Abel Maldonado or Sam Aanestad for Lt Governor of CA

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Feb 032010

I tuned into the California State Senate confirmation hearings for Senator Abel Maldonado this afternoon at about 1:30pm and watched until about 4:15 when they concluded. Senator Maldonado was appointed by the Governor to fill the vacant Lt Governors position. The following are a few of my observations about the proceedings this afternoon:

The hearing is took place in the senate rules committee where Senate Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg opened by saying Senator Maldonado’s review should be “thoughtful” & “dispassionate.”

When it was rules committee member Senator Sam Aanestad’s turn to make an opening statement, he reminded the committee that he is also a candidate for Lt Governor and that he would recuse himself from voting or making any further comment regarding the Maldonado nomination.

After the other members of the rules committee spoke, it was time for Maldonado’s opening statement. Senator Maldonado actually welled up in tiers during his opening remarks, talking about his family and his humble beginnings as the son of farm worker. Maldonado made it clear that he would oppose offshore oil drilling and that: “Every day I make myself a promise to do everything I can to bring those (oil drilling) platforms down.”

Senator Maldonado stated that the three main qualities that guide him as a politician are: “I am open minded, pragmatic, and reasonable.” What a statement like this usually means from a politician is:  I don’t really have a core set of principals and I will do whatever is most convenient or expedient at the time I have to make a decision about how to vote.

Contractors got no relief from the good Senator, when he was asked about a proposal to force withholding from payments to independent contractors, he said he’s leaving door open to the Democrat call for a 3% independent contractor withholding, but says it’s a “temporary” fix. He did say that he does think it is not a good idea to lower the vote threshold to simple majority. He thinks that 2/3 threshold makes legislators have to “come together”

After many speakers in favor of Maldonado’s nomination and a few opposed, each member of the committee made statements with the exception of Senator Aanestad.  Senator Cedillo voted yes to move the nomination to the full Senate and said: “This is not a political vote. This is a vote in the interest of comity.”  Senator Dutton voted yes and joked: I ‘flipped a coin’ about whether or not to support Maldonado.  Senator Oropeza voted yes. Then Senator Steinberg votes yes and says:” My vote today is not a political endorsement It is…an acknowledgement of the fact that you crossed over…to avoid…deeper cuts.” In other words: Thanks for helping us raise taxes and screw the taxpayers of California! The fun and games in the confirmation battle for Senator Abel Maldonado to be the next Lt Governor have just begun.  Stay tuned.

Jan 192010
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the blogs
Not an activist was stirring, not even a wonk.
The blogs were all posted by the writers with care,
In hopes that St Margaret soon would read theirs.
The writers were all nestled snug in their chairs,
While visions of dollar signs danced in their heads.
And Chip in his ‘kerchief, and Matt in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the internet there arose such a clatter,
Chip sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the computer he flew like a flash,
Tore open the browser to see what had past.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to his wondering eyes should appear,
But a bomb throwers blog posts from throughout the year.

With a cadence, so lively and quick,
They knew in a moment it must be Sgt. York.
More rapid than eagles his lines of prose they came,
And he piled on with sentences that put politicians to shame!

“Now Cunnigham! now, Costigan! now, Schied and Bounds!
On, Pompeii! On, Stutzmann! , on Patterson and Hanlon!
To the top of Meg County, to the top of the all posts!
Now dash away York! Dash away! Dash away all!”

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the office
The prancing and pawing of each little minion.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Into the office came St Margaret with a bound.

She was dressed all in fur, from her head to her foot,
And her clothes were all tarnished with blog posts, ashes and soot.
A bundle of cash she had flung on her back,
To hand out to all who would help her keep her campaign on track.


 She was miffed and unnerved,
And I knew when I saw her, how her mood got so sour!
A wink of her eye and a twist of her head,
Soon let me know Sgt York’s blog would be dead.

She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work,
And purchased Meg County, Chip, Matt, then turned with a jerk.
And laying her money on the table with care,
made sure Sgt York was no longer there!

She sprang back to her campaign, and to her team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard her exclaim, as she drove out of sight,
“Vote for me now or disappear in the night!”


Mayor Peter Hill Rebuked by Placer County Republican Party Vice-Chair George Park Jr.

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Dec 162009

It is a shame that Mayor Hill chose a shallow rationale and false premises for his statement to announce his decision to leave the Republican Party. Peter Hill never really was a Republican and never believed in Republican values – he states as such in his passionate defense of Tax increases. While he re-registered at about the same time as Jim Holmes to the Republican Party, like Holmes, he has never supported basic Republican principles of lower taxes and smaller local government.

His legacy from his years on the Rocklin City Council are property taxes, fees, and city services whose costs have all soared well beyond that of inflation.

It is sad that 27 years of service to his community is now marred by a personal vendetta illustrated by his e-mailed temper tantrum.

Dec 162009

That’s right. The blogosphere will never be the same. Recent events have caused George to come out of the supply depot and in to the front lines.

Local Government, State Government and those pushing agendas will never be the same.

Now- please note that the opinions expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the California Republican Assembly, but they should be.