The Damage to Modern Policing by Our War on Drugs

By Sean Dunagan, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Posted on Radley Balko’s site, The Agitator

The war on drugs has claimed innumerable victims. The tens of thousands killed in Mexico, the half a million incarcerated here for nonviolent drug offenses, the taxpayers who have funded it all to the tune of a trillion dollars. But one of the greatest victims of the drug war is law enforcement itself.

I don’t mean the bloated bureaucracy of DEA or the robber barons of the prison-industrial complex. I mean the foundations of civilian law enforcement.

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Stephen Downing on Redress for Anaheim, Wayne Lusvardi Outs the Big Ruse–Hidden State Funds? Really? John Seiler on Highway Robbery by Cops

Tuesday, August 7, Retired L.A.P.D. Deputy Chief of Police, Stephen Downing, and Wayne Lusvardi join Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.
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?”

John Seiler on The Great Rip-Off. Police Chiefs and other municipal administrators who are earning higher salaries retired, than when they were working. They’re earning six figure incomes, and cities have revolving doors of new hires, and new retirees. It’s like a looting taking place in broad daylight, and no one to stop it, because the people the public would expect to serve and protect us are the ones doing the looting.
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Quiet protest outside Disneyland | police, outside, biggest | The Orange County Register | Aug. 4, 2012 | By Mary Ann Milbourn
Mom to stop marching in weekly Anaheim police protests | The Orange County Register | August 5, 2012 |by Eric Carpenter

Theresa Smith says she appreciates support from peaceful protesters in recent weeks, and she wants to ‘do positive things.’…
…Jaclyn Conroy, of Anaheim Hills, whose nephew Justin Hertl was shot and killed by police in 2003, said she will continue protesting. She marched with other protesters to Disneyland on Sunday.

“It puts a tear in my eye that people from outside the area have come to support us,” she said. “They’ve helped bring a national spotlight and that allows us here locally to talk to people about the problems we’re having with police.”

Anaheim shootings, protests: Anger, politics, power | The Orange County Register | By Doug Irving, Eric Carpenter, Denisse Salazar and Alejandra Molina

In June – a month before the most recent shootings and subsequent protests – three Latino leaders filed suit against the city, demanding changes in city government. Their lawsuit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, calls for council members to be elected by districts rather than at-large; a change they believe would break up the Anaheim Hills’ political dominance and encourage more people from more neighborhoods to run for office.

One of the leaders who filed suit, Jose Moreno, 42, a trustee of the Anaheim City School District and president of the group Los Amigos, said the city and its Police Department have work to do to improve relations with Latinos.

“Police don’t do their work in a vacuum,” he said. “For them to rebuild relationships in our communities, we need to feel like part of the political system – like we are sharing in the resources of this city.

“In the same way, kids don’t decide to join gangs in a vacuum. Those city resources aren’t coming to us.”

‘AFRAID TO COME OUT’
Police estimate that 2,500 documented gang members claim turf in Anaheim. They belong to some 35 active gangs – all, police say, are Latino except for one African American gang.

By comparison, the police force arrayed against them is overwhelmingly white. The department has 363 officers; 82 are Hispanic and 249 are white. [ Ethnic make up of the police aside--the City Council can be responsible for police practices, policies and community relations.]

The relationship between Anaheim’s police force and its Latino communities has long been strained.

Mayor takes on Anaheim violence | CalWatchDog | August 6, 2012 | by Steven Greenhut

Unfortunately, in my view, the city’s Police Department has embraced the wrong kind of policing methods — ones that are unkind and tend to undermine people’s freedom. I don’t see police officials there using their brains to handle a situation resulting, in part, from overly aggressive policing tactics and insufficient police accountability and transparency.

Clearly, the cultural changes the mayor is trying to implement in the city bureaucracy need to filter into the police department — a point Tait also makes.

Steven Greenhut: Mayor on right path in Anaheim | Opinion – The Orange County Register | August 3, 2012

In Anaheim, voting by district could alter the power dynamic | Los Angeles Times | August 4, 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz, Doug Smith and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times

Anaheim is now under growing pressure to switch to district voting, which usually makes it easier for minority groups to win council seats.

