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Post-election analysis: Is the only direction upward for California conservatives?

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 2:18 pm | Randy Thomasson

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It’s the day after, and the dust is settling in California’s just-concluded “jungle primary” election.

And while the numbers will change each day until the primary election results are “certified” on July 15, I’m seeing evidence that Californians against government tyranny are more motivated than liberal voters. And I believe there’s the potential for some statewide offices to be captured by constitutional Republicans (or in the state schools chief contest, an in-reality reformer).

Are Californians voting more Republican?

Is California experiencing a conservative resurgence? With all the pain of the last two years, there’s evidence of Californians’ growing support for Republican candidates (especially Republicans who will fight for them) over Democrat candidates:

First, as I watched vote changes late into the night, in most statewide contests, the leading Republican’s lead kept increasing, while the leading Democrat’s numbers (usually the incumbent) kept decreasing.

Second, the initial election-night report of voter turnout showed reliably Republican counties with the highest voter turnout. If we consider recall-energized San Francisco the Democrats’ “high watermark” at 25% turnout, and exclude very-low-population Alpine County, the highest voter turnout was in the Republican strongholds of Mariposa County (42%), Amador County (41%), Sierra County (40%), Plumas County (37%), Modoc County (32%), Calaveras County (30%), El Dorado County (26%), and Del Norte County (26%).

Third, a Northern California congressional shows voters preferring a Republican fighter over his more-establishment Republican opponent. As I write this, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has more than twice the votes of Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones.

Because of the harmful manifestations of anti-people policies by the New Communist Democrats in California and Washington, D.C., I’m not surprised if votes for Republican candidates are indeed higher. And, ideally, imagine the surge in the upcoming general election if biblical pastors promoted voting as a clear, practical application of Jesus Christ’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” How transformative that would be!

5 statewide seats that could flip

California has eight state constitutional offices that are held by one person. Seven are partisan (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, and Insurance Commissioner) and one is non-partisan (Superintendent of Public Instruction).

And while there’s just over a month to count the remaining votes, I see five statewide seats that could be taken from the ruling Democrats:

1. Controller: This is an open seat (incumbent Democrat Betty Yee is termed-out), and the first-place lead of 37% for taxpayer advocate Lanhee Chen. Veteran fiscal watchdog and current U.S. Representative Tom McClintock observed, “The controller’s office is the ideal office from which to wage a crusade in which to eliminate government waste.”

2. Insurance Commissioner: The incumbent Democrat, radical homosexual activist Ricardo Lara, only garnered 37%, which makes him politically vulnerable. I mean, has anyone’s insurance premiums gone down lately? “Reagan Republican” Robert Howell has a chance take this seat if California has a “conservative wave” in the November election.

3. State Superintendent of Public Instruction: The incumbent Democrat, Tony Thurmond of Oakland, received only 45.7% of the vote. With government unions running government schools, which made even liberal parents angry when schools were closed last year, this might be a perfect storm for pro-parent reformer George Yang.

4. Attorney General: The appointed incumbent Democrat, Rob Bonta, along with Governor Gavin Newsom, is incurring statewide blame for the current crime wave. Receiving 54.5% of the vote, Bonta might be deposed by hard-hitting, tough-on-crime messaging by Republican challenger Nathan Hochman.

5. U.S. Senator: Appointed incumbent Democrat Alex Padilla received only 53-54% of the vote for “partial term” and “full term.” Will he be negatively associated with Biden & Co. in November? In contrast, Republican Mark Meuser is a constitutional fighter.

You will have mostly real choices in the November election

Thank you if you voted! I appreciate you visiting our Pro-Family Election Center to equip you. And thank you big-time if you helped others to vote!

As I write this, if the “top two” vote-getters don’t change, nearly all California statewide offices will be a contest in November between a liberal Democrat and Republican, ranging from mostly conservative to constitutionalist.

Below is a snapshot of this morning’s statewide primary election results and the websites of the current “top two” in each contest. Please note that Republicans with percentages in the “teens” expect their Republican rivals’ supporters to vote for them in November. So assume them as practically having, post-primary-election, somewhere between 25% and 40% of the voters’ support.

