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Ventura County Star goes 11 for 11 in endorsements

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Voters agreed with all eleven recommendations of the editorial board of the Ventura County Star. It either has an uncanny finger on the pulse of Ventura County (and the state), or its coverage is so trusted that voters take it to heart when they vote.

The Star endorsed Geoff Dean, Linda Parks, Peter Foy, Steven Hintz, Mark Lunn, and Paul Blatz. All five candidates were the top vote-getters in their respective races (although Hintz will face a runoff in November).

All five of the Star's recommendations on the props came to fruition as well.

It should be noted that the Star isn't trying to predict victory--it's merely selecting who the best candidate would be for each office. Voters overwhelmingly agreed with the newspaper, particularly with the surprisingly large wins for Dean and Parks who were involved in tough races. It's difficult to assign cause-and-effect as to whether the Star's coverage influenced the outcome or ran parallel to voter attitudes. [continue reading]

Sheriffs candidates don't quite agree on everything

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The two Sheriffs candidates may agree much more than they disagree, but there is one pronounced difference--and it relates to the controversial Arizona immigration law that made headlines this week.

At a debate on April 7th at California Lutheran University, Geoff Dean and Dennis Carpenter were both asked the stance they would take on illegal immigration. Here's what I wrote after attending the debate:

The candidates differed the most on enforcement of illegal immigration laws. Carpenter noted that the federal government could have done more to seal the border and indicated he would work with ICE. While Dean agreed, and credited Congressman Elton Gallegly for a high rate of deportations, he said that the downside to pushing too hard on immigration is that it will scare illegal immigrant victims from reporting crimes.

Dean's position is similar to incumbent Sheriff Bob Brooks'.

"This kind of enforcement would damage the relationship between law enforcement and immigrants who are often the victim of crimes, which might go unreported if they feared the police," Brooks said.

All three law enforcement officials' stances are more sane than some Democrats:

"It's a civil rights issue whenever you set someone aside because of the color of their skin or where they come from," said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

Oh, were you surprised that they would play the race card? Yes, Darrell, we have a set of laws that takes into consideration where people originate--they're called borders, and they're sort of important for countries to have.

I'm not sure I buy that the "we want illegals to not be afraid to report crimes" is the main reason for candidates and politicians to oppose the Arizona law. I heard the same thing about Special Order 40 in Los Angeles--in the coming days I'll ask around about it and see if there's any merit to that argument.

Sheriffs candidates differ on delivery, immigration

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Candidates for Ventura County Sheriff faced off in a debate Wednesday night, with an unforced error by Dennis Carpenter giving Geoff Dean the momentum that carried him over the finish line.

A panel comprised of criminal justice and public policy students at California Lutheran University, where the debate was held, took turns reading questions to the candidates. During one of the early questions, concerning the success of community policing programs, Carpenter lost his train of thought twice before taking a pass. Dean took his turn and asked for the softball question and quickly gave it a solid whack.

Dean waited toward the end of debate to capitalize on Carpenter's mistake. When asked what an important quality for a Sheriff to have is, he replied that the Sheriff needs to be able to think on his feet.

It was barely noticeable, and that was about as heated as the debate got between the two men, who agreed on much and disagreed on little. [continue reading]

Accounts differ in well-publicized Sheriff's race incident

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The assistant to Sheriff Bob Brooks, who is central to the infamous fundraising file incident, broke her silence Tuesday with a letter to the editor. A rebuttal by Sheriff's candidate Geoff Dean followed closely behind. I've written in past posts that voters should not base their votes on the few sparse facts that are publicly available, but what Dean and Diane White wrote is worth mentioning here.

The first thing to note about her story is that she doesn't quite bring herself to say he attempted to steal the file that contained Brooks' valuable fundraising list. She qualifies it slightly by putting "steal" in quotes, as if to say that what he did wasn't severe enough to warrant using that word. I think the word gives the false impression that Dean broke into an office and hacked into the computer where the file was stored, which would be much more damning that what seems to have happened. There's no evidence that Dean broke any laws. [continue reading]

Former Sheriff endorses Dean

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Geoff Dean's picked up another endorsement in his race against Dennis Carpenter for the county's top-cop position, and it's a big one. Larry Carpenter (no relation to Dennis), was Ventura's Sheriff for six years in the 1990s.

"I've endorsed Geoff based on his education, his training, experience and integrity," said Carpenter. "Although he is certainly an able administrator, the job of sheriff requires leadership ability, and I believe Geoff is a leader among leaders." [continue reading]

This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
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