The House of Representatives has been mostly in Democrat hands since WWII, with a couple of respites. The 2010 elections were a major, historic rout by the Republicans, putting them firmly in control. This was more of a strong backlash to the extreme Progressive tendencies of the Obama, Pelosi, Reid regime than any great love for Republicans. So far, they have done better than the Democrats, but are largely a big, cowardly disappointment, funding Obamacare, making mostly illusory cuts, not investigating the Obama excesses, etc.
Ventura County Tea Party recommendations
April, 2010: CA 36th District had a race. Liberal Jane Harmon won re-election in November 2010 and resigned shortly thereafter to join a Liberal think tank, which will cost the state $3MM to hold a special election, About 10 candidates are running, including Debra Bowen (D), current secretary of State. Conservative Craig Huey ran as a Republican, also garnering Libertarian endorsements. Harman won special election.
2012 candidates have already have positioned themselves, developing signature issues, stump speeches and lining up support.
Chris Mitchum and Abel Maldonado (brought you Prop 14 and higher taxes), are lining up to oppose Lois Capps (D, Outer Space) in the current CA District 26, which is more competitive than the old Dist 23. Watson dropped out, to pursue business/personal interests.
Tony Strickalnd is running as the only 26 Dist Republican against "nonpartisan" (LOL!) Linda parks and a gaggle of Democrats. Dem's are pressuring candidates to drop out to avoid splitting the vote in the new nightmare top 2 primary system they created.
Democrats: carpetbagger Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, Oak Park (via People's Republik of Santa Monica); Harbor Commissioner Jess Herrera, Oxnard; real estate broker Al Goldberg, Ventura; businessman David Cruz Thayne, Westlake Village.
Mark Reed has been showing his face at Tea Party meetings and other events. He intends to run against Brad Sherman again.
Redistricting is likely to significantly affect many races.
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Dan Sullivan Aims to Unite Alaska GOP vs. Begich
When then-Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Dan Sullivan to become Alaska's attorney general in 2009, he was known colloquially around the state as "the other Dan Sullivan."
At the time, the former White House official and assistant secretary of state was better known in Washington, D.C. -- particularly in post-9/11 international security circles -- than he was among Alaska politicos, who were far better acquainted with the recently elected mayor of Anchorage who shares the same name.
No longer the “other Dan Sullivan,” he is now the nominal frontrunner in a three-way Republican Senate primary fight. The winner will take on Democratic incumbent Mark Begich in November.
Sullivan’s opponents, however, have given the “other” label a twist, questioning the Alaska bona fides of a man who -- though inarguably accomplished -- has lived most of his life in the Lower 48.
A candidate’s “Alaskan-ness” may be a particularly salient matter in the 49th state, but national establishment Republicans have shrugged off that concern and embraced the Ohio native over Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Tea Party-backed 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller as their best bet to defeat Begich.
“I’m in the race because Alaska needs a fighter and a doer in the U.S. Senate again,” Sullivan told RealClearPolitics in an interview, adding that his “biggest job” is being a father to his three daughters and a devoted husband. “I want my kids to have opportunities that we’ve all had.”
If that rhetoric sounds like boilerplate political speechifying, it is so by design. In what is expected to be a hotly contested GOP race over in advance of the Aug. 19 primary, Sullivan’s massive fundraising advantage has provided him with good reason to play it safe. As of March 31, he had raised $2.7 million and had $2 million cash on hand. By Alaska standards, those are big numbers at this point in the game, and blow out of the water the $143,000 and $295,000 that Treadwell and Miller have on hand, respectively.
The previously little-known Republican challenger even outraised the incumbent Begich in the first quarter of this year.
National Democrats have taken note of the strong position Sullivan is in. Put Alaska First -- a super PAC largely funded by Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC -- has come to Begich’s defense to the tune of over $1.6 million, with $346,000 allocated for a new round of anti-Sullivan ads last week.
Sullivan has used this outside group as the centerpiece to his effort to nationalize the race in a state where Democrats in Washington are extremely unpopular.
“That is literally the most liberal Americans in the country, who want to shut down Alaska, want to take away our guns,” Sullivan, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, said of the Democratic-aligned super PAC. “I mean, that is a group that doesn’t represent Alaska’s interests at all.”
For his part, Sullivan has earned endorsements from his former boss, Condoleezza Rice, and the Chamber of Commerce, while Karl Rove’s American Crossroads has aired ads in support of him.
Meanwhile, the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity has led the charge over the airwaves in trying to weaken Begich before the general election, though the group has not singled out Sullivan explicitly as its preferred candidate.
Nonetheless, Begich has focused on turning the Kochs into a major issue, telling RealClearPolitics that there is “no question” the billionaire Republican donors are supporting Sullivan.
Begich’s first TV ad of the campaign attacked the conservative mega-donors for airing misleading claims against him and for shutting down an Alaska oil refinery
Unwilling to concede ground on the issue, Sullivan notes that Begich’s political action committee received $5,000 from KochPAC in 2010.
“Look, I haven’t received a dime from the Koch brothers,” he said. “Mark Begich is the candidate who’s gotten money from the Koch brothers. The irony of this is pretty rich.”
Sullivan has trained his sights on Begich, but both of his underfunded GOP opponents could trip him up in a state where Republican primaries can be unpredictable, low-turnout affairs.
