Aug 082018
 

Blogger’s Note – this is the body of an email Kevin Kiley sent out. It is also posted on his website here.

We’ve made great headway, but it is all on the line in November. To support my re-election campaign, I invite you to host or attend two upcoming events.

To RSVP for my August 16 Re-Election Event in El Dorado Hills, click here.

To RSVP for my September 27 Re-Election Event in Granite Bay, click here.

You can also support my re-election with an online contribution by clicking here.

Above all, my top priority has been to respond directly to your concerns. To this end, we:As a State Assembly Candidate in 2016, I promised you I would (1) find common ground where possible to advance legislation that serves our area; (2) effectively fight legislation that does not; and (3) provide strong oversight to hold government accountable. Midway through my first term as a Member of the California State Assembly, here is where we stand:
Legislative Successes
Working across party lines, we advanced several policy priorities with successful legislation:

In addition, we have moved several important pieces of legislation close to the finish line:

  • A bipartisan bill to create a statewide Economic Development Strategy for California, by identifying opportunities to help California businesses thrive and identifying barriers that are holding our economy back;
  • A bill to give at-risk students, including victims of bullying, the right to enroll in a neighboring school district;
  • A bill to strike restrictions that prevent testimony older than four years from being used in a teacher dismissal hearing for sexual misconduct;
  • A bill to allow prosecutors to bring thousands of sexual predators to justice for illicitly recording or photographing victims inappropriately;
  • Legislation to endorse the Asilomar Principles as guiding values for the development of Artificial Intelligence;
  • A bipartisan bill to require California public universities to teach the history and value of the First Amendment, titled the Free Speech on Campus Act;
  • A bill to designate two free hunting days per year, supported by a coalition of sportsmen and environmentalists;
  • A bill to expand parental choice for underserved students, supported by the Sacramento Bee;
  • A constitutional amendment to strip the Attorney General of the power to write misleading ballot titles and summaries, also supported by the Sacramento Bee, along with the Orange County Register, LA Times, and Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association;
  • A bill to allow ordinary citizens to access important decisions of big agencies through live streaming;
  • A bill to allow California taxpayers to deduct their federal tax liability from their state returns, ending the practice of double taxation.

And we also co-sponsored several important bills, including measures to stop college tuition increases, end UC admission preferences for out-of-state students, protect whistleblowers who report sexual harassment, and put the entire state budget online, and we founded the California Legislature’s Millennial Caucus.

Effective Opposition

I also promised I would seek to stop or change legislation that is harmful to our district. These efforts included:

  • Led the fight against a bill pushed by trial lawyers that would have increased costs and reduced access to care for our seniors, resulting in a veto by the Governor;
  • Led the fight against a bill that would raise college costs in order to reward a politically powerful special interest, resulting in a veto by the Governor;
  • Successfully called for an end to the restrictions imposed by the drought;
  • Led the fight against the Sanctuary State Bill in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, resulting in amendments limiting the law’s scope;
  • Helped to lead the fight to reverse the Gas Tax;
  • Opposed the unfair and unlawful placement of a Sexually Violent Predator in Placer County, and co-sponsored legislation to prevent this in the future.

Oversight

I also promised I would keep a close watch over taxpayer dollars and hold government accountable. These efforts included:

  • Speaking against the Assembly’s violation of Proposition 54, which requires that a bill be publicly available for 72 hours before it can be passed. Our efforts to bring attention to this unprecedented defiance of the voters’ will brought harsh condemnation across the state, causing the Assembly leadership to reverse course on the 89 bills passed illegally.
  • Challenging a decision by the State Water Commission to withhold funding for new water storage, which had argued that new reservoirs and groundwater storage did not serve a “public benefit.” The Commission later reversed its judgment, approving funding for several new reservoirs, including Sites.

