The October issue of CABRO lists its “recommendations” for the midterm November elections. CABPRO is endorsing Dai Meagher for Treasurer. The details are here.
This is an interesting twist from “politics as usual” around here: Dai leans to the left (he did, however, change his voting status from Democrat to “decline to state” earlier this year); while his opponent, Tina Vernon, is the Republican. The county Democratic Central Committee is endorsing Dai, as I reported previously.
“At the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee meeting on September 16, the Nevada County Democrats endorsed Dai Meagher for the Nevada County Treasurer. Dai, as a CPA, has the proper qualifications for a position with the treasurer’s responsibilities, and he has handled billions of dollars already for his clients, including a large department in the County of Alameda,” according to the local Democrat’s latest newsletter.
CABPRO supports Dai, partly because he has expressed concern about our pension crisis. It also likes his CPA credentials.
All five supervisors have endorsed Vernon.
I also was intrigued by CABPRO’s explanation for opposing Prop. 19, calling it a “Trojan Horse.”
Exit question: Will Dai’s endorsment from CABPRO cost him some votes from some people in the middle and on the left, who dislike CABPRO’s usual right-wing political advocacy? You can expect Vernon’s campaign to make hay of it.
CABPRO’s ballot initiatives recommendations are here:
Proposition 19: Legalizes recreational marijuana
use. Do we need additional legalized substance
abuse in the state under the guise of bringing
in additional tax revenue at the local
level? Remember how the state lottery was sold to
us as a means of of funding public education? It’s a
Proposition 20: Redistricting Congressional
Districts is a follow-up to the 2008 Proposition
11. Don’t we want to be in charge of how our
districts are laid out and not leave it to a bunch of
politicians and bureaucrats in Sacramento?
Proposition 21: Adds an $18 annual vehicle
surcharge (TAX) to help fund state parks and wildlife
programs and grants free admission to all state
parks to surcharged vehicles. Do we want more
surcharges/fees/taxes in these hard economic
Proposition 22: Prohibits the State from Taking
Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government
Projects and Services. State spending is out of-
control. Why balance the State budget off our
local backs? Robbing Peter to Pay Paul isn’t right!
Proposition 23: The California Jobs Initiative puts
implementation of AB 32 on hold until California’s
unemployment rate drops. So far, thousands of
businesses have relocated to more business
friendly states. We cannot allow our Golden State
to become a 3rd world state by allowing AB 32 and
CARB’s regulations to kill jobs.
Proposition 24: Repeals recently enacted
corporate tax breaks letting businesses carry back
losses, share tax credits, and use a sales-based
income calculation to lower taxable income. Isn’t it
time to stop beating up businesses but instead
encourage them to stay and others to come to
Proposition 25: Allows the state budget to be
approved based on a simple majority instead of the
current 2/3 majority. If passed then just a little
over 50% of a controlling legislature could tax and
spend California into bankruptcy. Don’t we need
true reform instead of just changing the rules?
Proposition 26: The Supermajority vote to Pass
New Taxes and Fees Act changes the state
Constitution to require voters to approve, either by
two-thirds or majority, local levies and charges
with limited exceptions. Doesn’t it make sense to
make it more difficult to impose more fees and
taxes than easier?
Proposition 27: The Elimination of the Citizen
Redistricting Commission eliminates the State
Commission on Redistricting we voted for in
2008 and returns redistricting to elected
politicians. Doesn’t it make sense not to
allow self-serving politicians to draw their own
Selected Candidates Recommendations
U.S. Representative 4th Congressional District:
State Assembly 3rd District:
State Senate 4th District:
Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector:
Dai Meagher, CPA
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