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I have been blown away with Deuteronomy’s discussion of Israel’s king.  First it anticipates a king arising out of Israel hundreds of years before it happened.  Secondly I’m amazed at the limits imposed on the kings of Israel in contrast to other kings of the surrounding region.  And thirdly, I think there are some implication for this today.

Here’s the passage from Deuteronomy 17:14-20:

“When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’ 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your [l]countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your [m]countryman. 16 Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ 17 He shall not multiply wives for himself, [n]or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.

18 “Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll [o]in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, [p]by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his [q]countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.

Now I realize this text is primarily talking about Israel and not say the United States, Canada, etc.  But I think there are some implications for today.

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Christians must vote according to Biblical principles, not against it.  Here’s a voter’s guide for the local election guide from the great website, Election Forum, for the Los Angeles County.

March 5, 2013 Election Recommendations

Ratings:

Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete.

  • thumb upthumb upthumb up : Strongest endorsement for values voters
  • thumb upthumb up : Above average
  • thumb up : Better than opponent, vote represents “lesser of two evils”
  • No Endorsement: We either oppose the candidates or have found no reason to support a candidate. If you don’t vote for a candidate or issue, all your other votes still count.

Los Angeles County

City

Council Member; City of Azusa (2 Elected)

  • Marc A. Caro thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Sandra Benavides
  • Robert Gonzales
  • Edward J. Alvarez thumb upthumb up
  • Jeri S. Vogel
  • Mercedes Castro

City Clerk; City of Azusa

  • Stephanie Carmona Mills
  • Russ Rentschler
  • Jorge V. Rosales
  • Jeffrey Lawrence Cornejo, Jr. thumb up

City Treasurer; City of Azusa

  • Arthur M. Vasquez, Jr.
  • Marcene Hamilton thumb up

Council Member; City of Bell (2 Elected)

  • Danny Harber
  • Ana Maria Quintana
  • Alicia Romero
  • Yamel “Jimmy” Mourad thumb up
  • Nora A. Saenz thumb up
  • Donna I. Gannon thumb up
  • Council Member; City

Council Member; City of Bellflower; 4 Year Term (2 Elected)

  • Dan L. Koops
  • Usbaldo B. “Wally” Munoz thumb up
  • Scott A. Larsen

Council Member; City of Bellflower; 2 Year Term

  • R. Yahye
  • Ron Schnablegger thumb up
  • Gloria Willingham
  • Luis Melliz

Council Member; City of Beverly Hills (3 Elected)

  • William Warren Brien
  • Katherine Cohan thumb up
  • Michael Talei thumb up
  • Brian Rosenstein
  • John A. Mirisch thumb up
  • Nancy H. Krasne

Council Member; City of Calabasas (3 Elected)

  • Mary Sue Maurer
  • James Bozajian thumb upthumb up
  • Jody Thomas thumb up
  • David Shapiro thumb up

Mayor; City of Carson

  • Jim Dear
  • Lula Davis-Holmes thumb up

Council Member; City of Carson (2 Elected)

  • Joseph Gordon
  • Timothy Muckey thumb up
  • Charlotte Brimmer
  • Rita R. Boggs
  • Mike Gipson
  • Albert Robles
  • Stephen Anyaka thumb up
  • Julie Ruiz-Raber

Council Member; City of Cerritos (2 Elected)

  • Carol Chen thumb upthumb up
  • Alejandro Estella
  • George Ray thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Frank Aurelio Yokoyama
  • K. Y. Ma
  • Gerad Valencia
  • James Kang

Council Member; City of Claremont (2 Elected)

  • Corey Calaycay thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Michael Keenan
  • Larry Schroeder thumb up

Council Member; City of Commerce (3 Elected)

  • Joanna E. Flores
  • Art A. Gonzalez
  • Lilia R. Leon thumb up
  • Jaime Valencia thumb up
  • Ivan Altamirano
  • Tina Baca Del Rio

Council Member; City of Covina (3 Elected)

  • Kevin Stapleton thumb upthumb up
  • Jorge A. Marquez
  • John C. King thumb up
  • Kay Manning thumb up

Council Member; City of Cudahy; 4 Year Term (2 Elected)

