Apr 112017
 

Most major California Newspapers will not write about internal polls, but Politico will. The most recent installment of that is the Antonio Villaraigosa Poll designed to make him look like a better challenger to Gavin Newsome.

There was a poll two weeks ago that has Gavin anytowsome Newsome at 28, John Cox at 18 and Antonio Suave at 11. Read more about John Cox here.

Enter Politico:

By now, the early polling in the 2018 gubernatorial race is fairly consistent: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is out in front, followed by a Republican (John Cox or, if he runs, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer), then every other Democrat in the race or mulling it. For former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the goal is to persuade potential donors and party activists that he is a strong No. 3.

His campaign last week released an internal poll by The Feldman Group, Inc., that puts Villaraigosa’s support at 20 percent — behind both Newsom (26 percent) and Cox (22 percent). That’s a tighter margin than in public polls (IGS last week had Villaraigosa at 11 percent). But Villaraigosa is betting on a different turnout model in the primary. The campaign is counting on the possibility that Latino voters who have not turned out in previous gubernatorial primaries will turn out in 2018, motivated in part by President Donald Trump.

So, Villariagosa had to inflate latino turnout in order to get a better result for himself. Just how much? His own polling summary shows that they went fishing for latino voters an inflated them to 23% of the electorate in a non-Presidential year election by looking for people that may have voted once in the last 4 elections, or something like that.

The overall sample was not released, calling the whole summary in to question.

It has the usual pablum about how much people hate trump and how much Californians want more social justice (you know, like 52 Billion dollar tax increases, broken dams and the like).

What all polls lack mention of is the following: If John Cox is the only Republican in the running, he makes the Top Two. If another credible Republican files, they might as well endorse Antonio Villariagosa. Antonio Suave own pol lhas proven, the only way Antonio can get in the runoff is if he takes Gavin anytwosome Newsome down a couple notches and there is one Strong Republican on the ballot. Cox has dropped a million dollars in to his campaign on his way to still more.

It is also very interesting that none of the dems are polling the sanctuary state, the $52 Billion Dollar Tax Increase and any of the other extreme left wing issues on the floor of the State Legislature today. Actually, it is not.

If the populous in general gets the least bit informed of what the democrats did to them with their supermajority, Gavin Newsome will be returned to his Mansion in Marin County in pieces, as would Antoino Suave to his Mansion in Central LA.

Lastly, Antonio Suave says that the math dictates that you need to get to 33% in order to make the runoff. That in and of itself should have told him NOT to release this internal poll. 26 is a lot closer to 33 than 20 is, especially when there are all kinds of pigs running to the political buffet table. With Cox staked to 22% of the vote in a turnout environment over sampled with minorities, the chances of a D vs D runoff are not as good as pundits would expect.

If John Cox is the only funded, credible Republican that files, we have a great chance to break the top-two curse and actually be able to have a real contest of values in the fall of 2018. I hope this is not lost on the rest of the interested parties within the CAGOP.

Apr 062017
 

I still remember the 2011 CRA Convention fight and being accused of selling CRA endorsements. That issue was the central issue of that fight.

I never sold a CRA endorsement, or attempted to. I did get paid by consultants / campaigns many times to influence outcomes in the course of everything else I was doing. That is a very different thing as I never guaranteed or promised an outcome, manipulated CRA Records, Delegates, etc in order to win an endorsement.

The CRA currently has $51k in the bank. 38K of it I raised by selling sponsorships and soliciting donations. This was another thing the people that expelled me roundly criticized – perhaps I should have pocketed the money and done what has been the time-honored tradition of CRA versus trying to raise operating captial for the organization.

The mentality and the reputation of the CRA is well earned. The few real groups they have are made up of the fringes of politics. They had a 9-11 Truther Table at the most recent CRA Convention. Thomas N Hudson never met a check he would not take. When I participated in staging CRA Conventions, I turned down similar would be vendors.

Given that the CRA attracts people like this, it is a reasonable question to ask, “why wouldn’t a group made up of people that can’t function in the real would fight amongst itself all the time?”

Karen England, a woman I have lit up many times on this Blog was running for CRA President in 2011. Her psychotic rants and accusations are still parroted today by some. Late every October, I celebrate “FBI” day in honor of her straight-faced allegation at the 1/2011 Placer GOP Cent Com Organizing meeting that the FBI was investigating the Placer GOP. What was at stake in 2011 was control of the lucrative endorsement mill known as CRA. She lied, multiple times in an attempt to gain political advantage and had a decent group of dupes. Many have recovered from their brainwashing at the hands of Karen England, but those still can’t help but light a torch have found a home in CRA.

I personally wanted to see the CRA be a group for Real Conservative Activists. I had seen the fraud in front of my face for years and was very much personally frustrated to see the Placer CRA, a real unit of CRA with real members getting screwed by fake units controlled by political consultants and staff. The fake units got as much weight in an endorsement as the real ones.

In 2007, the Mitt Romney for President Campaign in an effort run by Mike Schroeder, Brandon Powers, Scott Voigts, David Reade and others created a string of 25 fake CRA Units in order to produce convention delegates to engineer a CRA endorsement of Mitt Romney. I remember that convention well. I remember voting to endorse Mitt Romney on the second ballot. I did not know at the time that 75 of the 148 votes Romney got were produced by this operation.

With a fresh batch of 25 bogus CRA Units, a series of events occurred that forced the internal corruption of the CRA to the forefront. At that time, I had no real idea that people like Steve Frank, Mike Spence, Jon Fleischman, and a couple of other allies at the time (whose names escape me) were all profiting (or had profited) personally (directly or otherwise) from manipulation by fraud or straight up rigged fabrication of CRA endorsements.

I’ve had political consultants tell me they did business with both Jon Fleischman and Mike Spence (both former CRA Presidents). I served under several CRA Presidents and I can tell you with certainty that neither John Briscoe nor Ken Mettler participated in leveraging CRA. I can’t say that about any of the others I served with.

David Stafford Reade and Mark Spannagel – both current Chiefs of Staff for Current Republican officeholders were expelled from CRA for fraud. As it turns out, they got screwed. They did nothing different than several of the people that voted to expel them. What they did was wrong, but getting disciplined and publicly railed by people doing the exact same thing was and is absurd.

Scott Voigts, A man I consider a friend today got expelled for fraud. He got screwed, see above.

In retrospect, I get why a bunch of them sued the CRA. I’d have done the same damn thing given that my 20/20 hindsight is clear on this.

Everyone on the current CRA board should be nervous about lawsuits. Why would someone care about getting banned from CRA for suing the organization at this point? Thomas N Hudson, the current President of the CRA was a vociferous opponent of taking out Directors and Officers Insurance for the group as he, get this, argued that it would INCREASE the chances the CRA would get sued. Guess what, enough board members bought that argument that they voted the idea down. This is the mentality of the CRA today. Those sitting on the CRA board are uninsured and will have to come out of pocket should the $51k in the CRA’s Treasury get exhausted in the next lawsuit.

Of all the people expelled from CRA in my lifetime, I do believe that only Karen England and Tim LeFever deserved their expulsions. It is clear to me that they wanted to take CRA to the next level for their commercial enterprise. The problem is that my side of that fight had people like Steve Frank, Tom Hudson and other on it that were scarcely different than those that lost and later got expelled. Many times over the years, I acted on the advice of Steve Frank and Thomas N Hudson without question, speaking of dumb things to do…

In retrospect, (to cite a recent example of a CRA lynching), I don’t think Steve Sarkis deserved much more than a 1 year suspension or perhaps just a prohibition from serving on leadership for what he did in Anaheim. That said, the morally corrupt Thomas N Hudson believes that Sarkis did nothing wrong and has raged on multiple people over it, (even though Sarkis was caught with falsified membership records, etc. over a three year period) apparently defending the time-honored practice of CRA Fraud.

Perhaps Hudson’s rage over what happened to Sarkis, is because Mr. Sarkis bad behavior mirrored his own bad behavior within CRA? If Sarkis got screwed so badly, Hudson should lead the fight to reinstate him. Thomas N Hudson needs to man up instead of raging on people like a bully.

Trying to reform the CRA has proven to be a fool’s errand. The bathroom boys and narcissists did George and I a huge favor by expelling us in the manner we did. We had proof of even more fraud. Those caught had to gaslight us and employ the pigpen strategy of writing specious, lengthy manifestos (that included bringing in our disdain for some so-called conservative officeholders in to the matrix amongst other things) to cover for their bad behavior when they expelled us.

The unbelievable truth is that whole thing was ignited by us sending in a Spam complaint against an email sent out by Mark Gardner in defiance of the then President John Briscoe’s wishes. From there, the leper colony erupted. Gardner has since announced he has moved to Nevada. Two of the other leaders of the effort to expel us moved to Florida. A fourth board member who voted to expel us moved to Florida. 17 of the 30 votes to expel us were appointed the day of the lynching to the CRA Board by Thomas N Hudson. Many are not on the CRA’s board anymore.

Some people have said that George and My expulsion from CRA was payback or “what comes around”. The smart people who did not have their ego in a wad or who were not trying to avoid conflict saw it as a takeover for Thomas N Hudson and his merry band of Bathroom Boys (many of whom don’t really like Hudson all that much).

Now that Thomas N Hudson is in “control” of the CRA and according to my belief is attempting to leverage it, the organization is basically in a free fall. Its’ membership is about half of what it was when I was expelled and it is continuing to get decimated despite whatever spin may be coming out of the ministry of information. Hudson has built his own reputation, the CRA has its’ own reputation. George and I were freed from the baggage and poor reflection of the CRA’s reputation on ourselves by their own stupidity when they expelled us.

Anyone seeking a CRA endorsement should adhere to the old adage, let the buyer beware. It is similar to willingly injecting bacteria in to your campaign.

P.S. Much of the proof of the contents of this blog is from personal experience, anecdotal stories and the like as most political types try to minimize their email/paper trail. The most common refrain when I blog about stuff is for those affected to call me a liar. Let em. They know what they did. The accounts of this post are things I believe to be true.

Apr 052017
 

Obama set the bar low. Economists everywhere knew that a major part of any smart person’s agenda would be to gut what Obama did.

Donald Trump has been using a provision in the law only used once before to override regulations shoved down our throats by un-elected political appointees.

4 more Obama Era Regulations went up in smoke with congressional action. The mainstream media is lying as they deceptively make it look like these are all executive orders.

Two department of education mandates effectively trashing charter schools and giving the government power were trashed. A land use regulation giving the incompetent fools at the BLM dictatorial power over land-use was trashed and the world famous Obama “Blacklisting” rule was trashed.

Many of the Obama Era Regulations attacking the Coal and Oil Industry have been overturned by congress, but the latest executive order by Trump effectively guts what Obama did unilaterally. The Coal and Oil industry in America will explode and once again evil energy companies will be able to lease federal lands amongst other things.

In what should be the first of many Obama Era Internet Rules, a so-called Privacy Regulation that favored Obama Donors like Google and Facebook over Cable Carriers was repealed.

TRADE / INFASTRUCTURE:

Trump signs two executive orders to jump-start the Trade Agenda:

The first executive order aims to ensure that duties are fully collected when imposed on foreign importers who cheat.

“They are cheaters,” the president said forcefully.

The second order directs Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the U.S. Trade Representative to compile a report within 90 days to identify a broad range of trade abuses, country by country and product by product.

The next thing you know, Trump is meeting with China, the number one abuser of our trade policy. Trump’s policies have had an immediate and dramatic effect on our trade deficit with China.

In February, the trade deficit to China fell by a record amount and American exports increased for a thrid straight month, according to ABC News.

The deficit fell to $43.6 billion, 9.6 percent below January’s deficit of $48.2 billion, while imports on Chinese goods fell by $8.6 billion.  The overall trade deficit with China narrowed in February to $23 billion, 26.6 percent below the January total.

National Trades Unions are feeling the love for the President. They stood and applauded him several times when he appeared at their convention.

Regarding his infrastructure plan take a look at this:

Speaking at a town hall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, President Donald Trump stated that in order for his $1 trillion infrastructure to succeed, he plans on cutting regulations preventing states speedily enacting new building projects.

After pointing to a chart illustrating the legislative process states must undergo prior to beginning highway construction projects, POTUS added “it can take anywhere between 10, if you’re really good, 10 years to 20 years, and then they vote and you lose.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/04/trump-breaks-out-the-chart-to-explain-1-trillion-infrastructure-plan-video/#ixzz4dNvdsJQB

OBAMACARE REPEAL AND REPLACE:

GASP! Trump had golf with Rand Paul, the favorite of Republican-Hating “Libertarian” liberals everywhere. Those cloaking themselves in the Constitution to dislike conservatives should now be in a state of confusion as their imam is now involved in the AHCA effort. (you should see social media, trump hating “liberty Republicans” are in a state of fugue)

VP Pence went straight to the Freedom Caucus – the hard right group that was “credited” for derailing the first attempt to deal with Obamacare – with a series of compromises to get a deal done.

Meantime, after Anthem’s national announcement of withdrawing from Obamacare exchanges, the State of Iowa is now down to two exchange carriers with the withdrawal of two more. Remember, you can only get free —- through an exchange plan. You can’t get it if you buy from a carrier directly. This is why Obamacare is collapsing, the plans with free federal welfare attached to them are collapsing.

Speaking of Collapsing – ISIS is getting hammered. IT almost makes you think Obama wanted them in place, doesn’t it. Two months in to Trump admin and ISIS is getting pushed out of most of its’ key areas. This is an excellent report on the Trump Strategy to deal with ISIS.

Meantime – Trump met with Egyptian President Sisi. Sisi’s government threw out the Obama-backed Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. Sisi is also friendly to Israel.

And, in Syria, there was a chemical weapon attack leaving over 100 dead. This was the worst such incident in years. Trump rightfully laid it at the feet of Obama’s weakness.

TO be continued…

Apr 052017
 

Many have expressed concerns over the democrats’ obstruction of Trump’s agenda. They are on tilt, quite simply they had deluded themselves in to believing Hillary Clinton was going to win.

As we know now, the Obama administration started spying on Trump and his associates in 2015 and likely intensified it once he entered the Presidential Race. Then, they added even more levels chasing the “Russia did it” Ghost.

It turns out that the infamous Susan Rice of the Benghazi Video fame was one of the leaders of the efforts to smear the Trump team and to use gathered spying data to try to delegitimize Trump. The felony is not the investigation, it is the leaking to the press. Considering that Rice is married to the former executive producer of ABC, who still works a contractor doing shows like 20/20 and 60 minutes, well it does not take much to connect the dots.

Rice ordered spreadsheets of all Trump and Trump team member calls to be made. Why?

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Rice was not alone. Was the Gaslighting of Trump with the Russia did it lie ordered by Obama himself?

I am not a Rush Limbaugh fan at all, but this piece Rush did is spot on, The real scandal is Obama weaponizing the intelligence services to be used against Trump.

While this is going on – Democrats are using the Russia did it lie as an excuse to delay and stymie nominations needing congressional approval. Trump has now fallen behind Obama’s pace.

By the time many of you read this post, Congress will have been forced to at least consider the nuclear option of ending the filibuster of a Supreme Court Nominee. If that filibuster is actually carried out, it would be a historic first.

RESPECT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT – CRIME VICTIMS, in a decided reversal of the Obama tactics of blame the police division a couple key things are emerging.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions who was crucified by the media and the democrats is going straight after Obama-Era Police “Reforms” designed to coddle criminals in the name of race-baiting.

In a memo released on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the “police reform” agreements the Obama Justice Department imposed on several police departments nationwide — what the Washington Post describes as “a key legacy of the Obama administration.” The purpose of the review, explained Sessions, was to ensure that the agreements do not undermine the Trump administration’s priorities, including protecting the safety and civil rights of the public, promoting officer safety and morale, and allowing local departments to do their job without unnecessary federal meddling.

Donald Trump declared a Nation week of Remembrance for Crime Victims. (A forgotten class by the American Left) Victims of Crime turn much more conservative after their ordeal, that is a proven fact. Perhaps this is why the left never talks about Crime Victims, focusing instead on registering felons to vote.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION / “REFUGEE” INVASION:

More than 8,000 new Refugees have taken advantage of Obama Appointed Judge’s political decisions to issue restraining orders against Trump’s attempts to get a handle on who’s coming.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions goes straight after Sanctuary Cities.

Illegal immigration is plummeting since Donald Trump got elected. Remember – this is a top 3 reason why the left hate Trump. Illegal and Mass immigration are the number 1 recruiting tool for new democrats.

Secretary John Kelly said the steep decline in arrests is “no accident” and credited President Donald Trump’s approach to illegal immigration…

In his testimony for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kelly said fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border illegally last [in March]. That compares with more than 43,000 in December.

Kelly told lawmakers that the number of [Central American] families and children traveling alone — groups that accounted for hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossers in recent years — also declined steeply. Last month fewer than 1,000 children were caught at the border and fewer than 1,100 people traveling as families were found. In recent years most of the families and children traveling alone have been from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Read more here on the AP (of all sources) reporting on this.

Tune in for Part 8 later today.

