Election 2006

Linda Parks: A Challenge?

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Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks who will stand for re-election in June 2006 may face two possible challengers:

A California Lutheran University professor and a Conejo Recreation and Park District board member are considering running for Linda Parks’ seat on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

Political science professor Herb Gooch, 62, of Thousand Oaks confirmed he was gauging his ability to raise money for a campaign. Park District board member Joe Gibson, 50, of Newbury Park also said he was considering a bid and has recently formed a committee to gauge support and funding.

Defeating an incumbent Ventura Count Supervisor is always tough. In recent times only two supervisors have been voted out of office:

Ed Jones who was caught in a No-Tell Motel with someone other than his wife and

Madge Schaeffer who ignored her challenger and was shocked in a head to head primary by a few hundred votes.

The primary election for the seat will be held June 6, 2006. Parks is expected to seek re-election.

County supervisors oversee a $1 billion-plus annual budget. Parks’ district includes Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Lake Sherwood and the Santa Rosa Valley.

Both Gooch and Gibson called Parks a one-issue candidate devoted to an anti-growth agenda.

“I think the county can do a lot better than it is, and I’m not convinced Linda Parks can accomplish the things we need,” Gooch said.

Gibson, a self-employed environmental consultant, said, “I think I can be more than a one-issue supervisor.”

Parks, 48, a former Thousand Oaks councilwoman, is serving her first term on the board following a 2002 victory over businessman Randy Hoffman.

Flap handicaps this race as an easy Park’s primary victory. Her slow growth advocacy(popular with voters in Thousand Oaks) and a low key populist approach to her office have made her few enemies.

There is little incentive for folks to vote against her.

Both Gooch and Gibson have little chance to upset this incumbent unless something cataclismic occurs.

Now, if we were discussing an Andy Fox, City of Thousand Oaks Councilmember, candidacy then this would be a different race.

Will Andy run?

Election 2006

Katherine Harris to Run for U.S. Senate

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Representative Katherine Harris, R-Florida has decided to challenge incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson:

Republican Rep. Katherine Harris, who as Florida’s secretary of state was both praised and vilified for her part in the 2000 presidential recount, said Tuesday she will run for the Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

Her announcement brings a major name to the race, along with the potential to raise a lot of money.

“The time has come to launch a campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Harris told The Associated Press.

Flap handicaps a close and very expensive race. The Democrats I am positive would rather not have to spend the resources on an incumbent Senate defense.

Flap sees a possible pick-up for the Republicans.

Harris, who is serving her second term in Congress, is considered a top fundraiser and is a popular figure among Republicans. But she is also despised by some Democrats for her role in overseeing the recount that ultimately gave Florida and the White House to George W. Bush over Al Gore. And her entry into the race could galvanize Democratic voters and contributors.

She considered running for the Senate last year after Democrat Bob Graham announced his retirement, but decided to sit it out. The White House had wanted her to stay out of the race for fear her candidacy would produce big turnout among angry Democrats and hurt President Bush’s chances of carrying Florida and its crucial 27 electoral votes in 2004.

In 2000, Bush won a 537-vote victory over Gore after a dispute that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. While Democrats accused Harris of partisanship in her handling of the recount, she became the darling of GOP activists and got elected to Congress in 2002.

Now, it is Katherine’s turn…… get out your checkbook!

Election 2006

GOP Worries? Not When the Facts Are Presented

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In a typical MSM Washington Post rather biased piece (probably derived from Democrat Party talking points) the case is made: GOP Worries Ethics Issue May Hurt Party in ’06:

After enlarging their majority in the past two elections, House Republicans have begun to fear that public attention to members’ travel and relations with lobbyists will make ethics a potent issue that could cost the party seats in next year’s midterm races.

In what Republican strategists call “the DeLay effect,” questions plaguing House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) are starting to hurt his fellow party members, who are facing news coverage of their own trips and use of relatives on their campaign payrolls. Liberal interest groups have begun running advertising in districts where Republicans may be in trouble, trying to tie the incumbents to their leaders’ troubles.

What Republican strategists? Doubtful they would divulge anything but spin to the Washington Post.

And the Lefties are going to run ads where they think an incumbent is vulnerable.

So, where is the story here – NOWHERE!

Among those endangered are at least two committee chairmen and several other senior members. Congressional districts that traditionally have been safe for Republicans could become more competitive, according to party officials.

In Howard Dean’s or Harry Reid’s dreams maybe.

Democrats are using allegations about influence peddling to recruit opponents for several of the chamber’s most senior Republicans. DeLay, who just a few years ago seemed invulnerable, now is certain to face a heavily funded Democratic challenge. Former four-term representative Nick Lampson, who lost in November after a redistricting engineered by DeLay, has filed as a candidate in DeLay’s suburban Houston district.

This aricle is just biased crap.

Let’s look at some facts Flap posted some time ago: Polititicans Who Live in Glass Houses: Should Disclose Travel Timely:

The scutiny of House Majority leader Tom Delay has led to the belated disclosure of at least 198 previously unreported special interest trips by House members and their aides, including eight years of travel by the second-ranking Democrat.

At least 43 House members and dozens of aides had failed to meet the one-month deadline in ethics rules for disclosing trips financed by organizations outside the U.S. government.

The AP review of thousands of pages of records covered pre-2005 travel that was disclosed since early March. That’s when news stories began scrutinizing DeLay’s travel, prompting lawmakers to comb through their files to make sure they had disclosed their travel.

While most of the previously undisclosed trips occurred in 2004, some date back to the late 1990s. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer recently disclosed 12 trips, the oldest dating back to 1997.

Stacey Bernards, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Democrat, said the office searched the files after the travel issue was raised initially by “Republicans doing opposition research to deflect from their own ethical issues.”

Ok, so let’s look at the miscreants – both Republican and Democrat:

Rep. Ellen Tauscher – 21 undisclosed trips – Democrat from California

Rep. Luis Gutierrez – 20 undisclosed trips – Democrat from Illinois

Rep. Elijah Cummings – 13 undisclosed trips – Democrat from Maryland

Republican and Democratic House members were nearly equal rules violators in failing to disclose their personal trips within 30 days after the trip’s completion. There were 23 GOP members, 19 Democrats and 1 independent, all of them months or years late in their reporting to the House public records office.

Staff members for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., disclosed 11 prior trips.

Staff members for Tom DeLay, R-Texas, had 4

Rep. John Linder R-Georgia belatedly filed 9 trips

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California
belatedly filed 9 trips

Among the most expensive trips:

_Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah and his wife, Amy, traveled to Australia last November, listing a combined airfare of $24,804 paid by the American Australian Association. The nonprofit group says it is devoted to strengthening relations between the United States and two allies, Australia and New Zealand. Matheson said meals and lodging were picked up by the Australian government, but no amounts were specified.

_Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., and his wife, Claudia, traveled to Israel and Spain last November and December, listing the cost at $21,226. The travel, for participation in a Jerusalem conference, was financed by the Michael Cherney Foundation. The organization has various charity projects in Israel, including help for victims of suicide bombings.

_Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., and his wife, Lynne, traveled to Israel and Jordan in January, 2004 at a cost of $19,650. Linder said the trip, sponsored by The Jerusalem Fund, was designed to promote international understanding.

Waters, the California Democrat, insisted her late reports were unrelated to DeLay’s troubles, and blamed those who paid her way.

“Sometimes they run late because the people who are responsible for inviting you have to get you all the receipts and they are so slow,” Waters said.

Right, Maxine.

There is plenty of reform due the House of Representatives, but scapegoat Tom Delay – NOT!

Caltain Ed over at Captain’s Quarters has this analysis.