For example, in the just-concluded primary election for governor, voting for 13 Republican candidates were 35.5% of the voters. These candidates attracted 1,208,643 voters, which is .6315861256658043% of Newsom’s 1,193,663 votes (Newsom “won” 56.3% of the electorate). Do the math: Newsom’s 56.3% x 0.6315861256658043 = 35.55829887498478% or 35.5% of the electorate for Republican candidates in the governor’s race. You can therefore expect Brian Dahle to attract at least this percentage in the general election.

Governor
Democrat incumbent Gavin Newsom 56.3%
Republican Brian Dahle 16.8%

Lieutenant Governor:
Democrat incumbent Eleni Kounalakis 52.1%
Republican Angela Underwood Jacobs 19.9%

Secretary of State:
Appointed Democrat incumbent Shirley Weber 58.8%
Republican Rob Bernosky 19.5%

Controller (open seat):
Republican Lanhee Chen 37%
Democrat Malia Cohen 21.3%

Treasurer:
Democrat incumbent Fiona Ma 57.6%
Republican Jack Guerrero 21.3%

Attorney General:
Appointed Democrat incumbent Rob Bonta 54.5%
Republican Nathan Hochman 18.5%

Insurance Commissioner:
Democrat incumbent Ricardo Lara 37%
Republican Robert Howell 17.8%

Superintendent of Public Instruction (officially non-partisan):
(Democrat) Tony Thurmond 45.7%
(DemocratAinye Long 11.7% (or will pro-parent reformer George Yang qualify for the run-off? At 11.6%, he’s only 1,818 votes behind Long)

U.S. Senate Full Term:
Appointed Democrat incumbent Alex Padilla
53.5%Republican Mark Meuser 14.3%

U.S. Senate Partial Term:
Appointed Democrat incumbent Alex Padilla 54.3%
Republican Mark Meuser 21.1%

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
1 Corinthians 9:24

Your phone calls made an impact, but Republican assemblymembers failed us

Sunday, May 29, 2022, 5:07 pm | Randy Thomasson

Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day remembering Civil War dead) honors men who gave the “ultimate sacrifice” for our country. But which “good” politicians sacrifice for you?

I know from the Bible that true love a) gives b) what God approves, and c) sometimes to our own hurt. As Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and God in the flesh, taught in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and in John 15:13, when He said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends,” the greatest love is sacrificial.

What if sacrificial love were the norm for true Christians? For true love plus active repentance of personal sin is the spiritual recipe for healing our land.

On this theme of virtuous love, if you followed SaveCalifornia.com’s lead and made phone calls against the medical tyranny bills and infanticide bill on the Assembly floor, I thank you for making a noticeable impact.

Remember, for nearly two weeks, we targeted 28 (and near the end, 30) deciding votes (29 Democrats and 1 “independent”) with a flood of phone calls. What’s more, all of them, including all 19 Republicans, received at their State Capitol offices the facts of these awful bills: AB 2098 | AB 1797 | AB 2223.

Yet even without these Republicans speaking against these bills on the floor (they were silent and didn’t fight for us at all — see the passage of AB 2223), together, we pulled off more than a dozen Democrats. This was your admirable impact — thank you for giving us a real chance. But sadly, none of the 19 Republicans tried to defeat these bad bills!

See how close we got on the Assembly floor, where 41 “yes” votes pass bills:

On AB 1797 to segregate Californians in a “Covid vaccine” database, 1 Democrat voted no and 16 Democrats abstained or did not vote (two were absent), so AB 1797 initially passed by just 2 votes (abstaining Republicans later changed their votes to “no”).

On AB 2223 to prohibit law enforcement from investigating infant deaths, thus permitting infanticide, 1 Democrat voted no, independent” Chad Mayes voted no, and 13 Democrats abstained or did not vote (two were absent), so AB 2223 initially passed by just 4 votes (an abstaining Republican later changed his vote to “no”).

On AB 2098 to revoke the licenses of doctors that counsel patients against the “Covid vaccine,” 13 Democrats and “independent” Chad Mayes abstained or did not vote (two were absent), so AB 2098 initially passed by just 5 votes (abstaining Republicans later changed their votes to “no”).

