Aug 242017
 

Travis Allen has set out on a suicide mission for Governor and has anointed Tyler Diep for AD72. This dynamic has caused your intrepid blogger to look for answers as to who Young Mr. Diep is.

On his website Tyler Diep brags about his “public service” but what you won’t see on his website is that in his career of working on taxpayer dollars Diep has made quite a living at the expense of Orange County Taxpayers.

In 2016 alone, Tyler Diep was paid by 4 government agencies:

City Councilman of Westminster pay and Benefits    $26,056

California Board of Equalization Tax Specialist           $94,818 (Full Time Job)

Orange County Consulting Contract                          $25,000 (For 6 months)

In addition to all of this Tyler is an elected member of the Midway Sanitation District. I’m trying to track down that information, but as recently as 2014 he was paid another $26,000 in pay and benefits.

Has Tyler ever worked a non-government job in his young life?

Four government jobs totaling about $170k, all paid for by us. Not a bad haul for a 30-something!

It is a fair question to ask if his latest government job will be on the job training.

Can we afford a quadruple-diep in the Assembly?

Aug 152017
 

I am learning that there is a movement afoot to allow Chad Mayes to resign and keep his ego in tact. In essence, it is to be a soft landing allowing him to resign without having to acknowledge the disastrous consequences of his tenure – including losing AD60, AD65 and AD66 in 2016. This leads right back to a post from a week ago about the coronation of Jay Obernolte.

The consensus appears to be avoiding conflict at all costs – similar to the feckless pattern I’ve seen in Republican ranks for years – even if it means retaining the mortally wounded Chad Mayes for a few extra face-saving months. Some members are alleged to be privately telling potential suitors for leadership positions that they will vote to retain Chad Mayes if there is a fight versus a peaceful transition.

The situation is complicated as Mayes is alleged to have a cadre of sycophants helping him hold together amidst the firestorm related to his personal and leadership failures.

Melissa Melendez is making calls as well as Jay Obernolte to members of the Assembly in an attempt to see if they can get critical mass to be selected as the next caucus leader.

If you want to call some of these folks to register your opinion, their office numbers are simple to derive. Dial 916-319-20XX. XX=District Number. For example Chad Mayes is 916-319-2042

All this said, Here is my take and where everyone stands as of now: Click here to see the caucus webpage

CHAD MAYES Assembly Republican Leader, District 42 – obviously, he is voting for himself

DANTE ACOSTA Assembly District 38 – Was opposed to Cap and Trade because he did not like the deal. It is likely he is a vote to retain Mayes, but has made no definitive statements

TRAVIS ALLEN Assembly District 72 – Is running for Governor to everyone’s right. There is no way he supports retaining Mayes, who he supports for leader is unknown although it is alleged he is negotiating a deal with those interested

CATHARINE BAKER Assembly District 16 – Is the most liberal member of the Caucus. She is largely given a pass for her cap and trade vote as she campaigned from the left on the environment. She is regarded as a Chad Mayes loyalist.

FRANK BIGELOW Assembly District 5 – Was a yes vote on Cap and Trade who voted no as he was not needed. (We detailed his twitter activity as evidence) He has been part of Mayes’ Leadership Team from the beginning. It is a reasonable conclusion he is a Chad Mayes loyalist.

WILLIAM “BILL” BROUGH Assembly District 73 – a hard-core Conservative, solid vote against Cap and Trade and Chad Mayes

PHILLIP CHEN Assembly District 55 – I spoke with him directly as have others. It is clear he was solidly against Cap and Trade and is lukewarn at best toward Chad Mayes.

STEVEN CHOI Assembly District 68 – was an opponent of Cap and Trade, activists in Orange County indicate he is opposed to Chad Mayes as well

ROCKY CHAVEZ Assembly District 76 – an original #CAPANDTRAITOR and Mayes Loyalist

JORDAN CUNNINGHAM Assembly District 35 – an original #CAPANDTRAITOR and likely a Mayes Loyalist

BRIAN DAHLE Assembly District 1 – voted no on Cap and Trade. Insider activity in his camp indicates that he is lukewarn on Chad Mayes at best.

HEATH FLORA Assembly District 12 – an original #CAPANDTRAITOR and likely a Mayes Loyalist

VINCE FONG Assembly District 34 – a rumored, never real candidate against Chad Mayes for leader. Definately opposed to Chad Mayes

JAMES GALLAGHER Assembly District 3 – was an opponent of Cap and Trade from the beginning. Is regarded as being close to Chad Mayes, however this could be changing as some of his allies in the assembly are off the reservation.

MATTHEW HARPER Assembly District 74 – was an opponent of Cap and Trade, yet has been non-committal regarding leadership, roiling activists in Orange County.

KEVIN KILEY Assembly District 6 – responded to me directly about his consistent from the beginning opposition to Cap and Trade. I’ve yet to get comment from him regarding Chad Mayes, some staffers are claiming he is a yes vote. I will be contacting his office shortly.

