Monday, April 10, 2006

HNF goes on Hiatus

After much deliberation I have decided to place HNF on hiatus. Once I have more time in the future I will try to once again publish this site.

I would like to thank all of the contributors, especially, Silence Dogood and Marvin Lucas. These two help beyond what I asked.

This is only a hiatus, HNF will return in the future better then before.


Thank you for your support.


Will Bailey

Friday, April 07, 2006

Who Replaces Bogh as Caucus Chair? Greg Aghazarian Does!!!

Plescia Names Aghazarian Republican Caucus Chair


Central Valley Legislator Chosen for Strong Leadership Skills

4/7/2006
CONTACT: Morgan Crinklaw
(916) 319-2032

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader-Elect George Plescia, of San Diego, today announced that he has appointed Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian, of Stockton, to serve as the next Republican Caucus Chair.

“Since he arrived in Sacramento, Greg Aghazarian has been a strong leader and articulate spokesman for our party and an effective legislator for his constituents in the Central Valley,” Plescia said. “I highly value his input and leadership skills, and will work closely with him as we move our Republican agenda of reform forward.”

The Republican Caucus Chair is the second-highest ranking Republican in the State Assembly. An integral part of the Assembly Republican leadership team, the Caucus Chair assists the Leader in advancing the Republican policy agenda, and achieving the Caucus’ political goals. Additionally, the Caucus Chair regularly communicates with Republican leaders throughout California on key legislative issues and party matters.

First elected in 2002 to represent the 26th Assembly District, Aghazarian has served his Republican colleagues well as Assistant Republican Leader and vice-chair of the Assembly Health Committee. He also served on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee that investigated the misuse of taxpayer dollars by former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley. A successful local businessman and attorney, Aghazarian is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He lives in Stockton with his wife Esther and three young sons.

“I am honored to have earned the trust and confidence of my Republican colleagues as we begin a new chapter under George Plescia’s leadership,” Aghazarian said. “In the coming months, George and I will work hard to advance our Republican ideals and further the progress made under the leadership of Kevin McCarthy and Russ Bogh.”

Plescia and Aghazarian will officially assume their new leadership roles on April 17.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Who Replaces Bogh as Caucus Chair

With Plescia moving in as Republican Leader, who will take the #2 slot as caucus chair?

Capitol Weekly Salary finder

I just received the following from Anthony York at Capitol Weekly. So now all of you jealous low paid staffers can look up and complain about others salaries.


Hey, just wanted to give you guys a heads up that the new and improved Capitol Weekly salaries database demo is up. Now, we have an archive of salary information, dating back to august of last year, and for the first time, members of the Executive Branch are included...


Click Here

You are Gay - Who Cares!

Yes I consider myself a moderate Dem. Yes I am sure this post will rub someone out there the wrong way. All that being said...

This week West Sac Mayor Chris Cabaldon jumped out of the closet and got a front page article in the Sacramento Bee by announcing he is gay.

Well I am here to make a similar announcement - I like to be slapped on the ass and have my hair pulled from time to time. I look forward to the Bee front page article.

It seems that being gay is more about getting publicity for yourself than really anything else - what is being gay now? Is it about advancing your political career or trying to be the new poster child for a particular constituency?

Spare me the stories of years of torment from "hiding" who you really are. Don't we all struggle with "hiding" or "denying" certain elements of your personality? Yes we do - so please save the sobbing.

I thought the Gay and Lesbian movement wanted the government and public out of their bedroom? Well if so, than quit bring your bedroom to the front page of the Sacramento Bee.

Cabaldon is gay, I like my hair pulled, Arnold loves Maria, some legislators have enjoyed the company of "professional" women. All are pointless to anyone except themselves and their partners and surely shouldn't be news.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Manny

I have received tons of email over the last couple of days about the blogging of one Manny Manfield. I beleive I know who this person is. A former contributer to this site that wants to ruin it so that nobody visits the site any longer. I do not know if there is any way to prevent this person from having conversations with themself or filing up the comments section with crap.

If you do not respond to the childish garbage the person will hopefully go away. If not I might have to implement a control measure on the comments section. This would force people to become blog members before they can post. I am sure that that is what this person wants. I would prefer to keep it the way it is, people being able to post anonymously.

GOP Raising the White Flag in CD 50 - SEIU Takes over Sports Radio

Reep consultant and Flash Blogger Joe "Walsh" Justin wrote this over at that FlashReport blog: I say good riddance to Tom DeLay....a man so powerful he very well may cost the GOP the 50th congressional seat.

Mr. Justin is also a consultant for Sen. Bill Morrow's campaign for the 50th CD - is he tipping his hand about the strength of Dem Francine Busby?

Also ----

My latest Man toy loves sports radio - KHTK AM 1140 in Sacramento to be exact. It seems SEIU has bought a ton of lead in ads at every weather and traffic report during morning and evening wake up/drive time.

For example, Traffic girl X gets done telling us how clogged I-99 is and then proceeds to tells us that the traffic report is sponsored by SEIU and SEIU and working men and women hate the Governor (well not those exact words, but the ad copy read by the radio host says pretty much that the Governor sucks).

Now my brain is thinking - would the Ad department at KHTK accept sponsorship or ad copy for their traffic or weather reports from the NRA, Pro-Life groups, or (insert name here) conservative leaning group making an equally political statement?

I like some stuff SEIU does of course, but hey, I am all about fairness.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Why do Republicans fear Republicans?

Maybe I am just a misguided Dem, but I have long wondered why Republicans fear appointing Republicans? For example, the Wilson and Schwarzenegger Administrations have a habit of appointing non-Republicans to key posts and judgeships - as a Democrat, I would be floored to see the same behavior. For all the problems I had with Gray Davis, he rarely if ever, threw a bone to Republicans in regards to appointments.

That leads me to publish a post from Mike Spence over at FlashReport. Now I rarely if ever agree with Mr. Spence, but his post is interesting - especially considering this topic. It makes me think about how I would react if a Dem Governor acted this way.

Here is Mr. Spence's post:

LA Superior Court Nominee Deception Revealed
by Mike Spence - Los Angeles County 4-3-2006 11:43 am

Last Thursday I posted about the Governor's latest appointment to The LA County Bench, Richard Goul. You can see it here. I have been a critic of the Governor's judicial picks, especially in LA County where the ratio runs 2 to 1 in favor of the Democrats. The California Republican Lawyer Association introduced and got passed a resolution calling on the Gov to appoint Republican to judicial slots.

So what's the big deal about this appointment? The press release noted he was a decline to state. That is sort of an abstention in the way most us of count stuff. It doesn't count for you and it doesn't count against you.

Well, guess what a source connected in the LA DA's office told me that Goul was a Democrat. The Orange County Registrar of Voters shows that he was registered for about eight years AS A DEMOCRAT in Newport Beach until 2/21 of 2006 when he suddenly registered as a decline to state voter.

Why did Goul change his registration? Did he do it to mislead us judicial appointment watchers? Did he deceive the Governor's staff as well?

Either way Goul should not accept this appointment, the Governor should withdraw it and his deception needs to be explained.

How many other nominees have done that same thing?

Friday, March 31, 2006

2006 Primary Predictions

Ok Boys and Girls time for your 2006 Primary Election Results.

Here is the deal, Pick 5 competative primaries in California and tell us who you think is going to win.

Let's see who has the magic 8 ball, telling them the future.

Hot Women - Need your Vote!

Finally a needed break from politics!

Ok boys and girls, a very good friend of mine is a dancer on the Sacramento Kings dance squad - they have made it to the finals of the NBA online Best Dance Team Finals. The Sacramento Kings Dance Team is squaring off against the Miami Heat Dancers

Now I realize this has nothing to do with dancing but rather which team has the best T&A bikini photos - even so, we still need to back up our hometown ladies (Sorry Laker girls got bumped out).

Click below to vote online and yes guys - the pictures are HOT (but tasteful) and girls, we need to back up our CA sisters here.

VOTE HERE

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Campaign Managers

We are deep into the primary election season and campaigns are in full swing -- time to evaluate the captains steering those campaign ships.

Now we all know that the big guys (and gals) are top talents (probably better at their craft than any other in the country, something that D.C. folks on both sides of the aisle oft overlook) - Garry South (Westly), Steve Schmidt (Arnold), Ace Smith (Brown), Roger Salazer (Delgadillo), Tim Clark (Poizner), Bob Mulholland (Angelides)

-- but who is leading the charge of campaign hawks running all those other campaigns in California?

That judgement I leave to you my fellow Hack n Flak cuties! XO

Blogs in the Endorsement Business? Seriously now...

I love the FlashReport, but I have to question their recent foray into the candidate endorsement business.

Seems Flash has endorsed Diane Harkey in the 35th Senate District Special Election. Fair enough, they can obviously do it - but why?

Is OC Blog going to now post a future Harkey press release: Diane Harkey Endorsed by the FlashReport? Will Jon give her free ad space? I don't understand the impetus for you Reeps to do this - especially at the risk of alienating a potential GOP State Senator (I believe the latest poll report I saw showed Harman up by 10 or so).

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Ok, My thoughts on the March

If I need to explain the march this past weekend you obviously need to pick up a newspaper.

Here are my quick thoughts -

1) The rally will galvanize the "Minuteman", anti-Latino contingent.
2) The marchers and organizers should have flown American flags rather than Mexican flags. The more this is seen as a USA v. Mexico issue, the more support will grow for the Minuteman types.
3) Even so, the Reeps are in danger of stepping on their, uh d**ks. The GOP has made some recent gains in the Latino community, much to us Dems chagrin, but now if they push too aggressively on the anti-immigrant issue - their very recent progress (nationally) will have been for nothing. Just remember Prop 187 - it won the battle for Pete Wilson, but it had the same effect as the California Latinos as the Southern Strategy had on African Americans.

