Are You Ready? Propositions for the 2018 Ballot, Part 2

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

This is Part 2 of my proposals for new initiatives to liven up the Nov. 2018 ballot, written with my friend Jim Juroe, an Orange County attorney. Part 1, with a longer intro, is here. Proposition 76: The Student Freedom Restoration Act of 2018. Makes attending K-12 school voluntary. It’s the ultimate school choice. If […]

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Ready! Get Set! Propositions for the 2018 Ballot

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Is it too early to look to the 2018 California election? Nahhhhh! One thing I’ve urged Republicans for decades now is to go on the offensive. And the best way to do that is sponsor several initiatives every election cycle that outrage Democrats. Doing so, on top of the fun factor, forces them to spend […]

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Here Comes California Boom Boom

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

You’ve probably heard the saying attributed to Bismarck, “God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.” That includes California because it’s still part of the USA – despite moves for a Calexit secession. But it is membership in the Union that long has restrained the Golden State from becoming […]

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Gloria Romero for Trump’s Secretary of Education

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

New presidents usually appoint at least one member of the other party to a cabinet post to advance bipartisanship and national unity. A perfect choice for President-elect Donald Trump would be Gloria Romero, a former Democratic majority leader in the California senate with impeccable reform credentials, including a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of […]

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Delaine Eastin Runs for Governor

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

In California, bad politicians don’t fade away, they run for governor. The latest is Delaine Eastin, the former superintendent of public instruction best known for trying to kill off homeschooling. In announcing her bid, she told the Los Angeles Times, “I’m a very frustrated person who’s been watching from the sidelines for some time now…. […]

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How Trump’s Win Might Spark CA Republican Revival

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

My title is, “How Trump’s Win Might Spark CA Republican Revival.” The key word is “might.” This statement is counterintuitive, given the hostility to him among many GOP ranks here. But bear with me. There are two conditions: Taking immigration off the table and a Reaganesque economic boom. First, immigration. But isn’t he nasty toward […]

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California Election Postmortem

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

California voters yesterday lurched even further to the political Left, the state even more out of step with the rest of the country. In a battle of two Democrats for a U.S. Senate seat, Bay Area leftist Attorney General Kamala Harris trounced Orange County moderate Rep. Loretta Sanchez, two to one – a greater margin […]

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CA Election Lifts New Media, Dumps Old Media

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Younger readers will find this as unbelievable as the plot for the last “Star Wars” flick. But it wasn’t too long ago that voters got their election information from: one local printed newspaper, with AP stories on national contests; just three commercial broadcast TV networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, plus the government’s PBS; a couple […]

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Taxes “Я” Us: CFT Explains Prop. 55 for Members

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

I learned a great journalistic method from Tom Wolfe and his 1979 book “The Right Stuff,” on the early space program. He went back and read the internal newsletters of NASA astronauts, engineers and others in the late 1950s and 1960s. I used to subscribe to government union and other newsletters, but nowadays all these […]

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Prop. 58 Wins Most Mendacious Initiative Prize

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

The Proposition 58 campaign wins this year’s coveted Most Mendacious Initiative Prize. The Title and Summary were written by Attorney General Kamala Harris. She’s backed by the California Teachers Association, whose CTA/Issues PAC has contributed $1.1 million to Prop. 58. Her words: “ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION. Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English […]

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