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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I heard recently that still another candidate (Independent), Tom Hager, a successful Santa Barbara lawyer, had surfaced and that he needed to get 5000 signatures by last Wednesday. Well, someone from his campaign called me today and said he had. He was also trying to get me to write letters to pressure Tom Watson and Lois Capps (good luck on the latter) to debate him. So, like good a Tea Party guy, I asked about Hager's positions on the issues. The guy could or would not answer a single question, except to prattle on about campaign finnace reform and how Lois Capps was accepting massive contributions from financial firms to vote for the new Financial "reform" bill. Finally, when he directed me to the campaign web site, the first I noticed under the Issues section, under immigration, is that he favors The "Dream Act" which is a deal killer for me right at the starting gate. He wants to give citizenship to illegals who have become "productive members of society," Hager's big concern seems to be that employers are hiring illegals on the sly to avoid paying taxes to feed the beast in D.C. Excerpt from the section on budget and debt: