Part 3-Filling in for Chuck Wilder, on CRN: guests include Ben Boychuck, Wayne Lusvardi, and Chuck Michael

Wayne Lusvardi of talk about his Special Report just recently published up at, Brown proposal would force local school tax increases, a brazen betrayal of his word to the voters if they passed his signature ballot initiative, Prop 30 last November.talkback-02-13-2013 Part 3of3

Part 2-Filling in for Chuck Wilder, on CRN: guests include Ben Boychuck, Wayne Lusvardi, and Chuck Michael

Part 2 of 3:  Ben Boychuk of City Journal California and the Sacramento Bee talks about how the Democrats in the California state legislature are working to undermine the initiative process that has kept government excesses in check for the past century. He also talks about California’s efforts to undermine the Second Amendment.


Part 1-Filling in for Chuck Wilder, on CRN: guests include Ben Boychuck, Wayne Lusvardi, and Chuck Michael

Part 1 of 3:  Chuck Michaels from the CA Pistol and Rifle Association  and the CA Chapter of the National Rifle Association NRA,  joins us on the latest developments in the State’s efforts to disarm citizens or make it so expensive that only the rich can afford to have guns and protection.

Asset Forfeiture-Pillage in the Name of the Law & Taxed into Flight: Hour 2 of Talk Back with Chuck Wilder’s Show

I sat in for Chuck Wilder at, for his two hour show, this past Thursday. The second hour I talked with Eapen Thampy, Executive Director for Americans for Forfeiture Reform. We talked about the Caswell’s Motel, the recent Federal Court decision, the egregious abuse of this policy, and the danger it poses to everyday law abiding citizens.

Richard Rider, Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters Association joined me and we discussed the impact of the new higher taxes in CA and Federally. We talked about Pro golfer, Phil Michelson’s comments that he would probably leave CA as a result, and Rider pointed out the true extent of the increase in taxes on Michelson.

The elite media and the politicians in charge deny, dismiss and ignore the number of high earning individuals who are fleeing the state of CA. The prospects are not good, but the voters proved blissfully ignorant of the consequences of squeezing the “rich” to make them pay their “fair share.”

See my post here on Steven Greenhut’s and Richard Rider’s commentaries on this subject.

Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms Under Dangerous Attack: Hour 1 of Talk Back with Chuck Wilder’s Show

I sat in for Chuck Wilder at, for his two hour show, this past Thursday. The first hour I spoke with Dave Workman, Communications Executive with The 2nd Amendment Foundation.

Chuck Michael, a civil rights attorney with the California Rifle and Pistol Association joined us.

Podcast: Gadfly Radio’s Swan Song Goodbye Show, on Politics and Policy with a focus on CA

GadflyRadio CA Elections 2012 Tues Oct 16, 2012, Martha Montelongo, John Seiler, managing editor at, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal stir it up on Policy and Politics with a focus on CA. Prop 30, 32, AB 32, and Public Employee Union significance and challenge

Podcast: Part 2 of GadflyRadio Show Top Two Open Primary bodes dramatic changes in CA and the U.S. Congress

Tu Oct 9, 2012.  Part 2:  Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, and Ben Boychuk,discuss CA Legislative races and Prop 30 and 32.  Due to redistricting and the new top two Open Primary, there will be more competitive races for congress and the state legislature this November than we have seen in this state in over a decade.


Podcast: CA Open Primary Bodes Change in Balance of Power–Allan Hoffenblum’s analysis on probable and likely winners and losers

Tu Oct 9, 2012.  Part I:  Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, and Ben Boychuk, welcome Allan Hoffenblum, Publisher of the California Target Book, owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates.  Due to redistricting and the new top two Open Primary, there will be more competitive races for congress and the state legislature this November than we have seen in this state in over a decade.

Podcast: Mark Cabaniss, Chris Reed on Gadfly Radio–Public Employee Pension Costs, and the 50-ton Godzilla in the room

Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing editor at, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome  Mark Cabaniss, and Chris Reed. 

Podcast: Lisa Snell of Reason on Education Politics, CA’s Prop 30 & 38 this Nov 2012 Elections

Martha and John talk with Lisa about Nov ballot initiatives Prop 30, and 38.

Two  Fridays ago, Lisa and her husband were part of a gathering of activists invited to a private screening of the film, Won’t Back Down.  We’ll get her thoughts about the movie and the message.

