Friday, December 31, 2010

Kenneth Zanzi appointed to the California Coastal Commission

Kenneth Zanzi, 67, of Fortuna, has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission representing the north coast region. He has been mayor pro tem of the city of Fortuna since 2010 and where he served as city councilmember from 2008 to 2010. Zanzi has owned Mad River Parkway Business Center since 1983. He worked for the Department of Fish and Game from 1965 to 1998 retiring as the deputy chief of the Wildlife Management Division. Zanzi is a member of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Zanzi is a Republican.

Getting Below the Surface

We of course know that the November 2, 2010, elections were historical on many different levels. The Republican gains of 63 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate dwarf the Republican Revolution of 1994 and double the historical average gains in the Senate for a party out of power. These gains were made despite a cash-strapped Republican National Committee (RNC), strategic decisions by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) to spend $8 million in the long-shot California Senate race instead of Washington and Colorado, and the fact that the RNC, NRSC, and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had a zero ground game.
But what the November midterm elections did do was confirm and destroy some of the most talked-about conventional wisdom about the so-called Tea Party movement, as well as raise some warning flags for Republicans moving into the 2012 election cycle....Read the rest

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reid's Rules Scheme To Rewrite Defeat

The Democrats are trying to change the Senate rules so that they can ram through their agenda when their majority shrinks next week from 59 to 53 seats...

"Changing the rules in this extraordinary process has the effect of election nullification," said Gold. "It allows a smaller majority to write for itself new rules, which permit it to govern the way it wishes, even though the voters said something contrary last November."

The Senate GOP leadership is counting on outraged Americans voicing their opposition to Reid’s power-grab in the wake of the Midterm Elections.

"Public pressure will be a big part of any effort to stop this. People need to speak out and demand that Democrats don't act as if the election never happened," said a GOP aide. "They need to call their Democrat Senators and tell them not to vote to make the Senate some sort of rubber stamp for the Obama administration."

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ready for the Best. CPAC. Evah?

Ready for the Best. CPAC. Evah? RS McCain
Confirmed speakers for this year’s event — Feb. 10-12 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in D.C. — Gov. Haley Barbour*, Andrew Breitbart*, Arthur Brooks*, Liz Cheney*, Ann Coulter*, Gov. Mitch Daniels*, Sen. Jim DeMint, Hon. Newt Gingrich*, David Horowitz*, Hon. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Wayne LaPierre*, Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez, Sen. Mitch McConnell*, Hon. Sarah Palin, Rep. Ron Paul*, Sen.-Elect Rand Paul, Gov. Tim Pawlenty*, Rep. Mike Pence, Hon. Mitt Romney*, Sen.-Elect Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan, Hon. Rick Santorum*, Sen. John Thune* and many more! * Indicates Confirmed Speaker

CPAC 2011 Registration Is Now Open!
Register at
CPAC is the nation's premiere gathering of conservative students, lawmakers and activists.
The next CPAC is February 10-12, 2011 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Frank Jager to recommend Melinda Ciarabellini

Eureka mayor to recommend Melinda Ciarabellini to Ward 4 seat
...Ciarabellini recently retired from her 33-year career in law enforcement and corrections -- working as a correctional captain and jail commander for the Humboldt County jail and also working for the California Corrections Standards Authority. The big ticket items for the city are the budget, education and encouraging economic development, she said...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Closing the books on the worst Congress

Americans can give thanks in this Christmas season for an end to the reckless and destructive 111th Congress. This is the Congress that passed Obamacare, against the wishes of a substantial majority of the public, on Christmas Eve of last year.... washington examiner editorial
As we have learned since, most members were still ignorant of the bill's contents three months later, when it gained final passage in the House. Columbia University historian Alan Brinkley told Bloomberg News recently that "this is probably the most productive session of Congress since at least the '60s." When Congress votes on bills that no one reads or understands, it can be quite "productive." Americans have already rendered a verdict on such productivity and elected a new Congress with orders to clean up the mess in Washington.

Worst. Congress. EVAH! Also Turns Out to Have Been Breathtakingly Unethical

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Pigford Report - What you need to know

“It [Pigford] is a fair settlement, it is a just settlement, we think it’s important for congress to fund that settlement. We’re going to continue to make it a priority.” —President Obama, September 10, 2010 press conference
“[Pigford is] the largest scam against the federal taxpayers in the history of the United States.” - USDA Employee John Stringfellow at Breitbart's Big Government

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Something to think about

CA GOP: Mistakes It Can No Longer Afford!
Some very interesting points, including recommendation for improvement. Including What we need to give to candidates on day one. The CRP and the county party’s needs to be a treasure trove of resources for the candidates....