XO

Saturday, March 25, 2006

It's the "Lobbyist" Title that make Busby lick her chops

This is another great site from those guys over at YAF -- many thanks to Califoria Campaigns for bringing this to our attention.

Bilbray the Liberal Lobbyist Website

Friday, March 24, 2006

Looks like the Primary in the 17th is heating up

It appears that Gerry Machado has surged to front runner status in the 17th AD primary.

I just received a release from his campaign touting endorsements from some solid conservative leaders.

Bill Maze
Jay La Suer
Chuck DeVore
Van Tran
Dennis Mountjoy

The email also contained a link to an article from the Merced Sun-Star where Machado's primary opponent decides to start her campaign in the gutter by attacking her opponents commitment to conservative values. It appears like that question has been answered.

Assembly Conservative Leaders Agree
Machado is the Choice in the 17th District

Assembly leaders cite Machado's commitment to conservative
principals as reasons for endorsement


Tracy (CA) - The flood of support for Gerry Machado continued today as conservative Assembly leaders become the latest to endorse him in his campaign for the 17th Assembly District.

Joining Gerry's growing list of endorsements are Assembly Members Bill Maze (R-Visalia), Chuck Devore (R-Irvine), Jay La Suer (R-La Mesa), Dennis Mountjoy (R-Monrovia), and Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa).

"I am pleased to endorse Gerry Machado for the 17th Assembly District," said Assemblyman Bill Maze. "Gerry's support of traditional conservative values including the protection of the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman and our second amendment rights make him the clear choice for conservatives in the 17th Assembly District. I would be pleased to serve alongside him in the Assembly."

"I am honored to have these conservative leaders support in my campaign," said Machado. "I look forward to working with them in helping to solve the problems we face in California today."

"These endorsements send a strong message to Republicans in the 17th Assembly District," said Machado campaign manager Chris Orrock. "It shows Gerry's campaign only continues to gain in strength with each passing day, and that Republican Party leaders know that Gerry Machado is the best candidate to win the 17th Assembly District in 2006."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

True?

"That makes sense – if you're a Republican politician, you get wined and dined by oil companies, bankers, foreign investors. If you're a Democrat, you have to go to things like rallies for illegal migrant workers and meet with angry lesbians for animal rights. That's no fun." – Jay Leno

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Firebaugh R.I.P

It has been reported that former Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh has passed away.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Top Gun Beach Volleyball Scene

As you ladies out there know (Lady McRae I am sure we are in agreement on this), the beach volleyball scene from "Top Gun" is enough to get any woman's fire ROARING! Cool me down - PLEASE!

But sadly, the race to replace disgraced Top Gun Congressman Duke Cunningham is hardly intriguing - unless you like topics such as "pedophilia" or "castration for sex offenders" - Question of the day...will Mr. Roach endorse Sen. Morrow's proposal?

But another thing that will chill Reeps spirits quicker than a bucket of ice water down a frat boys trousers are poll numbers recently release by Competitive Edge Research (and posted on FlashReport by Duane Dichiara):

Go to Duane's posts on Flash for his analysis, but this should explain the recent shots lobbed at Dem candidate Francine Busby by the local San Diego GOP:

Bilbray 40.9% Busby 38.2%

Roach 35.8% Busby 35.2%

Busby 43.8% Kaloogian 32%

Busby 40.7% Morrow 35.5%

Friday, March 17, 2006

Huge Deadline Looms

With just over two months left before the 2006 primary election candidates face a key deadline today. Today is the first reporting deadline of the primary season. Candidates will be busy hitting the phone lines dialing for dollars all day long. This reporting period is essential for challengers to prove that they have support and the needed cash on hand to pay for mail and be able to get their message out to the voters.

In contested primaries many key endorsements wait to see if a candidate is financially viable before signing on with said candidate.

It will be interesting to see where everyone sits when the reports are released.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

California State Legislature Wins the Nobel Prize in Physics – 120 Lawmakers to Travel to Stockholm to Collect the Prize

SACRAMENTO -- On March 13, 2006, the California State Legislature made a historic breakthrough in understanding how to manipulate the time-space continuum, shaking the very foundation of physics to its nucleus when they discovered time travel.

Eschewing their merely political role, the Sacramento lawmakers realized that they could apply their lawmaking power to anything, including the so-called laws of physics. This revelation quickly resulted in a bill mandating time travel for the upcoming June election.

The time travel bill accompanied what was once Governor Schwarzenegger’s roads, levees and schools “build-it” bond bill. The governor’s bond bill, transmogrified beyond recognition in the Capitol basement, needed time travel so as not to be in violation of the constitutional single subject rule. The time travel bill was designed to amend the state constitution just before actually being approved by the voters in the June election – in effect, traveling backwards in time after being approved to legalize its companion bond measure.

The astounding bill was the fruit of the pols’ intense, late-night work in their secret basement laboratory of democracy.

“As just an amateur physicist, my colleagues impressed the heck out of me,” said Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), “Who knew? Although I should have realized that time travel is child’s play for a body that so routinely changes the laws of nature.”

With time travel conquered, California’s Democrats are now planning on tackling the issue of teleportation. With this power, they can switch the capitals of Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to assume the majority in Congress that has eluded them for the past 12 years.

“As soon as we get back from Stockholm to claim our prize we’ll pass the teleportation bill switching out Sacramento with Washington,” said an unnamed Democrat lawmaker, “Washington’s weather sucks a little worse than Sacramento’s, but hey, without term limits, I think I could stand it.”

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Note: This satire was inspired by true events in Sacramento. The “time travel” bill is real and was designed to amend the state constitution to legalize a multiple subject bond and prevent constitutional challenges against it from succeeding.

All the best,

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

Monday, March 13, 2006

Political Profiling

Here is my take on the political profiles currently in both of our major parties.

Silver Spooned Republican - They usually are the country club type that came from wealth and privilege. Holding political office is there birthright. They are usually fiscal hawks and very narrow minded. Although they claim they are not just a bunch of rich white guys (or gals) they are and have very little use for middle income, lower income or ethinic minorities except as window dressing. Usually care very little about "family" issues.

White, Liberal Elitist - Usually come from financial or academic privilege and pretend to feel guilty about it. They too usually believe that they are entitled to political office and are elite enough to be trusted with that responsibility. They like to speak about economic socialism, even Marxism around their fellow elitists - and probably would like to impose it on society as a whole (As long as they were made heads of the Politburu). They pretend to care about the poor and minorities, but in reality like the Silver Spooned Republican, use them as windom dressing to advance their brand of 1920's European social elitism.

Blue Collar Republicans - Unlike the Silver Spooned Republicans, these people have actually worked in the real world. While they are fiscal conservatives, they also understand the plight of those less fortunate. Most are socially conservative and hold what we define as strong family values (the social conservatism is usually their core ideology, rather than the fiscal conservatism). These blue collars are more Mom & Pop business than they are Enron - and in fact, hold an aversion to corporate America at some level. They actually do care about the poor, minority and disadvantaged, but too often get brought down by their heart less GOP counterparts.

Family Centered Democrats - More similar to Blue Collar Republicans than any other group. They are usually middle class, ethincally diverse, and go to church or temple, do PTA. This group usually does not come from monetary or academic privilege, but prefers to be involved in their family, community and believes in helping those less fortunate out. They are not fiscally conservative, but they are far from the Rich, White Liberal Elitists. They don't like talking about abortion, but they also don't want to see gay couples getting married. The elected officials that are cut from this cloth usually have no idea how wacked to the EXTREME LEFT their fellow Democrats are and become disheartened by what they observe.

What category does your Boss, Representative, or other Politician fall into?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Gallegly Retires

With the retirment of 10 term Congressman Elton Gallegly some high profile Republicans need to make some quick decisions.

Tom McClintock-Does Tom forgoe what will surely be a bruising toss-up general election for an empty seat LG position in favor of a life-time Congressional seat where he can legislate from the majority?

Tony Strickland-Does Tony decide to bow out of what could be described as a underdog chance even if he wins the primary?

Or is someone else lurking out there?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Wither the 17th AD?


Ok, time to take our general thread of discussion in a direction away from Ray Haynes need for prozac and Gina Zari's award as this year's tammy faye baker look alike.....Its time to start talking about competetive seats, and the VY's choice for first up to bat is the only competitive open assembly seat in California, the 17th AD, so, lets hear it hackn'flakers....who do you all see winning the gop nomination in the 17th....having visited both Gerry Machado and Suzanne Tucker's websites...the VY will add that I think we waxed Tucker's alma mater, Appalachian State, 98-0 in a body bag game my freshman year....or maybe that was just USC at the rose bowl!

A Dem for SD 10?

As of 8:00 PM on March 10, the Sec State list only showed one candidate for SD 10, a Republican. On the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters page both Elen Corbett and Johan Klehs are shown as taking out papers. However as of March 9, niether one had submitted signatures or fees in lieu.

Did someone drop the ball?

Challenges to Strickland & Gallegly (This Elton is probably the least known CA MOC on either side of the aisle!)

In an otherwise yawner of a news day - a controversy that is sure to cause parochial waves.

Ventura County Star
Republicans may oppose Gallegly, Strickland
By Timm Herdt, March 10, 2006

With the deadline today to file for political office this year, a flurry of intriguing developments is unfolding in east Ventura County Republican politics.

Before the 5 p.m. deadline passes, two GOP incumbents could face opposition from within their party, and the nonpartisan race for county supervisor in Moorpark and Simi Valley could widen a rift among local Republicans.

Here is what's happening:

In the 23rd Congressional District, 10-term incumbent Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley faces a potential primary challenge from Westlake Village attorney Michael Tenenbaum.

