Baldwin hosting the Rick Amato Show this Thursday, 9-11 PM, 1170 AM

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I will have some experts on government waste calling into my show this Thursday, including David Williams from Citizens  Against Government Waste.  Obama, of course, lied to the voters about how he will eliminate the corrupt “earmark” process.  I also will talk about the growing case for the impeachment of Obama, the Arizona illegal immigration bill, and the recent take-over of the internet by Obama’s regulatory agencies (What, you mean you didn’t read about that in the UT?)   We will also get into some of the elections.  If fact, here are my thoughts on the elections so far:


I’m voting for Larry Naritelli. I think Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner are both weak, liberal Republicans.  I’ve watched Poizner for many years and its true he’s a few notches to the right of Whitman, but he’s still not a conservative.  Our state is in dire trouble.  We need bold people with a vision to return our government back to the principles of our founding fathers.  I’m not interested in electing establishment Republicans anymore. I am done supporting the “lesser of two evils” type candidates.  We’ve been doing that for decades and look where that has gotten us. 

Many will say Larry Naritelli does not have a chance.  Well, we can change that if we all make him a viable candidate. Much of the Tea Party movement is behind Larry; let’s get the entire conservative movement behind him. Take a minute and visit Larry’s website and click on the You Tube video that’s there:

 This guy is the real deal.  We need to spread the word about him.

 Lt. Governor

I served in the legislature with Sam Aanestad and know him to be a God-fearing, conservative.  I think he’s the best one on the ballot.  While both Robert Newman and Doug Hughes are both solid conservatives as well, Sam has more experience running campaigns and thus is in a better position to defeat the Democrat in the General Election. The worst Republican on the ballot is Abel Maldonado, the guy appointed by the Governor to be the current Lt. Governor. I served with him and watched him stab conservatives in the back on a daily basis.    

Secretary of State

I think Orly Taitz is a little crazy but I’m voting for her.  She is the attorney behind dozens of lawsuits against President Obama on the birth eligibility issue on grounds that the only documentation offered by the president is fraudulent.  And it is.  I figure that anyone who has devoted two years of their life challenging the Obama-Nazis in court has my vote.  The reason why she is running for this position is because this is the office that “certifies” candidates on the ballot as being legally eligible, a process that was ignored the last election cycle.  As Secretary of State she will refuse to certify Obama as a candidate for his second term until he turns over his official long-form birth certificate, something he has refused to do thus far.

 Her opponent, Damon Dunn, is not a bad guy though.  He’s fairly conservative and is a NFL veteran.  Still, its time for warriors, not nice guys.

 State Controller

 I served with Tony Strickland; he’s a conservative and will make a good Controller


 Mimi Walters is unopposed in this race.  She does have the support of various taxpayer groups such as Howard Jarvis and claims to be a social conservative as well.   She is, however, supporting Meg Whitman, the liberal, pro-gay, pro abortion, candidate for Governor. That seems a little strange so I may not even vote in this race.

 Attorney General

 John Eastman is by far the most solid conservative in this race. He is a constitutional law attorney.  Rock solid. 

 Insurance Commissioner

I don’t know enough about these two candidates to make a recommendation but I do know that Michael Villines played a key role in raising our taxes while serving in the state assembly.  

 State Board of Equalization, Distinct 3.

Michelle Steele is a fairly conservative incumbent member of the board and I will be voting for her.

 US Senate

 I’ve known Chuck DeVore for 30 years and he’s by far the most solid conservative in the race. He’s a constitutionalist. Carly Fiorina is NOT conservative on a host of issues. For example, she advocates granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Tom Campbell is barely even a Republican.   This is a no-brainer.  

 US Representative. 52nd District

 Duncan D. Hunter has been a solid conservative vote since he was first elected to Congress and he will have my vote.

 36th State Senate 

Joel Anderson is by far the most solid conservative in this race.  Jeff Stone poses as a conservative but is not. Joel is been involved with conservative politics for 20 years.  El Cajon Pastor Greg Stephens was recruited by Stone to be a candidate for the purpose of siphoning off votes from Joel in the El Cajon area.  Stephens is the sucker in the race. Don’t fall for this trick.

 77th State Assembly 

 Bill Wells is whom I’m voting for to fill my old seat. I’ve gotten to know Bill and he is rock solid across the board on all the major issues.  I also know Brian Jones — also  a solid conservative — but I believe Wells is better suited to fight the liberal majority in Sacramento.

