Friday, December 30, 2005

2006 Political Predictions

It’s time for your 2006 political predictions. They can be serious, cynical or sarcastic.

To get things rolling, assume Governor Schwarzenegger proposes $50 billion of infrastructure bonds in his State-of-the-State address.

Will it pass or not? Will it have prevailing wage or not? Who will vote for or against it? And what rationale will be used?

Enjoy -- have a fun and safe New Year celebration and see you all in the Capitol next week!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

You're holding on too tight, you've lost the edge

Has Hack n Flak lost its edge? All the stuff I used to adore about this blog are seemingly missing -- no more Silence, Will and the others. Now Chuck is good from time to time, but a bit academic.

Where has the edge gone? What is a girl to do!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Lying Left Then and Now

Why is it that liberals, progressives, leftists, humanists and the like seeking a brave new world for the rest of us often resort to lying or cheating to turn their vision into reality?

The latest example of this comes to us courtesy of an L.A. Times article about liberal icon Upton Sinclair, the socialist author of 1906’s The Jungle, and the 1934 Democrat nominee for Governor of California.

It seems that Sinclair lied about the guilt of a pair of anarcho-socialist revolutionaries named Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The 1921 trial for this pair of murderers, and their later execution in 1927, galvanized the left in America then and to this day.

When all is said and done, Upton Sinclair is looking more and more like the phenotype for Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) (although in Sinclair’s defense, he, at least, eventually disavowed Stalin, which is more than we can say about Moore and Osama).

Here is my piece Sinclair and the Lying Left.

Here is the L.A. Times piece on Sinclair's latest lie.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Ackerman Mess - It is fun to watch!

Knowing a good Reep bru-ha ha when I see one, I will post the anonymous thoughts of one of my GOP Senate friends about Dick Ackerman's remarks to the FlashReport:

Ackerman has lost his mind. His weak leadership is going to result in the loss, not only in the winnable Dunn seat, but possibly the Denham seat as well.

My boss was furious to see that he is so willing to throw a conservative, quality candidate like Tran under the bus.

This is not good, people are angry.


So there you go. Have a great weekend you Reeps in wackyland!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Breaking News - Van Tran is Running

Orange County blogger Art Pedroza is reporting via the Orange County Register that Van Tran is running for State Senate.

*Clarification, the Orange County Register is now reporting that Van has opened an exploratory committee for the 34th Senate District, but has yet to officially declare for the State Senate.

*Political Translation - Tran is still running.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Correa for Senate

While I am normally reluctant to make a pseudo announcement without hearing it from the man himself, it seems that former Assemblyman and current Orange County Supe Lou Correa is getting ready to challenge Tom Umberg in a sure to be no holds barred 34th Senate District Democrat Primary.

According to a few friends formerly affiliated with Lou, some pretty significant forces from the moderate Democrat, pro-business community are promising big if Correa jumps in.

And THEY say Correa is all but in. No official word from Lou yet though.(Warning: How many times have you heard a candidate is running but the candidacy or campaign never occurs.)

While I wouldn't expect a formal announcement from Lou until after the New Year, Sacramento and OC wheels drafting Correa for Senate are already in motion. A rare showdown between labor and business in a Democrat primary.

My prediction: As I have blogged before after the gay marriage vote, his own marriage scandal, and military service distortions, Umberg is in serious trouble and Correa (if his candidacy plays out)will pull a coup.

For All You Reep "Insiders" - New Morrow for Congress Website

For a Reep it isn't bad.

Senator Bill Morrow
Conservative for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2005
Contact: Joe Justin/916-804-5722
Vartan Djihanian/760-560-7712

Morrow Unveils Congressional Campaign Website

Launch of billmorrow.com brings state senator one step closer to formally announcing his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District

(Carlsbad )-- State Senator Bill Morrow, the leading candidate for Congress in California's 50th District, today officially unveiled his new campaign website - www.billmorrow.com , providing visitors with information about his legislative priorities, his biography, and ways to get involved with his growing campaign for Congress. The launch of billmorrow.com brings the thirteen-year state legislator one step closer to formally announcing his candidacy for the seat recently vacated by former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

"Billmorrow.com will serve as a powerful resource for voters to obtain up to the minute information about the April 11 th special election, and to find out ways they can get involved with our growing campaign," said Senator Morrow. "Our website, like our campaign, will address the issues that matter most to the voters of our area, whether it's the illegal immigration crisis, the need to restore trust in our public officials, or the runaway spending that's taking hold in Washington, DC. I urge voters of all political stripes to visit billmorrow.com , using it as a tool to make informed decisions about this upcoming special election."

First elected to the State Assembly in 1992, Bill Morrow has been re-elected by his North County neighbors every time he has stood for election. Morrow was elected to the State Senate in 1998 and asked to return by the voters again in 2002.

From 1979-1987, Morrow served with distinction as a commissioned officer and military judge advocate for the United States Marine Corps. As the Chief Trial Counsel and prosecutor at Camp Pendleton, Morrow prosecuted cases against crime, waste and corruption in the military. Captain Morrow left active duty with the USMC in 1987 and entered the private sector as a small business attorney.

Bill Morrow is an active member of the community and enjoys helping local organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis Clubs, YMCA, and Laura's House.

Senator Morrow's current Senate District includes much of North San Diego County , a portion of South Orange County , and overlaps with 67% of the 50th Congressional District.
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Paid for and authorized by the Morrow Congressional Committee. (760) 560-7712.

Healthcare Foundation Follow Up - money for the Left

Healthcare Foundation Follow Up - millions of dollars for liberal causes that don't improve anyone's health

What a hornet’s nest I’ve stirred up!

You may recall the email I sent out on December 8 outlining the hearing I participated in on December 7 about the tax status of nonprofit, tax-exempt hospital groups such as Kaiser Permanente and how these nonprofit hospitals are under attack by both unions and liberal special interests.

I followed up that email with an article I wrote for Human Events outlining California’s three nonprofit healthcare foundations which together have a net worth of $5.5 billion and give about $250 million a year in grants, much of which goes to liberal groups.

Well, since then, I’ve gotten a large amount of encouraging support from the nonprofit healthcare community telling me that I said what they wished they could have said, but are afraid to do so.

I also got an interesting letter from the President and CEO of one of the billion dollar foundations, Mr. Gary Yates, who said he was trying “to correct factual errors and misperceptions” in my Human Events piece. Well, I’ll admit to making one, non-material error: I wrote that The California Wellness Foundation was formed by Blue Cross going from nonprofit to for-profit status – it was in fact formed from the for-profit conversion of Health Net. Whatever. The remainder of Mr. Yates’ letter does nothing to counter my initial claims about the spectacular and dangerous liberal political bias of these hugely endowed foundations.

I wrote my reply to Mr. Yates today. I’ve posted the entire reply on my website (see: http://www.chuckdevore.com/pages/909913/index.htm). In the meantime, you may find some of the additional research Mr. Yates’ letter prompted my office to do very interesting. It shows beyond any doubt that The California Wellness Foundation’s tax-exempt status is being abused in favor of funding an ultra-liberal social agenda.

From my reply to Mr. Yates, here is a small sampling of the tax-free grants to liberal causes in which this billion dollar juggernaut indulges, most of which have precious little to do with assisting low income people in obtaining health care (curiously, their original mandate):

-California Budget Project, a de facto partisan organization that always argues for a radical liberal agenda, and which the San Francisco Chronicle recently called a “liberal Sacramento policy group” – $100,000, 7/25/03

-California Council of Churches, a reflexively leftist organization that espouses only liberal causes – $100,000 4/25/2003

-California Family Health Council, Inc. – Its own web site says, “The California Family Health Council (CFHC) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health of California families by increasing access to family planning, improving reproductive health care and ensuring access to health services.” This group supported SB 1301, which made abortion a “fundamental” right in California and opposed Prop. 73 – $75,000, 1/24/2003; $200,000, 1/24/2003; $200,000, 1/24/2003; $500,000, 10/24/2003

-California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, liberal environmentalist group – $130,000, 4/25/2003

-California Planned Parenthood Education Fund, Inc., California’s largest abortion provider – $150,000, 7/25/2003

-California Women’s Law Center - From their web site: “Women’s Access to Health Care is Compromised by Religious Health Systems - Religious health systems are the fastest growing non-profit healthcare providers in the United States. In California, Catholic Healthcare West is the largest healthcare system with 42 hospitals. When religious systems purchase secular hospitals, low-income women, men and adolescents lose access to a whole range of medically necessary reproductive health services.” Let’s leave aside whether abortion and birth control are “medically necessary.” Men? Since when are vasectomies and IVF “medically necessary?” The grant was for “core operating support to provide policy advocacy and legal services to promote women’s health issues in California,” presumably abortion – $120,000, 1/24/2003

-Camp Fire Girls program “Speak Out!,” which promotes contraception as the best means of pregnancy prevention, and mocks abstinence as ineffectual and a sop to advocates of traditional morality, when sound sociological research (not to mention science and common sense) demonstrate otherwise – $75,000, 1/24/2003

-Center for Environmental Health – $100,000, 7/25/2003

-Center for Gender Equality (headed by Faye Wattleton, former president of Planned Parenthood), to “support the development of an interactive web site to provide the media, the public, and policymakers with information on women’s issues, including health,” presumably abortion – $10,000, 8/19/2003

-Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which describes itself as “a non-profit, non-partisan consumer watchdog group. We fight corrupt corporations and crooked politicians every day,” and is run by the ultra-liberal partisan Jamie Court – $5,000, 3/25/2003

