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There are so many important races in the Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Primary election, including President, U.S. Senate, federal and state legislative offices, JUDGES, school board races, central committee races, and more. Though we may not agree on every single race, there is much more that unites conservatives and center-right folks than what divides us.
Since some excellent voter resources are generally not available until a couple of weeks prior to elections, I'll continue to post new info up until the election.
What's Already Posted and What's Coming?
Key Election Dates, How to Register, Links to ALL Registrars of Voters, and Understanding our Top-Two (open) Primary System can be found here.
Robyn's Recommendation for Statewide Proposition 50, Presidential Race, U.S. Senate Race
(This same information on Prop 50, Presidential and US Senate races can be found on ALL of the county pages.)
Some counties currently have more extensive information than others.
We will keep adding more info as it becomes available.
ORANGE COUNTY-Extensive Information
OC Voter Guides from Robyn Nordell, Craig Alexander, Nancy Sandoval, Craig Huey, Scott Peotter, Kathy Dittner, and more
(Most of these OC guides also include recommendations for President, US Senate, and Prop 50)
Robyn Nordell's Downloadable OC Voter Guide
(includes Pres, US Senate, Prop 50)
Direct Recommendations and Ideas for Researching Judicial Candidates
Cultural/Political resources for churches
Basic Non-Partisan Voter Information
Additional resources coming soon
ROBYN'S RECOMMENDATION - STATEWIDE PROPOSITION 50: NO
Robyn's Note: The NO on Proposition 50 piece below was written by my knowledgeable friend, Penny Harrington, who served as California's director of legislation for a national public policy organization for 13 years. I added the bolding to Penny's piece, to highlight my chief concerns with Prop 50.
"The indictments and/or convictions of three legislators in 2014 prompted this sole state proposition on the June ballot. Current law already provides a vehicle for legislators to police their ranks by means of expulsion (2/3 vote) or suspension with pay (majority vote). Now, it sounds like a good idea to be able to suspend members without pay and, perhaps increasing the suspension vote to 2/3 is a good step. However, there is nothing in the language of this state constitutional amendment defining under what circumstances this action could be taken. In fact, opponents argue that members could be suspended for failing to adhere to a certain political policy or agenda.
Another concern is denying a legislator's pay without due process. If a member were to be suspended for "political" discipline rather than a warranted criminal situation, he or she could be forced to resign due to hardship, having committed no crime. Further, with or without pay, this proposition does nothing to address the fact that suspending a state representative leaves his or her constituents without representation. If a legislator has committed egregious acts and is not willing to step down, the proper mechanism would appear to be expulsion.
Good people disagree on this one. Even a majority of Republican legislators voted "aye" on SCA 17 (which is now Prop 50). It may, indeed, be time to better address the rules for handling public servants who break the public trust, but I'm lining up with those who believe Prop 50 is not the best answer, particularly when it involves amending the state constitution."
California Proposition 50 Information Matrix – June 2016 Primary
NO on Proposition 50
This is a thorough analysis of Proposition 50 by my conservative friend, Frank Kacer, of Christian Citizenship Council.
Once again, there is a presumptive Republican Presidential nominee before the California Primary Election takes place. Practically speaking, this means that our PRIMARY Presidential votes will not have an impact on the choice of nominee.
For Registered Republicans
You have Six Voting Choices in the Presidential PRIMARY Race
You can choose to vote for any of the 5 Republican candidates on your Presidential ballot - Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Jim Gilmore, John Kasich, or Donald Trump—or you can leave this office blank and just vote for all the other VERY important races on your ballot. (Personally, I'll be casting my Primary vote for Ted Cruz.)
Note: IF you are not registered Republican and want to be eligible to vote in the Republican Presidential race and Republican Central Committee Races, Re-Reregister As a Republican before May 23. See How To Register here.
ROBYN'S RECOMMENDATION FOR U.S. SENATE RACE (for Barbara Boxer's seat)
I recommend voting for TOM DEL BECCARO! - Facebook - Website
TOM DEL BECCARO'S IMPRESSIVE ENDORSEMENTS INCLUDE:
Congressman Tom McClintock says:
"Tom Del Beccaro has my support not only because he is the only Constitutional-conservative in the race, but because he holds a command on the many issues we are facing and can effectively convey the conservative solution in order to get things done in a system known for gridlock."
