Scott Baugh for Congress: To Be or Not To Be

imageSo much of the hoopla got many OC politicos speculating via phone calls, texts and social media chatter about Scott Baugh’s political ambitions for a Congressional candidacy which caused many to chew over a Friday night meal.

The speculation swirled over as to whether or not Baugh is planning to run for Congress in Orange County’s 48th Congressional District.

But, the 48th CD is currently held by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) who has held the seat since 1988.

Why would Baugh wants to challenge Rohrabacher?

No Republican would mount an incumbent challenge dare much like what Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Tustin) is doing currently with his State Senate candidacy against State Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa).

Scott Baugh is an attorney who operates his own firm Scott Baugh and Associates based in Newport Beach.  Baugh was an Assemblyman (1995-2000) serving the then-67th Assembly District that stretches mostly northern portion of Orange County coastal communities.  Then, Baugh returned to the political scene by serving as Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County (2004-2014).

It all started with the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) form that Baugh signed.image

The FEC form that Baugh signed at the bottom says:
“I certify that I have examined this statement and to the best of my knowledge and belief it is true, correct and complete.”

It clearly means he is raising funds for 2016 year.

There should be no transfer to 2018 or any future years, because as a candidate he would be disingenuous by misleading his true and intent of raising said funds for the said office in 2016.

Baugh should come clean with his intentions and not mislead the voters and to scare off other potential candidates by being the “First” out of the gate as a candidate to be the elephant in the room.

In this 2016 election season from an angry electorate, it is not the time for potential candidates like Baugh to be cute and coy with their political ambitions.

So, the question remains for Mr. Baugh:

Will you be or not be a candidate for Congress in 2016?

Folks, stay tuned for an answer to that question……


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Microphone Fracas: Assemblyman Shuts Down An Assemblyman

MicrophoneSacramento is a place of high stakes political theater, but today’s fracas between Assemblymen Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) before the Assembly Labor and Employment committee is never a dull moment.

Republican Matthew Harper Responds to Unbelievable Behavior by Chair of Labor & Employment Committee During Public Debate

Denounces Bullying Tactics by Democrat Assemblyman Roger Hernández During Committee Hearing

Harper’s statement:

During a routine bill presentation today in front of the Assembly Labor and Employment committee, Chairman Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) used bullying tactics to stop any opposing comment from his Vice-Chairman and colleague, Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach).

The erratic behavior began when Hernandez first cut off a witness testifying mid-sentence. Although Hernández had already recognized Harper as the next speaker, instead, Hernández cut Harper off before he was able to say one word.

Hernandez then began frantically calling for a vote to quickly silence Harper. When Harper insisted to be heard, Hernandez physically reached over another person to personally turn off Harper’s microphone. The spastic behavior continued with Hernandez demanding capitol security to remove Assemblyman Harper’s microphone from the dais.

Assemblyman Hernández blocked discussion on a hot topic, SB 3 (Leno), a minimum wage increase bill that would have major implications to businesses and workers throughout the state of California.

From Assemblyman Matthew Harper:

“Blocking discussion in this manner is unfair, undemocratic and soils the decorum of the Assembly. I was sent here to represent the concerns of the voters of my district and chairman Hernández shut down my ability to speak for who I represent.

“Our state’s underemployment rate is overwhelming and the bill being rammed through our committee would make it harder to hire. We are sent here to debate policy that impacts the lives of Californians, not shut down dissenting points of view.

“The chair’s actions were offensive and disrespectful today, not just to me, but to Californians who want jobs and deserve to know the impacts policy will have on their chances of employment. The good people of the San Gabriel Valley deserve better from their representative and Californians as a whole deserve more from those who serve them.”

Editor Update:  Assembly Labor and Employment Committee fracas YouTube video courtesy of John Myers of KQED News:

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Is “Hey, Keep My Community Safe” the 2016 Election Lexicon?

2016QEvery election season there is a campaign theme that prompts discussion among the candidates as the voters makes the final decision as to who will be their representative on election day.

