Apr 222024

To say Tenessa has been busy is an understatement. She raged on Michael D’Acquisto at a recent meeting when the lynching of Aaron Hatch was brought up.

But wait, there’s more. The Redding City Council seems to be beset with drama and tribalism.

That prompted Councilman Michael Dacquisto to interject, “It’s the Bethel juggernaut at work again, just like I said last week. This is crazy.”

Winter shot right back: “That’s B.S. Stop.”

Audette, Winter, and Mayor Pro Tempore Jack Munns attend Bethel, a megachurch in Redding whose membership makes up about 10% of the city’s population. Some in the community have expressed concerns that the church wields too much political influence.

Up until recently, I have discounted D’Acquisto’s criticism of Bethel Church because I am also an Evangelical Christian and I recollect Michael from his campaign for congress back many years ago (the original election of Congressman LaMalfa) and recall him to be completely non religious.

However, since Bethel attendees have taken the majority on the Redding Council it has gotten screwy, including Tenessa bragging she was going to become Mayor months before the vote – suggesting insider dealing. (Here is another post about the corruption behind the Mayor Scam.)

Who knew that the New Apostolic Movement involves the same kinds of tactics I have written about for years being done by politicians and their minions?

At the April 2 council meeting, Audette recommended appointing realtor Joshua Johnson and David Stine, CEO of Bethel Media, to the commission. They would replace developer Marcus Partin and realtor Cameron Middleton, whose terms are up.

That didn’t sit well with Dacquisto or Councilmember Mark Mezzano, who said both Partin and Middleton want to stay on the commission.

“I’m confused,” Dacquisto said at the April 2 meeting. “Why would you bring somebody new in when you have two experienced volunteers that are willing to go and continue working?”

On April 2, Audette, Munns and Winter were in the 3-2 majority to appoint Johnson and Stine.

Not bad, huh? Experience not necessary, just the membership.

Got Jury Duty? UP YOURS say the three person majority!

Shasta County Superior Court Executive Officer Melissa Fowler-Bradley asked the city to pause parking enforcement of jurors’ vehicles around the new courthouse for 90 days until additional parking becomes available.

Ok, sounds reasonable right?

But the council voted 3-2 not to accept the recommended changes and not pause parking enforcement. Audette, Munns and Winter voted in the majority.

“The Superior Court is appreciative of the sacrifices people make to serve on the jury duty and apologize for this added inconvenience when their vehicles are ticketed,” Bradley stated in a news release Wednesday.

I guess they showed everyone who’s boss huh?

But, here’s the best part. The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians (aka Rolling Hills Casino in Nearby Tehama County) ran an independent expenditure for Tenessa in the March Primary and donated the legal maximum of $5,500×2 to her campaign. I guess there is a toll booth at the front door of the Mayor’s office:

A divided council voted to send a letter to the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs that questions the final environmental impact statement for the Redding Rancheria’s plan to relocate its Win-River Resort & Casino to freeway frontage property south of Redding.

I guess Win River being near I-5 would be bad for Rolling Hill’s business?

The council voted 3-2 to send the letter. Audette, Munns and Winter voted yes. Dacquisto and Mezzano voted no.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has final say on the casino project.

The public comment period for the final environment impact statement ends April 29 and the Bureau of Indian Affairs could decide on the project after that date.

The Rancheria’s plan is to build a 69,541-square-foot casino, nine-story, 250-room hotel, restaurants, a conference center, an event center, a convention center and a 132,000-square-foot regional retail center on a portion of 232 acres of undeveloped land west of Interstate 5 known as Strawberry Fields. The property is just south the I-5-South Road interchange.

If anyone thinks Tenessa’s stance on Win River has nothing to do with the largess from Rolling Hills I have a Sundial Bridge to sell you.

FYI – I hate to break it to Tenessa, the Federales approve these projects and rarely care about what City Councils have to say as most come up with excuses to oppose the projects.

