Oct 162017
 

Thanks to some extremely bizarre legislation in California, you can self identify as anything these days. It does indeed appear that my friends within the Riverside GOP have failed to do their due diligence on the Sheriff who is self-identifying as a Republican.

Mr. Sniff appears to be all over the board on a variety of issues. When doing research on the Sheriff, I learned that he appointed an LBGT Liaison Officer. I wonder if this was widely advertised?

It was buried in a retirement announcement for the assistant sheriff. (Click the picture of the officer to enlarge the text)

Whether or not gay rights is your issue, the point here is one of priorities. The Good Sheriff has a bizarre set of them. A brand new jail has been languishing for quite a while due to “budget cuts”, yet we have an LGBT liaison officer. I’d assume to deal with the after affects of felons allowed to go free who assault them?

As I’ve been looking in to the Sheriff, I’ve identified a slew of things that are causing me to question everything everyone thinks they knew about him.

Let’s start at a basic question, Is Stan Sniff a Republican?

He is deign to give out CCW Permits, this is a proven fact we will discuss later, he has also given short shift to jails and corrections, another fact we will discuss later. Guns and Law / Order are two pillars of even the most moderate Republican’s platform.

It gets better – in the competitive State Senate District 31 in the middle of Riverside County, tax-raising left-wing “General” Richard Roth can count of Sheriff sniff to endorse and help re-elect him. Richard Roth voted to jack up your vehicle registrations, jacked up your gas taxes twice and helped usher in Cap and Trade which will light up the sky with your energy bills. Cap and Trade is the reason why Riverside County “Republican” Chad Mayes became public enemy number one and is expected to be in the fight of his life for re-election. So why not Stan Sniff? Sniff endorsed Roth in September of 2015, some 10 months before election day, in an effort to discourage any viable Republican from running against Roth, while in the same area Republican Assemblymember Eric Linder was ousted from office.

Sniff called Richard Roth a “True Champion for Public Safety”, yet Roth supported Prop 47 and Prop 57, get out of jail free cards for habitual career criminals. Under those propositions, you can visit the local markets and steal up to $950 worth of stuff and get an infraction. You can then do it repeatedly as those crimes do not pile up. Roth also supported making transmitting HIV a misdemeanor.

Lest you think Stan Sniff’s democrat tendencies are limited to the above, the good sheriff also added another disaster to his endorsement quiver. In 2012, he endorsed leftist democrat Cheryl Brown. Ms. Brown has been like Richard Roth on acid. Brown is so far out there that she has supported legislation so bad that even Governor Moonbean has vetoed it.

It is fair to say that Sheriff Sniff has no clear core convictions. It is also fair to say that Sheriff Sniff aided and abetted the largest tax increases, fee increases and regulatory increases in state history, in addition to the disasters known as Prop 47 and 57.

Does the Sheriff believe that the leftist Social Justice Warriors will come to his aid now that his tenure is seriously threatened? We are seeing an emerging pattern with Sheriff Sniff… stay tuned for more.

Oct 142017
 

Every day I am reminded that Narcissism is alive and well in the body politic. I have written before that I believe Chad Mayes is a classic Narcissist.

Chad Mayes is constitutionally incapable of grasping that he screwed up.

He is also constitutionally incapable of grasping that people want him out of office.

So, we get tweets like this where he seeks to lecture the leadership of the California Republican Party about Steve Bannon.

Mr. Mayes demonstrates repeatedly that he is indeed tone deaf to the Republican Party Platform. Worse, these tweets show that he still thinks he is right and everyone else is wrong. You can not deal with someone this intransigent. He is going to repeat to everyone that the way to the promised land is for the GOP to adopt democrat party policy positions in order to be relevant again.

He has other tweets where he is interacting with the former governor who was the author of AB32, which has caused massive hikes in energy costs, with more coming in 2018 courtesy of un-elected boards created by it.

The problem is how far do you move the GOP Tent to the left before it becomes synonymous with the dems?

The Al Moncada at the bottom of the second set of tweets is an open borders advocate whose limited social media presence is dedicated to attacking President Trump.

The NB in the middle holds himself out as an employee of the CMA (California Medical Association). The NB may be Nick Bertcil who is on the CMA’s website. The California Medical Association is a left-leaning group that lobbies for government money in to the health care industry. They frequently endorse socialized medicine type bills, etc. The people they seem to resent would characterize them as part of the swamp.

Note that Nick Bertcil tagged Joe Justin in his tweet. As we’ve asserted here many times, Justin was an architect of the Cap and Trade deal that ignited Chad Mayes removal as Assembly GOP Leader. You may also recall Joe Justin’s social media profile picture featuring an Obama deadhead shirt.

