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Three candidates light way to possible GOP revival

By From page A11 | May 14, 2014

They are not likely to win this year, but the California Republican Party has several candidates for statewide office who are lighting the way to a potential GOP revival down the road.

Neel Kashkari, Pete Peterson and Ashley Swearengin are relatively young, accomplished, articulate and moderate. They understand that hard-right bombast doesn’t work in a state in which less than 30 percent of voters call themselves Republicans and moderate independents hold the balance of voting power.

They shun the anti-everything (immigrant, abortion rights, taxes) positions that many Republicans reflexively adopt, but that those independents reject, and embrace the pro-business, make-government-work-better attitudes that have worked for previous Republican winners.

Peterson, executive director of Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, is running for secretary of state, while Swearengin, mayor of Fresno, wants to become state controller, and both are likely to survive the top-two primary and make the November runoff.

Kashkari, who ran the federal government’s TARP bank bailout program, is locked in a fierce primary duel with Tim Donnelly, a very conservative state assemblyman, for the right to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown.

Donnelly is off the wall in his condemnation of immigrants, his opposition to banning Confederate flags from being sold in state shops and, most recently, his suggestion (later withdrawn) that Kashkari, son of Indian American immigrants and a Hindu, had embraced Islamic Shariah law – but he has been leading Kashkari in the polls.

California Republican Party leaders clearly fear that in next month’s primary, Donnelly could become the party’s official candidate and make it an international laughingstock.

Therefore, without formally endorsing Kashkari, they want him to win the primary, while fully aware that he has almost no chance of unseating Brown.

It’s not hyperbole to say that the future of the Republican Party in the nation’s largest state is hanging in the balance.

The party is very close to hitting bottom, and whether it recaptures some relevance or fades into total obscurity may depend on its fielding a plausible array of candidates this year.

Conversely, of course, Democrats would like nothing better than Brown’s running up a historic landslide over Donnelly in November, thus graphically demonstrating their complete dominance of the state.

Such dominance would not be healthy. No competition means that the narrow interests allied with the dominant party can have their way, regardless of the effect on the larger welfare of the state. And one-party rule of any political system invites the sort of self-serving arrogance that has landed three Democratic state senators in the criminal courts just this year.

Dan Walters is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Reach him as [email protected]

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  • Rich GiddensMay 14, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Dan Walter's government media complex approved candidates are just more of the same crap. Thanks, but Donnelly is my choice because he's against the government of traitors and scum! And California is stuck on stupid and clearly wants more of the same problems and failure.

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  • The MisterMay 14, 2014 - 7:10 am

    "Donnelly is off the wall..." Really? It must be all of those 'on the wall' types that have given us the toilet we call California today. If ya keep doing what you've been doing, you're gonna keep getting what you've been getting. Tim Donnelly is a threat to the establishment politicos... which further proves that Donnelly is common sense government that puts the rights of the people ahead of special interests, Wall Street power brokers, and the political establishment. You want a better California? Vote Tim Donnelly for governor.

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  • Bad very Bad here...May 14, 2014 - 8:52 am

    An example of how the Media is used to sway public opinion... voting in Kashkari is a total buy in to the New World Order and caving into the real 9/11 terrorists "our" own Government... 9/11 was an inside job.... TARP is a Golden Parachute to the insiders who are purposely causing our country to fall. There is no one in a major media position that is trustworthy?

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  • Today Wednesday on InfowarsMay 14, 2014 - 8:55 am

    On this Wednesday, May 14 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the latest Obama scandal after thousands of immigrant murderers, rapists, kidnappers and other convicts were released onto the streets of America. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx.) said it would be considered "the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials." Joining today's show is economic forecaster and author Harry Dent on what people can do to protect themselves from a future economic collapse. Also joining the show are reporters David Knight and SSG Joe Biggs, who are on the scene in Virginia outside Fort A.P. Hill where the U.S. Army built a fake city, including a school and a Baptist church, to practice military occupationwwwinfowarscom

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  • ?May 14, 2014 - 11:21 am

    What about the Demographic of no manufacturing jobs? Ask him how we can make our own tennis shoes and underwear in our own country? How do we rebuild a manufacturing base? What is the best way to American Energy Independence? Should we stock up on food?

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  • JagMay 14, 2014 - 9:35 am

    Your first mistake is you called them Republicans; if they can’t talk about the issues that matter to us they are RINO and might as well be democrats. I for one have already thru my ballet in the garbage and I like the fact the democrats are going to rule this state because the faster they control it all the faster they will bankrupt it and then the republicans will have a chance but I for one will be long gone by that time.

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  • LarryMay 14, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Jag what is the difference between Bankrupt and Deficit and the Republican Party.

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  • JagMay 14, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Agree Larry, I also blame them to. I am the first one to call out George W Medicare part B that was unpaid for, that is why we need a balance budget amendment, Only spend what you take in or even spend less then what you take in and save a little,

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  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/seeds-of-destruction-the-diabolical-world-of-genetic-manipulation/25303May 14, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Google.. In General.. Seeds of Destruction... See Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation ... I have been trying to find out if Mr. Kashkari's father is tied into this type of stuff.... I would much rather have Jerry Brown than Kashkari... But I would vote for Donnelly

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  • https://www.indiawest.com/news/16383-indian-american-neel-kashkari-runs-for-governor-of-california.htmlMay 14, 2014 - 10:08 am

    See..Indian American Neel Kashkari Runs for Governor of California indiawest........Kashkari confirmed that the GOP leaders he has consulted with include Paulson, former President George W. Bush, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels and former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice.