  • Martin Aguilera
  • Issac Delfino Velasquez
  • Chris Garcia
  • Richard Lara
  • Ruben Pivaral
  • Jack M. Guerrero thumb upthumb upthumb up

Council Member; City of Cudahy; 2 Year Term

  • Josue Barrios
  • Richard Iglesias thumb up
  • Baru A. Sanchez

Council Member; City of Gardena (2 Elected)

  • Mark E. Henderson
  • Terrence Terauchi
  • Rodney Tanaka thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Kathleen “Suzy” Evans thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Tasha Cerda

City Clerk; City of Gardena

  • Shannon Nichole Tsukiyama
  • Harout “Art” Kaskanian
  • Mina Semenza thumb up

Council Member; City of Huntington Park (2 Elected)

  • Elba Guerrero
  • Karina Macias
  • Andy Molina thumb up
  • Valentin Palos Amezquita thumb up

Council Member; City of La Habra Heights (3 Elected)

  • Brian S. Bergman thumb up
  • George Edwards
  • Kyle Miller
  • Chester Jeng
  • Michael Higgins

Council Member; City of La Canada Flintridge (2 Elected)

  • David A. Spence thumb upthumb up
  • Jon Curtis thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Joe Layton

Council Member; City of La Mirada (2 Elected)

  • Steve Keithly thumb upthumb up
  • Andrew Sarega thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Randy Gray
  • Pauline Deal
  • Gabriel Garcia

Mayor; City of Los Angeles

  • Emanuel Alberto Pleitez
  • Kevin James thumb upthumb up
  • Wendy J. Greuel
  • Norton Sandler
  • Eric Garcetti
  • Addie M. Miller
  • Jan Perry
  • Yehuda “Yj” Draiman thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Joseph “Joe” Gardner

City Attorney; Los Angeles

  • Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich thumb up
  • Mike Feuer
  • Greg Smith
  • Noel Wiess

City Controller; City of Los Angeles

  • David Manuel Gonzales (write in)
  • Analilia Joya
  • Ankur Patel
  • Cary Brazeman
  • Ron Galperin
  • Dennis Zine thumb up
  • Jeff Bornstein

Council Member; City of Los Angeles, District 1

  • Jose Gardea thumb up
  • Gilbert “Gil” Cedillo
  • Jesse Rosas

Council Member; City of Los Angeles, District 3

  • Scott Silverstein
  • Cary T. Iaccino thumb upthumb up
  • Bob Blumenfield
  • Joyce Pearson
  • Elizabeth Badger
  • Steven Presberg

Council Member; City of Los Angeles, District 5

  • Paul Koretz
  • Mark Matthew Herd thumb up

Council Member; City of Los Angeles, District 7

  • Krystee Clark
  • Felipe Fuentes
  • Jesse “David” Barron thumb upthumb up
  • Nicole Case

Council Member; City of Los Angeles, District 9

  • Manuel “Manny” Aldana thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Curren D. Price Jr.
  • Ana Cubas
  • Ronald Gochez
  • Terry Hara
  • Mike Davis
  • David Anothny Roberts

Council Member; City of Los Angeles, District 11

  • Odysseus Bostick
  • Mike Bonin
  • Fredrick Sutton thumb upthumb up
  • Tina Hess

Council Member; City of Los Angeles, District 15

  • Joe Buscaino
  • Gina Hardin (write in) thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • James T. Law

Council Member; City of Manhattan Beach

  • Tony D’errico thumb upthumb up
  • Mitch Ward
  • Mark Burton thumb upthumb up
  • Mark Lipps
  • Wayne Powell thumb up
  • Viet Ngo

City Treasurer; City of Monterey Park

  • Stephen Lam thumb up
  • Joseph Leon

City Clerk; City of Monterey Park

  • Jeff Schwartz
  • Vincent Dionicia Chang
  • Neal Alvarez thumb up

Council Member; City of Norwalk

  • Mike Mendez
  • Cheri Kelley thumb up
  • Darryl Adams
  • Enrique Aranda
  • Candy Martinez thumb up

Council Member; City of Pasadena; District 3

  • John Kennedy
  • Ishmael Trone thumb up
  • Nicholas Benson

Council Member; City of Pasadena; District 5

  • Victor M. Gordo
  • Israel Estrada thumb up

Council Member; City of Redondo Beach, District 1

  • Kimberly Fine thumb upthumb up
  • James Anothny Light
  • Dianne Prado
  • Jeff Ginsburg

Mayor; City of Redondo Beach

  • Matthew “Matt” Kilroy thumb upthumb up
  • Eric Coleman
  • Steve Aspel
  • Pat Aust

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No matter who’s president, for the Christian we still have one KING.  He still reign.