In 1992, the country was dragged into a souring economy despite victorious mood within the country in the prior year as American troops pushed Iraqi forces from Kuwait.  President George H.W. Bush was riding high in the polls until reality hit home as challenger then-Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas campaign strategist James Carville inserted the phrase “It’s the economy stupid” became a lexicon throughout the campaign that delivered a blow to the incumbent President.

In 2003, California got a rude awakening at the beginning of the year when Governor Gray Davis announced that the state budget deficit got so big to the amount of $38 billion which was the largest deficit on record.  Though, the electricity crisis few years prior which set things in motion that became a public relations and political nightmare that caused Governor Davis to become too slow and aloof as to how to handle the matter.  The VLF (vehicle license fee) known as the car tax was tripled that was used to bring down the large deficit caused an uproar throughout the state that prompted California’s first ever successful recall of Governor Gray Davis from office.

What could we expect going into the 2016 election campaign discussions from the general public?

Public Safety!

We must go back few years to see what percolated the issue of public safety that is becoming a concern among California voters.

In 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 109 which was dubbed as Public Safety Realignment as it forced the state to reduce the number of inmates in state prisons to 137% of capacity as a solution under U.S. Supreme Court order.  It also provides for local custody for non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders and it make changes to the state parole and add extra burdens to the counties to provide resources to local public safety programs.

In 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47 by a wide margin of 59% to 41% known as “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” initiative, which would modify from felony to misdemeanor for drug possession offenses and crimes involving less than $950 of petty theft, stolen property and forging/writing bad checks.

Sadly, the recent wave of crime incidents has Californians on edge:

Quiet Santa Clarita adjusts to recent jump in violence

After a 12-year decline, crime in L.A. surges in first half of 2015

2 arrests made in robbery, attack of Deaf Man at Coffee Bean

Is San Francisco’s ‘sanctuary city’ policy to blame for a woman’s death?

California voters must ask themselves at what price are they willing to pay whether to reward career politicians for another term or career politicians seeking another elective office to keep their communities safe.

Or are California voters willing to turn the page by sending new leaders at the dais or in the capitol who are willing to answer the call to “keep my community safe”.

We will find out on November 8, 2016!


Assemblyman Hadley Hosting District Office Open House

DavidHadleyAssemblyman David Hadley (R-Torrance) will be hosting an Open House at his District Office in Torrance tomorrow evening.

“Come visit our new office and meet your State Assemblyman David Hadley.  Be prepared to ask questions and bring your legislative ideas.”

When:  Thursday, July 9, 2015

Time:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:  23211 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 200 A, Torrance, Ca. 90505 (on the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Lomita Blvd.)

For more information or to RSVP, contact the district office at (310) 375-0691 or e-mail Erick Matos at

Light refreshments will be served.  Please park on Lomita Blvd.



AD-68 Watch: Deborah Pauly Announces Candidacy

DeborahPaulyMemo to Harry Sidhu:  You have a challenger!

Former Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly has announced her candidacy for State Assembly in the 68th District.

The 68th Assembly District is currently represented by Assemblyman Don Wagner who is term limited in 2016 and was an unsuccessful candidate for State Senate in the Special Election on March 17 which he was defeated by John Moorlach.

Pauly first ran for the Villa Park City Council in 2004 as an unsuccessful candidate losing by 117 votes.  In 2006, Pauly ran again for Villa Park City Council and was successful by edging out by 93 votes.  In 2010, Pauly ran for a second and final term on the Villa Park City Council by coming in second place.

In 2009, Pauly was named “Woman of the Year” for the 60th Assembly District by former Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) who is now San Bernardino County Supervisor.

In 2012, Pauly was an unsuccessful candidate for Orange County Supervisor in the 3rd District which she was defeated by Todd Spitzer.

The other candidate former Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu has declared his candidacy for State Assembly in the 68th Assembly District earlier this year.

The 68th Assembly District stretches in the north of Anaheim Hills and dips down to Lake Forest as it is a safe Republican seat with a registration of 43% Republicans, 28% Democrats and 23% Decline to State.

