Election 2012


    This mailer, sent by the California Republican Party shows what hath the top two primary wrought.

    In it, career Republican politician (Gary Miller) accuses career Republican politician (Bob Dutton) of trying to “keep his Gravy Train chugging.”  Now, of course, Gary Miller, moved to Rancho Cucamonga, home of Bob Dutton, because his “Gravy Train” was redistricted.

    After following City of San Bernardino politics during the 2011 primary, it is refreshing to see better graphics in the better funded California Congressional District 31 race.  There must be a repository, somewhere, of bad Jim Penman photographs trotted out every four years for elections. However, Gary Miller does not need a grainy, out of focus picture of Bob Dutton. No!  They just need Adobe Photoshop to make him the conductor of the “GRAVY TRAIN.”

    Even better was a paid slate mailer called “Election Digest, a project of the Coalition for Literacy.”  Gary Miller’s dollars bought this language in the slate mailer:

    There is no Democratic candidate for this office.  Miller has the experience and the clout to bring good paying jobs back to San Bernardino County.

    I have not seen any data on this race, but I would not be surprised if Gary Miller wins this race based only on the sheer volume of money being spent on the race.



    From the Registrar of Voters, here are the important dates in this election, starting with today, October 9, 2012:

    Oct. 09 – Early Voting Begins
    Oct. 10-12 – Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot Delivered to Voters’ Mailboxes
    Oct. 15-16 – Mail Ballots Delivered to Voters’ Mailboxes
    Oct. 15 – Mail Ballot Drop-off Sites Open
    Oct. 22 – Last Day to Register to Vote
    Oct. 30 – Last Day to Submit Vote by Mail Application
    Nov. 06 – Election Day

    Election day in San Bernardino County is November 6, 2012, and the last day to register to vote in San Bernardino County is October 22, 2012.

    On October 21, 2011, I wrote a post about a “door hanger” from Gigi Hanna during the primary election.  The same door hanger (as far as I can tell, since it says 2011) returned yesterday January 4, 2012).  Rather than rescan the “new” one, I’ll just quote the earlier post with links to the material (which is technically the earlier “old” version:

    This is the material distributed by the candidate or the candidate’s campaigner’s while walking the precincts.   Here is the front, and here is the back.

    There are two ways of thinking about using the same campaign materials in two elections.  One is that is very thrifty, very environmentally friendly, and in this time of government cut-backs, a good model for re-using slightly out of date materials.  The other school of thought is that it has an old date on it (2011), when the election is in 2012, which could be confusing, and that it is akin to a business that, instead of printing new business cards when moving, crosses out the old address and phone number and hand writes a new one in.  I don’t have an opinion on the issue, and I leave it to the partisans to debate the issue.

    I have not received any new materials from Amelia Sanchez Lopez for the general election, I will post it.  I have not received any as of yet.  I would expect some with the ballots being mailed Monday.