Kevin Spillane – whose tweet was re-tweeted basically calls the CAGOP leadership racist along with Sheriff Joe Arpaio – has been a left-leaning Republican Political Consultant for years. I’ve known him to work on the campaigns of democrats as well. It is clear Mr. Spillaine was a big loser when Chad Mayes was demoted and has been on a rampage of his own.

Jimmy Camp is a former Republican Consultant who used to run ground operations in targeted GOP Races. In 2008, he publicly stated that he voted for Obama, yet still got work as a GOP Consultant for years after. In 2016, he once against left the GOP because President Trump won the primary.

These are the folks backing up Mr. Mayes and Mayes continues to struggle for relevance.

What this exercise tells me is that even though it feels like Chad was able to “win” by getting good committee assignments and “assistant leader” title, that his nearly psychotic ego has been deeply injured.

Chad Mayes is on the ballot in 2018. I do believe that anyone with the wherewithall needs to donate to the candidate you believe can unseat him and if possible participate in the effort of said candidate. The only way the consultants, lobbyists and people like mayes will learn is by losing.

Even then, if Chad Mayes loses, folks like these will blame an inflexible GOP, blah, blah, blah. When people are unreachable, they need to be removed. In a couple days, before the coming CAGOP Convention, I will have some more to say about Republican Values and why they actually matter – even in a state like California.

 

 

Oct 132017
 

Sheriff Stan Sniff has had a history of fighting with his cops. Sheriff Stan Sniff has had a history of fighting with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, blaming all of them for every bad decision he has made. At the same time, Sheriff Stan Sniff is providing no leadership for the deputies he still has on the beat.

On the 8th of July, a couple of Riverside Sheriff’s Department Officers responded to a DUI. Here is a link to a quick hit in the local paper.

The officers on the scene did the following:

Unfortunately, Sheriff Sniff will not be able to delete this from the internet as he has with other items that were controversial.

This picture of Sargent Robert Garcia and Community Service Officer Stephanie Perez was actually on Perez’ social media account.

In the three month’s since, there has been nothing out of the Sheriff’s office about this.

Six Firefighters are working on the wrecked car and this is the contribution from Mr. Sniff’s troops?

Maybe the Sheriff needs to take a break from going to the rotary club dinner, the women’s luncheon, the chamber of commerce crab feed and his regularly scheduled bashing of county board of supervisors to actually attempt to enforce some discipline?

It is a fair question to ask.

 

Oct 092017
 

Everyone is looking for reasons why the CAGOP is losing market share. There are a ton of them beyond the recent foibles of the legislature to look at.

Riverside County, once a county with 44% GOP Registration is now plurality democrat. In a search for answers beyond Chad Mayes, I went looking through the ranks of GOP leaders in Riverside County, and stumbled upon one of Riverside’s most “beloved” Republican Officeholders – Stan Sniff.

On the surface, Sniff looks like the prototypical GOP Sheriff. Once you take a closer look, you will agree with me that Stan Sniff needs to be retired.

I am told by GOP friends in Riverside County that Sniff is popular. I’d contest that for a variety of reasons, but there is one group Sniff is indeed popular with, the ACLU. The ACLU loved Sniff’s ieda of scapegoating the Riverside Sheriff’s Deputies with an extreme plan of implementation for body cameras. It appears that our Sheriff turned politician was trying to score points with social justice warriors.

Perhaps this desire to reinvent himself as a social justice warrior informs us as to why Sniff endorses democrats and tax increases in Riverside County, yet I am told he is popular. I will bet that Chad Mayes believed in his own popularity in Riverside County as well before he collided face-first with the reality of the desires of his constituents. I believe that once informed, the voters of Riverside County will help Stan Sniff have a similar collision.

It is my goal to inform as many people as possible about Stan Sniff based on the facts about a variety of issues as my investigation is turning up a non-stop cavalcade of disaster.

You can not simply declare war on your men and expect no consequences. For those of you on the right fixated on the “Sheriff’s Union”, allow me to give you a concrete, real world example – my Mother served 6 years on the local High School Board before resigning to move to Nevada. She is probably to the right of me, yet was proudly endorsed by the teacher’s union without compromising who she was. She was involved in a long contract negotiation where the Union got a fraction of what they wanted, but everyone left friends and on amicable terms. This is what leaders do, they tell people the way things are without insulting them or turning them in to permanent enemies.

Sniff apparently missed the memo on how to negotiate. He also appears to have cared more about his own office and massive compensation package ($330K+ a year in total stuff) then attempting to focus on staffing levels, trying to eliminate furloughs or resolve long term contracting issues.

Stan Sniff could have done a variety of things to try to mitigate some of the effects of the democrats obsession with undermining criminal penalties and incarceration, he did not.

