Saturday, May 28, 2016

Trump thanks San Diego PD

Rand Paul temporarily blocked this 180-page bill so Congress can actually read it



Just in time for the weekend, here’s some actually good news out of Washington.

Republican leadership in Congress was rushing a vote on a chemical safety bill which has wide bipartisan support—it already passed the House with just 12 “nay” votes. Next step was the Senate, where a vote was supposed to happen on Thursday.

Not so fast, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). This bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, is 180 pages long, and it became available for senators to start reading just three days ago.

Needless to say, Paul hasn’t had a chance to read it all yet (and if they were honest, probably no one else in the senate has either).

“One of the pledges I made to the people of Kentucky when I came here was that I would read the bills,” Paul said. “This bill came here on Tuesday. It’s 180 pages long. It involves new criminalization, new crimes that will be created at the federal level. It includes preemption of states.”

“And so,” he added, “I think it deserves to be read, to be understood and to be debated, and so I object to just rushing this through and saying ‘Oh, you can’t read the bill.’”

Paul was able to single-handedly delay the vote for two weeks—plenty of time for the senator and his colleagues to find out what new crimes they’re about to add to our already absurdly large and complicated criminal code....

Clinton email headache is about to get worse:



....Clinton’s allies attempted to paint the office as partisan in the weeks ahead of the report’s release, but the effort failed to leave a lasting impact.

For months, Clinton and her team have failed to offer a convincing explanation for the use of the private server, and she has steadfastly refused to apologize.

“I thought it was allowed,” she said in an interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room” this week, after the watchdog’s report became public. “I knew past secretaries of state used personal email.

“It was still a mistake. If I could go back, I'd do it differently,” she said.

Clinton and many of her top aides declined to take part in the inspector general’s probe. But they won’t have that option going forward.

On Friday, Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills was interviewed behind closed doors as part of a court case launched by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch. In coming weeks, longtime aide Huma Abedin, former IT specialist Bryan Pagliano and other officials are scheduled to answer questions under oath for sessions that could last as long as seven hours.

A federal judge this week preemptively blocked Judicial Watch from releasing videotapes of the upcoming depositions.

But the group this week released the transcript from its first interview, with longtime State Department veteran Lewis Lukens. And it plans to do the same thing following each of the upcoming depositions, providing fodder for weeks to come from some of the closest rings of Clinton’s inner circle.

The court has said that Clinton herself may be forced to answer questions under oath, which would dramatically escalate the brouhaha surrounding the case.

At some point in the next month, the House Select Committee on Benghazi is also set to release its long-awaited report about the 2012 terror attack, which has been linked to Clinton....











While the State Department’s own internal probe found former Secretary Hillary Clinton violated federal recordkeeping laws, it’s not the first time she and her top aides shielded her e-mail from public disclosure while serving in a government position.

As first lady, Hillary was embroiled in another scheme to bury sensitive White House e-mails, known internally as “Project X.”

In 1999, as investigators looked into Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate and other scandals involving the then-first lady, it was discovered that more than 1 million subpoenaed e-mails were mysteriously “lost” due to a “glitch” in a West Wing computer server.

The massive hole in White House archives covered a critical two-year period — 1996 to 1998 — when Republicans and special prosecutor Ken Starr were subpoenaing White House e-mails.

Despite separate congressional investigations and a federal lawsuit over Project X, high-level e-mails dealing with several scandals were never turned over. And the full scope of Bill and Hillary Clintons’ culpability in the parade of scandals was never known.

To those well-versed in Clinton shenanigans, this all sounds distressingly familiar....

Soldiers placed nearly a quarter-million flags at Arlington cemetery for #MemorialDay

Friday, May 27, 2016

Obama Admin Fights Hillary JUDICIAL WATCH Deposition... Die-Hard Bernie Backers See FBI as Answer to Prayers...



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US Forces on the ground in Syria



Obama's Shameful Apology Tour...







California Recovery Loses Luster; New Tax Drama...