Let us pray for God’s guidance in how we vote and also applying Biblical wisdom and principles.

But don’t forget to pray.

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From Election Forum.  The following below is a voter’s guide for Los Angeles County concerning Federal, State and some of the County officials to vote for; the rest of the state can be accessed from their website.

United States Senator

  • Dianne Feinstein, Democratic
  • Elizabeth Emken, Republican thumb upthumb up

Los Angeles County

Congress

United States Representative; District 23

  • Kevin McCarthy, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Terry Phillips

United States Representative; District 25

  • Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Lee C. Rogers, Democratic

United States Representative; District 26

  • Julia Brownley, Democratic
  • Tony Strickland, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up

United States Representative; District 27

  • Jack Orswell, Republican thumb up
  • Judy Chu, Democratic

United States Representative; District 28

  • Phil Jennerjahn, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up
  • Adam Schiff, Democratic

United States Representative; District 29

  • David R. Hernandez thumb upthumb up
  • Tony Cardenas, Democratic

United States Representative; District 30—No Recommmendation

  • Brad Sherman, Democratic
  • Howard L. Berman, Democratic

United States Representative; District 32

  • Grace F. Napolitano, Democratic
  • David L. Miller, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up

United States Representative; District 33

  • Henry A. Waxman, Democratic
  • Bill Bloomfield thumb up

United States Representative; District 34

  • Xavier Becerra, Democratic
  • Stephen C. Smith, Republican thumb up

United States Representative; District 35

  • Gloria Negrete McLeod, Democratic
  • Joe Baca, Democratic Endorsed

United States Representative; District 38

  • Linda T. Sánchez, Democratic
  • Benjamin Campos, Republican thumb up

United States Representative; District 39

  • Jay Chen, Democratic
  • Ed Royce, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up

United States Representative; District 47

  • Alan Lowenthal, Democratic
  • Gary Delong, Republican thumb upthumb up

State Senate

State Senator; District 25

  • Gilbert V. Gonzales, Republican thumb up
  • Carol Liu, Democratic

State Senator; District 35

  • Charlotte A. Svolos, Republican thumb up
  • Roderick “Rod” Wright, Democratic

State Assembly

Member of the State Assembly; District 36

  • Ron Smith, Republican
  • Steve Fox, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 38

  • Scott Thomas Wilk, Republican thumb upthumb up
  • Edward Headington, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 39—No Recommmendation

  • Raul Bocanegra, Democratic
  • Richard Alarcon, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 41

  • Chris Holden, Democratic
  • Donna Lowe, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up

Member of the State Assembly; District 44

  • Jeff Gorell, Republican thumb up
  • Eileen Macenery, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 46

  • Jay L. Stern, Republican thumb upthumb up
  • Adrin Nazarian, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 48

  • Joe M. Gardner, Republican thumb upthumb up
  • Roger Hernandez, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 49

  • Edwin “Ed” Chau, Democratic
  • Matthew Lin, Republican thumb up

Member of the State Assembly; District 50—No Recommmendation

  • Richard Bloom, Democratic
  • Betsy Butler, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 51—No Recommmendation

  • Jimmy Gomez, Democratic
  • Luis Lopez, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 52

  • Norma J. Torres, Democratic
  • Kenny Coble, Republican thumb up

Member of the State Assembly; District 53

  • Jose Trinidad Aguilar, Republican thumb up
  • John A. Pérez, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 54

  • Holly J. Mitchell, Democratic
  • Keith Brandon McCowen, Republican thumb up

Member of the State Assembly; District 57

  • Ian Charles Calderon, Democratic
  • Noel A. Jaimes, Republican thumb upthumb upthumb up

Member of the State Assembly; District 58

  • Patricia A. Kotze-Ramos, Republican thumb up
  • Cristina Garcia, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 59—No Recommmendation

  • Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Democratic
  • Rodney D. Robinson, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 63

  • Anthony Rendon, Democratic
  • Jack M. Guerrero, Republican thumb up

Member of the State Assembly; District 66

Since I am a candidate in this particular race, Election Forum will abstain from posting ratings or recommendations. Instead of that tradition, we will provide thoroughly prepared research on each one of the other candidates in the race, which will be viewable on the website.—Craig Huey

County

District Attorney; County of Los Angeles

  • Jackie Lacey
  • Alan Jackson thumb upthumb up

Special District

Member, Board of Directors; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Division 5

  • Phillip D. Hawkins thumb up
  • Tony Mendoza

 

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From Election Forum.  The following below is a voter’s guide for Los Angeles County, the rest of the state can be accessed from their website.

Ratings:

Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete.

  • thumb upthumb upthumb up : Strongest endorsement for values voters
  • thumb upthumb up : Above average
  • thumb up : Better than opponent, vote represents “lesser of two evils”
  • No Endorsement: We either oppose the candidates or have found no reason to support a candidate. If you don’t vote for a candidate or issue, all your other votes still count.

Note: Historically third party candidates and write—in candidates do not win statewide elections in California. Click here to see article on Voting Your Christian Values.

Statewide Offices, Governor, Senator, CA Supreme Court, etc.

President

President of the United States; Democractic Party

  • Barack Obama, Democratic

President of the United States; Republican Party Party

  • Charles Roemer, III, Republican
  • Ron Paul, Republican
  • Newt Gingrich, Republican
  • Rick Santorum, Republican
  • Mitt Romney, Republican
  • Fred Krager, Republican

President of the United States; American Independent Party

  • Edward Noonan, American Independent
  • Laurie Roth, American Independent
  • Mad Max Riekse, American Independent

President of the United States; Green Party

  • Jill Stein, Green
  • Kent Mesplay, Green
  • Roseanne Barr, Green

President of the United States; Libertarian Party

  • Gary Johnson, Libertarian
  • James Ogle, Libertarian
  • Bill Still, Libertarian
  • R. J. Harris, Libertarian
  • Roger Gray, Libertarian
  • Lee Wrights, Libertarian
  • Barbara Waymire, Libertarian
  • Scott Keller, Libertarian
  • Carl Person, Libertarian

President of the United States; Peace and Freedom Party

  • Ross Anderson, Peace and Freedom
  • Stephen Durham, Peace and Freedom
  • Stewart Alexander, Peace and Freedom

United States Senator

  • Kabiruddin, Ali, Peace and Freedom
  • Dianne Feinstein, Democratic
  • Elizabeth Emken, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Oscar Braun, Republican
  • Colleen Fernald, Democratic
  • Daniel Hughes, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Dirk Konopik, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • John Boruff, Republican
  • Robert Lauten, Republican
  • Al Ramirez, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Michael Strimling, Democratic
  • Orly Taitz, Republican
  • Rick Williams, Republican
  • Phillip Conlon, Republican
  • Nachum Shifren, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Rogelio Gloria, Republican
  • Marsha Feinland, Peace and Freedom
  • Nak Shah, Democratic
  • Don Krampe, Republican
  • Dennis Jackson, Republican
  • Don Grundmann, American Independent
  • Gail Lightfoot, Libertarian
  • David Levitt, Democratic
  • Diane Stewart, Democratic

US Congress by District

United States Representative; District 23

  • Terry Phillips
  • Eric Parker, Republican
  • Kevin McCarthy, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

United States Representative; District 25

  • Lee Rogers, Democratic
  • Howard McKeon, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Dante Acosta, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Catherine Wright, Republican

United States Representative; District 26

  • Linda Parks
  • Jess Herrera, Democratic
  • Albert Goldberg, Democratic
  • Julia Brownley, Democratic
  • David Thayne, Democratic
  • Tony Strickland, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

United States Representative; District 27

  • Robert Duran, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Judy Chu, Democratic
  • Jack Orswell, Republican

United States Representative; District 28

  • Jenny Worman, Republican
  • Massie Munroe, Democratic
  • Garen Mailyan, Republican
  • Sal Genovese, Democratic
  • Jonathan Kalbfeld, Democratic
  • Adam Schiff, Democratic
  • Phil Jennerjahn, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

