Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, City Journal & Claremont Institute’s Ben Boychuk & Hoover Institute’s Bill Evers on CA Charter Schools in Peril, Congressional Candidate Craig Huey’s Amazing Race, and Mike Shaner, Entrepreneur in business to Advance Liberty

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July 5, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT: Bill Evers, a formidable specialist in CA Education Policy, along with fellow education policy expert and commentator, Ben Boychuk on the precarious condition and peril of Charter Schools in CA. What are these ominous bills, including AB 114 and AB 440 and SB 645.

Here’s a comprehensive webinar put together by The Charter Schools Development Center, breaking down SB 645’s proposed changes to current Charter School law in CA, and the severe impact these changes bode for the survival of Charter Schools in CA.

We’ll also look at AB 86 by Tony Mendoza, which as currently amended would require at least half of all teachers and  classified employees (i.e., non-teaching staff) to sign off on any  petition to convert a school to a charter. (This is somewhat related to the Parent Trigger.) And as Boy Boychuk puts it, “speaking of the Parent Trigger (and in keeping with the rule of three), there remains the threat of AB 203, which could very well lock the trigger by giving districts more power to deny petitions, etc.”
 

Next Tuesday, July 12,  Craig Huey squares off against sitting L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn in the special run off election to replace Jane Harman in the 36th Congressional District.  The fact that Craig Huey is in this two-top-vote-getters race defies conventional wisdom about what is possible, even in a district that is as solid blue as this one.  Is it his message, his outreach, and are old and tired campaign strategies working for Janice Hahn, a poster child of Los Angeles political machine politics?

Mike Shaner, is an entrepreneur who is passionate about winning hearts and minds over to stand for liberty and stand up against the ever expanding size and power of government. He’s got a very popular blog and he’s active on FB too.   He’s a transplant from Alabama and lives in Oak Park, CA, thus the name of his blog, The Oak Park Republic.  He’s a convert from the left, to the far right, to libertarian policy.  We’ll talk with Mike tonight about his first full op-ed ever published on Lew Rockwell, called A Tale of Two Elections: Historic or Unimportant. He’s passionate and thoughtful. We’ll get a taste of his talent tonight.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s Steve Greenhut & John Seiler, w/ Guest, Richard Winger, Editor & Publisher of Ballot Access Blog

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This week, CalWatchDog‘s Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.  We’ll be joined by Richard Winger, Editor and Publisher of Ballot Access Blog

Update: May 18, 2011:  We’re not posting the podcast for this show due to technical errors from our remote locations.   There was a lot of breakup and interference and the audio quality is not up to any acceptable standard.  We’ll be back next week, same time!

Tonight we’ll talk about the budget. What is in, what’s out, and what’s up in the air. Steven Greenhut has been up and down the state speaking with concerned citizens about the budget deficit and the costs of government public employees, their salaries and defined retirement pensions and benefits.  We’ll get his insights and take your calls.

A new ruling by a California Appeals Court orders Sacramento County’s pension system to make public the names and pension pay for 8,500 retirees.  L.A., Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties, among others, may have to follow suit. Is it binding or will it be delayed by appeal to a higher court?   Who’s for the ruling, and who is opposed to it?

Card Check for farm workers passed both the CA State Senate and Assembly and now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. Farm workers, workers who earn among the least for the hardest type of labor will now be defenseless against forced unionization. All that is required for a union to prevail is for 50 percent plus 1 worker signed cards to be “submitted,” and each card is valid for up to a year. No election is necessary. This bill was sponsored by the United Farm Workers Union.

Are reporters indignant that farm workers have been robbed of their right to a secret ballot?  No!  How do they report it?   “The state Legislature has passed a bill that would give farm workers an alternative to secret ballots in deciding whether to join a union.”  How nice of them! To give the workers an “alternative.”  Al Capone couldn’t put it any nicer.

Democratic Latino voters in urban communities will likely ignore or applaud this new law, not recognizing the gross infringement of civil liberties on an entire community stripped of their right to a secret ballot.

Richard Winger, the editor and publisher of Ballot Access Blog joins us to discuss the special election that is today, with some results coming in before our show is up, and also to discuss the impact of Prop 14 passed this past November on the outcome of this election. He’ll also talk with us briefly about Americans Elect, group that claims it will get on the ballot for Elections in November of 2012 in all fifty states, (and Puerto Rico?)

My mission for this radio program is (I quote here the mission statement of The Future of Freedom Foundation. I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), “to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.”
 I am a stand and cause 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 enterprise, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.  I value your patronage. 

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

Tuesday nights live on Gadfly Radio in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, when we get it right.   Join us.

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Update: May 18, 2011:  We’re not posting the podcast for this show due to technical errors from our remote locations.   There was a lot of breakup and interference and the audio quality is not up to any acceptable standard.  We’ll be back next week, same time!

May election more of an IQ test: Voters can pass the test by voting no on everything.

Sunday, May 10, 2009
Steven Greenhut
Sr. editorial writer and columnist
The Orange County Register

Don’t think of the May 19 ballot as a special election so much as an IQ test.

California voters are being asked to approve six budget “reforms” that will supposedly fix the state’s massive budget deficit and keep politicians from digging a big hole in the future. The titles and verbiage for each one are rather complex, but it’s not any test of intelligence to figure out what the measures really mean. The politicians who drafted them – or at least who hired the lawyers who drafted them – don’t really know how they will play out, and I doubt any legislator or the governor has more than a passing knowledge of the details contained within 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E or 1F. How can an average voter be expected to do any better?
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If Hilda Solis is confirmed as Secretary of Labor, there is a silver lining. If Solis is approved, there will be a special election in the 32nd District, and Republicans have a candidate who could win, despite the registration numbers, if the GOP doesn’t repeat the story of Victor Elizalde, told here on Big Hollywood by Andrew Breitbart.

Teresa Hernandez is a sterling candidate. She’ll be my guest on my show this Saturday. I’ve only just met her on the phone, but I can tell you already, I LOVE who she is, what she’s about and what she’s accomplished in her community and beyond.

How viable is she? Mike Spence, blogged on Flashreport on Thursday, about Teresa Hernandez: “Not a bad resume. Community involvement like that is hard to find and could be a key factor in a low turnout election.” Sorry Mike, but it’s an excellent resume. Gold!

Teresa and her husband Jose opened Cielito Lindo Restaurant in South El Monte in 1986. It has become a local landmark and popular family restaurant. A few years later they formed Hernandez Productions to launch Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles to produce Mariachi Festivals and shows across the United States. In 1991 Teresa and her husband started the Mariachi Heritage Society to provide in-school and after school music classes for local children who could not otherwise afford instruments or lessons. Over 7,000 children have attended this program from schools in Azusa, South El Monte, Norwalk and Pico Rivera.

When I think of Teresa Hernandez and what she’s about, I see in my mind, and feel in my heart, my mother and father, my grandparents, my siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, dancing, laughing, swooning and feeling the heady experience of love, life joy, laughter, romance and sentiments with family.

Oh, and she knows the issues, intimately and articulates them with acuity.

If there is a special race in the 32nd district, the GOP should be all hands on deck!

Join me Saturday and meet Teresa.

Come see the future for the GOP.