TOM LACKEY Assembly District 36 – was an outspoken opponent of Cap and Trade within the Caucus. It is likely he is not on the Chad Mayes bandwagon either.

BRIAN MAIENSCHEIN Assembly District 77 – voted yes on a couple Cap and Trade procedural votes before opposing the final reading. Unclear his stance on Mayes.

DEVON MATHIS Assembly District 26 – shocked many with his apparently sudden vote in favor of Cap and Trade. Counting him as a Mayes Vote is also as unpredictable

MELISSA MELENDEZ Assembly District 67 – has been put in the “Dog House” by Chad Mayes.

JAY OBERNOLTE Assembly District 33 – rumored favorite to replace Chad Mayes. Looks more likely as he has not been retaliated against and “The Deal” is in the works.

JIM PATTERSON Assembly District 23 – openly hostile to Cap and Trade and Chad Mayes.

MARC STEINORTH Assembly District 40 – original #CAPANDTRAITOR. As a side note, he hates Jay Obernolte with a purple passion.

RANDY VOEPEL Assembly District 71 – have yet to see him make a bad vote. Unclear where he stands on Mayes.

MARIE WALDRON Assembly District 75 – she is a hard-core conservative who opposed the Cap and Trade disaster. However, she has been confirmed to be a Chad Mayes loyalist.

As you can see, it is far from a foregone conclusion that Chad Mayes will lose his post as Assembly Permanent Minority Leader. This alone should be cause for activists and those of us left in California that have not gone insane to burn the whole thing down. I fear that many in the Assembly that are tone-deaf to the grassroots, regardless of their vote on Cap and Trade are going to have to feel the fire if indeed Mr. Mayes is allowed to continue to infest the office of Minority Leader.

Aug 062017
 

As the lynch mobs have been burning the countryside in search of #CAPANDTRAITORS, your intrepid blogger is weighing in to provide some information:

My own Assemblymember, Kevin Kiley (AD06) said the following in an email:

Hi Aaron,
Thanks for the message. I was a firm no, and everyone was well aware of that. I’ve spoken against it strongly in all of my public remarks in recent weeks, such as yesterday’s Rocklin Chamber GRC breakfast and last week’s town hall.
Kevin
I replied thanking him for responding so quickly and the email addresses I had for him and his Chief of Staff now appear disabled. I think that means he shut down the gmail accounts he was using for his campaign. Hopefully, I will still be able to reach him for comment in the future. As of the writing of this post, Kevin Kiley has yet to make a vote I disagree with. At the time of the writing of this post, I am leaning heavily toward early-endorsing Mr. Kiley.
Frank Bigelow (AD05): See the embedded screenshot of him liking a tweet by democrat Phil Ting extolling the virtues of the Cap and Trade agreement. He also retweeted Henry T Perea’s tweet of the SacBee Article. It appears a safe conclusion that Mr. Bigelow was a yes vote and voted no in order to avoid a lynch mob in his own district.
Brian Dahle (AD01): When I spoke to Marc Steinorth (AD40), who was a yes vote, he indicated to me that Dahle was supportive of his decision. I later spoke to Dahle’s Chief of Staff who indicated Dahle was never a yes and was adamantly opposed.
Jay Obernolte (AD33): He was the Republican lead on negotiating with the democrats on the Cap and Trade Deal. He had told several colleagues that he was close to voting yes on the deal and then decided to go hard no after the governor reneged on several promises and deal points. The other yes votes should have done what Jay did, talk then bail after good faith was decimated.
Dante Acosta (AD38): His chief of staff was on facebook throwing written barbs at opponents of Cap and Trade. He was mocking and ridiculing them, this is an indicator that he likely advised Acosta to vote yes. Update: He contacted me to correct the record that he advised his boss to vote no, and that Mr. Acosta was always opposed.
Philip Chen (AD55): I spoke to him. He was never a yes and voted “Hell No” on the bill.
James Gallagher (AD03): He was never a yes vote, despite being close to Chad Mayes and a likely vote to re-affirm Mayes as minority leader.
Marie Waldron (AD75): Again, a hard right no vote, yet is a supporter of Chad Mayes to retain his leadership of the caucus.
I’ve heard various things about Tom Lackey (AD36) but have been told by a member of the legislature that he was furious that the bill was pushed over the line by Mr. Mayes and crew. That is a pretty emphatic statement that Mr. Lackey was opposed. Note – Lackey is considered vulnerable and targeted. Unlike Marc Steinorth and Jordan Cunningham (AD35), he did not roll over on this, undermining a defense of Mr. Cunningham and Steinorth. (They voted for this because they are in swing districts)
We will update as more information becomes available.
Jul 182017
 

I spoke, texted, messaged, etc. several members of the legislature. I won’t list their names in order to comply with some of their wishes to be off the record. This is a commentary on what I heard.

