Ring: California’s One-Party State, the Blue Wave Machine

It is interesting to note as Biden ran up a 2-1 margin against Trump and Sacramento Democrats ADDED to their super majority, the State voted against Democrat racism (Prop. 16), voted for keeping criminals in jail (Prop.25 and decided that people had the right to work, even if they are not union members..  The Blue Wave hit elected officials—but on policy, the folks were mostly moderate.

“California is a blue wave machine. Melded with the corrupt big-city Democratic machines in their urban strongholds from Minneapolis to Atlanta, and with the complicity of every co-opted American institution, they are going to be tough to stop.

Democrats fight for power and control.  Republicans, fight for freedom and the Constitution.  Which side are you on?

California’s One-Party State, the Blue Wave Machine

Melded with the corrupt big-city Democratic machines in their urban strongholds around the country, and with the complicity of every co-opted American institution, they are going to be tough to stop.

By Edward Ring , American Greatness,  11/4/20 

As the electorates in political battlegrounds across America endure what may be weeks of turmoil, in California the post-election environment is that of a mature one-party state. The population is quiescent, having at last count rejected President Trump by a more than two-to-one margin.

In California, it doesn’t matter that only 11.5 million votes have been reported, when 21 million voters received mailed ballots. The ruling party has everything working in its favor.

The Republicans had to scrap for every donation, with most GOP donors considering California a lost cause and sending their money out of state. The Democrats, on the other hand, had mega-donors willing to spend any amount, joined by public sector unions that, year after year, collect and spend nearly $1 billion in dues from government workers.

This outrageous financial disparity—all the more decisive because of its perennial, unceasing reliability—pays for a trained field army of public sector union activists who are mustered by the thousands every election season and joined by activists, often paid, from California’s powerful network of environmentalist and social justice pressure groups. There is absolutely nothing remotely comparable on the Republican side.

This translates into ballot harvesting on an epic scale, but it also translates into superior messaging. Political consulting and public relations are a lot like professional baseball. The best players get hired, at astronomical rates, by the richest owners. In California, the A-Team works for Democrats, because year after year, the Democrats throw down more money. A lot more money.

Election observers with decades of experience in California politics are shaking their heads. Nothing is known. There’s a record turnout, but how many people is that? In 2016, 14.2 million Californians cast a ballot. How many of those 21 million mailed ballots will be returned and counted? That will eventually be known, but don’t hold your breath. The California State Legislature has deemed that any ballots postmarked by November 3 can be received up to 14 days later, November 17.

But in California, why worry? In the one-party state, elections are a formality, sort of like they are in places like North Korea. The only difference is North Korea’s tyranny is overt and brutal, whereas California’s remains more akin to Huxley’s Brave New World, with Sexophones and Soma lulling the voters into believing whatever they’re told to believe.

As it is, from the results so far, the one-party state may actually pad its dominance in the state legislature. Half of the state senators face reelection this year, and of the 20 seats, GOP candidates are only leading in two races, with both of those too close to call. One of the brightest GOP Senators, John Moorlach, may be headed for defeat. His story exemplifies what Republicans are up against.

Moorlach, the only certified public accountant in California’s state legislature, made the mistake of explaining to that handful of financially literate Democratic senators (a few do exist) how to reform public sector pensions before they bankrupt the state. For that, and despite his strong record of support for law enforcement, Moorlach earned the enmity of the prison guards union, which poured money into the campaign of his Democratic opponent. Moorlach stepped on the wrong toes, and in California politics, that’s a sure path to oblivion.

Republicans at this point are not doing any better in the state assembly races, where all 80 seats are up for grabs. Only 19 of those races currently show a GOP candidate in the lead, and 13 of those are too close to call. Most of the races aren’t close at all. In four of them, there isn’t even a GOP candidate on the ballot, thanks to California’s “top-two” primary system.

While Republicans have picked up a few congressional seats elsewhere in America, not so much in California. In 2018, the year Tom Steyer and the public sector unions perfected ballot harvesting, California’s share of the state’s whopping 53 congressional seats dropped from a paltry 14 to an abysmal seven. As of noon on November 4, Republicans led in 10 of them, not exactly a complete claw back. And of those 10, only three, the 4th Congressional District held by the redoubtable Tom McClintock, the 22nd Congressional District held by the great Devin Nunes, and the 23rd Congressional District held by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have been called. The rest are cliffhangers.

When it comes to early returns versus final returns, California’s Republicans have little cause for optimism. Harvested ballots, due to the far more professional and pervasive harvesting operations of the Democrats, tend to skew heavily Democratic. They also tend to get counted late. The wild card remains the cache of mailed-in ballots, where some GOP optimists claim the majority of ballots mailed at the last minute came from seniors who skew Republican.

If there is any reason for hope in California, it is with respect to some of the state ballot initiatives. 

California’s voters have the ability to pass laws and constitutional amendments, and they voted on 12 of them this election. Notable among these were Proposition 15, which would raise property taxes, and Proposition 16, which would resurrect racial preferences in hiring, college admissions, and state contracts, and Proposition 21, which would allow statewide rent control. Early returns show all three of these losing, which means Californians haven’t totally lost their minds.

