Our local GOP are not working hard enough to overturn the gas tax – just posturing for re-election?

21 Mar

I’ve been trying to follow the progress of the Reform California gas tax repeal petition. I’ve received updates from Carl Demaio’s office – they are asking for donations to pay signature gatherers to continue collecting signatures until their new deadline of April 23. The additional signatures are needed because Governor Brown has demanded a full count of the petition – this could delay the filing and they’d miss the November election.  If they submit 10 percent MORE than LEGALLY REQUIRED, they are confident they can qualify in 30 days with a random sample. 

I know, there’s a screwing around every corner of government business, but rules are rules.

I don’t have money to donate, but I’d like to encourage you to print out another sheet and try to get a couple more signatures yourself, send them in. 


I am usually leery of big campaigns, I wasn’t eager to download something from a website and send it in the mail.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe local GOP are sincere in their support of this effort. When I heard about their rallies at Sinclair’s gas station in Chico, I tried to contact Senator Jim Nielsen and Congressman Doug Lamalfa about opportunities to sign locally, but received no response from either. So, in early February, I e-mailed the Reform California campaign to ask if any of our local GOP were collecting signatures. Demaio himself answered me back:

“We don’t have any locations in Butte County to sign, we tried reaching out to the Butte County GOP but they never returned our requests.”

I e-mailed Nielsen, Lamalfa and Butte County Dist. 2 supervisor Larry Wahl – all of whom showed up at Sinclair’s – telling them what Demaio said, and asking if it’s true. I told Nielsen and Lamalfa I won’t vote for them if they don’t do more to help with the petition. I’m not in Wahl’s district, but I told him I’d like to have something to run with in supporting him – I’d rather have Satan himself than Wahl’s opponent, the salary seeking Debra Lucero. 

So, print out some petitions, try to get your registered voting friends to sign – and remember, if they are from different counties they need to fill out separate petitions. And, take a minute to write/call  these three posturing ninnies, tell them they need to get their asses out there and get more signatures.

Doug Lamalfa    https://lamalfa.house.gov/contact/email-me

Jim Nielsen   http://nielsen.cssrc.us/content/my-offices

Larry Wahl     LWahl@ButteCounty.net



4 Responses to “Our local GOP are not working hard enough to overturn the gas tax – just posturing for re-election?”

  1. bob March 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    Sounds like the local GOP is all hat and no cattle. They are just using this for publicity and don’t really care if the measure gets on the ballot. At least that’s what it seems.

    Here’s a contact page for the Butte County GOP and the contact info it has for anyone that wants to get a hold of them and ask them why they don’t seem to care about these tax increases.


    Contact Us



    What about Jack Lee? Isn’t he affiliated with the local GOP? Or maybe he no longer is? I wonder why his blog has nothing on this. And really very little on local or state issues, except about vagrants. He seems more interested in arguing with Democrats over national issues, things he can do nothing to change.

    • Juanita Sumner March 22, 2018 at 4:59 am #

      Larry Wahl forwarded my question to some guy named Saulo Londono from Butte County GOP, we’ll see if he gets back to me.

      I saw signature gatherers at Safeway yesterday! They had a stack of petitions, including the gas tax petition. But who paid them? Butte County or Carl Demaio? We’ll see if Londono has a straight answer for me.

  2. bob March 21, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    And just a reminder to people. This is more than just the 12 cent a gallon tax increase on gas. It is also about the 20 plus a gallon tax increase on diesel and the increase in the car registration tax and the new tax on electric vehicles.

    And remember the tax on gas will go up another 7 cents a gallon next year. And remember that all these taxes go up automatically every year as they are indexed to inflation which people don’t realize is yet another tax.

    • Juanita Sumner March 22, 2018 at 5:06 am #

      Thanks Bob, people are picnic’ing on the railroad tracks, time to wake up.

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