I have to start out by giving props to two of the most insane people I’ve ever met in politics – Ken Campbell and Thomas N Hudson, the CRA’s Pol-Pot Bellied Information Minister – both of these guys have serious personal issues but many years ago they both warned me about the power of Sacramento and what it does to people.

Ken Campbell in particular told me that you have to evaluate everyone by their personal core convictions and nothing else matters. Over the last 20 years, I’ve seen this play out repeatedly. Some of the biggest conservative frauds fell prey to their ego and self-importance. Liberals? They have no core convictions, so when a liberal / moderate / RINO collaborate with the commie-lib-socialists in Sacramento I was never surprised. Campbell’s problem is that his definition of Conservative changed with his medication levels, but if you took his advice and removed his insanity from it, it was spot on.

Thomas N Hudson, whose political life is replete with the skeletons of people he has skewered in his quest to be right, told me that Republican politicians that cut deals with democrats are fools.

Maurice Johannesen, Anthony Peschetti, Anthony Adams, Dick Dickerson, Abel Maldonado, Roger Niello and many others reside in the dust heap of political history after cutting a deal for things far, far less onerous than AB398. All saw their “deals” rescinded the very next legislative cycle as the democrats resent having to make a deal with anyone to serve their god of government.

Many of the liberals supported Proposition 14, which has created a shooting gallery for special interests. This has enabled PG&E, Chevron (two of the biggest winners from the wealth transfer known as Cap and Trade), the Realtors, the Dentists and the Charles Munger funded Spirit of Democracy to spend millions hunting principled conservatives. Rocky Chavez, Heath Flora and other Cap and Trade Supporters benefited from millions of this largess.

The same group spent huge on California Republican Party Central Committee Races and now that has come home to roost.

Chad Mayes, the morally and ethically challenged Assembly Minority Leader led 7 members of the Republican Caucus to vote for “Cap and Trade”. Senator Tom Berryhill was the 8th.

Cap and Trade is a tax on industry in the name of air pollution. These republican leaders believed that by engaging in this process that they could somehow make AB32 / SB32 less onerous on Californians. In so doing, they gave blessing to the second largest tax increase in California History.

In so doing, they put the Republican label on idling tickets hammering Truck Drivers. In so doing, they gave the GOP label to another ($.40-$1.40 depending on who you listen to) additional per gallon gasoline tax.

When I had the flooring put in to my house, it had a “CARB Compliant” sticker on it. How much you want to bet some poor person in Mississippi whose income is less than half of mine is buying the exact same flooring whose cost is inflated by the Republican Leadership backed plan?

How about that $15 hammer at Home Depot? Their prices are the same in the lower 48 states. This means that the poor of Arkansas are subsidizing the horrendous costs of doing business in California.

We are lectured that we need to get millenial voters. Millenials love the environment, so the solution is to jack up the cost of living and tax the poor?

We are lectured that we need to get latino voters, so the solution is to torch family farmers, replacing them with corporate farms living large off of my tax dollars (see also farm subsidies which were larded in to this cap and trade bill en masse) who lay off dozens of workers through consolidation?

They were so convinced they were right that they had TV ads that were likely produced two weeks ago that were just rolled out within hours of the vote being completed.

Years ago I was told it was abortion is a loser. I watched the democrats attack Tom McClintock in 2002 relentlessly over abortion while the liberals in charge of the California GOP poured $10 million in to the feckless Greg Conlon instead of McClintock who lost by 30,000 votes. It wasn’t abortion, it was the Republican Leadership refusing to support a Conservative. McClintock gets $1 Million he’d have won.

Years ago I was told we have to soften our stance on Gay Rights. Once Marriage was gutted, bakers are getting $130,000 fines for not doing cakes for gay weddings, Churches are getting threatened, dudes are marching down main street with a dress on and said pride celebrations involve having sex on sidewalks. Somehow, some in GOP leadership think endorsing these sorts of gateway drugs to societal dissolution are a good thing.

Years ago I was told we are too strident on Gun Rights. Now we have Republicans voting on Magazine Bans, and turning people that bought guns legally in to convicts after the fact.

Years ago I was told we have to support tax increases in certain circumstances because the system is broken. It wasn’t just small tax increases like Measure J, they have gone all out on Car Taxes, Sales Taxes, Massive Bonds, Massive Fee Increases and a potpourri that has seen the state budget detonate in to a third world mess.

I looked at the party platform again and read it. I was looking for anything in the California Republican Party platform that has been unturned by Republican “leaders” in the last few years.

I couldn’t find anything. Perhaps this is why some of the few remaining donors want to gut the platform so it means nothing. There is nothing like removing the measuring stick in order to escape accountability.

Remember the Central Committees? Yeah, the donors spent a couple million gutting crazy tea partiers, trumpanzees, conservatives and anyone else branded as a malcontents off of County Parties. Now the very people that would be screaming the loudest were all rounded up and shot politically by the same donor class fully invested in this horrifying prostitution of Republican values. Most of the Central Committees are controlled by legislative staff and political consultants.