In the 37th Assembly District, longtime Republican activist Bob Larkin of Simi Valley has taken out nomination papers to challenge incumbent GOP Assemblywoman Audra Strickland of Moorpark.

In the 4th Supervisorial District, two challengers have come forward to take on three-term incumbent Judy Mikels of Simi Valley. Although the office is nonpartisan, that race has created partisan ripples because Strickland and her husband, former Assemblyman Tony Strickland, had originally endorsed a Democrat against Mikels, who is a Republican.

The Stricklands, however, have now rescinded their endorsement of Democrat Jim Dantona and have instead decided to back Simi Valley businessman Peter Foy, a conservative Republican and the newest entrant into the race.
Foy, a board member of the Ventura County Boy Scout Council, is a friend and ally of Sheriff Bob Brooks, who also serves on the Boy Scout board.

The Stricklands' involvement in the supervisor campaign has raised hackles among some Simi Valley Republicans, including Larkin.

At the state Republican convention in San Jose last month, Larkin distributed fliers to delegates' hotel rooms, advising delegates that the Stricklands had endorsed "an ultra-liberal Democrat" against Mikels, a fellow Republican.

"This raises some serious doubts in my mind about Mr. and Mrs. Strickland's loyalty to the California Republican Party," the flier said.

The allegation was potentially troubling to Tony Strickland because he is campaigning statewide for the party nomination for controller. That race promises to be perhaps the most contested GOP primary in California this year, as Strickland is matched against state Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria.

Partly because of concern over the endorsement, Larkin took out nomination papers last week to challenge Audra Strickland in the GOP primary for her Assembly seat. Since then, Larkin said, he has been approached by high-ranking Republicans from around the state asking him to drop his plans.

About the same time, the Stricklands dropped their endorsement of Dantona and are now backing Foy instead.

Tony Strickland said he would have endorsed Foy from the outset had he known he intended to run.

"Early on, we supported Dantona because we care deeply about our district," he said. "I don't think the incumbent is doing a good job representing the district."

Mikels characterized the Stricklands' actions as sour grapes — retribution against her because two years ago she endorsed Deputy District Attorney Jeff Gorell in the Republican primary over Audra Strickland.

"I think it's disturbing that these people can be vengeful and get away with it," Mikels said. "Tony and Audra have overstepped their bounds. Why would you do that when you yourself are running in a partisan race?"

Dantona, whose consulting firm has worked with a number of Democratic politicians, said he understands the decision of the Stricklands to pull their endorsements.

"Having been in the business for as many years as I have, there are no hard feelings at all," he said. "I like Tony and Audra Strickland. They're both stand-up people. Tony did a lot of nice things for me."

Other Republicans, including Simi Valley Councilwoman Barbra Williamson, continue to support Dantona. She said it's unfortunate that others seek to inject partisanship into a nonpartisan race.

"I expected it," she said. "If you're a dye-in-the-wool Republican, you're not going to get past that. I think it's great that Dantona is able to cross party lines."

The emergence of a challenger to Gallegly caught county Republicans by surprise.

County GOP Central Committee Chairwoman Leslie Cornejo said she was "floored" when she heard the news. She said Tenenbaum became active in local GOP politics last fall, and she was so impressed she appointed him to the state Republican Central Committee.

"I saw him as a young man with a future," Cornejo said.

Tenenbaum, 37, has taken out nomination papers and has until today to return them.

He was reared in Thousand Oaks and was valedictorian of the Thousand Oaks High Class of '87. He returned to the county after graduating from Harvard Law School and now practices law and runs a business-consulting firm.

Tenenbaum said he is confident he will have ample resources to mount a serious campaign but will not entirely self-fund a challenge. "I'm not a rich-guy candidate looking for something to do," he said.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Graciousness

Is clearly a quality that Kevin McCarthy lacks. One only has to read a short article below regarding Roy Ashburn's decision not to run for Congress to clearly see evidence of this deficiency.

For some reason, saying a simple "Thank you" was too much for Kevin. He had to get a dig in. I don't know which one was worse, "your just a state senator and I am a congressman" (as if he is already elected) or "Roy was going back and forth and can't make up his mind. "

How rude!


Click here for the full article.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

HnF March Madness Contest

I thought it would fun to get our minds off of politics for a minute and have a little contest here on HnF.

I have created a group on Yahoo sports for the NCAA basketball tournament. If you would like to join just email me at hacknflak@hotmail.com and tell me you want to participate in the march madness picks. I will then email you the link and password to the contest.

The top non-HnF blogger will get to be a contributor on HnF for one month.

For those of you who do not want people to know your true identity, it is easy to register for an anonymous email with either Hotmail or Yahoo.

Good luck

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Wyman and Rexroad Not Friends?

So am I reading this post by the esteemed Matt Rexroad correctly when I interpret that he doesn't like Phil Wyman? XO

From CalRaces:

any one out there would like to fund an independent expenditure against Phil Wyman I will work for free. No retainer. No commissions. Nothing.

The resident of Bakersfield, Lancaster, Barstow, Hanford, Victorville, Tehachapi has taken out papers to run for McCarthy's seat. He just will not go away. I believe he is the most prominent person to lose for Assembly, Senate (2x), and Congress.

This would be my contribution to the people of California. One that will help every single man, woman, and child.

It would truly be public service.

Actually, the thought of Cameron Smyth and Phil Wyman serving in the Assembly together does make me laugh a little but not enough.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Plescia Seals the Deal

Walters and her supporters have thrown their support to George Plescia as the new Republican leader in the Assembly.

Game, set and match: Plescia

Wyman the 13th Part 47

Phil Wyman pulled papers today to run for Assembly yet again. The most hated man in Sacramento will attempt a run for the seat of Bill Maze who is running for Senate.

Haynes's anger clouds his memory

At the CRP convention Ray Haynes told the YRFC state board that he only endorsed Christy Chritsich after Assemblyman Chuck Devore berated Haynes's staff. Ray also said that he endorsed all of the other candidates at the same time he endorsed Christy in order to "dilute" his endorsement of Chuck due to Chuck's apparent behavior.

However, in an article that was posted in one of the comment sections below on Monday October 27, 2003 the OC Register reported something different.

But he's not going to be much help in the 70th. First, he endorsed Chuck DeVore, who volunteered on Haynes' unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign. Then longtime friend and former Assemblyman Gil Ferguson convinced Haynes to also endorse Marilyn Zippi. Next, friend and former Assemblyman Curt Pringle convinced Haynes to meet Cristi Cristich – who Haynes then decided to endorse even though she once backed Bill Clinton.

There's one more Republican in the race, Don Wagner – who Haynes also knows.


Of course we all know after being bashed for his endorsement of Christich Ray did endorse the final Republican, Wagner.

So did the OC Register lie about how the endorsements came about? Did Ray lie? or has Ray's memory become clouded?

Thomas is officially out!

Bill Thomas is retiring.

McCarthy is sure to run.

Who will run against "the Kev"? When will "the Kev" step down from his leadership post; maybe at tomorrow's Caucus lunch? Will Gentelman George Plescia ascend to a position he thought would not be open just two weeks ago? Will Ray marry Gina? (I had to throw that one in there)

These are the questions that are here for you Hacks and Flaks to ponder.

Fireworks in Bakersfield Part 2

Since I posted on this already I thought I should follow up -- let me be clear, I have no dog in this fight, but this is way better than the crap I am getting from the Westly and Angelides camps.

Just off the Reep transom -- (How I get this stuff I have no clue) -- but your party does have some witty press release writers. They give Mulholland and South a run for their money!

For Immediate Release

March 6, 2006
Contact: Tim Clark (916) 473-8866

Haynes Falters Badly: Loses CRA Endorsement for the First Time Ever

Haynes’ Viability Takes Serious Blow as His Campaign Needed the CRA Slate

(Bakersfield) – On Sunday, the California Republican Assembly refused to endorse Ray Haynes for the first time in his public career – handing a serious blow to Haynes’s chances in the 3rd District Board of Equalization race.

With Haynes badly trailing Michelle Steel in the number of reserved slate cards, Haynes’s threw every resource he had into attaining the CRA endorsement in the desperate hope of picking up a slot on their statewide slate mailing. In the end, however, Haynes fell far short of the 2/3 vote required for endorsement – a result of the surging strength of Michelle Steel’s campaign.

“This was Haynes’ for the taking, and his campaign couldn’t get there,” said Steel spokesman Mike Richman. “All weekend long, Haynes personally lobbied delegates, and his campaign even bussed in delegates to try and stack the vote. His failure at CRA puts the death knell in Haynes’ campaign.”

Last week, Haynes suffered a humiliating defeat when the Young Republican Federation of California endorsed Michelle Steel over Ray Haynes. On the heels of that defeat, Haynes felt the need to double his efforts at the CRA.

In a sign of how weak his campaign has become, Haynes sent a press release trying to declare victory after losing the CRA vote.

“Haynes is trying to mask the reality that this loss is a serious blow to his campaign,” said Richman. “Too little, too late. That should be the Haynes campaign slogan. There is simply very little left now for the Haynes campaign.”

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Fireworks in Bakersfield

From Reep Intelligence (that is an oxymoron! Ok just some Dem humor.)--

The California Republican Assembly convention produced a nice little battle between that guy named Hudson and a young up and comer (as referred to on Flashreport by Duane Dichiara) Mike Richman - over the Board of Equalization District 3 seat that will be won by either Ray Haynes or Michelle Steel.

According to sources the battle got very heated and close, but in the end, neither Steel or Haynes got the endorsement of this influential group (in GOP circles they are supposed to be influential, and since this is a GOP seat, you get the picture).

I am sure there are many opinions and firsthand viewpoints from those in the Reep blogosphere.

Light it up boyz! XO

Suprise in 65?

