Education has become a hot button issue locally and nationally and we must understand the rules of engagement, so we make sure we expend our political energy in the most efficient way possible. Parents want our school districts to nullify state laws and mandates, but sadly that is out of bounds. Getting rid of a school board member is much easier than trying to get rid of Senator Josh Newman or Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez as an example, but we also must remember not to throw out the baby with the bathwater either.
First, with school boards if school districts offer raunchy books with overt sexual themes, then yes, the books should be pulled. That is an issue that our school boards have jurisdiction on. Books also should be age appropriate, if a book is meant for high schoolers is placed in an elementary school site, then the book should be moved to the proper site as well.
If there are books that discuss sexual activities such as a how to guide, then it should be up to parents to check out the books upon parental request and then the books would be returned to the school site by the parent or guardian.
Schools in California by law are meant to allow for gender non-conforming youth to access the facilities of the gender they are meant to be, but in a way to be respectful of both communities there should be a clause about respect for other students. If a student of any gender or sexuality assaults a student, the school district should press charges against the student or students who may assault a student either if it was someone punched in a locker room or someone raping or abusing another student as how recently a school district in Virgina let a youth get away with their crimes.
The problem many parents fail to understand is many of these policies are introduced in the state legislature. We need to communicate to individuals who are No Party Preference who are of the age that raise school children (22-60) about the garbage that politicians such as Senator Connie Leyva endorses. There are not enough Republicans to win elections, we must expand our coalitions. We must start messaging to the public about why the policies of our local elected officials in the Democratic Party disappoint people.
We must unseat state legislators for us to restore back our sovereignty.
California and the nation do deserve better. The misguided policies from our Democratic Party politicians are the reason why the Pacific Ocean has a sea of cargo ships waiting to dock at our ports. We need to repeal AB 5 which makes independent contractors who traditionally helped deliver cargo from the ports redundant. Legislators such as Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) voted for this.
Opening the ports 24/7 is not going to solve the issue, we need truckers to help deliver the products. If we do not have the truckers, the ports will still be clogged. Our ports and the unionized longshore people will suffer when companies move the freight to the east coast. We need AB 5 repealed.
If we want to help working families and stop the inflation crisis of 2021, we need action in 2022. Call your Democratic Party legislators today.
I understand we all want the Covid-19 situation to be resolved, but Sacramento is going to make the situation even worse. AB 455 is going to ask people to show their vaccination proof to utilize non-food and non-religious services and AB1102 is about mandating people to be vaccinated to be employed.
These bills were not there from the beginning, they were carved out of other pieces of legislation at the last minute. Even though I am vaccinated, my health issues should be none of the business of our government, our employers and store clerks. I should decide when I want a covid-19 booster on my terms, not on state or federal terms.
The big concern I see is 60% of African Americans are not vaccinated and older people like my father are not going to carry a smart phone to show proof of vaccination which will cause issues.
I can understand the face mask policy for better or worse if it is an indoor restaurant where you are standing in line and paying for services, but drive thru should be different. Drive thru windows are outdoors where there is a smaller chance of infection. However people want to try and conduct business in a ‘safe’ manner as possible.
If infection rates are low enough in a county or state, we should gradually pare down guidelines. Right now covering the mouth might be one idea that would be an option.
On other related issues about the over-caution about the ‘rona’, the six foot rule seems absurd. There are even MIT researchers who state that the six foot concept seems very arbitrary. Reduced occupancy might be the better option than a six foot rule.
If your not to the left of Kamala Harris, expect to get Facebook demerits and be sent to the Facebook gulag once or twice a year. Facebook is not a worthy company for Republican Party supporters to patronize because our time spent there is actually being used against us.
Now is the time to start using programs such as Telegram and Signal for communication instead of Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
Parler may not be perfect, but I may come back there. People need to consider other options and help decrease Zuck’s power.
I am one of the authors of a bylaw proposal (#4) in the Rules Committee of the California State Republican Party and I would like the support of the membership if the Rules Committee does not pass it directly. My reasoning for this bylaw proposal is that we need to stop removing endorsements at the dead of night from candidates our current chair finds unworthy because they are perceived to be likely opponents of her administration.
