An Immigration Breakthrough?

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

The latest Pew Hispanic poll is an eye opener.  According to Pew Hispanic, 55% of Latino immigrants will settle for a green card that allows them to work but not vote.  As a group, Latino immigrants aren’t particularly interested in US citizenship. In fact, Mexican LPRs (legal permanent residents) have the lowest rate of citizenship […]

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Grow Elect Must Challenge the GOP

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

At the recent CAGOP convention, GrowElect– the new Republican political action committee to elect GOP Latinos– held a successful panel discussion workshop featuring GOP Latino electeds from all over the state. As former Congressman Ernie Konnyu describes it in the San Jose Mercury News: “Sitting around a quadrangle set of tables in a Hispanic leadership […]

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Donnelly vs. Maldonado

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

Abel Maldonado is the 2014 gubernatorial standard bearer for a new, pragmatic-moderate coalition emerging from obscurity within the CAGOP.  But Tim Donnelly is also running for CA governor, and last week, former congressman George Radanovich (R-Fresno) threw in his hat.  We only lack a Silicon Valley libertarian to have each GOP faction within the larger, […]

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Maldonado Should Go All Out for Governor

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

Reports that Abel Maldonado fired his campaign team is welcome news.  Campaign shakeups are a game of sharp elbows.  But tales of Abel’s “reluctance” to raise money sound like the carping of pri-madonnas who expect the principle to keep the coffers full, so they can draw fat salaries even for grossly flawed work.  Maldonado’s disastrous […]

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, Part 3, Newsom or a GOP initiative?

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

In Part 1, I compared Hyperloop to other ETT (evacuated tube transport) systems and note that in 2011 a Chinese prototype achieved a 700 MPH model speed, proof of concept.  In Part 2, I considered Musk’s crowdsourcing strategy, his stick in the eye of CAHSRA and the tech geek kids who are already building the […]

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, Part 2, Musk and Hyperloop

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

I noted in Part 1 that Elon Musk doesn’t plan to actually build Hyperloop.  Rather, he has thrown down a gauntlet to other visionaries—in technology, business, finance and in government.  Musk has “crowdsourced” his dream.  Traditional power centers find this absurd, but it may be a brilliant guerilla strategy against entrenched CAHSRA bureaucrats, unions, crony […]

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, Part 1, Backgrounder

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

In a series on CA high speed rail published earlier this year (here, here and here), I ended with a whisper echoing the whisper to Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.  Plastics… plastics!  I said that ETT (evacuated tube transport) was the plastics of a coming revolution in transportation.  Apparently, Elon Musk agrees.  Now the whisper […]

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G8 in CA, A Taxonomy and Strategy, Part 2

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

In Part One, I detail some of the full-throated national debate on the G8 immigration bill.  Despite spending hours on the Facebook and comment boards—and having a dozen google alerts— the action is so fast and furious it’s difficult to keep up. Organizing the CAGOP congressmen by Latino CVAP (Latino citizen voting age population; a […]

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G8 in CA, The Scorecard, Part 1

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

The Gang of Eight Immigration Reform (G8) bill is in full-throated national debate. Breitbart trumpets, “The Wheels Are Coming Off the Bill” while shrieking about “Marco-Phones.” Mark Levin is thumbs down after interviewing Marco Rubio.  Ann Coulter calls Rubio a “liar.” Sessions shouts at Schumer in a hearing.  Ted Cruz, taking on Rubio mano a […]

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California High Speed Rail: Part Three, Synthesis

David Salaverry
Founder, California Conservative Action Group

In Part One of this HSR series, I made a conservative-Republican argument for California high speed rail.  In Part Two, I sketched a portrait of the CHSRA (the Authority) as an out-of-control agency that must be shut down, immediately. In this final piece, I will sketch a vision for a reformed California system so that […]

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