-Health Access Foundation, which supports Health Access California, led by left-wing partisan Anthony Wright who was very active in the Prop. 78 and 79 campaigns and has been quoted many times attacking legislative Republicans – $100,000, 7/25/2003

-International Planned Parenthood Foundation, Western Hemisphere Group, Inc. – $5,000, 11/25/2003

-Persephone Productions, named after the Greek goddess of the underworld whose name means “destroyer of light,” run by the radical leftist Bonnie Erbe, a keen supporter of abortion and the homosexual rights agenda, “to develop and disseminate information to California policy makers and opinion leaders about what works to reduce teen pregnancy” – Three $75,000 donations, 1/24/2003, 2/6/2003, and 2/7/2003

-Planned Parenthood, San Diego & Riverside Counties – $130,000, 7/25/2002

-Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles – $75,000, 1/24/2003

-Planned Parenthood, Mar Monte – $75,000, 1/24/2003

-Population Services International “to advocate for access to emergency contraception for teens,” emergency contraception is almost always a euphemism for some sort of abortifacient – $75,000, 1/24/2003

-Public Health Institute, which promotes the “rights, respect, and responsibility” approach to healthy adolescent sexuality” (i.e., kids have the ability to make these important decisions; yes, listen to the parents, but ultimately, it’s the minor child’s choice) – $225,000, in Q1 and Q4 2003

-Trust for Conservation Innovation “To link together funders working on environment, health, social justice, science marine ecosystems and rural economies around a cross-sector issue.” That issue is water, and my guess is that the concern here has little to do with “clean water,” but rather restricting the ability of agriculture to have access to what it needs for commercial irrigation, a rather curious donation from a health non-profit – Two donations of $15,000, 1/9/2003

I ended my letter to Mr. Yates with the following:

I accept that TCWF provides some modest funding to a few good – even wonderful – organizations that work assiduously to expand access to cost-effective, affordable, and needed healthcare for indigent Californians. This is good and necessary work, and not just because it reduces the perceived need for taxpayer funded action.

However, mixed in is an alarmingly heavy emphasis on grants supporting a leftist political agenda. In conferring with individuals who have attended meetings where you and your colleagues have discussed this agenda, I am confident asserting your creative interpretation of TCWF’s founding mission has caused you to stray far into the political arena.

It is my intent to closely monitor your foundation and others in California to discover acts that may constitute a violation of your non-profit status.

Again, thank you for your reply. It prompted me to conduct more research, solidifying my initial perceptions.


To all of you who responded to me with information about The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation, thank you. We need to continue to keep an eye on these groups lest they think no one is watching as they use their wealth and nonprofit status to advance a very liberal agenda.

All the best,

Chuck DeVore
State Assemblyman, 70th District

http://www.chuckdevore.com/

Monday, December 19, 2005

Asm. Joe Nation Comes out Firing

Joe Nation comes out firing! Capitol favorite Asm. Joe Nation is in for a serious uphill battle against Rep. Lynn Woolsey, an election that COULD BE real bell weather for moderate Democrats in CA & nationwide.

Many of you in the Capitol know and like Joe Nation, he is an affable guy and very effective legislator. In fact, he helped put Fabian into the speakership. Nation was a contender for Speaker himself, but in the end helped coalesce Democratic moderate members behind Nunez, thus defeating (thank God) a push by Asm. Jenny Oropeza.

In this race Nation is positioning himself as the moderate against incumbent Lynn Woolsey. Woolsey is a just to the Left of Marx & Engels, and Cindy Sheehan loving grandma. In my humblest of opinions, Democrats like Woolsey are so out of touch with the mainstream today that they relegate our Democratic Party to a permanent back bench nationally.

Woolsey needs to go and Nation needs to win, but as usual (in both parties), it is exceedingly difficult to unseat a deadwood member of Congress. Woolsey is a throw back to the days of beat poets in the Haight, Jack Kerouac and the Vietnam War (and to all my lefty friends out there, don't compare Iraq and Vietnam--it makes us look dumb, they are completely separate.). Woolsey is a tired old calendar stuck on the year 1969.

That being said, national left of center Democrats shudder at the thought of moving our party back to the middle and regaining national relevance --- therefore, they are supporting Lynn Woolsey with significant resources. Her loss would be such an embarassment to the Luddites on the Left like MoveOn and Soros they cannot afford her to be a chink in their armor.

Too bad though, Joe Nation would make a great forward thinking, moderate Democrat that could actually produce in a GOP dominated Congress. Check it out, throw Joe Nation $10 or $20 bucks, put on some walking shoes and let's send a message. XOX

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Aloha from the Duke-stir

I don't know if any of you kids were lucky enough to get this in your inbox, but my girl David Lee Roth was. Happy Holidays Hawaiian Style.....




Marvin Lucas you can't scoop this! Gotta be in SD baby.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Can't Spell Duke without U-K-E

The special election to replace yet another disgraced GOP MOC--Well first let's get Grandma Busby (the Dem candidate) out of the way --- "Grandma Busby, you are a nice sweet woman but you and Cindy Sheehan will soon go the way of Fmr Assemblyman Scott Wildman --tolerated but now forgotten."

Ok, now on to the good stuff. One of my few GOP girlfriends filled me in on the happenings at the always eventful (yawn---actually I have never been to one so they could be about as fun as square dancing, what do I know) San Diego Reep Christmas party. Here is what I learned:

--Some rich guy named Alan Uke is staffing up and prepping to be a contender. Uke has hired some Bushies from South Dakota and Florida and is throwing money around like Ross Perot.

--Asm Mark Wyland is not a part of the conversation anymore, at least for the congressional seat.

--Fmr. Congressman Brian Bilbray is going to go after this seat with at least as much vigor as he did when he lost to Susan Davis is 2000. (This is a joke that some of you on either side of the aisle will get, however many of you Assembly Fellows were still in diapers so sorry)

--State Senator Bill Morrow is acting like the frontrunner at this point and seems to be taking this run more seriously than his previous campaign against now Rep. Darrell Issa.

I am sure that there are some others reading this blog that have much to add. Either way, this gives you troglodyte Reeps something to think about over the weekend. XOX

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

PUC readies to vote for energy rate increases to subsidize the wealthy

Does anyone other than me find it odd that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) plans on voting Thursday to raise rates by $0.55 per month on all Californians so a wealthy few can have their photovoltaic panel installations subsidized?

At about $30,000 per installation, rooftop photovoltaic systems generate energy at nine times the cost of competing energy sources (excluding wear out and maintenance labor which would make the systems look even more costly).

This means that only those with cash to spare will install the systems – systems that can’t even generate enough savings to pay for the yearly interest carrying costs on $30,000.

Meanwhile, no one wants to talk about the real solution to our energy needs – a solution that produces no carbon dioxide – building modern nuclear power plants.

Ironically, had we not stopped building nuclear plants in the 1970s, we would be meeting our Kyoto Treaty protocol CO2 levels today.

In addition, cheap and abundant nuclear power would allow us to create all that hydrogen for vehicles that the Governor keeps talking about. Without that power, we have to use natural gas to produce the hydrogen which begs the question – where do you put all that unused carbon left over from the process?

In any event, the contact information for the PUC is listed below:

President Michael Peevey
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102

FAX: 415-703-1758

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Umberg Needs Help---Maybe

I posted the commentary below on the HNF alter ego blog Flak N Hack, but I thought it also germane to this discussion group. Check it out ----

Set to run in a district that only gives us a 3-4pt voter registration edge and freshly off a public scandal with his wife (I am playing devil's advocate here, I am totally cool with his handling of that issue), Assemblyman Tom Umberg could face a real challenge from Reeps looking to reclaim their once proud domination of the Orange Empire.

Word from the GOP has it that therr are really only two serious contenders -- 1) Termed out moderate Reep Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher and 2) Right wing, first termer Assemblyman Van Tran.

I know what many of you might say---"there is no way either of those rookies beat Umberg!" However, let me just suggest the possibility that ---

A) Arnold regains his popularity and has a strong top of ticket for the Reeps along with their golden boy Tom McClintock for Lieutenant Gov.

B) Democrats nominate developer/tycoon Phil Angelides (draining us of any moral, ethical or stylistic high ground we can claim over Gov. Arnold.---remember I am a Westly fan)

C) Reeps are able to capitalize on Umberg's half truths regarding his time as a Army prosecutor at Gitmo.

D) The economy continues improvement (ok, you may say 'what improvement', but as much as I hate to admit it the facts are facts)

E) Either Tran or Daucher are able to attract a certain amount of independent or Democrat voters based on gender/ethnicity.

If any of the above even partially occurs, Tom Umberg will be hip deep in a serious challenge. Democrats can't get complacent here.XOX

Monday, December 12, 2005

What no one has the balls to say, "Stanley Tookie Williams, GO TO HELL!"

As Tookie sits in his comfortable death cell and awaits the fate handed down to him over 20 years ago by a jury of his peers (actually his true peers--as fellow criminals and murderers were ineligible for jury service), I sincerely hope he recounts the hell he inflicted on those here in this world.

The next time I hear someone idiot talk about redemption and the "good" he has done I think I will puke.

Stanley "Tookie" Williams is no hero and deserves no mercy from this world. Forgiveness is something only his Maker can give and none of us can be the judge of that.

However, as fallible human beings and subject to feelings and emotions most of us reasoned sane individuals can only hope (and I use that term in the weirdest sense) that Tookie will die at 12:01 AM and forever after hear the screams of his victims as he torments in hell.