Opt-Out Movement Forces Legislatures to Scrap Standardized Tests



...while it might not be seen as part of the culture wars, it certainly inflamed the passions of those who didn't want Washington or even their state's government involved in their local classrooms....

Monty Neill, the executive director of Fair Test, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, said May 9 that parents pulled more than 670,000 students out of standardized tests in 2015.

“This intense grassroots pressure is beginning to force policymakers to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse,” said Neill. “The opt-out movement and other assessment reform initiatives exploded across the country this year as more parents said ‘enough is enough’ to high-stakes testing overkill.”

In what the magazine calls a "dramatic solution," U.S. forces stopped giving a heads-up to any senior State Department officials.



A former State Department official dropped a bombshell on Hillary Clinton Wednesday by claiming her "sloppy communications" while secretary of state may have tipped off terrorists and arms dealers.

Bill Johnson, previously a political adviser to the U.S. Pacific Command, claimed that on two occasions, the loose communications policies of Clinton and her immediate staff may have allowed U.S. targets to get away.

"Johnson says he and his team eliminated the possibility of other security leaks before settling on the unprotected telephone calls of the secretary of state and her aides as the likely source," reported Newsweek.

Though Johnson says that he has no definitive proof, he points out that American efforts to get at Philippines Islamist terrorist Umbra Jumdail were constantly thwarted as someone was clearly tipping Jumdail off.

Clinton's story 'crumbling' as IG discovers new email: Words Voters Most Associate With Hillary Clinton Are ‘Liar’, ‘Not Trustworthy,’ ‘Scandals’











MSNBC: Words Voters Most Associate With Hillary Clinton Are ‘Liar’, ‘Not Trustworthy,’ ‘Scandals’





Remember all the fallen and never ever take for granted what you have

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MEMO: 1000 Day Head Start

It's Official - Donald Trump Has Exceeded 1,237 Delegates















Unapologetic, Trump promises to make America rich



The lethal violation of the nation's most basic public health protocols.



...In a frenzied rush to bring as many non-English-speaking Third World aliens to the country as possible before his presidency ends in a few months, Obama is allowing Syrian war migrants and refugees to be brought into the country without first undergoing proper medical examinations, a violation of the nation's most basic public health protocols.

“Tuberculosis is one of the most lethal infectious diseases in history,” said Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and surgeons. “It is easily transmitted, say on a public bus [and] increasingly, it is becoming highly resistant to all our antibiotics,” she said....

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE JUNE 7 BALLOT (+CAGOP & CFRW)

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association takes positions on issues of direct concern to taxpayers. We also may take positions on ballot measures that will impact the economy. Because initiatives (measures placed on the ballot through signature gathering) have, by law, been moved to the November ballot, HJTA will list most recommendations this fall.

The one statewide proposition that will appear on the June ballot is Proposition 50.

Proposition 50 was placed on the ballot by the Legislature following three corruption scandals in 2014. Should the measure pass, legislators who are suspended will no longer receive pay and benefits. However, Prop 50 also requires that a legislator can be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the legislative body, not a majority vote as under current law. Because the measure actually makes it more difficult to suspend a legislator, it only represents ‘fig leaf’ reform. As such HJTA-PAC cannot take a position on Proposition 50.
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Find the complete list of candidate endorsements at the link. Here are the California GOP's recommendations for June Ballot Measures: (Only one is one the Humboldt Count Ballot)

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Proposition 50: Members of the Legislature, Suspension
Support, Vote YES
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VOTE NO on Prop 50!

The California Federation of Republican Women (CFRW): The primary election is less than three weeks away! Vote by Mail ballots have been sent out, sample ballots and voter information guides have been mailed, and it is time for Republican Women to educate voters! There is only one ballot measure on the primary ballot and it was placed there by the Legislature. In our mission to educate other voters, it is important to understand why there is only one ballot measure on the primary ballot and why there will be close to 20 ballot measures on the November general election ballot.