It appeared instead that the Sheriff was content to refuse to cooperate with ICE, overseeing releases of hardened criminals by the thousands in excess of the already mandated releases, slow rolled the opening and staffing of the new jail, spending money on a variety of things not related to incarceration or enforcement of the law and of course a pathetically slow number of CCW permits being issued while Crime has been escalating by double digits in recent years.

Stan Sniff has not faced a sustained, funded and serious challenge to his failed leadership. Perhaps in 2014, he had a stronger platform to run on. 2018 is not 2014. Incumbents are on the line and the unwashed masses are awake and understand their government has failed them. Stan Sniff is about to experience this dynamic full force.

Oct 082017
 

I’ve written for years about the nearly one-sided expenditures against Conservatives since 2012. I am starting to see signs that there will be few if any of them.

I am going to lay out some insider information via a string of events and occurrences that strongly indicate a pattern.

Let me preface this by stating that most all of the massive independent expenditures of cash have been financed by Charles T. Munger Jr. via has Spirit of Democracy PAC. There have been much smaller amounts contributed by CREPAC (realtors), the Dentists, Chevron, Eli Lilly, PG&E, JOBSPAC and the Chamber Pot PAC. (The last two are functions of the California Chamber of Commerce mostly)

As I have written previously, on a personal level, I like Mr. Munger and have found him to be a reasonable, thoughtful gentleman. Many on the right of the party could learn a few things from his approach. I can not make the same complements about some of the folks hired and paid with his money. I truly believe that Mr. Munger was motivated by what he believed was in the best interests of the GOP.

However, the nearly $9 Million spent (by Mr. Munger alone) in 2016 attempting to control party offices, county central committees and elections statewide may well have been tossed in to a bonfire.

Several mainline political consulting firms had as much as $1.5 Million go through their hands in the course of the 2016 largess. I had to sift through individual reports and take hand-written notes to reverse engineer where the money was spent. We will never know with 100% accuracy, but looking at the slate vendor’s reports and seeing consulting making slate buys for county central committee races was my first clue how this was engineered.

The first clue things had changed was in 2016, seeing the CAGOP get nothing more than token amounts of money from Mr. Munger. Several county parties cut off their registration programs as they had no sources of funding outside of Mr. Munger’s largess.

Earlier this year, I lampooned David Hadley for running for governor and claiming he’d get backed up by $1 Million from Mr. Munger. Reality set in apparently as Hadley’s campaign did not last a month. Many on the right remember with anger the $1 Million spent on Neel Kashkari against the fraud known as Tim Donnelly, it apparently is not there in 2018.

Some of the top Lieutenants in the “leadership operation” (code word for the combination of Charles Munger’s money and the whims of the permanent minority leaders) are out looking for other work. (more on that in a bit)

Los Angeles County and Ventura County let go of their paid staff in the last few months. Both are no longer receiving financial support from Mr. Munger. I’ve heard similar reports from other Bay Area Counties that I have not confirmed yet therefore I am not mentioning individual counties.

The operation against Chad Mayes featured several County Parties who had at least half or more of their elected members elected by the massive expenditure (that I estimate at $2.2 Million) of money by the “leadership operation” go off the rails against the very leader who participated in those expenditures. Several CAGOP leaders who had received material support from the same operation also revolted.

Remember the #capandtraitors? – Heath Flora benefited from $600K spent on his behalf. The “leadership operation” even spent about $200k attacking conservative San Joaquin supervisor Ken Vogel as well

Rocky Chavez? How about nearly $1 Million, including a boatload of attack mail against Conservative Sherry Hodges (who now works for Diane Harkey)

Marc Steinorth? It approaches $1.5 Million over all cycles

Jordan Cunningham? Yup, he got some too

Catharine Baker? On the aggregate, it is approaching $3 Million over all cycles.

Would be Cap and Traitor Frank Bigelow was elected over Conservative Hero Rico Oller due to the sheer mass of $1.5 Million of mostly negative ads descending on one of the most conservative districts in California. While I like Bigelow on a personal level, he is not a conservative and does not match AD05’s socially conservative base, this is a statement of fact.

The “leadership operation” spent $1 Million on Ling-Ling Chang’s failed Senate Run and another $1 Million getting Josh Newman qualified for a recall.

Are you tracking with me? Millions of Charles’ Munger’s money gone. What does he have to show for it? Proposition 14 and a ton of losses. Now Charles Munger’s top Lieutenant Luis Buhler is in a full blown drill to try and save prop 14 as it, too is on the chopping block with a rumored referendum coming to overturn it. (PS, Labor Unions – if you are looking for a Conservative Republican to help you overturn Prop 14 when you qualify the initiative, please reach out to me)

I’ve received reports that I have confirmed that David Stafford Reade is taking candidate campaigns and is set up to run candidates in opposition to other consultants he once worked with closely. It is my professional opinion that this is because Mr. Reade needs to replace the lost income he will not receive courtesy of the “Leadership operation”. (Please note, I am not accusing Reade of a crime, or ethical issues in this case) Mr. Reade has consistently been on the payroll of said operation ever since Meg Whitman’s train wreck and gravy train ended.

