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CA GOP’s acceptance of Log Cabin Club a major culture war win — reflects 4-decade battle

…Republican leader, told the L.A. Times in 2012. “I could see the hatred in the eyes of some of those people.” Back in the late 1970s, when gay Republicans began to organize, they faced off against GOP Assemblyman John Briggs, who had proposed a 1978 initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools. Proposition 8 lost, getting 42 percent of the vote. “I assume most of them are seducing young boys in…

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CA Democrats jockey to replace Boxer

…are those Democrats ready to take over as Boxer’s successor? Possibly the strongest candidate is one of her former staff members, a man who has gone on to have a successful political career in his own right. Treasurer John Chiang leads field of potential challengers On paper, State Treasurer John Chiang, who worked for Boxer early in his career, might be the strongest candidate to succeed her in 2016. “Senator Boxer has been a…

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Does Chiang top field of Dem hopefuls?

…ent extra money to boost her name ID, but still couldn’t match Chiang’s result. Chiang spent less, has more in the bank and performed better. Candidate Raised in 2014 Spent in 2014 Cash on hand – 10/23/2014 John Chiang $1,929,550.88 $573,669.11 $3,194,282.74 Gavin Newsom $1,589,378.93 $544,580.16 $2,811,772.20 Kamala Harris $1,535,848.30 $2,256,564.33 $2,393,898.61 Sharing the Wealth: Chiang’s given more to Democrats Who…

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Controller 2014: 7 reasons why John Perez should quit while he’s behind

…;rousing welcome” and hospitality suite in Yee’s honor weren’t. Yee is favored among party activists, whose patience is being tried by a destructive recount. 5. He’s blowing through his campaign cash. John Perez is blowing through his campaign cash faster than Ron Calderon at a golf resort. Recounts are expensive. For years, Democrat Bill Lockyer picked his statewide office and scared away all serious contenders by…

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Betty Yee declares victory in controller race

…rez challenges. Then the County counted the 24 ballots plus 33 additional ballots that the County had been examining for signature issues. The net result of the 57 new ballots was that Betty Yee picked up 13 new votes — and John Perez picked up 9. The Perez campaign examined every rejected ballot in the county, spending thousands on lawyers, and lost 4 votes. James Chang Thanks John and Cal Watchdog for your great coverage, and congratulations…

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Three vie to replace Controller Chiang

…them control of the state’s checkbook. Two Democrats, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and one Republican, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, are the leading contenders to succeed John Chiang, who is termed out as State Controller. The candidates face a tall order in replacing Chiang. After eight years in the position, he has earned praise for his work to bring more transparency to California’s…

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19 CA members of Congress take pensions

…k) system. Controversy: McCain excluded, copied from National Journal report As with all pension reform proposals, the report was accompanied by controversy. One complaint: DeMaio’s report excluded Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain. “McCain received more than $70,000 in pension benefits from the U.S. Navy in 2012, according to a financial disclosure obtained by National Journal,” the UT San Diego’s Joel Hoffmann reports….

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CA Democrats mismanage campaign war-chests

…ential Campaign Interest: $18,987.58 Kamala Harris Current Office: State Attorney General Campaigning for 2014: Re-Election Cash on Hand: $3,103,865.00 Interest Earned in 2013: $262.70 Potential Campaign Interest: $27,934.79 John Chiang Current Office: State Controller Campaigning for 2014: State Treasurer Cash on Hand: $1,833,550 Interest Earned in 2013: $0.00 Potential Campaign Interest: $16,501.95 John Perez Current Office: Speaker of the…

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Diversity PAC: Ron Calderon’s slush fund for luxury

…now how to creating long lasting mutually beneficial relations for our clients.” Among the questions raised by Diversity PAC’s campaign finance report is why the organization split expenditures, of approximate value, between John Jacobs and Jacobs’ company, Capitol Alliance. As an individual, John Jacobs received more than $175,000 in campaign funds from Diversity PAC. Over the same period, the PAC disbursed $237,000 to The Capitol Alliance with…

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CA Assembly pays women less; fewer in top staff positions

…ors, too? You guys — and gals — have passed so many laws I can’t keep up with them. John Seiler Note: Due to a computing glitch, this article originally was posted with me as the author. In fact, it entirely was written by John Hrabe, whose name now is on it. Dyspeptic The motto of all “Progressives” should be “Do as we say, not as we do, or else!” Ulysses Uhaul Human nature to take advantage for personal advantage….check on…

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