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  • Remember 9/11 was an inside jobMay 14, 2014 - 10:11 am

    With the help of top Democrats because the first World Trade Center bombing and Oklahoma bombing were inside jobs also.... Clinton and Bush imported cocaine into Arkansas together, they are friends...

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  • http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/Bush-Lilly-CIA-serotonin.htmMay 14, 2014 - 10:19 am

    Google..Mitch Daniels MK Ultra..................Mitch Daniels Cockburn also reported on Mitch Daniels, then a vice president at Eli Lilly, who in 1991 co-chaired a fundraiser that collected $600,000 for the Bush-Quayle campaign. This is the same Mitch Daniels who in 2001 became George W. Bush's Director of Management and Budget. In June 2003, soon after Daniels departed from that job, he ran for governor of Indiana (home to Eli Lilly headquarters). In a piece in the Washington Post called "Delusional on the Deficit," Senator Ernest Hollings wrote, "When Daniels left two weeks ago to run for governor of Indiana, he told the Post that the government is 'fiscally in fine shape.' Good grief! During his 29-month tenure, he turned a so-called $5.6 trillion, 10-year budget surplus into a $4 trillion deficit-a mere $10 trillion downswing in just two years. If this is good fiscal policy, thank heavens Daniels is gone." Eli Lilly supplied LSD for the CIAs MK Ultra experiments?

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  • Google Mitch Daniels MK UltraMay 14, 2014 - 10:20 am


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  • Wikipedia Mitch DanielsMay 14, 2014 - 10:42 am

    In January 2001, Daniels accepted President George W. Bush's invitation to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He served as Director from January 2001 through June 2003. In this role he was also a member of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. In place for 9/11?

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  • Wikipedia Henry PaulsonMay 14, 2014 - 10:47 am

    I am not feeling well today.... bye

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  • Puddin TaneMay 14, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Ha ha ha, oh man, it's incredibly comforting to know that Donnelly's got a snowball's chance at winning the gubernatorial race! What's more, Walters is right: when Donnelly is nominated he will make the CA GOP a laughingstock. Heck, I'm laughing already!

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  • @ PuddinMay 14, 2014 - 11:12 am

    Who did 9/11?

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  • http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembersMay 14, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Take a look at our assembly... WAKE UP CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY.... What are you going to do about all the Chemtrails over California?...... Is this the real reason for Global Warming if it exists?... The Chemtrails and HAARPs?

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  • The Luciferian Illuminati is.....May 14, 2014 - 11:37 am

    trying to make a heck on earth... So yes, it would make sense that they would intentionally heat up the atmosphere..... Hot as heck it will be... ( Hint both parties Democrat and Republican are controlled by the Banking powers ) See they are mocking God, so all of God's creation, the true natural order will suffer. The Democrats will not save you, they dumb you down so you are so busy bing a victim with your hand held out for your Government Check.... welfare on the low end.... High paying Government job on the other end... that you care not about anything that is really happening.... WAKE UP PEOPLE...Weather modification is a major new endeavor of the New World Order.... and guess who owns the weather reporting now... The Rothschilds..... and yes the sun cycles do effect the temperature and we have no control of them... but the evil people could actually be enhancing the effects of this with the Chemtrails.

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  • I would encourage all the Tea Parties to re-double ...May 14, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    your efforts... recruit new members... but remember both parties are corrupt... but that true compassionate conservatism is what is needed not ultra liberalism... Do not believe anyone in the entrenched party structures Democrat or Republican....... So Michael were are the lower level Democrats that will tell us 9/11 was an inside job?.......Send money to the Donnelly campaign...BTW liberals... Who are the rich?... Anyone that makes more money than you do? for me 40K a year would be rich...

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  • @California GOPMay 14, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    I noticed that you have dumbed down your website.... it used to list all the Republican Central Committees and a contact for each committee in each county.... So you are now so ashamed of yourselves that you do not want to publicize how ordinary republicans in each county can contact their County Central Committee...... But yes I agree there is a big push for one party rule... under the Democrats who are just as evil.... Just say no to Hillary and all entrenched Democrats like Reid, Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, Garamendi, whoever George Miller endorsed, WAKE UP PEOPLE again we are not really given a choice both candidates on both sides are approved by the Illuminati powers.

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  • StR This guy should be proud of me I am publicly engaged... I do not think I am so proud of him?May 14, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Pete Peterson was the first executive director of Common Sense California, an organization that promotes and supports citizen engagement as a way of producing more creative policy decisions and better citizens. He developed the organization's annual Citizen Engagement Grant Program, which has provided over $200,000.00 in grants over the last two years to municipalities and school districts across California. Peterson has also consulted on several of these "participatory planning" and "participatory budgeting" projects in cities ranging from Salinas to Palmdale. Peterson has co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar, "Leadership through Civic Engagement" - a program offered to California leaders from city planners to regional officials. To date over 350 city, county, school district, and nonprofit officials have attended these seminars. He has written extensively on public engagement for an array of print and online journals. Peterson earned his BA in history from George Washington University, and an MPP from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy. He was also a public affairs fellow at ......................The Hoover Institution in 2006. Wonder if he knows Rice?

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  • Participatory planning equals Delphi Technique?May 14, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    ? Just asking ? Will this guy tell us the truth that 9/11 was an inside job?

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