LOCAL NEWS: Coastal Commission Nominees

Coastal turmoil: Cities won't nominate (Mark) Lovelace for coastal commissioner seat
...The Board of Supervisors nominated (Mark) Lovelace, Fortuna Mayor Pro Tem Ken Zanzi and Mendocino County Supervisor Kendall Smith. The public resources code regarding nominations seems clear that boards of supervisors and city selection committees each nominate at least one supervisor and one city councilmember.

(The mayors of the seven cities in Humboldt County chose to nominate four city councilmen -- including two mayors on the panel) The committee on Thursday nominated Zanzi, Fortuna Councilman Dean Glaser, as well as Ferndale Mayor Jeff Farley and Eureka Mayor Frank Jager, who both sit on the committee....

The seat coming vacant is for the North Coast and is held by outgoing Supervisor Bonnie Neely.
GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER APPOINTMENTS DECEMBER 31 2010 Kenneth Zanzi appointed to the California Coastal Commission

Thursday, December 16, 2010


House Passes Bill Extending Bush Tax Cuts for Millions and Renewing Unemployment Aid

Senate Dem leader drops nearly $1.3T spending bill Breitbart
Democrats controlling the Senate have abandoned a 1,924-page catchall spending measure that's laced with homestate pet projects known as earmarks
McConnell: Dems Using "Christmas Break As An Inducement" To Pass Omnibus Real Clear Politics
VICTORY… Harry Reid Pulls Pork-laden $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Bill (Video) - Gateway Pundit
Reid says nine Republican senators approached him today to tell him that while they would like to see the bill passed, they could not vote for it. He did not reveal the names of the nine. A top Senate source tells National Review Online that “it looks like Harry Reid buckled under the threat of Republicans reading [the bill] aloud.”
Reid Punts on Omnibus Spending Bill - RedState
Harry Reid Pulls The Plug On His Credibility and Power - Legal Insurrection
Disgusting: Democrats yet again say bills should be passed without voting members reading them - Hillbuzz
The Omnibus Bill’s ‘Hit Parade’ of Senatorial Theft - Roger L. Simon at Pajamas Media

Two Californias

Abandoned farms, Third World living conditions, pervasive public assistance -- welcome to the once-thriving Central Valley. Victor Davis Hanson at National Review Online

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Senate blocks Obama's tax increase

Senate blocks Obama's tax plan - Washington Times
...A bipartisan filibuster, led by unified Republicans and joined by four Democrats and one independent, proved there isn't enough support to back Mr. Obama's preferred option to extend income tax cuts for couples making less than $250,000 and tax increases for those making more than that...

The negotiators seem to be headed toward an agreement that would extend all the 2001 and 2003 income tax cuts temporarily. Still to be decided was what sweeteners Democrats would secure to make swallowing the tax cuts more palatable. Possible options included extended unemployment benefits....

Friday, December 3, 2010


Peter Hannaford will lead the Humboldt Republican Party, having been elected chairman of its central committee for 2011-12 at its organizational meeting Thursday.

Hannaford, who was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan for a number of years, returned to California and settled in Eureka in 2006 after 22 years in Washington, D.C. Other officers are Joy Finley, Eureka, first vice chairman; David Crane, Fortuna, second vice chairman; Verona ´Vee¡ Sorenson, Arcata, secretary; and Kathy Rodriguez, McKinleyville, treasurer.

In addition to the officers, County Elections Chief Carolyn Crnich conducted the swearing-in ceremony of members Mark Erdmann, Eureka; Jean Giannini, Fortuna; Sharon Pierson, Eureka; Sam Trumbull, Arcata; Parke Bostrom, Eureka; Tim Trutna, Eureka; and Kathy Rodriguez, McKinleyville, alternate for ex officio member Loren Hanks.

Democrats in five states have switched parties since Nov. 2

State Lawmakers Bolt Democratic Party After Election Day FOX
Adding insult to injury for their party, at least 13 Democratic state lawmakers have joined the Republican ranks since Election Day -- deepening GOP gains and in one case handing the party the state House majority.
Democrats in five states have switched parties since Nov. 2, citing concerns about the economy and the political leanings of their constituents. The defections are a troubling sign for state Democratic operations clinging to life following their election drubbing. Though Republicans' congressional gains drew more attention, the party picked up more than 675 seats at the state level last month and in some cases took over entire state capitals.

