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Jon Fleischman

William Voegeli: “The Tao Of Jerry” (From the Claremont Review Of Books)

I am delighted today to present “The Tao of Jerry” — an outstanding, substantive perspective on our state’s governor, as offered by Claremont Institute scholar William Voegeli. The piece is lengthy, and even that may be an understatement. That having been said, once you have read it, I’m sure you will agree that to edit it down to a shorter length would have been to have lost precious insights into this complex man who is once again atop the Golden State’s political structure. My only reading “tip” for you would be that if you do not have the time to read this at your computer, the essay is available in .pdf format here — so you can print it to read at your leisure. Voegeli is a frequent contributor to one of the most significant and important publications to which I subscribe, the Claremont Institute’s Claremont Review of Books.Read More

Jon Fleischman

Jennifer Kerns: CTA, Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan…Oh, My!

[Publisher's Note: We are pleased to present this original commentary from Jennifer Kerns. Kerns is a taxpayer advocate and Republican strategist - Flash]

CTA, Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan…Oh, My! By Jennifer Kerns

It wouldn’t be the official start to May Revise season without a little rancor at the State Capitol.

But this week’s hysteria reached an all-new “circus” atmosphere when Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink AND the California Teachers Association all converged at the same hour to shout about everything from the State budget to war in the Middle East.

On one side of the Capitol, the California Teachers Association gathered with a few hundred of their closest well-paid friends to hold a press conference to kick off their

“State of Emergency” campaign against an all-cuts State budget. Whether it was a tax… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Micah Grant: What’s the CTA Really Protesting About?

[Publisher's Note: We are pleased to present this original commentary from Micah Grant. Grant is a communications strategist with the California Republican Party - Flash]

What’s the CTA Really Protesting About? By Micah Grant

This week, members of the California Teachers Association are showing up at the California State Capitol building to attempt to pressure Republican lawmakers into voting for tax increases — you know, the ones that were only supposed to be “temporary.”

To be honest, I am not quite sure why they are showing up, other than to regurgitate the usual “save the children” talking points that conjure up images of a “Feed the Children” telethon. Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway said last week that Republicans in her house are unequivocally opposed to further education cuts, and would block any attempt to spend less on schools that is mandated by the state constitution.

The reforms that Republicans are asking for just make sense–much more sense than hiking taxes. California is trapped in a… Read More

Jon Fleischman

The Koch Brothers (Again) Take An Unwarranted Attack From The San Francisco Chronicle

Faithful FlashReport readers know that when it’s merited, I opine on the biased reporting of many of the MSM publications in California. To be honest, I don’t call out egregious stories often enough — sometimes it’s too much of a burden (how many times to do I have to see stories that refer to Governor Brown’s proposed NEW taxes as merely tax extensions?). This morning I am aiming my sights at a story that ran on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, “Koch brothers may fight California oil tax.”

Do not be confused by the headline. The Koch Brothers (as is clear to anyone who actually reads the story) are likely not even aware of this oil tax measure that is apparently the brain child of a community college professor from Cypress – it is a long way from qualifying for the ballot. Yet the paper saw fit to print a front-page story about it based on rumors and speculation. Despite the misleading headline, nothing in the story indicates that the Koch brothers even know there is an oil severance tax initiative… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Feminist Socialists Hold “Tax The Rich” Rally

Everyone said to be prepared as the left wing whack-jobs were all descending on the Capitol this week to rally for higher taxes. While I have yet to hear of a visual on Cindy Sheehan who supposedly is going to chain herself to the building, or something like that, we’ve gotten some photos in from the event. In this shot, you see one of the many people wearing their fancy compulsory-dues-paid-for “California Emergency” blue shirts on — with the big “Tax the Rich” sign. Clearly visible is the link to a website — peaceandfreedom.org. So that no one doubts the exact agenda of this activist and his organization, here is their “Summary” platform…

• Double the minimum wage, and index it to the cost of living. • Guarantee the right of all workers to organize and to strike; forbid striker replacement. • Socially useful jobs for all at union pay levels. • Equal pay for equal work, and for work of comparable worth. • A 30-hour workweek with no cut in weekly pay; longer paid vacations. • Guaranteed dignified income for those whoRead More

Jon Fleischman

I’m a Republican because…

Last night the South Carolina Republican Party co-hosted the first Presidential debate amongst Republican candidates (editorial note: failing grades to those that skipped it). Anyways, I was on the SC GOP website and they had a fun ad at the top, so I thought I would share it…

I’m a Republican from SCGOP on Vimeo.

Join Us. Visit SCGOP.com today.

Advertisement for The South Carolina Republican Party.… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Guest Column: Scott Hounsell – Failure Is Not An Option, But Democrats Are Trying… Hard

Last evening I published a note on Facebook offering to publish something from a reader who submitted a column on short notice. A big shout-out to the half-dozen submissions. Let me say this first — Joe from the coast, you need to actually send me .jpg files of his charts and graphs for me to use your stuff. That said, hope you enjoy Scott’s submittal…

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION FOR CALIFORNIA; BUT DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING…HARD By Scott Hounsell

While our state continues to face a financial crisis and Democrats continue to grasp at straws to explain how, even after raising taxes two years ago we are right back at our 20 billion dollar budget deficit, the left continues to state that continuing those tax increases is the only way to pay for the shortfall. Despite this urgency, they ignore facing the issue and rather spend the time further regulating environmental quality and business development, discouraging and driving away business from our suffering economy. With both taxation and regulation driving corporate business out… Read More

Michael Der Manouel, Jr.

Redistricting: Same Game, New Battlefield

Yolo County Supervisor and Meridian Pacific Principal Matt Rexroad was kind enough to visit Fresno today and educate our Lincoln Club and other interested community members as to the vagaries andvicissitudes ofredistricting and the agonizing process taking place in Sacramento these days with the new Redistricting Commission. I learned quite a bit today. Reapportionment is not the same as redistricting. Skin color and ethnic identity is what this entire drill is about. The assumption that people of a certain color must have a district to elect someone that has a similiar identity is patently assinine, but it is the law. I don’t know why we must assume that ethnic groups think differently because of the way they look but the Commission is consumed with this issue.

The Central Valley is a quandry – we’ve got two Congressional seats that could easily be drawn to produce a more competitive outcome at election time, Cardoza and Costa, but due to statistical torture, the strengthening of these seats to the GOP direction is not likely. Rexroad provided us with great data and analysis throughout his very good presentation.

Locally, we… Read More

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