Two powerful Republicans are facing off this month in a special election to replace Mimi Walters in the 37th State Senate District. State Assemblyman Don Wagner is vying against termed out Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach.
We know that Moorlach predicted the Orange County bankruptcy and then helped to clean up the mess as our County Treasurer/Tax Collector and later as a County Supervisor. He has often been the sole “no” vote on the Board of Supervisors and he has been the only reliably conservative OC County Supervisor.
So what exactly has Don Wagner accomplished as a member of the State Assembly? Here is a list of the Wagner bills that Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law:
- AB 247 – Personal income taxes: voluntary contribution: California Fund for Senior Citizens.
Extends the sunset date, from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2020, on the income tax form check-off for the California Fund for Senior Citizens.
- AB 383: Maintenance of the codes: Makes technical changes to remove errors in grammar and remove ambiguities without making substantive changes in the state codes.
- AB 502: Commercial law: secured transactions: Revises and recasts provisions of California statutes governing security interests, as they apply to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Article 9, by adopting amendments to UCC Article 9 drafted by the Uniform Law Commission. Conforms California law to those of 44 states which have adopted these same amendments. Appropriates $240,000 from the Secretary of State’s Business Fees Fund to the Secretary of State to implement these changes.
- AB 567: Enforcement of money judgments: exemptions. Deletes the requirement that every ten years the California Law Revision Commission study, review, and make recommendations for a manual cost of living adjustment (COLA) regarding exemptions from money judgments now that there is an automatic COLA increase in statute that appears to be working as intended.
- AB 957: Postmortem photographs. Provides that a coroner who releases photos in compliance with the law is not personally liable for monetary damages in a civil action for what happens to the photos after they leave his or her control. Specifies under which circumstances copies, reproductions or facsimiles of photos of deceased persons, taken by or for a coroner, may be made or disseminated.
- AB 2647: Redevelopment: El Toro Project Area: former City of Lake Forest Redevelopment Agency. Requires the Orange County Auditor-Controller to establish a separate Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund (RPTTF) for the former Lake Forest Redevelopment Agency, and to allocate property tax revenues attributable to the El Toro Project Area between the RPTTF established for the former Orange County Development Agency and the RPTTF established for the former Lake Forest Redevelopment Agency.
- AB 1160: Decedents’ estates: personal representative. Requires a personal representative of an estate who wishes to participate in an heirship determination proceeding, at the expense of the estate, to first receive the court’s approval. Provides that the court may only approve the petition upon a showing of good cause, and authorizes the court to approve or deny the petition, in whole or in part, without an evidentiary hearing.
- AB 1669: Speed limits: Orange Park Acres: equestrian trails. Authorizes Orange County to consider equestrian safety as an optional factor when enacting local speed limits within the unincorporated community of Orange Park Acres. Increases flexibility for local officials to address a unique traffic concern, and improves safety for animals, riders, and motorists.
- AB 1730: Mortgage loan modification. Enhances civil penalties against a person who, in violation of current law, accepts advance payment for mortgage loan modification services, by providing for a civil penalty of up to $20,000, in an action brought by a public prosecutor, and imposes an additional $2,500 penalty if the victim is a senior citizen or disabled person.
- AB 1698: Falsified public records. Provides that after a person is convicted of a violation for filing a false or forged instrument or deed, or a plea is entered whereby a charge alleging this violation is dismissed and waiver is obtained pursuant to People v. Harvey (1979), the court may, upon written motion by the prosecutor, issue a written order declaring that the false or forged instrument be adjudged “void ab initio” (i.e., void from the beginning). Extensive procedures and notice requirements are specified whereby those having a potential interest in the instrument have a right to be heard. The court may void the instrument if the court determines that this order “is appropriate under applicable law.”