 Judicial offices 

I have endorsed these four conservatives for four different seats; all have been endorsed by the conservative legal group Better Courts Now:

Craig Candelore

Bill Trask

Harold Coleman

Larry Kincaid

Superintendent of Pubic Instruction

There are two viable conservatives in this race, Diane Lenning and Lydia Gutierrez. However, I will vote for Gutierrez whose writings about how our schools need to get back to teaching constitutional principles really resonate with me.

District Attorney

I will NOT be voting for RINO Bonnie Dumanis.  She has refused to investigate the biggest vote fraud incident in San Diego history, the ACORN effort to fraudulently register thousands of illegal aliens right here in San Diego County.  This is her jurisdiction but she refused to launch an investigation like other DAs all over America have.  She is also a lesbian who I believe will use the DA  position to run for higher office at which time she will support phony “gay rights” legislation down our throats. Bear in mind that these “rights”  always come at the expense of real constitutional rights.   Dumanis is unopposed so I won’t be voting in this race.


Jay LaSuer is by far the most solid conservative in this race.  Gore is NOT a conservative. LaSuer was my successor in the state assembly and was a solid conservative for all six years he served there.  Meanwhile, Gore was at Ruby Ridge, the infamous incident where he and other law enforcement officers shot and killed innocent family members of an anti-government activist whom they claimed had a gun with an illegal barrel.  Following orders from Clinton AG Janet Reno, they surrounded his rural house and killed his family members. I don’t want law enforcement officers who blindly follow illegal orders from the federal government to kill American citizens.  This is how dictatorships start.  I want a sheriff who has the guts to resist illegal Federal orders.

State Propositions

Prop. 13: Yes

Prop. 14: No

Prop. 15: No

Prop. 16: No

Prop. 17: Yes


Comments 29

  1. Even most of the nuts aren’t supporting Orly Nutz……

    Orly Taitz’s Claims About Damon Dunn’s Eligilibity: False!
    Orange County Weekly

    By Spencer Kornhaber,
    March 2010

    You’ve heard all about her discredited accusations … claiming that Irvine’s Damon Dunn, a Republican candidate for California Secretary of State, isn’t qualified to run as a Republican.

    And Taitz’s insinuations, as they sometimes do, sound plausible on their face. As always, though, they turn out to be based on huge inaccuracies.

    While we were down at the OC Registrar’s office earlier today, we met someone from the OC GOP central committee who was there to look into Taitz’s allegations. Once again, it seems, Taitz has managed to pull off the feat of seeming absolutely crazy while also making people wonder if somehow, someway, she’s actually right.

    And once again, she’s wrong.

    Full Article:

  2. Bill Wells for the 77th?? How can he possibly get anything done in Sacramento when he couldn’t even manage to get a Candidate Statement done for the sample ballot??? Isn’t that the only piece of mail that goes to every voter in the entire district??

  3. For some reason Bill Wells fails to show up at events, always a conflict. A conflict. He is running for a state assembly seat. If he can’t show up for these events then he is not taking this very seriously. Mr. Baldwin I have never met you but have heard much about you and completely disagree with your assessment of Mr. Wells. For the record I support Christine Rubin. Bottom line is Mr. Wells is not ready to be a State Assemblyman. He has less than two years on a city council in a city that has many problems and no solutions. He was President of a Citizens Bond over sight committee for the Grossmont Union High School District that made news monthly for ineffective leadership.

  4. Gee, that’s not my experience with Bill Wells. I’ve seen him at a lot of events and as for experience, I think you should ask that about the candidate you’re backing. She seems like a very nice person but I never support former staff members as they are already part of the system and never do anything that challenges the system. The state is in trouble right now and we need bold leadership, not the status quo.

  5. Steve,

    Let me set the record straight please.
    I am not running for or with Jeff Stone.
    I first met Jeff Stone at a candidate vetting forum for I Caucus in January or Feb. 2010.

    I am running because of the disconnect and distrust the people have of their elected officials. The phrase We the People Deserve Better is fact.
    Ken Dickson the other candidate (not mentioned by you as a sucker) has been accused of the same thing, being a plant of Anderson’s to split Riverside.

