California Primary Guide
As the California primaries are right around the corner (June 5th), I wanted to create this simple guide for friends and family to refer to. As a Ron Paul supporter, I registered Republican, and accordingly, this is my list of ballot preferences and my reasonings thereof.
The singular champion of liberty, he is the only man who stands for peace, small government, civil liberties, and fiscal responsibility. No one else deserves the nomination but Ron Paul.
COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE
This is based on the least amount of research, as the Republican Central Committee has the least amount of impact on the state of things:
Richard “Dick” Palmer
Scott “Scotty” Peotter
I’m currently torn between two options:
While he is another champion of liberty, and would support Ron Paul in his policies, I am a bit wary of his stance on immigration. I believe we should allow immigrants to freely enter this country, rather than put hoops on the entire process. I believe an Ellis Island approach to immigration is far healthier than sending illegal immigrants back at this point, especially considering that millions of these people are filing federal taxes through I-TIN. Plus, their support of the local economy also leads to sales tax accumulation, so it’s just a weak argument to say that they don’t pay taxes.
I align with nearly all of her views on the issues. We only differ on abortion: I believe that life begins at conception, and so it must be defended at all costs. However, it should be up to the states to decide the punishment, as Ron Paul has often mentioned. Gail believes that abortions should be restricted to the first term, something I appreciate, but I don’t necessarily agree with. However, given that Roe v. Wade currently stands, there isn’t much we can do about abortion, so restricting it is a far more viable option at this point.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 48TH DISTRICT
Having written to him several times about my stance on issues, he has supported them and shown me a commitment to a smaller government, lower taxes and more civil liberties. While he has a ways to go to be a true champion of liberty, he is the best option at this point.
While I appreciate certain views that Steve Young shares (apprenticeship as an alternative to college), his pro-state increased spending is the last thing we need. Mimi Walters would not be my first choice, but these are the only two candidates on the ballot.
MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY, 74TH DISTRICT
While there isn’t much truly remarkable about Allan Mansoor’s platform, his commitment to keeping taxes low lends my vote over to him. Bob Rush is another candidate who has some great views on civil liberties and education, but a pro-state approach is the worst way to go about it. And as far as Leslie Daigle is concerned, the fact that Charles Munger, Jr. PAC spent nearly half a million dollars on her behalf is enough to keep my vote away from her.
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE NO. 1
While this was the toughest office I had to research, what brought me to my conclusion were two things, the first being that Eugene Jizhak believes courts should treat citizens with more respect than they currently do. I agree wholeheartedly as government institutions have a tendency to treat you as criminals or time-wasters. Secondly, Deborah Chung has received contributions from firefighters and police, and has mentioned that the toughest problem facing her today is pension reform. It may be a jump, but I don’t think it’s wise to have someone like that in office. Contrarily, Eugene Jizhak hasn’t received any contributions to date, which means he doesn’t owe his allegiance to anyone.
PROP 28: LIMITS ON LEGISLATORS’ TERMS IN OFFICE
This is a rather sneaky proposition. It says it “limits” the terms of legislators, but it actually increases it. Currently, Assemblymen can serve a total of 6 years, and State Senators can serve a total of 8 years. Combined, this adds up to 14 years in office. This proposition, however, changes it so that a legislator can serve up to 12 years in the Assembly, the State Senate, or a combination of both. This actually increases the time a politician can serve in a single position, which means that lobbyists control them that much longer. This isn’t something I intend to support.
PROP 29: TAX ON CIGARETTES FOR CANCER RESEARCH
I don’t care for increased taxation on anything, so whether or not the money ends up in cancer research (debatable), I will be voting against it.
MEASURE A: COUNTY OF ORANGE, OFFICE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR
This is to vote on whether the office will be filled by appointment or election. I’m not a fan of direct democracy, so I vote for appointment.
MEASURE B: COUNTY OF ORANGE, MANDATORY MINIMUM PENSION SELECTION
While I’m inclined to lean towards voting ‘yes’ on this measure, it’s a mess either way. Currently, the system allows for two pension options: 2.7% at age 55 and 1.62% at age 65. A ‘yes’ on this measure would force everyone to enroll in the 1.62% at 65, which is a good thing because it would begin to address the $3.5 million in unfunded pensions in the county. However, the option to opt out of pensions (which currently exists) is taken away, and that may create more problems. Until real reform can be made without taking away the choice of opting out, I intend to abstain from this measure.
For a handy PDF copy of these recommendations, click HERE