Our Community

  • Held 16 Towns Halls and Community Coffees, including in Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Granite Bay, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and Cameron Park;
  • Wrote 11,048 letters responding to inquiries from constituents;
  • Held public workshops on avoiding scams from seniors, getting access to services for veterans, and using social media safely for students; and
  • Gave 53 high school and college students experience working in a legislative office.
Jun 012017
 

IF you get Kevin Kiley’s email updates – there was a theme, he was consistently asking questions about the constitutionality and lack of transparency surrounding the $25K a month contract given to Eric Holder. Eric Holder was the Attorney General of the US, and a former Black Panther who seemed to inflame riots and racial tensions as AG.

The Democrat Leadership of the State Legislature hired Eric Holder to fight Trump, symptomatic of democrat leaders everywhere in the throes of anguish, denial and rage over the victory of Donald Trump.

Kevin Kiley had repeatedly made inquiries of the State Government that were ignored. It appeared that Mr. Kiley (an Attorney in his own right) was preparing to sue the State Government over their stonewalling. What is key here is that the Assembly, of which Kiley is a member is the side that cancelled the contract.

The democrats fellow trump-hating paper of record the Sacramento Bee offered this following eulogy:

The California Assembly will not renew its contract with Covington and Burling, the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who Democratic legislative leaders enlisted earlier this year to help craft legal strategy to oppose Trump administration policies.

“We have received valuable guidance from Covington & Burling over the past four months. We will continue to seek their guidance as the need arises,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, said in a statement Thursday.

Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, announced the $25,000-a month contract with Holder’s firm in January.

Dan Reeves, de León’s chief of staff, said the Senate will maintain a contract with Convington and Burling.

“Covington’s advice and guidance has been very valuable to the Senate in responding to the Trump’s administration’s sustained attack on California’s policies and values,” Reeves said. “We currently have a number of ongoing projects with Covington and plan to continue that valuable relationship.”

Reeves said the duration and cost of the contract is still being negotiated and he expects to have more details in the coming weeks.

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 12:55 p.m. June 1, 2017 to include the comment of Dan Reeves.

Jan 132017
 

Your intrepid blogger gets a lot of email forwards and anonymous letters.

One such letter found its’ way to my insurance office. It is so full of typos and grammatical errors, I am wondering if they were done deliberately to ensure that I’d not be able to identify the author(s).

Apparently, Mr. Kiley went on to a local TV station and was asked a variety of questions including the world famous left wing dog whistle questions about illegal aliens, sanctuary cities and the like.

Kevin Kiley is intelligent, and quite articulate. It appears that his answers were either a skillful dodge of the question or so nuanced that less educated people (Kiley is Ivy League) were unable to clearly understand what he said. I know Kiley and his platform of law and order were effective enough to propel him to the top of an 11 person primary race. It does not make sense that he’d support illegal immigration.

The letter was sent to me in hopes that I would post it (which I did), but that I’d also take up arms against Kiley for being a RINO. I do believe that Mr. Kiley deserves time in office to get his feet under him before anyone should pass judgement about weather he is a Republican, RINO, Liberal, Commie, Squish, etc.

A group calling itself “Trump Allies of California” claimed responsibility for the letter. The letter finishes with an ominous warning, “We are not surrender”.

In addition, Mr. Kiley recently waded in to the Placer GOP Cent Com leadership drama. I have been treated to a series of neurotic rants by Ken Campbell reminding everyone what a great job he did as Chairman and how no one since has come close. (This, ironically would include his ally in arms Thomas N Hudson)

Mr. Campbell conveniently neglects that in 2004 the Placer GOP (and other Cent Coms) received a lot of money from the RNC/Bush 2004 campaign for GOTV, something that has not happened since. Whoops. This, not anything the neurotic former Placer GOP Chairman did, was the main factor for the high activity level in 2004.

I also thought it was ironic that the photos Campbell have sent out include my family members in them as despite Mr. Campbell’s visceral hatred of my entire family, we did our part – that he now claims credit for and invokes to help get a flawed, dishonest candidate for Placer GOP Chair elected. This sort of dishonest behavior has characterized Ken Campbell for the 15 years I have known him. The Ken Campbell that donates time and money to local charities is the one I don’t know very well at all.

