2016.04.23

California poltiics candidate statements voter information Jason Hanania Kamala Harris

I've tried to progressively improve my awareness of local/state politics over the years. For the upcoming primary I finally now sat down to read the official information guide cover to cover.

It started out okay, but as the above image indicates, quickly devolved into a wtf.
Prop 50, so far so good

Okay so in light of some recent legal issues in the state assembly, there's a proposition to withold pay for legislators that have been suspended by a 2/3 vote - generally following a criminal indictment. Seems reasonable, why pay an (alleged) criminal who can't vote anyway? Can go either way depending on how you view the 'alleged' bit.

The fun part is, assemblymen can currently be suspended with pay with only a majority vote. They can be expelled (without pay, duh) with a 2/3 vote.

So on its face, the prop looks harsh on potential wrongdoers, but actually raises the bar for suspending them.

A pessimest/Machiavellian might wonder if assemblymen are ever suspended for political reasons. The California Secretary of State seemed to indicate this simply doesn ot happen.
The candidates, now it gets real

The rest of the brief was dedicated to candidates. Since it's a primary, you have to figure there's going to be some smalltime politicians, sure. But they're all for a US Senate seat, so we're not talking about obscure local hopefuls, right?

What follows are their supplied statements, while I have no doubt added a transcription error or two, the statements are rife with grammatical and spelling issues. Yeah.
Okay you do this for a living

Loretta L. Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Tom Palzer, Greg Conlon, Von Hougo, Kamala D. Harris, and Don Krampe, you seem to at least have your act together, even if it includes nuggets like:
You're hoping people just like your name?

A lot of candidates supplied only a token line for (what I would hope) is the primary means to get their message out.

Pamela Elizondo, Green

California politics voter information Pamela Elizondo

http://www.facebook.com/Pamela.Elizondo.USSENATE

Ah, right, why read a state-supplied voter information booklet when I can check your Facebook? Could you have at least copy-pasted your recent status updates though?

Jerry J. Laws, Republican

California politics voter information Jerry Laws

Constitutionalist. Americanism. www.lawsussenate2016.com

It is a good thing; the ballot is littered with Magna Carta-loving Ottomanists.

Don J. Grundmann, Independent

California poltiics Don Grundmann always fighting the power

Fight-the-power.org

Will do, Don. Will do.

Karen Roseberry, Republican

California poltiics Karen Roseberry talk show SAVE acronym

*S.A.V.E. the future!*

Scorch And Vaporize Entirely? Stop Autonomous Vehicles Eroding? Start A Viral Epidemic?

Jason Hanania, Independent

California poltiics Jason Hanania

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0x65. e. No, just shut up. Shut up.
Lolwat

Akinyemi Olabode Agbede, Democrat

California poltiics Akinyemi Olabode Agbede voter information rescue america exclamation

Rescue America! Rescue America!! Rescue America!!! Californian! Let us together rescue America from turning into a third world country. Enough is enough of American deep suffering. People in Washington has collapsed this country. Therefore, electing Dr. Akinyemi Agbede, as your next United States senator representing the golden state of California 2016 is the answer in order for our country to be reclaimed back.<

People in Washington has certainly collapsed this country. Let's go golden state of California 2016!! ! !!!

Ling Ling Shi, Independent

California politics voter information Ling Ling Shi

Source.

Run for God's Heart and America's Freedom, challenge 10 giant chaos in economy and economy-related sectors.

Dude, 10 giant chaos in economy is like the main issue facing modern society. Let's get some God's Heart up in that.

Paul Merritt, Independent

California politics voter information Paul Merritt

California make history . . .

Commas are important.

...elect an independent Senator Merritt. Elect an independent thinker. Elect the person, not the Party-in-power's. Our National government is a shambles. We need a strong USA defense.

I love USA defense!

Merritt is solid on international issues. I believe in Faith, respect people and all religions.
Chris believes you but I'm not sure about bouncing between first- and third-person. Respect imperative statements.

quote:
Merritt supports Senator Feinstein's boarder security fence, no offshore oil drilling, and our desert environmental protection Act.

Whew, if there's one thing that keeps boarders at bay, it's a fence. We are saved from our pirate epidemic.

