Feb 102022
 

Your intrepid blogger took the short trip down the hill to Placer County. Remember, from my perch at 5,150 Feet, the artillery of Right on Daily can reach anywhere in California.

Let me preface this by saying I am going to go into more depth on Placer SUP D2, CA-03, and AD-05 as the Election Season plays out.

It is roughly 115 miles from my perch at 5150 Feet in elevation to the Acton Academy in Roseville. When the road is clear, the drive can take as short as 1:35 to complete (especially when Megadeth, Anthrax, etc. is in the satellite radio). I will remind the readers of this blog that The day I stop writing about (and working in) California Politics is the day I die. I lived in Placer County for 23 years.

The Committee deferred an endorsement in SD04 despite allowing three candidates to speak – this is due to the entry of former Congressman George Radanovich into the race. They also deferred AD01 (Megan Dahle) to the next meeting, but it is my guess that they will not endorse regardless of her participation or not. Please note – I like Michael Gordon in SD04 a lot. I got a chance to interact with him and he appears to be a compelling candidate.

I also obtained a copy of the candidate questionnaires used as a part of the process. There were a few noteworthy items that will be addressed as appropriate.

The evening started off with AD05. Joe Patterson crushed the field 33-2. I will write in more detail later, but the high points are as follows:

Jason Paletta – came across as insincere and flippant. He showed his lack of experience by calling on the committee not to endorse any candidate. He might as well have put a Justin Trudeau mask on and waived a white hankie. Paletta has grossly overshot in choosing to run for major office his first time out of the box.

Joe Patterson – showed up, looked the part, gave a concise presentation, and nailed the questions asked of him.

Jonathan Zachreson – after 25 years of doing political work, few Republican candidates make me want to run them over with a tank on first impression. Meet Zachreson. The man lied at least three times I can discern and his candidate questionnaire features a whopper the size of Newsom’s hairdo. (Note: This nimrod also voted for Newsom in 2018) The two holdouts on the Placer GOP have drunk this man’s Kool-Aid, I don’t fault them. Con Artists are exactly that, artists and it has taken years of being in political war for your intrepid blogger to get good instincts in smoking these people.

To those worried about this guy, never fear, your intrepid blogger is on the case and there is a brand new barrel on the political 155 in our Northern Nevada HQ. To Mr. Zachreson, it would be in your best interest to suspend your campaign.

AD03: James Gallagher. Man, what a transformation. When I endorsed Gallagher in his very first race, I departed from the team that I had been a part of. It was a personal risk, but I had been told that Gallagher was a solid human being and a reliable conservative. Gallagher came up in the Nielsen-LaMalfa-David Stafford Reade Crew, it was hard to separate years of political war with the crew to see through.

James went from being a pudgy-cheeked country bumpkin ag attorney / small county supervisor to a polished statesman. This is not bad for a man who turns 41 next month. (I still can’t believe I have 10 years on that guy) James has also charted his own course, such as endorsing Kevin Kiley when most others in office are going to take Scott Jones. (keep reading for the CA-03 summary)

I told James to his face that I am proud of him for his transition. I know someday he will replace Doug LaMalfa in Congress. For now, the State of CA gets to have him as Assembly Minority Leader for the next 5 years. On another note, I interacted with Curtis Grima, Mr. Grima is Gallagher’s Chief of Staff and he is managing Joe Patterson’s Assembly Campaign. Grima looked fantastic and healthier than I ever remember him. He has lost 130 pounds.

Attorney General – Eric Early was endorsed unanimously despite his campaign being broke and others on the ballot with far more resources.

Board of EQ – Ted Gaines was endorsed unanimously for his final term in State Level Office.

US Senate – I am not sure why James Bradley sent a representative to speak on his behalf at the Placer GOP. He laid an egg. Everyone in the activist community knows Mark Meuser and hysterically, Bradley’s crew tried to grandstand on election integrity and Newsom’s mandates. This is spectacularly stupid when Meuser has participated as an attorney in 4 successful challenges to Newsolini and countless others related to elections.

Meuser was endorsed Unanimously.

CA-03 came up. When it started, I leaned over to the soon-to-be Placer Sheriff Wayne Woo and told him “30-3 Kiley” before the show. It was 30-5.

I have written a lot about Kiley over the years. Kiley is a talented public speaker, charismatic, and under the age of 40. This is a lethal combination and is going to require a tremendous amount of resources for McClintock, LaMalfa, McCarthy and others to overcome.