Some wondered why I wrote about Chad Mayes cheating on his wife with Kristen Olsen the current CRP Vice Chair (who also cheated on her husband). Both claim Christian Faith and wear it out there publicly. Mr Mayes morally bankrupt personal behavior means something when you are looking for answers as to why our leaders consistently betray Republican values. Both are party leaders, and both need to resign their leadership posts – even though my profile of both of them says it will not happen.

So I sit here asking myself, what do I tell Republicans is the reason why to stay Republican? Why should a non-Republican register Republican? My pastor once said, don’t let Christians keep you away from Christ. It is still pretty difficult to become a Christian if public examples of Christians sleep with other people’s spouses. It is pretty difficult to talk someone in to joining a GOP grassroots group, much less registering as a Republican when the leaders of the party represent Democrat Party Values.

I am going to stay a Republican. I am going to continue lighting a torch and burning everything down. The current slogan of the CAGOP is rebuilding from the ground up… but there is still something left of the old regime. I am afraid it all needs to be burnt to the ground, purged and the ashes used to fertilize a completely new apparatus. My new slogan is BURN IT DOWN.

I had a legislative chief of staff tell me there is no place for Conservatives in California, and he was serious as he lamented his own irrelevance. The GOP leadership know in their hearts that the California GOP is on life support and desperately wanted to be relevant, and in the process they killed the California Republican Party.

I’ll be dammed if the most paranoid fantasies of Ken Campbell and Thomas N Hudson are coming true.

Jul 162017
 

People always lambaste the GOP for being behind the times, lacking the technical savvy to get the vaunted Millennial Voters. Not being able to adjust to current times, etc.

I lambasted Travis Allen for getting zero new page likes in a campaign week. I received a call from his campaign manager, showing me a graphic representation of his page metrics indicating he got 7,000 likes within the most recent week. I’ll take his word for it as the chart looked real.

California has 34 Million people and cast something like 13 million votes for President. Getting 7,000 page likes on Facebook, with an average interaction rate of less than 2% is not going to accomplish much. Worse, if I did an analysis of ANY, not just Travis Allen’s page, I’d lay odds that half of his likes can’t vote for him.

However, Allen has 308,000 likes, developed over several years of advertising, I’d have expected more than this. Let’s be real, Travis Allen will have little or no resources. Al “Richard” Ramirez ran for US Senate and raised $1.98. He had 300,000 followers on twitter. He did not get 300,000 votes.

I wish Mr. Allen luck with his 7,000 new page likes, but compared to Hadley he at least has a semi clue related to internet marketing.

David Hadley has next to no Faecbook presence and it appears that Jeff Roe has him on a highway to digital hell. (Jeff Roe is the over-priced national big shot consultant of recent ethically-challenged Ted Cruz campaign fame, who was brought in by Hadley’s fellow #nevertrumpers to run his campaign)

Count em – 5 ads on a single web page. 5(!)

David Hadley is going to need several $1 Million Donors in order to get anywhere at this rate of waste.

The GOP legislative leadership (note the difference between CAGOP Party Leadership) have at least been trying to get more tech savvy and have been trying to reach out on social media. It appears that the people that connected Mr. Hadley with Jeff Roe must have grossly overestimated Mr. Roe’s skills with internet advertising. It also appears that they forgot to housebreak David Hadley on internet marketing while recruiting him to run for Governor.

I do have a suggestion for Mr. Hadley, (When he is not cussing a blue streak about John Cox at the AD66 GOP Dinner…) maybe he should terminate his contract with Jeff Roe and hire a couple nerds off of Craig’s List to do his internet stuff. He’d save a lot of money, and his advertisements would not be bunched up.

This is the latest in what looks to be a long and evolving string of David Hadley / Jeff Roe #EPICFAIL Updates.

Update: Here is the chart from Travis Allen’s Campaign people:

Jun 152017
 

First – the release from John Cox for Governor:

Sacramento, CA – Republican Businessman John Cox is announcing that he will be contributing his next $2 million into his campaign to be California’s next Governor. Cox made an initial $1 million contribution when announcing his campaign and has also more than 1,300 individual contributors from across California.

 “All over the country fiscally conservative business people have been elected governor in so-called ‘safe Democrat states’ – just look at Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois, and I think we can do the same here in California in 2018,” noted Cox.

“My campaign is one of ideas and I believe it’s worth the personal investment, because the political class in Sacramento has failed all of us, regardless of our political affiliation. I am a CPA and I can tell you the only way out of the unfunded liabilities they’ve created is economic growth. It’s time to set California’s fiscal house in order.”

Since John Cox announced for Governor he has received endorsements and support from Republican grassroots leaders, local elected officials, volunteers, and small business people across California.

“I am irrevocably committed to this campaign and defeating Gavin Newsom or any other Democrat, and uniting the Republican Party behind a strong ticket for 2018.”