As the sitting lieutenant governor with deep-seated Alaska ties, Treadwell is widely considered to have the best ground operation in the state, and there is little doubt that Miller’s base of support remains the most passionate of the three, despite his sky-high disapproval ratings overall.
Sullivan has been ahead in most public surveys, though a recent internal poll obtained by The Hill showed him trailing Begich, 44 percent-42 percent, in a hypothetical general election matchup. (The RCP Average has Sullivan ahead by a razor-thin 0.3 percentage points.)
But polling in Alaska primaries is notoriously unreliable, and the three major Republican candidates will be pushing hard to get a leg up on one another, no matter what the surveys say in the coming months.
Asked to name any policy areas where he disagrees with his party rivals, Sullivan declined to do so and instead suggested that the difference in the race was his record of accomplishment, particularly his tenure in Alaska as attorney general and later as commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources -- a high-level cabinet position in the state.
Sullivan said he is proudest of his work combatting Alaska’s sky-high domestic violence and sexual assault rates as attorney general, via the “Choose Respect” program that he launched in 2009 along with Gov. Sean Parnell.
The program helped to significantly boost the penalties for perpetrators of rape and abuse, increase services to victims and better spread awareness via public service announcements and marches in towns and rural communities, where the problem is particularly deep-seated.
“The first result has been to take the issue out of the shadows,” Sullivan said.
So far, all three Republican candidates have focused on their opposition to Begich, but as August approaches, the intra-party battles that have been raging elsewhere are likely to become more apparent in this race.
Perhaps the most critical potential development to watch for over the next couple of months is whether establishment Republicans will coalesce around Sullivan or remain split between him and Treadwell -- an unsettled dynamic that, if it continues, could leave room for Miller to make noise, even with a relatively small share of the vote.
In 2010, Palin endorsed Miller, helping to boost him to an unlikely GOP primary win over Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who one public poll showed was beating her Tea Party challenger by 32 points just a month before Primary Day.
Palin has thus far not weighed in on the 2014 race, and although her shadow over Alaska politics has faded considerably, she could still have a significant impact on the Republican primary.
Asked about the polarizing former governor who appointed him attorney general, Sullivan said that he continues to have “a lot of respect” for Palin.
But as to whether he would actively seek her endorsement, Sullivan was true to his guarded form.
“Look, I’m seeking everybody’s endorsement,” he said.
"We are not a perfect nation; our political process needs major overhauling including Term Limits and Background Checks for all Candidates for Congress and the Presidency."
We have one more big challenge ahead of us in November, but I am confident we will prevail again. I believe that we not only need commonsense leadership in Washington to reduce our debt, grow our economy and fix our health care system, but that we need leaders willing to stand up and make tough decisions. Too many people in Washington never take a tough stand. As I proved in my time in Sacramento, I'm not one of those people. I look forward to our continued work to change Washington. Together, I know that we can make a difference.
Yes, THERE are Conservatives in CD23-- Dump Lois Capps for Chris Mitchum!
Running against Socialist Das Williams, Ventura, Santa Barbara ...
Pro Jobs, Pro Business, and Proud Veteran
My name is Ronald DeBlauw, and I would like to represent YOU in the California State Assembly, 37th District. Our district needs job opportunities; putting people back to work will be my main focus.
Get to know Ron
I was born and raised in California, moved to Ventura at the age of 15, attended Ventura High School, served in the United States Army, and earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration. I’m married and have five children and three grandchildren. All but two have made this area their home. I’m a Real Estate Broker and Consultant. I have a strong background in business and a passion to make things better.
What I want to accomplish
I believe this country is remarkable because in 1940 we had one of the weakest militaries, but when we were provoked, attacked, we built the strongest military in the world in a few years, and won World War II.
We always accomplish whatever we put our minds to. This is who we are!
If we put our minds to it, we can have the lowest unemployment and poverty rate! We can provide job opportunities for our young people beginning their careers. Let’s not forget about the people whose jobs have been lost as technology grows. We need to keep looking at ways to keep everyone working. Sacramento thinks it's doing enough. They've accepted the lack of job opportunities, high unemployment, and high poverty rates. It's unacceptable! Both parties mention jobs, the economy – with no passion, no sense of urgency, none! I am confident I will communicate in a convincing way on the floor of the Assembly and with other legislators to make regulations business-friendly and reasonable! We can’t keep losing companies and jobs to other states! And we have a water crisis that needs to be solved; without water, jobs will be lost! I will bring quality jobs to our district and work toward making California business friendly. These issues will absolutely be my main focus. I will start with opportunities for our 37th Assembly District.
How you can help
I have the belief we can achieve anything, if we put our minds to it and work together. We have so many empty industrial and commercial buildings in our District. As your legislator, I will solicit quality companies to come to our district . We have outstanding, hardworking and educated workers that want to stay in the area. If you live in the United States, You have the American Spirit inside you! Join me. Be part of my campaign.
Let's put California back to work!
CD25 Strickland vs Knight on immigration
By Kelsey Stuart and Shelby Baker On October 12th the two primary candidates for the 26th congressional district, Jeff Gorell and Julia Brownley (Incumbent), went head-to-head in their second debate at CSU Channel Islands. The debate ran from 6-7:30 pm and was proctored by the Ventura Star’s Timm Herdt. The room was packed with students, […]
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OK, maybe lesser of 2 evils is a strategy in CA CD26 race. Read Brownley's voting record- arggggggh.
CA District 26 Congressional Race (most of Ventura County)
Do you want Julia Brownley (again)?