Will the nominees for the GOP Inspire?

 Abel Maldonado, Damon Dunn, Meg Whitman, Victory 2010  Comments Off on Will the nominees for the GOP Inspire?
Jun 092010

Eric Hogue spoke this morning about the diverse ticket for the California Republican Party.

Of the races I took interest in – only Two Bona-Fide Conservatives Won: Andy Pugno and Doug LaMalfa.

Meg Whitman admits she is a Moderate-Liberal.
Abel Maldonado, while Latino is quite Liberal.
Steve Cooley is regarded as a Moderate. (His staff and supporters would vehemently disagree)
Mimi Walters and Tony Strickland are regarded as “establishment”
Damon Dunn will get railed for not voting. (But he ran as a Conservative)

From a diversity standpoint – Three Women, one Latino, one Black and only two white male nominees of which:

Carly Fiorina is the only candidate in the lot that appears inspiring to the base. Can the ticket sell its’ diversity to overcome the “John McCain-itis” that struck the GOP base in 2008?

The Dems? They feature three liberal freaks from the Bay Area – at least the liberal Republicans we nominated are diverse.

Whitman vs Jerry Brown really looks like McCain vs Obama.

However, Meg Whitman’s team has it in their power to shape her image to get the job done – let’s hope they bring the GOP base with them while they do that…

Stop Prop 14! Protect the Free Speech of Political Parties!

 Abel Maldonado  Comments Off on Stop Prop 14! Protect the Free Speech of Political Parties!
Jun 072010

Prop 14 was the brainchild of Abel Maldonado in exchange for his vote on the largest tax increase in State History.

Proposition 14 would eliminate primaries and throw all candidates for partisan office on to the same ballot. The top two then go in to a runoff unless one candidate gets 50% +1 of the vote…

This brilliant system yielded David Duke vs Edwin Edwards in a Louisiana Governor’s election. Duke was a KKK grand wizard and Edwards was locked up for corruption.

It also yielded Jacques Chirac vs Jean Claude LePen in France. Chirac is a Communist and LePen is a Nazi.

Don’t forget that third parties would be eliminated from any relevance under this system as well.

Finally – the amounts of money that it requires to run a campaign would double or triple in many instances.

Take a look at this from the ballot argument against Prop 14:

Propostion 14 will also decrease voter choice and make elections more expensive:

  • The general election will not allow write-in candidates.
  • Elections will cost more money at a time when necessary services like firefighters, police, and education are being cut. County election officials predict an increased cost of 30 percent.
  • Voter choice will be reduced because the top two vote getters advance to the general election regardless of political party.
  • This means voters may be forced to choose between two candidates from the same political party. Democrats could be forced to choose between two Republicans, or not vote at all. Republicans could be forced to choose between two Democrats, or not vote at all.
  • Independent and smaller political parties like Greens and Libertarians will be forced off the ballot, further reducing choice.
May 022010

If I was Incumbent Assembly Politician Chuck DeVore – I would be looking for some serious spin right now. DeVore voted for Tom Campbell’s 2005 disaster known as a budget with the largest spending increase in state history.

(Tom Campbell was the author on behalf of Arnold)

There is also a nice website set up to educate voters about Tom Campbell. www.tomisthetaxman.com, it is much more sophisticated than www.abel-maldonado.com – but both should end up in the RINO hunter hall of fame.

Mailer 1 that hit two weeks ago featured a letter from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association… and it lit Tom Campbell up for being part of the spending problem.

Flip it over and there is a laundry list of tax increases Tom Campbell participated in, sponsored, supported, proposed or voted for. Abel Maldonado would be proud.

Mailer 2 hit today. It was equally as brutal. It asks why won’t Tom Campbell Sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?

Flip the mailer over, and here we go again.

Tom Campbell seems to be obsessed with raising Gas taxes. In 1988 he wanted 12 cents, in 1992 he introduced a bill to raise by 6 cents and in 2009 32 cents for California plus a carbon emissions tax!

Most importantly, side two lights Tom Campbell up for the disastrous 2005 budget which paved the way for today’s massive deficits.

Please voters. Make him go away – vote for Carly Fiorina, we can’t afford Tom Campbell.

Strategy and Deals Trump Principle in the Maldonado Confirmation Vote

 2010 Lt. Governor Race, Abel Maldonado, Sam Aanestad  Comments Off on Strategy and Deals Trump Principle in the Maldonado Confirmation Vote
Apr 272010

UPDATE: Click here to see official info on how everyone voted.

Abel Maldonado was confirmed today.

The Republican Leadership threw Sam Aanestad under the bus and confirmed Abel Maldonado for Lt. Governor.

The Republican Father of Harvey Milk Day and taxing Blueberries is now Lt. Governor.

Maybe this is why: Republican leaders have polling showing Sam Blakeslee in a big lead over John Laird to retain the Senate seat Abel used to occupy.

Polling. So what about doubling the car tax, jacking up state income taxes and hiking the sales tax?

Perhaps this is why: The Citizens Compensation Commission was reported to be voting on a proposal to cut 10% off legislators pay when they met next month. Speaker Perez  wanted to stop that from happening and made a deal with the governor.

Dems wanted to keep their pay, Reps wanted to keep hope alive in 15th Senate District… taxpayers of California? You lose again.

You have the makings of a backroom deal and Sam Aanestad goes over the side.

Tobacco Taxes, Socialized Medicine, Early Release of Prisoners, Open Borders – confirmed for Lt. Governor by the Republican Leadership.

Why is it that Chuck DeVore was the only Assemblymember to speak out against this vote, while the other 28 drank their Kool-Aid and voted YES?

Here is what Senator Sam Aanestad had to say.

Senator Sam Aanestad’s statement on the vote today confirming tax-raising Senator Abel Maldonado  as Lt. Gov

From Senator Aanestad: Today, the Governor and his politicians chose their Lt. Governor.  This June, however, Republican voters will have their say.

Voters can either choose Abel Maldonado, who broke his promise to the voters by making a deal in exchange for his vote for the largest tax hike in California history; or they can choose Sam Aanestad, who is endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and Congressman Tom McClintock because he has kept his promise to not raise taxes.

The choice is up to the people, not the politicians.

Sam Aanestad needs your help today. Contribute to his campaign, join him on facebook, and spread the word.  Sam Aanestad is the conservative choice in the race for Lt. Governor.


DeVore Shows Real Leadership in the Assembly, Blasts Maldonado

 2010 Lt. Governor Race, Abel Maldonado, Chuck DeVore, Sam Aanestad  Comments Off on DeVore Shows Real Leadership in the Assembly, Blasts Maldonado
Apr 222010

Thank you Chuck DeVore for opposing the Abel Maldonado confirmation and for standing up against the Republican leadership in the Assembly.  Why was Chuck the only one to oppose the biggest RINO in all of California? This seemed to be an easy one, but our Republican Assembly members just couldn’t get it right. All I can say is that it is about time that someone bucked the insane decision of the GOP leadership to support Maldonado!

Chuck DeVore did more than just vote no, he let the Assembly and all those watching know why Abel did not deserve confirmation. Senator Aanestad applauds your leadership and sends his congratulations from Orange County.

Now more than ever it is time for all Republicans to rally around the only conservative choice for Lt. Governor: Senator  Sam Aanestad. Visit www.voteforsam.com today and show your support.