- AB 296 – Trusts: Clarifies that the required allocation to principal of money received by a trust in total or partial liquidation of an entity does not include a net short-term capital gain distribution from a regulated investment company or a real estate investment trust. Declares that this bill is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
- ACR 7: Korean War Armistice Day. Proclaims July 27, 2013, as Korean War Armistice Day, and urges the Governor to instruct all state departments, agencies, interest groups, organizations, and individuals to fly the United State flag at half-staff.
- ACR 108: Education: Computer Science Education Week. Designates the week of December 8, 2014 as Computer Science Education Week.
Yep. That’s it. Not an impressive list. These are the types of bills that legislative staffers write on behalf of legislators who are clueless and who aren’t really accomplishing anything in Sacramento.
So what about Wagner’s voting record? Click here to see it for yourself. Here are a few lowlights:
- Wagner voted against AB 2109, which “Requires Parents to Obtain a Waiver for Unvaccinated Children” So he is an anti-vaxxer! No bueno.
- He voted against AB 1522 – a bill that established paid sick leave for employees. Now I realize that all of the Republicans in Sacramento are against that but a recent poll revealed that 70% of Americans support this notion. Why would you want to be on the wrong side of that equation?
- He voted against SB 1168 – a bill requiring sustainability plans for Groundwater Usage. In a state gripped by a drought why would anyone oppose protecting our groundwater supply?
- He voted against SB 1168 – a bill that would repeals the Prohibition on Bilingual Education. Seriously? Being able to speak more than one language is a plus not a negative. In fact there are Orange County school districts that are now trying to teach in both Vietnamese and in English. The Vietnamese population is highly Republican. Shouldn’t Wagner at least try to cater to them?
- He voted against transparency – voting no on SB 27 which requires certain Nonprofit Organizations to Disclose Donors.
- He voted against AB 1319 – Prohibiting the Use of BPA in Baby Products. Are you kidding me? Why in the Hell would you want BPA in baby products? The FDA has expressed “some concern” about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate glands in fetuses, infants, and young children, according to Web MD. What effects could BPA have? How about hormone problems, cancer, heart problems, obesity, diabetes, ADHD and more?
If the environment matters at all to you know that the California League of Conservation Voters has given Wagner a lifetime 12% score. Wagner scored pretty badly on the 2013-14 Clean Money Scorecoard too,coming in at a pathetic 14%! Wagner was right there with the endlessly corrupt Diane Harkey, who came in at 10%. Compare that to the new GOP State Assembly Leader, Kristin Olsen, who came in at 40%. What this means is that Wagner is dedicated to fighting transparency and is very much in bed with the lobbyists – which makes sense given his relationship with the dreadful Curt Pringle.
Click here to see how other organizations rated Wagner. You will note that he hates abortion but is terrible on civil liberties, the environment, consumer rights, and children’s issues.
So who is giving money to Wagner? Here are his top campaign donors:
- CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS – $15,600.00
- PHILIP MORRIS – $7,800.00
- CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – $7,800.00
- LINDA HALDERMAN FOR ASSEMBLY 2012 – $7,800.00
- PECHANGA BAND OF LUISENO MISSION INDIANS – $7,800.00
- AT&T – $7,650.00
- COOPERATIVE OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS – $5,400.00
- UPS – $5,000.00
- MICROSOFT – $5,000.00
- YOCHA DEHE WINTUN NATION – $5,000.00
- REYNOLDS AMERICAN INC – $4,500.00
- THE DOCTORS CO – $4,000.00
- HERSHMAN, WENDY – $3,900.00
- CALIFORNIA BANKERS ASSOCIATION – $3,900.00
- NABATI, DONALD – $3,900.00
- PRIME HEALTHCARE SERVICES – $3,900.00
- SPIREON INC – $3,900.00
- ANHEUSER-BUSCH – $3,900.00
I really don’t see why anyone with the exception of a rabid pro-lifer would vote for Wagner over Moorlach. Wagner certainly has little appeal to independent voters and Libertarians. He is an unimaginative, uninspiring right-wing bureaucrat.