Someone (finally!) pointed out that there was no way to make a comment on this blog. That is now fixed, I hope. Don’t be a cyber-flower, let me and others know what you think.
We might actually stand a chance to get something done this time around. The Donks have got a big, hot 11 way race for governor going (at least that was the situation this morning). Of course just a few of those stand a chance of breaking the low single digits, but the big dogs, Gavin ‘Noisome’ Newsom, Antonio ‘Tony Villar’ Villaraigosa, Michael ‘Nuke’ Shellengerger and Amanda ‘Aren’t I Adorable’ Renteria will each probably pull in solid double digits. To them I say, “Let’s you and those guys fight.” To you I say, let ’em fight.
Which means that Republicans get to choose between Travis Allen and John Cox. These two get to split what the Democrats don’t get. So I’m going to quote an email sent out by Howard Hyde, President of the Southern California Republican Women & Men.
The Republican Primary is Over
by Howard Hyde
Friends, we are barely more than two weeks ahead of the 2018 General election. Yes, I said General, because at least at the top of the ticket in California, it could be over for us after June 5. And if we don’t have a draw at the top of the ticket, our down-ticket candidates will suffer.
And we are actually closer than two weeks as some people are already mailing in their ballots. So TODAY is our last chance to resolve to survive through November and beyond.
Six or more months ago, leaders of clubs like ours and the official party organizations acknowledged that in the absence of a fair primary election, we Republicans were going to have to have our own less official one(s) via pre-primary endorsements and other rallying milestones. These have yielded unity around such excellent candidates as Mark Meuser for Secretary of State and Kenneth Wright for CD 33.
But unity eludes us in the Governor’s race. A show of hands at our club some months ago showed Travis Allen to be the favorite, but at our endorsement meeting in March, the majority (but not the required supermajority) went to John Cox. Similarly, Cox won a substantial lead over Allen at the California GOP convention last month in San Diego, but fell short of the 60% majority required for the endorsement of the party.
Most of the polls I have seen show Cox ahead of Allen, and the buzz from every personal political connection that I find credible is that Cox will out-poll Allen at the ballot box June 5.
My personal favorite has been Allen since I met both candidates at the same American Freedom Alliance event last summer and has remained Allen at every subsequent encounter to this day. I consider Allen a personal friend. But with Cox clearly ahead of Allen and both of them behind Villaraigosa in some polls, I believe Republicans must unite behind the Republican who has a fighting chance to get past June. I hope my pro-Allen friends will see it this way and vote and deploy their resources accordingly. At the May 26 meeting of the Southern California Republican Women and Men, I urge the members to confirm this with an official endorsement (two thirds of members present required).
The idea of pre-primary endorsement has from the beginning meant that many of us will have to vote our second or third choice in order to survive the primary and fight another day. That day is now upon us.
Save your hate mail; send me facts. If they are convincing, I will change my tune. Do not tell me that Allen is the superior candidate with the best legislative track record and the most Reaganesque and Trumpian credentials and Cox is an interloping Establishment-picked monied Chicago carpet-bagger who didn’t vote for Trump. Tell me why, factually, Allen will garner more votes than Cox.
The primary is over. A vote for a candidate without a chance is a vote for two Democrats in the General. Let us not, under a pretense of “voting our conscience”, hold out for such a disaster.
P.S. UPDATE: I wrote all of that long before Donald Trump tweeted his endorsement [of Cox]. But there is the virtual writing on cyber wall.
So, I’m for Cox because, above all else, I’m for victory.
As for other races, more in a moment. I need hardly tell you to vote for ANY Republican you can find because no matter how personally odious any one might be they’ll be better than ANY Commie with a D behind his name. Yes, a lot of them are total squishes, but once they are IN then you can and should begin exercising your Civic Authority and influencing them. More on Civic Authority to follow.
But first, Judges. Usually no one has any idea who these folks are and how (or sometimes, even IF) they think. Interested persons have done some research of which we are the beneficiaries.
JUDGES; Judges of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; The candidates recommended have been viewed by a combination of Conservative Voters and Independent Reviewers. Where named, they appear to be conservative and not “Political Activists”.
Office No: 04;……………………………..Alfred A. Colleta
Office No: 16;…………………..No Recommendation
Office No: 20;……..…………..No Recommendation
Office No: 60;………………………….Ben Colella
Office No: 63;…………………..Judge Malcom Mackey
Office No: 113;………………………Michael P. Ribons
Office No: 118;………………………Troy Davis
Office No: 126;………………………………….Ken Fuller
Office No: 146;…………………………….Armando Duron
CALIFORNIA STATE PROPOSITIONS:
Proposition 68; — NO (California Parks, Environment, and Water Bond- would issue a $4 billion general obligation bond, with a 3.5% interest rate over 30 years, bringing the bill to the taxpayers up to $6.4 billion total.)
Proposition 69; — NO (Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment- states that Senate Bill 1 revenue from diesel taxes will be placed in a “lockbox” and used only for transportation fund purposes.)
Proposition 70; — NO (Vote Requirement to Use Cap and Trade Funds Amendment- would require a one-time vote in 2024 by a 2/3rds legislative majority to allocate state Cap and Trade program revenue.)
Proposition 71; — YES (Effective Date of Ballot Measures Amendment- changes the date for when voter approved ballot measures take effect from the day after the election to the fifth day after the Secretary of State certifies the election.)
Proposition 72; — YES (Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessment- would exclude any new rainwater capture structures from property value tax reassessment from counting as a new structure.)
I have said before and will undoubtedly say again that electing candidates, even good, solid candidates doesn’t do us a bit of good unless some of us are consistently exercising our Civic Authority. In today’s topsy-turvy world these people are led to believe that they are our leaders. Nothing is, nor should be, further from the truth. They are our representatives, WE,the People are and ought to be their leaders. We must not forget that nor allow them to forget it.
This means at least a few of us need to form teams to insure that the influence of the People who elected them is ever present in their minds. Once elected they are entering an environment that has been specifically designed to corrupt them and make them into obedient little minions of powerful interests inimical to our own. When we allow this to happen, as we have, we get what we deserve, as we have. We have abdicated our Civic Authority so completely that have forgotten that such a thing even exists.
The best way to reclaim Civic Authority and to exercise it effectively is to take the series of classes offered by the Center for Self Governance. They have an excellent program to get you from being a passive observer that goes to the polls once in a while to being a powerful citizen activist, and do it so it doesn’t take all your time and energy.
By the way, more volunteers to carry our banners are needed for the Memorial Day parade. Now that the comments are fixed you can use them to volunteer.
Stop by the Republican Voter Registration booth on Sunday’s Farmer’s Market in Montrose.
It’s late, and my whiskey calls. See you guys on Sunday.