Category Archives: Elections

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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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!


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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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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Senate Candidate Campaign Signs Theft

Senate candidates John Moorlach and Assemblyman Don Wagner are locked in a tight campaign battle in the 37th Senate District seat.

Recently, Moorlach campaign released a YouTube video of an unnamed individual who is stealing campaign signs from a particular private and public property:

The Moorlach for Senate campaign released this message:

Angry homeowners have been complaining that their “Moorlach for Senate” yard signs have been disappearing from their yards.

Today caught on video is a yet-to-be-identified individual stealing several Moorlach signs from the front yard of a 37th Senate District home.

The Glendora Patch explained in a 2012 article that political sign theft can carry stiff penalties.  The article quotes from Glendora Police Lieutenant:  “Stealing signs is a misdemeanor of petty theft and can carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine or imprisonment of up to six months.”

The election is slated for Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

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Elan Carr Announces Candidacy for County Supervisor

imageLos Angeles County Prosecutor Elan Carr announces his candidacy for Los Angeles County Supervisor in the 5th District that covers the Antelope Valley down to portions of the San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and northern San Gabriel Valley communities.

In 2014, Carr ran for Congress in the 33rd District lost to Democrat candidate Ted Lieu.

The Carr campaign released the first YouTube campaign message about Elan Carr’s plan for public safety entitled “Opportunities”:

Furthermore, The Carr campaign released the following statement:

Criminal gang prosecutor and Iraq war veteran Elan Carr announced this morning his candidacy for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th district.

Last year Elan ran a competitive bid for the Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-33), finishing first in an 18-way primary contest and besting some of LA’s biggest names in politics. With violent crime on the rise in LA County for the first time in more than a decade, Carr doubled-down on his public safety agenda by focusing on crime prevention, fixing our education system, and strengthening our local economy.

Elan Carr stated, “Crime is on the rise in Los Angeles County. As a criminal gang prosecutor, I see first-hand how rising crime affects our community. We need to do a better job of getting violent criminals off our streets and keeping kids out of crime in the first place. That’s why I’m running for County Supervisor.”

“I’m proud of my record as a prosecutor, but I know that the only real justice is stopping these crimes before they start. That’s why we must invest in our children’s education, provide law enforcement with the modern tools they need to fight crime, stand up for victims of domestic violence, and strengthen our local economy so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed,” concluded Carr.

Carr’s Chief Strategist, John Thomas, added, “As a criminal gang prosecutor and an Iraq war veteran, Elan’s public safety record is unmatched. This race will be a referendum on the future of public safety in LA County. The Carr Campaign looks forward to spreading his message of taking care of kids, expanding economic opportunity, and keeping families safe.”

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La Habra Councilman: I’m Running for State Senate

TimShawLa Habra Councilman Tim Shaw announces today his candidacy for State Senator in the 29th Senate District currently being held by Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar):

I am proud to announce I have created a campaign committee to run for California State Senate in 2016.

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff has served us honorably in Sacramento since 2004 and I look forward to continuing his legacy of leadership as he leaves office. As a longtime resident of La Habra, husband and father of four boys, I proudly call the 29th Senate District my home.
I was first elected to the La Habra City Council in 2008 and again in 2012 when I served as Mayor. I am dedicated to public service and improving the lives of our residents. Having served as District Director for State Senator Bob Huff since 2008, I have the insight as to what is required of a State Senator, and a unique understanding of state policy and the 29th district.  
As a La Habra City Councilmember and an Orange County Transportation Authority Board Member, I have fought for responsible government, and worked with my colleagues to move toward a balanced budget and improve public services for everyone.

Some of my many accomplishments include pension reform, bond rating improvements, and infrastructure and transportation enhancements.

In the State Senate, I will fight to reform our public education system to empower parents, work to implement a business friendly climate to bring jobs to our district, make public safety a top priority, and simplify our tax and regulatory policies to relieve every Californian from the burden of Sacramento bureaucrats. Most importantly I will be a legislator with the strong ethical and moral values our district deserves.

The 29th state Senate District covers three counties:  Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino with diverse communities from Walnut and West Covina to the north and dips down south to Cypress, La Palma and Stanton.

The Secretary of State’s office reports of party registration (as of October 20, 2014) for the 29th state Senate District is as follows:

Republicans                      159,645  37.4%

Democrats                        144,903  33.9%

No Party Preference           104,186  24.4%

All indications are that this seat is a toss-up as the dynamics could change with more candidates entering the race.

Senate District 29 Map


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