But not in California...
San Francisco is New Capital of California
The City of San Francisco and its suburbs are considered unusually left wing when compared to the rest of California, let alone when compared to the rest of the country. Yet, as a result of the recent election the state electorate apparently decided to be governed in its top leadership almost exclusively by San Franciscans.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Opportunities to GET INVOLVED

On the Board of Supervisor's Agenda for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
◼ Airport Advisory Board
◼ Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board
◼ Area 1 Developmental Disability Board
◼ Assessment Appeals Board
◼ Citizen’s Law Enforcement Liaison Committee
◼ Emergency Medical Care Committee
◼ Fire Safe Council
◼ Fish and Game Advisory Commission
◼ Forestry Review Committee
◼ Headwaters Fund Board
◼ Housing Authority Commission
◼ Human Rights Commission
◼ In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Committee
◼ Mental Health Board
◼ Status of Women Commission
◼ Williamson Act Advisory Committee
◼ Workforce Investment Board
To request an application, please contact the Clerk of the Board at 476-2384. Note: some may have professional requirements (ie Forestry Review Committee needs registered professional foresters)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Into the 30s: Obama Approval Rating Drops To 39% in New Zogby Poll

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his Presidency at 39%, and in potential match-ups with Republicans in 2012, he trails Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich and is just one point ahead of Sarah Palin.

The percentage of likely voters saying the U.S. is on the wrong track is now the highest since Obama took office at 69%.

The President continues to lose the job approval of Democrats, going from 78% on Nov. 15 to 72% in this Nov. 19-22, 2010 interactive poll. His approval among independents stayed at 39%, and is 6% among Republicans.


Monday, November 22, 2010

241 Seats and Counting - Most House seats held by the Republicans since 1949

Randy Bish

Most Held by GOP in over 60 Years - Ed Driscoll
Oritz Concedes TX-27 to Farenthold; GOP Reaches Historic 241 Seats in House
...Politico writes: “Republicans have now won at least 62 House seats. The GOP leads in one of four unresolved races.” Meanwhile, in NY-25, where Republican Ann Marie Buerkle leads by 567 votes after the absentees were counted, the chairman of the Onondaga County GOP called on Democrat incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei to concede...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Are we ready to help build a more enduring conservative governing majority across the country?

Building a Conservative Majority Starts at Home - Warner Todd Huston at
If conservatives intend to translate Tea Party enthusiasm into actual power they are certainly going to have begin to put like-minded folks into office and not just at the federal level. Every office from dogcatcher, to city offices, to county and state offices needs to be filled with Tea Party advocates. Conservatives cannot expect an enduring governing capability by focusing solely on federal elections. read the rest


Central Committee Greets New Members; Honors Retirees

by Peter Hannaford, First Vice Chairman

Humboldt County”s new Republican Central Committee for 2011-12 will be installed at the November 4 meeting. Retiring members will be honored at the same meeting.

Initially, the new committee will consist of those elected at the June primary, plus three ex officio members. The elected members are: First District, Mark Erdmann, Peter Hannaford; Second District, David Crane, Jean Giannini; Third District, Sharon Pierson, “Vee” Sorenson, Sam Trumbull; Fourth District, Parke Bostrom, Blaine O'Shaughnessy, Darus Trutna and Tim Trutna.

Ex officio members will be Kathy Rodriguez for Congressional 1st District candidate Loren Hanks; Joy Finley for 2nd District State Senatorial candidate Lawrence Weisner; and Gwen Morris for 1st Assembly District candidate Karen Brooks.

The new committee will begin with seven vacancies, seven in District One, two in District Two, none in Districts Three and Four and three in District Five. Nominations to fill vacancies will be received at the first meeting, January 6.