Fund transfers are purging earmarks from state budget | CalWatchDog | August 1, 2012 | by Wayne Lusvardi

Park fund scandal a ruse to grab gas tax funds from off-roaders | CalWatchDog| August 6, 2012 | by Wayne Lusvardi

Stockton police chief rips off $204K pension | CalWatchDog | by John Seiler | August 6, 2012

Police Chief’s $204,000 Pension Shows How Cities Crashed | Bloomberg | By Alison Vekshin, James Nash and Rodney Yap | Jul 31, 2012

A Life Long Republican, and Top Cop 20 Years on the Force Says for Safety Sake, Legalize drugs.

What if the best way to combat drug abuse, danger and violent crime is to legalize, and regulate?

Life-long Republican, Stephen Downing,  spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Police Department.

He started as a street cop and rose to deputy chief. Along the way, as commander of the Bureau of Investigations, he oversaw the Administrative Narcotics Division. Today, he insists that for the sake of cops, and in the interest of logic and public safety, the United States ought to legalize drugs, starting with marijuana.

Is he nuts?   Is he a immoral?  Unethical?   Does he have no respect for law and order?   Does he hate families?   Does he not care about children and their safety and exposure to drugs and drug abuse?   Why does he say what he says?   Find out, tomorrow on Gadfly Radio, at 10 am.   GadflyRadio.com

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A former L.A. cop calls for legalizing drugs
‘Prohibition is not the answer and it will never be the answer, because it does not and will not work,’ says Stephen Downing. He favors legalizing, regulating and controlling illicit substances.
June 17, 2012|Steve Lopez
 

Richard Rider, Taxpayer Advocate and Diane Goldstein of LEAP on Gadfly Radio

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Today on Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog at 10 AM PT on CRNtalk.com on Channel 1, Martha Montelongo, and  John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, welcome Diane Goldstein of LEAP and Richard Rider, Chairman of 

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?

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Jan 31, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com

Arun Ramanathan from Education Trust West speaks to us about a recent report they just published on the findings of a two- year-long study of data from the second largest school district in the nation, revealing profound inequities in access to effective teaching.  In Learning Denied: The Case for Equitable Access to Effective Teaching in California’s Largest School District, The Education Trust—West finds that low-income students and students of color in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are less likely to be taught by the district’s top teachers – the very teachers capable of closing the district’s achievement gaps. These inequities are exacerbated by teacher mobility patterns and quality-blind layoffs.

YouTube Ignores LAPD Cop’s First Place Question for Obama About Legalizing Marijuana  
 WASHINGTON, DC — “Yesterday YouTube ignored a question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police (watch that video at the link above) that won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House’s “Your Interview with the President” competition on the Google-owned site. They did, however, find the time to get the president on record about late night snacking, singing and dancing, celebrating wedding anniversaries and playing tennis.”
Retired LAPD deputy chief of police Stephen Downing asks President Obama about the growing support for marijuana legalization among voters. Stephen is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which anyone can join for free at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com.

I invited Chief Downing to join us but he was already booked, but we do have Diane Goldstein, also a retired law enforcement officer with LAPD and member of LEAP, to speak with us on this slight to American Voters’ pressing concerns, and the assault on the state passed laws to legalize Medical Marijuana in Los Angeles, CA.


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by Joel Fox
A couple of months ago, at a discussion on the initiative process at a Zocalo Public Square meeting in Los Angeles, the panelists were asked what one thing they would change with the initiative process…

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & special guest, LEAP member, Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D.


 

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September 6, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, with special guest LEAP member, Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D. in CA, the sixth-largest department in the county. 

Kyle Kazan twice led his department in felony arrests. He also testified as a court certified expert in drug sales. Kyle’s work as a foot soldier in the war on drugs gave him insight into the …futility and waste of drug prohibition.

We’ll talk about the Drug War and escalation of violence in Mexico, the operations of cartels in CA, the weapons sold by US agents to Mexican cartels, the costs to financially broke CA and our Fed Govt for the War on Drugs.

We’ll also talk about Portugal’s 10 year old program that has produced measurably safer, healthier communities,and a measurably significant drop in drug use and abuse, and significant financial savings for the Portuguese Government. What is the program, how does it work, how does it break down in terms of savings, policy and what are the real numbers of drug use, abuse, rehabilitation and incarceration today in Portugal, v what they were 10 years ago? We know in the U.S. the numbers have gone up. What are those numbers? We’ll ask Kyle that too!