Back in 2011 the union controlled legislature, in an effort to block Prop 32, passed SB 202 which moved all citizen initiatives from the ability to be on a primary ballot to only on the general election ballot. This was done because conservative measures had a better chance of passing in the primary election because Republicans vote consistently whereas union machines do a better job of getting out the vote in general elections. Therefore, the legislature moved all ballot measures to the general election except for ones placed on a primary ballot by the legislature itself. Why this double standard? The Democrat legislature has now made the elections process more difficult for voters while protecting their interests. Not unlike Prop 50.

Prop 50 protects corrupt legislators while giving voters a false sense of security. Called, “Suspension of Legislators”, Prop 50 stipulates that legislators may be suspended “with or without pay.” But there is no teeth to this smoke and mirrors measure. Prop 50 aims to save face when in 2014 the Senate had three Democrats that were either indicted or convicted of felonies ranging from perjury to political favors to gun running. The legislators were suspended, but were still getting paid. So to correct this constitutional oversight, Senate President Pro Tem at the time, Darrell Steinberg passed SCA 17 which became Prop 50. Instead of expelling the convicted Senators or writing legislation that would protect Californians from this type of corruption, Steinberg writes SCA 17 to protect his colleagues. Prop 50 increases the vote threshold for suspension, from a simple majority to 2/3rds, making it more difficult to suspend those who truly deserve it. Prop 50 also does not articulate when or why a legislator may be suspended and the legislature decides if it is with or without pay. There is no language or mechanism to expel truly bad legislators, so constituents could have no representation in the legislature for no articulated period of time while their representative is suspended. Californians deserve to know that ballot measures like this just perpetuate the culture of corruption in Sacramento.

Here are some talking points to help you talk to voters about voting NO on Prop 50!

-It gives Californians a false sense of security. Prop 50 has no mechanism to actually expel legislators that have broken the law. This bill just allows the legislature to suspend a legislator WITH or WITHOUT pay! It protects the political ruling class, not the constituents.

-It is smoke and mirrors. This Prop was created when 3 Democrat Senators were either indicted or convicted of crimes ranging from perjury to political kickbacks to gunrunning! These 3 Senators were suspended with pay. So to make voters comfortable and save face, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wrote this law to include "without pay". But the legislature still makes the decision regarding pay, not the voters and not a clear written law.

-There may be taxation without representation. By merely suspending a legislator instead of expelling them, a district will have no one representing their interests for an unspecified amount of time! This means no election can take place since the suspended legislator still holds office.

-It could stifle political opposition. This prop would create a permanent constitutional amendment that could be used to silence a representative who may be vocal against the majority party. This could potentially take away their vote and your voice in the legislature. (CFRW)
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Voter Registration Deadline: May 23, 2016 (postmarked)
Vote by Mail Ballot Requests: May 30, 2016 (arrive by)
Completed Ballots: June 7, 2016 (including vote-by-mail)
Presidential Primary Election: June 7, 2016

There is only one ballot measure on the primary ballot and it was placed there by the Legislature.

VOTE NO on Prop 50!

The California Federation of Republican Women (CFRW): The primary election is less than three weeks away! Vote by Mail ballots have been sent out, sample ballots and voter information guides have been mailed, and it is time for Republican Women to educate voters! There is only one ballot measure on the primary ballot and it was placed there by the Legislature. In our mission to educate other voters, it is important to understand why there is only one ballot measure on the primary ballot and why there will be close to 20 ballot measures on the November general election ballot.

Back in 2011 the union controlled legislature, in an effort to block Prop 32, passed SB 202 which moved all citizen initiatives from the ability to be on a primary ballot to only on the general election ballot. This was done because conservative measures had a better chance of passing in the primary election because Republicans vote consistently whereas union machines do a better job of getting out the vote in general elections. Therefore, the legislature moved all ballot measures to the general election except for ones placed on a primary ballot by the legislature itself. Why this double standard? The Democrat legislature has now made the elections process more difficult for voters while protecting their interests. Not unlike Prop 50.

