General Election, November, 2014:
Anaheim City Council
Endorsed Candidate: Tom Tait
Other Candidates: Lucille Kring, Lorri Galloway, Denis Fitzgerald,
Note: Tait has done a masterful job of guiding Anaheim while including all the residents not just those in the Anaheim Hills area. He has steadfastly refused to support tax increases and tax giveaways and has stood up to the special interests that the other mayoral candidates are beholden too.
Other Candidates: Jerry O’Keefe, Donna Michelle Acevedo, Dr. Jose Moreno, Kris Murray, Gail Eastman
Note: The incumbents, Murray and Eastman, are wholly owned by lobbyist and former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and the special interests in the Anaheim Resort District. They do not serve the people of Anaheim and don’t deserve reelection. They have consistently supported tax giveaways and ridiculous spending.
Note: We admire Acevedo for her commitment to the under-served residents of Anaheim and appreciate some of Dr. Moreno’s accomplishments but he is too liberal and will be a reliable hack for labor interests.
Anaheim City School District
Other Candidates: David Robert Heywood, Jeff Cole, Ryan Ruelas
Anaheim Union High School District
Area 1: Maureen Christensen
Area 2: Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin
Local Ballot Measures:
Measure H – Anaheim Union high School District Bond Measure – No
Measure L – Require City Council Members Be Residents of and Elected by Districts – Yes
Measure M – Increase City Council members to Six – Yes
Measure N – Anaheim Local Services Measure – No
Endorsement: Ron Gold
Other candidate: Kamala Harris
Editor’s Note: There is no way anyone should vote to re-elect Kamala Harris, the Democratic incumbent. She is far too cozy with the police unions. Ron Gold is a Republican former Deputy Attorney General who says he will fight corruption. That sounds good to us!
Endorsement: Ted Gaines
Other candidate: Dave Jones
Editor’s Note: All you need to know about Ted Gaines is that he is opposed to ObamaCare. Dave Jones, the incumbent Democrat, loves ObamaCare.
Candidates: Gavin Newsom and Ron Nehring
Editor’s Note: We can’t stomach the Democratic incumbent, Gavin Newsom but the Republican alternative, Ron Nehring, has doubled down on the drug war. We are sitting this one out.
Endorsement: Neel Kashkari
Other candidate: Jerry Brown Editor’s Note: Jerry Brown has done a good job in some respects but we cannot support his crazy High Speed Rail plan. Neel Kashkari is a reasonable alternative.
Secretary of State:
Endorsement: Pete Peterson
Other candidate: Alex Padilla
Editor’s Note: Padilla can be expected to answer to the unions. Pete Peterson became the first Executive Director of Common Sense California, a bipartisan, nonprofit “think-and-do tank” devoted to improving civic participation throughout the state. In 2010 Common Sense California joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, where Peterson serves as Executive Director.
Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Endorsement: Marshall Tuck
Other candidate: Tom Torlakson
Editor’s Note: Torlakson is the teacher’s union candidate. That alone is reason enough to vote for Tuck instead!
State Board of Equalization, District 4:
Endorsement: Nader Shahatit
Candidates: Diane Harkey
Editor’s Note: There is NO WAY we can get behind Diane Harkey. In fact we really want to see her lose so we are endorsing her opponent, Shahatit.
Endorsement: Betty Yee
Other candidate: Ashley Swearengin
Editor’s Note: Swearingin is a High Speed Rail supporter and she has tried to raise taxes in Fresno, where she is the Mayor. No bueno!
Endorsement: Greg Conlon
Other candidate: John Chiang
Orange County Legislative Races:
46th Congressional District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsement: None
Editor’s Note: There is no way we can support the Lake Forest carpetbagger, Adam Nick. But we are not fans of the incumbent, Loretta Sanchez, either. Pass.
69th Assembly District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsements: None
Editor’s Note: Daly is a total hack for special interests, but Walker is a carpetbagger from Lake Forest. We’re taking a pass on this one.
34th State Senate District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsements: Jose Solorio
Candidates include: Janet Nguyen
Editor’s Note: We had every intention of staying neutral in this race but changed our minds after one of Janet Nguyen’s consultants, Peter DeMarco, launched a very person attack against us and our blog. He was upset apparently about an online survey we ran awhile ago where our readers decided that Nguyen was the most corrupt OC Supervisor. Well Peter congratulations we already thought Nguyen was hopelessly corrupt now we are endorsing Solorio. He is a moderate Democrat and has at times voted for bills we didn’t like but he is honest and ethical while the record shows that Nguyen has earned her status as the Queen of OC political corruption.
Orange County Races:
Orange County Assessor Election:
OC Politics Blog Endorsement: Claude Parrish
Other Candidate: Webster Guillory
Editor’s Note: The OCDA has charged Guillory with turning in fraudulent nomination papers.