Death penalty pro or con, one can only come to one reasonable conclusion --- Stanley Tookie Williams deserves nothing less.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

For Some Politicians (Sen. Dunn, in this case) Truth is Merely an Obstacle in the Way of their Agenda

This is a tale of lying to score cheap partisan points, of honor and the truth, and of how persistence in pursuit of the truth can win in the end – even in politics.

On November 4, 2005, an article ran in the O.C. Register about a legislative resolution for an O.C. businessman. The resolution was requested only about a week before it was needed, and it was requested of several O.C. lawmakers at once. We lawmakers often coordinate on such matters, even across Party lines, so we can present one resolution and save a little tax money too. In this case, the mad rush led to three resolutions being prepared, one by my office with only Republicans on it, one by Sen. Joe Dunn’s office (D-Santa Ana) and one by Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez (D-Norwalk) (link).

Now, here’s where the story gets interesting. Someone in the Legislature, probably Sen. Dunn or one of his senior staffers, leaked this information to the press in an attempt to embarrass me and my office. Sen. Dunn was quoted in the paper:

"This behavior shows the level of immaturity that contributes to the very reason why the average citizen wants nothing to do with the political process," said state Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana. "It's beyond stupidity. Is there never a time that the Orange County delegation can come together on something?"

Then the reporter wrote:

So Dunn's staff called DeVore's staff, asking permission to sign on. Several times. No one returned the calls.”

The problem is it never happened. It was all a set up. A lie. A cheap political stunt.

At this point the common inclination would be to roll over, go into a fetal position and moan something about the hopelessly left-leaning press and the unfairness of life on planet Earth. Not in my office. I enjoy a fight. I relish political combat in pursuit of the truth. Certain things are worth fighting for and the staff I hire share this sense of mission I’m proud to say.

Leisa Brug Kline, my District Director, is a legislative veteran. A PR professional, she used to work as a reporter. Leisa called the O.C. Register reporter, she called the reporter’s editor, and she called Sen. Dunn’s staff. She wouldn’t let go of the story. She suggested to the reporter that she ask for Sen. Dunn’s phone records (after all, they are public information). Sen. Dunn’s office slow-rolled the request.

After five weeks of pursuing the truth, yesterday, the O.C. Register ran a correction on page 4:

Staff members for Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, did not call the office of Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, last month, asking that Dunn be allowed to sign onto a resolution honoring an Orange County businessman. Because of a reporting error and because Dunn and his staff provided incorrect information, a column in the News section of the Nov. 4 edition of the Register inaccurately described, in part, why Dunn's name did not appear on DeVore’s resolution.”

The truth has now been served. But, isn’t there a larger story here? A story about how a lawmaker and his staff purposefully set out to make a colleague of his look bad? And how he manipulated the truth and a reporter to do it? It seems to me to be a story in and of itself, deserving of more notice than a small correction at the bottom of page 4.

Lastly, what does this episode say about Sen. Dunn and some of his other recent exploits in the press, for instance, his grave assertion that the California National Guard set up a unit to illegally spy on Californians and then lied about it? As a member of the California Army National Guard since 1988, I took great umbrage with Sen. Dunn’s wild assertions and irresponsible media haymaking about my colleagues-in-arms in the Guard, thousands of who are fighting overseas right now to keep the truth-challenged senator safe at night.

So, there you have it. Proof that with enough tenacity the good guys can win every now and then.

It will be interesting to see how any of my bills that come before Sen. Dunn’s Judiciary Committee are now treated.

Friday, December 09, 2005

The "web of corruption" -- how far does it reach?

But the question is boyz, how far does the web extend? I have a feeling that this scandal is not over. XO

Democrat assails GOP over Wilkes contributions

By Philip J. LaVelle
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 7, 2005

The chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party accused several leading Republicans yesterday of being part of a "web of corruption" for taking campaign contributions from a central figure in the case of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Jesse Durfee pointed to thousands of dollars in donations to several current and former Republican officeholders – including some expected to run next year for Cunningham's vacant seat in the 50th Congressional District – and to Republican organizations.

Durfee's list, taken from public Web sites such as opensecrets.org, detailed payments from Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and his firms, ADCS Inc. and Group W.

Wilkes is not charged, but federal authorities identify him as a co-conspirator in the Cunningham case.

Cunningham pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy and tax evasion in admitting that he took $2.4 million in bribes to help defense firms gain government contracts.

"Voters will reject the Republicans' web of corruption," Durfee told reporters outside the downtown San Diego federal courthouse. "Voters in the 50th Congressional District do not want another congressional representative who is bought and paid for by Cunningham's money men."

Durfee's list showed payments of:

$18,500 to Rep. Duncan Hunter of El Cajon (includes $6,000 from Washington defense contractor Mitchell Wade, another person identified by federal authorities as a Cunningham co-conspirator who has not been charged, and his company, MZM Inc.).

$5,000 to Hunter's Peace Through Strength political action committee.

$18,250 to the Lincoln Club of San Diego County (includes $250 from Cunningham).

$9,200 to Assemblyman George Plescia of La Jolla.

$7,000 to former Rep. Brian Bilbray of Carlsbad (including $1,000 from Cunningham).

$6,500 to the San Diego County Republican Party (includes $1,500 from Cunningham).

$5,000 to Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista.

$4,500 to Assemblyman Mark Wyland of Del Mar.

$4,000 to former Assemblywoman Charlene Zettel of Poway.

$1,000 to state Sen. Bill Morrow of Oceanside.

Bilbray and Morrow are running for the Cunningham seat.

Ron Nehring, chairman of the county Republican Party, dismissed Durfee's remarks and said voters will replace Cunningham with another Republican.

"When you have a party that is headed for yet another loss in North County, you expect oddball, bizarre acts of desperation like this," Nehring said.

He also sought to downplay payments to the local Republican Party.

"The Republican Party in San Diego raises over $1 million a year, and the overwhelming majority of that support comes from Republicans who are interested in lower taxes, smaller government and winning the war on terror," he said.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bringing Liberal Caricatures To Life

I wanted to post briefly about Anaheim Angels owner Arte Moreno because I recently learned he is not simply an Orange County person-of-controversy, but is making unwelcome waves in San Joaquin County, as well.

Instead re-hashing all of it here, you can read about it here and here. Suffice it to say, Mr. Moreno is bringing the liberal caricature of the "greedy developer" to unpleasant life.

California’s $4.5 Billion Healthcare Foundations and Their Secret Plan

California’s $4.5 Billion Healthcare Foundations and Their Secret Plan

(Check the link for the longer entry on my blog.)

What has $4.5 billion and provides millions of dollars per year to the left in California and won’t stop until we have universal, government-run, and fully unionized healthcare? The answer, three foundations created by Blue Cross’ conversion to for-profit status: The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation.

These three entities, now apparently hijacked by liberal activists, fund political activity, liberal consumer rights groups such as the Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports), and groups such as the ACLU, the CTA teachers union, Planned Parenthood, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (the latter for something called, the “Transgender Healthcare Action Project”), and I could go on and on, as the millions in grants to the inane, PC, left-wing, weird, and occasionally sane stretch into the hundreds.

As an example of the mega-foundations’ sophisticated political tactics, The California Wellness Foundation gave Karen Bass, an L.A.-based community and healthcare activist, a $12,500 grant on October 24, 2003. Interestingly, the grant came six weeks after Ms. Bass began her campaign for the Democrat Party nomination to the State Assembly. Several staffers involved in the grant process at The California Wellness Foundation also contributed to Ms. Bass’ campaign. Less than two months after the cash grant, Ms. Bass loaned her campaign $34,000, boosting her effort to eclipse former L.A. City Councilman Nate Holden and two others to win the primary and go on to represent the 47th Assembly District. The very talented Assemblymember Bass is now on the fast track to leadership in the Assembly’s powerful Democrat Caucus and holds as one of her chief interests (you guessed it) universal health care.

In the end, this episode shows one fundamental truth: liberals are willing to invest tremendous effort to create for themselves engines of change to forcibly remake America in their image. Can anyone show me three foundations that conservatives have hijacked worth $4.5 billion?

The solution? If it’s possible, try to get some conservatives on the boards of these three foundations to hold them accountable. If we don’t watch them, they will become even more aggressive in funding candidates and causes that are no doubt completely contrary to the mission for which they were founded.

All the best,

Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, 70th District
www.ChuckDeVore.com

P.S. By the way, if you want to look up the I.R.S. Form 990s for these, and any other charities in California, you can visit: http://partners.guidestar.org/partners/cadoj/index.jsp .

Also, to get an appreciation for how the Blue Cross' foundation money generates liberal activism, check out this Google search on Anthony Wright of Health Access California: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22Anthony+Wright%22+%22Health+Access+California%22&btnG=Google+Search

Should "Tookie's" sentence be commuted

Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the "Crips" - (By the way, anyone know the etymological source of the "Tookie" nickname?) - is a hot topic among death penalty opponents. We've all seen the protests and counter-protests to free-or-fry him. To me, the fact that he shows no remorse and refuses to "be a rat" (his words) and testify against criminal gang members demonstrates to me that there's no reason to grant a commutation.

I've had discussions with several law enforcement officers including those who've been in gang related units and they feel very strongly on this issue (no commutation).

Regardless of any books "Tookie" has had published under his name or even if his reformation is genuine or the fact that he lost out to Yasser Arafat for the Nobel Peace Prize, sentences have to be carried out and people must know with as much certainty as possible that if they follow his early example, the full price will be paid.

