Aug 062011
 

After reading Matt Rexroad’s comments about the results of re-distircting – I have determined the following:

1. The process was corrupt, but not as bad as if it had been done in Sacramento.

2. The GOP Registration is 30.9% statewide and falling, yet we have a fighting chance to maintain as much as 36% of the seats.

3. In-fighting within the CA GOP is as responsible for the results of these new lines as the commission was/is. This includes what many of you have been reading about on this blog for weeks. It is time to put a stop to it – which means:

4. “Leaders” within the GOP who avoid conflict at all costs, and others who are so self-focused that the facts are cast aside must also be dealt with or rehabilitated in to dynamic leaders. The GOP needs to stop waiting for the next Reagan while a generation of relative weaklings continue to shuffle the deck chairs on the titanic.

Assuming that these lines hold up after the flurry of lawsuits – here’s what I know at this time:

Ted Gaines is moving in to the new SD-01. The nexus for why Gaines / LaMalfa decided to team up in “attacking” the Placer Cent Com is certainly there as the two will be stuck with each other in the State Senate for 6 years. Placer County will represent a significant voting block for both of them.

LaMalfa has a clean shot at SD-04 for re-election in 2014.

Dan Logue has moved in to the new AD-01. He will get his third and final term from 2013-2014.

Jim Nielsen was  a big winner – his nemesis Charlie Schaupp who came close (within 6,000 votes) to beating him in the 2010 Primary has been drawn out of that district. However, the nexus for the cheap shots against Dan Logue has effectively been removed as Nielsen and Logue will now live in different State Senate Seats – since Ted Gaines does not term out until 2020 and LaMalfa in 2018… that’s beyond eternity in Politics.

Beth Gaines – AD06. Only has to worry about John Allard, that is if her team can’t convince Allard to wait until 2016. Alyson Huber has already bailed out on running against Beth Gaines in a bungling filing for Congress.

Kevin Hanley – AD05, he is not a candidate yet. However, El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting is. Nutting ran for Assembly against Rico Oller in 1998, and has wanted to serve in the Assembly since at least 10 years before that.

Wally Herger CD-01 – likely, Herger will retire in 2014. This would tee up LaMalfa for Congress on phase and set up the moderate Jim Nielsen vs a Conservative prop 14 cluster primary in 2014. Herger would support Nielsen.

Tom McClintock CD-04. Will Lungren stay in CD-07 now that it has been drawn to a D+1 registration district? Does Roger Niello run for CD-07?

The rumors are that someone is going to challenge Tom McClintock in the primary. They will get hammered as McClintock, despite his perceived flaws, enjoys huge popularity with the voters of both the old and new CD-04. (Which is the 2nd most lopsided Rep district in California)

What does Roger Niello run for next? He can win any of the marginal districts in Eastern Sacramento County – it should be interesting.

Side Story of 2011 CRA Conention: Sac RA vs Placer RA

 Andy Pugno, California Republican Assembly, Craig DeLuz, Roger Niello  Comments Off on Side Story of 2011 CRA Conention: Sac RA vs Placer RA
May 082011
 

People are going to believe what they want. The purpose of this post is to point out some glaring inconsistencies and a pattern of action – that’s the extent of it.

It appears that many in the Sac RA have come to the conclusion that I and others in the Placer CRA unit are corrupt. Their solution? Endorse and participate in the most massive attempted fraud attempted at a CRA convention ever.

It’s amazing really. I get it – Roger Niello’s crew doesn’t like me very much. Karen England hates me with a passion – so you get a rumor: I tried to sell a CRA endorsement to Ted Gaines. Back on Sept 27th, I wrote about this after an angry Roger Niello staffer started said rumor by calling Karen England.

Niello’s consultant had discussed a job, when that didn’t work out, I helped Ted Gaines. The time for revenge presented itself again a few months later…

When some of the Sac RA put an opponent up against me for CRA office, the rumor was converted into my attempting to sell said CRA endorsement to Niello. Sources have told me that some of those in Niello’s camp may have pivoted on the original story – while others just want it to go away.

The original rumor had another life – on October 15th, I also wrote about the blocking a CRA endorsement for $4k angle. This is from the same Ken Campbell that was forced to resign as Placer GOP Chair for slandering Republican officeholders while still Placer GOP Chairman!