Retiring members of the current Central Committee to be honored are outgoing Chairman Patricia Welch, Colleen Hedrick, George Benzel, Gary Gundlach, Janine Mahoney, Joe Bonino, Linda Hills, Gene Schnell, Dan Jackson and Steve Rodriguez.HRWF Redwood Alert Newsletter (PDF)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Statement by Republican Leader-Elect Conway on Legislative Analyst's 2011-12 Fiscal Outlook

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader-Elect Connie Conway, of Tulare, today issued the following statement in response to Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s Fiscal Outlook report projecting state revenue for the 2011-12 budget year and beyond:

"Today’s grim forecast of a $25.4 billion budget deficit is a powerful reminder that the Legislature needs to take immediate action to reduce spending and balance the budget. Democrats and Republicans must work together to make the tough but realistic decisions on spending priorities required to close the deficit. The people of California have repeatedly made it clear that they don’t want to pay higher taxes to fund Sacramento’s budget mistakes. Republicans will fight any effort to raise taxes to fund more irresponsible overspending. I stand ready to work with Governor-Elect Brown and our Democrat colleagues to find budget consensus, and take action without delay to get spending under control and pass the honest, no-tax budget Californians deserve."
via Capitol Update

California’s Assorted Rocks and Hard Places - Victor Davis Hanson
News came out on Thursday that the California budget deficit is actually closer to $25 billion, twice what we are told. This follows from last year’s $42 billion shortfall, which was closed by all sorts of one-time tax increases and gimmicks. Here is our general dilemma in a nutshell.

Calif borrows $40M a day to pay unemployment -
With one in every eight workers unemployed and empty state coffers, California is borrowing billions of dollars from the federal government to pay unemployment insurance.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the state owes $8.6 billion already, and will have to come up with a $362-million payment to Washington by the end of next September.

California's unemployment fund has deficit of $10.3 billion -

What does the market know about California's finances that the rest of us don't? - Doug Ross at The Journal

Troubled California begins $14bn bond sale - Financial Times
Troubled California to Restructure Debt Sales - Financial Times

'A horrible, horrible mess': State budget back in the red, lawmakers called to special session - Times-Standard
"It doesn't really make sense for a lame duck governor to be doing this,” said Noreen Evans, who next month will take the 2nd District State Senate seat currently held by Patricia Wiggins."... Evans said it might be time to hand off some state services to the county and city levels, where voters have been more open to passing tax increases.

North Coast Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, is on vacation and was not immediately available for comment Friday, according to his spokesman.

Chris Christie's Star Turn Raises National Prospects, Nearly $9 Million for GOP

The unlikely emergence of Chris Christie proves once again that you can never tell who is going to take off in the public imagination. The New Jersey governor not only rocked on the 2010 campaign trail, he quickly became a regular on short lists of Republican presidential prospects.

Chris Christie's Star Turn Raises National Prospects, Nearly $9 Million for GOP -

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

These are the future leaders of the Republican Party

Republicans all across the country are ready to blaze new trails by providing fresh young leadership on the national, state, and local level. From the GOP Young Guns to RNC Women's Candidate Spotlight to RNC Coalitions' Candidates Breaking New Ground, these Republicans know that the government is here to serve you, not the other way around.

GOP Young Guns
RNC Women
RNC Coalitions highlights GOP candidates who are Breaking New Ground

Monday, November 8, 2010

Republicans gained at least 60 seats in the House... the biggest swing in the party’s favor since 1938.

And - Republicans Are Poised to Increase U.S. House Gains in Undecided Contests
“It’s expected that Republicans will hold on and pick up a total of 63 or 64 seats, though recounts can occasionally produce a surprise,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Humboldt Republican Women, Federated - Since 1938

Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month.
11:30 a.m. - Buffet Luncheon- Meeting 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Buffet Luncheon - $14.50
Beverage & speaker - 4.00
*Please RSVP to Colleen Hedrick at 268-0101. Early reservations appreciated.

Visit the events page for more details.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Election Roundup: Hanks for Congress to host reception

Election Roundup: Hanks for Congress to host reception
Loren Hanks, candidate for Representative of the 1st Congressional District, will hold a reception on Oct. 9 in the lobby of the Eureka Inn from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event is jointly sponsored by Humboldt County's Republican Party Central Committee and Humboldt Republican Women Federated. It will afford voters an opportunity to learn about Hanks' positions on multiple issues and to ask questions.

Wine, nonalcoholic beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Music and a silent auction are scheduled for the event. Tickets are available at the door and cost are $30 per person and $50 per couple. To RSVP for the event, phone 725-2359 or 268-0101.

Election Roundup runs on a regular basis during the election season. Submissions are for events only and are subject to editing. To submit information for the Election Roundup, send an e-mail to with the word “politics” in the subject line.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Humboldt County’s Republican Central Committee Rolls Up Its Sleeve

Your County Central Committee has a three-part mission: Register more Republican voters, get out the vote, and raise funds to support our candidates.

