Joe Turner
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 1:24 p.m.

Yesterday, over at American Children First, I wrote about a tip I had received concerning a lawsuit filed by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) against the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the state printer.

Initial speculation suggested it might be related to the ballot title of one of his opponents. I am now receiving word that it may in fact be related to Proposition 70.

I won’t get too far into the weeds on this, but for those who were paying attention you will recall that Prop 70 was the beautiful, majestic concession that Mayes had wrangled out of the deal.

Basically, Prop 70, if passed, would require a one-time two-thirds vote in each chamber of the state legislature in 2024 or thereafter to pass a spending plan for revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases.

This was touted as some grand achievement that was going to kill high speed rail and place some checks on those crazy Democrats. Activists like myself saw through the smokescreen and eviscerated this talking point.

First of all, if Mayes and company didn’t have the political courage to stand up against the horrible cap and trade gas tax this past July…why would we assume they wouldn’t be “prostitutes for sale” in 2024 on this vote? And more to the point, there isn’t even a guarantee that Republicans will even have one third of the seats in either chamber come 2024.

Is it possible that Mayes, in his haste to be the Republican standing up at the podium with Governor Moonbeam got burned and sold a bill of goods by the Democrats? It looks like it because it now seems that Mayes is upset at either the ballot title or language concerning Prop 70.

Should we be shocked that Assemblyman Chad Mayes, who thinks he is the smartest guy in the room, got played by the Democrats? Nope. Perhaps, he should have left Assemblyman Rocky Chavez in charge since according to him he is one of only three members in the entire Assembly that know anything about cap and trade.


Oh…and look at this. Chavez told his constituents that Attorney General Xavier Becerra promised to write a favorable ballot title and summary for Proposition 70 and that Governor Jerry Brown supported it. Listen to the end of this clip where Chavez tries to suggest that the Republicans who voted for cap and trade actually succeeded in killing high speed rail.


And this is why we can’t have nice things. We have too many Republicans who go up to Sacramento with the primary goal of being liked and adored by Democrats and the media…not standing up for their principles (if they ever had any) or their constituents.