Did Rigoberto Alpizar get what he deserved?

In light of yesterday's incident in Florida I am prone to ask this question.... Did Rigoberty Alpizar get what he deserved?

We live in a post 9-11 world, where security has been increased and our flexiblity of movement restrained in order to protect ourselves from random acts of terrorism.

With this understanding, why would someone run up and down the aisle of an airplane screaming that they have a bomb? That just seems like shear craziness.... even if the said person was bi-polar and didn't take his meds. But he had his wife on board the plane with him, why didn't she take action to silence her husband?

The most interesting twist of the story is that the couple was on their way to a missionary trip. Great, that's all we need some bi-polar crazy person trying to preach to people about Jesus.

Happy Holidays Hackers and Flackers.....

And remember, the moral of the story: Behave yourself at the airport.

Click here for the full story complete with pics.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Susan Kennedy Talk Goes On --- And On

Oh the Kennedy issue back in the news, actually has it ever left?

Over the weekend I was speaking with a number of Democrat and Democrat leaning lobbyists and the overarching opinion of each of them was, "we love the Susan Kennedy appointment, I have such a great relationship with her."

As someone that likes the Kennedy appointment, I began really thinking about it on another level. Number one being that it seems that every Democrat working in Sacramento loves Susan Kennedy (including myself, but not in THAT way), but also that those on my side of aisle are affirming the fears of GOP leaders -- Kennedy will put a much more progressive (aka "liberal" for all you right wingers out there)spin on EVERY issue in front of Guv Arnold.

Another issue that has bobbed around in my mind, and this coming from my own very loyal-partisan perspective, is how interesting it is that a self described disciplined, loyal ex-bodybuilder would make such a disloyal, undisciplined (from a Republican Party angle)choice for Chief of Staff? I understand the Reeps, "storm the bastille!" attitude, I mean imagine what her Royalness Carole Migden would say if Gray Davis had appointed Jim Brulte as his COS!

But really, other than loving the fact that a good partisan (no matter what she says publicly me other Dem friends assure me) progressive controls the puppet strings of the Guv Arnold, I am just baffled at how such a self described self disciplinarian would make such an undisciplined decision.

Now it is too cold and dreary to write anymore, time to ponder this over an extended lunch at the Esquire. XOX

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

It's that time again!

There's an election in Orange County. Predictions anyone?

What's in a title? The downfall of Assembly Chief of Staffs et al

For the most part---NO. Many "Chiefs of Staff" (legislative directors, capitol coordinators, or whatever name du jour they are now given)on both sides of the aisle in the Assembly(however, I would contend it is more prevolent on the GOP side) are a few years out of college and to date, think that their service Assembly Fellow is akin to being on the Harvard Law Review. No dice.

As I said there are a few exceptions that I can think of, but this is troubling to many of my lobbyist friends. For example, I was bullshitting with a friend of mine over drinks last week and she had invited a few "building friends" to join us --- I remembering making a reference to Lou Papan and one of the nimwits remarked, "Oh is he running for Assembly?"

(If you need that reference explained than you are indeed part of the problem)

The title of Chief of Staff largely means little in today's capitol corridor world. But the problem goes deeper because 'way back in the days of yore' when staff actually had been around and had some type of institutional and legislative knowledge the legislation and process reflected it. Now it seems, you graduate (or not) college, become an intern, and a year later you are the top dog in a legislators office. (Now for those conspiracy theorists out there and you know who you are, I am in no way jealous of these compatriots. I am quite secure in my high ranking legislative job in the upper house.)

The problem is apparent to many inside and outside of the capitol walls, and this should not come as a surprise to many. In my opinion, the balance of power between legislative staff and the "third house" that even a semi saavy lobbyist has a huge advantage --- one lobbyist friend of mine that works for a labor organization remarked that (and I am paraphrasing) in some Assembly offices all you have to do is send in some guys with fire hats and pull-ups and suddenly you have allies. (Now trust me, I love a man in uniform as much as the next girl, but this fits as an example).

All kidding aside, I really hope this trend changes on both sides of the aisle and I think I am interested to hear the eloquent opines of all you hackers and flackers. XOX

Monday, December 05, 2005

Larry Holmes is Back

Many of you fight fans (yeah so this girl likes to watch to sweaty men beat their brains out, so what!) are familiar with the storied career of the once great boxer Larry Holmes. The story is a all too typical one - aging boxer doesn't know when to quit and fights on past his prime.

Well I was trolling the halls of the every so magnificent Capitol this morning to meet up with a friend for a basement coffee, and I stopped by to say hi to a friend of mine in an undisclosed Orange County legislator's office. We exchanged the usual gossip, but one interesting nugget she had heard about was the CalRaces blog coming back online.

For all of you luddites out there --- CalRaces is the blog run by the boys over at Meridian Pacific a REEP political campaign biz. They use the blog to pimp there clients and causes.

Now I liked (note the past tense) CalRaces as much as the next girl back when it was the only thing going, but now their absence has been filled by the much better FlashReport and a host of others (I would put this blog in the "others" category).

So like Larry Holmes, CalRaces should stay retired. Of course it is their perogative, but really they are just Hacking and Flacking.

I have an idea, maybe Silence or Will will invite those guys to join here rather than going through the trouble (and expense) of something that can't compete with the FlashReport.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Westly for Governor

So, as a Republican I don’t really know a whole lot about how the inside-baseball of Democrat politics works. That said, like many others I watch with interest.

By all reasonable measures, Phil Angelides should be overwhelmingly in the lead. He’s got $14 million to Westly’s ~$11m, and he’s got Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Fabian Nunez and Magic Johnson.

But, I still nonetheless think Westly comes back to win.

And for three main reasons.

1)Garry South

2)Jude Barry

and just recently

3)Roger Salazar

These are about the most three most talented, most creative, most innovative operators in the Democrat ranks.

It’d be impressive to have any one of them on the campaign staff. But having all three? Wow!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Kennedy's Appointment a Victory for CHOICE! Pop another cork!

More truthful words have never been spoken:

"Choice has never been in more danger than it is today," says Susan Kennedy, a former CARAL director and adviser to Davis. "If they can't overturn Roe vs. Wade, they will gut it." (San Francisco Chronicle, 2003)

Let's keep this in mind as the Alito hearings proceed.

I never thought I'd say this but Gov. Arnold has finally done something well (well, in addition to those Mr. Universe awards)!

XO

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Dems Pop the Champagne Cork! Welcome to our side Arnold!

A quote from the always quotable Chair of State Democratic Party in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle read:

Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, said the governor's move to tap Kennedy is "an excellent choice.

"If I were governor, I would have hired her,'' Torres said. "It just means that he knows where the talent pool lies, and it's not within his own party. Maybe he'll get advice now that reflects the majority of Californians. Maybe he needs to listen to other voices.''

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Info on the Susan Kennedy Site

A Central Valley (of all places) GOP friend of mine gave me some info about the Susan Kennedy site that might be interesting to all you Republicans out there.

1. The site is owned by Steeljaw
2. Steeljaw also did the Cristi Cristich for Assembly website
3. I am told Cristi Cristich paid Tanja Mecey for her website
4. Tanja has done projects with a Mike Mecey.
5. I am told Mike Mecey used to work or maybe still does work for McNally Temple

So I am told. I anyone has further info---please cut us in. XOXO

RECALL SUSAN KENNEDY, AGAIN with website

H/T to my OC Blog compadre Jubal for the find. (Link in the title of this post). They should have an online petition started, as well as a website counter down at the bottom of the page. This thing could get big.

2006 Headlines - Thanks for the Idea Roscoe C!!!

Over at the OC Blog, contributor Roscoe C. wrote a very funny post about other wacky headlines that you are likely to see given the Susan Kennedy appointed by Gov. Arnold headline.

Since mimicry is a high form of flattery, I thought I'd expand on Roscoe's post with headlines that ACTUALLY MIGHT BE POSSIBLE FOR DEMS in 2006 now that Susie K. is running things in the horseshoe. Thanks for the idea sweetie!

Most of these (minus the Tookie thing) I would love to see!!!! XOXO

Tookie Williams Granted Clemency By Kindergarten Cop

Dem. Strategist Gale Kaufman Joining Schwarzenegger Re-Election Team

Schwarzenegger Proposes Tax Increase on Tobacco, Alcohol and Wealthiest 1%

Non-Discriminatory Marriage Act Signed by Governor

Reinvigorated Hapsburg Royal Family Surfaces in CA; Given State Dinner (that is for you history buffs)

California Republican Party Endorses Against Sitting Governor

Prop 98 Fully Funded and School Spending Increased

Schwarzenegger and Nurses Forge Agreement on Staffing Ratios

Minimum Wage Increase Bill Signed


and finally------

Cedillo Final Passes Drivers' License Bill for Undocumented Workers, Schwarzenegger Calls it 'Major Step' in California/Mexico Relations

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Joe Kennedy's Revenge

Now Stromboli has reared its ugly head and they crowned the new king at the HY-annis Port-ATT compound.

The hiring of Susan Kennedy should not come as a shock to you REEPS out there living in the Schwarzenegger fantasy-land. Every major player in the horseshoe is a Dem -- it has been that way since day one. Names like Shriver, Reiss, Zingale, Tamminen have been synonmous with this Administration since Gov. Arnold's inauguration. Old Teddy, Sargent, Patrick, and that Skakel guy have been doing backflips and cheering each and every move that has been made.

