The California Republican party is broke and is purported to be in debt to the tune of $543,000. But, the priorities of Republican leadership are to raise money for a safe Republican seat that does not affect the balance of power anywhere.
Legislative Republicans are irrelevant in the capitol and almost no one pays attention to anything they do. The only thing they can do is block votes to raise taxes.
The best we can do for Republican legislators is a group most of whom are of dim bulbs that care only about using their constituents, each other, and the institutional donors that sometimes pay attention to them and give them money.
California is a fiscal and economic train wreck, thanks in part to Republicans who do practically nothing.
Enter Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Connie Conway, probably the worst Republican leader in the last two decades. During her leadership Assembly Republicans have basically become the permanent minority. Thus the moniker: Assembly Permannent Minority Leader. This past Monday she sends out a fundraising letter (attached here) supporting Beth Gaines and demanding that Andy Pugno keep his pledge not to run. This is the same pledge that David Stafford Gilliard, declined to have Beth sign on to. He likely had to explain it to her as well.
For poor Connie it is all about keeping her position as Assembly Permanent Minority Leader. She really needs Beth’s vote, which is why she personally was involved in getting outside forces to spend over $450,000 to support her and oppose Andy Pugno. Even this was barely enough to save Placer County’s $650,000 woman.
What is even more unfortunate for Connie is that her attempts to knock off Assemblymen Mansoor and Donnelly failed miserably. They can actually walk and chew gum, speak clearly about what they believe in and connect with their voters. Connie’s $650,000 woman is in serious trouble in her home county. Most folks in the know understand that she was elected under false pretenses and is not the leader we need for serious change in the legislature. All these facts do not matter to Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Connie Conway. The only thing that matters is that Beth Gaines owes her, she owes her a vote to reelect her as the Permanent Minority Leader. (Given the Gaines’ history, Conway is an idiot for assuming they will hold up their end of any deal)
Like Queen Marie Antoinette before her, Connie Conway is determined to get what she wants, even though she is destined to suffer the loss of her metaphorical political head. This is the destiny of folks like Connie Conway, who think only of themselves and don’t care about anything more than what is best for them.
I took due note of some of the questions.
1. They were primarily interested in the Paycheck Protection and the Jerry Brown Tax Increase measures.
2. They asked my opinion of Obama, Brown and only Mitt Romney on the Republican Side. They did ask opinions of the Parties themselves.
3. They of course asked a ton of questions about Government Spending and Regulation vs Spending on Police and Fire… and they asked several of the same questions 2-4 different ways interspersed throughout the poll. It was quite sophisticated and expensive.
4. They of course asked if I owned Guns, went to church, etc… just like Obamacare regulations require of people going to Emergency Rooms.
The people that commissioned this poll were certainly fishing for ways to deceive voters in to screwing themselves this fall…
I got this from the Work Comp Executive and almost fell out of my chair. The link is broken to the article on line, so I am re-posting the email in its’ entirety.
State Compensation Insurance Fund employees who choose to avail themselves of the carrier’s customer support toll free number (888) STATEFUND better hope the number isn’t symbolic of the support they would receive on the other end. What State Fund employees have discovered is that you don’t have to dial all 9 letters. 1-888-STATE FU will suffice.
The number appears on the customer support page of its website. And for employees facing upheaval under State Fund’s agency-wide consolidation plan, it seems emblematic of their future prospects. But there is no indication of subliminal messaging. No intentional flip off here.
“We have used this number in the past, but not state-wide. The number is easy to remember and our goal is to make it easy for customers to reach us,” State Fund spokeswoman Jennifer Vargen tells Workers’ Comp Executive. Vargen says that to her knowledge, no one has complained about the number.
According to state sources, 1 888 STATE FU is being greeted with some derisive chuckling from State Fund employees, who find it ironic that such a phone number is being put to state-wide use after State Fund’s announced consolidation.
Faced with a declining premium base, State Fund has begun the process of downsizing its operations, closing several offices and transferring employees to other geographic locations. Many employees are faced with lengthy commutes, difficult moves or finding new jobs in a perilous economy.
According to the musings of The State Worker blog, the phone number has become a running joke with State Fund employees. “Are you worried about your job? Just call 1 (888) STATE FU.”
When State Fund announced its consolidation, some employees were inclined to tell State Fund management the same thing. The Service Employees International Union, State Fund’s largest union, has accused management of engaging in de facto layoffs with its consolidation plan. Because many employees will not be able to make the change, they’ll just leave. When State Fund announced its plan at the end of last year, rank and file employees complained that they weren’t valued.
State Fund’s plan is expected to affect some 1,400 employees over three years, but earlier this year State Fund struck a deal with SEIU to lessen the impact to employees. Provisions of the deal include paid time off for employees relocating to take care of various aspects of the move. Employees who choose not to move will also receive paid time off to assist in their job searches.
Vargen says, overall, the moves are going very smoothly and all 2011 moves are on schedule to be completed by the end of the month.