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Personality trumps Policy

Thursday, April 7, 2016
posted by Elliot Schroeder

With Trump heavily favored to be the GOP nominee, how will he be in the general? Most pundits assume the rhetoric we’ve heard in the primary will continue. By then Trump would know that he already won the GOP primary, he needs to get Independents and Democrats. Trump will change tone and focus on other issues.

I respect Donald J. Trump as an entrepreneur and recognize his strengths; he’s a great start up guy.  Trump has had a successful business career by mostly dreaming big, convincing investors/lenders to back up his big dreams, then litigating his long-term equity position after he has to cede control to investors/lenders.

Fortunately, business rewards those dreamers for their vision, even when they miss the mark.  Politics does not.

The five reasons why San Diego pro sports teams are perennial losers — in the past, present and particularly in the future.  Taxes play a big part in this tradition.

San Diego is a great place to play outdoor sports — terrific weather, low humidity, little rain (let alone snow) and no wind.  But for a star professional athlete making big bucks, economically San Diego is a bad choice.   And recently it’s been getting worse.

by John H. Horst
Candidate, California’s 52nd Congressional District

As the race for the Republican presidential nomination comes to a head, it occurs to many of us in California that we may likely have a crucial say – something we are not used to with these things usually being wrapped up by our June primary election.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz did an interview with Carl DeMaio on NewsRadio 600 KOGO where he talks about his campaign and several issues important to San Diegans.

Listen to the interview here.

Named for presidential candidate, new political party said to ‘trump’ the failures of Republicans and Democrats

Claiming they are sick and tired of politics as usual, a group of disenchanted local Republicans and Independents, as well as a few Democrats, released plans today to establish a new political party named after Donald Trump.

Under the banner, “Make America Great Again,” organizers say they are filing initial paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to become an official party in California by the 2018 election cycle, with longer-term plans to expand into several other states.

The Republican Party of Riverside County (RPRC) has endorsed Randy Voepel for the 71st Assembly District. The party joins other prominent Republican leaders such as Assemblyman Chad Mayes and Assemblyman Brian Jones in endorsing Voepel for Assembly.

“Randy Voepel is a candidate with widespread support among Republican elected officials with a compelling, conservative record as a Mayor,” said Scott Mann, Chairman of the RPRC. “For two decades, Randy has been a forceful advocate for the policies and values our party supports. We are proud to support him for State Assembly.”

Despite the spin from the Chargers (and some really bad reporting by several outlets), there are 8 big problems with the stadium proposal. Read all about it – and spread the news!

Libertarianism Leads to Less Freedom?

Thursday, March 31, 2016
posted by Eric Andersen

EricMy friend and former State Assemblyman, Steve Baldwin, has written an article in Western Journalism titled The REAL Enemy of Freedom is Hiding in the Last Place You’d Expect to Find It. A critique of libertarianism.

I have great respect for Steve and think the two of us agree on more than we disagree, but this article caught me by surprise. As far as Republican legislators go, current and former, I would put him near the top in his understanding of the great ideas of the American Revolution and his ability to apply them to the pathologies we face today. He is also a much better hockey player than I am.

I spend much time fighting against ever-higher California taxes. But ask any business person what is worst about California, and “taxes” will NOT be at the top of the list.  I conjecture that California LAWS and MANDATES take the top spot, with our LITIGATION climate in 2nd place, vying with our high COST OF LIVING for that runner-up spot.

Ray Ellis Opposes Chargers Tax — and comments from others

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Update — Besides the release from Ellis below, others in the community are weighing in. See the comments below this post.

Press Release

‘We must put the priorities of our 1.4 million residents ahead of the interests of billionaires seeking taxpayer subsidies’

SAN DIEGO (March 30, 2016)—San Diego City Council candidate Ray Ellis said today he continues to oppose any use of taxpayer money for a new football stadium.

I have fielded a number of calls in the last two weeks, from Republicans who were upset with my “no new taxes” stance on the SANDAG tax hike. Many elected Republicans didn’t want to have to shoulder the responsibility for this tax hike — they thought they could hide behind the “let the people decide” curtain. The SANDAG staff and many special interest groups have been telling them to do just that.

Here’s a crucial misconception by the public. It’s a misunderstanding that leads to calls for government mandates such as a $15 minimum wage — with the cost supposedly paid out of “greedy business” profits.

A poll asked: “Just a rough guess, what percent profit on each dollar of sales do you think the average company makes after taxes?”  

The average response – 36%. That’s about FIVE TIMES the actual figure. Other polls give similar results.

