EXTENSIVE VOTER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
For the November 4, 2014 California Statewide General Election
Extensive Proposition Information
ABOUT ROBYN'S RECOMMENDATIONS
Robyn consulted numerous sources/advisors in the process of making her recommendations. Some of the candidates on her recommendation list are excellent. Some, however, are simply listed as the best of the available (and sometimes very disappointing) options in a given race. Her recommendations do not imply support for every position, statement or behavior of a candidate.
ROBYN'S PROPOSITION RECOMEMNDATIONS
Proposition 1: NO
Proposition 2: YES
Proposition 45: NO
Proposition 46: NO
Proposition 47: NO
Proposition 48: NO
STATE EXECUTIVE OFFICES
Robyn's Recommendation: Either leave this office blank or vote for Neel Kashkari.
Both Republican Neel Kashkari and Democrat Jerry Brown are social liberals. Both support abortion and same-sex marriage. Both believe that it was appropriate for the state of California to not defend Proposition 8 in court. Governor Brown signed AB 1266, the "Boys in Girls Bathroom Bill." Kashkari marched in the annual Gay Pride Parade in San Diego...
Kashkari is not a fiscal conservative. Having said that, Kashkari is more conservative than Brown on certain issues. Examples: They differ on implementing AB32 (the onerous global warming law), teacher tenure, pension reform, high speed rail, and other issues. See details and more examples below.
Compare some of the positions of Neel Kashkari and Jerry Brown here
Another comparison piece: Governor Hopefuls Agree On Some Key Issues," by Juliet Williams, AP, OC Register, 10/4/14.
RON NEHRING - Website
SECRETARY OF STATE
PETE PETERSON - Website
ASHLEY SWEARENGIN - Website
Ashley Swearengin is much better on many issues than her LIBERAL Democratic opponent. (However, Fyi-she recently changed her position on same-sex marriage from opposing it to supporting it. She also supports the bullet train.) Compare some of the positions of Ashley Swearengin and Liberal Democrat Betty Yee here.
GREG CONLON - Website
Conlon is the best of the options. (Conlon is liberal on social issues.)
There is no conservative in this race.
Republican Ronald Gold is more conservative than his ultra-liberal, Democratic opponent, Kamala Harris.
Compare some of the positions of Ron Gold and Harris here
TED GAINES - Website
Good guy; pretty solid voting record!
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
District 1: GEORGE RUNNER - Website
District 2: James E. Theis as the best option in the race
District 3: G. RICK MARSHALL - Website
District 4: DIANE HARKEY - Website
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Both Tuck and Torlakson are Democrats. Marshall Tuck is more conservative than his opponent, Tom Torlakson. This is not a strong endorsement, simply a selection of the Democrat who appears to be the better choice.
Compare some of the positions of Tuck and Torlakson here
CA STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES
GOODWIN LIU - Robyn's Recommendation - A Strong NO!
Judge Voter Guide also recommends a NO on Liu.
Liu's views are so extremist, that the US Senate rejected President Obama's nomination of Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2011. Governor Brown then appointed Liu to the CA Supreme Court.
See Family Research Council's comment on the radical views of Goodwin Liu/follow their links.
Excerpt: "This is a nominee who called for a filibuster against judicial nominees who rely on the text of the Constitution. Goodwin Liu may not believe the U.S. Constitution is binding, but certainly thinks foreign law is. At one point he said it was 'difficult to grasp' why international authority could not be imposed on U.S. soil. More info on Liu's philosophy.
MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUELLAR - Robyn's Recommendation – NO
Judge Voter Guide also recommends a NO on Cuellar.
Gov. Brown's very liberal appointee, Cuellar, served in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations. While on the White House Domestic Policy Council, he managed the Obama administration's efforts to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. This article offers some insights.
According to the CA Pro Life Council:
"After his appointment to the State Supreme Court, Cuéllar accepted a board position with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The foundation gives millions to Planned Parenthood and groups supporting abortion in California and internationally."
KATHRYN MICKLE WERDEGAR - Robyn's Recommendation – Vote NO or Leave the Office Blank
(I differ with Judge Voter Guide on this particular race, which recommends a Yes on Werdegar.)
Werdegar, a Wilson appointee, ruled against Prop 22. This created the opening for same-sex "marriages" in California in early 2008, which necessitated Prop 8. Additionally, she has ruled against religious freedom, property rights, and parental consent for abortion. Note-If she were actually removed from office (which is highly unlikely), Governor Brown would appoint her replacement. Based on his appointment of Justice Goodwin Liu, I would assume that any replacement would be equally bad or worse than Werdegar. A "NO" vote makes a statement of opposition.
COURT OF APPEALS, Districts 2, Divisions 1-8
For These Counties: LOS ANGELES, SANTA BARBARA, SAN LUIS OBISPO, and VENTURA
Below Are JUDICIAL RECOMMENDATIONS From JudgeVoterGuide.com
See JudgeVoterGuide for more information, including specifics on the Rating System used for these justices and judge candidates.
For Appellate Justices:
A "YES" vote is a vote to retain the justice.
A "NO" vote is a vote to remove the justice.
If a justice is repealed, our liberal Governor Jerry Brown will appoint the replacement.
