Navy SEALs ambassadors died – we need those mistakes corrected. If security was ignored to achieve political goals and lies were told to cover up the mistakes – those people need to be thrown out of government for good.
And here in Orange County we have several members of Congress who are in a unique position to get answers on many of these questions.
Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa
San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch Congressman Darrell Issa is, of course, the central Republican figure in the investigation as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Foreign Affairs Committee. Issa knows his stuff.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is always happy to tell you how she’s the highest ranking female of the Armed Services Committee. Loretta Sanchez is not only on the House Armed Services Committee, she is the Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and she is on the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. Loretta Sanchez is also on the Committee on Homeland Security and on the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Rep. Sanchez brags that she founded and chairs the Congressional Caucus on Women in the Military and serves on the Congressional Military Families Caucus. She couldn’t be in a better position to get real answers on who is responsible for the Benghazi cover-up.
Congressman Alan Lowenthal is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. He also is a member of the Veterans Jobs Caucus. Every veteran that shows up for an Alan Lowenthal job fair should demand answers for their fellow Americans killed and put in harms way at the Benghazi consulate on September 11, 2012.
Senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Congressman Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and as a member of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment.
Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Republican Congressman Ed Royce
Representative Ed Royce became the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in January 2013. He is serving his 11th term in Congress, representing Southern California’s 39th district. As a longtime active member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Royce is known for his knowledge of many different regions of the world and analytical foresight into key U.S. foreign policy issues. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
OC Congressman John Campbell is known more for his expertise on finance than National Security, but if any funding is blocked for departments that are stonewalling on Benghazi answers (hypothetically of course,) I’m sure Campbell wouldn’t hesitate to participate as a Republican member of the House Committee on the Budget.
And lastly for Orange County, is Loretta Sanchez’s sister, Linda. No one trusts Democrat Congresswoman Linda Sanchez near anything important, but she could show an interest as a member of the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus.
And as we look to our neighbors in Riverside County, I’m sure we can count on diligent support of our military from Congressman Ken Calvert. But how will freshman Democrat Congressmen Mark Takano and Raul Ruiz react? Will they help deflect attention from the real questions or will they demand an open and honest government that lives up to its hype as the “most transparent?” Let’s look at the Riverside County Congressional representatives’ committee memberships.
Riverside County Republican Congressman Ken Calvert
Rep. Calvert serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and is a member of the Subcommittees on Defense; Interior and the Environment; and Energy and Water. Rep. Calvert also serves on the House Committee on the Budget.
Riverside County Democrat Congressman Mark Takano
Not even one year into his first year in Congress, Mark Takano serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and his website says that “Securing our nation from foreign threats, including terrorism, must be a priority of Congress. It is critical that our military personnel have the equipment, resources, and support they need to protect this country.” Does 20 hours for jet fuel to send in a rescue team sound to you like we “have the equipment, resources, and support they need to protect this country” ? Me neither.
Riverside County Freshman Democrat Raul Ruiz
Dr. Ruiz currently serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Maybe as a doctor himself, Ruiz can find an interest in answering if local Democrat Congressmen even care that our Ambassador died in a Benghazi hospital controlled by Al Queda? (And that they used him as bait to try and kill more Americans?)
Even though the Los Angeles/Orange County local television coverage of the Benghazi hearings has been as lacking and nonexistent as the national coverage of the Benghazi hearing, these lies are eventually going to exposed to the public – as long as we keep asking questions. The questions are too big and the consequences have been too horrible to ignore forever. We will really see which of the Democrats are liberals which of the Democrats are just partisan liars. I hope to track on this blog the lies told by the Orange County Democrat Members of Congress to cover-up Benghazi. I also hope to track on this blog which Democrats are willing to be honest about mistakes made and inconvenient truths that need to be told.
How long does it take to get jet fuel in southern Europe or North Africa? And what efforts were made to ask other counties for assistance? Did Hillary change the security level at the Benghazi consulate? If the CIA talking points on the day of the attack, had only an attack and Al Queda mentioned, but no protest in Benghazi or video, why did both President Obama and Hillary tell Pat Smith (the mother of Sean Smith, killed in Benghazi) 3 days later that the reason for the attack was the video?