John Eastman, Constitutional law scholar:
"Tom Del Beccaro is the type of clear thinker we need in Washington who not only respects the Constitution but understands the value of its checks and balances – something we need more than ever."
See a more complete list of Tom Del Beccaro endorsements here.
BASIC ELECTION INFORMATION
For the June 7, 2016 California Primary Election
OFFICIAL California Voter Info – Secretary of State
Links to Every County Elections Office in California
For Questions about Registering to Vote, Vote-By-Mail Ballots, Polling Places, Sample Ballots, etc.
IMPORTANT 2016 ELECTION DATES
May 9, 2016 First day to vote-by-mail
May 23, 2016 Last day to register to vote
(Your registration must be postmarked no later than May 23)
May 31, 2016 Last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail
June 7, 2016 Election Day; Polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA'S TOP-TWO (OPEN) PRIMARY SYSTEM
We have a Top-Two (or Open) Primary system that allows anyone of any party to vote across party lines even for offices like State Assembly and U.S. Senate. The exceptions are President and County Central Committee ONLY.
This means, that if you are registered as "No Party Preference" (NPP) you will not be able to vote in the Republican Primary for those two offices. You (or perhaps someone you know) will need to re-register as a Republican before May 23 to do so. If you are registered NPP (No Party Preference) you may choose a Democrat, American Independent or Libertarian presidential ballot, but NOT a Republican one. Nor can you vote for those important Central Committee races. Questions? Go here. And to register and order forms if you want to help register others, Go to Links to Every County Elections Office in California.
CONSERVATIVE SCORECARDS FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATORS
See how Your Representative or U.S. Senator voted on Key Issues
(Keep in mind that scoring methods and issues considered vary from scorecard to scorecard.)
American Conservative Union Congressional Scorecards
ACU-What We Believe
Family Research Council Action Congressional Scorecards
"FRC's Vision is a culture in which human life is valued, families flourish and religious liberty thrives."
Americans for Prosperity – Congressional Scorecard
"AFP's Mission is to mobilize citizens to advocate for policies that cut red tape and increase opportunity, put the brakes on government overspending, and get the economy working for hard workers–not special interests."
(AFP) California is committed to educating citizens about limited government, lower taxation, and free market principles.
Concerned Women for America – Congressional Scorecard
Core Issues: Sanctity of Life, Defense of Family, Education, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, Support for Israel, Fighting Sexual Exploitation
CONSERVATIVE SCORECARDS FOR CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATORS
See How Your CA State Assembly Member or State Senator voted on Key Issues:
American Conservative Union CA State Assembly and State Senate Legislators
CRA Scorecards for the CA State Assembly and State Senate Legislators
Note that the Yes/No votes are recorded at the top and the description of the bills can be found at the end of this CRA scorecard.
ELECTION NEWS – California & National
Stephen Frank's California Political News & Views
Family Research Council Action
CitizenLink (associated with Focus on the Family, Alliance Defending Freedom and Family Research Council)
DENNIS PRAGER'S PRAGER UNIVERSITY 5 MINUTE VIDEOS
"PragerU's mission is to spread the ideas that made America great through the power of the internet. Our five minute videos are conservative sound bites, providing talking points to over 100 million people a year."
Great for watching during this election season, especially with teens and college students! Check out the full list of topics at PragerU.com. Below are a few timely topics to get you started.
How Big Should Government Be? Left vs. Right #1
"How big should the government be? And what is its proper role in the daily lives of Americans? The Left and Right have opposite answers." Presenter: Dennis Prager.
Do Big Unions Buy Politicians?
Who poses the biggest threat to America's economy by striking deals with crooked politicians? Big Oil, Big Pharma, or Big Unions? Daniel DiSalvo, political science professor at the City College of New York, gives the answer.
What is Crony Capitalism?
This election season there's a lot of talk about corruption, about politicians being "bought and sold", and about "crony capitalism". What do those terms mean? Why should we care? Is there a way to reduce corruption and restore our trust in government? Author Jay Cost, staff writer at The Weekly Standard, answers these questions and proposes a solution that every society could benefit from.