Podcast: Larry Sand on Gadfly Radio: Chicago Teachers Union Strike

Martha Montelongo, Larry Sand, Ben Boychuk, and John Seiler.


Podcast: Richard Rider, Wayne Lusvardi–Schemes, Theft, Lies, and CA Government

Tuesday September 11, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with Wayne Lusvardi,  contributing writer at, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Richard Rider, Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters.

Podcast: Adam Elmahrek on Police Union Intimidation in the OC; Plus: The Problem with Prop. 31

Martha Montelongo and John Seiler are joined by Adam Elmahrek, reporter with the Voice of OC, who last week reported dynamite allegations of intimidation of Costa Mesa city officials by a law firm affliliated with the local police union. Then later on the program, CalWatchDog writer Wayne Lusvardi discusses some dangers in Proposition 31, a little-discussed ballot measure between two very controversial initiatives up for a vote in November.

Podcast: Troy Anderson & In CA is Relief by Reform Dead? Serious problems with no relief from the law makers

Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Martha Montelongo and guest, Troy Anderson on Gadfly Radio. The Tsunami of Bankruptcies facing California- Any relief in sight? Is the public aware? Does Wisconsin offer hope?

Podcast: Jack Humpreville–Stop the Pension Scams & David Phelps of Parent Revolution on Hubris to the N’th Degree!

Jack Humphreville, LA Watchdog of LA CityWatch, on the central role of Public Employee Pensions in the Tsunami of of fiscal bankruptcies coming to cities throughout the state of California, and why he advocates a Yes on Prop 32.  David Phelps, new National Communications Director for The Parent Revolution on the shocking hubris of the Adelanto School Board which decided to ignore a judge’s order in the Desert Trails (Calif.) Parent Trigger Petition decision handed down 30-days ago by Judge Steve Malone in the San Bernardino Superior Court.

Podcast: Gloria Romero on CA DFER’s Standing Up to Big Union Bosses, For Prop 32, Nov. 2012

Former CA State Senator Gloria Romero, DFER stands up to Union Bosses, for “Yes on Prop 32.″ Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

Podcast: GadflyRadio, Stephen Downing of L.E.A.P., Retired Deputy Chief of Police, L.A.P.D. on Anaheim, Wayne Lusvardi on CA State Agencies Deception and Dissembling

Stephen Downing, Retired Deputy Chief of Police, L.A.P.D. joins us to discuss the issues with Anaheim. Points to consider for redress. How to foster peace officers to serve and protect, and to work with the communities they serve, and not occupy them.

Wayne Lusvardi joins us to talk about the big magic show acts hailing from Sacramento. John Laird, an old life long progressive from Santa Cruz, now a CA State Senator from the region of environmentalist rulers, appears in the middle of a big ruse, a trick to deceive and dissemble to the pubic. What’s the real story behind all the supposedly “hidden funds?”

Anaheim PD Violence, City Govt and Drug Laws, One Teachers’ Pay Hike Racket, When Defrauding and Shaking Down the Public Became “de rigueur”

Judge Gray on fatal Police shootings and community unrest in Anaheim, Larry Sand on Professional Development racket Public Ed teachers use to increase their pay, Katy Grimes on the mushrooming uncovering of “hidden” accounts all across the land of public agency offices throughout CA.

Anaheim P.D.’s Criminally Violent Weekend and Track Record, with Gustavo Arrellano of OC Weekly

Podcast:  July 23, Gustavo Arrellano, reporter and editor for The OC Weekly:  Anaheim PD’s Criminally Violent Response to Community Anger Over the Fatal Shooting of Manuel Stomper Diaz.

Podcast: Government Rip-offs & Rackets that Rob Children & Adults of Their Savings and Future

Tues, July 17,  Wayne Lusvardi on San Bernardino’s scheme to socialize mortgages, Larry Sand on CTA Rackets that hurt Children,  with Martha Montelongo, John Seiler, and Ben Boychuk


Podcast–Travis Kiger on the Triumphant Fullerton Recall; Plus: Larry Sand on How California’s Teachers Unions Protect Child Molesters

Tuesday, July 10. Who says you can’t fight city hall? Travis Kiger, one of the newest members of Fullerton’s city council, talks with Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk and John Seiler about how a group of activists and bloggers unseated three well-entrenched council members in June. Later in the program, Larry Sand, president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, discusses the fate of California’s Senate Bill 1530, which would have made it easier for public schools to remove staff  “accused of sex, violence, or drug use with children.” The California Teachers Association vehemently opposed the legislation.