I only have one question to you true blue GOP'ers out there --- Why has it taken so long for you to anger? Why do you all act like 16 year old pimple faced boys at Hooters everytime the Governator walks through the room. You put him on the same pedastal as Reagan, but he throws you under the bus just as easily as Jim Jeffords.

I just want to know why? As a little old Lieberman loving Democrat I just don't get it.

One thing I do get is that old Joe Kennedy finally moved the family out west and FINALLY got revenge for 1968.

Should Wyland reconsider?

Now that Duke Cunningham has resigned, would/should Assemblyman Mark Wyland get into the Special Election to fill the seat?

Duane Dichiara said in the SDUT that Wyland is reconsidering. Despite Democrat murmurs that they'll make a play for this seat, it really is all about the Republican Primary. A 14-point registration edge is insurmountable for a Democrat to overcome in a Republican district.

Wyland would come back into the race as a top-tier candidate with a strong conservative record, not to mention plenty of money to drop. Senator Morrow remains the other top-tier candidate. Under these new circumstances, Wyland doesn't have much to lose.

Thoughts?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Jon Coupal's excellent column on FlashReport

I recommend everyone - Republican legislators, Republican staffers, Democrat legislators, Democrat staffers, taxpayers, everyone! - read Jon Coupal's excellent, succinct column featured at the top of today's FlashReport headlines. Amazing stuff out of the author of "The California Tax Revolt," a frequently cited article about - what else? - his organization's founder, Howard Jarvis, and the monumental campaign for Prop 13.

This FR article addresses the Govenor's megabond trial balloon. It is an article that dares Arnold to go the way conservatives have always wished to see him go (so that they might fully embrace him). It asks questions that need to be emplanted in the psyches of our state's taxpaying citizens. Read it.

Bear Flag League agrees with new direction for HnF

Weeks ago, I applied for Hack n Flak's membership to the Bear Flag League. Will has been away lately. I took the initiative, as I share with him administration of the blog. I believed, and still believe, a membership with the League would increase traffic and thoughtful comments. And I would like to see Hack n Flak survive the legislative recess.

For those readers who wish to see the blog go back to its old, darker ways, please keep in mind the response I received from the Bear Flag League's Admissions Panel on Friday:

Dear HackNFlak,

Thank you for your interest in joining the Bear Flag League.

The BFL Admissions Panel has reviewed your application and your blog. Although you are a conservative, your blog's inclusion of frequent anonymous personal comments about capitol staffers does not fit in with the goals and overall mission of the Bear Flag League.

You are welcome to reapply to the League for further consideration should the emphasis of your blog change. Full membership may be granted to blogs with six or more months of consistent blogging.

Thank you,

The Bear Flag League Admissions Panel
http://www.bearflagleague.com

Remember I never intended to be the sole, permanent administrator of the blog. I merely wanted to see it live on. Others want to see it live on as well, as evidenced in the new individuals added to the blog's list of sidebar contributors. I believe the Bear Flag League wants to see it live on, they just want to give us a nudge. I think we should absorb it.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Public pensions vs. the general welfare

The L.A. Times ran an interesting piece today entitled, “Pension Gap to Force O.C. Budget Cuts.” In it, there were two main points the leapt out at me: 1) increasing public sector retirement benefits are cutting real services ($84 million this coming year in O.C.); 2) the assumed rate of return for the County’s retirement fund of 7.5% was called too low by the government union chiefs.

Allowing retirement at age 50 with 75% of pay is questionable, especially given today’s expected life spans. Because of this kind of benefit, retirements are soaring in O.C. Meanwhile, O.C.’s pension fund obligations are only 69% funded.

As for the 7.5% rate of return criticized by Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, does anyone else find that a tad ironic given that Social Security’s rate of return is 0.7% and that these same unions team up with the Democrats to attack President Bush’s plan to allow some private retirement accounts that might earn as much as 6.8% in equities? Consistency in logic was never a requirement in a political fight.

One question, with soaring public sector retirement benefits resulting in budget cuts for education, health, and welfare: what’s a conservative to do? To a certain degree, it might be less harmful to society overall if we all simply paid government workers to retire rather than run our lives for us. In this case, we can be thankful that we don’t get all the government we pay for!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Thankful: Religious freedom and unalienable rights

Last Sunday the DeVore family attended an art exhibit (http://www.falunart.ocmc-la.org/) sponsored by Falun Gong, the Buddhist-based meditation group banned by the Chinese Communist Party. The purpose of the exhibit at the Biltmore Hotel in L.A. was to benefit children orphaned (www.globalrescue.net/gmr/) by the Chinese Communist Party’s murder of their parents through torture.

The Chinese Communist Party banned the practice of Falun Gong in 1999. At the time, the sect’s 100 million practitioners outnumbered the dues-paying members of the Communist Party – no doubt a major reason for the crackdown.

In the past six years the Chinese Communists have killed over 2,700 Falun Gong adherents while in official custody, many of those tortured to death in hideous fashion. This barbaric treatment is also routinely meted out to the house church believers of various Christian sects, Tibetans and anyone else the morally bankrupt Chinese Communist Party feels threatened by.

Think for a moment: this daily outrage is occurring in a nation with thousands of years of recorded history, a permanent vote in the United Nations Security Council, and a rapidly growing military and economy, now ranked by the CIA as the world’s second strongest nation.

The art was heartbreaking. One of the methods of torture depicted was the use of lit cigarettes and a hot iron against a man’s bare chest to try to force a confession and a renouncing of faith. Another painting featured a little girl crying in front of the door of her home, now condemned by the Communist Party and declared off-limits as her parents had been arrested and hauled off.

That this can happen in an ancient and proud land such as China in 2005 boggles the mind (just as the Holocaust could have happened in a highly literate and developed nation like Germany). Even more shocking, however, is the rampant American acquiescence in the face of such evil. Many politicians were invited to address the event, I was the only one to do so, while three other politicians sent proclamations in lieu of attending.

Sadly, too many of my colleagues kowtow to China. They openly worry about upsetting the hypersensitive and brutal regime – and their powerful U.S. trading partners. They worry about not getting invited to China. They worry that their actions might cause the Chinese not to buy their constituents’ goods.

Rather than making nice to a cabal of unelected and often evil potentates, American political leaders should follow the moral lead of President Bush and call for the Chinese Communist Party to allow full and unfettered religious freedom for their 1.3 billion people.

As Americans, the principle that animates our Constitution can be found in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This principle holds for all people, at all times, and in every place. It is just as true for 26 million Iraqis as it is for 1.3 billion Chinese.

The day after we’ve given thanks, let us remember to also give thanks for our abundant freedoms – freedoms enjoyed by far too few people on our globe.

All the best,

Chuck DeVore
State Assemblyman, 70th District
www.ChuckDeVore.com

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The “Joy” of Being a Lawmaker – or, How I First Met American Independent Congressional Candidate Jim Gilchrist and His Merry Band of Followers

This message is another in the occasional series of “a day in the life of a lawmaker.”

This evening I was tapped to help present a much-deserved award from the National Guard Association of California’s Yellow Ribbon America to the Republican Jewish Coalition. Being a Guardsman, a member of the National Guard Association of California and a friend of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), it was a no-brainer for me to participate in the event.

On my way in I saw and spoke to Michael Medved, a talk radio commentator and observer of the popular culture whom I much admire, chatted with a few constituents, and briefly spoke to Sen. Tom McClintock, the evening’s keynoter.

During introductions I was mentioned as the local lawmaker. American Independent Party candidate for Congress Jim Gilchrist was also announced to a smattering of applause. That Gilchrist, one of Sen. John Campbell’s opponents in the Dec. 6th runoff election for Chris Cox’s old Congressional seat, was there was a slight surprise in that the RJC is a REPUBLICAN organization while Gilchrist is an AMERICAN INDEPENDENT candidate – but, I suppose Gilchrist paid his admission fair and square.

A few minutes later Mr. Gilchrist, his lovely wife, and a supporter approached me. I stood up, immediately noting that Mr. Gilchrist was not nearly as tall as I imagined him to be (perhaps that’s a bit unfair, as, at 6’4-1/2”, virtually no one ends up as tall as I imagine them to be). We briefly chat, Mr. Gilchrist asking my about the Meritorious Service Medal lapel pin I wear.

Then, it happened.

One of candidate Gilchrist’s aides asked from behind my back if they could get a picture with me. Normally, such a question elicits in a new politician the inward response of, “ME, you want a picture with little ‘ol ME? Oh yes, it’s the office I hold that makes you desirous of a photo with me…” Instead, my instantaneous internal reaction was, “Oh heck, they just want to use this photo for the campaign, for their mailers and on their website!”

I said, “No! You may not have a picture with me because Jim Gilchrist is an American Independent and I am a Republican!”

They persisted, trying to cajole the now reluctant elected official into the photographic ambush.

I replied, “I cannot have my picture taken with a man registered with the American Independent Party, the party of George Wallace.”

The Gilchrist posse stalked off, leaving me with my tablemates who uniformly were pleased that I stood firm and surprised that they just saw a politician refuse to kiss the “you know what” of a man with a bit of a following.

A few minutes later my table was in the buffet line when Chris Simcox, the owner of the tiny Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper and Minuteman founder, popped into line across from me and began aggressively challenging me on my refusal as a Republican to be photographed with Jim Gilchrist, an American Independent.

“You are discriminatory!” Simcox accused, among other things, claiming that my hewing to the Republican Party line was somehow inappropriate.