United States Representative; District 29

  • David Hernandez thumbsup thumbsup
  • Tony Cardenas, Democratic
  • Richard Valdez, Democratic

United States Representative; District 30

  • Susan Shelley, Republican
  • Navraj Singh, Republican
  • Vince Gilmore, Democratic
  • Brad Sherman, Democratic
  • Howard Berman, Democratic
  • Mark Reed, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Michael Powelson, Green

United States Representative; District 32

  • G. Gonzalez, Democratic
  • David Miller, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Grace Napolitano, Democratic

United States Representative; District 33

  • David Steinman, Green
  • William Bloomfield, Jr. thumbsup
  • Timothy Pape, Democratic
  • Christopher David, Republican thumbsup
  • Steve Collett, Libertarian thumbsup
  • Bruce Margolin, Democratic
  • Henry Waxman, Democratic
  • Zein Obagi, Democratic thumbsup

United States Representative; District 34

  • Stephen Smith, Republican thumbsup
  • Howard Johnson, Peace and Freedom
  • Xavier Becerra, Democratic

United States Representative; District 35

  • Gloria McLeod, Democratic
  • Joe Baca, Democratic
  • Anthony Vieyra, Green thumbsup

United States Representative; District 37

  • Karen Bass, Democratic

United States Representative; District 38

  • Benjamin Campos, Republican thumbsup
  • Jorge Robles, Republican thumbsup
  • Linda Sánchez, Democratic

United States Representative; District 39

  • Ed Royce, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Jay Chen, Democratic
  • D’Marie Mulattieri

United States Representative; District 40

  • David Sanchez, Democratic
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard, Democratic

United States Representative; District 42

  • Ken S. Calvert, Republican thumbsupthumbsup
  • Eva S. Johnson, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Clayton Thibodeau, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

United States Representative; District 43

  • Maxine Waters, Democratic
  • Bob Flores, Democratic thumbsup

United States Representative; District 44

  • Janice Hahn, Democratic
  • Laura Richardson, Democratic

Unites States Representative; District 45

  • John Webb, Republicanthumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • John Campbell, Republican
  • Sukhee Kang, Democrat

United States Representative; District 47

  • Steve Foley, Republican
  • Alan Lowenthal, Democratic
  • Jay Shah, Democratic
  • Gary DeLong, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Sanford Kahn, Republican
  • Steven Kuykendall, Republican
  • Peter Mathews, Democratic
  • Usha Shah, Democratic

State Assembly

Assembly; District 35

  • Gerald “Gerry” Manata, Democrat
  • K.H. “Katcho” Achadjian, Republican thumbsupthumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 36

  • Thomas Lackey, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Steve Fox, Democratic
  • Ron Smith, Republican thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 38

  • Edward Headington, Democratic
  • Patricia McKeon, Republican
  • Paul Strickland, Republican
  • Scott Wilk, Republican thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 39

  • Omar Cuevas, Republican thumbsup
  • Raul Bocanegra, Democratic
  • John Paul Lindblad, Green
  • Richard Alarcon, Democratic
  • Ricardo Benitez, Republican thumbsup
  • Margie Carranza, Republican

Member of the State Assembly; District 41

  • Ed Colton, Republican
  • Michael Cacciotti, Democratic
  • Donna Lowe, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Victoria Rusnak, Democratic
  • Chris Holden, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 43

  • Mike Gatto, Democratic
  • Greg Krikorian, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 44

  • Eileen MacEnery, Democratic
  • Jeffrey Gorell, Republican thumbsup
  • Thomas Mullens, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 45

  • Bob Blumenfield, Democratic
  • Chris Kolski, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 46

  • Jay Stern, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Adrin Nazarian, Democratic
  • Andrew Lachman, Democratic
  • Adriano Lecaros, Democratic
  • Laurette Healey, Democratic
  • Brian Johnson, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 48

  • Michael Meza
  • Roger Hernandez, Democratic
  • Joe Gardner, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 49

  • Matthew Lin, Republican thumbsup
  • Edwin Chau, Democratic
  • Mitchell Ing, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 50

  • Richard Bloom, Democratic
  • Torie Osborn, Democratic
  • Betsy Butler, Democratic
  • Bradly Torgan, Republican