Remember, the accusation I tried to sell a CRA endorsement to Roger Niello is version THREE of the original rumor. Version one $4K to Ted, Version two $4K to block, Version three $4K to Roger!!! If I am going to be subjected to slander – at least be consistent about it!

In my opinion, the attack from the Sac RA was in retaliation both for my helping Ted Gaines’ Senate campaign and for lighting Ron Givens up for opposing Three Strikes and the Death Penalty for hardened criminals. (Two charges Mr. Givens has never refuted)

David Reade disciple Jim Ruffalo dutifully repeated the latest version (sell CRA for $4k version 3.0) in his column after speaking to Sac RA President Tim Snipes. Ruffalo and David Reade have been friends since Reade’s 1996 Assembly Campaign.

Scott Raab, who was trained in GOP politics by the Mark Abernathy / Kevin McCarthy / Bill Thomas moderate machine – re-posted the attack on the Meg County Blog. (Meg County took $110K from Whitman and threw me off for working for Steve Poizner.) (Scott Raab worked for Mark Abernathy in the past)

Some of you got the post CRA Convention email sent by Ron Givens (and others) – Givens was my erstwhile opponent – pulling my 72-year-old father in to the middle of the war. In the mind of the Sac RA people it was excusable because my father, who was upset over the way George and I had been slandered, swore at them. Of no matter to the Sac RA leadership was the situational ethics of the video being taken in direct violation of the convention rules.

I decided to write this piece after another bit of information came out – I knew that some of the Sacramento RA leadership were involved in the anonymous email attacks against the Contract with the CRA slate.

I also believed that Craig DeLuz provided information to those making the anon email attacks. I have talked to him since and found out what he said that was later distorted. This came out in the person of  a Sac RA member telling my father that I “supported Andy Pugno because Craig wouldn’t pay me.”

I was attacked for doing paid consulting work and soliciting paid consulting work from others. I guess this will be a familiar refrain from anyone that is on opposite sides of me politically.

Chuck DeVore decided to get angry at me for asking as he apparently believes people should work for him for free. My solicitation of a job turned in to charges of extortion that originated in the 2010 Buena Park CRA Convention. This same mantra was repeated buy the Sac RA leadership leading up to the CRA Convention.

Red County and Jon Fleischman makes thousands off of their blogs, they ask people to buy ads all the time – no big deal. I ask, it is converted in to committing bribery and extortion.

Yet, no one in Sac RA leadership seemed to care that Karen England’s CRI took $27,500 from LaMalfa, $5,000 from George Runner, at least $7,500 from Ted Gaines, $1,500 from Mimi Walters and the list goes on.

Karen’s paycheck is directly affected by those donations that she never disclosed voluntarily. There is no difference between those and me asking Craig DeLuz or Chuck DeVore for a job. (BTW – Niello’s consultant approached me)

In addition, none of those same accusers from the Sac RA seems to care about any conflicts David Reade and Brandon Powers – both full-time consultants may have while being Presidents of questionable CRA units. (In Brandon’s case – 8 questionable CRA units)

Why? Most of the Sac RA was on the same side as the fraud.

Craig DeLuz?  I never would have dreamed he’d run for Assembly and then not be able to even raise enough money to file electronically.

I spoke with Craig about an engagement in October of 2009, about the same time I spoke to Chuck DeVore about one. Months before, I gave Craig $250 for his campaign.

I ended up dual-endorsing Andy Pugno in March of 2010 because Pugno was no less Conservative than Craig DeLuz, but Pugno had the resources to win.

Andy Pugno is general counsel for Prop 8!!!

($5 million later spent on Richard Pan, Pugno was beaten)

Add that to the Sac RA resentment list against Placer. We stood up and stopped a CRA endorsement of Craig DeLuz in 2010.

Ultimately, Craig finished fourth in a 6 person GOP Field.

The Sac RA’s CRA convention highlights are as follows  –

1. Ron Givens was in the middle of the disruptions of the CRA Convention both Friday evening and Saturday. This included opening the door to the closed session while people outside were yelling.

2. Jorge Riley pulled the host committee resolution so he and others from the Sac RA could vote against it. Classy.

3. The Sac RA delegation pulled the Placer RA’s delegation in an attempt to have the convention de-credential us.

I saw how angry many of the Sac RA people were after the convention when their side lost. This was no ordinary CRA officer election, they tried to destroy me personally and everyone else from the Placer RA they could get their hands on.

This whole exercise is absurd. People un-initiated to GOP politics would read this blog and say, “what a bunch of idiots” about ALL of us…

They are right – We should be out registering voters, building clubs and recruiting candidates for 2012.

Will there be reconciliation between the Sac and Placer RA? I am not sure – because the core issue of the rift may not be curable.

What Do Richard Pan and Roger Niello Have in Common?

 5th Assembly District Race, CA SD-01 Race, Richard Pan, Roger Niello  Comments Off on What Do Richard Pan and Roger Niello Have in Common?
Nov 012010
 

The CTA loves them!

The Teacher’s Union has been getting involved in several local races. The California Teacher’s Association (Union) has sent mailers on behalf of Niello and Richard Pan.

Here is a comparison shot between the two mailers.

The Union knows that both Richard Pan and Roger Niello will cut the deals necessary to keep the money flowing to their union workers.

Nice, Huh?

Richard Pan!? He is a freaked-out liberal who is lying in his campaign ads saying he supports balanced budgets.

Vote for Richard Pan and Roger Niello if you want your taxes to go up even further – look to the CTA for proof of that.

ROGER NIELLO – THE CHOICE OF THE TEACHER’S UNION

 CA SD-01 Race, Roger Niello  Comments Off on ROGER NIELLO – THE CHOICE OF THE TEACHER’S UNION
Oct 292010
 

They know who will cut the deals to raise spending and taxes to keep their candy flowing.

The allegedly conservative Roger Niello is the beneficiary of an IE by the Teacher’s union. The people who think Harvey Milk should share the stage with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln… the people who think your daughter should have an abortion without you knowing about it… have endorsed Roger Niello. Note – there is a Democrat in the race, Ken Cooley – but the CTA know who will deliver the goods for them.

This is what will happen in the Prop 14 world of elections – Unions will start unloading wads of money in Republican districts to influence the outcomes of elections. Roger Niello helped make that happen by voting to put Prop 14 on the ballot.

Take a look – Roger Niello the choice of the Teacher’s Union.

And of course on the front, the Teacher’s Union pet project – driving more jobs out of California (than Niello’s votes already have) with supporting Prop 24 to repeal corporate tax breaks given in that Feb 2009 budget.

So Roger Niello + Yes on 24, the choices of the Teacher’s Union? Nice.

This is what not signing the No New Taxes Pledge looks like – gotta keep the options open so that you can keep your supporters happy.

Good Lord – California is in a bubble from the rest of the nation.

When I bought Kitchen Appliances, Roger Niello Cost Me $16.35 + $1.50 every time I go to WalMart +$.35-$.50 Every Time I Buy Gas + $496 on my tax return + $166 On My New Car

 CA SD-01 Race, Roger Niello  Comments Off on When I bought Kitchen Appliances, Roger Niello Cost Me $16.35 + $1.50 every time I go to WalMart +$.35-$.50 Every Time I Buy Gas + $496 on my tax return + $166 On My New Car
Oct 282010
 

My wife and I bought a home last year. $16.35 doesn’t seem like a big deal, does it – add it to the $166 on my car, $496 on my income taxes, $.50 per fill up, $1.00 per hundred of non-food items you buy and it gets there in a hurry.

We had to replace a couple appliances –

We got a nice Fridge for $890. Niello cost me $8.90

We got a dishwasher for $495. Niello cost me $4.95

We got a Microwave for $250 (then got a $200 rebate!) Niello cost me $2.50

We had to pay full sales tax on all three items as it is calculated pre-rebate.

When you go to WalMart and spend $100 on non-food items, Roger Niello costs you $1.

It starts to add up and quick – the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association says it adds up to $1200 a year for an average family. That’s $100 a month taken away from you and spent on the welfare state.

All this and Roger Niello voted a few years back to let the State (CAL-EPA) regulate common household chemicals – driving the cost of those up as well.

Quoting Arnold Squishenegger: When they wake up in the morning, they’re taxed, when they eat breakfast they’re taxed, when they go to the bathroom, they’re taxed. Arnold+Niello = Pain.

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