Tom Donaldson, Americas PAC President on Minorities and Winning Elections with Ben and Martha

This is part two of our show on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.  Tom Donaldson shares numbers and breaks down demographics and diversity of voters within ethnic groups, especially among Latino voters.  Ben talks about forthcoming articles written by him on ObamaCare and the power of the Public Court of Opinion, and Steven Greenhut’s piece on the real lesson of Stockton, CA.

Brain Calle on ObamaCare, the Roberts’ Opinion, CA’s Collectivist Statist Objectives on Health Care, and more

Brian Calle joins Ben and Martha  for this segment of the Show on Tuesday, June 3, 2012

Stephen Downing of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Discusses Legalization; Plus: Tax Hike Shenanigans in California

Retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Stephen Downing, an active voice with LEAP, joins Martha Montelongo and City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, to make the case for legalization of drugs—starting with marijuana, but not ending there. Also, Martha and Ben talk about the latest effort by the state legislature to give Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase ballot initiative a leg up in November’s election.

Marcia Fritz, Fix Pensions Now: “We Can’t Afford to Party Like it’s 1999,” Joins Gadfly Radio to talk Dollars and Sense

Tuesday, June 19, on Gadfly Radio, Marcia Fritz, C.P.A., and an active voice for Fix Pensions First |, joins Martha Montelongo, with CalWatchDog‘s managing editor, John Seiler, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

Post CA & WI Primaries Analysis with Wayne Lusvardi and John Seiler of CalWatchDog

Tuesday June 12, on Gadfly Radio,  Wayne Lusvardi joins Martha and John Seiler, managing editor of CalWatchDog, to discuss the election results of the  pension reform initiatives in San Diego, and  San Jose, the failed recall of Scott Walker in Wisconsin, the victorious recall of three sitting city council members and the election of their replacements,  in Fullerton, CA, a spectacular story.   and  some of the hot and contentious candidate races that developed  in last week’s CA Primary Election.

Paul Krugman’s Follies and Public Sector Pension Reform with Robert Higgs, and Gadfly’s Martha, Ben, and John

Economic historian Robert Higgs, author of Crisis and Leviathan and other great books, discusses the “vulgar Keynesianism” of Paul Krugman. We also preview elections in Wisconsin and California.

CA Election Races & Ballot Props w/ Chris Reed of CalWhine & Gadfly’s Ben & Martha

Publisher Brian Hews of the Los Cerritos News joins us to talk about the Noguez pay-to-play Million Dollars campaign contributions scandal.  

Jim Manzi on the Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society; Plus: California’s Budget Woes and the Cigarette Tax

May 22, 2012: Jim Manzi, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies, and contributor to National Review Online, joins Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk, and John Seiler to discuss his new book, Uncontrolled. In particular, we focus on Manzi’s policy prescriptions for education, immigration, and welfare. How much government can we do without?

In the second half of the program, Martha, Ben and John discuss the latest news about California’s budget debate, in which John details how much money goes to pay the Golden State’s ballooning debts. We round out the show with a segment about Prop. 29, the ballot initiative to raise tobbacco taxes to fund cancer research. Ben writes about Prop. 29 in his Sacramento Bee column on May 24.

Troy Senik on the California Teachers Association; Plus: Ben Boychuk and John Seiler on Jerry Brown’s May Revised Budget

Martha Montelongo is on vacation this week. In the first half of the program, City Journal contributor Troy Senik joins Ben Boychuk and John Seiler to discuss his article, “The Worst Union in America,” which delves into the California Teachers Assocation’s sordid history of political activism and opposition to education reforms. (The Los Angeles Times excerpted the piece on Friday, May 18.)

In the second half, Ben and John analyze Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal. Among the questions they discuss: What should be cut? Would state bankruptcy—which would require changes in federal law—be a reasonable option?

Police on Trial for Murder and Vaccines–opt-out too easy?

Ben Boychuk, Martha Montelongo and John Seiler discuss the Kelly Thomas murder preliminary trial and the citizen blogging and activism that helped bring the case to light, and Should the Govt make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations for their kids? The issue of vaccinations and government regulations that allow exemptions.

