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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dear Patriot

Dear Patriot,
If ever there were a time that you felt like you had to do something to save California, that time is now.  In two short weeks the fate of our state’s future will be decided.  Since Prop 14 passed in June, this is the last state election in which the citizens of California can elect a candidate from the party of their choice.
Please help us elect Chelene Nightingale on November 2nd, lest the voice of California’s most active and politically educated citizens – YOUR VOICE – will effectively disappear into the vortex of party politics under the reign of another progressive statist governor.
Some of you have contributed to the campaign already, of which you are commended and humbly appreciated for helping us to purchase a week of radio spots on the most listened-to talk radio station in the most highly populated city, Los Angeles.  Those will begin to air next Tuesday.  We need your help to pay for the second week!

DONATE - After this election, you will not have a chance to vote for any candidate you want in the main election. There will only be two names on the ballot for California Governor - write-ins won't count..


Thoughts On Prop. 14

I just went and took a little look-see at this Prop. 14 bill that we passed. ("We" is being generous, as I did not vote for this.) The interesting thing about this little proposition is that it simply states "The top two candidates" will proceed to the general election. There is no minimum hurdle any of the candidates must overcome, meaning that we could end up with candidates who received only a very few number of votes.

Suppose every registered voter in the State of California decided to run for governor. Assume they also run off to the polls to vote for themselves, except for my mother who runs off and votes for me. I could be one of the two candidates running for governor in the general election, having received only two votes because my mother loves me more than your mother loves you.

My opponent might turn out to be a fellow named Cat Brando because Harvey Wallbanger mistakenly thought he was at Santa Anita filling out his bet sheet.

OK, so I am being silly, but one strategy could be to flood the candidate pool in the primary election (thereby lowering the number of votes it will take to achieve top 2 status).

How about this: Say there is a well-know democrat or republican politician named Fred Jones. I am from the opposing party, and I have the bright idea to track down as many Fred Joneses as I can find and bribe them to run for governor. Since there will be no official party candidate, each one of the Fred Joneses I find can put "Democrat" or "Republican" after their name on the ballot.

My guess is that they are not allowed to make a note next to the well-know Fred Jones telling voters that "this is the Fred Jones you want" or "This is the well-known Fred Jones". So maybe we wind up with "Fred Jones, High School Drop Out and Mama's Boy" as one of our two candidates. Of course, nobody in politics would ever do anything that sneaky just to get their guy into power.

Open Candidate Disclosure. At the time they file to run for public office, all candidates shall have the choice to declare a party preference. The preference chosen shall accompany the candidate’s name on both the primary and general election ballots. The names of candidates who choose not to declare a party preference shall be accompanied by the designation “No Party Preference” on both the primary and general election ballots. Selection of a party preference by a candidate for state or congressional office shall not constitute or imply endorsement of the candidate by the party designated, and no candidate for that office shall be deemed the official candidate of any party by virtue of his or her selection in the primary. 

What the new law does NOT say: Candidates must tell the truth when designating a party preference on the ballot or have the approval of said party to call one's self a candidate with a preference for the party, so in areas which are full of voting members of one party or another, perhaps all of the candidates might quickly learn to prefer that party.

Read Our New Law Here: Proposition 14 Full Text

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