I then learned that Andy Garakhani, (who is a good dude, btw) also referred to as Andy Gimmecandy (couldn’t help myself there) has landed a gig working directly for a statewide GOP candidate. This is another long time top Lieutenant of the Munger operation that is out finding direct employment with a campaign.

David Stafford Reade and Andy Garakhani would not be able to run campaigns and participate in the usual independent expenditures at the same time. Neither had done General Consulting for partisan races during the time they were employed by the leadership drill.

Reade is also running a county supervisor campaign in Placer County, this is unfamiliar territory for him. (BTW- I hope his candidate is successful) The evidence keeps piling up suggesting that the “Munger money” is a thing of the past.

Luis Buhler used to run drills for the left of the party years ago as a volunteer, then he got paid to do so out of the Munger operation. I guess it is now back to the future as Luis is making his own phone calls to gather support for retaining Prop 14.

I am of the opinion that the straw that broke the camel’s back regarding the Munger Largess was the #capandtraitor drill. I had been told by several that they had seen a sea change in Mr. Munger’s approach and had heard that Mr. Munger was experiencing resistance on a personal level. I can not speak to Mr. Munger’s spirit, soul or thought process – but I can look on the surface and see that a reasonable, thoughtful and intelligent man would asses the results of what he has done over the last 6 years and ask some very real and thoughtful questions about it.

There is also no way Mr. Munger ever dreamed he’d become public enemy #1 in his own party.

The cap and trade drill saw a fracture in the moderate side of the GOP, with the wholesale revolt of 3/4 of the GOP post 2016 against Cap and Trade. The grassroots overwhelmed the lobbyists, donors, establishment, etc. and semi-ousted Chad Mayes as a petrified and fractured Assembly GOP Caucus could not finish the job.

Since Mr. Munger’s vast resources had been deployed to settle personal scores of some who were formerly on his payroll and in other cases specifically and ideologically against Conservatives, the list of enraged people is legion. Mr. Buhler is reputed to have been buttressing the arguments of the CA GOP Board Members who stood against the anti-Chad Mayes Resolution. Mr. Buhler was reputed to have attempted to interfere with more than one county’s attempt to adopt an anti-Chad Mayes Resolution. There is no way Charles wanted to be a part of so much bloodletting. There is no way Mr. Munger is happy with the results of his expenditures which I estimate as being $50 million on the aggregate now.

Mr. Munger’s money ultimately elected the necessary Republican votes, at the expense of conservative candidates who were shredded, to pass Cap and Trade. This is the largest tax increase in California’s history (if you count fees as taxes, if you don’t, it is the second largest and the largest batch of fee increases ever). This bred the most widespread grassroots revolt within CAGOP Ranks since we had to recall three members of the legislature in the mid 1990’s to gain a fleeting majority in the Assembly because Republicans kept cutting deals with the democrat minority to get themselves elected speaker.

20 years ago when I first joined in CAGOP Politics and I joined a group I was later expelled from for life, I was told that “the Moderates” in the CA GOP would not stop until the entire platform of the GOP was shredded. Save for the time that Connie Conway was Assembly Leader, 100% of the time when democrats needed a budget or tax increase vote, there were always able to find an unprincipled establishment Republican to give them what they needed. I watched Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Ethics, Pro-Gun and on down the line get shredded, watered down or completely discarded in the name of fabled polling showing adopting democrat positions was the way to the promised land.

I’ll repeat what I said, I like Charles Munger on a personal level, and I write this knowing 100% that I was on the receiving end of $100k of his money spent in Placer County in 2012 that resulted in me losing my seat on the County Cent Com by 38 votes. I am one of many that should have a personal axe to grind with him.

Luis Buhler has bragged to people about me getting unseated, but never Charles.

Charles wrote the checks, but the crew that influenced him have had a huge comeuppance in the last few months. A lot of people made a lot of money off of Mr. Munger while hurting a lot of other people in the process. It looks like those days are over. If Conservatives can regroup and figure out how to collaborate for a common cause, we can pick up the shattered pieces of our party and accomplish something again. Conservatives proved that even after being hunted from one end of the state to another that they could still win against the establishment.

I do wish Mr. Munger well. I hope he finds some excellent charitable endeavors to invest in, I remember him telling me about his home church that he goes to, maybe there is something there for him.

The 2018 primary is going to be a mess. It is my educated guess that it is going to be back to 1960’s style grassroots campaigning with a twist of the election fraud enabling bills like being able to harvest ballots, same-day register and dumping absentee ballots in the mail on election day… but the massive money that was almost 100% against Conservatives likely will not be there.