Peggy Christensen on Open-Source Learning; Plus: U.S. Congressional ‘Liberty Candidate’ Jenny Worman

May 1, 2012: Peggy Christensen joins Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk, and John Seiler to dispel some of the persistent myths surrounding homeschooling (which she prefers to call “open-source learning”). And Jenny Worman, a former board member with the Screen Actors Guild who is running as a Republican in a new Southern California congressional district, discusses the rise of the Liberty Candidates.

U.S. Senate Candidate Al Ramirez and CalWatchDog’s Wayne Lusvardi on the Latino Vote and Hispanic Upward Mobility

April 24, 2012: Republican Al Ramirez, who is running for U.S. Senate in California, joins Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk, and John Seiler to discuss how the state GOP is trying to attract Latino voters. In the second half of the program, contributor Wayne Lusvardi discusses his rejoinder to an essay by Heather MacDonald on California’s demographics and Hispanic upward mobility.

Erratum: In one segment, Ben Boychuk misidentified the office former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado’s is currently seeking. Maldonado is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 24th congressional district.

Hoover Institution’s Bill Evers on the Nationalization of Education

April 17, 2012: Should public education be considered a “national defense” priority? Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk and John Seiler talk with Bill Evers, a Hoover Institution fellow and former Education Department official, about the federal government’s efforts to centralize education under the umbrella of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. We also talk about the latest stories from City Journal and CalWatchDog.

Terry Moe, Author of “Special Interest,” on How Teacher Union Power Undermines Public Education

April 10, 2012: Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk and John Seiler talk to Stanford political scientist and Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe, author most recently of Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools. Is technology the key to breaking the union monopoly? Moe argues that it’s only a matter of time before innovation shakes up the status quo.

Gloria Romero on California’s Parent Trigger Law and Steven Greenhut on City Bankruptcies

April 3, 2012: Martha Montelongo, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk talk with former California State Senator Gloria Romero about the latest developments at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, Calif., where parents are attempting to transform the failing school into a community charter. In the second half hour, Martha, John and Ben are joined by Steven Greenhut, vice president of journalism at the Franklin Center and former editor of, to discuss the resistance to public pension reform in San Diego and San Jose.

John Hrabe on Cal State College Admin pay outrage, & Avik Roy on Obamacare & Supremes Podcast

March 26, 2012: Ben Boychuk interviews reporter John Hrabe about the California State University administrative pay controversy. In the second half of the program, Avik Roy, Manhattan Institute senior fellow in health policy, analyzes the arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court this week on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

Diane Goldstein with L.E.A.P. and Richard Rider of San Diego Taxfighters– March 20, 2012

Martha Montelongo, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk talk to Diane Goldstein, a drug policy reform activist, retired police officer, and spokesperson for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, about the latest developments in marijuana regulation in California. Diane says that although a ballot initiative to “regulate marijuana like wine” is unlikely to appear before 2014, there are some interesting developments in the state legislature.

In the second half of the program, San Diego Tax Fighters Chairman Richard Rider shares the latest on San Diego’s pension reform initiative and the hotly contested mayoral race, which has attracted national attention.

David Crane of Govern for California– March 13, 2012

David Crane, co-founder and president of Govern for California, joins Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk, and John Seiler to discuss how to overhaul the state’s dysfunctional legislature.

Gabe Rose of Parent Revolution, Katy Grimes of CalWatchDog– March 6 2012

Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk and John Seiler are joined this week by Gabe Rose, assistant executive director of the Los Angeles Parent Revolution, and reporter Katy Grimes.  Gabe brings us up to date on the struggle by parents at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto to convert that failing school to a community-run charter in the face of strong opposition from the California Teachers Association. And Katy discusses the public employee union alliance with Occupy Wall Street, the campaign to clobber California taxpayers, and the California Air Resources Board’s latest insult.

Wayne Lusvardi on Stockton, Gleickgate– February 28, 2012

Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Wayne Lusvardi and Martha Montelongo discuss Bankruptcy threatening Stockton, and Gleickgate a.k.a. Climategate 3.

John Hrabe, Redistricting–February 13th 2012

Listen in on our Podcast!