Of the several dozen Republicans registered at the party’s Redwood Acres Fair and County Fair booths staffed by volunteers, 35.4 percent switched from other parties to Republican, 30.8 percent were new voters, and 33.8 percent were registering changed addresses.

We’re now recruiting volunteers for the get-out-the-vote campaign. Our first job will be two weekend walks door-to-door in selected precincts on October 2 and 30, followed by volunteers staffing telephone banks just before the election in November. A few hours of your time could make the difference for our candidates. To join our get-out-the-vote team, call 442-2259.

As for fund-raising, we have two main sources: the annual Republican of the Year dinner held in in April and our direct mail appeal that has just gone out to close to 1,000 donors in the county.Proceeds will be used to support our candidates.

The county’s Republican headquarters is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. staffed by volunteers. Here voters may register and obtain literature about the party and its candidates.
By Peter Hannaford, First Vice Chairman for Humboldt Republican Women Federated's Redwood Alert Newsletter

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fiorina Courts Arcata Conservatives

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U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina held a town hall meeting this afternoon inside a cavernous warehouse at Arcata’s O & M Industries. Addressing the crowd of 50 or so locals — which included Eureka Mayor/County Supervisor candidate Virginia Bass, County Planning Commissioner Dennis Mayo and County Supervisor candidate Ryan Sundberg (who said he’d just learned who Fiorina is this morning) — the former Hewlett-Packard CEO sought to woo conservative voters.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Arcata Republican Karen Brooks kicks off campaign to challenge Chesbro in 1st District

Arcata Republican Karen Brooks kicks off campaign to challenge Chesbro in 1st District
Trumpeting her outsider status, Arcata Republican Karen Brooks kicked off her campaign to become California's next 1st District Assemblymember at an event Thursday.

”We're here today to start a revolution,” Brooks told a crowd of several dozen supporters at the event.

Referring to herself as a soccer mom, taxpayer, voter and woman of faith, Brooks told several dozen supporters at the event that she plans to bring common sense solutions to Sacramento.

”It's time to take this seat back and give it to real people,” Brooks said, adding that knows she's facing a political machine in the Democratic party, which is backing incumbent Wesley Chesbro. “The stakes are high. I'm against a big machine. This machine has been in office since 1990. It doesn't matter what the face is, they just cycle them through.”

Just as Brooks isn't the average candidate, Thursday's event wasn't the average campaign kick-off. It began with the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation prayer and a rousing rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and ended with a Dutch apple pie being raffled off, which fetched $110 for the campaign.

Brooks' husband, Mark McGowen, introduced the candidate at the event with a quick joke. He said he heard the other day that McDonald's has a new meal deal coming out called the “Obama Meal.”
”The way it works is you drive up, order whatever you want and the guy behind you has to pay,” McGowen said, drawing laughs from the crowd.

Once on stage, Brooks spoke for about 15 minutes before taking a variety of questions from the audience. Brooks said that, as a legislator, she will focus on growing the economy and creating jobs. She said she will approach every piece of legislation by asking: Is it constitutional? Is it good for the 1st District? Is it good for the state? Does it reduce the size of government? And, is it revenue neutral?

Brooks said she knows she faces a big challenge in trying to unseat Chesbro, and said she routinely hears doubts about her chances on the campaign trail.

”I'm in it to win it,” she said. “I'm a bull terrier dog on someone's pant legs, and I'm not letting go.”

Thadeus Greenson can be reached at 441-0509 or

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Humboldt County Republicans honor Muriel Dinsmore

Muriel Dinsmore will be the honoree at the Humboldt County Republican Party's annual Republican of the Year celebration at the Ingomar Club in Eureka on Saturday.
The evening -- which will feature Rob Arkley as its guest speaker -- will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Dinsmore, a Humboldt County native, was born in Eureka and raised in Rio Dell. Professionally, Dinsmore may be best known as a local writer for the Humboldt Times and as editor of the Times-Standard's Accent on People section for 10 years, according to a press release. She followed this with 15 years as director of College of the Redwoods' Public Affairs office.

Dinsmore will be lauded for her achievements as a “professional volunteer” for local community organizations, according to the release.

The extensive list of her accomplishments includes support of the arts and historic architecture, Rotary International, the League of Women Voters, the College of the Redwoods Foundation League and the Eureka Heritage Society.