P.S. The Planning Commission? The significance of that is that for reasons I am unclear about, the “Bethel Crew” want to do in the Redding Rodeo and the Planning Commission has some sort of major decision to make soon about the Rodeo’s lease on property downtown. My guess is they will be shafted and forced out of Redding after nearly a century…

Meantime, Redding’s Crime Rate is worse than 93% of American Cities.

Apr 082024

California Elections are a joke.

I’ve seen this a few times in my life

Obviously, I am involved in California’s first Assembly District Race. I will be writing a lot more about this in the fall as it is now a head to head race with my candidate Heather Hadwick stunning all observers, finishing first. I know why she won and that is a secret that I will not discuss until after the General Election is over and she is Assemblywoman Heather Hadwick.

This will not be before a ton of drama and people that don’t know her who hate her only because of their irrational hatred of the Dahles doing what they do. (The Dahles, by the way are loved in AD-01, but I digress)

I also had a bit of time away, even though I do work when away from my artillery position at 5146′ here in the north state. I had a great Easter!

So, here are some races I am watching this fall in California:

AD-01 obviously, SD-01 (Megan Dahle is fine, please stop the rumors) are the starters.

AD-07 which is a D+6ish district, but GOP incumbent Josh Hoover had a strong showing in March.

AD-40 where communist incumbent Pillar Schaivo performed poorly presenting another pickup opportunity for the GOP, because in AD-47 Greg Wallis is in deep doo-doo.

AD-60 might be entertaining too

AD-75 which pits Andrew Hayes against the controversial and flamboyant Carl DeMaio should be noteworthy because DeMaio will spend a ton of money.

AD-76 features Kristie Bruce-Lane who did not make it to 50%. There will be a ton of money in that district, she is about the top recruit for the GOP this cycle.

SD-01 Megan Dahle smashed David Fennell. Fennell has distinguished himself with some nasty and classless appearances by all accounts, so he appears well suited to the Dahle haters and the 22.8% of the vote in SD-01 they represented.

SD-05 Jim Shoemaker a long time enemy of mine in the CRA is the nominee against retread Jerry McDonkey. McDonkey is a heavy favorite, both because of the district and because Shoemaker still needs finishing as a candidate.

SD-07 – Five Democrats and One Republican ran. The Republican finished last. My guess is that district will elect an Israel-hating communist.

SD-19 Rosilicie Ochoa-Bogh did not do well, but did get over 53% in the primary. Watch this district because the dems are coming for it.

SD-23 Suzette Martinez-Valladares hammered DJ Hamburger and the Dem did not even get 30%. Even though this is allegedly a dem district, Suzette will be uber-competitive. Hamburger, had he made the runoff would have cost the GOP a seat for sure.

In SD-37, Josh Newman who was once recalled for whoring out for a tax increase drew former Assemblyman Stephen Choi as his opponent. Newman is the prohibitive favorite to hold his seat. This was one of the districts I wrote about the GOP endorsement game playing in.

CA-03: Kiley got to over 55% as the count went on. He is safe for now. Look for the pinkos to recruit a better opponent than Jessica Morse in 2026.

CA-06: Can Chris Bish get to 35% against Ami Bera? Inquiring bloggers want to know.

CA-09: Former Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln was able to hold incumbent Dem puppet Josh Harder under 50 in the Primary. True to form, the Republicans could not help themselves as two other unqualified candidates filed for no reason causing Lincoln to have to spend money to finish second in the primary. Great teamwork.

CA-13: John Duarte nearly beat Adam Gray by 10% in the primary. I don’t see how Gray, noted for being a lazy candidate overcomes that.

CA-20: Vince Fong drew Mike Boudreaux as his opponent. Mike Boudreaux is going to wish he had not filed in the first place.

CA-21: Yet another poor showing by Jim Costa may bring this district in to the spotlight again.

CA-22: The Reps combined for nearly 55% of the vote. Valadao always seems to be just fine even as trump-supporters and so-called pundits predict his demise.

