Special Election For Senate District 7
In conjunction with the recent election of Mark DeSaulnier and his swearing in to the U.S. Congress, a seat has opened in district 7 of the California State Senate calling for a special election.
Today, the special election was called by California Governor Jerry Brown to take place on March 17, 2015. The Governor also called special elections for California State Senate districts 21 and 37. The three vacancies are due to Mark DeSaulnier, Mimi Walters and Steve Knight all being sworn into congress and leaving vacant positions in the California State Senate.
Mark Meuser will be the only Republican candidate in the race for Senate district 7.Read more
Mark DeSaulnier’s recently was elected into the United States House of Representatives, and as such a seat has opened up in the California State Senate.
With DeSaulnier’s swearing in as part of the U.S. House of Representatives to replace former Congressman George Miller on Jan. 6, 2015, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is required to call a special election within 14 calendar days of the vacant position being created. That is, Mark Meuser will be preparing to continue his campaign to run for California State Senate. Moreover, Gov. Brown can call the election to take place anytime between Jan. 6 through Jan. 20. The elections, however, are currently anticipated to be scheduled to be held sometime April 2015.Read more
On January 5, 2015, a new California legislature will kick off the New Year by introducing many new bills.
It would be nice if the new legislature would focus on things that matter to California families, like improving our schools' dismal performance record, making sure that we properly handle our drought, or fixing the impending pension problems that will continue to drive our state towards bankruptcy.Read more
Christmas can be a very wonderful time of the year, as long as you are not standing in line trying to purchase that last minute gift. There are holiday parties galore, the airways are filled with joyful Christmas carols, and it seems everyone has a smile on their face. Everyone seems to have their own Christmas traditions and there are many wonderful Christmas stories that are passed down from generation to generation. One of my favorite Christmas stories deals with a birth and a miracle.
No, I am not talking about the birth of Baby Jesus born of a virgin in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago. The miracle that I am talking about occurred 238 years ago. The birth that I am talking about is the birth of a nation, the United States of America.
I was recently asked if I were elected to the California Senate, whether I would be just another Republican obstructionist. As we all know, when someone is taking a stand on principle, one side can perceive that individual as a hero while the other side perceives the individual as an obstructionist.
I believe that this question is very important, as the answer helps reveal my philosophy of good government. To answer this question, I first want to site an example from history, and then expound on that from my own experiences.Read more
There is an old quote that politics makes strange bedfellows. I am in one of those situations where I am in agreement with a group that I typically find myself in disagreement with.
Here in Contra Costa, we saw the County Supervisors vote to give themselves a 33% pay raise. In response to this selfish vote, the Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Contra Costa Public Employees Union have joined forces to pass a referendum to put on hold the 33% pay raise and put the matter before the voters.Read more
How Sacramento passes a new tax without you knowing or without them having to be held accountable for raising your taxes.
On January 1, 2015, there will be a new gas tax that Californians will have to pay.
This tax is imposed upon Californians by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). According to CARB, the purpose of this tax is to make fuel more expensive so that people will use less of it. However, CARB hopes that the increase in the price of gasoline is so small at first that California drivers will not notice. As such, once they get their foot in the door - be prepared for them to kick the door wide open.Read more
Two wrongs never equal a right.
Last Sunday five St. Louis Ram's players started a huge controversy. Rams tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin entered the Edward Jones Dome with their hands raised above their heads just before the kickoff against the Oakland Raiders. These players were making a statement showing their support for Michael Brown who had been shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson earlier this year.