Mr. Kiley would have no way of knowing the history. When Kevin decided to endorse Dennis Revell, he did a “soft endorsement” including complementary words about Revell’s opponent in his email. The issue here is similar to the parsed words on the TV Station interview, unless you are crystal clear – people will slice and dice and hear what they want to.

Kevin Kiley is going to get attacked by Ken Campbell and those supporting the opponent to Dennis Revell because he did not side with them. It is black and white, no middle ground in their minds. This is why I refer to them as ideological narcissists, they believe they are right and nothing else matters, including the tactics used to win the war. They may not start in on him for a while, just to try to make a liar out of your intrepid blogger, but eventually they will no longer be able to restrain the deep burning inside of them.

The consequence of unclear, or parsed communication is one lesson most new to public office have to learn the hard way. Given that Kiley is becoming a defacto spokesman for the small GOP Caucus all over the state, (He was on LA’s top rated KFI radio yesterday blasting the hire of Eric Holder) I am hoping that his learning curve on this is short…

… because the “Trump Allies of California” have Mr. Kiley on their list as well as the torch-wielding Campbell crew.

I don’t share any of their concern about Mr. Kiley, yet. I for one am hopeful that Mr. Kiley will be effective and will achieve his potential as a member of the Assembly.

However, “they” will believe what they want as I can already smell the burning wicks and “they” will be one hell of a nightmare for Mr. Kiley and anyone else that does not better manage their communication.

Personal note for comparison – I don’t mince words, so at least the people that want to do mean things to me have a real excuse for not liking me.

Nov 192016
 

When I worked for Bill Halldin in the extremely crowded 2016 Assembly District 6 Primary, the team of James Gallagher, Doug LaMalfa, Frank Bigelow and Jim Nielsen – all partisan Republican officeholders came through with huge endorsements for Bill. Jim Nielsen and Frank Bigelow also followed up their endorsements with $4200 checks and assistance with other checks for Halldin’s campaign.

James Gallagher sent some staff who helped us on a few weekends. We had some of Jim Nielsen and Doug LaMalfa’s staff on a few weekends, with a lot on the final days of the campaign. Frank Bigelow’s staff were amazing, they helped us pretty much every weekend after Frank Bigelow endorsed Bill Halldin.

For this blogger personally, it was an interesting study in professionalism. I have been at the throats of several of the people in LaMalfa and Nielsen’s staff for years, yet here we were working together. This was a welcome change from the blood-letting that the GOP in California no longer has the luxury to do. Those that I worked with in the LaMalfa and Nielsen office were professional, polite and assisted Bill Halldin like a professional would do.

My interactions with those working for James Gallagher were even better. I have no negative history with Gallagher as I decided to support him in his primary, breaking traditional political lines in the North State. They all seemed to know, but more importantly their communication and approach suggested that they cared deeply about their district and people in it. Despite my issues with Gallagher on some internal party politics issues or allegiance issues – it is clear that James is an effective legislator with a clear reason for serving. His staff is a reflection of that.

Frank Bigelow’s staff blew my mind. What a great group of people. They even explained to me a few things about El Dorado County politics from a completely different perspective. (For example, having positive things to say about Vern Pierson) Without meaning a slight to the staff of the other three, the Bigelow Staff were almost 100% committed and assisting Halldin’s campaign and I had a lot of interactions with them. Bigelow’s staff were some of the most real people I’ve worked with from a legislator’s office in the nearly 20 years in the political trenches I’ve logged.

When I had interactions with Nielsen and Bigelow during this campaign, it was clear to me they were both trying to figure me out. They both made a lot of eye contact when we were chatting at a fundraiser event for Bill. I usually do not try to hide my feelings about anyone, and I will say that I have come from being hostile towards Nielsen to liking him.

Regarding Frank Bigelow, I did not support him when he ran against Rico Oller. Frank is not as conservative as I’d like him to be. However, it is clear to me that Bigelow is a “real dude”. I can forgive a lot of squishyness when I deal with a real dude. Bigelow’s character is clear as reflected in his staff. In most all cases a legislator’s staff is a reflection of the member. It was good to be able to get to know Mr. Bigelow a bit more. I hope that Bigelow, Nielsen and others would choose to start funding voter registration and other efforts as the dems are overrunning this state.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank the above four for helping Bill Halldin and I’d also like to thank the staff members I got to meet and work with. It was a great experience, here’s hoping that we cross paths on the same side again soon.