Prop 50 protects corrupt legislators while giving voters a false sense of security. Called, “Suspension of Legislators”, Prop 50 stipulates that legislators may be suspended “with or without pay.” But there is no teeth to this smoke and mirrors measure. Prop 50 aims to save face when in 2014 the Senate had three Democrats that were either indicted or convicted of felonies ranging from perjury to political favors to gun running. The legislators were suspended, but were still getting paid. So to correct this constitutional oversight, Senate President Pro Tem at the time, Darrell Steinberg passed SCA 17 which became Prop 50. Instead of expelling the convicted Senators or writing legislation that would protect Californians from this type of corruption, Steinberg writes SCA 17 to protect his colleagues. Prop 50 increases the vote threshold for suspension, from a simple majority to 2/3rds, making it more difficult to suspend those who truly deserve it. Prop 50 also does not articulate when or why a legislator may be suspended and the legislature decides if it is with or without pay. There is no language or mechanism to expel truly bad legislators, so constituents could have no representation in the legislature for no articulated period of time while their representative is suspended. Californians deserve to know that ballot measures like this just perpetuate the culture of corruption in Sacramento.

Here are some talking points to help you talk to voters about voting NO on Prop 50!

-It gives Californians a false sense of security. Prop 50 has no mechanism to actually expel legislators that have broken the law. This bill just allows the legislature to suspend a legislator WITH or WITHOUT pay! It protects the political ruling class, not the constituents.

-It is smoke and mirrors. This Prop was created when 3 Democrat Senators were either indicted or convicted of crimes ranging from perjury to political kickbacks to gunrunning! These 3 Senators were suspended with pay. So to make voters comfortable and save face, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wrote this law to include "without pay". But the legislature still makes the decision regarding pay, not the voters and not a clear written law.

-There may be taxation without representation. By merely suspending a legislator instead of expelling them, a district will have no one representing their interests for an unspecified amount of time! This means no election can take place since the suspended legislator still holds office.

-It could stifle political opposition. This prop would create a permanent constitutional amendment that could be used to silence a representative who may be vocal against the majority party. This could potentially take away their vote and your voice in the legislature. (CFRW)
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Note: The California GOP SUPPORTS Prop 50. CFRW Recommends a 'NO' Vote.
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The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association takes positions on issues of direct concern to taxpayers. We also may take positions on ballot measures that will impact the economy. Because initiatives (measures placed on the ballot through signature gathering) have, by law, been moved to the November ballot, HJTA will list most recommendations this fall.

The one statewide proposition that will appear on the June ballot is Proposition 50.

Proposition 50 was placed on the ballot by the Legislature following three corruption scandals in 2014. Should the measure pass, legislators who are suspended will no longer receive pay and benefits. However, Prop 50 also requires that a legislator can be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the legislative body, not a majority vote as under current law. Because the measure actually makes it more difficult to suspend a legislator, it only represents ‘fig leaf’ reform. As such HJTA-PAC cannot take a position on Proposition 50.
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Gun Control Battle

The California Federation of Republican Women (CFRW): More gun control bills are on the move in the Capitol, as well as headed toward the November ballot. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has sponsored a ballot initiative that would require background checks for ammunitions purchases, require ammunitions sellers to be licensed, and establish a program to seize guns from those prohibited to own them. But aspects of this gun control omnibus bill are already making their way through the Capitol in separate legislation. Democrat lawmakers are urging Gavin Newsom to abandon his ballot measure because they believe they can pass gun control legislation without voter approval. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D, Los Angeles) sent Lt. Governor Newsom a strongly worded letter asking him to pull his measure from the ballot. Instead the senate wants to pass a series of gun control measures with no voter oversight. These bills are potentially more dangerous than the ballot measure. The gun control package includes:

SB 880 (Hall, D): Would revise the definition of "assault weapon" to mean a semiautomatic centerfire rifle, or a semiautomatic pistol that does not have a fixed magazine but has any one of those specified attributes. The bill would also define "fixed magazine" to mean an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.

SB 1235 (de Leon, D): This bill would require the Attorney General to also maintain information about ammunition transactions and ammunition vendor licenses for those purposes. SB 1235 would similarly authorize specified agencies, officials, and officers to disseminate the name of a person and the fact of any ammunition purchases by that person, if the subject of the record has been arraigned, is being prosecuted, or is serving a sentence for domestic violence or is the subject of specified protective orders. The bill would require the law enforcement officer to provide a victim of domestic violence to whom information regarding an ammunition purchase is disseminated with a "Victims of Domestic Violence” card. Existing law requires that the delivery or transfer of ownership of handgun ammunition occur only in a face-to-face transaction and makes a violation of this requirement a crime. This bill would extend those provisions to any ammunition transfer.

SB 1407 (de Leon, D): Would, commencing July 1, 2018, and subject to exceptions, require a person who manufactures or assembles a firearm to first apply to the Department of Justice for a unique serial number or other identifying mark, as provided. The bill would, by January 1, 2019, and subject to exceptions, require any person who, as of July 1, 2018, owns a firearm that does not bear a serial number to likewise apply to the department for a unique serial number or other mark of identification.

SB 1446 (Hancock, D): This bill would, commencing July 1, 2017, make it an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 for the first offense, by a fine not to exceed $250 for the 2nd offense, and by a fine not to exceed $500 for the 3rd or subsequent offense, for a person to possess any large-capacity magazine, regardless of the date the magazine was acquired. The bill would require a person in lawful possession of a large-capacity magazine prior to July 1, 2017, to dispose of the magazine, as provided.

Similarly, in the Assembly, there are several gun control bills that chip away at our Second Amendment rights:

AB 1663 (Chiu, D): Would classify a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept no more than 10 rounds as an assault weapon. The bill would require a person who, between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2016, inclusive, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool, and who, on or after January 1, 2017, possesses that firearm, to register the firearm by July 1, 2018.

AB 1673 (Gipson, D): Current law defines the term "firearm" for various regulatory purposes, including, among others and subject to exceptions, the requirement that firearms be transferred by or through a licensed firearms dealer, the requirement of a 10-day waiting period prior to delivery of a firearm by a dealer, the requirement that firearm purchasers be subject to a background check, and the prohibition on certain classes of persons, such as felons, possessing firearms. This bill would expand the definition of "firearm" for those purposes and other purposes to include a frame or receiver blank, casting, or machined body, that is designed and clearly identifiable as a component of a functional weapon, from which is expelled through a barrel, a projectile by the force of an explosion or other form of combustion.

AB 1674 (Santiago, D): Current law prohibits a firearms dealer from delivering a handgun to a person whenever the dealer is notified by the Department of Justice that within the preceding 30-day period the purchaser has made another application to purchase a handgun that does not fall within an exception to the 30-day prohibition. A violation of that delivery prohibition by the dealer is a crime. This bill would make the 30-day prohibition and the dealer delivery prohibition described above applicable to all types of firearms.

Capitol Update
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Allison Olson, CFRW Advocat

Eight Times @HillaryClinton Said Everyone Knew About Her Email Setup









It’s Trump’s opponents, not his supporters, with the history of infiltrating and disrupting otherwise normal campaign rallies, igniting public fires and hurling rocks at cops.



Over the course of Trump’s yearlong campaign, Trump protesters have: shut down a rally in Chicago; been arrested for punching an elderly man in the face; harassed cops; thrown bottles at police horses, and damaged property.

How much more can they do in the six months left of the campaign?

There is certainly violence happening at Trump’s events, and it’s escalating. But it’s not coming from his team.

'Vulgar, Incoherent Ramblings,' 'Cancerous Leadership'





Audio shows Katie Couric documentary deceptively edited interview with pro-gun activists















The fallout continues on #GunGate — the exposure of a faked interview response in “Under the Gun,” first reported by our friend Stephen Gutkowski at the Free Beacon today. In a nutshell, the film substituted some B-roll of interview subjects waiting for the interview to start in place of a substantive response given to Katie Couric on background checks. The Free Beacon published the unedited audio that proved that the film faked the response, which should have prompted a retraction and apology — at the bare minimum.