From the "Suprise Suprise" department...Conservative Icon Tom McClintock has endrosed Brenda Salas in AD 65 over presumptive front runner San Jacinto Councilman Jim Ayres....does this signal a sift in the race, or another one of those "oh yeah, they rolled out another endorsement that no one cares about?"

Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Smart Deborah or The Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

I had always heard that of the two Deborahs running for Secretary of State, Deborah Bowen was the smart one. However, after receiving her latest plea for money I have to question that analysis.

Here is a portion of her letter:

Dear Friend,

Well, it looks like I'm angering the powerful special interests again. But then again, my job isn't about winning friends in Sacramento -- it's about doing the right thing for the people of California.

Ensuring fair and accurate elections here in California means asking the tough questions -- tough questions to Republican Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, tough questions to the multi-billion dollar corporations building new voting machines, and tough questions to the testing labs that are supposed to ensure this equipment is secure and accurate.

Not surprisingly, a lot of these powerful interests don't want to see me elected Secretary of State this November. And we're going to have to fight hard to win. But I know that with the grassroots support of tens of thousands of friends across California, we can do it.

Can I count on your help -- today and over the weeks and months ahead?

Help me fight for fair and accurate elections as California's next Secretary of State -- contribute to my campaign today!

The special interests are desperately counting on Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to help Arnold Schwarzenegger hang on to the GOP toehold in some of California's key statewide elected offices. That's why the Governor and his allies have announced plans to raise more than $60 million for their campaigns for November. That's an incredible figure -- and we're going to have to battle through it.

Now I don't expect to raise $60 million for my campaign. Nor do I think we'll need to -- not when the issues are on our side. But we do need to raise enough money to get our message out and cut through the barrage of negative, misleading ads that Arnold's special interests are going to throw at us.

That's why I'm asking for your help, today.

HERE IS THE PROBLEM

An easy stroll of the SOS website shows that "the smart Deborah" has taken tens of thousands of dollars from multiple special interests groups, such as;

Trial Attorneys
Labor Unions
CTA

What I find most troubling is the hundreds of thousands she has taken from contributors from the energy and telecommunications industry, seeing as she sits on the Committee that oversees those areas.

So Deborah when you make statements like, "Well, it looks like I'm angering the powerful special interests again. But then again, my job isn't about winning friends in Sacramento -- it's about doing the right thing for the people of California." It brings on old saying to my mind.

People in glass houses should not throw stones.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Cunningham get 8 years, 4 months in Fed Pen

Disgraced Briber ace...Uh I mean Fighter Ace/former Congressman is going to (as they say in Office Space), "Federal Pound Me in the A-- Prison."

There must be some of you Hackers and Flackers out there that have worked for or known Randy (aka Duke). I am curious as to your thoughts personally about him.

XO

A case for Assemblyman George Plescia

Thank you Vince Young, you just tee'd up my next post for me.......

Here are the top Reasons why I think Assemblyman George Plescia should be the next Minority Leader:

1) He is a good positive face for the party
2) He brings a young fresher look to conservatism and the GOP
3) The Assemblyman and his office are really great to work with
4) He lets me keep my luggage in his office whenever I am up in Sacramento
5) He has the best looking staff
6) Who doesn’t like Assemblyman George Plescia?

Not to mention Plescia is a pretty down to earth guy and his ego won't eat Sacramento. When it comes down to it, he is the right man for the job.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Word on the street says......

The VY's sources in the assembly rep caucus informed that Leader McCarthy told the caucus members today that he is defintley running for congress. On top of that, Plescia has mustered enough votes in his camp to become leader, ending the three day contest for the leadership post.

Mr. Haynes, Some Guy Named Hudson, and the CRA

This just came over the Reep transom I guess and was forwarded to me. It seems Mr. Hudson (the author of the e-mail below) is a Ray Haynes apologist. Well so be it - what do I care.

Then again, this is good stuff (I think) worthy of posting in the primarily GOP blogosphere known as Hack N Flak. Reactions?

Subject: CRA Endorsement for Ray Haynes -- I need your help

Dear CRA Leader,

I am writing to ask you to support the endorsement of Ray Haynes for Board of Equalization in the Third District. As you may know, we amended our CRA Bylaws several years ago to allow the full Convention to vote on this endorsement. Even though the Third District covers just six counties, we treat it as a statewide endorsement.

I have known Ray Haynes and worked with him on conservative efforts since 1992. I was employed by him for more than three years when he was the Senate Republican Whip. In a Legislature where CRA leaders are often treated as pariahs, even by Republicans, Ray Haynes has hired many CRA Board members, members, and volunteers. I worked closely with him (and the California Republican Assembly) to pass the "Haynes Amendment" to change the way delegates are selected for the Republican National Convention, making it much more difficult for future Presidential candidates to ignore our state. For every single conservative effort, Ray Haynes has been there for CRA and the Conservative Movement when his opponents were nowhere to be found.

Now that I work as a Tax Counsel for Bill Leonard at the Board of Equalization, I am in a unique position to explain why we need a conservative attorney like Ray Haynes. The Board of Equalization is our elected tax appeals commission and it resolves tax disputes for nearly every tax program in California. Simple tax problems are normally resolved long before they reach the Board, so Board members have to hear the most complicated and "screwed up" cases you can imagine, including many cases where both the government and the taxpayer made mistakes. Unlike many of our state's constitutional offices, Board members are forced to make thousands and thousands of tough decisions each year, sometimes with little opportunity for advice from expert staff. This is not an entry-level position! Ray Haynes is perfect for the job because he is the ultimate "detail person" who will focus on technicalities, arcane rules, and the particular facts of each case, while never losing sight of the "big picture," taxpayers' rights, and the long-term goals of the Conservative Movement. He and Bill Leonard would make a perfect Republican team for the Board of Equalization (and Bill Leonard has endorsed him).

Lately, it seems the only argument I hear against Ray Haynes is that he began dating a Capitol staffer after his wife divorced him a couple of years ago. The people spreading this rumor are insinuating that there is something wrong with that, but I know the people involved and I fear we CRA leaders are being manipulated -- again.
Divorces are a terrible thing and it is awful that his family had to go through that, but please keep in mind that Ray Haynes has not done anything illegal, immoral, or improper. I have devoted the last 20 years to Republican politics and I can assure you that Ray Haynes stands out as one of the most ethical, honest, and Christian politicians I have ever met. He is not perfect, but none of us are perfect either. If you are inclined to vote against endorsing Ray Haynes because of this issue, you really need to ask yourself how much you know about the other candidates in this race and their personal lives. Please don't allow yourself to be manipulated by high-paid consultants who devised this strategy as the only practical way to undermine Ray Haynes' well-established conservative credentials.

In closing, I need to mention a special problem in this race that we conservatives seem to face every two years. There are two conservative candidates in the Republican primary (Michelle Steel and Ray Haynes), plus a more liberal Republican tax auditor for the Board of Equalization (Steve Petruzzo) who is rumored to have strong support from the powerful labor unions that steal money from state workers' paychecks every month. I am not a member of any union and I cannot pretend to know how they will spend their money, but I fear that we conservatives may "split the vote" among two good candidates and allow the most liberal candidate to get elected with heavy union support. As you all know, we have a habit of doing that. Please don't let that happen in this race!

Thank you for your consideration! Please let me know if you have any questions. I realize that normal people don't spend a lot of time worrying about the Board of Equalization, but I can assure you that the Board has a tremendous impact on tax policy, taxpayer rights, and the business climate in our state. We cannot afford NOT to pay attention to this race.

Tom Hudson
Work: (916) XXXXXXXX
Home: (916) XXXXXXXX
Cell: (916) XXXXXXXX
E-mail: hudsontn@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Because the best defense is always.....


A great offense (take it from someone who knows)...all the talk nationally is about how Democrats are looking to pick up Republican seats....well, we all know the one way for us Republican types to prevent that from happening is to move the ball onto the Dem side of the field. So, with that in mind, which dem controlled California seats, congressional, assembly or senate, do Republicans have the best chance of picking up, or, atleast causing enough trouble to make the democrats spend insane amounts of cash to protect their own. Do tell, because enquiring minds want to know!

Extra Extra Read All About It!!


in a shocking development....Ray Haynes backs Mimi Walters for leader. In news not remotley related to this post, Jacki Goldberg introduces legislation tossing out my wonderlic score since the wonderlic test is socio-economically biased against superhuman quarterbacks who win Rose Bowls.

Guess the contributors!

Ok ok, the point of this exercise was this - who really cares about the real identities of anonymous bloggers?

Anonymous political discourse has long been part our heritage. Anonymous letters, newspapers, periodicals were often the work of those fearing for their lives - those who feared that the British government would try them for treason. Heck even in Imperial Russia, novels were written anonymously or with veiled storylines criticizing the Czar.

Well in today's political environment the risks are arguably just as great. Good people lose their jobs everyday, get blackballed or ostracized by BOTH political parties for speaking out against injustice or defying an elitist establishment that believes political power is their birthright.

What I am saying is this anonymous blogging is changing the face of California politics for the better - Improper conduct, ethical questions, backroom deals are brought into the daylight. Accusations or allegations that are unfounded are usually rebutted with ease.

The faces behind the pseudonyms and anonymity aren't what is important - in my opinion, anonymous bloggers have the ultimate responsibilty to keep the elitist establishment on its toes. XO

Convention Winners and Losers 2

In the second installment of CRP convention winners and losers we look at the race for Board of Equalization District District 3.

The two main candidates for this race have been well blogged about on this site and others; Michelle Steele and Ray Haynes. Two other Republicans have filed for this race Donald Wilson and Hal Styles, I do not know anything about either of these unless Donald Wilson is the same Wilson that works for the Senate office of Policy, but I do not know.

Back to the main race!

Michelle Steele was everywhere at the convention. Much like Tony Strickland, Steele was in every meeting and glad handing in the hallways. She had signs and brochures all over the convention.