John Cox is a husband, father, businessman and Republican candidate for California Governor in 2018. Born and raised on the south-side of Chicago by a single mother public school teacher, John is a CPA who built his small business from the ground up. He is a longtime government reform advocate and conservative, and is running to eliminate the corrupting influence of special interest money that has made California the high-tax and regulation leader of the nation.

Spoiler #1: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, he of the recent municipal tax increase.

Spoiler #2: Former Assembly-member David Hadley, he who gutted a recall effort of the current Assembly-member in his home district while allegedly running for governor. This is the same Hadley that got shellacked in AD66 by 8 points despite going in to the race with $1 Million in the bank. (Note, there are 80 Assembly districts in California, I wonder how he’d do in the other 79?)

Spoiler #3: Assembly-Member Travis Allen, noted playboy and maverick. He will have no institutional support as I am told and would thus be attempting to take the fringe mantle from the disaster known as Tim Donnelly. But, hey, he has the keyboard commandos impressed with his facebook ads! All this and Mr. Allen would have to forego his last 3 terms in the Assembly to run.

Spoiler #4: Former Assembly-member Tim Donnelly. Are the voices in his head telling him he has another mission from God? Or was that this week’s campaign “volunteer”?

Spoiler #5: The fact that I have gotten past spoiler #1 and have not mentioned Attorney General, Lt. Gov, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner or Teacher’s Union Rep (aka Superintendent of education) is absurd. The above 4 spoilers could fill some of these positions on the ballot!

Spoiler #6: $3 Million. More than the total fundraising potential of spoilers #1-4.

Jun 152017
 

SB96 is a bill that will pass the California State Senate today. It changes the rules of a recall election. The Media spin on this was for the obvious reason of saving embattled and extremely vulnerable State Senator Josh Newman who won his election by less than 2,000 votes in 2016.

I got some news for the news – Newman will lose no matter when the recall election is.

SB96 does the following – (which will have the effect of delaying the certification of Recall until after the 12/7 deadline. 12/7 is significant as the Governor could consolidate the Recall onto the next regularly scheduled election.)

  1. It allows a 30 day cooling off period where people can withdraw their signatures. (This is designed to allow labor unions and other thugs to intimidate people who signed in to sending notes to the registrar to withdraw)
  2. It creates a bureaucracy to evaluate the cost of the recall (another 30 day delay and uses tax dollars to promote one of the primary campaign issues against a recall – the cost)
  3. It requires the counties to count every single signature, instead of using a “Snap Count”. This allows left-leaning counties to drag their heels as long as necessary to delay the certification until after whatever deadline is needed

It would be easy to stop here and say, gheez, they are changing the rules to save Josh Newman. All this does is keep Newman in office 6 months longer, it is not worth the bad PR and the residual bad blood post tax increase.

The real reason as I have learned from both a well-placed Capitol Source and a Labor Union Source is much more sinister.

The California Nurses Association have declared war against all opponents of the Single-Payer Healthcare Bill. The Nurses association is the second most powerful union behind the SEIU. They are fast becoming the most powerful.

They believe they are entitled to $250k a year salaries with lifetime retirement benefits at all of our expense. If single payer passes, the biggest winners would be the Nurses. The biggest losers, of course are all of us whose healthcare would be rationed and provided by the same people that brought us the DMV.

The Single-Payer Bill only passed the Senate 23-14, but did so with massive arm twisting and intimidation by the Nurses.

The Nurses are stalking assemblymembers and threatening to Recall them if the bill does not pass. The votes are not currently there in the Assembly to pass the bill.

Connect the dots.

With the proposed rules of SB96, recalling an assemblymember becomes impractical. With the vulnerable Josh Newman as cover – SB96 is brilliant in what it accomplishes. You would have to start a recall of an assemblymember in an even-numbered year, which guarantees its’ failure to qualify (because the assemblymember is already on the ballot). Or, you would have to start the recall right after the election (which you can’t do for 60 days anyway). This means, you have about a 3 month window to effect a recall of an Assemblymember, to have the recall election NOT be consolidated with the following regular election.

Even with all of the money and power the Nurses Union has, they could not overcome these obstacles.

I have to tip my cap to the democrats with SB96. This is one of the most brilliant bills I’ve seen from them in a long time.

May 262017
 

If so, why?

Wealthy Businessman John Cox declared his candidacy two months ago and entered the CA Governor Race with a Million Dollars of his own money. (With more coming)

6 Months ago, the talk was that we would have no one credible or funded in any statewide race. Now, the talk is about a near frenetic quest to find a second Republican to run against John Cox for Governor.

Meantime, there is no Lt. Gov Candidate, No Secretary of State Candidate, No Attorney General Candidate, No Controller Candidate for the GOP in 2018.

Yet, the New Majority PAC is trying with all their might to get the unpopular Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer in to the race. At one time, Faulconer was the liberal Republican star of the party, today his legacy is the Chargers moving to Inglewood. But, he does want to raise taxes on San Diegans!