    There are vast differences in the four of us. I have taken no “funny money” or special interest money in this race. I am a combat veteran, and I am NOT a career politician. I have travelled the district video taping regular people and have put them on my website they are frustrated with conservatives who don’t listen to them and engage them.
    I have actual common sense ideas to protect our children.
    LaSuer wrote 13 bills to protect our kids, Hollingsworth 33. No other San Diego Rep. has.
    Joel said it himself recently when he showed up to an event with the public. He has raised money for the party and other candidates.
    That is part of the problem with career politics, while they raise money we lose jobs and while they raise money are children are dying at the hands of sexual predators. We The People deserve better.

    If you like how Sacramento is going vote for Joel, or Jeff.
    If you want to send a message to the special interest big money and the career politicians and even our party then you only have one choice.

    I will not go there to govern but to represent!

    Once again you don’t know me, I am not a sucker or working with or recruited by Jeff Stone or anyone else.

  6. Then are you denying that Jeff Stone encouraged you to run? You have even said that yourself. Joel has been rated a perfect score by every fiscal and social conservative group in the state. Whether its your intent or not, your effort to break off conservatives from Joel simply serves to help the moderate candidate Jeff Stone. And with term limits, there’s no such thing as “career politicians” so get your facts right.

  7. Once again,
    No One except average citizens encouraged me to run.
    Not Jeff or Joel or Ken.
    There are career politicians when you factor in city council, to County, to Senate – Water board to Assembly to Senate….
    Laundering money and fines in both camps…
    These are not conservative values.

    Attack and fear tactics are not republican values. I am a regular guy who jumped in response to the frustration of the people in this district.
    I don’t expect you and those like you to fully understand that.
    I respect your views and loyalties, please be respectful of an honest differing opinion.

  8. Assemblyman Baldwin – You’re bought and paid for by Hammond Inc. just like your classmate Anderson. Its career political “experts” that have destroyed California; you’re no different than the worst Democrats.

    Mr. Stephens is a respectable citizen who, like so many others is fed up with your mafia brand of status quo politics.

    I say it’s time to clean house in East County. Let’s start with you and Joel Anderson. I’ve got a ticket back to the Washington DC sewers with your name on it.

  9. You may have problems with Orly, but she’s sharp and articulate. None of the claims she’s made about Damon Dunn are false!! They are all true!! He was a democrat for over 10 years, never voted. Decided to run for an office shortly after BHO makes office?? Then he ask for his records of being a registered Dem in texas and in florida to be destroyed! She’s got the documentation to back it up! So when you can prove it isn’t true then come on back and talk to me! So call her what ever you want. ONe thing for sure she’s passionate and I would rather put my dollar behind a passionate and honest person then some one who’s going to keep screaming I was born a poor black child bs! Don’t buy in it as the only way progressives inch there way in is by empathy! Feel sorry for me because I had it rough! What a bunch of crap! Wake up people.. SOROS said it himself the most important position we must covet is the Sec. of State. we don’t we’ll get bit in the butt really good if we ignore this. Don’t be stupid!! Don’t vote DUNN!

  10. Let’s restate the rules here: Issues and policy positions, good. Personalities and name calling, bad. In fact, one warning, then commenters are barred. Mr. Baldwin, I would suggest you ignore people in their own sewer that know nothing about you or your service. That said, we have seen nothing to suggest that either of the arguably “second tier” candidates in the SD 36 race were recruited by others in the race; this is the typical fodder that ensues in split vote scenarios, which DO potentially exist here. Short of proof to the contrary, let’s be respectful and engage in healthy debate, without the pointed-tounged barbs.

  11. We hope Mr. Baldwin answers the question. As in singular question, apparently posed by one person using two different names, not two different people. Please read our rules and live them.

  12. Just to clarify, the post above in apparent support of Jeff Stone is not from me. I am a longtime supporter of Joel’s and am wholeheartedly backing him in his state Senate race as well.

  13. Shoulda mentioned that. Jeff R and Mark K may be pseudonyms for the same person, but neither is the REAL Mark Kersey. He cannot be duplicated.

  14. Just to furhter clarify…Mark K. and Jeff R. are my coworkers who have been following the SD Rostra drama over my shoulder rather than at their own desks.

    It made for nice discussion, but I think it is best that future posts come from the perfectly capable computers they have in their own offices.

    We are all three sorry for the screw up.

    But we’d all love to hear what specific policies or stances make Jeff Stone NOT conservative enough?

  15. Well fiscal conservatives do not:

    -support tax increases
    -approve of $5 million dollar slush funds to be used by Supervisors
    – use taxpayer money to promote themselves through a non-profit organization run by their sibling from a taxpayer funded office.

