Prop 8:  A Lesson on DEMOCRACY! from the Left

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The following is brought to you as a public service from the People for DEMOCRACY! and Other Things Republicans Hate: My fellow American peoples.  We’d like to share with you how important DEMOCRACY! is to the future of DEMOCRCACY!. Despite what Donald Trump says, elections and voting are very important.  We especially take elections and voting seriously in California, which …

Grossmont Healthcare candidate questioned over potential campaign violations

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A review of public videos and state law show possible campaign violations in the Grossmont Healthcare District race by Steve Puterski COUNTY — An administrative supervisor at Palomar Medical Center in Poway who is running for office is under fire for appearing to have violated state campaign finance laws. Dr. Brenda Miller, a candidate for the Grossmont Healthcare District Board …

Maybe I was right

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Back in August of last year, I wrote that the country was already in a constitutional crisis. Was beginning to think I might have to eat my words.  Guess not: “It may just seem like a circus now—akin to the OJ trial or the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal—but make no mistake; America is staring into the abyss. Our constitutional crisis will be …

Epilogue

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(Author’s note:  Over the past two-plus years, I’ve been writing a series of essays (titled “Fragments”) that I have posted here and on my Substack.  Below is the Epilogue to that work. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit my Substack and read the entire series.  I think it will be worth your time.  And it’s free!) April …

This Is the End

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I don’t not know if the 2024 presidential election itself will be the great historical earthquake that many are predicting, but the election is coinciding with the denouement of certain undercurrents that have long defined America’s political environment.  In other words, we have reached the end of an epoch. That epoch, making up much of the past 80 years, has …

Bailey takes on San Diego GOP shenanigans

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Richard Bailey sent the following communication to Republican Party of San Diego County Central Committee members this morning (Thursday, April 4). It is shared with his permission. From: Richard Bailey Subject: Special Exec Republican Meeting Tonight 6pm Dear Republican Central Committee Members, Republicans pride themselves on adherence to and the equal application of laws for our society and rules for …

75th AD Watch: Lincoln Club Recommits; GOP Vacillates

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Last week, the Lincoln Club of San Diego recommitted its prior endorsement and support for Andrew Hayes in the 75th Assembly District general election against Carl DeMaio. The Lincoln Club knows a runoff between two Republicans in this district is a horse race.  Meanwhile, the word in political circles is the Republican Party of San Diego County is considering re-opening …

Elections in California Are a Farce, Part III

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Lo and Behold!  Here I am opining on the farcical nature of California elections and Governor Newsom goes and makes the case for me. Two Fridays ago, Politico reported that Newsom was embarking on a “post-election ballot mobilization” in an effort to save Prop 1, his effort to address homelessness in California.  That maneuver entailed reaching out to Democratic voters …

Elections in California Are a Farce, Part II

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There are several comments to my piece “Elections in California Are a Farce” that deserve a response: A common critique was that I am merely experiencing what progressive voters in some Red states experience, but in reverse, so stop my whining.  To this I disagree—at least in part—on several counts. For example, Texas is—in theory—still a competitive state.  In 2018, …

Central Committee. Really?

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So, you were running for a local Party Central Committee. A Central Committee. It’s not Congress or State Assembly, it’s not even a school board or city council. Winning is a crap shoot and has little do do with any campaign you ran, other than maybe what slate your name was on. Sure, the position is somewhat important. Yet, please …

AD 75 Watch: Hayes jumps into second against DeMaio

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Here’s the latest recap from Mason Herron… See all of Herron’s election data here at the Ballot Book. Nick Allman also provides a video with details and an explanation of the solid trend benefitting Andrew Hayes. To understand the situation with Hayes now likely facing Carl DeMaio in November, see my prior post.

75th AD Watch: Hayes continues to edge up on Juza

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In the ballot counting race to determine whether Kevin Juza or Andrew Hayes will face Carl DeMaio in November’s general election for the 75th Assembly District seat, Hayes continues to pull closer, now 789 votes behind Juza. Nick Allman provides detailed analysis in a YouTube video as to why he believes Hayes will close the gap on Juza. Mason Herron …

Elections in California Are a Farce

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As another primary season wraps up, it is becoming ever more apparent that voting in California has become a form of playacting where we collectively pretend that The People participate in a legitimate system and thereby choose their rulers and get the laws they prefer. While it’s certainly true that The People, myself included, go through the motions of considering …

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Andrew Hayes for State Assembly District 75 – The Interview

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The Andrew Hayes Interview I’ve reached out to all three Republican candidates in my district to interview so constituents can learn more about those who would lord over us. Carl DeMaio said yes, then no. Technically, he said after the primaries, but that’s a no for all intents and purposes. Jack J. Fernandes said yes but hasn’t responded to my …

What is to be done?

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Below is an excerpt from “Fragments,” my book of essays available at J.S. Scifo on Substack | Substack.  This was written in February/March 2023. So what can save us from the obvious conclusion of my rantings, i.e., the near total collapse of a coherent, sane society.  People seek a plan.  A way forward.  Sadly, like Churchill, I have nothing to offer …

California’s Post-Totalitarian Moment

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California has become world renowned for its epic failures.  And yet there are somehow never any repercussions, political or otherwise for these fiascos.  Or to quoteth myself in commenting on the same phenomenon within the broader context of American politics: “We are left with a state of affairs [in California] where no matter how burdensome and idiotic the regulation, no …

A Conservative Reflects on January 6

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Below is an excerpt from “Fragments,” my book of essays available at J.S. Scifo on Substack | Substack.  This was written in January 2022. Well, the first celebration of the January 6 Insurrection has come and gone.  For as much as I love the holidays—the lights; the tinsel; the music; the sanctimonious political grandstanding; the histrionics; the vilification of one’s fellow …

The Nature of the Threat

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Below is an excerpt from “Fragments,” my book of essays available at J.S. Scifo on Substack | Substack.  This was written in December 2022 and January-February 2023. These are dark times indeed.  From pot smoking to cross dressing, behaviors that would once have been considered aberrant have been normalized.  Perversity is so commonplace that the word has almost lost any …