The contest between Sidhu and Pauly will surely bring fireworks as both candidates are polar opposites on a variety of issues with unique personalities.

Sidhu will tout his support from the GOP establishment such as State Senator Bob Huff, Rep. Mimi Walters, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and Assemblywoman Young Kim.

Pauly will tout her support from grassroots GOP and Tea Party activists.

Both candidates are not without controversies.

Harry Sidhu who ran an unsuccessful campaign for Orange County Supervisor in the 4th District was broiled into a campaign that questioned his ties to powerful unions.  Sidhu ran afoul with campaign finance laws as the Orange County District Attorney says donations he received for his candidacy for Orange County Supervisor from Anaheim Hotelier was illegal.

Deborah Pauly was removed as First Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County in 2012 due to her protest at an Islamic Charity event.

Below is Pauly’s official statement via correspondence to supporters:


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Assembly GOP Leader Condemns Donald Trump

KristinOlsenAssembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank) denounces GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump remarks towards immigrants.

Trump has recently made inflammatory statements by asking “Who is doing the raping?”

Macy’s, NBC/Universal, Univison, and even the PGA are distancing and/or severing their relationship with the Billionaire businessman.  Today, Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen joins the chorus by condemning Mr. Trump:

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, issued the following statement condemning inflammatory language that demeans entire cultures:
“As Americans celebrated our nation’s 239th birthday, we were reminded that what makes our country so exceptional are the contributions of people who come from all around the world to live here—from the earliest settlers to the thousands of people who swore an oath of citizenship on Independence Day.
“Here in the California Assembly, we are proud to have the most diverse Republican Caucus in history that reflects the distinct cultural makeup of California and the nation. To reaffirm that, we have called on Congress to enact immigration reform, and just last week we proudly celebrated Immigrant Heritage Month.
“We call on every person— including politicians and wannabe politicians – to join Californians and embrace and respect immigrants and their contributions to America.”

Editor’s note: The California Assembly Republican Caucus is among the first group of elected Republicans in the nation to denounce television personality Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric.

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Declaration of Independence: Happy Birthday, America!

On this day, JulyDeclarationofIndependence 2, 1776, the Continental Congress unanimously approved to formally declare independence from Great Britain.

Then on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a formal statement known as the “Declaration of Independence”, which then is known annually as national holiday in the United States of America.

The wise men in Philadelphia changed the course of history by writing such an amazing document that sparked freedom throughout the world and the stars were dancing in the skies.

We are eternally blessed for the freedoms given to us for the last 239 years and yet the nation is still a young Republic.

Below is the excerpt of the original document that is a must read for all ages.  Happy Birthday, America!

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton

John Hancock

Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry

Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton


Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross

   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean

New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark

New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple

Matthew Thornton

Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery

   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott

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Supervisorial Candidate Elan Carr raises $400K

imageLos Angeles County Supervisorial candidate Elan Carr announces has raised more than $400,000.

Mr. Carr is running in the 5th Supervisorial District which is currently held by Supervisor Michael Antonovich who is term limited in 2016.


Carr Demonstrates Broad Support From All Across LA County


Los Angeles – July 1, 2015 — Criminal gang prosecutor and Iraq war veteran Elan Carr, candidate for Los Angeles County Supervisor, released this morning his campaign’s fundraising results for the first financial reporting period of the race. In less than 4 months since launching his campaign, Carr raised $415,000. Carr also scored several high-profile endorsements, including from California’s largest law enforcement organization, PORAC, which represents over 67,000 peace officers, and renowned radio host Dennis Prager.


Carr’s Chief Strategist, John Thomas, stated, “$415,000 raised in less than four months, and a year in advance of the election, puts Elan on track to reach the fundraising cap of $1.4 million and max-out his campaign war chest well before Election Day in June, 2016. Elan’s strong fundraising results, coupled with his substantial early lead in the polls, demonstrates broad support from the community and compelling electoral strength.