CA-27: Mike Garcia’s very existence crushes the squish narrative about “fitting the district”, this conservative continues to earn mid 50’s support in a D+6 district.

CA-30: Hard left district but the Republican qualifier Alex Balekian can make it interesting

CA-35: Mike Cargile always makes Norma Torres life miserable. Go Mike.

CA-47: Dem leaning district will be a money bloodbath. Scott Baugh is the Republican candidate there

CA-49: Another district where I wrote about the game-playing for the GOP endorsement. Pinko incumbent Mike Levin got 51% of the vote and presents a nice target for Matt Gunderson who should have been endorsed. Now they have to because he is the qualifier.

In addition, your intrepid blogger can’t help himself but watch some local stuff:

For reasons I am unsure of, there is a third candidate that risks splitting the votes to allow Karen Alvord, the wife of Scott Alvord an easier path to getting elected. Remember Council Races are non-partisan and have no runoff. It appears that we could have another Richard Rocucci / Pauline Rocucci combination unless Pete Constant wins.

Mike Murray made the runoff in Sup D3 in Placer County, my guy Dave Butler finished 3rd. I will be writing more about this later, but this is my official endorsement of Mike Murray. His opponent Anthony DeMattei better invest in political body armor.

In Sup D5, Cindy Gustafson is the more conservative of the two that qualified. Wayne Nader is a Registered Republican, amazingly. I can’t endorse Cindy, but if I had a vote in that district she’d get it.

I will be weighing in on other races in Placer County, but those three are on my radar right now.

Don’t worry dear readers, the body-count will resume soon enough.

Mar 232024

In SD-37, Uber dumped a bunch of money into Josh Newman and Stephen Choi. The Leadership of the OC GOP wanted Crystal Miles whose consultant is Dave Gilliard. Many of the rank and file wanted Anthony Kuo. The story about how the endorsement of Kuo got scuttled is a classic expose’ in backroom politics.

Would an OCGOP Endorsement have mattered? That county endorsement does indeed move the needle and has in years past. Perhaps had the insiders not thwarted the OCGOP from making a choice, Uber would not have been able to buy Choi into the fall.

Gilliard also had a candidate, Kate Monroe in CA-49:

The same leadership of the OCGOP scuttled and thwarted an endorsement of Matt Gunderson on behalf of Kate Monroe. It should also be noted that Margarita Wilkinson spent a ton of money and appears to have hurt herself with her strategic choices in her campaign.

Kate Monroe – similar to Crystal Miles is a client of Dave Gilliard.

The point of this post is simple. It is not about Dave Gilliard who is one of the better GOP Consultants in California. He lists people like Doug LaMalfa, Bethypoo, Jim Nielsen, Gallagher, Joe Patterson and Tenessa Audette as clients. Heck, his golden girl Janet Nguyen (who I blasted more than once) stomped the field.

This is about Central Committee endorsements and the corruptible process behind them. When Tenessa Audette was endorsed by Placer County, one of the votes to do so was someone on her payroll (check her campaign finance reports you will see who). In Orange County, there are more than one person with a long standing relationship with Dave Gilliard. If I was Gilliard, I would most certainly leverage those in order to benefit my clients. This is part of the game. The issue is that Gilliard’s allies did it under cover of subterfuge.

The brutal reality is the endorsement process of a county party is corruptible and is not transparent. This is and has been a theme of Right on Daily for years, ripping the covers off of the backroom deals, politics of personal rage and the moral corruption of the political process. Welcome back to the 2024 edition.

P.S. About Tenessa?

Whoops… the ENDORSED candidate got beat pretty badly. (P.S. 98%+ of the ballots in the district have been tabulated)

Mar 162024

Tenessa Audette’s campaign declared her the “ENDORSED” Republican candidate ( a standard Dave Gilliard mail trick). But the endorsements she lacked were the Dahles. When central committees endorsed because of their unfounded hatred of the Dahle’s that brings with it the flip side as well:

Shasta County is nearly complete. This result is pretty much baked in to the cake. Wow. It is even more stunning when you realize that Tenessa had more money than any of her opponents and sent 5-7 pieces of mail out.