This does not matter to the New Majority as it appears they have ideological issues with John Cox and have re-ignited their quest to make sure no Republican makes the runoff.

I’ve seen this pattern before, I call it “Controlled Failure”. This is the concept of primary sabotage in order to make sure if a Conservative wins a primary, he loses the general election in order to further the canard of Conservatives being unable to win. (I first saw this in 2002, when GOP leadership poured $10 Million in to a Treasurer Race, while Tom McClintock was leading in Polls for his Controller race… ultimately lost by 27,000 votes. McClintock received token support from GOP leadership)

Meantime, there is no Lt. Gov Candidate, No Secretary of State Candidate, No Attorney General Candidate, No Controller Candidate for the GOP in 2018.

Apparently, it is not just the left of the party that has a suicide pact, witness Tim Donnelly! Yes, the same Tim Donnelly (based on my research) whose personal financial situation is a disaster, has a failing radio show, likes to chase campaign staff, has run 3 failed referenda (where’s the money, Tim?), has a police record and may well be clinical on top of the previous list. (Did I mention that I am not a fan?) He popped up on Breitbart calling John Cox a moderate. Only in a pharmaceutically-induced fantasy, I guess.

Donnelly believes the Democrat Party is in disarray. He believes this is an open door to a Republican Governor. He thinks that should be him, when John Cox wrote himself a check larger than Donnelly’s maximum fundraising potential. Perhaps Tim Donnelly enters the race in order to enjoy being a candidate again for a few months and to get paid.

He is right about the dem party. Despite the all-out assault from the media and the “deep state” Trump keeps winning and Republicans keep winning elections.

But, it seems to be more than Republican Leadership and the New Majority can handle.

Just last night, while celebrating the #BODYSLAM victory of Greg Gianforte in Montana, I received my own un-named anonymous source leak of info. (If it is good for the NYT and WAPO, it is good for this blog, right?)

The leak is a well-placed GOP insider who indicated that Republican leadership are lobbying the rank and file GOP legislators (what few are left), to endorse David Hadley, Kevin Faulconer. (See also anyone not named John Cox).

If the GOP leadership understand what a threat John Cox is, perhaps Tim Donnelly’s therapist should explain the same thing to him?

Meantime, there is no Lt. Gov Candidate, No Secretary of State Candidate, No Attorney General Candidate, No Controller Candidate for the GOP in 2018.

The specific info is that a group of major GOP donors have not stopped trying to find a Governor candidate not named John Cox. David Hadley, a one-term Assemblymember who lost re-election by 8 points in 2016, went to Sacramento to speak to the aforementioned legislators in search of endorsements and money. Note that Hadley is basically out of the running for governor and is lining up a rematch for AD66 instead.

Now, it appears that the flavor of the week is Kevin Faulconer.

Why are they doing this? Is the goal to dilute Republican Votes assuring Antonio Villaraigosa joins fellow far left democrat Gavin Newsome in the runoff? Two well known GOP consultants are on Mr. Villaraigosa’s payroll. Do they believe that recruiting a moderate/liberal Republican and pouring money in to them will get that person in to the runoff? Or, it is another case of “controlling failure”, as in we’d rather lose with our guy than win with someone we can’t control?

I am all about being a team player, having supported many candidates for the GOP I was not thrilled with. However, it becomes difficult to the extreme to be a team player when I have a front row seat to another case of the moderate wing of the Republican Party apparently doing what they accuse the Conservatives of doing.

All the above said, it makes me like John Cox even more.

Did I mention that there is no Lt. Gov Candidate, No Secretary of State Candidate, No Attorney General Candidate, No Controller Candidate for the GOP in 2018?

May 232017
 

This update is actually as of 5/20 as the news comes like a firehose. Despite the media’s obsession with trying to take trump down with leaks, anonymous sources and the same impeachment talk that they ran against Both Bush’s and Reagan – a lot is going on!

Economic News:

The US Senate is Seriously Looking at Tax Reform that Lasts Longer than 10 Years.

House Ways and Means Chairman tells CNBC that they are hard at work on a tax reform plan.

The Treasury Secretary and National Economic Director met with the US Senate regarding tax reform.

Bottom line – tax reform is coming.

How about economic news? The economy is starting to recover for real:

ON 5/15 the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ hit record highs.

The Wall Street Journal is projecting 3.1% GDP in the Second Quarter. 3.1% would be the largest quarter in a long time.

Continuing a trend, the unemployment rate (and underemployment rate) hit their lowest level in 28 years.

Since May, the claims for unemployment benefits are down to the lowest level in 28 years, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner.

Federal reporting shows that the number of unemployed workers is now at 19 million, the lowest since March 1998 when the U.S. workforce was much smaller.

Furthermore, the number of continuing claims are down to 1.95 million, the lowest since 1974.

Fed (Phly-Fed) Manufacturing Index Blew past projections for May.