“With robust resources to tell his story as a crime fighter for LA County, Elan is likely to win the Primary in June. Given that this fundraising report comes on the heels of his endorsement by an organization representing 67,000 cops, Elan continues to hit it out of the park at every turn.”


Elan Carr said, “I am so honored and proud of the early support our campaign has received. Such strong support from so many citizens confirms that LA County residents want a Supervisor with first-hand public safety experience and a proven track record of putting dangerous criminals behind bars. As Supervisor, I will work for safer streets, better schools, and the kind of economic opportunities that our children deserve.”

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Will SB 277 Opponents Take Referendum Route?

vaccineToday, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 authored by Senators Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) which removes personal exemptions of vaccination requirements for entrance to a school.

Governor Brown included a message to the California State Senate to explain his reasoning for signing the bill:

SB 277 has occasioned widespread interest and controversy – with both proponents and opponents expressing their positions with eloquence and sincerity.  After carefully reviewing the materials and arguments that has been presented, I have decided to sign this bill.

The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.  While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.

The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB 277, to exempt a child from immunizations whenever the child’s physician concludes that there are “circumstances, including but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization…”

Thus, SB 277, while requiring that school children be vaccinated, explicitly provides an exception when a physician believes that circumstances – in the judgement and sound discretion of the physician – so warrant.

The message from the Governor may not sway the strong vocal opponents of SB 277 who have been waging a public campaign up and down the state to stop the bill through the legislative hurdle.

The question now will the opponents of SB 277 take the referendum route, which is allowed under the California State Constitution Article II, Section 9 that provides electors/voters an option to approve or reject part of law/statute.

If so, it will be no easy task because according to the Secretary of State under the referendum rules:

A proponent has only 90 days from the date of the enactment of a bill (or in the case of a redistricting map, the date a final map is certified to the Secretary of State) to request and receive a circulating title and summary from the Attorney General (Elections Code § 9006(a) allows 10 days for the preparation of the circulating title and summary), print petitions, gather the required number of valid signatures, and file the petitions with the county elections officials.

The petitions must be signed by registered voters in an amount equal to 5% of the votes cast for all candidates for Governor at the gubernatorial election. The total number of signatures required as of November 4, 2014, is 365,880.

Therefore, the clock started the minute Governor Brown signed SB 277 and the deadline for opponents of SB 277 to have the petition signatures filed with county elections officials will be on Monday, September 28, 2015.

If the opponents are successful, then the referendum will appear on the November 2016 General Election ballot.

It must have been a strategy for Governor Brown to sign the bill so quickly, because he could have waited 12 days to sign the bill which would have been on July 12, 2015 and the deadline for the opponents to turn in their signatures would have instead been on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

The most recent contentious bill coming out of the California legislature was in 2013 with the passage of AB 1266 authored by then-Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) that would allowed transgendered students to use bathrooms and sports teams to match the gender that they identify with.

The opponents of AB 1266 did beat the petition campaign of 614,244 signatures by just 4 days with various county election officials, but they were short of 17,276 signatures and did not meet the threshold requirement for the referendum to be on the general election ballot in 2014.

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OC GOP Congratulates Sen-Elect John Moorlach

JohnMoorlachThe Republican Party of Orange County sent an e-mail communication congratulating Senator-Elect John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa, District 37) and by inviting the public to attend swearing-in ceremony:

You are invited to attend State Senator Moorlach’s swearing-in ceremony this Sunday, March 22nd at 4 p.m.
The event will be at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, One Hope Drive Tustin, CA 92782.
Our Master of Ceremonies will be former Tustin City Councilman, and the Rescue Mission’s CEO, Jim Palmer.  The invocation will be led by Kindred Community Church Senior Pastor Philip De Courcy.  Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait will lead the pledge of allegiance.  And the Honorable State Senator Bob Huff, California’s State Senate Minority Leader, will officiate the swearing in.  There will be a small reception following the program.  The dress code is Sunday afternoon casual, which means that Reyn Spooner shirts are recommended for the men.
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