Oct 232018

Politics is and always will be an insider game. President Trump is a glaring exception to this rule, but the sausage factory is in full grind.

Ted Gaines appears to have successfully shopped for his next office – getting a seat in the now useless Board of Equalization. By the time Ted Gaines is termed out, he will have been in public office for over 30 years. His lasting legacy is ineffectiveness, luck, insider connections and a trail of bodies left on his way to getting his wife a seat at the trough.

When Ted Gaines was a State Senator- he was able to threaten donors to keep them from backing other candidates. He has no such leverage now, once the election is over on Nov 6th, he is a lame duck (vs just lame) and will not be able to threaten people in to supporting Beth Gaines like he did in 2011.

Beth Gaines – She’s BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK. The world-famous Assembly-member who could not debate on the floor of the Assembly, who had to vote against her own amendment on the floor (because she could not write the amendment correctly) is looking to bring another six-figure check in to the Gaines dynasty.

Bethypoo has had a State Senate Account open for over 2 years. She has not raised a whole lot in to it. However, it is rumored that an indian tribe is going to fund her campaign. (There are ways to deal with contribution limits apparently)

Should Bethypoo run, this will be the 5th(!) move the Gaines will have had to make to facilitate runs for office. The last move to El Dorado Hills, yielded a disastrous 20 point drubbing for a County Supervisor Seat.

Next up at the SD01 trough is Kevin Kiley. Kiley is sitting on $400,000 that he is allegedly not sharing with other members or Assembly Candidates. It is usual and customary for incumbent members to write out max-out checks in “Target Races”. It appears that Kiley has not done so, thus clearly signaling that he is running for SD01. He could transfer all of his money to a State Senate Account. Kiley and the Gaines have the same campaign manager – it will be interesting to see how that works out.

It is also clear to me that Mr. Kiley has his eyes on a Seat in Congress eventually. This would be the #1 reason for him to leave a Safe Assembly Seat for the State Senate – to expand his name ID and reach for a Congressional District that is smaller than the Senate District he’d occupy.

Expect to see the same Bay-Area liberal democrats that supported Kiley’s Assembly Run (The Charter Schools Association) pour and bundle money for him. Kiley, who endorsed John Kasich for President appears to have some serious connections to the Bay Area money.

Then we have Rex Hime. Rex is a developer type. I’ve heard his name for many years. He works for a “Third House” group as a board-member / executive. His calling stakeholders has caused his secret to leak out to your intrepid blogger.

Hime has attempted to keep his candidacy a secret, while wrapping up endorsements of local electeds.

Unike Bethypoo or Kiley, it appears that Hime has no wealthy suitors, liberal millionaires or Indian tribes looking to bankroll him. Hime appears to be fairly conservative but his problem is he is a big, old white guy (like your Intrepid Blogger). According to my limited research, Hime will not be a self-funding candidate.

With Kiley and Bethypoo in the SD01 Race, it will be interesting to see how Hime is able to fund his race. Having seen firsthand the fight that Bill Halldin had in a similar dynamic in 2016 AD06 Race, the pattern looks awfully familiar.

So there you have it folks, the HMS GOP North State Titanic is getting ready to set sail…

… And Now we Have Some Races

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Feb 172012

Believe it.

Linda M Park has made over 20 public appearances in her three-week-old campaign.

Placer County and ElDoardo County are getting acquainted with Les Baugh from Shasta County.

Endorsements are coming. Checks are being written, we have some races on our hands – this is going to be a great season in Placer County Politics.

This has all been made possible by the lack of leadership by the Gains. Even the simplest of gestures and involvement could have stopped their train wreck.

The anger in the district is palpable over the double dipping of the gains dynasty.

Instead of leadership we have a family dynasty built on betrayal of stakeholders in the respective districts with the backdrop of a rented house in Rocklin.

Ted Gaines – out of his Hole and into a Local Newspaper.

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Jan 212012

In this installment of the Gaines inspirational leadership series – I explain why us peasants should stand in awe…

Ted Gaines actually did something.

Now that he has a primary opponent, he is writing op-eds in local papers (that non-political types don’t read anymore)…

… about light bulbs.

Billions in the hole. Federal Lands / State Lands being shut off to people. Welfare out of control. Open Borders. Terrorism. Gas Prices. Unemployment. Businesses Fleeing California. Idiots in Sacramento banning common items in the name of (fill in the socialist excuse here)… And the government stupidity over a light bulb ban comes to the front of Senator Ted Gaines’ (Zero-Roseville) mind.

When I read the op-ed – I was astounded as the verbage in it is clearly not that of Ted’s – suggesting that his CPU/Controller wrote it.

Once again the family dynasty leaves the serfs of SD-01 with the same leadership deficit that we have in AD-06.

The solution is summed up in Four Words: Les Baugh Citizen Legislator.

Got some love from the Sacramento Bee!

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Jan 182012

Today’s edition of the “BUZZ” column:


“Most of the people in grass-roots efforts are bristling against the kingmaker concept.”

AARON PARK, campaign manager for Les Baugh, talking to the Redding Record Searchlight. Baugh, a Republican and a Shasta County supervisor, is challenging incumbent Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville

It’s true – we deserve representation, not a political dynasty.

Source article is linked here.

The Redding Record Searchlight Article is here.


Jan 102012

Here is the text of an Email from Dan Logue:

Chico – North State Assemblyman Dan Logue today announced that he would be seeking reelection to the newly drawn Third Assembly District seat.  Logue was originally elected to the Third Assembly District in 2008 and has represented the district for the past four years.

“Redistricting has caused many changes in the North State, but It has been my privilege to represent the residents of Third Assembly District for these past four years and I look forward to continuing to do so,” stated Logue.  “I have had to examine where my strengths are and where I can be most effective for the North State by continuing to serve in the Third Assembly District seat.”

The Third Assembly District is comprised of all of Yuba, Sutter, Tehama, Glenn and portions of Butte and Colusa Counties.

Here’s what this means – the current AD01 Race is now tossed in to a tizzy. Brian Dahle from Lassen, Ted Owens from Nevada, and at least one more person from Shasta County are rumored to be jumping in to the fray against already declared liberal Republican Rick Bossetti.

AD01 – Siskiyou, Shasta, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, Nevada 1/2 of Butte and 1/3 of Placer. Dan Logue was to have moved to Lake Wildwood in Nevada County to run.

Regarding Jim Nielsen – sources have told this blogger that Gentlemen Jim is not running for his third term against Dan Logue – rather (in the opinion of this blog)  Gentleman Jim is going to conserve his resources to run for State Senate against Dan Logue after Doug LaMalfa wins election to Congress.

There are two opponents to Doug LaMalfa – my friend Colonel Pete Stiglich and another guy from Shasta County that wants to split the vote with Stiglich to enable the third candidate to win. (Gotta love Republicans and their firm grasp on strategy)

Les Baugh is still running against Ted Gaines for SD-01.