In related news, the Trump administration announces plans to renegotiate NAFTA. Withdrawing from NAFTA was a major campaign promise, but Mexico and Canada’s Presidents made direct personal requests of Trump for a re-negotiation.

Donald Trump signs massive arms/trade deal with Saudi Arabia. The total value is around $450 Billion and could be way more.

A Bi-Partisan bill called the regulatory reform act is working its’ way through Congress. This will make regulations costing $1 Billion or more be subject to far more scrutiny than current. This would have installed a huge check on some of the worst of the worst from the Obama admin.

As a subset of regulatory reform, the EPA is preparing for massive budget cuts. The EPA was used as a tool of social justice by the Obama Administration. The EPA is setting up funding for buyouts of employees it is expecting to have to terminate.

Lastly, Trump signed HR 66 that eliminated Obama’s last minute edict about State Run Retirement Accounts for Private Sector Workers.

Here is a Social Issue that the Trump Administration took up – they expanded the Mexico City Policy to cover all overseas abortions.

The Trump administration announced a massive expansion Monday of the pro-life Mexico City Policy, issuing guidelines that will strip billions of dollars in aid from international groups that perform or promote abortion.

Originally a ban covering roughly $600 million in family planning money, the Trump policy now applies to all international health care aid doled out by the U.S. government — nearly $9 billion.

Under the Obama administration, violence against police was encouraged. AS a result, it has surged.

The House passed the thin blue line act:

Rep. Vern Buchanan’s (R-FL) Thin Blue Line Act passed the House Thursday by a vote of 271-143. The bill would make the murder or attempted murder of a police officer, firefighter or other first responder an “aggravating” factor in death penalty determinations, Buchanan’s office explained in a press release Thursday.

Donald Trump has made respect and support for law enforcement one of the cornerstones of his domestic agenda.

The FCC has taken the first steps to dismantling Obama’s Net Neutrality Rules. Net Neutrality was basically done in order to allow the government to regulate the internet and thus, shut down Conservative media that is largely on line due to the monopoly on broadcast and print media. This is another campaign promise kept.

On the subject of both immigration and law enforcement, Donald Trump has made it clear to Congress that the border wall is a central part to any law enforcement efforts in government.

“The drug epidemic is poisoning too many American lives, and we’re going to stop it in many different ways. One of them will be the wall,” Mr. Trump said.

Even though illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border appears to be down dramatically under Mr. Trump, the flow of drugs remains high — with heroin and other serious narcotics surging.

In a six week raid, ICE and the FBI picked up 1,378 Gang Members.

IN addition, specific raids were carried out in California to round up MS-13 Gang Leaders indicted back in 2014 (!) that were still at large.

The task force, formed in 2014, targeted 44 individuals associated with MS-13, including 12 senior members of the street gang’s leadership council.

At least 21 suspects were arrested without incident Wednesday morning. Another 20 suspects were transferred from state to federal custody. The remaining three suspects are considered fugitives.

Illegal Immigrant arrests up 38% since Trump’s Inauguration. Other reports show that illegal immigration has dropped 70% since Trump was elected.

Trump, through economic and diplomatic pressure has reduced the number of countries refusing to take deportees from 20 down to 12.

Foreign Policy – showing strength and winning:

Iran diverts their troop movements because of US Military Successes against ISIS. Looks like Iran does not want to mess with the USA. (Probably less so after our massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia)

IRAQ and the US are beginning post ISIS troop strength negotiations! Note, it only took 4 months to get to this point? What was Obama doing?

General Mattis is talking openly about the annihilation of ISIS. What a difference.

So, despite all the obsession over the Russia Did It Lie and the massive leaks from all over everywhere from the bowels of government trying to take Trump down… a lot of stuff is happening still in the blizzard of Trump.

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Several conservative organizations have been keeping track of democrat election fraud. I found this .pdf from the Heritage Foundation. It is extensive and does not include more recent examples.

One of the biggest movements by the right is Voter ID. The Obama admin fought in court every time a state enacted voter ID. In Wisconsin, they seemed to have found the magic formula to survive legal scrutiny and it worked.

In 2016, Wisconsin had voter ID. IN years past, stories were frequent about people being bused in from Illinois to Same-Day Register in Wisconsin to vote there as Wisconsin has been a democrat state since 1988 but always had been competitive. News Busters lit up the AP for a nearly hysterical story about Wisconsin’s 2016 election. (Note – Trump won WI by about 27,000 votes, the first time since 1988 it was carried by a Republican.)

