State of California secondary Archives: on Principles & Values


John Melendez: Equal opportunity instead of catering to 1%

I have been angered for some time at the way in which our government continues to cater to the top one percent. I am not rich, I am a middle class, working father of three. The middle class and the poor are being marginalized now more than ever. I will fight to continue the changes Barack Obama has made, and I will stand up to the obstructionists in Congress. Now is the time to put our country first and ensure equal opportunity for all.
Source: 2018 CA Senate campaign website JohnMelendezForSenate.com Aug 1, 2017

Dianne Feinstein: OpEd: Feinstein refusing to debate is a democracy dodge

Elizabeth Emken is the Danville Republican who has taken on a task that few--no, make that, NO--big name Republicans had the guts to do: Challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein has refused to debate her. No, not even at 3 a.m. on a Saturday on a cable access station in Turlock. As Feinstein's campaign manager told us a while back after Emken challenged DiFi to a series of debates : "This is the sort of typical cliche move from someone is 19 points down and has $25,000 in the bank and 35 percent name recognition," he said.

Editorial boards all up and down California--including our very own Ivory Tower-dwellers--have called out Feinstein for the democracy dodge.

Emken ramped it up when the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com's Shaky Hand Productions video crew caught up with her. She called DiFi "arrogant" and "dismissive" for not agreeing to debate:

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2012 CA Senate debate Oct 10, 2012

Elizabeth Emken: Feinstein is arrogant and dismissive for not debating

Elizabeth Emken is the Danville Republican who has taken on a task that few--no, make that, NO--big name Republicans had the guts to do: Challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein has refused to debate her. No, not even at 3 a.m. on a Saturday on a cable access station in Turlock. As Feinstein's campaign manager told us a while back after Emken challenged DiFi to a series of debates : "This is the sort of typical cliche move from someone is 19 points down and has $25,000 in the bank and 35 percent name recognition," he said.

Editorial boards all up and down California--including our very own Ivory Tower-dwellers--have called out Feinstein for the democracy dodge.

Emken ramped it up when the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com's Shaky Hand Productions video crew caught up with her. She called DiFi "arrogant" and "dismissive" for not agreeing to debate:

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2012 CA Senate debate Oct 10, 2012

Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats

Elizabeth Emken squeaked past 22 other challengers to face Dianne Feinstein, the popular, well-financed lawmaker in November. None of the aspiring Feinstein challengers--14 Republicans, five Democrats and members of four minor parties--had much money or name recognition except Orly Taitz, who earned a measure of fame from her attempts to show that Pres. Obama was not born in the US. [NOTE: California has a non-partisan primary, with two winners who proceed to the general election].

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2012 CA Senate debate Jun 5, 2012

Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats

Elizabeth Emken squeaked past 22 other challengers to face Dianne Feinstein, the popular, well-financed lawmaker in November. None of the aspiring Feinstein challengers--14 Republicans, five Democrats and members of four minor parties--had much money or name recognition except Orly Taitz, who earned a measure of fame from her attempts to show that Pres. Obama was not born in the US. [NOTE: California has a non-partisan primary, with two winners who proceed to the general election].

Emken won backing from the state GOP and from several of the state's Republican elected officials and made campaign stops throughout the state. She had raised the most money of any of the challengers, a little more than $300,000, federal records showed.

Feinstein, who is seeking her fourth full term in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 44% to 30%, with 21% of voters unaffiliated, had raised more than $9 million.

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2012 CA Senate debate Jun 5, 2012

Dianne Feinstein: Offers three televised Senate debates, but no Fox News

Dear Dr. Taitz, If you do become the Republican candidate, I would like to set up three debates to be televised by three major television stations. However, our campaign has five ground rules which we would like agreement upon before proceeding further:
  1. No questions shall be asked and no answers shall be given concerning the eligibility of President Obama or any related matters. The debate should focus on economic, social, and foreign policy issues.
  2. The format of the debates shall provide for a two minute response, followed by a one minute rebuttal, followed by a 30 second response.
  3. No notes, documents, or teleprompters shall be allowed.
  4. No debates shall be televised by Fox News or any affiliates thereof.
  5. None of your supporters shall be allowed to attend. Guests shall be limited to 100 voters chosen at random.
Please let me know if these ground rules would be satisfactory.
Source: Email from Feinstein to Taitz on 2012 CA Senate debate May 14, 2012

