Can Neel Kashkari, who worked at Goldman and bailed out big banks, become a Republican gubernatorial candidate ‘fighting for the poor’?
Manuel Martin at a glance
Residence: Lodi; grew up on his grandfather’s dairy on Eight Mile Road; graduated from Tokay High School in 2005.
Occupation: Mobile tech engineer for Hewlett-Packard.
Contact: Call 916-572-9241; email firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.manuelforassembly.com.
Steve Colangelo at a glance
Names: He went by his first and middle names, Steve Anthony, when he had a local radio show. Now he goes by his first and last name.
Occupation: Produces home and garden shows in Lodi, Stockton and Modesto; owns American Convention and Exposition Services, which has built more than 100 events across California; owns American Event Rentals, a party supply business.
Family: Wife, Karen; two children, Joseph and Jennifer.
Contact: Call 209-916-4800; email email@example.com; website, www.colangeloforcongress.com.
Manuel Martin, a Republican running for the 9th Assembly District seat held by Richard Pan, talks to the Lodi Republican Women during their luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 am
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, really hits home with congressional candidate Steve Anthony Colangelo.
Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:22 pm
Elk Grove City Councilman and former Mayor Jim Cooper, who is running for Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan’s seat in the 2014 election, will host a fundraising event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Park Ultra Lounge, 1116, 15th St. at L Street, Sacramento.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:00 am
The partial shutdown of the federal government and the looming debt ceiling vote are high drama in Washington, but for now there’s little effect in Lodi.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 am
Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton announced that although she served four years as President Obama’s Secretary of State, she’s an independent woman who had policy disagreements with the president.
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:17 pm
When the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, 68-32, the successful vote set off loud rounds of self-congratulatory backslapping among the Gang of 8, the various big business lobbies, the Chamber of Commerce and immigration lawyers. The White House, which had veto power over the bill’s language, chimed in too.
Look more deeply into the vote, however, and some interesting facts emerge that should take the wind out of the victors’ sails, especially as S. 744 heads to the staunchly opposed House.
Since 2006, the Senate has cast more or less 60 votes for amnesty in all the bills put before it. Last month’s vote gave no indication that Senate enthusiasm for a wide reaching amnesty is greater than it traditionally is. Two of the Gang’s original goals failed: 1) to reach 70 total votes and 2) to get at least half of the Republicans to sign on. The first objective came up two short. As for the second, only 14 of 45 Republicans voted “yea,” a much lower share than in either 1986 during the disastrous Immigration Reform and Control Act or in 2006 for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act.
During the two months that the Gang wrote S.744 with plenty of help from immigration activists and the two additional months since the bill dropped in mid-April, a relative calm has settle over previously panicked Republicans. After the November presidential election, President Obama’s large Hispanic vote share paralyzed Republicans with fear and led them to irrationally conclude that they need greater Latino outreach. But reams of post-election analysis found that even if Mitt Romney had won 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, he still would have lost the election. Low white voter turnout coupled a record high number of black voters made Obama an easy winner.
Electoral college reality has set in. And since no one knows who the 2016 candidates will be, sanity has been restored among congressional Republicans about how far they should push their opposed-to-amnesty base to play for Democratic votes they’ll never get.
As for the Republicans who turned coat, their Senate careers may be end when their terms do. Gang Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake skipped the celebratory photo ops, realizing that front page images of them hugging Gang liberals Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin might kill their reelection chances.
Through the Internet’s power, previous staunch anti-amnesty campaign pledges “yea” voting Republican senators made will live on. Here’s a sampling. Flake: amnesty is “a dead end,”; Orrin Hatch: “We can no longer grant amnesty,”; Rubio: “I would vote against anything that has amnesty in it,” McCain: “I’ll build the dang fence,” Kelly Ayotte: “I don’t support amnesty; it’s wrong.” Little wonder Americans feel that Washington has abandoned them.
The next time they hit the stump, Hatch will be 86 and have served in the Senate for 40 years; McCain, 80 with a 30-year congressional career. Rubio’s polling has droppedprecipitously since he assumed spokesman status for the Gang’s Republicans. Breaking promises is bad business for duplicitous politicians, young or old.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:00 am
These past few months are no longer about Republicans or Democrats. I am bewildered at the American people and why more folks have not stood up in support of our fundamental rights. Let’s just focus on three issues: Benghazi, the IRS, and the illegal subpoena and monitoring of James Rosen and other journalists.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 am
The greatest threats to California are the cost of public employees’ pension plans and statewide efforts to combat carbon dioxide emissions, according to an advocate for limited government, lower taxation and free-market principles.
Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 am
Manuel Martin, a candidate for the 9th Assembly District seat held by Democrat Richard Pan of Sacramento in the 2014 election, plans two events for June 29. The community is invited.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am
Thanks to a restaurant owner with a foundation in politics, Republican political consultant and policy adviser Karl Rove now knows where Woodbridge is.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am
Manuel Martin, a 2014 candidate for the 9th Assembly District seat held by Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will hold his kickoff fundraiser from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 3944 Scottsdale Road, Lodi.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:26 am
American women first voted in 1920. Yet in the almost 100 years since then, no female has been elected president of the United States. “Why is that?” asked Lynn Hawley, Delta College history instructor, at the March American Association of University Women meeting.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 am
A congressman who is hoping to become the next House Agriculture Committee chairman came to San Joaquin County on Wednesday. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who is also a certified public accountant, came to attend a fundraiser and learn more about agricultural issues specific to California.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:00 am
Pope Benedict XVI's admirable decision to resign from the papacy may have inspired at least one of our elderly United States senators, New Jersey's Frank Lautenberg. On Thursday, Lautenberg, who is 89, announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am
Lodi's Tony Amador, who lost to Democrat Richard Pan in November's 9th Assembly District race, was recently elected chairman of the San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 am
Ricky Gill: Youth didn't block Lodi man's bid for Congress
At the ripe old age of 25, Ricky Gill raised some eyebrows in 2012 by not only running for Congress, but giving three-term incumbent Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, all he could handle in his bid for re-election.
Monday, December 3, 2012 11:43 am
It took nearly a month, but Democrat Cathleen Galgiani has finally been declared the winner of the 5th State Senate race against Republican Bill Berryhill.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 am
Although Democrat Cathleen Galgiani has already begun plans for her new seat in the State Senate, San Joaquin County's registrar of voters says that Galgiani hasn't won just yet.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:00 am
More than a week after Election Day, the race for an open seat in the California State Senate's 5th District is still neck-and-neck.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi is Republican country, and so it's easy to forget how heavily Democratic the rest of California and America are.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am
Although the boundaries will change in January, the Lodi area will continue to be represented by Rep. Jerry McNerney, and Galt will have the three-term Democrat for the first time.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 3:04 pm
Stockton, CA, November 7, 2012 — Congressional candidate Ricky Gill made the following statement tonight after conceding to his opponent, Congressman Jerry McNerney: