Singling out 1 in 77
The California Club for Growth, a new independent expenditure committee headed by Ventura County Assemblyman Tony Strickland has targeted Democratic incumbent Assemblywoman Nicole Parra of Bakersfield for defeat. It has sent out a number of mailings that attack Parra for her support of measures it characterizes as tax increases.
One vote cited in the mailers is Parra's support for AB 1266, a measure related to the 2003 budget that made a number of cuts in education spending. Among the cuts were a reduction in the number of guaranteed state grants that pay college expenses for would-be teachers who agree to teach after they graduate in schools lacking credentialed teachers. Also included was a partial suspension of college grants given to high school students who score highly on the state's standardized tests. Because of these previsions, the mailers describe the bill as one that raises taxes on college students.
That bill was approved by the Assembly on 77-3 vote. Among those also voting in favor was Strickland.