As part of our regular format, we’ll do our closing segment where we talk with John Seiler about the latest, hottest stories at CalWatchDog, your eyes on CA Government.

John Seiler tonight on Gadfly, wants to talk about AB 499 by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. He has just published a report at CalWatchDog on this story. He writes that “In the bill’s language, it ‘authorizes a minor, who is 12 years of age or older, to consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease.’

Current law allows such care only with a parent’s permission. AB 499 passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown.

AB 499 commonly is called the “Gardasil Bill” because the major drug to be administered to 12-year-old girls — without their parents’ consent — is Gardasil, manufactured by Merck. According to Merck’s Gardasil Web site: GARDASIL is the only human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV….”
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California Neighbor Mexico Spirals Into Anarchy 

by John Seiler
at CalWatchDog.com

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Drug-Related Mexican Violence Soars, As US Policy Bolsters Cartels

Drug cartels are tightening their grip in Acapulco, where civilian communities attempt to resist
by John Glaser,
August 31, 2011


Portugal’s Ten Year Old Drug Policy Program that has legalized drugs  with measurably better results realized in terms of lower usage, crime and government spending for rehabilitation, education, and intervention.

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Drug DECRIMINALIZATION IN PORTUGAL
– Cato Institute

Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

Scientific American reports much more favorably here: 5 Years After: Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results Street drug related deaths from overdoses drop and the rate of HIV cases crashes
By Brian Vastag | April 7, 2009

Mixed Results For Portugal’s Great Drug Experiment NPR straddles the fence and is on overdrive to remain “fair” and “balanced.” if you’re not going to argue for the civil liberties of those who commit crimes of sin, such as enjoying a joint for the same reasons one enjoys a beer or a glass of wine, or if really out for an adventure, the same as smoking enough pot to feel like one has had one or two martinis. Pot can be as mild as beer and wine, or as potent as martinis or screw drivers, without the long lasting toxicity and hangover effects from the alcohol poisoning. That said, I thought it was interesting report.

Ann Coulter debates with John Stossel about the War on Drugs in this 9 minute video on YouTube.  I brought it up last night to illustrate the hard set prejudice influential conservatives hold against a Drug Policy that respects individual choices and liberties, and uses resources to support addicts of any drugs they abuse, to free themselves of their addiction and to turn their lives around.    

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Happy and safe Labor Day weekend to all. Tuesday’s Gadfly Radio show will welcome special guest, LEAP speaker Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D. in CA, the sixth-largest department in the county.


Kyle Kazan twice led his department in felony arrests. He also testified as a court certified expert in drug sales. Kyle’s work as a foot soldier in the war on drugs gave him insight into the …futility and waste of drug prohibition.

We’ll talk about the Drug War and escalation of violence in Mexico, the operations of cartels in CA, the weapons sold by US agents to Mexican cartels, the costs to financially broke CA and our Fed Govt for the War on Drugs.

We’ll also talk about Portugal’s 10 year old program that has produced measurably safer, healthier communities,and a measurably significant drop in drug use and abuse, and significant financial savings for the Portuguese Government. What is the program, how does it work, how does it break down in terms of savings, policy and what are the real numbers of drug use, abuse, rehabilitation and incarceration today in Portugal, v what they were 10 years ago? We know in the U.S. the numbers have gone up. What are those numbers? We’ll ask Kyle that too!

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CA Neighbor Mexico Spirals Into Anarchy by John Seiler at CalWatchDog.com

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Drug-Related Mexican Violence Soars, As US Policy Bolsters Cartels
Drug cartels are tightening their grip in Acapulco, where civilian communities attempt to resist
by John Glaser, August 31, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/Martha, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, Tax Payer Advocate Richard Rider, CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, and Nate Bradley of LEAP



Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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August 9, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with:  

City Councilman Carl DeMaio on his efforts to pass city legislation to reign in the fiscal crisis of San Diego and fix the unsustainable costs of the city’s public employees’ pensions and benefits.   

Richard Rider, San Diego Taxpayer advocate and president of San Diego Tax Fighters Group joins us on the real size of Govt debt when local, county, state and Federal Government debt are looked at all together.   