I was actually quite surprised at how well Sheriff Scott Jones did. The man came across as clearly conservative, grounded, and was almost as fluent and articulate as Kiley. Jones had to know he was walking into a meat grinder and performed as well as anyone could have expected. It is also clear to this blogger that Scott Jones is as ready as anyone to go to Congress.

Please note that your intrepid blogger has not endorsed in this race. This race will be the classic, activist versus establishment race. Interestingly, there is not much difference between the two on the issues.

SD06 Roger Niello. One of the biggest mistakes I ever made in politics was supporting Ted Gaines over Roger Niello when Niello ran for State Senate the first time. Roger is and has been a statesman and his answer to the Placer GOP about his vote for Prop 1A including a detailed and reasoned response showed his thoughtfulness and grasp of issues. Niello talked about Crime and Homelessness as his agenda. Niello is one of the nicest men I have ever met in politics, it is hard to get mad at him when you disagree with him! I am thrilled to see that Niello is going to get into the State Senate, many could learn lessons in civility and statesmanship from him.

Remember, Roger Niello is also one of the most approachable people I’ve ever seen in partisan office. Niello was endorsed unanimously.

Placer DA – It was a great experience to meet Morgan Gire in person. If you read this blog, you will remember when I helped take down Jeff Wilson and others looking to come take over the Placer District Attorney’s Office. Gire ended up getting appointed to fill the vacancy. He was unanimous.

Placer Sheriff. Wayne Woo is a stud. He was endorsed Unanimously.

Placer County Clerk – Ryan Ronco was endorsed unanimously. It appears Ronco has drawn an opponent. Anytime an unknown communist files for office, you have to wonder if George Soros is trying to buy a seat. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Placer County Supervisor District 1 – Bonnie Gore was endorsed unanimously. Please allow your intrepid blogger to issue this warning. Anyone dumb enough to run for Placer SUP D1 will receive the Scott Alvord/Jack Duran treatment because I care.

Placer County Supervisor District 2 – I will be writing a lot about this race over the next 4 months. The Central Committee took the position of not endorsing and are choosing to focus on Scott Alvord who attempts to masquerade as a conservative pro-business guy. While he has fooled people at the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, the Sun City Lincoln Communists (most of them Bay Area Transplants looking to infect the few livable areas of California with the same disease emanating from the dung lined streets of San Francisco) are already on the ground promoting this “conservative” democrat. Based on what I know, the Placer GOP and crew are going to light up Alvord so bad, he will beg for the days of Right on Daily.

This leaves Paul Joiner and Shanti Landon. The contrast between the two is amazing. Some may draw parallels to the CA-03 race, but that would be to over-simplify the race.

Paul Joiner is in his 60’s. The man is fit and handsome for his age, but he is in his 60’s. Shanti Landon is in her early 40’s is attractive and vivacious.

I have been friends with Joiner for over 15 years and this is another of the contrasts. Joiner is running on his deep family ties and connections to the establishment in Placer County. His top endorsements are a who’s who of Old White guys (exception: Kiley). Ironically, Shanti enjoys the support of almost everyone in office at the local level, but many of Shanti’s endorsements are newer to the area as well.

I’ve made my choice clear and why (Shanti). The Paul Joiner versus Shanti Landon race is going to be a barn-burner and the choice is clear. There are some clear ideological differences between the two that your intrepid blogger will explore in the coming weeks and Mr. Joiner’s long record in public office should also be looked at as well.

Finally, in the second and final installment from the Placer GOP endorsement evening, your intrepid blogger will follow up on this night. There are some neat stories and insights specific to AD-05 and SUP D2 from the evening that will basically set part of the narrative for the next 4 months as these races play out.

Jan 122022
 

Yesterday, I got an article sent to me.

It was the announcement for a guy who got some notoriety for starting a re-open schools group. I did not know who he was as in the time I spent helping clear out the Teacher’s Union Moonbats from three School Boards in Placer County, I never heard his name.

Therein lies the rub. For so many years, I have seen people come out of nowhere and break in to the political scene.

One signature belongs to Jonathan Zachreson, a parent of three near Sacramento, who would often find his children asleep during their online school classes.

He said he voted for Newsom in 2018, but he’s since launched a 12,000-member Facebook group advocating for the return of schools and is an active member in the original 4,000-member Let Them Play group on Facebook, both of which have evolved into pro-recall groups.

