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Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick just released his weekly radio address… The transcript is below, and below that is a player if you would prefer to listen to his remarks…
Hello, I’m Martin Garrick with this week’s radio address from the State Capitol. This week, I want to share with you a story that illustrates a problem that many job-creating businesses are having in California. A recent article in Forbes magazine highlighted the challenges faced by McAfee, a company that is a shining example of a California success story. McAfee is headquartered in Santa Clara and is a leader in the computer security software business. … Read More
A big chunk of the California Electorate say they don’t care if a candidate regularly uses marijuana on a recreational basis.
A new poll we conducted found that 40% of Primary Election votes don’t care about marijuana use among candidates and seven percent say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who smokes pot. That means that over 50% of voterswould beeither indifferent or more supportive of candidate if all they knew was that he or she did the drug.
There are some pretty big differences when you delve into the numbers. Republicans are less likely to support the pot smoker than Democrats, same for women v. men.
There’s an informative article on Carly Fiorina in the online version of the WSJ Magazine written by Amy Chozick.. I "lifted" this great photo of Carly and her two dogs. Did you know that Carly lived abroad for a year? Read the article to find out about that and much more… It begins… “I hated to break a commitment. People were expecting me,” Carly Fiorina says of why, just hours after being diagnosed with cancer early last year, she traveled to Sacramento to deliver a speech at the California Republican Convention. At the time, she didn’t know it was breast cancer or how advanced the disease was. Then, last October, as she finished up grueling radiation therapy and prepared to enter the U.S. Senate race, Fiorina and her husband of 25 years, Frank, flew to Pittsburgh to attend the funeral of his 35-year-old daughter, Lori Ann, whom Fiorina had helped raise since she was a… Read More
Abel Maldonado (or as John Seiler calls him, "Unable Abel") made his first appearance television appearance as California’s appointed Lt. Governor last night on the Steve Colbert show. It’s worth watching as Colbert basically mocked Maldo and his "open primary" ballot measure — going as far as to give it a tongue-in-cheek endorsement after confirming that nothing in it keeps candidates from spending however much they want on television advertising… It is extremely disappointing to me that while it is clear as day that our problems in Sacramento are that the Democrats are in charge, Maldonado sees the problem as being that HE is not in charge..
Without going on further, here you have it…… Read More
I'm happy to be at a luncheon today at Morton's Steakhouse in Anaheim in support of USA Volleyball. The Mens team has been training in Anaheim since 2005 and last year the Womens team relocated here from Colorado Springs. I have never felt so… short! It's pretty cool that so many of the players are sporting Olympic Gold Medals!
FR readers will recognize two of the major forces behind USA Volleyball here in the OC. One is Mike Schroeder, the former State GOP Chairman, who has headed up the fundraising efforts to make things viable — and the other is Anaheim Mayor and former Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle.
I'm already anxious to head off to the 2012 Games in London to watch both teams compete — and hopefully bring home the Gold!… Read More
Quote of theday "..a miracle….We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama’s) government." – Praise for the recently enacted healthbill from the Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro.
Foreign Policy: It is stunning how the Obama administration is fervantly pursuing a foreign policy that praises those who would destroy us yet punishes our allies and friends. The president’s multiple snubs of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House have been well publicized. The snubs included the conspicuousabsence of public appearances with the Prime Minister, rudely making him wait in the White House while Obama had dinner, and unwarranted public criticism of the Israeli settlements in Jerusalem, and all the while we continue to engage the regimes inIran and Syria. These actions show just how backwards this administration has things. Rather than criticize the Jerusalem settlements, I believe that the U.S. should move our Embassy from Tel Aviv,… Read More
Consultants Dave Gilliard and Carlos Rodriguez, in this commercial for their client Jeff Denham, are taking a big stick to Denham’s primary opponent, former Congressman Richard Pombo. Back when he was in Congress Pombo took some flack for taking a motor home on the road to visit many of America’s National Parks (he was Chairman of the House Committee with jurisdiction over the National Park Service). Anyways, the ad speaks for itself… (there is a slight pause before the video starts)