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Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks and Congressional candidate

Today, Linda Parks re-registered her voting affiliation from Republican to Declined to State.

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who is running for Congress in California’s 26th District, was expected at noon Wednesday to re-register at the county’s elections division and “decline to state” a party affiliation, which in Californa is the same as being independent.

Parks said in a written statement that she identifies more with the center of American life than with the far left or right and that she’s taking this step to give her more flexibility in bringing partisan interests together.

“I believe Republicans and Democrats need to work together and, if elected, I will work with fellow Congressional members regardless of party,” she said. ““Congress is broken and we need to end the partisan extremism to effectively govern, fix the economy and create jobs.”

Parks has also pledged to not accept money from PACs, unions, parties or major corporations.

I just saw a tweet, broadcasting that she is now “independent.” Well, actually, she is partially correct.

Parks has declined to state a political party preference and can use that to list herself on the congressional ballot as “no party preference.” Otherwise, she would have to be designated as a Republican.

So, here are the candidates in the race (filing ends on March 9):

  • Republican California State Senator Tony Strickland
  • No Party Preference Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks
  • Democrat Moorpark Councilman David Pollock
  • Democrat Oxnard Harbor Commissioner Jess Herrera
  • Democrat Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne
  • Libertarian/Republican Akiva Werbalowsky
  • Democrat Assemblywoman Julia Brownley

Will Park’s registration move, make any difference in this race?

Probably not, since the Democratic Party who has backed Parks in non-partisan races for Thousand Oaks City Council and Ventura County Supervisors will have their own “establishment” candidate in Julia Brownley. Also, with Parks declaration that she will not accept PAC or political party campaign cash, she will be hampered as to the amount of advertising that will be purchased by both Brownley and Strickland.

Linda Parks will try to portray herself as an “independent” to try to win a “top two” spot in the June primary election. But, she will be up against two “oiled” political machines.

Who will attack Parks first?

The Democrats or the Republicans?

Stay tuned…..

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Assembly Candidate Patricia McKeon and husband, California Rep. Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Yes, it is Catherine Wright from Simi Valley. Remember the name, sort of? Catherine Wright is the daughter of former Simi Valley Mayor and California State Assemblywoman/Senator Cathy Wright and she is going to run against incumbent Congressman Buck McKeon.

The daughter of a former state Republican assemblywoman and state senator is the latest challenger in the 25th Congressional District race.

Catherine Wright, 47, a registered Republican whose mother by the same name represented the Santa Clarita Valley during the ’80s when President Reagan was in the White House, has filed for the June primary and, potentially, the November runoff.

“The lobbyists and special-­interest groups are controlling our country in a lot of ways,” Wright told The Signal on the phone from her Simi Valley home Tuesday.

“I learned a lot from my mother,” she said. “One of the things I learned is that you have to be one of the people.

“I used to ask my mother, ‘Mom, why do you have our phone number listed?’ And she would say, ‘I want my constituents to always be able to pick up the phone and call me,’” she said.

Wright will be challenging incumbent Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Democrat Lee Rogers, a San Fernando Valley doctor, in the election.

A divorced single mother who lives in Simi Valley with her daughter and mother, Wright said she has issues with McKeon.

“This whole Countrywide thing, if true, then you’ve got a serious problem there,” she said.

Last month, it was revealed that Congressmen McKeon and Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, each received mortgage loans from the now-defunct Countrywide mortgage company under a VIP loan program.

What is interesting is that Wright could actually win enough votes in the June primary election to face off directly against Rep. Buck McKeon again in November.

Why?

Because of the top two vote system here in California.

CA-25 is a very Republican Congressional District and the announced Democratic candidate is essentially an unknown.

Here is a run down on the Congressional district demographics.

I don’t know if Catherine Wright will have much campaign cash or Republican establishment support, but she surely will be a pain in the ass for McKeon.

And, she will have her mother’s support, which you recall she had when Catherine had a few traffic tickets – way back when in the 1990’s.

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Methamorphosis as a result of chronic Methamphetamine abuse

Looks like methamphetaime making precurors pseudoephedrine and ephedrine’s best friend, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is working its lobbying magic again.

A compromise bill aimed at curbing methamphetamine production in Kentucky would place further restrictions on the sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

Last week, Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, withdrew a bill that had made it to the Senate floor. That bill would have required a prescription for all medicines containing pseudoephedrine, except those in liquid or gelcap form.

The new bill would only require a prescription for the medicines after a patient has purchased 3.6 grams per month and a maximum of 15 grams annually. Gelcaps and liquids would still be excluded.

The bill would also prohibit anyone convicted of a meth-related offense from buying the drugs without a prescription for five years.

Stivers said the new bill, Senate Bill 3, gives people who use the medications “adequate opportunity without incurring medical expenses or the cost of a prescription to access these on a monthly basis and an annual basis.”

Currently, purchases are limited to 9 grams per month and 120 grams annually.

Legislation aimed at requiring a prescription has been opposed by several senators and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, an industry group that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising and lobbying against the bills presented by Stivers.

Yet, Kentucky had 1,200 Meth Labs discovered in 2011, which is an increased number from the previous year.

This is all about money folks and just for a few drug manufacturers. I detailed the story earlier here.

Kentucky like other states should simply require a prescription for pseudoephedrine and be done with the hometown or local Meth Lab. Then, law enforcement can concentrate on the importation of methamphetamine from Mexico.

These compromise bills, including electronic tracking systems are just BS and not as effective.

Who are the drug companies trying to fool?

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Watch all of the embedded video above but note that Obama’s Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is pretty good at making excuses and really is unconcerned about rising gasoline prices for the American consumer. He has a larger agenda – get Americans weaned from imported oil. Oh really?

How about Solyndra?

Wonder how this will play on the Obama Campaign stump?

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