As Allahpundit already noted in an update, however, the cable channel that aired the documentary (EPIX) doesn’t seem to care about accuracy or honesty. They call the substitution of the actual answer for an unrelated response shot “creative and editorial judgment.”...

...let this be an object lesson in mainstream media bias, as well as protecting oneself from it. If asked to be part of an interview that is not airing live, be sure to record it yourself as well. Some reporters and productions can’t be trusted to be honest, and a couple of them self-identified today.





Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wolverine Milo Discusses Last Night’s DePaul University Fiasco with Joe Walsh

BOOM! New ABC Poll Shows Trump Surging with Millennials





Trump holds Calif. rally a day after New Mexico protests turn violent









MORE DEMOCRAT VIOLENCE:













Police brace for Anaheim rally...

Hillary campaign spox tries to spin State Dept. OIG report, fails miserably

























Don't be fooled by phony "Republican Taxpayers Assn"



PHONY TAX GROUP IS MISLEADING VOTERS ABOUT MATHIS’ RECORD

Consultants for hire are using a made-up, non-existent taxpayer group to attack Assemblyman Devon Mathis. In a direct mail campaign, Sacramento political consultants employed to deny Mathis reelection, have been using the name “California Republican Taxpayers Association” to make false charges that the Assemblyman is anti-taxpayer.

“The ‘California Republican Taxpayers Association’ is a fake, a phony, a fantasy” said Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “It’s a figment of the imagination of unscrupulous, well-paid political consultants, who are the only taxpayers represented by this imaginary group.”

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC has reaffirmed its endorsement of Devon Mathis based on his excellent record on tax issues. Mathis represents the communities of Bakersfield, Delano, Dinuba, Hanford, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, and Visalia.

So much DIVERSITY here at the #TrumpRally in #Anaheim #California

The class of 2016’s student debt has broken the record for the highest ever

The National Security Council needs to be reformed—now.



...Under President Obama, the National Security Council is a far cry from the advisory body envisioned in 1947 when President Truman, hired three people to counsel him on foreign affairs.

It at times circumvents the State Department as well as even the Department of Defense.

The National Security Council today, under National Security Advisor Susan Rice, is some 400 people strong, politicized, powerful, and controlling. It at times circumvents the State Department as well as even the Department of Defense....

This is bizarro world or, what amounts to the same thing, an ideologically-useful fiction of the left’s.



In reality, Sanders’ supporters have proven themselves to be far more violent-prone than the supporters of any other candidate, Republican or Democrat. In fact, it is only Sanders’ supporters who have established a pattern of visiting violence upon those with whom they disagree.

On the weekend of May 14-15, a Nevada Democratic convention had to be shut down because security at the hotel at which it was held couldn’t contain the mayhem unleashed by the hordes of disgruntled fans of the self-avowed “socialist” from Vermont. In addition to hurling obscenities and accosting people, Sanders’ supporters hurled chairs and issued death threats against the state party chairwoman, Roberta Lange.

As of the Monday following the melee, state party offices were still closed for security reasons: Sanders supporters, ever true to the leftist’s playbook, made public Lange’s home and business addresses, email and cell phone number....

The state party’s general counsel, Bradley S. Schrager, insisted upon alerting the DNC to “the Sanders campaign’s penchant for extra-parliamentary behavior—indeed, actual violence—in place of democratic conduct in a convention setting” and its “encouragement of, and complicity in, a very dangerous atmosphere that ended in chaos and physical threats to fellow Democrats” (italics added).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Clinton declines to debate Sanders in California

















CALIFORNIA GOP Ballot Recommendations + CFRW & HJTA Recommendations



Find the complete list of candidate endorsements at the link. Here are the California GOP's recommendations for June Ballot Measures: (Only one is one the Humboldt Count Ballot)

New! Click here to make your personal voter guide and find your local polling place.

