The FD California Voter Guide for June 3, 2014

I will entertain contrary arguments, if any.

I’m in Monrovia (California, Los Angeles County), so results may vary regarding local races and measures.

STATE

Governor: Neel Kashkari, because Jerry Brown will win by a landslide and there’s absolutely no point in wasting time with an odd bird like Donnelly, other than to give ammo to Dems in national races. I’d rather not spend the next few months talking about weapons violations and the Confederate flag.

Lieutenant Governor: Ron Nehring, because he’s the only Republican with anything approaching name recognition, and Tom McClintock supports him.

Secretary of StatePete Peterson was leading Alex Padilla in polling, and is the only competitive Republican in the field. Breitbart.com has a piece on him here.

ControllerAshley Swearengin, even though the Los Angeles Times endorses her. Her nearest two competitors, with over a third of California voters undecided, are both Democrats.

Treasurer: Greg Conlon doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, but he’s the only Republican in the race.

Attorney General: I have no idea. Orly Taitz is a nutlog, Phil Wyman apparently suffers from foot-in-mouth disease, and the candidates are by and large a motley crew. The incumbent Democrat will win. I wish I knew. Anybody by Orly I guess. Remember when John Eastman ran? You had your chance, California. Bite me.

Insurance Commissioner: Ted Gaines (California Republican Assembly endorsement).

Member State Board Of Equalization, 3rd District: Nobody, a Democrat is running uncontested.

UNITED STATE REPRESENTATIVE

32nd District: Arturo Alas, the only Republican in the race.

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY

41st DistrictNobody, because there’s only one candidate on the ballot, and he’s a Democrat. Feel free to go through the hassle of writing in another candidate if you like.

JUDICIAL

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 22: Amy Carter, because Patterico endorses her.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 48: Charles Calderon as the least bad choice, or maybe just don’t bother. This race is pretty much an emetic. Google Charles Calderon Carol Rose at your peril. Neither are very impressive, to say the least.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 54Nobody. Both endorsement lists are dominated by Democrats. Which is worse, an endorsement from Waxman, or Waters?

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 61: Dayan Mathai‘s endorsements do not seem like the usual suspects of overwhelmingly Democratic supporters.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 72: Nobody. I disapprove of uncontested races on general principle.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 76Alison Estrada. Helen Kim is the usual list of Democratic endorsements.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 82Nobody. As noted above, I disapprove of uncontested races on general principle.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 87: Andrew Stein I guess. Seems like a bit of a clusterfark of a race.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 90:  Nobody. As noted above, I disapprove of uncontested races on general principle.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 97: Teresa P. Magno definitely, because Songhai “Sunny” Armstead is running around telling people that they should vote for her because she’s black. I’m more a Content of Character kind of guy. You play the race card, it gets played right back.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 107: Nobody. Another clusterfark. Dear me. Unless you want to balance out the reflexive Vote For The Latino Name element by voting for Joan Chrostek. I wouldn’t.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 113: Stacy Wiese. At least she’s not endorsed by the butthead who lectured my jury pool on the civil rights movement and Caesar Chavez for 15 minutes prior to a civil trial about a bicycle/car accident.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 117: James Pierce. Slam dunk.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 138: Donna Armstrong. Gibbons is all the usual Democratic endorsement suspects.

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 158: Andrew Cooper. Mednick needs to look into SEO and suchlike. Maybe his mom likes him, but it’s hard to tell.

SCHOOL

Superintendent Of Public InstructionLydia Gutierrez (California Republican Assembly endorsement).

COUNTY

Assessor: John Wong  (California Republican Assembly endorsement).

Sheriff: Paul Tanaka (California Republican Assembly endorsement).

STATE MEASURES:

41, Veterans Housing: No, half-heartedly. Like we need more bonds issued? It never ends.

42, Public Records: No, without much enthusiasm. If the State of California wants to mandate behavior by counties and municipalities, I guess they should pay for the cost of compliance, yes?

 

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