Apr 022017
 

If you follow California Politics, the Sacramento Bee has been on a rampage against the Board of Equalization.  When they are not openly displaying their hatred of Christians attacking local charities with slanted, biased stories, the Bee has been writing legitimate stories blasting the board for their practices of using wads of taxpayer money to benefit individual members.

Thomas N Hudson works for the Board of Equalization.

CRA VP Bill Cardoza works for the feckless Ted Gaines. So does Damian Fussell, the CRA’s resident liberal. Cardoza used to work for the BOE before going over to Ted Gaines’ State Senate shop. AS reported on this blog, the serial office-shopper Ted Gaines was purchasing annoying slate mail cards for his next campaign even before his election to his final term in the State Senate was complete! Ted Gaines is running for Board of Equalization.

I’ve seen photos from CRA meetings and conventions suggesting several other BOE Employees are active in CRA. Given that your intrepid blogger has exposed the CRA’s real membership to be no more than 700 people statewide (likely closer to 600), even 5 BOE (or prospective BOE) staffers on their rolls is extremely disproportionate. Further, given that 2 of those are senior officers in the CRA, you have to take pause.

The CRA endorsed Stephen Baird over Ted Gaines in 2016, as Gaines has been hostile to the State of Jefferson movement.

Why was Ted Gaines front and center at the just concluded CRA Convention? He wants something. And, you’d have to be brain dead to think that Thomas N Hudson, Bill Cardoza and others did not and do not have a serious interest in the outcome of that election next year. (Note, I will be supporting (Fill in the name of Republican candidate here) over Ted Gaines in 2018)

Thomas N Hudson rips off the taxpayers for $117K + another $47K in bloated benefits as of 2015. I am not sure how much his undeserved raise in 2016 was, but if it tracked past years, it would put his total package in 2016 at around $175K. How many of you reading this blog make $175k a year? How many of you would love to see this guy crying poor to the judge in his divorce case with said salary?

Trainwreck Teddy represents Thomas N Hudson’s next paycheck. He also represents the next paycheck for the others I mentioned previously.

The BOE was nuked by the State Auditor’s office for their lax enforcement of actually doing state work on state time:

Some employees are not performing the revenue-generating tasks they have been assigned, according to the audit, calling into question the agency’s budget requests and skirting the law.

“Certain board member practices have intervened in administrative activities and created inconsistencies in operations, breakdowns in centralized processes and in certain instances result in activities contrary to state law and budgetary and legislative directives,” the audit says.

No kidding. Have you ever gotten a call at 2 in the afternoon or a 6 page email at 10AM from Hudson in the middle of the week? I am sure Trainwreck Teddy will be a great boss to work for to continue the time-honored 6 figure salary with fringe benefits for optional work. When I type blogs and screw around on Facebook in the middle of the day, I am not selling insurance. Maybe the times when I am doing paid political work for a candidate merit that activity, but it always comes at a price to my insurance business.

In the case of Hudson, we are paying that price. In the case of Cardoza and others, it is simply the time-honored practice of pimping the CRA to a candidate in order to benefit one’s self. The CRA expelled several people for doing that, including Jim Nielsen and Doug LaMalfa’s current chiefs of staff. They got screwed. They were doing nothing different than those that helped expel them.

While Hudson is a “Tenured Civil Servant” who will keep a job regardless of member, should someone not named Ted Gaines get elected to that seat, Hudson could get an office in the basement, time off requests denied, assigned duties that require travel to Modoc County, etc. Trying to fend this off is the likely motive for Mr. Hudson pushing the CRA in the direction of Trainwreck Teddy, who they rebuffed just a few months ago.

The BOE is in chaos. Betty Yee, the California State Controller (who has a reputation of being an honest liberal) publicly called for the BOE to be dissolved because of its’ corruption.

BOE member Fiona Ma, echoed the call. While it is transparent she is trying to get free publicity for her State Treasurer race (in that regard she is no different than Hudson, Gaines or a host of others), she raised some valid points.

Existing Republican Members George Runner and Diane Harkey are pushing back against the calls to dissolve the BOE. Runner is the termed-out member Ted Gaines has been courting for support, appearing at events with him and trying to secure his endorsement.

The BOE is a mess. Hudson wants to keep a job, including the ability to flaunt the trust of the taxpayers in the middle of the day with God-knows-what PAC or group he is a part of at center stage, versus the Job his estimated $175K salary+package is supposed to be paying for.

Yee and Ma have one thing right. There are too many Thomas N Hudson’s in the BOE abusing the system. (and what’s left of the CRA in the process)