I responded, “Jim Gilchrist is an American Independent, the party of George Wallace and John Schmitz. I am a Republican, the Party of Abraham Lincoln. Parties mean something to me. I would no more endorse Gilchrist than I would a Democrat!”

There were further exchanges. If my buffet line colleagues were paying attention, I didn’t notice.

Mr. Simcox persisted.

I finally said, “Look, you can engage in semantic gymnastics all you want, but the fact remains, Jim Gilchrist is an American Independent and he was a Democrat. It looks to me like he is a bit confused.” I finished loading my plate with a heart-healthy dose of salmon and walked off.

Simcox evidently persisted, however, engaging a friend of mine, fellow Guardsman and Yellow Ribbon America leader Brad White, in discussion. Simcox proceeded to denigrate my military service. Mr. White defended my service, asking Mr. Simcox what he had ever done to serve his nation in uniform, whereupon Simcox replied, “DeVore’s a *#$$^ (using a term that’s synonymous with “cat”).

Well, my my, that’s an intelligent argument, “DeVore’s a *#$$^.” Classic. Welcome to the heated and wacky world of the ONE ISSUE candidate and his singular-minded group of followers.

For the record, I do think illegal immigration is a critical issue. I’ve spoken up about it on the Assembly floor and have been subsequently threatened with punishment for my oratorical transgressions by Democrats. I also think U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s (R-CA) recent suggestion to build a triple layer fence from California to Texas for about $2 billion deserves further serious consideration. Lastly, I think Jim Gilchrist and his followers are mostly a well-meaning bunch – but, I think that a few of them are a little nuts too.

After tonight’s encounter, more than ever, I’ll be voting for John Campbell for Congress on December 6th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Victory (and this report) comes late for Schwarzenegger

Let's hope the Democrats don't get any ideas out of this: http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/13185379.htm.

Notice Hill says, "the state has not solved its long-term spending problems and warned that big deficits will return in 2007-2008 unless additional steps are taken." Assemblyman DeVore and his colleagues still have a lot of work to do.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Stay at home mothering, two-parent households, let's roll

Per a request, I am allowing a whole new string of commentary for readers to duke out their differences on the virtues of stay at home mothering, two-parent households, and other family structure concerns.

Have at it!

Divorce is probably the only issue I feel really passionate about. It should be rare, limited to cases of abuse. Along with increased neglect for lifetime contracts, we have seen increased neglect for adherence to other good ethical standards. The legacy of divorce is a sad one.

Cons v. Mods in Orange County, again

I just received this email from Chuck DeVore (sorry for the scoop Assemblyman):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Leisa Brug Kline
(949) 413-4447

ASSEMBLYMAN CHUCK DEVORE ENDORSES
DIANE HARKEY FOR THE 35TH
STATE SENATE DISTRICT

"I urge all my friends and supporters to do the same"

Irvine, CA, November 14, 2005 -- State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore announced today that he is endorsing Dana Point City Councilwoman Diane Harkey to replace Senator John Campbell for the 35th State Senate District.

"Diane Harkey represents the kind of conservative leadership that will continue the legacy of John Campbell in the 35th State Senate District," said DeVore. "Diane Harkey is by far the best candidate because she is a fiscal conservative who will oppose new taxes, protect proposition 13 and fight government overspending."

The only other candidate to formally announce he is running for the seat is Assemblyman Tom Harman of Huntington Beach. "I've gotten to know Tom Harman as a collegial lawmaker however the fact remains he has twice introduced legislation to weaken Proposition 13 protections, he co-authored Democrat State Senator Don Perata's so-called Diaper Tax bill, and he supported the proposed SUV tax - sadly the fact remains Tom Harman is a serial tax increaser."

Senator John Campbell is running in the December 6th special election to the 48th Congressional District. Following that election, the Governor will have four weeks to fill the expected vacancy in the 35th State Senate District.

"I am committed to seeing Diane Harkey win election to the State Senate and I urge all my friends and supporters to do the same," continued DeVore. "She has the kind of fiscal conservative leadership we need representing us during these challenging times."

Assemblyman DeVore represents the Seventieth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, and Tustin. The assemblyman's web site can be found at
www.chuckdevore.com.

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PLEASE SEE ATTACHED TIP SHEET

Tip Sheet
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore Endorses Diane Harkey
November 14, 2005

· In 2003 Harman introduced ACA 10, which would have allowed local agencies to impose or increase property related fees upon a majority vote of property owners and not the 2/3rds required under Proposition 13.

· ACA 10 never made it to the floor and he again introduced the bill under ACA 13 in 2005 where it sits in the active file.

· In 2003 Harman Coauthored Democrat Don Perata's SB 204, which would impose a recycling fee (tax) on personal care products including disposable diapers. The "Diaper Tax" died in committee.

· In 2002 Harman was the only Orange County Republican to vote for AB 1058, which called for the Air Resources Board to adopt regulations to reduce green house gases through increased fees on cars. This is the so-called "SUV Tax".

Here is Harman authored ACA 10.
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/03-04/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/aca_10_bill_20030211_introduced.pdf

Here's your diaper bill (SB 204) with Harmon as co-author.
http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/03-04/bill/sen/sb_0201-0250/sb_204_bill_20030213_introduced.pdf

Harman supports SUV tax.
http://www.ocregister.com/commentary/greenhut/greenhut20020512.shtml

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I guess DeVore's wasting no time with this one. His is probably a reaction to the timidity with which endorsers approached his own race last year.
Harkey, you may remember, has announced for the 35th SD, a soon-to-be-vacated seat in Orange County. Presumptive Congressman John Campbell is the current State Senator for the 35th.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Anglides Fundraising Swipe at Arnold

Thought some of you kids might enjoy this.....

ARNOLD's NEIGHBORHOOD.

The Cheney Monster kills me....

Hope your all having a good weekend. Cheers!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Thank a Vet

Hey boyz and girlz---remember to thank a vet on this Veteran's Day weekend. They have all put their cajones on the line to enable blogs like this and our First Amendment rights to exist.

XOXO

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Jubal can have his Soylent Green

'Cause I have Hufu.

Check this out: http://www.eathufu.com

Jonah Goldberg over at NRO is all over this today. I think it's hilarious.

Pay particular attention to one of the t-shirt designs, "Delicious baby seal, The Veal of the Sea." Classic! I like the guy in the windbreaker winding up for a swing. So politically incorrect, you have to laugh.

Apparently, this guy is a Dartmouth grad experimenting.

Everyone starting the long weekend early?

Or is it just me?

Jeff Randle Has A Bridge He Will Sell You

From today's Sacramento Bee article on whether making money factored into Ah-nuld's consultants' special election advice:
As for his compensation, [Jeff] Randle said, "I don't do this for the money. I do it for what I think is best for the governor. We work really hard for anything we are paid."
That has got to be the quote of the year. I'm reassured that Mother Jeff of Calcutta pursues political consulting for purely altruistic motives. He should emblazon that slogan across the top of his invoices: "I Don't Do This For The Money. Payment due in 30 days."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Ah-nuld: Give Hugh Hewitt A Few Minutes Of Your Time

H/T to Ken Masugi at Local Liberty Blog for amassing an excellent collection of post-mortem links.

I especially recommend Hugh Hewitt's post-mortem. Hugh is one of the reasons I took up blogging, and as usual he makes some spot-on suggestions for the Governor.

As for me, I'm still trying to figure out how Prop. 73 lost. How can a majority of California voters -- or at least those who cast ballots this election -- be in favor of not knowing their teenage daughter is going to have an abortion?

Democrat Observations

I was pretty happy with last night's results, although I would've liked to 73 & 77 pass. But hey, a girl just has to take what she can get sometimes.

Rather than gloat or bash the Guv I want to offer a few observations from a Dem perspective ---

How many Reep capitol staffers went out to get voters to the polls? Little or none I am sure. Us Dems were, for the most part, out handing out election reminders, calling Democrat voters, and winning. Republicans seemed lazy this time and completely out flanked.

Democrats and ABC ran an extensive voter identification and get out the vote effort statewide --- but especially in LA and SF. The Reep stronghold of Orange County seemed to have a lower turnout or at least a lower propensity of supporting the Guv's initiatives.

These are just a couple thoughts --- sorry for being less than witty, too much partying last night and I haven't had my morning cup o' joe. XO

Wasn't that Special?

Well, that was a lot of money spent for no immediate effect.

As of 5:54 am, statewide turnout was up to 42.6%, a shade above Secretary of State McPherson’s pre-election projections.

Unless there’s a mess of late absentees, Orange County apparently had a below normal turnout of 38.4%. This indicates a lack of intensity among Republicans towards the Special Election and the Governor.

In the wake of the across the board defeat in the Special, it should be interesting to see how Sacramento resolves its upcoming challenges in 2006 with the ongoing structural deficit. Democrats will want tax increases. Republicans will seek to hold the line. Gov. Schwarzenegger will either muddle through with more temporary debt, or, he’ll go to war against one side or the other: supporting tax increases or spending cuts.

The Governor’s 2006 reelection chances will be determined by what path he takes and how he takes it.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Real Question - Are Changes Needed?

No matter Ms. Clarey's status as the Governator's Chief of Staff, it seems from the Flashreport that she is set to return, the bigger question following this special election is whether or not sweeping staff changes will be made.

All the writing on the wall indicates that some major changes are imminent --

* Poll numbers in the toilet
* 2006 re-election
* Numerous first term missteps
* Apathy of conservative Republican voters

But who knows. I don't know -- but there are Reeps out there that might.