Again, these atrocious bills passed because all 19 Assembly Republicans didn’t fight for us. From all my years in Sacramento, I know the impact of even one Republican strongly opposing a bad bill on the Assembly floor will put questions and fear into targeted Democrats’ minds, triggering abstentions. If even a couple of Republicans had raised their mics to expose AB 2098, AB 1797, and AB 2223, we could have won!

So don’t blame Creator God or “fate” — blame evil Democrats and unloving Republicans. Which is why voting this primary election is so important. In many legislative districts, you can choose what kind of Republican you want representing you. And I encourage you to vote and help your friends vote for moral constitutionalists who will fight for you!

Lastly, I want to tell you that SaveCalifornia.com tries hard to select battles we can win. Like General George Washington, who avoided battles he knew he would lose, we’ll only ask you to make phone calls when there’s a plausible opportunity to change votes.

Which is why SaveCalifornia.com steadfastly opposes SB 866, which would lower the age of “consent” for vaccines down to age 12. The next battle over this anti-family bill is Wednesday, June 1 @ 8:30am in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. This fight is especially worth it because one of the Republican committee members has implied he’ll speak and fight against SB 866. So please participate!

In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change.
Psalm 15:4

“Who, then, of these three, seems to you to have become neighbor of him who fell among the robbers?” And he said, “He who did the kindness with him,” then Jesus said to him, “Be going on, and you be doing in like manner.”
Luke 10:36-37

“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

URGENT ALERT: Call Sacramento to oppose medical tyranny and infanticide

Friday, May 20, 2022, 7:50 am | Randy Thomasson

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 25 @ 7pm: AB 2098 has been skipped over for 4 Assembly floor sessions in a row. But AB 2098, AB 1797’s statewide vaccine database and AB 2223 functionally legalizing infanticide can all come up for Assembly floor votes on Thursday, May 26. So please leave anonymous messages TONIGHT (between 8pm and 7am) for the 28 deciding votes (scroll down to see list of who to call and what to say).

Updated Wednesday, May 25 @ 7pm:
This means this horrible bill revoking the licenses of honest, caring doctors — along with AB 1797’s statewide vaccine database and AB 2223 functionally permitting infanticide — will be on the Assembly floor May 26 and 27 (Friday, May 27 is the final week to pass bills in their house of origin).

Why is SaveCalifornia.com focusing on the State Assembly, not the State Senate? The 80-member California State Assembly has two-year terms, most incumbents are running for re-election, they’re younger, closer to their communities, and less “crusty” and less “owned” by wealthy special interests — and there’s also two vacant Democrat seats.

This is why, last August, our side successfully lobbied to defeat two awful bills on the Assembly floor — one requiring jabs and one requiring passports. We need more victories this month, then again in August for the worst Senate bills — all on the Assembly floor.

With this in mind, please take renewed action!

STEP #1:

Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26, please call again to your own state assemblymember’s State Capitol office. Find yours here.

And please share this alert with your family members and friends so they can make calls too. Also, please ask doctors you know who support medical freedom to call their own assemblymember and even the deciding votes to oppose how AB 2098 would trample medical independence and threaten licenses of careful, evidence-based physicians and surgeons. Their authoritative voices will be remembered and carry weight against the Big-Pharma-owned California Medical Association, which is sponsoring AB 2098.

Use these talking points to urge your own state assemblymember to oppose AB 2098, AB 1797, and AB 2223:

AB 2098 (Low): “Support medical independence. Oppose AB 2098, which would result in the revocation of licenses of good doctors who think outside the box. AB 2098 is unfair and wrong — oppose it.”

AB 1797 (Weber): “Support an individual’s choice of medical treatment. Oppose AB 1797, which would set up a vaccine database that would discriminate against and segregate conscientious Californians who don’t want a particular injection. Do not track me or my family, whether we want a particular shot or not. Vote no on AB 1797.”

AB 2223 (Wicks) as amended May 19, 2022: “Protect the lives of babies, whether they’re an hour, day, week, or year old. Oppose AB 2223, which would make law enforcement look the other way when an infant dies and it’s claimed the death was from ’causes that occurred in utero.’ By prohibiting law enforcement investigations of ‘perinatal death’ due to a subjective and overly-broad phrase, AB 2223 would permit killings of newborns up to year after birth. Vote no on this infanticide bill.”