Proposition 50: Members of the Legislature, Suspension
Support, Vote YES
_____________________

VOTE NO on Prop 50!

The California Federation of Republican Women (CFRW): The primary election is less than three weeks away! Vote by Mail ballots have been sent out, sample ballots and voter information guides have been mailed, and it is time for Republican Women to educate voters! There is only one ballot measure on the primary ballot and it was placed there by the Legislature. In our mission to educate other voters, it is important to understand why there is only one ballot measure on the primary ballot and why there will be close to 20 ballot measures on the November general election ballot.

Back in 2011 the union controlled legislature, in an effort to block Prop 32, passed SB 202 which moved all citizen initiatives from the ability to be on a primary ballot to only on the general election ballot. This was done because conservative measures had a better chance of passing in the primary election because Republicans vote consistently whereas union machines do a better job of getting out the vote in general elections. Therefore, the legislature moved all ballot measures to the general election except for ones placed on a primary ballot by the legislature itself. Why this double standard? The Democrat legislature has now made the elections process more difficult for voters while protecting their interests. Not unlike Prop 50.

Prop 50 protects corrupt legislators while giving voters a false sense of security. Called, “Suspension of Legislators”, Prop 50 stipulates that legislators may be suspended “with or without pay.” But there is no teeth to this smoke and mirrors measure. Prop 50 aims to save face when in 2014 the Senate had three Democrats that were either indicted or convicted of felonies ranging from perjury to political favors to gun running. The legislators were suspended, but were still getting paid. So to correct this constitutional oversight, Senate President Pro Tem at the time, Darrell Steinberg passed SCA 17 which became Prop 50. Instead of expelling the convicted Senators or writing legislation that would protect Californians from this type of corruption, Steinberg writes SCA 17 to protect his colleagues. Prop 50 increases the vote threshold for suspension, from a simple majority to 2/3rds, making it more difficult to suspend those who truly deserve it. Prop 50 also does not articulate when or why a legislator may be suspended and the legislature decides if it is with or without pay. There is no language or mechanism to expel truly bad legislators, so constituents could have no representation in the legislature for no articulated period of time while their representative is suspended. Californians deserve to know that ballot measures like this just perpetuate the culture of corruption in Sacramento.

Here are some talking points to help you talk to voters about voting NO on Prop 50!

-It gives Californians a false sense of security. Prop 50 has no mechanism to actually expel legislators that have broken the law. This bill just allows the legislature to suspend a legislator WITH or WITHOUT pay! It protects the political ruling class, not the constituents.

-It is smoke and mirrors. This Prop was created when 3 Democrat Senators were either indicted or convicted of crimes ranging from perjury to political kickbacks to gunrunning! These 3 Senators were suspended with pay. So to make voters comfortable and save face, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wrote this law to include "without pay". But the legislature still makes the decision regarding pay, not the voters and not a clear written law.

-There may be taxation without representation. By merely suspending a legislator instead of expelling them, a district will have no one representing their interests for an unspecified amount of time! This means no election can take place since the suspended legislator still holds office.

-It could stifle political opposition. This prop would create a permanent constitutional amendment that could be used to silence a representative who may be vocal against the majority party. This could potentially take away their vote and your voice in the legislature. (CFRW)
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The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE JUNE 7 BALLOT

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association takes positions on issues of direct concern to taxpayers. We also may take positions on ballot measures that will impact the economy. Because initiatives (measures placed on the ballot through signature gathering) have, by law, been moved to the November ballot, HJTA will list most recommendations this fall.

The one statewide proposition that will appear on the June ballot is Proposition 50.