Mar 062024

Steve Garvey made the runoff for the US Senate against Adam Schiff. This will help with Republican turnout in the fall. Activist darling Eric Early was an asterisk in the final results.

At the beginning of the evening, there were some pretty shocking-looking results; Kevin Kiley in CA3 had as low as 50.5% of the vote until the end of the evening, settling in at 55.1%. This shows that the right’s election paranoia is now baked into the cake, and they refuse to vote early. I’d guess that Kevin’s number will go up more as the absurd six-week election process winds down.

Republicans refusing to vote early means that last-minute dirty tricks by Democrats will be effective, and weather events (such as snow in 2022 on election day in Reno) will also impact Republicans far more than Democrats as well.

I was watching a slew of races all over the state. Given that it appears the late vote is R-Leaning, you could see Kevin Crye barely survive the recall attempt against him in Shasta County. (Although, it looks like he is toast). Patrick Jones and Dan Sloan got hammered in their respective runs. (Shasta GOP endorsed retaining Crye and electing the other two)

In Placer County and El Dorado County, the County GOPs made a big deal of endorsing Tenessa Audette for Assembly. It did not work out…

As I wrote previously, the endorsement of Audette was more about hatred of Brian and Megan Dahle, than it was Tenessa’s virtues as a candidate and it showed: (ElDo Above and Placer Below)

It looks like in AD01, Heather is going to win every county except Nevada and Shasta County. And note, that in Placer they spent money promoting Tenessa as well.

Megan Dahle?

Districtwide it was 77-23.  Placer was the only GOP committee to endorse David Fennell outright while the others refused to take a position. It appears that fennel got about 120 more votes in Placer County than had Placer’s results tracked the districtwide result. Do note that Megan Dahle did little if any, advertising while the Placer GOP spent about $30K countywide.

In Nevada County, Megan Dahle got 81.9% of the vote as of now while Tenessa did indeed win by roughly 1150 votes. In Nevada County, their Central Committee was actively engaged in three Supervisor Races and carried Tenessa’s stuff with them. It is the presence of a very active campaign, with volunteers and the like that moved the needle, that is the only conclusion you can draw out of the three Counties whose GOP’s endorsed Tenessa. (But hey, her mail said she is the ENDORSED Republican candidate… pfffft…)

The County Parties made this election a referendum on Brian and Megan Dahle. Dahle’s 2, County Parties 0. This result is typical when county parties attack effective conservatives.

Heather Hadwick and Tenessa Audette advance to the runoff. Mark Mezzano sits on the Redding City Council with Tenessa and they don’t like each other very much.  Melissa Hunt was the initial choice of the Shasta GOP, many of whom migrated to Mezzano. If I am Tenessa, I am not optimistic. I am also not sure there is enough coordinated independent expenditure money from the Tehama County Tribe to fill the gap either.

Before drilling down on the Placer County Supervisor Race results, I’d like to make special mention of a race I stuck my nose into in El Dorado County.

Extreme left wing activist Margaret Fortune who moved to El Dorado Hills because it is so much better to live in than Sacramento County (who is in charge there, Margaret?), spent some $30,000 in digital ads trying to lie to people about who she is. Your intrepid blogger helped expose her and Congressman McClintock and Assemblyman Joe Patterson mailed on behalf of winner Greg Ferrero. This is a big deal because Fortune was supposed to be on the bench to oppose Kevin Kiley in the light-red and slipping CA-03. (Sorry, Jessica Morse, you are just the current patsy until the DCCC gets who they really want in to the race)

In Placer County there were some shocking(?) results in the county supervisor races. Some say shocking, but your intrepid blogger says take a deeper look and you will understand why.

In SUP D5, it looks like Cindy Gustafson is going to have to deal with Wayne Nader in a runoff, garnering about 49% of the vote. Nader is in a distant Second around 25%.