Either way, the only thing that is clear is that the Governor will not be able to ride his star power to victory in his relect. He will have to show some clearly articulated accomplishments. Time will tell. XO

Michael Moore – Hypocrite of the Century

Michael Moore – Hypocrite of the Century

Now comes word that Michael Moore, one of the people most responsible for reelecting George W. Bush as President through his shrill and ridiculously bombastic movie “Fahrenheit 911,” does not practice what he preaches. This, according to a great posting by O.C. Register editorialist Alan Bock today citing Peter Schweizer’s latest book "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy."

Moore has repeatedly said that he doesn’t own stock as a matter of personal morality. In fact Schweizer uncovers that Moore and his wife have created a foundation to do the owning for them. This foundation has owned stock in multiple pharmaceuticals, oil companies (such as Halliburton) and even McDonalds.

Moore has also berated Hollywood for not hiring minorities in key positions. The record for “Fahrenheit 911” is instructive here: all 19 key positions in the movie were filled by whites. His other creative efforts didn’t fare much better.

This stuff is just too good to be made up.

We can’t get a better spokesman for the Left in America – Michael Moore is irreplaceable!

For the post, see here:

http://www.ocregister.com/blog/commentary/

Royals tour Berzerkly

The Los Angeles Times has some great pictures of Prince Charles and Camilla touring an "edible schoolyard" in Berkeley with Maria Shriver.

Here's the link: A Royal Tour of Golden State

I know the Prince is all about global warming and composting and granola (while he stands there in a suit that costs a year's salary), but I'm wondering if California's First Lady noted the fact that he's not exactly getting a good slice of average American pie. Knowing the People's Republic of Berkeley, it's hash pie. This is a town that's renowned for its lunatics and homeless.

And it's probably the only - or one of the only - town(s) in America with a Peace & Justice Commission. Yuck!

FR: Pat Clarey out of the Governator's office

Check out this top headline in the Flash Report today.

I was surprised that Fleischman let his Orange County inclinations show through with suggesting two out of the four on the short list of successors are from the area.

Readers, if you had a choice between the four mentioned, who would you choose to fill the spot of Schwarzenegger's COS?

1) Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg

2) Secretary Fred Aguiar

3) Former Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle

4) Former Assembly Republican Leader Scott Baugh

5) None of the above (amend the short list by adding a name)

I'm not going to consider your vote unless you also include your own party affiliation, for full disclosure.

Lastly, Fleischman repeatedly mentions that he's unsure if this information is true. He describes his "rule of six" (six corroborating rumors from credible sources). So I ask the ever-so-knowledgeable readership of Hack n Flak, is Fleischman correct? Has Pat Clarey been smoked out of the tent?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Ground Zero: San Diego

For many of you political hacks and flaks across the state election day maybe just about a couple of Propositions, but to the citizens of San Diego November 8th has much more in store for the fate of our City. Tomorrow will be the climax of a rather long and complex story of political turmoil that has errupted in America's Finest City over the past year. Dan Walter's column in today's Sac Bee does an okay job of trying to summarize the sequence of events that have led to San Diego's political instability in the last year. Click here to read the article.

As of today, Jerry Sanders is currently leading Donna Fyre in the polls with a margin of 5 points. But with these two candidates anything goes and we won't know the final outcome of this election until everything is said and done.

More updates to follow as Republicans and Democrats duke it out tomorrow for control of California's second largest City, it still remains to be seen if California will truly turn into the "Left Coast".

Amen Mr. Coleman!

Drudge has this Wall Street Journal editorial linked: SENATOR: 'We can not allow the U.N. to control the Internet'.... I found it could possibly be of interest to the readers.

Any thought of the Chinese having a say (Security Council veto) on matters concerning the internet is frightening. Remember this: Yahoo! Risks Abusing Rights in China ?

Warring Warren Beatty, since you seem to want the pulpit so badly, what say you?

Can A Picture Be Worth 1,000 Votes?

Wanted: Better Ads!

I’m sitting here watching all of my TIVO’d Sunday Talk Shows. Not surprisingly, every one of them is filled with ads for Tuesday’s election.

Is it me, or are all the ads just mediocre?

It seems each of the arguments could be made stronger, clearer, and more poignantly.

Anyone else care to share some thoughts on this?

Friday, November 04, 2005

Rico...Stay In The Private Sector

Mister Flash himself had an interesting post this last week about a possible conservative addition to the State Treasurer's race. Namely, Rico Oller.Now, I like Rico. He's a good guy, a conservative guy, and was a great Senator. But c'mon.

Like it or not, Claude Parrish has all of the slates locked down, and short of someone like Bill Simon (WHO ALREADY HAS SIGNIFICANT NAME ID) running, Claude is likely to win this thing.

If Rico can't beat Dan Lungren for a Congressional seat that largely overlapped his Senate seat, how can he expect to win a statewide campaign without the benefit of any slates???
Rico should set his sights elsewhere if he's looking to get back in the game. But a shot at State Treasurer just doesn't appear to be in the cards for Rico.

Carter Speaks on Abortion - Will the Democrats Move?

Interesting point from Jimmy "I have lusted" Carter in light of CA's vote on Prop 73.

Here is an excerpt from the Washington Times:

Carter Condemns Abortion Culture
by Ralph Z. Hallow
Nov. 4, 2005

Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday condemned all abortions and chastised his party for its intolerance of candidates and nominees who oppose abortion.
"I never have felt that any abortion should be committed -- I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors," he told reporters over breakfast at the Ritz-CarltonHotel, while across town Senate Democrats deliberated whether to filibuster the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. because he may share President Bush and Mr. Carter's abhorrence of abortion.
"These things impact other issues on which [Mr. Bush] and I basically agree," the Georgia Democrat said. "I've never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion."
Mr. Carter said his party's congressional leadership only hurts Democrats by making a rigid pro-abortion rights stand the criterion for assessing judicial nominees.


Full Article Here

Thursday, November 03, 2005

It's Christmas at the OC Register!

I have to thank the editors at the Orange County Register for restoring the use of "Christmas" in Christmas tree. Last week, you'll remember I posted on their use of "holiday" instead of "Christmas" (see: http://hacknflak.blogspot.com/2005/10/oc-register-or-pc-register.html)

Well check this out: Nation's tallest tree arrives at Fashion Island.

The opening line:

"Fashion Island's 115-foot Christmas tree has come to town once again, arriving by flatbed at daybreak today to its familiar spot in front of Bloomingdale's."

Thank you again for bucking the political correctness. Just as other religions have their rituals, Christians decorate evergreen trees as one way to commemorate the birth of the man who they believe to be their savior. Don't take that from them. When other religions seek to display their icons, I would hope we extend the courtesy.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Rocky Mountain High

Straight off Fox News: Residents of the Mile High City have voted to allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Authorities, though, said state possession laws will be applied instead.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, 54 percent, or 56,001 voters, cast ballots for the ordinance, while 46 percent, or 48,632 voters, voted against it.

Under the measure, residents over 21 years old could possess up to an ounce of marijuana.


This is a critical victory in the movement to legalize marijuana. I would not doubt a California municipality will soon follow with a similar initiative.

This Denver vote definitely makes a statement, if nothing else.

Nativo Lopez and Prop. 77

Doug Bandow, long-time libertarian pundit, takes a look at Nativo Lopez and the curious circumstance of his alliance with the forces of light, i.e. Lopez as a signer for the pro-77 ballot argument.

Partisan competition, democracy, and the Founders

As an advocate of let ‘er rip democracy and fierce competition of the marketplace of ideas, I am disgusted with any Republican politician who opposes Proposition 77. Don’t let any of the sorry lot fool you, their opposition is based purely on a desire for self-preservation.

The average margin of victory in legislative and congressional races last year in California was about 30 points. Nationally, only a handful of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are competitive. This is not what the Founders wanted. Look at the history of the early days of the House where huge swings in partisan makeup routinely happened. This is what the Founders intended for the “People’s House.”

Instead, we get bigger percentage swings now in the partisan makeup of U.S. Senate (as you can’t gerrymander an entire state). The system is upside-down thanks to modern computer technology in service of old Elbridge Gerry’s idea to pack districts.

As proof, take a look at the partisan composition of the last four Congresses.

U.S. Senate Republican membership went from 55 in 1998 to 50 in 2000 to 51 in 2002 to 55 in 2004. This is an average swing of 6 percent every cycle with a maximum change of 9 percent.

In contrast, the U.S. House Republican membership went from 223 in 1998 to 221 in 2000 to 229 in 2002 to 232 in 2004. The average change in the supposedly more volatile U.S. House of Representatives was 2 percent with a maximum swing of 3 percent.

Now, compare this to the post-Civil War era of 1877 to 1895. The average U.S. House of Representatives party change in the elections then was 29 percent with the biggest change occurring in the election of 1895 when the Republicans went from 124 members to 254 members while the Democrats plunged from 218 to 93 (now, that’s what I call a blow-out!). In that same year, the U.S. Senate only saw a switch of four seats from the Democrats to the Republicans – from the Founders’ perspective, an entirely expected result.

Vote “Yes” on 77!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

What's The Deal With David Horowitz?

I just posted about this over at OC Blog, as well.

Conservative cultural warrior David Horowitz has been stumping against Prop. 77, part of a small cadre of GOPers including Dora Kingsley and various protected GOP incumbents like Rep. John Doolittle.