Pat Smith told FoxNews on May 13 that Obama, Hillary, Panetta and Susan Rice all hugged her and told her “Face to face, nose to nose” that the video was to blame for he son’s death. We now know, that the President, Hillary, Panetta and Rice all knew that this was not true – and they lied to the face of a mother who had lost her son. Every political activist that wants to honor the memory of Sean Smith in the appropriate way that the President, Hillary, Panetta and Rice will not, by finding out the truth, need to pull out your iPhone at the next community coffee or town hall and ask one of these tough questions. Post the answers on YouTube. Eventually Democrats will have to admit so many facts that are damaging to the above mentioned 4 officials that they will start to denounce the actions and call for their removal. Or the local Democrats will lie and cover up and the mountain of evidence on YouTube and social media will force them to go down with the Obama/Hillary ship on this series of poor security decisions and lies.
But if Jay Carney thinks we will forget about this story as just old news, I can assure you that we will NEVER FORGET. Let’s roll. We have some tracking to do…
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Alan Lowenthal, Barack Obama, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, Ed Royce, Hillary Clinton, John Campbell, Ken Calvert, Leon Panetta, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Mark Takano, Pat Smith, Raul Ruiz, Sean Smith, Susan Rice | 2 Comments »
Posted by Chris Emami on March 23, 2013
A reader just sent me a new database that included some elected officials that I forgot about the first time around. These offices would be Congress, Senate, and Assembly which I cannot believe I forgot. Take a look at the short but informative database of these elected officials that represent at least a portion of Orange County.
Here you go:
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 38th DISTRICT||Linda Sanchez||(D)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 39th DISTRICT||Ed Royce||(R)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 45th DISTRICT||John Campbell||(R)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 46th DISTRICT||Loretta Sanchez||(D)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 47th DISTRICT||Alan Lowenthal||(D)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 48th DISTRICT||Dana Rohrabacher||(R)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 49th DISTRICT||Darrell Issa||(R)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 29th DISTRICT||Bob Huff||(R)||2016|
|STATE SENATE 30th DISTRICT||Ron Calderon||(D)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 34th DISTRICT||Lou Correa||(D)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 36th DISTRICT||Mark Wyland||(R)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 37th DISTRICT||Mimi Walters||(R)||2016|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 55th DISTRICT||Curt Hagman||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 65th DISTRICT||Sharon Quirk-Silva||(D)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 68th DISTRICT||Don Wagner||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 69th DISTRICT||Tom Daly||(D)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 72nd DISTRICT||Travis Allen||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 73rd DISTRICT||Diane Harkey||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 74th DISTRICT||Allan Mansoor||(R)||2014|
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Posted by Chris Nguyen on January 3, 2013
In a far-too-brief summary of the fiscal cliff deal: income taxes increased on people making more than $400,000 (couples over $450,000), tax deductions phase out for individuals making more than $250,000 (couples over $300,000), payroll taxes increased on people making more than $50,000, the death tax was increased from 35% for estates over $5.12 million to 40% for estates over $5 million, the Earned Income Tax Credit was expanded, college tuition tax credits were extended for five years, and federal unemployment benefits were extended for a year.
The vote on the fiscal cliff provides an interesting illustration of the impact of redistricting on Orange County’s Congressional representation.
The old OC delegation voted 5-2 in favor of the fiscal cliff deal while the new OC delegation voted 4-3 against the fiscal cliff deal, with the new 8th member not yet seated.
More interestingly, the old districts had Republicans 3-2 in favor of the deal with the Democrats at 1-0 while the new districts have Republicans 3-1 against the deal with the Democrats at 2-0.
(Newly Elected Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) will not take take office until later this morning.)
Congressmen Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) and Ken Calvert (R-Corona) represented portions of Orange County until yesterday but now represent exclusively Inland Empire districts. Miller and Calvert both voted for the fiscal cliff deal.
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