Sound quality isn’t the up to par, and is why we’re moving again, but John Hrabe, Ben Boychuk and John Seiler are hot.

Today live with Martha, John Seiler of  and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, we welcome back regular contributor to CalWatchDog, John Hrabe.   John’s written a couple of investigative reports on the recent Redistricting of CA and his take is not flattering in outcome, the process nor the actions of any of the players involved.   What does it mean for California’s  jobs, economy, growth, and future?
CA GOP ‘Idiots’ Lose State Senate | CalWatchDog 
11 More Ways to Fix Busted Redistricting | CalWatchDog 

We’ll also ask John Hrabe about his take on the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad. 
John Hrabe: Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong 
and his most recent post, just in time for Valentine’s Day: 
We talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest posted over at California City Journal:
David Crane’s California Quest by Judith Miller, City Journal Winter 2012, a different take on the recent Redistricting outcome and possibilities and California’s Demographic Revolution by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Winter 2012
If the upward mobility of the impending Hispanic majority doesn’t improve, the state’s economic future is in peril.   I found reading her piece a prescription for restless agitated sleep.  In my opinion she paints little  possibility other than to stop anymore of “those kinds of people” and  only tangentially touches on the role of the white Anglo Saxons who dominate all the powerful state public employee unions, including the 800 pound gorilla in the room–The almighty teachers union, the CTA and their definitive role in the impoverished level of education of the economically and socially impoverished Latino population of CA.    I’m sure Ben and John will have a different take.  What?  We’ll find out.

Arun Ramanathan, Diane Goldstein–January 31st 2012

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog:  Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with special guests Arun Ramanathan on teacher quality & Diane Goldstein on drug wars in LA County and what does Obama snack on? CA is bust in one month, and Attorney Generals should not write Ballot Titles and Summaries.

Ben Limoine on New Orleans Charter Schools and The Experiment–January 24th 2012

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog:  Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with special guest Ben Limoine of Fleurish Productions and Producer of a film that documents the transformation of New Orleans schools after Katrina in the film called The Experiment, talks about Nat’l School Choice Week, and the New Orleans Miracle.

Bob Bowdon of ChoiceMedia.TV–January 17th 2012

Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of  Bob Bowdon, founder of ChoiceMedia.TV and the producer and director of the film The Cartel, talks about National School Choice Week.  Joel Fox is the Editor at Fox & Hounds political daily, talks about Public Employee Pension Crisis and ballot initiatives in CA.

Chris Reed of–January 10th 2012

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guest, Chris Reed, Journalist, Political Pundit, Honorary Gadfly!

Linda Serrato of Parent Revolution, Steven Greenhut–January 3rd 2012

Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.comLinda Serrato of the Parent Revolution on The Parent Trigger and tactics the Teacher’s Union have been using against parents who’ve been organizing for change at their school.   Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, joins us to discuss the latest and hottest stories in CA politics, but especially, we want to talk about the how California’s RDAs [were] Hoisted on [Their] Own Petard.

Joel Mathis on NDAA–December 27th 2011

Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and special guest, Joel Mathis.   The National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA is decried by watchdogs from all walks of the political spectrum, who believe in and defend civil liberty and civil rights. What is it and why should you care?  The Great CA Redistricting Sting, and  Indeed, there are a rising chorus of voices that all vilify, denigrate, and dismiss with conspiratorial overtures, all organizations focused on reform that incorporate accountability with measurable results and integrity.   We’ll touch on several of the targets of these attacks,…

Yolie Flores, Communities 4 Teaching Excellence–December 20th 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of  
welcome special guest Yolie Flores of Communities 4 Teaching Excellence, on the web at  
We speak with Flores about her decision to leave the L.A.U.S.D. School Board, and more…

Ben Chavis on Crazy Like a Fox, Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami–December 13th 2011

Special guests tonight are Dr. Ben Chavis, author of  Crazy Like a Fox , and Micheal Steinberg, President of American Indian Model Charter Schools, on the critical role of School Boards in support of the current prevailing paradigm that is our K-12 Public Education System,  and Jack Dean of  Pension Tsunami on the significant increase in the level of the public’s awareness to the dangerous current system of public policy formulas for wages, benefits and pensions for our Public Employees or Public Sector workers, including a look at the most recent Field Poll, Gallup Poll and political developments in San Jose, San Diego, and other happenings in CA.