(See more on these and other bad bills at the SaveCalifornia.com Legislation Center)

STEP #2:

If you’re a modern-day patriot, this 30-minute task is for you: It is especially effective for you to call the Assembly floor votes to oppose all 3 bills. We highly recommend you only leave anonymous after-hours voicemails, during the evening, night, and weekend.

Again, use our talking points above to describe why all 3 bills are wrong.
SaveCalifornia.com believes since medical “mandates” are controversial, since fear of the China virus has significantly diminished, and since this is an election year where most California assemblymembers are running, both AB 2098 and AB 1797 — and AB 2223, the infanticide bill — can be stopped if you help flood Sacramento with opposition calls.

We’ve identified 28 deciding votes on these 3 bills on the floor of the 80-seat California State Assembly, which currently has 78 members and two vacancies. If none of the 19 Republicans nor at least 19 of the 28 deciding votes do not support these inhuman bills, they’ll be defeated for lack of 41 minimum votes to pass bills by the May 27 deadline.

Important to know: Unless you see your own assemblymember on this list below, please remain anonymous, so your calls will have impact and not be “trashed” (the Democrat legislators’ modus operandi is to disregard every message not from their own constituents). By leaving anonymous voicemails only, legislators’ staff cannot reliably “trash” your calls, and you’ll “mix” in and be part of the flood of opposition calls.

28 Assembly floor targets (27 Democrats and 1 independent)

Please leave anonymous voicemails May 19-23 8pm to 8am and all weekend
Call their State Capitol offices or legislative district offices or both:

Joaquin Arambula of Fresno County 916-319-2031 and 559-445-5532
Tasha Boerner-Horvath of north San Diego County 916-319-2076 and 760-434-7605
Ken Cooley of Sacramento County 916-319-2008 and 916-464-1910
Jim Cooper is running for sheriff of Sacramento County 916-319-2009 and 916-670-7888
Tom Daly of central Orange County 916-319-2069 and 714-939-8469
Mike Fong of Monterey Park to Arcadia in L.A. County 916-319-2049 and 323-264-4949
Eduardo Garcia of Imperial and Riverside counties 916-319-2056 and 760-347-2360
Mike Gipson of South-Central Los Angeles 916-319-2064 and 310-324-6408
Adam Gray is running for the new Central Valley congressional seat that includes West Modesto, Ceres, Patterson and Newman among other central and eastern Stanislaus County communities 916-319-2021 and 209-726-5465
Timothy Grayson of northeast Contra Costa County 916-319-2014 and 925-521-1511
Jacqui Irwin of southwest Ventura County 916-319-2044 and 805-482-1904
Brian Maienschein of north San Diego 916-319-2077 and 858-675-0077
Chad Mayes (independent) of Palm Springs/Yucca Valley/Yucaipa 916-319-2042 and 760-346-6342
Al Muratsuchi of the Los Angeles South Bay 916-319-2066 and 310-375-0691
Adrin Nazarian of Van Nuys 916-319-2046 and 818-376-4246
Patrick O’Donnell of Long Beach 916-319-2070 and 562-429-0470
Cottie Petrie-Norris of coastal Orange County 916-319-2074 and 949-251-0074
Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton/Buena Park/Anaheim 916-319-2065 and 714-525-6515
James Ramos of Redlands/Loma Linda/Highland/north San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga 916-319-2040 and 909-476-5023
Eloise Reyes of San Bernardino/Rialto/Fontana 916-319-2047 and 909-381-3238
Luz Rivas of northeast San Fernando Valley 916-319-2039 and 818-504-3911
Robert Rivas of Monterey, San Benito, and San Cruz counties and Gilroy 916-319-2030 and 831-759-8676
Freddie Rodriguez of Ontario/Chino/Pomona 916-319-2052 and 909-902-9606
Blanca Rubio of Azusa/Glendora/Covina and other east L.A. County communities 916-319-2048 and 626-960-4457
Miguel Santiago of downtown Los Angeles 916-319-2053 and 213-620-4646
Rudy Salas is running for a new congressional seat covering parts of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties 916-319-2032 and 661-335-0302
Carlos Villapudua of Stockton and Tracy 916-319-2013 and 209-948-7479
Lori Wilson of Fairfield/Vacaville/Rio Vista/Antioch/Brentwood 916-319-2011

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:10-13