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It's the season ... to begin campaigning

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It's December of an odd-numbered year, which means it must be time for office holiday parties, shopping for gifts, addressing Christmas cards .... and, for some, ramping up for a 2014 campaign.

One of the more benign of such activities will take place Thursday evening at the Tuscany II Ristorante in Westlake Village, where Supervisor Linda Parks (seeking re-election next year) will host a dinner featuring a speech from state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. The event can't really be called a fundraiser, as Parks is charging just $40, which includes the cost of dinner.

Lockyer, the former president pro tem of the Senate and attorney general, is smart, witty and not very often politically correct, so he often makes for a provocative speaker. In an email invite, Parks promises that the treasure will "speak candidly about public pensions, school bonds, high speed rail bonds, student debt, and his thoughts about financing and investing our tax dollars."

Of a more transparently political nature, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, the Republican who recently announced he will challenge Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley in the 26th Congressional District next year, has sent a fund-raising letter targeting veterans and emphasizing his service in Naval Reserve. 

The letter asks for a $15 donation to " help elect Jeff and restore the veterans' voice in Washington, D.C." It is on letterhead with the names of County Treasurer Steven Hintz (identified as a former Naval officer), Brigadier Gen. Anthony "Tony" Volante (the ex-Port Hueneme mayor identified as "USAF, CA Air National Guard (ret.)) and Moorpark Mayor Janice Parvin

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The letter ends with a plea to, "Please help us to support America's military by electing Veteran Jeff Gorell to Congress."

Given that Brownley, whose first act in Congress was to request and receive placement on the Veterans Affairs Committee, has been actively working to help local veterans access federal services, it's already apparent that veterans will be a major target of both campaigns in the coming year.

Now, back to that egg nog.

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