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Assembly District 16: Weird & Whacky Antics Put Bay Area Seat in Play

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

A very wise political consultant once told me that the last 7 days of a close campaign weren’t the ones to watch – they were the ones to watch out for. It’s that magical time when your opponent hurls lies about you in the mail. It’s getting pretty whacky in Assembly District 16 where Republican […]

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East Bay Republicans’ Surprise – GOP Giant Killers Oust Noteworthy Dems

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

They say that politics makes strange bedfellows and that certainly was the case last Tuesday as voters appear to have retired former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and political heavyweight Steve Glazer. Assembly District 16: The strongest is clearly Catharine Baker, the sole Republican and top vote-getter who won with 36.5% […]

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Assembly 16 – Is the East Bay Seat Really Worth $5 Million?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

The “top two” primary in the 16th Assembly District is once again shaping up to be a battle of special interests vs. those outside the system. Let me tell you what’s going on here in the district from the standpoint of a former candidate who ran when the seat was last open in 2008. Independent […]

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Haley, McConnell, Johnson Talk Jobs and California Economy at Lincoln Club Retreat

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Being a Republican in California is a lonely job only made bearable with a little help from our friends across the country. That was certainly evident at the Annual Spring Seminar, hosted by The Lincoln Club of Northern California, an organization of high profile business leaders and Republican donors who favor freer markets and less […]

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BART Train Wreck Averted by Gov. Jerry Brown

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

California Governor Jerry Brown has called for a 7-day pause to avert another major strike of Bay Area Rapid Transit workers. The Governor stepped in late Sunday night, just hours before the scheduled 12:01 Monday walkout. Brown’s order also gives a three-person board one week to investigate the current state of affairs in the negotiations. The […]

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What’s Behind Marin Republicans Support of Gay Marriage?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

The gay marriage debate has played out on Capitol Hill, at the 2012 Republican Convention Platform Committee, and last month at the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, Marin County Republicans in California decided to buck the national party platform by expressing tolerance of same sex marriage. Let me lend a little background on the move, […]

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Unintended Consequences of the BART Strike

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Question: What’s the one thing that could wipe the gay marriage celebration from the headlines in San Francisco? Answer: A strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers. The contracts between the taxpayer funded government transit organization that serves the region and it’s union workforce expired late Sunday night, bringing the first strike of workers since […]

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CA School Toy Gun Buy-Back Program

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Nanny state politics has ruled California for many years. If it moves, the California legislature wants to tax it, regulate it, or mandate it. Schools have also been under the thumb of teachers union bureaucracies and with that comes behavior that is one-size-fits-all – dictated by a nanny state bureaucracy that is rigid and unbending. […]

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Personal Reflections on George W. Bush

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

I served from 2002-2006 as a member of George W. Bush’s Administration. Because of this, I am completely biased in my opinion. However, I believe that sharing my perspective on events I personally saw might lend clarity to those who saw the Bush 43 Presidency only through their television screen and the lens of the […]

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Union Membership has Declined – But are They Less Influential?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Since I served in the leadership of several national business associations and was formerly the Regional Representative at the U.S. Department of Labor, I’m often asked about the power of unions vs. the power of business. I always answer the question the same way: There is no such thing as unorganized labor. Unions almost always out-organize […]

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