Merritt adheres that President Reagan's idea on small government is best.

I adhere ya on that!

Background: two law degrees, broker, hotel owner, elected city councilperson. Homeowner boards: Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Orange County. Life member Nature Conservancy. Most Billionaire Republicans and Union boss Democrats don't represent you! Merritt is Independent for all Citizens. Paul Merritt is a Californian!

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Tim Gildersleeve, Independent

California poltiics Tim Gildersleeve headshot

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I stand for the poor, elderly, and disabled, environmental issues, unions, small business, and represent the average citizen. My website is: http://www.alternativevoiceforamerica.org

Solid platform.

President Cristina Grappo, Democrat

California poltiics Cristina Grappo

My education & expertise merit this prolific occupation in order to represent California, as United Senator. I hold a Democratic Party platform with key issues for gun control, human trafficking, balancing the national deficit, and foreign policy initiatives. I am mainstream Facebook in social media! My core values drive America!

Okay it might be a little confusing to call you United Senator President Grappo, but we'll make it work. Keeping the national deficit balanced is very important, just as gun control and human trafficking are. #IAmSocialMedia

Herbert G. Peters, Democrat

California politics voter information Herbert Peters

Andrew Jackson Democrat. Our first 70 years; our country grew and flourished. We had no income tax. Motto: Manifest Destiny. Democrat Presidents; were most wise: Andrew Jackson balanced budget seven of eight years. Franklin Pierce vetoed a federal welfare bill. To reverse downward spiral of last 118 years: balance our budget, resist war, reduce costs, reduce taxes, repeal welfare and minimum wage so all can find jobs. Churches and Charities help needful. Reduce oppression: replace income tax with sales tax. Goal: Better life for all.

Herb, I'm not sure your party is the same as it was in 1860- ohhhhhh *whistles*.

Mike Beitiks, Independent

California poltiics Mike Beitiks headshot climate change platform

My platform is narrow. It's more of a single board, really. Federal legislators are doing nothing to protect us from the threat of climate change. I will not do nothing. I swear on the graves of future Californians that I will not sacrifice our actual climate to our political climate.

That's kind of morbid, Mike. Solid rationale, but what are you going to do for all that non-climate stuff that Congress does?

Jason Kraus, Independent

California politics voter information Jason Kraus

Each election Californians are saddled with the same problems, same issues, and same faces. Politicians beg for our money making promises that will never be kept. We must return to basics. Remove all forms of income tax which will increase employment, ignite our economy, and protect our way of life. I have refused all campaign contributions, will not accept a salary, and will only serve ONE term. I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I am an American . . . just like you. Jason Kraus. United States Senate 2017.

You seem to have a narrow platform. More of a single board, really.
Oh... kayyyyy

Massie Munroe, Democrat

Massie Munroe headshot politics

My candidacy represents the United States Constitution, the only contract between the people of America and America's government "Of the people, By the people, For the people" to be restored and strengthened in America and extended to the UN as a contract between all people of our world through US leadership and diplomacy."

It's... what?

International bankers, multinational corporate leaders, militaries and police must all 100% obey, comply with the Constitution of the US/UN in the Spirit of Truth, Serving All in Peace.

Naturally.

Transforming from the Industrial Technology Age to the new "Energy Technology Era" will saturate US job markets for the next 500 years. My campaign represents ending international bankers' rule an their financial exploitation of nations; reestablishing people's rule by creating a Citizen's Bank to serve as America's central bank; ending mind control slavery; ending non-consensual human experimentation; ending hunger, homelessness and violence; protecting earth, water, air, forests, oceans and animals; practicing Christ consciousness and implementing constitutional justice under the leadership of the US/UN.

Good, good, good- wait go back one. Mind control slavery?

Through my national and international research and political activism, I identified "mind control slavery" by satellite energy technology weapons and social engineering programs that have been in continual development for the past 50 years and facilitated their "declassification". As a result, I came under heavy sanctions that are ongoing.

Wow.

I request you, the voter, to rise above all untrue accusations that assail my good character and heart. See my evidence and review my service. Senator Bernie Sanders' presidency is crucial for bringing this into reality.

That and hats made of foil I expect.