Footnote: Kevin Kiley won that primary and ultimately won the general election. The above four did indeed raise money and help Mr. Kiley in the fall as any good team players would do.

Jul 082016
 

Total Placer County Turnout 54%. 115,266. The numbers don’t lie:

Total Republican Votes for President: 54181 or 47% – down a fraction of a point below 47.4% Registration

Total Democrat Votes for President: 47203 or 41% – up a whopping 14% over 27% Dem Registration

Total 3rd Party Votes for President: 2379 or 2%

Total DTS Ballot (You can take a non-partisan ballot and I saw a ton) / Undervoted Ballots for President (11,503): 10%

In Placer County – the Democrats OUTPERFORMED the statewide average of an 8 point boost by a whopping 6%. Add in that the Rep vote missed the mark and you have a nearly 15 point swing. As in 2012, nearly $100k was spent on altering the outcome of the GOP Cent Com election – based on the results I have seen of the elections I have no hope whatsoever that the Placer GOP will be able to emerge from a wet paper bag. (But – the rampage jihads against people they don’t like will continue) I won’t even ask where the Placer GOP was in this election (other than trying to unseat Kirk Uhler).

So – this makes Victor Bekhet’s 20-Point loss a massive drubbing as Out-of-the-Closet Pro-Growth Conservative Kirk Uhler decimated him despite the fact that 40% of the voters in Placer Sup D4 were dems and less than 50% of them were Republicans. OUCH.

Showing the magnitude of Uhler’s victory is the fact that Jennifer Montgomery, who is in the most Democrat Supervisor District in Placer County “Only” got 63.19% of the vote versus Uhler’s 59.81%. Perhaps Montgomery can indeed be worked with as asserted by Ken Campbell in his defense of supporting democrat turned DTS Bekhet. It would appear that a decent batch of the lefties in Placer SUP D5 may not have Monty on their dance card, suggesting she may indeed be pragmatic in some regards.

Michael Babich, who lost to Montgomery is a dyed in the wool Conservative who was recruited by the local Tea Party and aided by Team McClintock.

The local Tea Party also recruited jolly Bob Grigas to run against DTS Supervisor Jim Holmes and that margin was colossal. 75-25.

In other news – GOP Assembly Candidate Kevin Kiley won Placer County Outright. Given the massive Dem turnout surge, I’d have to believe that his “Deputy Attorney General” ballot title had to have attracted more than a few Kamala Harris supporters.

I have been receiving positive feedback that the youthful Kiley is reaching out to several prominent local electeds. This is a good thing as I’ve been told that he is meeting with the aforementioned pack of rabid dogs on Wednesday. He is sure to see why they are (as a group) ineffective (because not all of them are insane), and of course why your intrepid blogger is recommending a tetanus shot and a flak jacket for Mr. Kiley before said meeting.

Kiley has met with a few respected and popular local electeds. By accounts, it appears that he is soliciting advice and is acting on some of it. The mere fact that he is meeting with people is a stunning departure from the feckless, incompetent Beth Gaines. The fact that he is interacting and asking questions suggests that my opinion that he is talented and intelligent may have some merit.

I want Kiley to succeed. I sincerely hope he continues to meet with good, sane people. I sincerely hope he not only solicits their advice, but that he will also act on it. This alone would have a major, stabilizing effect on the whole area that has suffered from a Republican leadership Vacuum (with a few notable exceptions) – that crescendoed with the massive 15% swing in voter turnout in the primary just concluded.

If Mr. Kiley takes and acts on good advice, he will maximize his talent. If that happens, he will end up being a far better representative than the rabid dogs deserve.

The fun is just beginning, I’ve talked to a few perspective candidates and it looks like at least two major local governing bodies are going to have sufficient Republican candidates. More on those races soon.