Red Flag Number one. A democrat as of 2018. Unless he has a lifetime A Rating from California Pro-Life and a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA as a democrat (or NPP) while registered in another party, I have a rule that it takes at least 10 years to be credible as a Republican for a major office.

So often these boutique candidates overshoot the target. My guess is this guy thinks he is going to abuse the recall gavin lists and the lists he created from his facebook group with which to mount a campaign for Assembly.

Anyone that participated with this guy should have a bad taste in their mouth as it is clear that he always had an agenda the whole time he was engaged in the reopen schools effort.

Did he walk precincts for the Roseville High School Board Members? No.

Rocklin? No.

Roseville City School District? No.

Western Placer Unified? No.

Has he ever held office? No.

Has he ever done anything to advance the GOP? Help elect others? No.

Central Committee? Member of a GOP Club? No.

So now the fact that he voted for Newsom in 2018 becomes a much bigger deal. It is also made worse that if elected, he will be serving with Newsom (for whom he voted).

My guess is that as I look in to this guy, I am going to discover a stalking horse candidate. We shall see. AD05 looks like just another Republican Primary where 15 candidates will jump in as always.

CA AD-05 Update: Frank Bigelow, Country Club Liberal?

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Feb 022012
 

Frank Bigelow. Have you heard of him?

He is a moderate Republican supervisor from the very conservative county of Madera. Madera is one of the top 5 most Republican Counties in California.

Bigelow is a tax-and-spend liberal who is in love with High Speed Rail. Public records show that love affair lasted for several years and numerous votes – now that the whole world knows that High Speed Rail is a train wreck, Bigelow now stands courageously opposed to it.

Bigelow’s morally flexible stands on taxation also include his very public opposition to Prop 26. Prop 26 was put on the ballot to prevent the loopholes the money-addicted leaders in the state legislature were using to raise taxes under other names. Prop 26 prevents “Fees” aka taxes by other names from being raised without a 2/3 vote of the State Legislature.

Maybe it is more appropriate to call Frank Bigelow a liberal?

It doesn’t stop there. Bigelow has a bizarre notion of history and some special comments on illegal immigration. In October at Mt. Brow Vineyard (in Sonora), in the presence of some 100 guests, a newspaper and a radio reporter – Bigelow asked “Who will pick these grapes?” in response to a question about illegal immigration.

Bigelow’s moral flexibility continued as he boldly stated, “You can’t build a fence to keep people out. Remember what Reagan said to Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

I’ve never heard Ronald Reagan invoked to rationalize illegal immigration, ever.

Frank Bigelow has distinguished himself in the annals of candidates I have seen over the 15 years I have been in this game… as a service to Bigelow, I’d like to remind him that the Berlin wall was built by communists to entrap the people of East Germany. A border fence is built to ensure that people enter the USA legally versus the Berlin Wall which was built to imprison the people of East Germany.

Frank Bigelow is just not ready for Prime-Time – let’s put him on a train to nowhere.

Ray Nutting (AD-05 Prospect) Gets Some Ink in Local Media

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Aug 242011
 

The article from the Mountain Democrat is here.

Ray Nutting is the 2011 chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. He spends 80 to 90 percent of his work week on county business. Mountain Democrat photographer Pat Dollins remarked on the way back from a visit to Nutting’s South County ranch, “That guy needs about a 72 hour day — and he’d probably have it filled.”

Nutting, unfettered by suit and tie, is a whirlwind of energy, physical, mental and emotional. He lives on a nearly 700 acre ranch off Happy Valley Road in the South County. The property was homesteaded by his great-great-grandparents who migrated from Pennsylvania in the 1850s.

Now this is the stuff candidates are made of, I remember Ted Gaines and his family that traces back to the 1850’s in Roseville.

Typically, articles like this start to surface when Candidates are organizing campaigns… I am sure more will follow.

Placer County Republican Assembly Members Make an Impact in SD-04 and AD-05!

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Jun 102010
 

Grassroots activism is still alive.

Even though the State CRA did not endorse in either the AD-05 race or the SD-04 race, it did not stop our members from making an impact for the club’s favorites.

By now, insiders are done buzzing over the 16.4% blowout loss by Rick Keene – losing to Doug LaMalfa in SD04.

The post-mortems and recriminations will go on for a while, but what is known is this:

Rick Keene won Placer County by 3.74% vs losing by 16.4% district-wide.

Andy Pugno won Placer County by 46.58% vs 43.50% in Sacramento County.

Members of the Placer CRA walked precincts (including this blogger) in the portions of each district that overlapped Placer County.