Proposition 50 was placed on the ballot by the Legislature following three corruption scandals in 2014. Should the measure pass, legislators who are suspended will no longer receive pay and benefits. However, Prop 50 also requires that a legislator can be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the legislative body, not a majority vote as under current law. Because the measure actually makes it more difficult to suspend a legislator, it only represents ‘fig leaf’ reform. As such HJTA-PAC cannot take a position on Proposition 50.
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Voter Registration Deadline: May 23, 2016 (postmarked)
Vote by Mail Ballot Requests: May 30, 2016 (arrive by)
Completed Ballots: June 7, 2016 (including vote-by-mail)
Presidential Primary Election: June 7, 2016

Draconian taxes only punish middle class while wasting billions on projects that don't help Californians



...Where to start? First, let’s take judicial notice of the fact that California is already a high tax state with the highest income tax rate and the highest state sales tax in America. But more relevant for the issue at hand, we also have the highest fuel costs in the nation. This is because of both the 4th highest excise tax on fuel and the fact that refineries are burdened with additional costs to comply with California’s environmental regulations.

The high cost to drive in California might be understandable if we were getting value for our tax dollars. But we aren’t. A big problem is that Caltrans is dysfunctional, plain and simple. It has never fully recovered from the days when the agency was effectively destroyed by Gianturco. A report by the California State Auditor just a couple of months ago concluded that a primary responsibility of Caltrans – maintenance of our highways – is not being executed in a manner that is even close to being efficient or competent. Senator John Moorlach, the only CPA currently serving in the California legislature, reacted saying that “This audit reinforces the fact that our bad roads are not a result of a lack of funding. They’re a result of a lack of competence at Caltrans.” Moreover, a report by the Legislative Analyst concluded that Caltrans is overstaffed by 3,500 employees costing California taxpayers over a half billion dollars a year. All this compels the obvious question: Why, for goodness sake, do we want to give these people even more money?

Another unneeded and costly practice consists of project labor agreements for transportation construction projects. These pro-union policies shut out otherwise competent companies from bidding on projects resulting in California taxpayers shelling out as high as 25% more than they should for building highways and bridges.

Finally, California’s environmental requirements are legendary for their inefficiency while also doing little for the environment. Exhibit A in this foolishness is Governor Brown’s incomprehensible pursuit of the ill-fated high speed rail project. Not only has the project failed to live up to any of the promises made to voters, it is currently being kept alive only by virtue of the state’s diversion of “cap and trade” funds which are supposed to be expended on projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

"It works equally horribly for the student who wants to do better and the student who doesn't want to try too hard," said Dana Hunter of Doylestown, who sends two of her three children to Cold Spring Elementary. "I've had kids say: 'This is great. It doesn't matter how many I get wrong, I just get an M on everything.' "



As a lawyer, Dennis Weldon has to make sense of tortuous legal papers. But a year ago, the Plumstead Township resident opened a nine-page document that left him flummoxed. It was his child´s report card from Gayman Elementary School in the Central Bucks School District. Gone was the traditional A-B-C-D-F report from the teacher. Instead, parents were sent to their computers to click open a nine-page digital document with row after row of learning standards and success indicators for specific reading or math skills. Grades ranged from a high of E (exceeding standards), through M (meeting standards) and A (approaching standards), down to LP (limited progress).

Weldon said his wife, also a lawyer, struggled to comprehend the new "standards-based" report card, too. Another Central Bucks parent, a lawyer as well, told Weldon: "I don't even open it. . . . It's information overload."

...Spurred on by national guidelines set out in the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math, scores of districts across Pennsylvania and New Jersey have moved in recent years to ditch the old-school report cards that graded students competitively against their classmates, based on tests and quizzes....

Taking Donald Trump seriously: His jump in polls against Hillary changes the media mindset





There’s a whole lot of good news and ‘splodey head angst in the latest ABC/Washington Post national poll... The poll sample size of 1005 includes a mix of 33% Democrat, 27% Republican and 35% Independent. Democrats over sampled by eight points, (D+8). However, even with the sample skew (D+8) Donald Trump still beats Hillary Clinton 46% to 44%, and Trump is crushing Clinton with Independent voters 48% to 35%.In addition to the overwhelming 13 point polling lead among independent voters, the same poll shows that 20% of Bernie Sanders supporters will vote for Donald Trump...

‘Can’t answer a simple question honestly’: HRC’s response about debate infuriates Bernie supporters



Sunday, May 22, 2016

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