Member of the State Assembly; District 51

  • Oscar Gutierrez, Democratic
  • Arturo Chavez, Democratic
  • Luis Lopez, Democratic
  • Jimmy Gomez, Democratic
  • Richard Friedberg, Democraticthumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 52

  • Norma Torres, Democratic
  • Ray Moors, Democratic
  • Paul Avila, Democratic
  • Kenny Coble, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 53

  • Michael Aldapa, Democratic
  • John Pérez, Democratic
  • Roger Young, Democratic
  • Jose Aguilar, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 54

  • Keith McCowen, Republican thumbsup
  • Holly Mitchell, Democratic
  • Ed Nicoletti, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 55

  • Gregg Fritchle, Democratic
  • Curt Hagman, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 56

  • Corky Reynaga-Emett, Republican thumbsupthumbsup
  • V. Manuel Perez, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 57

  • Rudy Bermudez, Democratic
  • Ian Calderon, Democratic
  • Noel Jaimes, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 58

  • Sultan Ahmad, Democratic
  • Cristina Garcia, Democratic
  • Daniel Crespo, Democratic
  • Patricia Kotze-Ramos, Republican thumbsup
  • Luis Marquez, Democratic
  • Tom Calderon, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 59

  • Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Democratic
  • Greg Akili, Democratic
  • Rodney Robinson, Democratic
  • Armenak Nouridjanian, Democratic
  • Gertrude Holmes-Magee, Democratic thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 60

  • Jeff Miller, Republican (Incumbent) thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Stan Skipworth, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • JosÉ Luis Pérez, Democratic
  • Eric Linder, Republican
  • Greg Kraft, Republican

Member of the State Assembly; District 61

  • Joe Ludwig, Republican
  • Fredy R. De Leon
  • Bill Batey, Republican
  • Jose Medina, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 62

  • Steven Bradford, Democratic
  • Mervin Evans, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 63

  • Jack Guerrero, Republicanthumbsup
  • Diane Martinez, Democratic
  • Cathrin Sargent, Democratic
  • Anthony Rendon, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 64

  • Isadore Hall, III, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 66

Since I am a candidate in this particular race, Election Forum will abstain from posting ratings or recommendations.—Craig Huey

  • Craig Huey, Republican
  • Nathan Mintz, Republican
  • Al Muratsuchi, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 70

  • Bonnie Lowenthal, Democratic
  • Martha Flores Gibson, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

State Senate

State Senator; District 21

  • Star Moffatt, Democratic
  • Steve Knight, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 23

  • Melissa O’Donnell, Democratic
  • Bill Emmerson, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 25

  • Ameenah Fuller, Democratic
  • Gilbert Gonzales, Republican thumbsup
  • Carol Liu, Democratic

State Senator; District 27

  • Fran Pavley, Democratic
  • Todd Zink, Republican thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 29

  • Greg Diamond, Democratic
  • Robert Huff, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 33

  • Ricardo Lara, Democratic

State Senator; District 35

  • Charlotte Svolos, Republican thumbsup
  • Paul Butterfield, Democratic
  • Roderick Wright, Democratic

Judicial

Electionforum.org ranks every aspect of a judicial candidate’s record on a scale of 1 (most activist) to 10 (most constructionist).

Nothing is overlooked, from a judge’s rulings to on-the-record statements to American Bar Association ratings. We also look at their stated positions and contributions as well as who’s endorsing them.

Finally, each judge’s career is considered from a bird’s-eye view. Experience. Integrity. Commitment to community. We even personally talk to the candidates.