Orly Taitz: Sen. Feinstein offers three debates, without birther issue

Dear Dr. Taitz, If you do become the Republican candidate, I would like to set up three debates to be televised by three major television stations. However, our campaign has five ground rules which we would like agreement upon before proceeding further:
  1. No questions shall be asked and no answers shall be given concerning the eligibility of President Obama or any related matters. The debate should focus on economic, social, and foreign policy issues.
  2. The format of the debates shall provide for a two minute response, followed by a one minute rebuttal, followed by a 30 second response.
  3. No notes, documents, or teleprompters shall be allowed.
  4. No debates shall be televised by Fox News or any affiliates thereof.
  5. None of your supporters shall be allowed to attend. Guests shall be limited to 100 voters chosen at random.
Please let me know if these ground rules would be satisfactory.
Source: Email from Feinstein to Taitz on 2012 CA Senate debate May 14, 2012

Mitt Romney: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending

Q: Are you a member of the Tea Party?

ROMNEY: I don't think you carry cards in the Tea Party. I believe in a lot of what the Tea Party believes in. The Tea Party believes that government's too big, and taxing too much. I put together a plan with a whole series of points of how we can get America's economy going again. Tea Party people like that. So if the Tea Party is for keeping government small and spending down, and helping us create jobs, then, hey, I'm for the Tea Party.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Carly Fiorina: I'll work across the aisle, including with Sen. Feinstein

Boxer & Fiorina both began airing new ads this week. Fiorina is continuing her efforts to reach out to independent voters by promising to take on dysfunction in Washington.

"California jobs gone and Barbara Boxer plays politics," the ad's narrator says as unemployment figures flicker on the screen. The ad cites criticism of Boxer by the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, which declined to endorse either candidate and said Californians deserve a senator "able to reach across party lines to achieve progress" adding that Boxer "falls short on those counts."

"When bickering ends, solutions begin. No partisan games," a smiling Fiorina says to the camera. "I'll reach across the aisle, work with others, oppose my party if needed. Your agenda. Not mine."

Fiorina has criticized spending increases under both Democrats & Republicans while praising bipartisan efforts to curb spending. She has also promised to work with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein to boost water deliveries to the Central Valley.

Source: Los Angeles Times coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate Oct 20, 2010

Bill Simon: Successful businessman, charity contributor, family man

Q: What is your single proudest achievement that qualifies you to be Governor?

A: I think three things qualify me to be governor: I am a successful businessman, a former federal prosecutor who worked under Rudy Giuliani, and a charity leader. Over the years, I have donated both my time and money to charitable causes including many Latino efforts. I am very proud of my record. But what I am most proud of is my family, my wife and my four children.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Gray Davis: Proud of record on education, healthcare, guns, environment

Q: What is your single proudest achievement that qualifies you to be Governor?

A: I don’t think you can boil it down to just one thing. As Governor, I’ve put together a record I can be proud of. In education, we’ve reduced class sizes, demanded more accountability and made historic investments in teacher recruitment and training. We’ve expanded 10-fold the Healthy Families Program for uninsured children, provided one million kids with health insurance and established the first agency in America to help patients fight their HMO-and win. We’ve signed the nation’s toughest gun laws, banning assault weapons and requiring trigger locks. We’ve signed tough new laws cleaning up our beaches, signed the nation’s first law reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sued the federal government to block more offshore drilling. We’ve improved our veterans’ homes and are building five more. Finally, I’m proud that California’s economy has grown from the 7th to the 5th largest in the world over the last four years.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Peter Camejo: His candidacy broadened the debate and gave people choices

Q: What is your single proudest achievement that qualifies you to be Governor?

A: I’m proud that in this campaign I’ve broadened the debate so that people understand issues better and have more choices - real choices, not just the Republicans and the Democrats which are kind of the same thing.. This is the kind of attitude a governor should have, promoting the free flow of ideas.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

George W. Bush: Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform

Source: Television Commerical before CA & NY primaries Mar 2, 2000

John McCain: Reagan Republican: simplify taxes, stop waste, pay down debt

Source: Television Commerical before CA & NY primaries Mar 2, 2000

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