John Seiler has a new report posted up at CalWatchDog today on how the Market Crash Slams State Pension Funds.

Nate Bradley of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) on recent testimony he provided against California drug asset forfeiture laws.   

We’ll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929.

I am a stand for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives. 

Thank you for supporting our program, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.

It’s a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog‘s team of government policy watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce! 

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Sat 7-31-10 Join Me for My Last show. Great Guests on Marriage and Divorce, War on Drugs, Doctors’ Tea Party, Women in Film: Writers, Producers and Directors



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My Guests:
Rodney Winters,  on the question, is divorce contagious? We’ll talk about this theory, the impact of divorce on couples, children, friends and family.  Mr. Winters is the author of “Go Into The House,” about his personal experience with marriage and divorce.  
Ralph F. Weber CLU, is an expert on health insurance.  He is an entrepreneur with innovative ideas for how to make health coverage more affordable, efficient and keep it dynamic and cutting edge.   He is the founder of Medi-bid, a consumer driven exchange for competitively bid medical services.  He’ll talk with us about the Doctor’s Tea Party event coming up in San Diego, August 7th, and his most recent post at Mediblog titled Canadian Physician Warns, “Obamacare Rationing is Inevitable.”  

One of the Law Enforcement speakers from LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), joins me to discuss the campaign in CA to legalize marijuana.  All of LEAP’s speakers are required to be in or retired from a career in law enforcement.  This includes judges, police and other law enforcement agencies. 
We’ll discuss who is funding the Yes on Prop19 and the No on Prop 19 sides?   Who supports Prop 19, the initiative on the Nov ballot in CA?  What are the arguments for and against Prop 19, and what is the truth of the matter, if you’re a concerned citizen who cares about law and order, and protecting individual citizens from tyranny and crime? 

Courtney Balaker, writer, producer and director who is working in Hollywood, joins us to talk about her most recent projects and her experience working in media.  I loved a short film she wrote, produced and directed a few years ago, called Cute Couple.  More than cute, it’s very clever and thought provoking. And Courtney is a lot of fun!  
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Sat May 29, 2010: CA Water Crisis Recent Stunning Developments, The ESA, EPA and Obama’s New Tack on Cap and Trade, and The CA Pot Initiative and Drug Prohibition

Russ Waymire of Families Protecting the Valley, joins me to talk about the latest developments in the CA Water Crisis, created and perpetuated by the U.S. Congress. A U.S. Judge has temporarily lifted all restrictions on the water flow to the Central Valley, but that can change as early as June 15th.

A panelist studying the decline of native species in the Delta, on the National Academy of Sciences prestigious Delta Panel, which is funded by and answers to Congress, is fired when she publishes a study explicitly concluding that ammonium-laden wastewater discharges from Sacramento, and not the pumps delivering water to the Central Valley Farmers, are at the root of the Delta’s ecological demise.

Patricia Gilbert’s forced resignation caused another panelist, Michael J. McGuire, a water treatment consultant and former assistant general manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA to resign, leaving the remaining panel of members with fixed points of view focused on water delivery operations as the cause of the Delta’s problems. Their fixed view justifies denying the Central Valley farmers their water allocations.

Meanwhile, Katherine Hart, chairwoman of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, is married to a lobbyist for water polluters, from Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. She is an attorney who represents polluters, but she is allowed to stay on the policing water control board.

On Moonlighting with Martha, from 8 PM to 11 PM PT, Paul Driessen, Senior Policy Adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Congress of Racial Equality – two nonprofit educational groups that focus on environmental, economic development and human rights issues, joins me to discuss President Obama’s tack to get around a reluctant Congress and implement Cap and Trade Policy by fiat, using the Environmental Protection Agency.

We’ll also talk with Paul about the President’s handling of and reaction to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Driessen has a College degree in geology and ecology from Lawrence U, and a law degree with concentrations in environmental and natural resources law from U of Denver. He has worked for Wyoming state government, an oil and gas trade association, the US Senate, Dept of the Interior and Minerals Management Service. He has been on offshore platform and scuba diving beneath them and has written numerous articles and three book chapters on global warming.

Peter Christ, founding member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP, joins me to discuss CA’s Marijuana Initiative on the Nov 2 ballot, and Arizona’s real problem at the border.