    Need more info… about it here……

  16. Oh and nice try on the explanation but you want me to believe that two of your coworkers used your computer within three minutes of each other and typed the EXACT same question?

    Even Homer Simpson would have a better excuse than that! DOH!

  17. You might be a little paranoid, Rider. It is time to get off the computer, emerge from your mom’s basement, take off the tin foil hat, and go try talking to someone of the opposite sex. Take’er down a notch. We’re just having a little political discussion.

    Not sure what one would gain by posting the same question twice…but OK.

  18. I used to wear a tin foil hat, but ever since I’ve been drinking fluoridated water, the black helicopters don’t bother me so much anymore.

  19. Thanks Red Rider for clarifying the big government positions of Jeff Stone; no wonder no taxpayer groups are supporting him. As for Mr. Parry, you obviously don’t know my record of fiscal cosnervatism. I won every award possible from the State’s taxpayer groups and never supported a tax increase. I fought the establishment political scene in Sacramento that has wrecked this state. And no, I’m not a career politician and neither is Joel. I live here in the East County, not in DC, and like Joel I’ve spent most of my life working in the private sector. You should know what you’re talking about before shooting your mouth off.

  20. Mr. Baldwin,
    For months I have tried to start a debate on this race, much to the annoyance to some. I do not feel like there has been anything resembling a debate going on. I am conservative. As conservative as anyone on here. As conservative as you or Mr. Anderson and Mr. Stone. We could argue nuance on decisions made and whether or not you liked it, but the fact is both candidates want the government to spend responsibly, lower taxes, protect our gun rights, stop abortion, wear red ties, have American flag lapel pins, and love Reagan.

    The reality is you cannot honestly argue that one is even moderate let alone NOT conservative. OK, you think Mr. Stone should have returned his discretionary funds back to the counties’ checking account rather than do what every single county supervisor does which is spend it. But then you leave out the fact that Mr. Anderson voted to confirm Abel Maldonado, wanted to raise water rates while on the Padre Dam Water Board, and pushed to sell the money making campground around Santee Lakes?

    I am not here trying to sell anyone on Mr. Anderson NOT being conservative. I’ve offered my reasons for not voting for Mr. Anderson and I’ve been crystal clear on every point. One thing that truly does differentiate Mr. Stone from Mr. Anderson is the fine for laundering money that Mr. Anderson had to pay. As important as conservative ideals are to me, ethics is no less equal. Why would you ask people to support Mr. Anderson for higher office after doing what he knowingly and willfully did?

    And frankly, you did not answer the question about Mr. Stone’s conservative credentials with any clarity. If you don’t like the guy because he lives a few miles north in the district or because you are just flat out loyal to Mr. Anderson, just say it. But you really have offered no proof that Mr. Stone is any less conservative than whatever conservative benchmark you pick.

  21. Michael, every Republican and every conservative (save DeVore, who’s running his own race) voted to confirm Maldo. All of ’em. Garrick, everyone. And you know it.

    Joel didn’t want to raise rates at Padre Dam, he didn’t vote to do so, other board members did, and Joel stopped them. And you know it.

    You love to imply Joel committed a crime when he simply paid a FPPC fine, just like Stone has in the past. And you know it.

    You’ve been caught lying about Joel’s record before on this blog before; how often to you intend to backtrack, Michael?

    Perhaps you should stop drinking that Stone Kool-Aid and worry about you own candidate’s serious ethical problems with taxpayer dollars.

  22. Well, I happen to know lots of conservatives in Riverside County and none of them consider Mr. Stone to be a solid conservative. They have informed me of all kinds of votes for fee hikes and pork spending. As for Joel Anderson, you are wrong about him “raising water rates.” It was the reverse; he was the guy constantly fighting the rest of the water board to cut spending and cut rates. But lets let the taxpayer groups do the talking here. They all support Anderson due to his perfect record on fiscal issue. Every one of them. These are groups that monitor fiscal issues full time and to them, this race is a no-brainer. As for the FPPC fine, the rules on campaign finance change every few years and they’re very complicated. I was fined twice while in office and in fact I don’t know any legislator who hasn’t inadvertantly violated these rules. By the way, just since the fine on Joel, the Supreme Ct. threw out campaign limits so the whole campaign finance regulatory scene is now changing once again. It would be unwise to judge a candidate on this issue.