Ray Haynes was visible but it was mainly sitting in the lobby hallway with his girlfriend and some close supporters.

However, the biggest blow to Haynes was his actions in the YRFC meeting. For those of you that have not heard the story let me tell you. First Assemblyman Chuck Devore spoke to the YRF'ers and indicated while he thought either candidate would be a"great BOE member" he indicated he had supported Steele. Devore did not speak negative about Haynes quite the contrary he praised Haynes. However, after Haynes spoke he was asked about his support for Liberal Christy Christich. Haynes suddenly became very angry and started attacking Devore. Haynes indicated the reason that he supported Christich was because he wanted to dilute his own endorsement of Devore after, according to Ray, Chuck was abusive to Ray's staff.

After a lengthy discussion the YRFC overwhelmingly endorsed Steele over Haynes with only a former Haynes staffer and two others voting for Haynes. What was more obvious is that there probably would not have been an endorsement for either candidate had Haynes not acted the way he had. While the YRFC endorsement does not mean a whole lot, in ways of money or stature, it is important in this race as the two of the three largest clubs or situated within this district and it does bring volunteers and grassroot supporters.

In the end Steele is the convention winner in this race.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Battle for Republican Leader

Jockeying has begun to replace McCarthy. Of the early three contenders, Walters has been aggressive and has Todd Spitzer strongly in her camp. Not known to take the floor and engage in debate, Walters must be considered the dark horse. Keene's steady leadership on budget and strong staff along with raising a good amount of cash have to make him the nominal frontrunner at this point. Plescia is the wild card and the one who most looks the part. Plescia's strength will be his popularity with staff and the person people envision as the best frontman for the Assembly GOP with the media and donors.

Jules Arrives at Hack N Flak


I am honored to join the Hack N Flak blog and can hopefully add some interesting perspectives. Having just finished a Big Kahunaburger and a Sprite, I'm ready to help gear this site up for the election season.

Vince Young in the house!


Yes, every spoiled USC fan's worst nightmare, Vince Young, has decided to join Hacknflak! Just a few observations: a) my Wonderlic score still beats Mountjoy and Oropeza....COMBINED b) Hey Marvin, exactly what did you tell Robert Redford at the end of "The Candidate" when he asks "What do we do now?"

McCarthy in campaign strategy meetings

Why did Kevin McCarthy leave the CRP convention before 5:00 pm on Saturday?

The most important issues of the convention had not even been decided, this being the resolution fight during the General Session on Sunday morning. Shouldn't the Assembly Leader have stuck around to help ensure a smooth and uncontested floor session?

Kevin was overheard saying that the reason he was leaving was to return to his district to "serve my constituents". Come on!! We know that Members in safe seats could care less about serving their constituents.

The rumor floating around is that the Kev has been holding high level campaign strategy meetings with team Thomas. I guess we will just have to wait until March 15 to see. As of posting Thomas is one of the few GOP Congressman that has not yet even pulled papers much less filed.

One other thing on this potential race. McCarthy has spent the last year hiring or placing most of the major Central Valley/Kern County consultants. His major rival, Roy Ashburn, has used Joe Justin in the past. The same Joe Justin that McCarthy just hired to run Assembly GOP campaigns.

Stay tuned!!!

Van Tran Drops out of the 34

I am a little late in reporting this but Jon Fleischman has reported that Van Tran has dropped out of the Senate race and will seek re-election to the Assembly. Big win for Ackerman and Daucher. Big loss for Nyguen and Riggy.

The click here for the story on the Flash Report.

Points to Ponder...

Looks like there is much going on in Reep-land. Let me just throw down a few things and see what comes back?

1) With Tran out of the 34th are you guys really going to get behind Daucher? Advantage Umberg/Correa.

2) McCarthy for Congress? So who replaces him as your fearless leader? Walters, Plescia, DeVore (my shameless plug for a fellow blogger), or Van Tran? Any others? And who has the staff to make it happen?

3) Is this the "year of the moderate" for the GOP? Example: Schwarzenegger, Poizner, Daucher, Bilbray, McCarthy, Maldonado etc etc.

4) Who would get a higher Wonderlic test score: Dennis Mountjoy or Jenny Oropeza? (If you don't know what the Wonderlic test is, just Google: Vince Young, Wonderlic)

Fight On XO

Monday, February 27, 2006

Does Tim Clark charge per release? or Van Tran Launches Campaign

I have always wondered if Tim Clark charges per release. That would make sense since we see a release on everything from campaign finance to changing ones own vehicle oil.

Anyway, Van Tran (who this blogger is a big fan of) has officially launched his campaign against the evil Lynn Daucher. The press release is below.

Popular Orange County Assemblyman Van Tran officially pulled candidate papers today for the open 34th Senate District, while his campaign finance team announced that $250,000 has already been raised for the effort.

“The Orange County Republican donor base has been very supportive of Van in this race,” said campaign spokesman Paul Hegyi. “Our supporters know that Van has a huge lead in the primary election, and they’re focused on gaining as much strength as possible to carry this seat in the general election.”

During his 2004 Assembly primary, Tran built a strong finance committee eventually raising close to $600,000 for that contest. Tran has revived that group for the Senate race, and has also committed $100,000 of his own money to the contest.

“This seat will be won by a Republican in the fall,” continued Hegyi. “Voter registration has made this a Republican district, and Van Tran is – by far – the strongest candidate in the field.”

A recent survey of 34th Senate District Republican voters revealed that Van Tran enjoys 52% name identification with a 5 to 1 favorability ratio, while his likely primary opponent, Lynn Daucher only has 32% name identification with a 2 to 1 favorability rating.

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Convention Winners and Losers

Wow what a convention. From the murderers row of political operatives and consultants at the lobby bar on Friday night to the failed coup by conservatives.

Over the next couple of posts I want to list who I thought were some of the winners and losers of this past weekend.

In my humble opinion the biggest winner of the convention was Tony Strickland.

While Able had signs up and in place before 9:00 am on Friday the Strickland campaign came back strong and matched Able's boys in placement if not in quantity.

More importantly Tony and his minions were everywhere. From hallways to receptions to the lobby. Tony also appeared to be a more established candidate having staff with him every where he went creating that entourage feeling of a statewide candidate. Whereas Able had the same two aids with him and many times, that I saw him, he was walking by himself.

Finally, the receptions. Tony had a packed rocking reception on Saturday night, second only to Poizner's "Republican Idol". Able was unable to follow-up on his monster reception in Sacramento last year. In fact, when I visited Able's recepetion it was dead, maybe because he was charging for drinks and did not have any food. It also could have been because the YAFer's struck again and passed out a flyer stating a change in location to a restaraunt down the street.

More winners and losers coming in the near future, next BOE!

UCI, the College Republicans, the Muslim Student Union and the 1st Amendment

This Tuesday evening at the UC Irvine (UCI) there either will or there won't be a student-led discussion about the violence in parts of the Islamic world that flared up over the Danish political cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Along with the riot-inciting Danish political cartoons the College Republican club sponsoring the event will also show anti-Western and anti-Semitic (really anti-Jewish as Arabs are Semites as well) cartoons that routinely appear in Muslim nations.

This event needs to go forward -- if it doesn't, you can kiss the First Amendment goodbye on our campuses.

If UCI prevents this event from occurring on campus, what will happen next? Allow me to give you some easy examples of events that might draw the ire of an emboldened Muslim Student Union:

- A Sudanese refugee and former slave of Muslims speaking on modern-day slavery practiced by many Muslims in Africa
- A Muslim woman who suffered genital mutilation speaking on that barbaric practice, common in parts of the Islamic world
- A Muslim woman lawyer speaking on Sharia (Islamic) law and how under Sharia, a woman is worth half a witness in a court of law (one reason why rape is hard to prove under Sharia law)
- A religious scholar speaking about Islam in any way deemed unacceptable to the Muslim Student Union

I don’t claim to be an expert in Islam – but I did study Arabic for a couple of years in college, I did live in Egypt for half a year, and I did get shot at in Lebanon (doesn’t everyone?). I’d say that compared to most American policymakers, I’m fairly well read on this topic. With that said, the bottom line is clear and simple: if UCI caves this time UCI will never be able to make a stand in the future for academic freedom and the First Amendment if the Muslim Student Union objects.

For my full post on this topic, see: http://www.chuckdevore.com/pages/909913/index.htm

All the best,

Chuck DeVore, State Assemblyman, 70th District

Friday, February 24, 2006

Big Endorsement Coming!

My OC Reep friends have been hammering my e-mail with tips that indicate 68th AD candidate Janet Nguyen just got a huge endorsement ("huge" for a GOP primary at least). Janet seems to be doing quite well for herself in this campaign so far.

Maybe the details will come out at your convention this weekend, I don't know. But, I am not going to announce who the endorsement is from - I'd rather wait and have the Flashreport or OC Blog scoop me on it!

As for me, I am off for some fun in Tahoe! XO

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Jessica's Law Polling In

The rumor mill is abuzz that CCPOA just concluded some polling showing Jessica’s Law in the mid-80’s, with the strongly's in the mid-60's.

Game over. This passes.

Californians win. Sex offenders lose.

My only question: will any opposition form?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Show me the Money?

As we are getting fully into the primary season I thought we should start looking at that all together major factor in most political campaign races, the money. There are three major contested races for State Constitutional Officers;

1-BOE
2-Controller
3-Insurance Commisioner

Let's start with HNF's favorite BOE.

Ray Haynes has three accounts (two from past Assembly races and Taxpayers for Haynes). With only the Taxpayers for Haynes showing any activity.

Ray raised $169,688.20 this past period and had expenditures of $137,111.20. He raised a total of $233,337.20 in 2005 and has $77,846.17 cash on hand.

