CA Congressman Wally Herger Endorses Mitt Romney

Wally Herger, Republican CA Congressman, has endorsed Mitt Romney. 9/21/11

Another endorsement for Mitt Romney today comes from The Golden State:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the endorsement of California Congressman Wally Herger.

I am proud to earn the support of Congressman Herger,” said Mitt Romney. “I am looking forward to working with him to move this country forward and ensure Californians and all Americans get working again.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Herger said “Governor Romney’s experience in both the private and public sectors are what make him the best candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012. As governor, he balanced the state’s budget and built up a $2 billion rainy-day fund without raising taxes. That is the kind of experience we need in the White House.”

Background on Congressman Wally Herger:

Congressman Herger Represents California’s 2nd District. He currently serves as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee and as a member on the House Committee on Ways and Means and Subcommittee on Trade.

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California Congressional Leaders Already Endorsing Mitt Romney:

· Congressman John Campbell
· Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack
· Congressman Buck McKeon

We appreciate Congressman Herger’s endorsement!

► Jayde Wyatt

California: Romney Raises Cash, Talks Jobs & Economy

Mitt Romney has been in The Golden State for the last couple of days…

On Friday (9/16/11), weight-loss maven Jenny Craig held a breakfast reception at her Carlsbad, CA home for Governor Romney:

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is hosting a slim fundraiser on Friday — a breakfast reception at the home of Jenny Craig, “featuring Jenny’s special oatmeal pancakes.” Sounds healthy! But Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers and the founders of Panda Express are Romney backers too, so he’s probably going to binge later.

Saturday morning, another fundraising breakfast was held for The Gov at the home of James and Kristine Maxwell in Fresno, CA. Afterwards, a meet-and-greet was held for him by Richard and Karen Spencer at Harris Construction in Fresno. He also paid a visit to Bakersfield, CA.

Mitt Romney makes fundraising stop in Fresno – Shannon Handy

Mitt Romney arrived to a Northwest Fresno home early Saturday morning accompanied by Meg Whitman. Last year, she lost to Democrat, Jerry Brown in the California governor’s race.

After making their way inside Romney greeted more than 300 people who each paid 500 dollars to eat breakfast and hear him speak.

Richard Evans said, “It was a great message. Encouragement. He’s excited about the country. He loves America and that’s what we need in a president.”

Guests tell Action News Romney talked about the importance of free enterprise and putting people back to work.

The former Massachusetts governor spent years working in the private sector and often touts his role in creating thousands of jobs.

Jill Bechard said, “I thought his message was right on target. I’m a business woman, I run a credit union and we just need folks back there in Washington to understand that they’ve got to free up the business community and that’s what he was talking about.”

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As stated in the video, Rick Perry was in Fresno last week for a fundraiser. Here’s how it went:

By the accounts of a few who attended, Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry was impressive at his Downtown Club fundraiser last week. The problem was hardly anybody attended — and that, obviously, isn’t good when the event is a fundraiser.

Two who attended put the number at less than 40, and that counts some who came for free and others who were part of the event.

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► Jayde Wyatt

Los Angeles, CA: Romney Press Conference Highlights Misery of the Obama Economy

Mitt Romney speaks before a crowd at a mostly-empty shopping center in Los Angeles, CA. July 20, 2011 (Photo by Reed Saxon / AP)

With the desolate, shuttered stores of the Valley Plaza Shopping Center (N. Hollywood) in the background, Mitt Romney held a press conference today in Los Angeles, CA. He highlighted Obama’s audacity of indifference regarding the economy and California’s 11.7% unemployment rate. The event was livestreamed by Politico.

President Obama, During An April Visit To Los Angeles: “We Have Made Extraordinary Progress Over The Last Two And A Half Years…

We can go down the list. But we also know we’ve still got a lot more work to do. We’ve just started, and we’ve got a lot more work to do.”

“I Don’t Want You To Lose Sight Of How Much We’ve Gotten Done. What We’ve Done Here Has Been Historic, And We’re Only A Quarter Of The Way Through.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks in Los Angeles, CA, 4/22/11)

Then-Senator Obama In September 2008, When The Most Recent Jobless Rate In California Was 7.5%: “We Can’t Afford Four More Years Of This So-Called ‘Progress.’” OBAMA: “We have the highest unemployment rate in five years. Home values have plummeted. It’s harder to save and it’s harder to retire. Those are the day-to-day challenges that people have. We can’t afford four more years of this so-called ‘progress.’” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks In Dover, NH, 9/12/08)

Few Places In America Are More “Stressed Out” Than California, A State Suffering From Rampant Unemployment And A Struggling Economy:

• California’s 11.7% Unemployment Rate Is Second-Highest In The Nation And Is One-Fifth Higher Than When President Obama Took Office. In January 2009, the unemployment rate in California was 9.7%. The rate had increased to 11.7% by May 2011, an increase of 20% from January 2009 levels. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,, 7/19/11)