They are making a concerted effort to sway Republican voters from supporting Prop. 77, which is the GOP's best chance of becoming competitive in legislative elections. I posted about a mailer I received over the weekend , disguised as a jury summons, that implies Governor Schwarzenegger is against Prop. 77.

Now, David Horowitz is featured in a new anti-77 radio ad, which hasn't yet aired.

I'm skeptical about this ads effectiveness, since it Horowitz largely unknown to the average GOP voter. Whatever effectiveness it does have will likely have more to do with voters confusing him with consumer advocate David Horowitz.

Then there's this tidbit from the October 23, LA Times:

One such donor this year is American Family Voices, based in Washington, D.C., and founded by former Clinton White House aide Mike Lux.

American Family has taken a skeptical view of the Iraq war, supported plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases and called for an independent counsel investigation of Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

In California, American Family gave $375,000 to a group backed by Democratic congressional members to oppose Proposition 77.

And despite its liberal leanings, American Family gave an additional $125,000 to a No on 77 committee headed by David Horowitz, a neoconservative author who hopes to persuade Republicans to oppose 77. Lux described his donors as "liberal" but would not name them.

"We don't want our membership disclosed," said Lux, "in part because when we have disclosed members, right-wing groups harass them."

The $125,000 is by far the largest donation to Horowitz's effort, though Horowitz says he leaves fundraising to consultants.

"I don't know who is funding me, but I don't really care," Horowitz said. "Nobody controls me."

That's too bad.

Whole number of persons

A friend of mine asked me to take a second look at Ken Masugi's enlightening piece on Prop. 77. This one examines the way illegal immigration distorts district boundaries, as the census is Constitutionally required to count the "whole number of persons." Masugi is the Director of the Center for Local Government at the Claremont Institute. He's pretty much the genius behind the Local Liberty blog over at Claremont. And he's penned a book, The California Republic: Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies : Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies , that I recommend looking into.

Here's the link: Prop. 77's immigration angle.

It would be interesting to see if a measure could be passed that placed requirements on officials who serve in leadership roles in the legislature - that means you Fabian - to have a certain percentage of their district vote.

Fabian serves as the Speaker of the Assembly, the most powerful member, and assuming he garnered all of the votes in the 46th AD (a vote for Fabian from every registered voter - I know it's frightening to consider), he'd still only have a little over 84,000 votes to his name. Assemblymembers supposedly represent over 400,000 people! Fabian's elected by less than 25% of them! (Source: http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/)

Then you look at someone like Mimi Walters or Chuck DeVore here in Orange County who were elected with over 114,000 votes and 135,000 votes respectively, and that's just counting the voters in their party! (Source: http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/) And they're serving in lowly freshman positions, probably working in the Capitol broom closets.

For all the inequity Democrats love - love! - to whine about day after day, they certainly accept a lot of it in their own profession.

Wouldn't It Be Great If Ball St. Played Sac St.?

You have to take notice when Dan Walter's writes(just a note to all you little intern/fellows in the Capitol). His writings and opinion are not just drawn from years of firsthand experience, but also based upon sound, pragmatic public policy.

Danny-go-bragh wrote up a great column in today's Sac Bee -- check this excerpt:

Don Perata, the Democratic leader of the state Senate, headed the redistricting effort for the Senate in 2001, and the other evening, during a televised semi-debate, confirmed that motive. "We are politicians, and we do have the interests of incumbents at heart," Perata said. "There is no question about that." Later, when asked by reporters about his statement, the legislative leader said he should "get high marks for candor."

Proposition 77's threat to the political status quo, not to mention individual political careers, is palpable - so much so, in fact, that not all of Schwarzenegger's fellow Republicans support it. Professional politicians of both parties dislike independent redistricting about as much as they dislike open primary elections, and for many of the same reasons.

Proposition 77 has won plaudits from liberal reform and watchdog groups and more endorsements from California newspapers, it would be safe to say, than any other ballot measure. A statewide poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, released last week, found that over 70 percent of those planning to vote on Nov. 8 believe that redistricting needs reform.


Word up Dan! I sincerely hope California voters of all stripes vote in favor of 77 -- yes yes, I saw the Field Poll but the FlashReport has a pretty fair commentary of this 11th hour polling data. A good lunch read.

The Cajones of the Week award definitely goes to Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla (ok, and not just because I may have worked for him at one point in my illustrious career). So far the only Democratic legislator to publicly support 77 (just a hint to all you Reeps, but there are many more legislators that support it, they are just too chicken sh*t to admit it).

Toodles. XOXO

Monday, October 31, 2005

Follow up on the ballot proposition money race

There are two broad categories of propositions on the ballot on November 8th. One category is that of reform vs. status quo. For the most part, liberals are opposing reform and Governor Schwarzenegger and his allies are supporting reform. Propositions 73 through 77 fall into this category. The other category is that of business or anti-business propositions. Propositions 78-80 are in this latter category.

What’s been raised so far and what’s the cash on hand for each broad category as of today?

Liberals have amassed $102.3 million in opposition to Props. 73-77 with $7.1 million cash on hand.

The Governor and his allies have raised $36.8 million to support Props. 73-77 with $1.4 million cash on hand.

As for the business initiatives, the forces of socialism and regulation have amassed $67.5 million to support Props. 79 and 80 with $1.6 million cash on hand.

Business has raised $120 million to support Prop. 78 and oppose Props. 79 and 80 with $3.8 million cash on hand.

If you merge these together, assuming that to be pro-business is to be pro-reform and a friend of the Governor while the opposite is true, then the combined funds raised of $326.6 million breaks out like this: $169.8 million against business and reform with $156.8 million for reform and pro-business. Cash on hand: $8.7 million for the liberals and $5.2 million for reform.

Scalito is Sloppy Seconds...

From Drudge--Sloppy seconds” is described in the United Kingdom’s A Dictionary of Slang as:

Noun: “A subsequent indulgence in an activity by a second person involving an exchange of bodily fluids. This may involve the sharing of drink, or more often it applies to a sexual nature. E.g. ‘I’m not having sloppy seconds, I want to shag her first.’”

CBSNEWS Chief White House correspondent John Roberts described the President’s selection of Judge Samuel Alito as “sloppy seconds” during today’s press gaggle with White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.

John Roberts: “So, Scott, you said that -- or the President said, repeatedly, that Harriet Miers was the best person for the job. So does that mean that Alito is sloppy seconds, or what?”

Scott McClellan: “Not at all, John.”


The problem here isn't Alito, I am not going to even get into a policy debate, the problem is Dubya and a missed political opportunity.

On pure politics, why did he not nominate Judge Janice Rogers Brown? She is a right winger, female, and African American -- she is the SCOTUS candidate that us Democrats were afraid of and Bush didn't even give her a thought.

Tell me why I am wrong all you sexy right wing brainiacs?

California Redistricting Reform Draws $23 Million of Support and Opposition

You can tell much about a measure by its opponents. In California, with its almost yearly crop of ballot propositions, this is especially true.

There are three committees specifically opposed to Prop. 77 and a fourth that’s opposed to four of the initiatives backed by the Governor. Together, they have raised $14.8 million to counter the $8 million raised by the Governor’s allies.

Who are these people and groups opposed to having competitive and fair legislative and congressional districts?

One of “No on 77” committees has raised $7,915,500 so far, the bulk of it, $4,250,000, coming from Hollywood’s Stephen Bing, the wealthy scion of wealthy scions described by Mother Jones magazine as, “A notorious playboy.”

Bernard L. Schwartz also opposes Prop. 77. Schwartz is the former CEO of Loral Space, a company that was fined $20 million by the State Department in 2002 for teaching the Communist Chinese how to build more accurate nuclear missiles. Schwartz gave about $4 million to Democrats and 527s opposed to President Bush over the past two years, so we should be relieved that he only shelled out $25,000 against Prop. 77.

As expected, California’s state Democrat politicians are opposing Prop. 77, with $480,000 chipped in so far.

Trial attorneys are also busy opposing Prop. 77. The Association Of Trial Lawyers Of America wrote a $200,000 check with more than 30 slip and fall firms throwing in another $300,000 for good measure.

Labor unions are also weighing in against Prop. 77, with almost $1 million so far.

Congressional Democrats from all over America are rushing to the fight against Prop. 77 too, with 33 separate checks totaling $151,000 from politicians who must really care about California such as, Murtha of Pennsylvania, Hooley of Oregon, Green, Reyes, Hinojosa and Johnson of Texas, Nadler of New York, Inslee of Washington, Obey of Wisconsin, Clay of Missouri, Tierney of Massachusetts, Berry and Ross of Arkansas, Sabo of Minnesota, Davis of Tennessee, Chandler of Kentucky, Stupak of Michigan, Cramer of Alabama, Schakowsky of Illinois, and Larson of Connecticut.

With this unbroken list of liberals in opposition to Prop. 77, it kind of makes one wonder what the heck California Republican Congressman John Doolittle was thinking when he joined this liberal wrecking crew in opposition to Prop. 77.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Friday Afternoon Delight --Overpaid and Underpaid Staffer

Ok you bored Capitol Staffers (me included yawn!) now taking nominations for the most OVERPAID and the most UNDERPAID capitol staffers. (now don't get too hostile on the overpaids!)

Go to the Capitol Weekly website to check salary info.

I am really interested to see whose names pop up on the underpaid list. I mean, there are so many people are only pulling $20-$30K a year but without them, there offices and members are lost.

So go at it. Make a little Friday Afternoon Delight!