“Legalization simply means the elimination of
‘Schedule 1’ – All other discussion is about regulation.”

Peter Christ (pronounced like ‘wrist’) retired as a police captain after a 20-year career enforcing drug laws. From the beginning, Peter believed “the drug war can never be won and it is doing more harm than good.” He is one of LEAPs most experienced speakers, and his presentations are riveting, informative and powerfully compelling.

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Sat March 2, 2010: The Congress Created Dust Bowl and the Health Care “Reform” Thugs, & The Drug Wars in Mexico Intensify.


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This past Saturday I moderated a panel on the Congress Created Water Crisis at the CA GOP Convention. Russ Waymire, on the Congress Created Drought, the panel, and Pelosi’s bribe to Congressmen Costa and Cardoza, announced by Sec of Interior Salazar. A thuggish maneuver: Vote yes on Health Care Bill and your Central Valley will get an increase in the pittance of the water allocation you’ve been receiving. So much for the hallowed Delta smelt and the Endangered Species Act. It’s all about the power.

Russ has co-chaired his local Farm Bureau Water Committee and has attended numerous water meetings with politicians and Natural Resource Agencies in California and Washington D.C. Om 2009, he was appointed Agriculturalist of the Year for Kings County.

Walter M. McKay, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP member, and currently is the Project Director for the Instituto para la Seguridad y la Democracia, A.C. (INSYDE), in Mexico, joins me to discuss the recent escalation of violence in Mexico, with the murder of two U.S. Consulate employees this past week. We’ll talk about the murders along the border, particularly the most recent, the political spin and reaction about them, and the best remedy to end the murders and the violence.

“Mexico now ranks behind only Pakistan and Iran as the administration’s top international security concern.

Despite the rising death toll, drug war hawks at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) remain adamant that the United States’ and Mexico’s “supply side” strategies are in fact successful. “Our view is that the violence we have been seeing is a signpost of the success our very courageous Mexican counterparts are having,” acting DEA administrator Michele Lionhart said recently. “The cartels are acting out like caged animals, because they are caged animals.” President Obama also appears to share this view. After visiting with the Calderón government in April, he told CNN he intended to “beef up” security on the border. When asked whether the administration would consider alternative strategies, such as potentially liberalizing pot’s criminal classification, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano replied that such an option “is not on the table.”–Paul Armentano, in The Freeman online
Is it safer, and more effective, cost wise, and to help drug abusers, victims and their families, if we end Prohibition?

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Sat Feb 20, 2010: Law Enforcement Agents for Ending Prohibition & CA’s Republican Party Registration Numbers Drop Further. How to Stop the Bleeding:



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LEAP‘s Kyle Kazan on U.S. and Mexico’s Drug War, Mexico’s instability, and our U.S.-Mexico Border violence. Is it time to end Prohibition in the U.S.?

Also, is a state with a large and growing Latino population condemned to a liberal/leftist political balance of power?
(Update, Feb 20, 2010, I didn’t get to this topic today. The War on Drugs, or Prohibition generated a lot of passion and discussion and took the hour. I’ll visit this topic next week.)
Last week, Allan Hoffenblum published a follow up to his post from a year ago on Fox and Hound. He called it California’s Plummeting GOP Registration-Part 2. The GOP voter registration numbers in CA, have declined even further, since his original post on this topic a year ago.

With a leftist dominated Legislature and Congressional delegation, and growing percentage of young Latino voters, is there hope for change to the political balance of power in CA? Latino voters have voted Republican in significant numbers in the past. Why have their numbers dropped off so dramatically in the Republican Party? Can there be a shift in the political balance of power in CA without winning 40 to 45% of the Latino vote?

Can Latino voters be won over, in large enough numbers to make a difference? If so, how?
Here’s a little inspiration and example: I love George Strait. He’s a cowboy, a vaquero, and he gets the connection. I love his interpretation of this song. This is a song that everybody knows or has at least heard it played in a family venue, if you’ve grown up with any Mexican heritage. The composer, Jose Alfredo Jimenez is considered a great of Mexico’s musical heritage, and this beloved song is called The King, El Rey. Strait sings it with as best an accent as he can muster, and with all his heart, and he cuts straight to my heart, his love, undeniable.
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