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Supervisor Janet Nguyen

Supervisor Janet Nguyen

This just came over the transom from the Janet Nguyen for State Senate campaign:

Taxpayer Groups To Jose Solorio – “Stop misleading voters”

Call For Jose to Stop Claiming He Protected Prop 13

Seal Beach, CA – – Two of California’s largest taxpayer protection organizations joined forces today to call out Jose Solorio for attempting to mislead voters about his record in his campaign.

Jose’s current television advertisement states “Jose Solorio voted to Protect Prop 13.” However, as an Assemblyman he refused to vote against ACA 18, a direct assault on Proposition 13 and he voted in favor of ACR 54 which calls for a split-roll property tax and blames Prop 13 for State budget woes.

“Voters know that what politicians say and what they do isn’t always one and the same,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal. “Jose Solorio wants to call himself a protector of Prop 13 because it’s election season. Unfortunately Jose’s voting record proves otherwise. I’m challenging Jose Solorio to own up to his record and to tell voters the truth. Stop misleading voters. Janet Nguyen is the taxpayer’s choice in this election that’s a fact.”

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nguyen solorio

The Orange County Public Affairs Association is hosting a 34th Senate District candidate forum luncheon tomorrow featuring Republican Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Democrat RSCCD Trustee Jose Solorio. This is the most high-profile, expensive legislative contest in the state; on the outcome hinges the fate of the Democratic super-majority in the state Senate.  Here’s the info:

“34th Senate District Candidate Forum”
Featuring Supervisor Janet Nguyen and
Former Assemblyman Jose Solorio
Moderated by Ed Arnold

Generously Sponsored By
Time Warner Cable * Curt Pringle & Associates

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
11:30 Reception – 12:00 Noon Lunch

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Supervisor Janet Nguyen

Supervisor Janet Nguyen

Forbes magazine has put the high-stakes contest in the 34th Senate District (which includes much of Anaheim) on the national political radar with an article spotlighting how the outcome of the battle between Republican Supervisor Janet Nguyen and former Assemblyman Jose Solorio (Democrat) will determine whether the Democrats in control of state government will be able to heap billions more in taxes upon the already over-taxed and over-regulated California economy.

One Race May Determine Whether Taxes Go Up By Billions In The U.S.’s Largest Economy

The top prizes up for grabs in the 2014 mid-term elections are control of the U.S. Senate and 30 of the nation’s governorships, but of more immediate consequence to taxpayers in the most populous state in the union – California – is one single state legislative race that is likely to determine whether or not taxes will rise by billions in the world’s eighth largest economy.

A two-thirds vote is required to raise taxes and fees in California; meaning that if Republicans cannot win over a third of the seats in the Assembly and Senate this fall, they will have no ability to stop Democratic proposals to raise taxes. The only reason that California Democrats are temporarily without a supermajority in both chambers right now is due to the indictment of three Democratic state senators this year. Many of the Golden State’s top political and electoral experts say Democrats’ unchecked ability to raise taxes in 2015 and 2016 depends on one state legislative race in Orange County: California’s 34th state senate district.

“Even with California’s already inhospitable tax climate, the public employee unions desperately need higher taxes to keep their unsustainable pensions and bloated salaries afloat, and they can be expected to pump millions into this one state senate race to ensure that they can continue to advance their agenda at the expense of California taxpayers,” said Jon Fleischman, publisher of California’s Flash Report.

Fortunately for California Republicans, they have a strong candidate in Janet Nguyen, a current Orange County Supervisor, to go up against former Democratic Assemblyman Jose Solorio in this crucial race. Nguyen, who emigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam at age 5, describes herself as “a believer in limited government,” and says that if elected, she would spend taxpayer dollars the way she spends her own. That would certainly represent a stark contrast between both the status quo in Sacramento and her opponent’s legislative record.

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The very strong showings by Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Young Kim in the 34th Senate District and 65th Assembly District, respectively, should be cause for alarm for the Democrats.

Janet Nguyen is one of the hardest working candidates I’ve ever seen in Orange County, and it showed in last night’s results:

sd34 results

Nguyen beat Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee (and former Assemblyman) Jose Solorio by 20 points in a district that is 38% Democrat and 35% Republican. In other words, she ran more than 17 points ahead of registration, while Solorio ran more than 5 points behind.  Her campaign was able to generate twice the normal turnout of Vietnamese voters (reminiscent of the Viet voter tsunami that washed over the special election that put Janet Nguyen on the Board of Supervisors in 2007), while turnout among Latino voters was low.

Granted, the November turnout will be higher and so the voter universe will be broader, but it’s hard to see how it will be different in its fundamentals. Furthermore, Long Pham will not be on the ballot in November, meaning that Vietnamese Republican’s voters can be expected to move into Janet’s column. The upshot is Solorio has a tall mountain to climb.

Among other things, this election result sends a message to Democratic leaders and interest groups in Sacramento. It won’t deter them from expending resources for Solorio in the Fall, but it will impact their calibrations about whether to spend a lot, a little or somewhere in between in the 34th Senate District.

Like her or lump her, agree or disagree with her, Lorri Galloway is nothing if not an energetic candidate.

Next week, she is holding a “show up rally” for her mayoral campaign:

galloway 4-24 rally


The special guest speaker will be Jose Solorio, Rancho Santiago Community College District trustee and candidate for the 34th Senate District (which includes much of west Anaheim).

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