Local tea party rhetoric: What do candidates Miller, Newell and Ferguson think?

More PAC money is infiltrating local races — this time the newly created PAC called “Americans for Good Government,” managed by local Tea Party members, paid $2,222.37 for District 3 Supervisor candidate Dan Miller’s first campaign mailer. The local Tea Party PAC also donated $2,000 to Cliff Newell’s DA campaign and $2,000 to Anna Ferguson’s Superior Court Judge campaign. Details are here and here.

Here’s a “screen grab” of the latest Facebook post on the Nevada County Tea Party Facebook page: “Poor people have been voting Democrat for 50 years, and they’re still poor,” from Charles Barkley. I wonder if the candidates who have accepted this PAC money condone this highly partisan (not to mention, nasty toned) message. Where, on earth, is the public-sector leadership in our community? I’ve voted for Republicans and Democrats during my life, but I can’t see how this type of discourse is good for anybody or anything.

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

11 thoughts on “Local tea party rhetoric: What do candidates Miller, Newell and Ferguson think?”

  1. Let us all hold our collective breath for the local press (newspaper, other print, radio TV) to do an (above the fold / lead story / exposè, documentary) on this and related crude for our ALL local elections. Rinse and repeat for State and Federal elections. Non-Partisian elections get head of the line.

  2. Replace that with a photo of Dimon or Koch or DeLay or any of a number of old rich white dudes and see if the tone changes…

    Speaking of crude, is the plan actually to put 100 rail cars per day of tar sands crude on Amtrak thru Colfax? Anyone got a lead on where we could find out more?

    1. Tom, the issue you raise is the scariest possibility nobody is reporting on. Even the BEE or city TV should be all over such a TIP. Does the County Sups in our and Placer county have any say so in what comes through their counties. BING: LIGHT BULB MOMENT…THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT MIGHT KNOW SO THEY CAN BE PREPARED….OR PERHAPS A SOURCE OF LEADS.

      1. oops – not actually ON Amtrak…

        Was it The Union that had their ‘pop-news-blurb’ at the bottom of the front page saying something about the crude plan a few days back? Jeff, any links / places for leads to existing stories, and/or any interest in posting on it here?

      2. There are cities & counties throughout the country that have passed “nuclear free zone” statutes that I believe prevent nuclear waste from being transported through their areas. Why couldn’t a similar ordinance be passed with regard to tar sands oil?

  3. Can I just point out that while Charles Barkley might like to think himself republican he’s still black–and don’t they know it. Just ask Tiger Woods.

  4. Tom,
    Maybe you could research that and send along information. As you said, that’s not AMTRAK; it’s one of the main rail lines for freight in our nation. Let’s stick to the topic at hand.

  5. At the League of Women voters Candidate forum for Judcial candidates Ferguson said she accepted one PAC’s money only because she identified closely with that groups
    stated positions and values. The Tea Party I guess from what you report cause she didn’t name the PAC, all others denied taking any PAC money, should be a Union headline ,”Jeff Pelline supports Local Tea party darling for judge”

  6. Hi Don,
    In fact, Anna told me: ” I was advised they were not affiliated with any party, so that surprises me.” I think Anna would make a good judge, based on her record at the DA’s office and in court, but I do not support her campaign accepting $$$ from this PAC and told her so. You seem to suffer from the same ideological hangup as the tea party: “My way or the highway.” You’ve been an activist in all your endeavors, from a medical marijuana initiative to suing the state over its motorcycle helmet law. I’ve voted for Democrats and Republicans over the years. I’m “middle of the road.”
    It’s pretty common in the state of California, where I’m a native who has lived all over (Pasadena, Silicon Valley, S.F., Tahoe, here, as well as cities such as Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston and Miami): http://www.ppic.org/main/publication_show.asp?i=526

    (“middle-of-the-road voters or politicians have ideas that are not extreme”.

  7. Poor conservatives have been voting conservative for 50 years as well… and they are still poor.
    That’s why Nader calls it a corporate duopoly.

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