Democracy Winner in Thursday Straw Poll

About 90 conservatives gathered Thursday in Mentone to participate in the November election straw poll of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.

About 90 conservatives cast ballots Thursday in Mentone as part of the fall straw poll of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.

Votes were taken after a handful of candidates gave the 100-member crowd their best campaign speeches.

No surprises -- in a conservative crowd, conservative candidates and conservatives positions on 11 ballot measures were the clear winners.

 Congressman Gary Miller, running for the district covering Redlands, and Gregg Imus, running for the congressional district covering the High Desert, beat their Republican competitors, Bob Dutton and Paul Cook.

Many candidates got goose eggs for votes. The leaders among the non-vote getters included US Senator Dianne Feinstein and President Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney skunked Obama 83-0.

In the Redlands City Council race, Lane Schneider received 71 votes and Don Wallace got 54. Pete Aguilar and Mike Saifie got one vote each. Pat Gilbreath and Michael Layne received no votes.

For Redlands City Treasurer, Robert Dawes received 44, David Raley 7 and Stephen Rogers 4.

On the controversial ballot propositions, Jerry Brown's tax increase, Prop 30, was stomped 79-2. Prop 32, the measure stopping unions and corporations from coercing dues from members for political causes, won 76-5. And Prop 37, the genetically modified label measure, lost 71-9.

The Redlands Tea Party Patriots will meet again at Mill Creek Cattle Co., 1874 Mentone Blvd., on Nov. 6 to celebrate the election. The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. A jazz band is scheduled.

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Steve Rogers November 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Dawes and Railey are currently serving in directorships with City partner organizations, being the Redlands Conservancy and Water Conservation District, respectively. David has already indicated his willingness to step off his Board should he win the election to become Redlands' first elected Treasurer, since the financial oversight duties and responsibilities were reassigned to a City employee, the Finance Director, some four years ago. What about Robert though, if the outcome on Nov. 6 turns out the same as this straw poll, and Dawes, the Council's handpicked darling, becomes the Redlands Treasurer, what then? It seems as though he is going to try and ride this wave out (he's no FISCAL CONSERVATIVE!), and remain the President of the Conservancy, while simultaneously serving the public in the "part-time" position of the City's Treasurer. Would this really be in the best interest of the voters and Redlands residents, or just those with membership in the Redlands Conservancy? Good luck, and may the best candidate, with the least conflicts be successful in overseeing the duties and responsibilities of the position, FOR THE PEOPLE... of course I am 100% independent of the City's public business operation (which neither Dawes nor Railey can claim).
Steve Rogers November 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Elect Steve Rogers for Redlands Treasurer 2012.
SBSWZ November 04, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Neil DERRY (for Supervisor) won by a LANDSLIDE and had the most votes is what I heard. I heard Ramos had ZERO


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