Ratings:

Judicial Index Average

Judicial Index Average
Judicial Activist Strict Constructionist
  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements

Qualifications

Qualifications
Unqualified Very Qualified
  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Integrity
  • American Bar
    Association
    ratings

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 3

  • Craig Gold – 4
  • Laurence N. Kaldor – 4
  • Sean D. Coen – 5
  • Joe Escalante – 4

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 10

  • Kim Smith – 6
  • Sanjay T. Kumar – 7

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 38

  • Lynn Diane Olson – 3
  • Douglas W. Weitzman – 4

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 65

  • Matt Schonbrun – 4
  • Shannon Knight – 5
  • Andrea C. Thompson – 8

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 78

  • Kenneth R. Hughey – 9
  • James D. Otto – 5

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 114

  • Eric Harmon – 5
  • Berj Parseghian – 7
  • Ben M. Brees – 1

County

District Attorney; County of Los Angeles

  • John L. Breault, III
  • Jackie Lacey
  • Alan Jackson thumbsup thumbsup
  • Danette E. Meyers
  • Carmen Trutanich
  • Bobby Grace

Supervisor; County of Los Angeles; Supervisorial District 2

  • Mark Ridley-Thomas

Supervisor; County of Los Angeles; Supervisorial District 5

  • Michael D. Antonovich thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • M. A. C. “Maestro” Enriquez-Marquez
  • Raj Pal Kahlon

Special District

Member, Board of Directors; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Division 1

  • Ed Vasquez
  • James B. Roybal
  • Yvette Lizette Silva thumbsup

Member, Board of Directors; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Division 4

  • Rudy C. Montalvo
  • Leticia Vasquez

Member, Board of Directors; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Division 5

  • Tony Mendoza
  • Jay W. Gray
  • Phillip D. Hawkins

Party Committee—most districts not researched

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 43 (7 Elected)

  • Judith Durning
  • Ryan Ford
  • Lenore Solis
  • Mary “Mell” Flynn
  • Mark Vafiades
  • Dale Samson
  • Chance Glasco
  • Nicholas Paul Renzi
  • Victor Phillip Alkana
  • D. “Doffie” Lewis
  • Linda P. Sheffield
  • William E. Saracino thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Ben Jones
  • Elliott Graham

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 48 (7 Elected)

  • Robert B. Ewing
  • David Miller
  • Starret J. Meyer
  • Marlene F. Osborn
  • Judy Marie Nelson
  • Valerie R. Evans
  • Peggy A. Mew
  • Sheena Lynn Ewing
  • Kathy Howard
  • Jorge Huaman
  • Kevin Stapleton
  • Mike Spence thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 58 (7 Elected)

  • Grace Hu thumbsupthumbsup
  • Allen G. Wood thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Haridas Terhanian
  • Jo Marie Johnson
  • Sergio Estevez
  • Dan N. Cristea
  • Paul Kim
  • Rick Royse
  • Matt S. Kauble

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 62 (7 Elected)

  • Marco Antonio “Tony” Leal
  • Julius D. Wilson thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Carl Frederick Davis, Jr. thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Douglas G. Ehlers
  • Maureen Johnson thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Dale A. Wallace
  • Jennifer Tyler
  • David J. Picard
  • Mary Miller
  • Carol L. Cole
  • Gabriel Dibble

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 66 (7 Elected)

  • David Frederick Hadley thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Bryan Wayne Matthews
  • Patricia O. Lagrelius
  • Kenneth Martin Adler
  • William L. Schmidt thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Kenneth A. Hartley
  • Paul A. Contreras
  • Steve Redlich thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Kim Mac Mullan
  • Ketnapa Siri
  • John H. Nunn
  • Paul M. Nowatka
  • Larry E. Jones
  • Laine Truelove McNally
  • John J. Parsons
  • G. Rick Marshall thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Kyle D. Ebersole

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 70 (7 Elected)

  • Lydia Gutierrez thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Nancy Jean Sciortino
  • Davina M. Keiser
  • Dave Najar
  • Charles R. Eldred, Jr. thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Mark A. Voelker
  • John Fer thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Tina M. Thompson

Local Measures

City of Compton

NO Measure B City Council District Formation — City of Compton (Charter Amendment – Majority Approval Required)

County of Los Angeles

NO Measure H L.A. County Hotel Occupancy Tax Continuation Measure — County of Los Angeles (Ordinance – Majority Approval Required)

City of Los Angeles

NO Measure L L.A. County Landfill Tax Continuation Measure — City of Los Angeles (Ordinance – Majority Approval Required)

City of Pasadena

YES Measure A Formation of Geographic Sub-Districts Within Pasadena Unified School District — City of Pasadena (Charter Amendment – Majority Approval Required)

NO Measure CK School Improvement Funding — Sulphur Springs Union Elementary School District (School Bonds – 55% Approval Required)

NO Measure CO School Improvement Funding — Charter Oak Unified School District (School Bonds – 55% Approval Required)

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Kind of last minute

But not too late!

