FLAMING HOT UPDATE: Big Government has a round-up on a scandals and unsavory political dealings involving local candidates — including a personal relationship involving DEMOCRAT BOB FILNER and a Southwest Airlines Employee (Congressman Filner received nearly $30,000.00 from airline and aviation special interest groups, including Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association PAC. Besides sexual favors, there seem to have been additional perks for the Congressman. At his urging, Filner received free airfare from Southwest Airlines for constituents to travel to Washington, D.C. The Congressman’s own office admits that it enlisted the support of Southwest Airlines to help with transportation expenses for the Chula Vista Park View Little League World Champions to travel to Washington D.C. where they met with President Barack Obama. He also arranged for airfare tickets for high school students from California’s Imperial Valley to travel to the nation’s capital, all free of charge.) Read the Big Government Link Before you vote!
Prop 19 – No* (Marijuana Decriminalized)
Prop 20 – Yes (Resdistricting commission)
Prop 21 – No (Vehicle License fee for parks)
Prop 22 – No (Transport and other tricky provisions)
Prop 23 – YES, Heck Yes (Suspend Cap and Trade)
Prop 24 – No (Repeal of Tax changes)
Prop 25 – No, Heck No (Legislative majority on budget)
Prop 26 – Yes (Supermajority for new taxes and fees)
Prop 27 – No (Eliminate redistricting commission)
*The Liberator Today takes the “YES” position.
San Diego Propositions
Prop A – Yes (Prohibit County project labor agreements)
Prop B – Yes (City Attorneys like civil servants) (my weakest recommendation)
Prop C – Yes (Pacific Highlands Ranch development)
Prop D – NO, Heck NO (Half Cent Sales Tax)
Prop J – No (Parcel tax increase for schrools)
Richard Rider adds:
Prop G – Yes (Citizen vote to raise pensions) Carlsbad
Prop H – No (Raise phone tax) Chula Vista
Prop K – No (School bond) San Marcos
Prop L – No (School bond) Julian
Prop M – No (School bond) Dehesa
Prop O – No (School parcel tax) South Bay
Prop P – No (School bond) Encinitas
California Statewide Office
Governor – Meg Whitman (She made the right enemy: SEIU)
Lt Gov – Karen England (Write In)
Senator – Carly Fiorina
Secretary of State – Damon Dunn
Controller – Tony Strickland
Treasurer – Mimi Walters
Attorney General – Steve Cooley
Insurance Commissioner – Dave Jones (As a Democrat, I can stand behind this recommendation.)
San Diego Candidates:
City Council District 6 – Lorie Zapf (Not a great campaign, but unions are heavy for Wayne)
San Diego School Board – Steve Rosen (only candidate opposing Prop J)
California Judicial November Election Recommendations. It will help Californians sort through the pamphlet crap, and discern who is activist and who actually understands the concept of the “Rule of Law”. A big hat-tip to Charles Caesar for this find.
UPDATED: VOTE RICK POWELL 78TH CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY!!!
Left Coast Rebel has a pre-election day summary of important news items!
UPDATE: Here’s an example of the Devil’s choice: For State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Do I choose an SEIU minion or a La Raza one? Tough, but I am going to go with the La Raza-endorsed Larry Aceves — because his endorsements come from primarily from people and not big unions.
Beers with Demo has a post today, featuring a “total destruction” take on the CA Gubernatorial Race: Our desperately needed soul-searching can’t begin under Meg Whitman. California conservatives need to acknowledge that we are a small and impotent minority. We’re not going to lead a change. Just as only Nixon could go to China, only the liberal opinion makers in Hollywood and Silicon Valley can change the state. There needs to be an intellectual civil war on the left in California in order for things to change. The fastest way to that is to elect one of their own to preside over California’s Götterdämmerung.
Frankly, I do not think much of this argument. Here are my reasons, in brief:
* It is our civic duty to select the BEST possible candidate, based on experience and qualifications. I believe it is excessively prideful and not particularly wise to vote to “punish” other citizens to send a political message. If you honestly believe that candidate is Jerry Brown, then OK. But if you are doing it, so that it intentionally hurts fellow Californians (especially small business owners and family), I must disagree with your approach.
* Your vote will have consequences, which may impact you more directly than you may think. For example, mu husband and I are discussing relocation to another state should Brown become Governor — which will take 2 wealth producers OUT of California and place them into other states. We use a wide array of businesses and services in Southern California — and there will be a ripple effect when we are no longer around to contribute. This may ripple-effect back to a business run by you, one of your friends, or one of your close family members.
* Many people took that approach, voting for Obama in 2008. Just look how well that worked out for us!
* For those of you out-of-state people who also are hoping for a Brown victory, just realize this. Should Brown prevail, and he and his union minions crush the California economy completely, other Americans (including YOU) will be likely to foot the bill for this folly.
Meg Whitman is not my all time favorite candidate. But, as her BEST ad yet indicates, she now recognizes her lack of political background. I can tell from personal experience, she has been very high-handed with California’s Tea Party group. However, her ad shows she now recognizes her failings and is likely more persuadable to Tea Party ideas — unlike Jerry Brown.
Site friend, physicist, and involved citizen Matin Fricke has this report from the Proposition 23 front lines:
I’m still contacting folks but have encountered this reply from some who’ve read the Voters Guide crafted by our Atty Gen’l Jerry Brown: “Velero and Tesora are behind this initiative. 97% of the backing money is from the oil industry. The American Lung Association and the Physicians for Social Responsibility oppose this proposition. I trust them more than the oil companies.” The stories about those who are backing NO on Prop 23 haven’t registered (e.g,. Tom Steyer and many multi-$B interests already invested in new “clean energy” companies and startups to rake off taxpayers to fund them). Bloomberg estimated Al Gore could profit by $B’s if cap-and-trade were passed nationally (see, e.g., http://imageevent.com/mpfbaf_news/algoresreasonforglobalwarming).
But, so far, I think the greatest danger I’ve found to the success of Prop 23, and indeed the success of the country on other matters, is the disposition of some who are so fed up with government shenanigans that they don’t plan to vote at all. What a horrible mistake that would be, now that they have a chance to correct things.