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Contra Costa County primary election 2018

Original post made on May 4, 2018

Residents will help determine their local representatives for the U.S. Congress, State Assembly and key county positions such as district attorney, superintendent of schools and auditor-controller.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 3, 2018, 10:33 PM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 4, 2018 at 1:23 pm

On reviewing the recently mailed voter information pamphlet, curiously, the 27 candidates for governor were arranged into 3 unequal columns that by "chance" placed the leading leftist candidate (Newsome) top middle center stage, in the most prominent spot. The leading Republican, (Cox), was buried among the other 27 names.

CA has a voting system where the top two vote getters go onto the runoff election. That means that a conservative fiscally responsible voter possibly would be only allowed to choose between two leftist candidates. CA truly is a one party dictatorship.

Posted by Guynextdoor
a resident of Danville
on May 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

I noticed it too. More evidence of the deep state. Let's defeat Newsome, the gas tax and mandated solar panels.

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 10, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Regional Measure 3 (RM 3) does not solve regional transportation problems. Please read the arguments against RM 3 in your voter's pamphlet. If you do not want more conversion of existing freeway lanes into toll lanes, then vote against RM 3. Toll lanes do not add any new freeway lanes, no new capacity at all. The toll lanes simply charge you for using an existing freeway lane that your tax dollars already paid for.

Before you vote on RM 3, again, please read the arguments against in the voter pamphlet.

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

An expanded observation to the first comment: On the official ballot, by "chance", the leading leftist candidate (Newsom)is placed top middle center stage, in the most prominent spot of all the candidates for governor; but even more curiously, the trailing Republican candidate, Travis Allen is placed in a very prominent spot just to the right of Newsom, while the leading Republican candidate, Cox, is mixed in with the other 27 candidates.

Why would this matter?; because of the prominent ballot location, Allen might garner more votes than he ordinarily would have, which could be just enough to split the Republican vote forcing Cox out of the crucial number two position for the allowed two candidates for governor in the runoff election. Because of California's (flawed in my opinion) ranked voting law, splitting the Republican vote could force Cox off the final ballot. Subtle, but a very devious strategy to force a Republican off the ballot in the runoff election.

Seems that some unbiased (if there is any) entity needs to investigate who was responsible for this "hanky panky", but wait, almost forgot, this is the leftist people's republic of California.

Posted by Scott Hale
a resident of San Ramon
on May 19, 2018 at 6:48 am

Scott Hale is a registered user.

Resident: Doesn't your 'opinion' assume the voters don't know who they are voted for until they SEE the ballot moments before they vote? I suspect that is not the case; at least for those who actually spend some time researching in advance.

Also, your opinion assumes Calif could elect a GOP governor. Not happening, I'll wager, regardless of the order or number of selections.

BUT, yes, there should be an investigation, by all means......

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 19, 2018 at 3:31 pm

From actual experience talking to a few of my tenants, one tenant said he voted for Bill Clinton because he liked the way Clinton played the saxophone on Saturday Night Live. Another tenant told me that if he didn't know anything about a candidate, he would vote for the one whose name sounded the best.

A quote from Winston Churchill: "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter." How else can you explain the election of Pelosi, & Swalwell, etc.

Posted by Scott Hale
a resident of San Ramon
on May 20, 2018 at 6:57 am

Scott Hale is a registered user.

Resident: And no Calif higher elected office is filled with a GOP'er. Explain?
Face it: Calif is clearly 'blue' and that isn't likely to change; even if the loud (minority) of GOP'er makes a great deal of noise.
Just in Contra Costa twice as many registered democrats......perhaps THAT is the reason.
And, yes, I believe Pelosi should retire. I believe in term limits. I believe in moderates. And no, I'm not a democrat. /snap

Posted by Details matter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2018 at 11:52 am

'A quote from Winston Churchill: "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."'

Except, of course, there is no evidence that Churchill actually said this (and, no, an Internet meme doesn't count). Web Link

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Regardless who first said this insightful observation, if you ever participated in an election & talked with numerous voters, then the spot on truth to this quote would be apparent.

Posted by His Torian
a resident of Danville
on Jun 5, 2018 at 10:58 am

His Torian is a registered user.

The history of third party candidacies anywhere in the US is pretty dismal, from TR to George Wallace to Ross Perot to Ralph Nader. And the CA GOP is now a third party in these parts: "California Republicans hit rock bottom -
New figures show the once-proud state GOP has been relegated to third-party status." Web Link

It's so bad out there that Gavin Newsom is said to have underwritten a GOP candidate's campaign commercials, because he'd rather run against him than another Dem.

Pathetic - and yet ... the state's doing just fine, by most objective measures - and better than it would be doing under GOP principles. C'mon over to the bright side, you few who remain.

Posted by Member800
a resident of Green Valley Elementary School
on Jun 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm

I agree that many voters are uninformed & should stick to issues or candidates where they have done some research as to where candidates stand on issues & have read and considered the possible impact of propositions & Measures in addition to intended impact.

Better they don’t vote than vote blindly. After all, how else do you explain the election of DJT? Oh yeah, RACISM.

Posted by Galser
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jul 10, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Does it bother NO ONE that Fitzgerald is a holocaust denier and anti-semite?

Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Anyone who denies the holocaust occurred is a lunatic and embarrassment, and I am glad the Republican Party denounced Fitzgerald.

As to "His Torian" comments above about how great our state is doing under Democrats complete control have you been to San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose recently? There are literally hundreds of homeless people shooting up drugs on public sidewalks, leaving human feces all over the street, and despite record property tax income coming in our down town streets are objectively so much worse now than ever before. Criminals are braking into cars at record numbers in San Francisco, with our politicians doing nothing to stop it. Instead, they spend all their time attacking Trump, while failing desperately to take care of their own cities.

The AMA which has been coming to San Francisco for decades finally had enough of the mess of San Francisco and this year went elsewhere, expressly noting how the homeless, criminals, and litter are so out of control that they refuse to come to the city. Other tourist groups are announcing similar decisions.

And what do our fantastic Democrats do to address these out of control problems, nothing! They have record amounts of property tax coming in, and thus the funds to make a difference, but they would rather spend the money on hiring expensive private law firms to represent illegal aliens coming to our state. The Democrats pass legislation and regulations ad nauseam on small business owners, but look the other way when homeless people shoot up drugs on public sidewalks and defecate on Bart and our city streets.

California now has the highest state income tax rates and highest sales tax in the country, but walk around downtown San Francisco and see how well the Democrats have used our money to keep our streets clean and safe for our children and the elderly.

Do not confuse state income with state quality of life for it's residents.

Things will only get worse in CA as long as one party has complete control.

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