  23. I have no idea who all voted to confirm Maldonado. I only checked Mr. Anderson’s voting record because I live in his district. I don’t live in Garrick’s district and haven’t really paid much attention to the senate race yet. The one time I met and spoke with Mr. Devore I was very impressed and it is discouraging to hear he voted to confirm him. Whoever voted for him should be criticized for doing so.

    Again, I didn’t check the voting record of other Padre Dam reps because they are not running for higher office, but they all told me in person that they stand by their statement that Mr. Anderson is morally unfit for public office. Now, I’ve not gotten along with coworkers before, but wow is that bad.

    I’ve always said he paid a fine. We don’t know if it was a crime or not because it was never prosecuted. I’ve never said he broke the law…he broke rules. Not rules that were changing constantly or in a gray area and not by accident. And that should be enough for people to thank him for his public service and send him back to the private sector. His intent is far worse than his crime. Had it been an “ooops”, I bet we all could have just forgiven him and moved on.

    It is up to you to decide if I made a mistake or I was intentionally lying about the union thing. Mr. Anderson’s contributions have all come from Sacramento so that seem to support my unfortunate mistake. I’ve already said it was a mistake. I know it is hard to judge a person’s true intentions just by reading a couple posts. I post under my name and I don’t insult people personally so perhaps that gives me some credibility. From day one I’ve just been trying to have a debate and not a smear-campaign. Look back at all my posts and I believe you’ll see that. I believe that was the original intent by calling this site “rostra”.

    We are just rehashing the same stuff at this point so; I won’t post on this race anymore. I can tell you that it is pretty frustrating for the average voter to hear vague accusations and trash sessions without anything to back it up. I’ve been crystal clear with my opinions and how I came to them.

    Good luck on making your decisions this election. I encourage anyone who is reading this that is not actually walking precincts and organizing meet-and-greets for the candidate you like…do so now. They could all use money too. The election is right around the corner.

  24. I was furious at our elected officials who voted for Maldanado so I asked why did you do this?

    By putting him in that position he is removed from doing any more damage in the Senate. Think about it and I did and it makes sense. He will never win that election and won’t even get through the Primaries. I was satisfied with the answer.

    And for those accusing Joel Anderson of money laundering, the UT has never ever presented the facts in this case accurately. In East County 10% of the people read the UT and it has no influence on any election. Many consider it an honor to be attacked by the UT.

    For all of those attacking Joel why don’t you call his office and find out what really happened? If you believe what some liberal reporter says from the UT then I have some Gold I would like to sell you at $35 an ounce.

  25. Larry has nailed it. Disagree with the Maldo appointment confirmation by nearly EVERY Republican for whatever reason you’d like, but not because of a lack of understanding of the reasoning. By getting him out of the Senate, where he in the future would surely provide another bad budget vote, you send him to the largely “do nothing” position of LG, where he can’t vote on taxes. Conservatives may disagree over the strategy, but that was the reasoning, for what I would call conservative reasons. Conservatives like Joel Anderson and many others agreed with it. Conservatives such as Chuck DeVore and Jon Fleischman disagreed. Each my friend, and none of them less conservative for their positions on such a matter as this. However, perhaps those who opposed the Maldo confirmation because they didn’t understand the strategy, or so they could call those voting for it “liberal,” are really more opportunistic than they are principled.

  26. Part of the reason his elected colleagues are so willing to blast him was Joel’s willingness to not only oppose them on rate increases, but also openly call them out on charging stipends for attending meetings having little if anything to do with district business. Here’s an excerpt from an article about a rate increase, in which Joel’s colleagues even denied better informing the ratepayers of the increase prior to imposing it. It’s easy to get a statist to say bad things about a conservative…

    Padre Dam OKs water rate hike

    Vote delay to notify customers overruled

    By Anne Krueger

    May 24, 2006

    SANTEE – The board of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District voted yesterday for the district’s first rate increase in five years, overruling an effort by board president Joel Anderson to put off the vote until customers got notification of the proposed rate hike.

    The vote to increase rates by an average of $3.21 a month beginning in January was approved 3-1, with Anderson opposed and Lex Boswell absent.

  27. Thanks Larry and Barry for clarifying Joel Anderson’s positions on Padre Water rate hikes and the vote for Maldo. Yes, the conservatives in the Assembly were dying to get Maldo out of there as he was always cutting deals with the Dems. The Lt Gov position engaged in nothing of any value, so this appointment essentially neutered Maldo.

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