• The Number Of Unemployed Californians Has Increased By 20% Since President Obama Took Office. Over 350,000 more Californians are unemployed today than in January 2009. Currently, more than 2.1 million Californians are out of a job. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,, 7/19/11)

• Under President Obama, California’s Labor Force Has Fallen By More Than 200,000 And The State Has Lost Half A Million Payroll Jobs. California’s labor force has contracted by an estimated 225,000 workers since January 2009. Over the same timeframe, the state has shed an estimated 497,100 nonfarm payroll jobs. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,, 7/19/11)

• California Ranked 48th In The Country In Personal Income Growth In The First Quarter Of 2011. (Bureau of Economic Analysis,, 6/22/11)

• Retail Gas Prices In California Are Roughly 80% Higher Than When President Obama Took Office. The average retail price per gallon for all grades/formulations in California was $3.826 for the week of July 11, 2011. For the week of January 19, 2009, the average price in California was $2.11. (Energy Information Administration,, 7/19/11)

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With a background of 25 years experience working in the private sector, Romney easily pointed out seven points to get the economy working again:

[President Obama] didn’t focus on the economy.He delegated the stimulus to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and they may have had less experience in the economy than he had.” ~ Mitt Romney

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► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Receives CA Endorsements, Leads in all 5 GOP Early States

Mitt Romney stands in front of fence separating the U.S. from Mexico with former CA Assemblyman Tony Strickland (now CA Senator) and CA Senator Mark Wyland in San Diego, CA (8/13/07). Yesterday, Romney received endorsements from a group of CA politicians, including Strickland and Wyland.

From prestigious California endorsements yesterday to strong polling results in Florida, Mitt Romney is making coast-to-coast news.

From The Golden State: Romney Racks Up Endorsements for 2012

Mitt Romney is solidifying his status as front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination race. On Thursday, he picked up the backing of a group of Californians[…]

That includes House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Rep. Mary Bono Mack of the state’s contingent in Washington. The group also comprises state Senate GOP Leader Bob Dutton, state Sens. Tony Strickland, Sharon Runner, Bob Huff, Sam Blakeslee and Mark Wyland; and Assemblymen Paul Cook and Jim Silva.

McKeon cited Romney’s strength on economic issues in his endorsement. “President Obama’s policies have failed California and the country,” McKeon said. “Mitt Romney has a proven record of job creation in both the private sector and as a governor.” McKeon also supported Romney in 2008.

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Bob Dutton also added: “Mitt Romney knows how the economy works and he has the much-needed experience to lead the country out of the economic downturn.”

From The Sunshine State: Romney Leads the Way in Florida (PPP poll)

Mitt Romney has a double digit lead for the Republican Presidential nomination in Florida, further cementing his front runner status in the wake of Mike Huckabee’s exit from the race.

Romney is at 27% to 17% for Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, 10% for Herman Cain, 8% for Newt Gingrich, 7% for Ron Paul, 4% for Tim Pawlenty, and 2% for Jon Huntsman.

Romney now has the outright lead in PPP’s most recent polls in all 5 of the key early Republican contests: in addition to the Florida advantage he’s up by 9 in South Carolina, 6 in Iowa, 15 in Nevada, and 23 in New Hampshire.
Romney’s Florida lead is built on a familiar formula. He’s not winning with the far right voters who constitute a plurality of the Republican electorate, but he’s at least staying competitive with them. Meanwhile he’s dominating the field with moderates (a 36-15 lead over Palin) and with voters who identify themselves as just ‘somewhat conservative’ (a 32-15 advantage over Bachmann.)

While Bachmann’s rising with Florida Republicans, Gingrich has tanked. On our last poll he was tied for the lead with Romney at 18%. Now he finds himself in 5th place and with less than half as much support at 8%. Beyond Gingrich other people who have to be seen as losers on this poll are Huntsman and Pawlenty. Huntsman’s 2% standing is consistent with how he’s polling with pretty much every group of voters except beltway journalists. And Pawlenty’s 4% in Florida matches his 4% in South Carolina- he doesn’t have any resonance yet with GOP voters in the south.

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► Jayde Wyatt

June 8, 2010 “Mini” Super Tuesday Election Results: Let’s Chat!

Update: Results and recap for June 8, 2010 elections can be found by clicking here.

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Today, June 8, 2010

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Americans will be casting votes for candidates today in state primary elections and one run-off election across 12 states: Arkansas, California, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, N. Dakota, S. Carolina, S. Dakota, and Virginia.

Will incumbents prevail? Or, will fresh faces triumph?

Join the camaraderie and conversation as election results come in!

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UPDATE #1 (from Ross): The Early Word on Turnout in Nevada, California, and South Carolina

All things considered, the turnout seems a bit low…Generally speaking, low turnout helps outsider and upstart candidates.