RIP, Justice Scalia.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

Washington Post…

Supreme Court deadlocks over public employee union case; Calif. teachers must pay dues

Fmr. Assemblyman Steve Baldwin Endorses Randy Voepel for State Assembly

Monday, March 28, 2016
posted by Randy Voepel

Former State Assemblyman Steve Baldwin has endorsed Randy Voepel for the 71st Assembly District.

“As a Santee resident, I have seen up close how Randy Voepel has developed a strong record of conservative leadership at the local level,” said Baldwin. “By implementing a limited-government agenda, Randy Voepel has allowed Santee to flourish and become a safe, family-friendly city that allows business to flourish. I know Randy will be an excellent representative of this district in Sacramento.”

Hoh boy.

It appears that the California state legislature, the governor and the labor unions have “struck a deal” that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15.  No stinkin’ proposition will be required to enact this requirement into law, with a simple (Democrat) legislative majority easily attainable.

The minimum wage (now $10 an hour) will rise in stages, hitting the cherished $15 mark in 2022, and rising to match inflation after that.  Very small businesses will have an extra year to comply.

Want to start a new tech firm? CA is a good place, primarily because of the talent pool.

Want your business to GROW and PROSPER? Flee to Texas, or any other business friendly state. Here’s yet another example to consider.

EXCERPT (and good summary):

I served for three years as a Committee member of the Republican Party of San Diego County (RPSDC), two of those years as an Executive Committee member. After those two years, I wrote a series of posts about the good things I experienced and some of the problems I detected. Three problems I identified were:

San Diegans Feel the Bern

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Bernie Sanders campaigned in San Diego yesterday (March 22). This is his only official stop in California on this trip. The event was free and open to the public, but admission was first come, first served. By mid-morning Monday his website had stopped accepting reservations.

Unfortunately, for Bernie fans who missed it, I sense that the irony was missed.

What better way to demonstrate what a Socialist Presidency would be like than to have a limited resource given out for free and have most people excluded from it. San Diegans berned indeed.

California – Make or Break for Trump?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
posted by Elliot Schroeder

New York Times is speculating on scenarios. Based on how the voters have been split over the variety of state contests, Trump has been winning but not enough. That may make our June 7th primary worthwhile.


“Mr. Trump will probably need to win California, which has 172 delegates. California is winnable for Mr. Trump, but it could be a difficult state for him. California includes a mix of well-educated voters who could support Mr. Kasich and conservative voters who could support Mr. Cruz.”

Inside baseball on GOP rules changes leading to a brokered convention

Saturday, March 19, 2016
posted by Steve Baldwin

I checked with some friends who are deeply involved with convention politics … the Rules Committee meets in April and can change any rule they want, including the rule that candidates must win a majority of delegates in eight states in order to be nominated at the convention. If the candidate does not hit that threshold, then none of delegates representing that candidate will have their votes counted.

Central Committee Ballot Order

Friday, March 18, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

With the candidates qualifying for the Republican Central Committee being final, and with the Secretary of State releasing the randomized alphabet lottery results, I went ahead and put together the list of candidates for Central Committee, based on that alphabet. This would be seemingly important, as popular opinion seems to be that ballot order is strongly correlative to electoral success when it comes to Central Committee. Of course, popular opinion isn’t always right, and there are definitely other factors that have a contribution (such as incumbency, name recognition, ballot title, etc.)

Republican Party makes endorsements

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

From GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric

On Monday night the Republican Party of San Diego County met to finish up June endorsement considerations and get a head start on the November elections.

For the June election these candidates were endorsed:

  • CA Assembly, District 76: Rocky Chavez (majority vote)
  • U.S. Congressional, District 51: Juan Hidalgo, Jr. (majority vote)
  • U.S. Congressional, District 53: James D. Veltmeyer (2/3 vote)
  • County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Sam Abed (2/3 vote)

Every so often the California Policy Center takes my turgid, wonky, POORLY formatted “California Is Doomed” fact sheet and converts it into a thing of beauty — reformatted and posted online. The ONLY advantage for my tiny print, narrow-margin Word file is that is squeezed onto a two page handout — a handout that few can bring themselves to read.

THIS CPC online version IS readable.  Not a FUN read, but very readable.  And “shareable.”

Let’s start here; the Republican Party is the “no new taxes” party.  The glaring reason is well, obvious; the federal, state, and local governments collect plenty of taxes already.    The secondary reasons are:  governments are horrible stewards of money and they have too much power over our lives.

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