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Matt Rexroad

We need to stand up for Jesse Petrilla

I don’t really know Rancho Santa Margarita City Councilman Jesse Petrilla. Yet I think every single person that reads this blog should stand with him against the majority on his City Council.

See related Jim Lacy post here.

In 2003 I was the Vice-Mayor of Woodland and was called to active duty in the Marine Corps. When I left we had no idea how long I would be gone. Could have been months or even years. We really did not know.

The people on the City Council chose not to replace me but since my term of deployment was not clear I would have understood if they did. Petrilla will be gone for just three months.

Here is the problem for the service member that is publicly reported to be deployed. To most people in the public it says "military service is an honorable thing". To some it says that "the family of the service member is vulnerable". Not cool. I am sure that Councilman Petrilla is happy to do this training but has concerns about his wife. These are… Read More

Jon Fleischman

The Fix Names @FlashReport As One Of Country’s Best State-Based Political Tweeters

One of the "must read" columns in the D.C. Beltway is "The Fix" by Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post. You can check out The Fix here.

Today Cillizza unveiled "The Fix’s Best State-Based Political Tweeters" and I am pleased that our FlashReport Twitter Feed was not only named for California, but we took pole position! If you aren’t following @flashreport — get with it!

The California political tweeters highlighted by Cillizza are… (These are their twitter "handles")

Twitter Handle: FlashReport (R), RobStutzman (R), keckery (R), jboren4507, RogerSalazar (D), juliesoderlund (R), steve4jerry (D), DarrelNg (R), richardcostigan (R), aaronmclear (R), LATSeema, MaeveReston, KQED_CapNotes,Read More

BOE Member George Runner

An Imminent Threat to California Jobs

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James V. Lacy

Rancho Santa Margarita Council majority defies voters and military

Each member of the governing majority on the City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita ought to be spanked.

They sure need to come to their senses somehow. Orange County Register head gossip columnist Frank Mickadeit wrote last Friday that the RSM council, less dissenting and sterling Republican Steve Baric, is planning to kick freshman Republican councilman Jesse Petrilla off the council because he will miss 6 meetings this spring as he was called to active duty in his military reserve job for just 115 days at Fort Knox, Kentucky, presumably to train and also help guard the nation’s gold reserves.… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Did The Six GOP Legislators Who Voted For Big Taxes In 2009 Pay A Political Price? Or Not?

I’m a fan of Steve Harmon, who is a political reporter for the Bay Area News Group (Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News, etc.) — generally I find him to be a solid reporter, and I enjoy reading his stories.

That said, Steve and I have a running disagreement that centers around whether the 2009 budget deal that saw six Republican legislators vote to enact the largest tax increase in the history of any state (sales, income and car taxes, as well as an axing of a chunk of the child tax credit) caused those six GOPers to pay a steep political price. These same six Republicans also voted to create a trigger whereby if voters passed Proposition 1A in an ensuing special election, these same taxes which had been enacted for two years would have their sunset date extended two years further out. California voters rejected 1A by nearly a two-to-one margin thus those taxes were not extended.

In a piece that Harman had published over the weekend (for which, alas, I was not called for a quote), heRead More

Matt Rexroad

Voting Rights Act Section 5 in California

When the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed one of the primary tools to prevent discrimination was Section 5. This section was meant to “cover” certain parts of the country so that they did not come up with new ways of disenfranchising black voters.

Under this law the covered areas needed to seek preclearance from the US Department of Justice prior to making any change in voting procedures. This means that after an ordinance or administrative procedure and background material must be submitted to the Justice Department as soon as possible after it is passed.

When the VRA was updated in 1970 the test of what states or other political jurisdictions were covered was based on two criteria

The state or jurisdiction had a barrier in place in 1968 as a prerequisite to voting Less than 50% of the voting age population was registered to vote in 1968 or less than 50% of the voting age population voted for President in November 1968

Some entire states (mostly southern) as well as some counties and cities were covered by this test. You can see the… Read More

Michael Der Manouel, Jr.

If you want to read a stupid column…..

I suggest you go here.

The author of this piece is a joke. He compares the gutless Wisconsin Democrats to the GOP here in California. News for the “author”: Republicans lost in November here. They are under no obligation to lead or propose solutions. California voters don’t want them to, and in fact, rejected GOP ideas. Neither are GOP members of the legislature obligated to put a tax extension on the ballot for June. The public employee unions have plenty of money to obtain the necessary signatures to do this, they just don’t want to spend it. Well, the GOP needs to make them spend it. This article is a farce, and intellectually dishonest.Read More

Barry Jantz

Sunday San Diego…In Defense of Issa, Garrick Makes Move, In Honor of Hit Men, and More

You must be doing something right, especially if the Courage Campaign is attacking you… San Diego GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric pens a detailed letter to the Union-Trib, in defense of Congressman Darrell Issa. Some excerpts:

“The (Courage Campaign) missive attacked Issa for having the audacity to reach out to job creators about impediments to job creation. Mind you, this is the exact same thing the Obama administration is doing. If you go to, you will see that all of the responses are available in a downloadable and searchable PDF. Of course, when the administration solicited the opinions of the Business Roundtable, held a CEO summit, hired a new chief of staff to build better relationships with private industry and ordered a governmentwide review of regulatory barriers to job creation, the Courage Campaign was noticeably mute…Read More

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