Early returns also show voters approving Proposition 22, which would allow rideshare app drivers to continue to work as independent contractors. But even this is a mixed bag. The only reason it may pass is that Big Tech companies spent more than $90 million to promote it, yet in the initiative they wrote and put onto the ballot, they were unwilling to protect the rights of other independent contractors, such as court reporters, real estate appraisers, translators, caregivers, and countless others.

And on the other hand, it looks like Californians will not approve Proposition 20, which would have restored stronger penalties for property and drug crimes. How Californians expect to get their streets back, when they’ve effectively legalized theft and the distribution and use of hard drugs, is anybody’s guess.

All in all, there isn’t much good news coming out of California today. 

And will any of it hold up? In 2018, early returns had Democrats trailing in all but one of the GOP-held seven districts they eventually flipped. More recent evidence of how ballot harvesting favors Democratic candidates and causes in California comes from the March 2020 primary, in an analysis of nearly 100 local tax and bond proposals. Early results had 33 percent of local bonds and 31 percent of local taxes leading, whereas final counts showed 39 percent of local bonds and 48 percent of local taxes being approved by voters. Nearly every contest deemed too close to call in the early tallies ended up passing in the final count. 

And while Californians in March 2018 did not approve new local taxes and bonds in the percentages they’ve done historically, the Democratic machine just keeps putting them on the ballot until they do get passed. This November, nearly 300 were on the ballot.

The lessons from the 2018 general election and the 2020 primary in California seem to be that ballot harvesting favors Democrats, mail-in ballots are a wild card, and every political advantage that can possibly be deployed—money, professional consulting, paid foot soldiers, and support from all forms of media—overwhelmingly favors Democrats.

California is a blue wave machine. Melded with the corrupt big-city Democratic machines in their urban strongholds from Minneapolis to Atlanta, and with the complicity of every co-opted American institution, they are going to be tough to stop.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.


  1. Dr. W. Trent Saxton says

    This State is lost forever to anyone that believes in freedom and the Constitution. So get out of California while you still can…the Socialists have won, spend your money elsewhere.

    • Gonzalo Vergara says

      Disagree. We must stay and FIGHT!!! We need a moderate Republican platform that will appeal and attract voters. California is a diverse state. Trump attracted a lot more Hispanic, Black, and Asia votes than he did in 2016 or other Republicans. We need to learn from this: bread and butter issues, etc. We also need to lean on big tech to overcome public unions–which are crap. We also need to get rid of the moronic top two vote getters in primary run for general election. The top two voter getters from different parties run for election.

      We can do this! Running away is not an option. We need to STAY and FIGHT!

  2. Rico Lagattuta says

    The first thing we need to do is either get rid of the leadership or the Republican party or start a new party. The Republican Party in California has been in a downward spiral projection for over 25 years and will never change. If you have to work for a living to support your family, there are not enough hours in the week to impact any changes in the Republican platforms. This is the party that promoted Arnold Schwarzenegger and made him governor. And look where that got us?

  3. I am feeling depressed… is there any hope for our state… dont want to move to texas..

  4. Democetes pulled a page out of NAZI GRRNANY. YOU SEE IT DOESNT

  5. Richard Wahl says

    I think we have to be realistic. 65 to 35 election results. Really! And we can change that? Rico is right. People who work cannot dedicate the time it would take to make any impact. No impact for change is going to happen while millions have their open hand out the front door waiting for all the freebies. People literally make more not working, than they do working. Why would they vote against that? People will not vote against their own selfish desires. Dr. Saxton is also right. We owned our own family business for 15 years. We did business oprimarily in Texas and Marxifornia. Our net profit was double in Texas. Why keep losing money? Life is too short.

  6. We need to get rid of the “ballot harvesting” and repeal that “top two vote-getter” (Prop. 14 in 2010 – thanks Arnold). Prop. 14 needs to be declared unconstitutional! I feel that I do not have a say elections – I am not going to vote for a Democrat and there are a lot of races that do not have a Republican or other party listed – too much corruption! We need to save our state – but I do not think it will happen anytime soon, unfortunately.

  7. Totallyfedup says

    Sloppy joe Biden will be another Andrew Johnson.
    Johnson was the 17th president after Abraham Lincoln was killed.
    Biden, like Johnson, will be following a GREAT President Trump.
    And like Johnson, he will be terrible, and probably impeached like Johnson.
    Biden and his feeble mind will not last a year in this job.
    Then we will have the disgusting socialist commie harris and her hateful dictatorship.
    If you thought 2020 was bad, it’s going to be a terrible 2021.
    Many countries are already beginning to attack the weakling Biden.

    • President Trump has given the tax payer and voter freedom by reducing intrusive government and allowing the individual to operate more productively without government regulation and restrictions that throttled the ability to aspire…It is a taste of warm butter in the mouth of millions and i do not think it is going to go away…..

  8. A Electoral Collage type system needs to applied at the state level.

  9. The left has a vice grip on the politic of this state, as for the ballots that were mailed in quantity never before seen to every conceivable corner of the state seeking votes, legal and illegal, why did the DIMMs not send boxes of ballot to foreign countries???…After all if you did not have to sign the envelope and it still counted, why there could have been many billions more of TDS voting…I guess the 6-8 Billion $’s that was spent by the left to buy a election coup didn’t stretch that far……..All those who think we are in for a major voter’s remorse….say AYE!

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