10 Jul

Episode 12 – Democrats vs Democrats

The battle of the century!

Episode 12 – Democrats vs Democrats

The Democrats really decided to screw the pooch on this one. Instead of arguing policy or politics, they chose to go low and sue college students. Classy. We discuss the democrats’ lawsuit against CSUF’s College Republicans in their latest effort to invalidate the recall of Josh Newman. But it doesn’t stop there. Apparently, some democrats aren’t democraty enough for the progressive wing of their own party. There is a civil war a-brewin’ in the democrat caucus, and we’re all getting seats to watch the fireworks. As we discuss the civil war, we also bring up the fact that the democrats didn’t really plan out SB562, the universal healthcare bill, very well. Prop 98, the mandatory school funding measure passed in 1988, kinda puts a damper on any increase in the budget to pay for single-payer. Finally, we way the merits of declaring 4 different nuts the official state nut. Super important work going on in Sacramento.

Recall Update – CA Democratic Party Sues CSUF Students


  • Three members of CSUF’s College Republicans group were named in a new lawsuit filed by the California Democratic Party.
    • The lawsuit claims the offending young conservatives purposely misled voters into signing the petition to recall Josh Newman.
    • “The suit names Amanda McGuire, Brooke Paz, and Ryan Hoskins as defendants in the suit, for volunteering their weekends to talk to constituents about the cost of Newman’s vote to the district’s taxpayers.”
  • Quotes from the Daily Wire:
    • Amanda McGuire, who is Vice-President of the College Republicans, asserted that “the lawsuit is a shameful and frantic attempt to silence voters of the district. The intimidation tactics espoused by the California Democrats should no longer be tolerated. It’s gone too far when college students are being dragged into court for becoming involved with the issues faced by their local cities. I’m proud to be a part of the party that fights to fix our government on every level.”
    • “This lawsuit is the definition of frivolous, and more than that, an obstruction of the very processes that every Californian should hold dear,” Ryan Hoskins, Secretary of the College Republicans said in a written statement. “By naming myself and my fellow club members as defendants on this lawsuit, the California Democrats are attempting to scare us into backing down from this signature gathering effort. They will not succeed in breaking our spirit, and with the support of the California Republican Party, we will fight it in the court of law.”
  • This is a bad look for the Democrats.
    • They seem like bullies. They seem petty.
    • This is just another in an ever increasing line of desperate attempts to maintain their power and supermajority.

California Story – Democratic Civil War


  • California’s Democratic Party is engaged in a civil war.
    • On one side there is the establishment democrats – moderate corporatists like Nancy Pelosi.
    • On the other is the much more left-wing Bernie Sanders-type democrats who advocate for far more socialist programs.
      • Like the universal healthcare bill – SB562
  • With no real opposition from the CA GOP, democrats are left to fight with each other over policy.
    • “We’re on the same team,” said Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, chairman of the Assembly’s progressive caucus. “We should not be fighting one another. We should argue with one another. … It should not devolve into something where it could tear the party apart.”
  • The more progressive wing of the party is banking on the anti-Trump sentiment in California to fuel a sprint to the far left.
    • We essentially have democrats trying to out-democrat each other.
    • “It’s more than a disappointment, watching how it plays out there in California,” said Donna Smith, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America. “For Democrats, for progressives, [health care] really encompasses everything that’s going on in the country at the moment. And California … is so critical, and California is this incubator of what happens in Democratic politics.”
  • A lot of this stems from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelving the Single-Payer Healthcare bill.
    • The Nurses Union has said they will fund primary challenges against Rendon in the next election.
    • Basically, if you aren’t the right kind of Democrat, some group will fund the campaign of someone else who is.

California Story – Prop 98 Is Blocking Single-Payer in CA

How California’s Prop 98 Is Blocking Single-Payer

  • Prop 98 – passed in 1988, requires that a minimum of 40% of California’s general fund spending is to be spent on education and the actual percentage of the general fund spent on education is over 50%.
    • This was an unintended consequence of Prop 13.
      • When the property taxes that made up the bulk of education funding started drying up after Prop 13 was passed, education activists pushed Prop 98 to ensure education was always funded.
  • Basically, if Single-Payer is passed in California and the budget is increase by $200 or $400 billion dollars, 40%-50% of that new budget is required to be spent on education.
    • Any new amounted added to the budget is subject to the requirements of Prop 98.
      • Prop 98 can be suspended by a 2/3 vote of the legislature, which it has been twice during economic downturns.
      • It cannot be suspended indefinitely because each time it is suspended it requires the funding lost due to the suspension to be made up next fiscal year.
        • Continually suspending Prop 98 would lead to an ever-increasing debt obligation that would be forced onto future budgets.
        • Someone would inevitably sue over continued suspension of Prop 98.
  • The only way to get around this would be to pass another initiative to revoke Prop 98.
    • I suspect the California Teachers Union might have something to say about that.

California Story – CA GOP Sweats Trump Effect


  • Assemblyman Travis Allen is proud of his vote for Trump in the 2016 election.
    • Of the 3 republicans who have announced their intent to run for Governor in 2018, he is the only one who voted for Trump.
  • He claims the 4.4 million people who voted for Trump in California will respect and appreciate his vote for Trump.
    • Nearly double that voted for Clinton, so maybe touting your vote for Trump isn’t the best way to get elected governor.
    • Thanks to Trump — whose approval rating in California is just 27 percent and who lost the popular vote by 4 million votes here — getting to the governorship is “almost an insurmountable mountain for Republicans to climb,’’ said USC political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe.
    • Couple that with the Top Two Primary system we have in California and he’s basically killed his chances by highlighting his presidential vote.

California Bill AB1067 Names 4 Nuts the “State Nut”


  • Existing law declares the official state animal, rock, mineral, grass, insect, bird, and marine fish, among other things.
  • This bill would make the almond, walnut, pistachio, and pecan each the official state nut.
    • None of which are botanical nuts.
    • Jerry Brown signed it into law today.
    • https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19868
    • While the Assembly had 6 and the Senate had 7 “No Votes Recorded” not a single legislator voted against this “State Nut” bill. Because California cannot have enough nuts apparently. Even on ceremonial nonsense bills used for marketing purposes the State can’t make tough calls and just pick something.
    • Do we really need a State Nut? Let alone 4?


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