Wayne Nader is to the left of Cindy on issues, but since he was the only R in the race, the Placer GOP endorsed him. Nader is the clear NIMBY anti-growth candidate in the SUP D5 Race. The shocking result was the fourth place finisher Chowdry who raised almost $100,000 appears to have been a fool with his money and likely drove voters away with whatever he spent his money on.

It is exceptionally rare to get 49% in the General and not win the runoff election.

P.S. Third place dude Jim Holmes? He and Wayne don’t like each other very much anymore, WWJHD?

In SUP D4, the Placer GOP might beat their collective chest and claim victory, but this would be the wrong conclusion. While the top-vote getter for Placer GOP Cent Com in D1, Eric Eisenhammer voted to endorse Suzanne without recusing himself, (He is a paid consultant for her) adding further taint to the endorsement, Karen Henson proved repeatedly that she was a poor candidate and thusly led to her support base recruiting someone else. In addition the replacement, Jeff Moss, started too late.

Moss attacked Suzanne at least twice I am aware of, as the night went on, crazy suzy’s margin went down from 69 down to 62 showing that the attacks were effective. It was too little too late.

But – the Placer GOP Central Committee has taken ownership of her ethical issues and leftist positions. (and all those enviro groups that love them some suzy) This is what happens when Rage, Revenge and playing fast and loose with the rules is the nexus for an endorsement.

When attempting to take out an incumbent who is a hero of the far left of placer county, the enviros and NIMBY’s, you have to start early and come out firing. I hope all involved realize they blew it as Suzy could have been defeated.

In SUP D3, probably the most surprising outcome of all occurred. Mike Murray finished first.

What does this mean. #1 Relationships matter. The people that love Mike helped mike. They walked precincts for him and made calls for him. This was a Mike driven effort. Mike had an extensive list of people he helped over the years, they all paid him back. Good for Mike, good for them. It is nice to see loyalty in politics as that is rare indeed.

#2 Mike Murray is 39. Sometimes “youth” is a negative. In Mike’s case I believe it worked in his favor.

#3 DeMattei was the choice of the left and the NIMBY’s. I will state publicly, that Anthony DeMattei’s background is a disaster and should he squeak out a second place finish, I am going to plow him. DeMattei had endorsements from a lot of the same leftist enviro groups as Suzanne Jones. DeMattei did way better because the NIMBY’s and commies got their message out to people telling them DeMattei is the woke candidate in Sup D3.

#4 What does Dave Butler do if he limps into the runoff? Do the donors still donate to him in the fall? What does David Do to try and overcome the poor showing despite being fully funded? I had some thoughts as to why David performed as he did and I shared them with him and those remain between us. On a general note, I respect Dave Butler a ton, but wonder if he, like your intrepid blogger, represents a generation whose time is passing if not past. Perhaps it could be as simple as a personality or presentation issue.

What do outside groups do if it is Butler vs Murray? What do they do if it is Murray vs DeNimby?

This was a tough one for your intrepid blogger which is why I had little, if anything to say about SUP D3 for a while. I feel bad for David, but also feel great for Mike.

SUP D3 is a pretty conservative district. With more Republicans voting in the fall, I have to believe that Mike is the prohibitive favorite, Murray should write DeMattei a thank you letter as he pulled a ton of votes that may well have gone to Dave Butler as well.

At the end of the day, if you read this through the theme is clear. Central Committee Endorsements are nice, but they alone account for little (See AD01 in Placer and Eldo). If a County Party endorses and then spends some money, you can see marginal movement (such as Fennell’s slightly better outcome in Placer vs districtwide), but a Central Committee endorsement with Money AND Action can move the needle a lot (see Nevada County AD01 Result).

But 100% of the time when you make bad endorsements they make you look stupid.

If activists would stop being stupid and consultants would start being honest, Right On Daily would not exist. This blog has existed for 15 years and is still going strong, what does that tell you?

On to the fall.