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Golden Exile

By From the November 2013 issue

AS THE GOP goes wobbly, red states go purple, then blue. This is the cautionary tale that California offers national Republicans. Texas, it seems, is in the crosshairs next. Republicans need the Lone Star State’s 38 electoral votes to anchor any future presidential victory. Democratic strategists, knowing this, have launched “Battleground Texas,” a multi-million-dollar attempt to make the state competitive again. The effort has drawn attention from the likes of the liberal rag the American Prospect, and the unthinkable prospect of a blue Texas has even burdened a few heads on Capitol Hill. “In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat,” Senator Ted Cruz told the New Yorker last year. “The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party.”

Writing at the Spectator online, Reid Smith compared the situation to that of Colorado, a once solidly red state, turned blue after establishment Republicans went flaky:

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CA-36: Democrat Janice Hahn Wins Special Election to Replace Harman

By on 7.13.11 | 3:48AM

Janice Hahn will be the newest member of Congress, after the Los Angeles city councilwoman defeated Republican businessman Craig Huey in the special election to replace retiring Democrat Rep. Jane Harman in California's 36th District.

Hahn won by a margin of slightly less than 7,000 votes, with 41,585 votes (54.6%) to Huey's 34,636 (45.4%) in liberal southern California district that includes several beach towns west of Los Angeles. The Democrat spent more than $1 million on a harshly negative campaign, with mailers and TV ads that portrayed Huey as a "radical right-wing extremist," comparing him to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and even Dick Cheney. Huey's own campaign emphasized economic issues.

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CA-36: Democrats Threaten Legal Action Against Controversial Ad

By on 6.22.11 | 12:40AM

The rap-themed online ad about Democratic congressional candidate Janice Hahn's support for a controversial "gang intervention" program has drawn a legal threat from Democrats.

In a letter to the conservative Turn Right USA political action committee (TRUSA PAC), a lawyer for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party demanded that the PAC "immediately cease the dissemination" of the ad, which has already gotten more than a half-million views on YouTube.

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Wind Energy Deal Blows Away

By on 1.25.11 | 1:27PM

Scrutinize the realities of costly and inefficient wind energy projects (and most alternative energy projects, for that matter) in public spheres where tough questions can be asked -- like in court -- and it's amazing what you will learn. Such was the case with California utility PG&E, which had a $900 million deal in place to purchase a wind farm from Iberdrola, until an administrative law judge wanted it nixed. From the court decision:

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California Crass, Texas Class

By on 11.2.10 | 5:02PM

In a disappointing, undignified statement as he heads out of office, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't resist making a "nah-nah" political point while congratulating the San Francisco Giants on their World Series championship:

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers tonight, just like California voters are going to defeat the attempts of dirty Texas oil companies to undo our clean energy laws at the polls tomorrow.

Throughout the season and post-season, the Giants have shown remarkable determination and excellence. They have made this state proud and shown the world what we are capable of. I join all Californians in congratulating the entire Giants organization, coaching staff, players and fans on this much-deserved win.

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New Election for Calif. Prop. 23?

By on 10.29.10 | 4:29PM

That's the talk, as hundreds of thousands of ballots in Fresno County contained illegal, politically-charged language describing the global warming act-postponing measure. The Sacramento Bee reports:

Ballots printed for the county's roughly 380,000 registered voters say Proposition 23 would suspend laws requiring "major polluters" to report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That language was thrown out by a Sacramento superior court judge, who ordered several edits to the original language drafted by the attorney general's office, including changing "major polluters" to "major sources of emissions."

The Proposition 23 campaign has demanded that the county "take immediate steps to reprint the ballots remaining to be sent to vote by mail voters as well as ballots to be distributed on election day."

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Texas Oil Can’t Keep Up with California Greenies

By on 10.28.10 | 11:24AM

"Titanavatarinator" director James Cameron is out with a new campaign ad that opposes California ballot initiative Proposition 23, which would stop the state's extreme global warming emissions law (Assembly Bill 32) until its unemployment rate falls below 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters:

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Green Groups Are Campaign Contributors Too

By on 10.26.10 | 4:57PM

Bored with dazzling production values and in-your-face political commentary? Then let this little video (TV production from the 60s; hairstyles from the 80s; embedding not allowed) created by the League of Women Voters in Cupertino & Sunnyvale, Calif., soothe your nerves. Part of a series that explores the pros and cons of all the statewide propositions, and painstakingly objective, it does a decent job explaining how Proposition 23 would negate the state's global warming law. One interesting takeaway: they say oil companies have contributed $3 million in support of the measure, but environmentalists and Green technology companies have donated $2 million in opposition. You never hear about that second factoid in the media.

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CBS: California Unemployment Worse than Disastrous

By on 10.25.10 | 4:19PM

Looks like Gov. Schwarzenegger and the legislative elites in California cannot count on the Tiffany Network to help their cause in stopping Proposition 23, which is the ballot initiative that would halt the state's global warming law that limits carbon emissions. If it passes, the measure would prevent implementation of the law until the unemployment rate falls below 5.5 percent. How has CBS harmed the alarmists' cause? Because Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" investigated the Golden State's true unemployment rate:

Hat tip: Tom Nelson and friends.

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Democrat Jane Harman Profits From Firm Outsourcing California Jobs Overseas

By on 10.3.10 | 11:34PM

California Democrat Rep. Jane Harman's family business is laying off American workers - including engineering employees in California - and shifting jobs overseas.

A letter from the human resources director of one Harman company, obtained exclusively by The American Spectator, describes a "permanent" layoff of dozens of California workers that went into effect last week.

"I am writing to inform you that Harman Consumer, Inc. has decided to consolidate their global engineering operations located at 8500 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, California 91329, to Shenzhen, China," Sandra Buchanan wrote in the letter dated July 20. "The separation is expected to be on September 30, 2010 and will affect forty-eight (48) employees. . . . The layoffs are expected to be permanent . . . ."

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