DOING YOUR OWN RESEARCH
For the November 8, 2016 California General Election
Please check Your County Page for Voter Guides & Election Info
Also check the Proposition Page
Contains recommendations from many conservative sources and for official State of California Proposition Info (including the official proposition texts and pro/con arguments).
NEW! CALIFORNIA FAMILY COUNCIL’S STATE & FEDERAL VOTER GUIDE – 4 page/downloadable
HOW TO USE THIS AWESOME CA FAMILY COUNCIL VOTER GUIDE:
1) This is a Comparison Chart format. Each Candidate for state and federal legislative office is listed (State Assembly / Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate). Candidate name is followed by party affiliation. California’s 17 ballot propositions are listed in a separate section.
2) Following the candidate name or proposition is a series of numbers. Each number represent a different state, local, or national organization or individual that has formally endorsed or publicly supported that candidate (or proposition).
3) Robyn’s Observations: THE ODD-NUMBERED ORGANIZATIONS / SOURCES ARE CONSERVATIVE
#1 CA Family Alliance (This non-for-profit, political action organization works in affiliation with CA Family Council. They advocate for pro-family, pro-life issues. They serve as the state affiliate of Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom)
More ODD-NUMBERED Conservative Groups/Individuals: #3 – CA Pro-Life Council / #5 Craig Huey of Election Forum /
#7 Nancy Sandoval of nancyspicks.com / #9 California Republican Assembly / #11 conservative Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
In Contrast - The EVEN-NUMBERED ORGANIZATIONS and UNIONS (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) Routinely Recommend Progressive / Very Liberal Candidates and Proposition Positions
Craig Huey’s Election Forum Voter Guides For ALL California Counties
November 8, 2016 CA Election
IDEAS FOR DOING YOUR OWN RESEARCH
Choose a Candidate to research.
Choose some key words dealing with issues that are important to you.
(Key Word Examples-abortion, religious freedom, education, LGBT, gay, transgender, family, common core, gun, Second Amendment, immigration, border, defense, budget, taxes, ...)
Google a combination of words that includes:
1) the candidates first and last name, and 2) either the office they are running for or election 2016, and 3) one key word at a time.
Visit the candidate's website for their endorsements and specific positions on issues of concern to you. Facebook posts AND FB and website pictures are sometimes insightful.
Attend local voter forums and/or email the candidate to ask specific questions. Contact information is often found on the candidate websites.
Below are links to online sources that you may find helpful in your research.
EXCELLENT TOOL! Franklin Graham's Decision America
"Two Visions, Two Americas: Platform"
In Their Own Words - Where Clinton & Trump Stand On:
The Supreme Court, Religious Liberty, Abortion, National Security
FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL ACTION
FRC's 2016 Presidential Candidate Voter Guide and Federal Legislative Scorecards
PARYT PLATFORMS MATTER!
FRC Action – Basic Comparison of the 2016 Republican and Democratic Platforms
This Family Research Council piece shows the stark difference in the two parties' platforms on Marriage, Abortion, Religious Freedom, Education, Military, and more.
"While platforms are non-binding documents, research shows they matter—significantly. One study found that in the past 30 years, Republicans in Congress voted for positions supported by their party platform 89 percent of the time, while Democrats did so at a rate of 74 percent. If Republicans and Democrats in Congress make good on their party platforms' promises, people of faith heading to the polls in November can be confident that Republicans will defend life, marriage, and religious liberty, while Democrats will continue to put those same values under direct assault."
CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA
Helpful resource that compares the issues of the Republican/Democratic Platforms in their own words.
Search by candidate name to find bios, voting records (for incumbents), positions, funding, etc. for federal and state races (it does not have much local information)
Voter's Edge – votersedge.org/ca
Ballotpedia – ballotpedia.org/California_elections,_2016
California Secretary of State Official Voter Information
CONSERVATIVE SCORECARDS FOR FEDERAL & CALIFORNIA STATE 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. Some scorecards have much tougher rating systems than others.)
See How Your CA State Assembly Member or State Senator voted on Key Issues:
American Conservative Union – Federal Legislative Ratings & California State Legislative Ratings
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