Michelle Steele has one account FRIENDS FOR MICHELLE PARK STEEL.

Michelle raised $187,094.34 this past period and had expenditures of $119,958.43. She raised a total of $472,530.19 in 2005 and has $416,687.06 cash on hand.

No matter what camp you come down in you have to admit that Ray's $77,846.17 is miniscule next to Michelle's $416,687.06.

Next we will look at the very close race for dollars in the Controllers race. For now we want to know what you think!

Welcome

I want to welcome our newest contributor OCEANS11

Christians and Executions

Now I do not want to hear the defense of "an eye for an eye" - that is overdone and from talking to a friend of mine that fancies himself an amateur theologian - not really applicable. I don't want Jefferson, Locke, or one of Asm. Chuck Devore's vaunted Claremont folks quoted - give me Biblical text!

I am seeking solid Biblical back up for your beliefs!

How can Christians that believe the Bible is the infallible word of God, support the Death Penalty and state executions? (Note: I support the Death Penalty)

From what I understand - Catholics oppose it, some Evangelicals oppose it too, but all the Republican self described Christians support it and want it expanded. To be fair most Democrats in the Legislature support it too.

But let me hear from you self described Christians out there - how does the Bible support executions?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Paulie and Haynes

I always wondered why Phil Paulie was so quick to defend Ray Haynes and Gina Zarhi on this blog. I thought it was because Phil was friends with Gina. However, while he might be, it probably also has a lot to do with him receiving more than $10,000 in consulting fees from Haynes in just the last filing period.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Dante and Modern America

There is a long tradition of American interest in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

To that end, Professor Giuseppe Mazzotta wrote a wonderful review of three new Dante translations by Anthony Esolen in the Winter 2005/06 edition of the Claremont Review of Books. (For the review, see: http://www.claremont.org/writings/crb/winter2005/mazzotta.html. Sadly, Mr. Esolen’s translation of Canto One of Dante’s Inferno only appears in the hardcopy of the Claremont Review.)

After reading Mr. Esolen’s fresh translation of Dante, I saw how readily his allegory could be adapted to contemporary political conditions, with the forces of progressivism battling both traditionalism and Natural Law tenets. So, I figured I’d try my hand at bringing some Dantesque prose and commentary into 21st Century America.

Dante’s original volgare Italian verse was written in three-line stanzas in which the first line rhymes with the third while the middle line rhymes with the first line of the next stanza. The pattern is thus: aba, bcb, cdc and so on. It is, of course, impossible to rhyme such a large work in a translation – but not in an adaptation.

So, while in the airport or on flights between Orange County and Sacramento, and with Washington's Day weekend to finish it off, here is a bit of poetry for my fellow Hacks and Flaks. For some of you, of course, Dante's original is much more appropriate (you know who you are and you know what I mean). With thanks (and apologies, if required) to Anthony Esolen for his splendid translation of Dante’s Inferno…

Canto One

Lost in a confused time and threatened by self-delusion, we are
found by a timeless idea, who implores us to return to our ancient faith.


Two hundred and thirty years after our founding
we were unknowingly in danger,
for we had strayed from our firm grounding.

(For the rest, see: http://www.chuckdevore.com/pages/909913/index.htm )

Friday, February 17, 2006

You Reeps and your websites

The GOP primary in the 68th AD is getting as interesting as the Dem primary in SD 8 & 34.

A Reep friend of mine from the OC forwarded me this link about one of your candidates, seems ripe for comment by you Hackers and Flackers- Click here

XO

Monday, February 13, 2006

Mark Leno, Cop Groups and Hustler Magazine

What cop groups gave money to Mark Leno last year? How much did Hustler Magazine and Showgirls give? Check it out!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

My Only Issue with the Flashreport

First let me start by saying that I love the Flashreport. It is one of the premiere GOP/political news/blog/commentary site in California.

I have only one problem with it - but maybe it is just reflective of the GOP in California - its contributors, with the exception of two females, is comprised of all white males. No Latinos, Asians or African Americans?

Now I know that us Dems believe that the California GOP, for the most part, is the party of the wealthy white male. That said, why not try harder to change that image?

Maybe my mind is just a little too progressive and left leaning.

Now I know that some of you are going to say that it would be more "racist" or "wrong" to include someone based on ethnicity or race. But, any of you experienced Hacks or Flaks know that perception is important in politics.

I do love the Flashreport and its commentary - I am just offering a non-Reep perspective. Keep it up boys. XO

Friday, February 10, 2006

Isn't Ray Haynes the Conservative Candidate in this race?

California Young Americans for Freedom PAC Endorses Michelle Steel for Board of Equalization



(Palos Verdes) - In yet another sign that Michelle Steel continues to consolidate the Republican base behind her candidacy, today the California Young Americans for Freedom PAC announced their endorsement of Michelle Steel for the open 3rd Board of Equalization District.


"Michelle Steel is exactly the type of leader we need in elected office," said CAL-YAF PAC Chairman Brandon Powers. "Her conservative fiscal principles combined with her private sector background make her the most qualified candidate to be the next member of the Board of Equalization."


Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) PAC, founded in 1960 at the estate of William F. Buckley, is the nation's oldest conservative youth organization.


"CAL-YAF PAC's endorsement is an early key conservative endorsement for any candidate," said Campaign Spokesman Mike Richman. "This endorsement is added to a growing list of organizations and individuals from around the district and state that are supporting Michelle, and are making her far and away the frontrunner in this race."


Michelle Steel's list of prominent endorsers in the 3rd BOE District includes:


Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Congressman Ed Royce
Assemblyman Van Tran
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore
Assemblyman Tom Harman
Assemblyman Bob Huff
Assemblyman Jay LaSuer
Orange Co Sheriff Mike Carona
Orange Co D.A Tony Rackauckas
Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby
Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva
San Bernardino Co Supervisor Bill Postmus
San Bernardino Co Supervisor Gary Ovitt
San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn
San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts
(partial list)

Michelle Steel is a member of several community and business based boards and commissions, including the Tax Advisory Committee for the State Board of Equalization. She has also served as a member of the California World Trade Commission, and in August of last year, Michelle was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Conference on Aging, her second presidential appointment.

Monday, February 06, 2006

HNF Poll; Who could replace Schwarzenegger on the Republican ballot?

Is history repeating itself with the CRP? Have we regressed back to the days of the circular firing squad?

In the last week or so I have received letters from Senator McClintock and Congressman Issa asking me to fax a letter of support for our "embattled" Governor. As has been talked about on HNF before certian factions of the CRP are planning on introducing resolutions ranging from demanding the resignation of the Governor's COS to rescinding the endorsement the CRP gave the Governor last year.

What do these people want Governor Angelides? Who do they think they can get to replace Schwarzenegger on the ballot?

McClintock is out so do not mention him.

Tell us who the Republican party could put as a credible candidate!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Riggy Off to a Fast Start

Conservative bigshot and FamilyActionPAC co-founder Jim Righeimer seems to be off to a fast start in his race to replace Van Tran in AD68.

It comes as no shock that the surfing Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, endorsed Jim, as Riggy and he are longtime friends, going back to even before Dana’s first Congressional election where Jim served as Campaign Chairman.

Of note, Righeimer also announced endorsements from Assemblymen DeVore, Walters, Haynes, Mountjoy, and Villines, along with Senators Hollingsworth and Morrow.

He’s been campaigning for what, a week now, and already a good chunk of the conservative movement is lining up behind him… Not bad.

Friday, February 03, 2006

The 3rd House Buzz: Change is Comin'

(I posted this on the Samish Shop but thought I would throw an excerpt of it on Hack N Flak for your enjoyment)

The new buzz around Chops, Spattaro, the Esquire and my personal fave Simon's is that change is coming and needed. Now I am not talking about regime change or power switching partisan hands. The change I speak of is personality based - not policy.

The aptly named 3rd House (Sacramento lobbyists) are desperately looking for new and refreshing candidates from both parties. As we know most legislative seats are locked up - safely Democratic or safely Republican - elections have become boring and predictable. Democratic primaries usually produce some radical leftists that are heavy on paciulli oil, granola, hippie lettuce, Che Guevara t-shirts and light on real world moderation. Similarly the Republican primaries have a habit of spitting out nominees that are are cut right out of the white, overweight, Jerry Falwell, male mold with an uncanny proclivity toward "sermonitis".

*You can read the post in its entirety by clicking HERE

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The numbers speak for themselves

Here are how the Dem candidates in the 34th Senate race are shaping up.

Supervisor Lou Correa, $303,460 Cash on Hand
Assemblyman Tom Umberg, $80,055 Cash on Hand

Analysis: This is not even close to a good showing by Umberg who has been running for this seat the past two years.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bring back the AA! Retire the COS

In days of not so long ago, there were people called "AA's" - otherwise known as Administrative Assistants. However, this was no secretary job - this job performed the same function as those we now refer to pompously as Chiefs of Staff.

AA's weren't only the title given to those people here in Sacramento, but Members of Congress (House & Senate) also used that designation for their top staff member.

I think we need to bring back the "AA" title and do away with the overused and underachieved title of "Chief of Staff". What does "Chief of Staff" really mean, and does it apply when you only have a staff of 4, or if you are 28 years old and this is your second job out of college? The title Administrative Assistant fits most in the building better.

At the risk of sounding like my Republican colleagues across the aisle, I think it is time to return to the values and traditions of years gone by. Bring back the AA title, and retire the COS!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Loyalty or Just Another Fact in the Era of Term Limits

I have been hearing a lot of names being bantered around as the new COS for Assemblyman Blakeslee. I was surprised to hear some and not so surprised to hear others. Some of the names mentioned have only been with their current Members for a year or so.

This leads me to the question, what has happened to loyalty in the Capitol?