Tom McClinktock’s Ballot recommendation

Frank Pastore’s Voting Guide

The reliable Election Forum for local votes

The most difficult every year are the unknown judges– now there’s a site for that called Judge Voter’s Guide

Read,

Wayne Grudem’s “Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture”

Gary Scott Smith’s “God and Politics: Four Views on the Reformation of Civil Government : Theonomy, Principled Pluralism, Christian America, National Confessionalism”

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I’ve been struggling over this issue after reading both analyses against and for the position by Robyn Nordell and the California Family Councel respectively.

The consequence of voting yes, may save lives by involving outside parties, including judges, other family members, and/or parents.

Although I believe Robyn Nordell identifies the cost of passing proposition 4 correctly:

Summary of Concerns Addressed in this Updated Analysis:

  • This initiative gives pro-abortionists constitutionally-guaranteed tools that they could use to circumvent a parent’s right to make decisions in the best interest of their children.
  • This initiative would place the vague and undefined legal terms “severe emotional abuse” and “emotional abuse” into the Constitution for the first time.
  • Innocent parents could be more susceptible to false allegations of abuse or neglect.
  • Prop. 4 sets a new standard and principle in the Constitution concerning 1) who is considered “family,” 2) who can be designated to take the place of a parent, and 3) under what conditions. Just because courts have already ruled in this direction, and California and some other states have parts of Prop. 4’s language in their state law does not make it right or wise to place this wording in our Constitution.
  • This constitutional amendment places dangerous wording in the California Constitution, which could be used as the basis to argue that parental rights can be diminished in other areas of the lives of minor children. This dangerous wording could be persuasive in further undermining parental authority and the nuclear family (father, mother, child) as an autonomous social institution.”

I think the California Family Council puts the priorities correctly, lives over parental rights:

“….if lives can be saved, we must support the passage of Proposition 4.”

The logic relies on the premise being true. Can lives be saved?

My concern is I wonder if the stipulations of a court waiver are so easy that parents won’t be notified even if the law passes. If the law is so ineffective that parents are not notified at all, then we’re really not saving lives but rather sacrificing parental rights in the constitution for free!

Thus, my struggle is how ineffective is this law?

Here’s a cause and effect chart from a doctor’s perspective I made to aid in analyzing the overall effectiveness of proposition 4:

Cause and effect chart of Proposition 4

Cause and effect chart of Proposition 4

My concerns about the court waivers are threefold:

  1. Judge only needs to deem an unemancipated minor as both mature and well-informed to issue a waiver.
  2. Judge only needs to deem notifying parents not in the best interest of the minor
  3. If the court fails to give a ruling by 5 pm the next court day (after filing for waiver), the court waiver is automatically granted.

All three of the waivers have nothing to do with physical, emotional, or sexual abuse! If the physician or staff at planned parenthood always advise the minor to take this route, my fear is that they will always get the waiver. We already know, Planned Parenthood tells minors to lie about their age anyways. Remember the undercover video at Planned Parenthood:

Why not advise minors to take the most easiest legalized and legitamate route, that WE legalized!

The only benefit to this proposition is it would allow civil suits by affected parents or minors for anyone aiding the minor to circumvent the proposition (e.g. Forging a parental waiver). But this benefit might be nill considering if getting waivers legally are easier than doing it illegally.

If this law proves ineffective and takes away parental rights, we would have to fight for another constitutional amendment to change it. Honestly, I wonder if the pro-choice people are really trying to pull a fast one on us. I feel the summary provided by the state was vastly inadequate, not even including this huge potential loophole.

For the full proposition PDF click here.

At the same time though, I wonder if the proposition might discourage even one minor from getting an abortion. If one minor ignores the advice of Planned Parenthood to seek a court waiver, then perhaps the minor will be convinced by their parents to not have an abortion. Or perhaps, a minor may assume, incorrectly, that their parents must be notified and abstain from abortion.

Although I suspect that the judges will always hand out a waiver, maybe the whole court process might cause one minor to save one child. Because I can’t say that one child won’t be saved, at this time I must say yes to proposition 4.

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