2020 was an ugly cycle for the state party where two endorsements were yanked, and several others had the potential to be yanked. The yanking of Ted Howze and Mike Cargile were done with little to no notice of the membership of the state party or the county parties that compromise the districts of those candidates. We lost the opportunity for capturing one of the congressional districts with Ted Howze because party leadership felt that appeasing leftist pressure group Media Matters was more valuable than winning elections.
Candidates give their time and money to put their name up for election in these races, if we end up discounting these individuals, we will end up likely seeing more districts uncontested where we will end up living in a uni-party where you either want Assembly member James Ramos centrism or Assembly member Alex Lee’s progressive dystopia.
As someone who lives in the district of one of the yanked candidates and happen to be a county party committee member in addition to a state delegate, I was blindsided not knowing firsthand what was going on. The leftists were laughing at the controversy the Board of Directors created with the campaigns when committee members were kept in the dark.
If we want to play yank the endorsement, then we need a basic code of conduct for candidates before attaining said endorsement for the 2022 cycle which could be generated during the 2021 Fall convention, so we do not get our endorsements yanked for some arbitrary reason. However, if this practice continues in 2022, we need a process of transparency and due process for the candidates and the county party organizations that compromise the districts.
There needs to be an opportunity for affected candidates to testify or submit a statement to the board, there needs to be disclosure of the verdict to the county parties involved in the affected districts. Mike Cargile for example only found out his endorsement was yanked days after. We need transparency, without transparency there will be angry members of county parties wondering why their candidates got yanked.
Face it we do have big problems in how we conduct elections in the United States. I am here to come up with some ideas in how to improve integrity in our elections. Legitimacy of our elections leads to legitimacy of our government. The goal is to suggest some policy proposals to reduce fraud and make elections work better for the people. I am going to mention some policy suggestions in how to improve elections and the other article will talk about my ideal elections system to help conduct voting.
The reality is that all elections are not non-partisan. There are factions and parties that have an inherent interest in elections from city council to county supervisor. I would like to suggest that any executive member of the county and state elections departments should be prohibited from donating 50 dollars or more to any local or state candidate in their jurisdiction.
All donations from elections office leadership should be disclosed. Any credit cards and bank accounts from spouse or employee are subject to audit. Any undisclosed political donation can lead to termination and a 5000 dollar fine.
Ballots should NOT be counted or received at the cloak of darkness. If the receipt and counting of ballots is not happening during public viewing or observation, they should be not valid to be counted or received.
We also need to make sure that the postal service has accountability. A congressman did try to establish penalties for backdating postmarks on ballots illegal, but the Democratic Party blocked his amendment. Congressman Massie did sense what type of games would likely be played in the 2020 election and it did happen. Perhaps we need to make the deadline for mail ballots earlier. Encourage people in 2022 and beyond to mail their ballots by October 31st to be in by November 8th, 2022. Ballots should not be accepted after the closed of polling time on Election Day. We need a nationwide prohibition of accepting mail in ballots after Election Day.
Same Day registration should be prohibited, it only leads to more confusion at the election office. The earliest deadline permissible should be 14 days prior to an election. To prevent ballots from being thrown into the mix to stuff the ballot box, we need strict accountability in how many ballots are printed.
States who want to do permanent vote by mail should only be allowed if they prune the voter rolls for dead people and people who moved.
Polling places that block observers should fine the polling place supervisor 5x their stipend for the day working and each polling place worker to forfeit 1.25x their stipend. In places with infamous corruption such as Philadelphia and Detroit we should have disinterested staff to count the votes so we can have some neutrality. Get National Guard troops to count the votes with observers from the county and the major political parties.
We could likely write a book on how to make ideal best practices. However my next essay will talk about my ideal elections technology best practices.
Links of articles to share to your friends and family. Instead of mailing in your ballots turn them in to the official county drop in sites or ballot harvest with your political party (in California) if you are not able to vote at the polls.