I can understand the concept of leaving a Members office when he/she is in their last year or even last term. However, is it fair for someone to leave an office during the middle of the first term?

I can also understand under certain circumstances, maybe moving from the Assembly to the Senate or the Legislature to the Administration but just moving from one Assembly Member to the other does not seem fair to the first member that has invested time and confidence into that person. It is not easy for third house and community groups to identify staffers with specific Members anymore.

One specific instance that baffled me was Aaron Boone who went from being Nakinishi's Leg Director to being Sharon Runner's COS but within less than one year had left that position to take over as COS for termed-out Guy Houston.

Is this just another by-product of term limits or do staffers like Kevin Bassett, 14 years with Dave Cox, not exist anymore?

Old Time HNF Poll

I was thinking back to the old HNF polls and thought I would post a new one.

Since a lot of comments on my previous posts claim to be from Republican COS's and what they do all day I thought it would be a perfect time to get everyone's comments on the following subject:

WHO IS THE BEST ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN COS AND WHY?

I know it is a lot to ask but can we keep it clean and to the subject? Inappropriate comments will be deleted immediatly.

Real Chutzpah, but more than that.

While I am a Dem and probably disagree with her on just about everything, I like her guts! Janet seems to have some real chutzpah and will show the boys a thing or two.

That said, her candidacy and campaign doesn't seem to be only about chutzpah. Looks like she has some real support out there and is a serious contender.

In reality I know nothing about the internal Reep politics down there in the OC, but a friend of mine forwarded this to me and since I haven't seen it anywhere else I thought I'd post it. (Truth is, if I lived down there I would still support and vote for the Democrat - what can I say - I am a party girl)

You’re Cordially Invited to
Garden Grove Councilwoman Janet Nguyen’s
68th Assembly District Campaign Kick-off Fundraiser
with

Special Guest Speaker

THE HONORABLE SHARON RUNNER
Assemblywoman, 36th Assembly District
Assistant Republican Leader Assembly Caucus

at

Thursday, February 9, 2006
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Antonello Ristorante Restaurant
3800 Plaza Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Cost: $100 per person / $150 per couple

For more info, contact Valerie at cribariassoc@hotmail.com
or call (949) 939-7044
Friends of Janet Nguyen 2006, ID#1282281

Monday, January 30, 2006

Kevin Bassett vs. Julie Sauls

With two years under her belt as COS to the Assembly Republican Leader I thought I would do a little comparison between current COS Julie Sauls and former COS Kevin Bassett.

How they got there
Kevin put in his time as Dave Cox's chief advisor for many years positioning his boss to be at the right place at the right time when they pulled a coup and replaced Bill Campbell.

Julie was able to secure a job with a freshman Assemblyman who had already paved the way to a leadership position.

I would give this a tie. Yes, Kevin was much more influential in his boss becoming leader, but Julie was smart enough to latch onto a rising star and got there without having to do any work.

Relationship with staff and campaigns
Kevin always had an open door and a great relationship with staff. While his boss did not support campaigners Kevin was always available and helpful.

Julie has a kiss my ring bow before the throne policy. If you do not agree with Julie or cross her watch out. If you want a job that has to go through the Leaders office and you have not kissed the ring or if you are not on the favorite list you probably will not get it.

Winner Kevin was by far more liked and respected by staff.

Caucus
Kevin was not only COS he was in charge of Caucus operations.

Julie had those responsibilities stripped from her and additional professional managers were brought in to shape the course of Caucus operations.

I will give this one to Kevin. However, while Kevin did a good job juggling both aspects of the job the Caucus needed professional leadership.

Campaigns
In the one full cycle that Kevin was COS and thus had input into election strategy the Republicans picked up two seats.

In the cycle Julie was COS we had the worst candidate field in recent memory. The Republicans could not even find a quality candidate to run against Nicole Para, the district adjacent to her boss's seat.

Winner Kevin by far.

So to wrap this up, In my book Kevin was a much better leader. Julie should still have four more years, however if we see a repeat of last cycle Mr. McCarthy might be looking at a Committee Vice-Chair instead of the Leaders office.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Jay La Suer Love Fest

I received an email directing me to this site http://ilovelasuer.blogspot.com/. I thought it was a porn site from MARVIN LUCAS so of course I checked it out.

I can't tell if it is anti or pro Jay but it is hilarious.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Hacks, Flaks and Attacks

With all the traffic on this and many other blogs popular in the CA political blogosphere I am always amused at the attacks, name calling and general playground behavior that is engaged in by some.

I won't repeat the names on this and other sites that have been popular amongst the schoolyard children - but one question needs asking? Do the children even know the people that they are slamming?

Most of the names I have seen (to be fair, not only on this blog but others), are known in political circles (both Dem and Reep) as respected, intelligent, and talented professionals dedicated to their causes.

So what is the motivation of the anonymous children that attack? Is it jealousy? Is it envy? Is it just a general dissatisfaction in your own lives?

All the back and forth is just so amusing, but I am so curious?

Politics and political campaigns are rough. Every pro knows that and most of the attack victims are veteran enough to have developed a very thick skin - but some of these attacks would make even Bob Mulholland blush.

XO -

Blakeslee Looking for COS

For all of you climbers up in Sacramento, Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee is looking for a new Chief of Staff in his Capitol office. More information can be found by calling 916-319-2033.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

What do Endorsements Mean or Primary Press Release Nonsense?

I received the following email today and thought I would throw it out there and see if anyone knows about this race. We are going to be receiving more and more of these and I will share them with you.

Assembly Members Jay LaSuer and
Doug LaMalfa Endorse Jim Ayres for Assembly

(San Jacinto) – Today, Assemblymen Jay LaSuer and Doug LaMalfa announced their support for Jim Ayres in his campaign for the open 65th Assembly District, joining Ray Haynes and Mark Wyland, among a host of other GOP elected officials.

“We need Jim’s drive, values, and tenacity here in Sacramento,” said Assemblyman LaMalfa. “He will be a solid vote to curb the out of control spending and bureaucratic waste that has plagued California’s government for so long.”

“I have no doubt that once elected, Jim Ayres will be a solid Conservative vote in the State Assembly,” added Jay LaSuer. “The people of the 65th District will be well served having Jim Ayres as their Assemblyman.”

Assemblymen LaSuer and LaMalfa join a growing list of Ayres supporters, including over thirty local elected Mayors, council members, Supervisors and other GOP elected officials.

In May of 2003, Jim Ayres retired with the rank of Master Sergeant after twenty-one years of service in the United State’s Air Force – service that included tours of duty in both Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Decisive Endeavor, providing support for the no-fly zone over Bosnia.

A member of the San Jacinto City Council since 1999, Jim Ayres is also immediate past Chairman of the Riverside Transit Agency – an agency with the second largest service area in the United States and a $40 million dollar operational budget.

For the period ending December 31, 2005, Jim Ayres had already raised over $400,000 in campaign funds with $309,000 in available cash on hand.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Follow Up: Maybe You Won't Get Shot in the Foot After All?

Ok boys, this follows up on a little post I wrote a week back about your Reep difficulties in OC. Hope you enjoy - kudos to Jubal over at the OC Blog the info. XOX

From the OC Blog

Councilwoman Janet Nguyen Raises Over $100,000 For 68th AD Exploratory Committee
This came over the transom today from Janet Nguyen's 68th AD Exploratory Campaign:

Garden Grove - City Councilwoman Janet Nguyen reports raising over $100,000 for her 68th Assembly District Exploratory Committee. Planned events over February expect to raise another $100,000. Nguyen also boasts over 40 endorsements from local elected officials.


See the rest at OC Blog

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ackerman in Trouble?

I am hearing rumors down in here in LaLa land that State Senator Dick Ackerman's leadership position is in jeopardy.

Can any of you people in Sacto confirm or deny this?

Getting Off of a Sinking Ship

With the state of the Republican Caucus, especially on the Assembly side, it’s no wonder that a wisely run political consulting firm, like Meridian Pacific, would bail on their GOP Assembly Caucus account. Matt Rexroad’s rationale published in the Capitol Morning Report this morning was brilliant - reasoning that having to work closely with individual candidates "prevented us from doing some of the independent expenditure work that we wanted to do." Translation: "you’re a lost cause, there’s no helping you."

Now is this a rat jumping a sinking ship or management realizing that under Meridian Pacific little progress has been made towards gaining a majority?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Goldwater's Example and the Spirit of 1994

Anybody invoking Goldwater has my support!

By JOHN SHADEGG
January 18, 2006; Page A10

WASHINGTON -- Ten years ago, the American people put Republicans in control of the House of Representatives for the first time in more than 40 years. It was a historic achievement, made possible because we stood for the principles the American people believed in: smaller government, returning power to the states, lower taxes, greater individual freedom and -- above all -- reform.

Some Republican leaders in the House seem to have lost sight of those principles, though the American people still believe in them. Meanwhile, Americans are sick of scandals. To fully regain their confidence -- and to retain and grow the Republican majority -- we need to make a clean break with the past and return to our ideals.

Republicans promised the American people two things in 1994. First, we promised to rein in the size and scope of the federal government. Second, we promised to clean up Washington. In recent years, we have fallen short on both counts. Total federal spending has grown by 33% since 1995, in inflation-adjusted dollars. Worse, we have permitted some of the same backroom practices that flourished in the old Democrat-controlled House. Powerful members of Congress are able to insert provisions giving away millions -- even tens of millions -- of dollars in the dead of night. The recent scandals involving Duke Cunningham and Jack Abramoff have highlighted the problem, but this is not just a case of a few bad apples. The system itself needs structural reforms.