While the left were not happy in WI – In North Carolina, the Republican legislature there made an ID law that was poorly written that got overturned and then the SCOTUS rejected the final appeal, killing it. The consequences were expected:

State auditors found that about 500 ineligible people voted in 2016, more than 440 of them felons. Dozens of non-citizens from 28 different countries also cast ballots, the probe found. “A number of non-citizens said they were not aware that they were prohibited from voting,” the report states. “Interviews and evidence show that some non-citizens were misinformed about the law by individuals conducting voter registration drives or, in at least one document case, by a local precinct official.” North Carolina authorities are also investigating 24 substantiated cases of double voting in 2016. “Some violators appear to be ‘testers’ trying to find holes in the system,” according to the report. “Others claim property ownership in multiple jurisdictions should allow them to vote in each, and others brush past the law to support their candidate by any means necessary. Additionally, a case that initially appears to be a double voter—an individual who votes twice—may actually be a case of voter impersonation—an individual who casts a ballot using the identity of another person.”

A democrat group called FieldWorks was creating fake voters in PA and OH (both swing states like NC, imagine that) and got busted for doing so.

Another group in Indiana (a state Obama won in 2008) got hammered statewide for a registration and election fraud scheme. They were so brazen that they aired advertisements claiming “Voter Suppression” – the left’s dog whistle when they get caught.

Patriot Majority USA launched the Indiana Voter Registration Project earlier this year with the goal of registering tens-of-thousands of Hoosiers before this past week’s deadline. The group has said they registered 45,000 people and now claim in the radio ad, “45,000 citizens, almost all African Americans could lose the right to vote.”

But Indiana State Police say of the forms investigators have already reviewed, about 10 percent have shown signs of fraudulent or forged information.

“So using their numbers of 45,000,” Bursten said. “We have the potential of more than 4,500 fraudulent or forged documents.”

Another Swing State – Nevada has long been thought to be beset by voter and election fraud. Clark County is a Union Machine County. It is replete with non citizens and the motor-voter act which registers people to vote when they get licensed is a major problem. Why? Nevada lets illegal aliens get a driver’s license.

Nevada’s Republican secretary of state says three people who had not obtained citizenship by the 2016 election participated unlawfully in November.

They are at the center of Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s ongoing probe into voter fraud. She has said some state employees may have inadvertently registered green card holders to vote.

Her office released data Wednesday showing another 18 people without citizenship voted in other Nevada elections. Spokesman Kent Alexander declined to say in which elections or years.

Eighty others have improperly registered at some point in Nevada history, but never voted. Alexander also declined to say when those registrations occurred.

Cegavske said last week she believes they could have registered through the Department of Motor Vehicles in a process her office approved.

The investigation is far from over and the federalist sees something far more widespread than 100 or so bad registrations and 20 illegal votes.

One of the worst “Swing” States is Virginia, whose governor is none other than Clinton DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe, who granted clemency to thousands of felons in order to allow them to vote for Hillary Clinton. The Washington Times had a disturbing article about the amount of fraudulent registrations in Virginia.

The foundation found itself in a stiff battle with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s elections chief, who, PILF said, did not want to turn over voter information. In October PILF issued its first report, accusing the state of a “cover up” as “thousands” of noncitizens illegally remain on Virginia’s voting rolls.

Citing data from six counties and two cities, the report found that 1,000 noncitizens were registered to vote in those jurisdictions between 2011 and 2016, and that 200 of them actually voted.

An example: In 2011 Fairfax County discovered 278 registered voters who had told the DMV they were not citizens. Of those, 117 had voted in state and federal elections.

PILF argues that these illegal voters were discovered mostly by accident and not as part of a statewide program to monitor lists and weed out aliens.

“It is, however, likely that based on discoveries to date, thousands of noncitizens remain registered and eligible to vote throughout the Commonwealth,” PILF said.

Liberal Democrats and academics maintain that no illegal immigrants vote in U.S. elections, dismissing two national polls that indicate they do.

However, the Marshall-PILF findings come from counting actual people, not polls. While it is difficult to extrapolate how many noncitizens vote illegally in Virginia, their data provide firm evidence that some do. Polls show they vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.

Donald Trump was widely criticized for asserting that 2 million people voted illegally in 2016. His claim does not see so far fetched now does it?

But wait – there is also this:

7 Million people are registered to vote in 2 or more states: (and this is only a sample of 28 states!)

The newest data is from crosschecks of voter registrations across 28 states that participate in the program. At least 7.2 million registrations appeared in two states at once, according to the data.

Georgia (660,708), North Carolina (561,811), and Illinois (542,065) lead the 28 states studied in potential duplicated voter registrations across state lines.

The study shows that more than 916,000 people appear to be registered multiple times within their state of residence. North Carolina accounts for 90 percent of potential intrastate duplicates.

Nearly 68,000 registered voters across the 28 states had “invalid” dates of birth, a category that include missing, incomplete, or placeholder birth dates, which can reflect older records before dates of birth were kept on file.

The program also found 32,000 registered voters who appeared to have invalid Social Security Numbers tied to their voter records, which can result either from clerical mistakes or fraud.

Note that Georgia and North Carolina are both considered “Swing States” – they have voted Republican all but one time since 1980 and are definitely democrat takeover targets.

Donald Trump signed an executive order to create an election fraud commission – and this post is a thesis for why he did it.