State of California secondary Archives: on Government Reform

John Cox: I'm the outsider, not beholden to any donors

[On opponents' supporters]: "I'm the outsider. I'm the guy that's going to get things done," Cox said, criticizing Newsom and Faulconer as beholden to their donors. "People are sick of that. They want an outsider. They want someone that's actually going to address these issues."
Source: Los Angeles Times on 2021 CA recall race Apr 2, 2021

John Melendez: Electoral College broken, voters unheard

We must completely overhaul the Electoral College. The most recent presidential election has proven the system is broken. The Electoral College's inaction allowed over three million votes to go unheard.
Source: 2018 CA Senate campaign website Aug 1, 2017

Jimmy Gomez: Replace Citizen's United with public financing

Campaign Finance Reform: Jimmy was the principal author of the California DISCLOSE Act, which proposed expanded campaign reform and disclosures in California. He will support the overturn of Citizen's United with the goal of public financing of elections.
Source: 2017 CA House campaign website, Jun 6, 2017

John Chiang: Dock pay of legislators unless they balance budget

Chiang announced on June 2, 2011 that unless the state legislature passed a balanced budget by June 15, the deadline specified in the California Constitution, he would start docking their pay. He said, "In passing Proposition 25 last November, voters clearly stated they expect their representatives to make the difficult decisions needed to resolve any budget shortfalls by the mandatory deadline, or be penalized. I will enforce the voters' demand."

On June 22, Chiang announced that he was following through with his promise. Legislators did pass a budget, but according to Chiang, the budget they passed had a $1.85 billion deficit, and was therefore not a legal budget under the state's requirement that its budget must be balanced. Therefore, Chiang said, there was functionally no budget and by the terms of Proposition 25, he was required to stop paying the state's legislators. The impact to individual members of the California State Legislature was about $400/day

Source: coverage of 2018 CA Gubernatorial race Feb 12, 2017

John Chiang: Caught state paying $11 million salaries to dead employees

John Chiang has aggressively used his independent fiscal oversight power to audit state and local government programs. He has found over $8 billion in government waste, fraud, abuse and inefficiency--far more than any previous Controller. John stopped the state from paying $11 million a year in salaries to dead employees. He cracked down on bureaucrats spending tens of thousands of dollars on lavish meals and extravagant entertainment.
Source: Campaign website for CA Treasurer Nov 1, 2014

Ron Paul: I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation

Q: You're known as the absolutist in the bunch, someone who has consistently opposed federal government from having any role that isn't explicitly laid out in the Constitution. So this makes people curious: Where do you draw the line? Does this include things like making cars safe, making medicine safe, air traffic control?

A: In theory, if you understood the free market in a free society, you don't need government to do that. We live in a society where we have been adapted to this, and you can't just drop it all at once, but you can transition away from it. On regulations, no, I don't believe in any of these federal regulations, but that doesn't mean I don't believe in regulations. The regulation of the marketplace takes care of it. So the marke would dictate it. You can't commit fraud. If you need detailed regulations, you can do it at the state level. But the federal government is not authorized to nitpick every little transaction. The way they use the interstate commerce clause is outrageous.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Ron Paul: Everything government does is a mandate

Q: Do you advocate getting rid of the minimum wage? Would that create more jobs?

PAUL: Absolutely. And it would help the poor, the people who need a job. The minimum wage is a mandate. We're against mandates, so why should we have it? No, it would be very beneficial. But mandates, that's what the whole society is about. That's what we do all the time. That's what government does: mandate, mandate, mandate. And we talk so much about the ObamaCare mandate, which is very important, but what about Medicare? Isn't that a mandate? Everything we do is a mandate. So this is why you have to look at this at the cause of liberty. We don't need the government running our lives.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Ron Paul: Don't use Executive Orders for controversial laws

Q: [to Paul]: Your campaign put out a statement accusing Gov. Perry of pushing for bailout money, supporting welfare for illegal immigrants, and trying to forcibly vaccinate 12-year-old girls against sexually transmitted diseases.?

PAUL: Forcing 12-year-old girls to take an inoculation to prevent STDs is not good medicine. It's not good social policy. But one of the worst parts about that was the way it was done. You know, the governorship in Texas traditionally is supposed to be a weak governorship. I didn't even know they could pass laws by writing an executive order. He did it with an executive order, passed it. The state was furious, and the legislature, overwhelmingly, 90%, repealed this. But I think it's the way it was passed, which was so bad. I think it's a bad piece of legislation. But I don't like the idea of executive orders. I, as president, will not use the executive order to write laws.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Ron Paul: FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't

Q: Regarding FEMA: if you object to how it's run, your position is to remove it, take it away, abolish it. What happens in its absence?