This has been clear for some time. I did not discover reform as an issue -- like Saul on the road to Damascus -- when I entered the majority leader race. It has been an integral part of my record, not at one time a decade ago, but constantly, year in and year out since 1994. Yesterday John Boehner wrote on this page about a proposal to reform the earmark process offered by Rep. Jeff Flake. While Mr. Boehner is suddenly talking about this idea, I was one of the first co-sponsors when it was introduced last spring.

We need sunshine in the earmark process, and an end to secret, backroom deals. According to Citizens Against Government Waste, the total number of earmarks in 2005 was nearly 14,000 -- compared with only 1,439 in 1995. Earmarked money is often spent without the oversight and consideration in the regular appropriations process, so waste, abuse or even fraud is more likely. Congress should base decisions on what is good for America, not what is good for the lobbyist friends of a few.

Every year Congress adopts a budget, and every year we exceed it. Cheats and dodges -- supplemental spending without offsets, "off budget" spending -- hide this expenditure, but it is added to our national debt, a legacy of irresponsibility to burden future generations. We are still using a budget process that dates from 1974, when Democrats ruled the House and the government was a fraction of its current size. We need reforms in our budget rules to force Congress to stay within the budget it adopts.

No elected official who takes a bribe, including a member of Congress, should get a taxpayer-funded pension. This is a reform I proposed months ago, as soon as we learned about Duke Cunningham's crimes, and it is one that others have urged for years. Who is afraid of this reform?

I grew up watching the example of Barry Goldwater, who worked closely with my father. He taught me that "a government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." That philosophy guided me when I ran for Congress in 1994. I was thrilled to be part of the Revolutionary Class of '94, and the sense of hope and mission of the early days after the American people elected a Republican majority in the House is still with me. We believed then that we could take back our government, and I believe it today.

When I ran for policy chairman last year, I said I wanted to help the leadership, and our entire Republican Conference, achieve our agenda for the American people, and I still do. I was able to reach out to all corners of our conference, and was honored to be elected without opposition.

Since then I have worked to bring the conference together by hosting a series of Unity Dinners to find consensus on the difficult issue of immigration reform. The bill we passed at the end of last year was significantly based on the progress we made.

In order to make clear my commitment to this race, and my goal of leading a reinvigorated Republican majority, I resigned from my position as policy chairman. I am proud of the work the policy committee has done, but I believe it is not appropriate to try to retain one position in our elected leadership while running for another. My campaign is based on reform, and those who claim reform should lead by example.

House Republicans differ about policy and tactics, but we stand together in our respect for this institution, our hatred of corruption, and our support for the basic principles of our party. The American people overwhelmingly support the principles we stand for. We cannot allow the current scandals to distract their attention from our substantive agenda. If we do not make a clear, public break with the recent past, there is a good chance we will lose our majority.

I do not need a poll or questionnaire to tell me what Republicans stand for. The party of Ronald Reagan exists not to expand government, but to protect the American people from government's excesses. President Reagan once said, "If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again." House Republicans are ready to move again, too.

Rep. Shadegg of Arizona is a candidate for majority leader of the House of Representatives.

Monday, January 16, 2006

As Reagan said, "There you go again..." --- Shooting yourself in the Foot

So I read over at the blog California Campaigns about Reep Jim Righeimer challenging Janet Nguyen in the 68th Assembly race now that Van Tran is running for State Senate.

I don't mean to mettle in your internal affairs, but hey, my party has no shot in this seat.

Question for all you out there --- I read the OC Blog (great blog Jubal!) and FlashReport and it seems the old white guy crowd (how us dems refer to Reeps) are pushing an old white guy (Righeimer) versus a fresher face (Nguyen)?

Now don't get me wrong I love how this plays into my stereotype of you guys, but all things being equal (everyone seems to agree that both Nguyen and Righeimer are to the right of Jerry Falwell), why perpetuate the stereotypical image of Republicans that Rove and crew seems so badly to want to change?

I am curious. XO

Friday, January 13, 2006

Darrell "PLO" Issa

I just read Jason Roe's blog on FlashReport that Rep. Darrell "PLO" Issa is considering a run for Republican Policy Committee Chair. For those of you elephants with short memories, you may remember that Darrell Issa has made apologist statements regarding Yasser Arafat, Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist organizations. In fact, Mr. Issa even met with PLO Terrorist Yasser Arafat a few years back.

Now as a Dem, I couldn't care less about your internal Reep workings except when it relates to such an important matter and you guys are in fact in charge in D.C.

The prospect of having such an Anti-Israel congressman running the GOP Policy apparatus is frightening, especially at this tenuous time in history. I hope AIPAC speaks out strongly against this potential move.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Red Meat to the Wolves

So, unless you were asleep all day I assume you read the article about Susan Kennedy (Gov. Arnold's chief of staff) going on campaign payroll and schmoozing top donors.

A couple questions for you Reeps -

Is this in bad taste?
Is he just trying to screw with you?
Is this just privileged access for the wealthy few?

This is just plain wild.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Doolittle Death Watch

My apologies for the long hiatus, business in the southland has me preoccupied. I have been paying attention to the postings and noticed that no one is addressing the likely downfall of Doolittle.

Republican John Doolittle, ironically a member of the House Appropriations Committee, pocketed $46,000 from well-known "questionable sources." Julie Doolittle, the Congressman’s wife/fundraiser is now on the hot seat for her fundraising activities. But rather than take his lead from President Bush, Speaker Hastert or Majority Whip Blunt and give the money back to spare he (and his wife) further embarrassment and ridicule, Doolittle decides to keep it as evidence of his innocence. Keeping bribe money is proof of innocence...

Is this foreshadowing a Doolittle resignation? Will he follow in the footsteps of another well-known California Republican (hint: his name rhymes with puke)? It only goes to show that bribery, eventually, does not pay.

Making the Dems nervous?

From the Flashreport:

Sacramento Correspondent Joe Justin. For those who didn't realize that in addition to writing for this site, Joe actually does other work...Joe is recognized as one of California's most accomplished political campaign professionals. His resume is long, and his successes around the country are many. It was announced yesterday in a caucus of Assembly Republicans that Joe has been tapped by Assembly Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to be the lead political consultant overseeing efforts to pick up GOP seats in the lower house in this year's elections! This is a great pick! Now whether even 'Mighty Joe' can impact the iron-clad districts of the infamous "Incumbent Protection" reapportionment plan we have in place in this state...??

***GOP (see I didn't say Reep) staffers are buzzing about the capitol that this is the best move McCarthy has made (ok, I know the bar is low but still) and is a big step in an effort to balance a sinking ship. We'll see if it works, but Dems should at least get a little nervous.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

DeVore Supports Tran

This was forwarded to me last night by a Reep friend in the know (they also said I need to stop writing "Reep"...why?)

NEWS RELEASE
Tran for Senate Exploratory Committee

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2006 Contact: Michael Schroeder
(714) 647-6488

Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore Announces Support of Van Tran for 34th Senate District

(Orange County) - Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a conservative leader in Orange County, announced his endorsement of Van Tran for the 34th Senate District.

“We need more conservative voices to help put an end to the irresponsible policies coming out of Sacramento,” said DeVore. “Van’s experience and reputation gives Republicans a perfect opportunity to win this seat and help California get back on the path of fiscal responsibility.”

Currently held by Democrat Joe Dunn, the 34th Senate District has seen a dramatic swing in voter registration over the past 2 years, with a difference of less than 4,000 voters between Republican and Democrat registration.

“Assemblyman DeVore is widely regarded as one of the most principled legislators in Sacramento,” commented Tran. “I’m honored to have his support and encouraged about the opportunity to have a more balanced Senate.”

In December Assemblyman Tran formed an exploratory committee to evaluate the viability of a run of the 34th Senate District. The committee is co-chaired by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and former California Republican Party chairs Shawn Steel and Michael Schroeder.


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In Sacramento, nothing in life is certain except debt and taxes

“Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

With all the empty hype from embryonic stem cell researchers and quack cloners the public may soon begin to doubt the inevitability of death. If Benjamin Franklin was alive today in Sacramento he might instead opine, “Nothing in life is certain except debt and taxes.”

I just got back from the Republican legislators’ monthly issue roundtable where former Republican Assemblyman and current Cabinet Secretary to Governor Schwarzenegger, Fred Aguiar, gave a detailed defense of the governor’s plan to sell $68 billion in bonds over 10 years.

Mr. Aguiar claims that the rate of new debt issuance over the next 10 years will be less than it was over the past five years. Coincidentally the same argument is used by Democrat gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides to dismiss the governor’s plan as inadequate, saying, "We need to do more than we are doing…”

I’m rather surprised to hear Mr. Angelides complain the Governor isn’t proposing to borrow enough when just the other day he was complaining we had too much debt.

In any event, my concerns with the Governor’s plan are two-fold:

1) His plan isn’t likely to restrain Sacramento’s appetite for additional bonding on non-priority items. All it takes is for some vested special interest to qualify a bond initiative and then sell it to the voters, a la Prop. 71’s $3 billion of bonds for stem cell research, and voila, our debt load increases.
2) Without real regulatory and labor reforms to streamline the projects, we will be borrowing a dollar to get less than a quarter’s worth of needed construction.

On the other hand, the more I find out about the Governor’s initiatives to encourage private financing, design, build and operation of roads, the more I like what I hear.

As for the rest of the budget, I wish we’d save that $5.2 billion of unexpected revenue for debt retirement or pay-as-you-go road construction.

Today's L.A. Times features an article about California's budget blueprint that will be released today by the Governor. It quotes my concern that debt service pressures will lead to higher taxes down the road:

But some of the governor's Republican allies wonder how the state would pay it all back. Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), a vocal opponent of new taxes, has expressed concern that the debt service cost would put so much pressure on future budgets that it could force a tax increase.


"We might be maxing out our credit card," he said. "There is a fundamental question of how we are going to pay for this."

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-budget10jan10,0,7999922.story?coll=la-home-headlines