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 1
Frances Rothschild – NO
Jeffrey W. Johnson – YES
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 2
Brian M. Hoffstadt – NO
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 3
Lee Anne Edmon – NO
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 4
Nora M. Manella – YES
Audrey B. Collins – NO
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 5
Paul A. Turner – YES
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 6
Kenneth R. Yegan – YES
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 7
Dennis M. Perluss – NO
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 8
Madeleine I. Flier – NO
Laurence D. Rubin – NO
MORE JUDICIAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Check back to see if recommendations for Appellate Justices and Superior Court Justices will be added to this section for your county.
Craig Huey's JUDGE Voter Guide - Conservative Judicial Recommendations for Most California Counties
HELPFUL ELECTION SITES
Craig Huey's ElectionForum - a California Christian Voter Guide
I always check out these two excellent conservative voter guides from my friend, Craig Huey. Although we don't always see eye-to-eye on every single race, we agree on most.
ROBYN’S CHURCH RESOURCE PAGE
Excellent resources for pastors and churches on elections and politics. Guidelines for political/legislative activities for pastors/churches. Non-Partisan Election Materials.
Thoughtful articles for Christians on voting strategies. Political Party Platform Comparison. Non-Partisan Federal Scorecards. Key organizations; model salt/light programs. Other helpful links. More resources continue to be added.
CALIFORNIA FAMILY COUNCIL –Very Helpful Chart!
Election Voter Guide for the Nov 4, 2014 CA Elections
This helpful CFC chart lists which CONSERVATIVE and which LIBERAL organizations are endorsing which candidates. (Each organization is represented by a number.) This chart is especially helpful for state offices and legislative races. (For PROPOSITION Recommendations and Explanations from several conservative organizations, please see Robyn’s Proposition page.)
Each CONSERVATIVE Organization has an EVEN NUMBER
#2-CA ProLife Council
#4-CA Republican Assembly
#6-Howard Jarvis Tax Association
#8-Craig Huey’s Election Forum
Each LIBERAL organization has an ODD NUMBER
#1-CA Labor Federation (major UNIONS-very liberal)
#3-Equality CA (largest statewide LGBT advocacy organization in CA)
#5-National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)
#7-Planned Parenthood (largest abortion provider in the US)
The 4-PAGE CHART COVERS THESE RACES:
Statewide Offices and Board of Equalization, US Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly, California State Propositions
California Prolife Council Voter Guides and Endorsements for the Nov 4, 2014 California General Election
Robyn’s Note re: CA ProLife Council’s Endorsement of Prop 46:
I greatly appreciate the work of CLPC and am glad to include their link on my election site. Having said that, I, and the other conservative sources on my site’s Proposition Page, all urge a “NO vote on Prop 46. CPLC has come to the opposite conclusion.
Additional county information coming soon...
CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY ENDORSMENTS
Robyn's note – I post this GOP list fyi. It's a helpful piece of information when taken in conjunction with some of the other more consistently Conservative Sources of information found on this site. Many of these candidates are excellent. However, some are simply better than their Democrat opponents. Some of those listed are socially liberal and/or economic moderates.
IMPORTANT 2014 DATES
- October 20: Last day to register to vote
- October 28: Last day to apply by mail for a vote-by-mail ballot
- November 4: Election Day -- polls are open 7am - 8pm
OFFICIAL VOTER INFO
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Links to Every County Registrar of Voters in CA
California Secretary of State Site
ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE VOTING RECORDS
U.S. Congress/U.S. Senate – For ALL 50 States
See how YOUR congressional member voted on key issues:
Family Research Council Action Scorecards
Eagle Forum Score Cards
American Conservative Union Scorecards
National Right to Life Scorecards
Concerned Women for America – Legislative Score Cards
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD
CRA Scorecards for the CA State Assembly and State Senate Legislators
CHRISTIAN VOTER RESOURCES
Wall Builders Voter Resources
Christian Voter Guide
Robyn's Church Resource Page
NATIONAL PARTY PLATFORMS of Democrats and Republicans
Life, Marriage, Health Care & Conscience, Second Amendment (Firearms), Education, The Economy, The United Nations, Right to Work & Unions, Energy & Climate Change
(Note – while these are the official statements of the parties, not all candidates adhere to the stated beliefs of their own parties.)
POLITICAL & ELECTION NEWS – California & National
FOX News Politics
Stephen Frank's California Political News & Views
Family Research Council Action
Home School Legal Defense Association-Federal Relations
STOP "COMMON CORE!"
Common Core can only be stopped if citizens in every state demand that their representatives block the standards.
"Common Core proponents offer upbeat descriptions of utopian educational goals along with detailed practical lists of what students should know and be able to do in grades K–12 in mathematics and English language arts. But those goals and standards are just two facets of the conglomeration of federal funding, preschool–workforce invasive student tracking, and one-size-fits-all computer-based learning that has become the Common Core."
Be Sure to Read: FAQ #10: Re: Common Core Student Tracking Systems.
"BUILDING THE MACHINE" – A Movie About The Common Core
Heritage Network, The Foundry:
WATCH: "George Will Demolishes Arguments for Common Core in Under Two Minutes"