PAUL: Well, what happened before 1979? We didn't have FEMA. FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't be building. We lose the market effect of that. But, yeah, my position is, we should have never had it. There's a much better way of doing it. I mean, this whole idea that the federal government can deal with weather and anything in the world, just got to throw a government there? FEMA's broke. They're $20 billion in debt. But I'm not for saying tomorrow close it down. A lot of people pay the insurance. I work real hard to make it work, and I did that in my district, too. But I'll tell you how we should do it. We're spending $20 billion a year for air conditioning in Afghanistan and Iraq. Cut that $20 billion out, bring in--take $10 off the debt, and put $10 into FEMA or whoever else needs it.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Carly Fiorina: American dream is perishable, if government keeps growing

I believe our state and our nation are at a pivotal moment. We have arrived at what Ronald Reagan once called a time for choosing. I've lived the American dream. But our American dream is perishable. I believe bigger and bigger government higher and higher taxes and thicker and thicker regulation are killing the American dream. I see it happening all over the state and if Barbara Boxer remains in office for another 6 years it will only get worse. I'm the only candidate in this race who has met a payroll or created jobs. And I will fight for every job. I am the only candidate in this race who has ever actually balanced a budget and cut spending in the real world and I will fight to cut government spending. I believe we must stop sending more of our money to Washington because they have amply demonstrated that they do not spend our money wisely or well. If we want to change Washington we have to change the people we send to Washington.
Source: Hogue News 1380 KTKZ coverage of 2010 CA Senate debate Mar 7, 2010

Bill Simon: Voters are turned off by negative campaigns

Q: Political participation remains extremely low. How do you inspire the public to “get involved”?

A: Voters are turned off by negative campaigns. I have tried to run my campaign by focusing on the issues that matter to Californians: the economy, education, and our quality of life. I tried to encourage open and honest debates with Gray Davis - but he refused to attend. In the general election alone, I appeared on over 200 radio shows. I hope these efforts helped to inspire voters to get involved.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Bill Simon: Davis’ pursuit of contributions are an obsession

Q: Name at least one positive and one negative influence you’ve found campaign contributions can have.

A: A positive that can be found in campaign contributions is that they provide the funding to help raise voter awareness. The negative effect of campaign contributions: Gray Davis. The governor has turned his pursuit of campaign cash into an obsession and has left Californians wondering whether his policies are based on what is good for our state or what is good for Gray Davis’ campaign wallet.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Gray Davis: Campaign contributions let regular people run for office

Q: Name at least one positive and one negative influence you’ve found campaign contributions can have in California politics.

A: The positive influence is that contributions allow people of limited means-people who aren’t multi-millionaires or celebrities-to run for office. I am not independently wealthy, so I have to raise funds in order to get my message across. The money we raise does not finance my lifestyle. My opponent in this race [Bill Simon] has loaned himself nearly $11 million. When he pays himself back, that money will go straight into his pocket. That’s not to say that people who are wealthy shouldn’t run for office. But, I think the people benefit by having representatives from different walks of life and different socio- economic backgrounds. The negative influence is that fundraising creates perception problems. But, as long as you are open about the contributions you receive & put them out there for everyone to see, people will be able to make judgments for themselves.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Gray Davis: Your vote is your voice-legislate open process

Q: Political participation remains extremely low. How do you inspire the public to “get involved”?

A: I am a very strong believer in the tenet that your vote is your voice. I signed the Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2002, which was approved by the voters, to upgrade voting systems. I also signed a bill that allows citizens to register to vote up to 15 days before an election, instead of 29 days. Another one I signed allows unaffiliated voters to participate in the primary process

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Peter Camejo: Encourage volunteerism and political activism

Q: Political participation remains extremely low. How do you inspire the public to “get involved”?

A: I’ve addressed volunteerism with the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. I’ve always encouraged people to vote, and not just for the Green Party, but to vote and become politically active. People come up to me after hearing me speak and tell me that I’ve inspired them to want to get involved in activism.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Peter Camejo: Green’s contributions for message; Dem-Rep’s for investments

Contributions from individuals are essential for the Green Party and other small parties what allow us to grow and reach voters with our message. These contributions come from individuals who believe in what we are doing and who want to see us expand our work and our message. But what the Democrats and Republicans get are not contributions, but investments. They are expecting something in return for their investments, and that is absolutely sickening.
Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

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