Monday, March 24, 2014

Candidates Forum and Voter Registration Drive - Wed April 16

The Amador Partnership presents Forum '14 at the Jackson Civic Center April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Forum '14 is a public service event providing non-partisan political education. This diverse group of stakeholders will ask the candidates running for County Supervisor in Districts 3 and 5 various questions relevant to the voters of Amador County. Candidates for County Auditor will be introduced as well. All candidates will be available after the forum to answer questions from the public.

The event will be broadcast live on radio station KVGC.  The station's executive director Jim Guidi will host the event while sports announcer/local teacher Giles Turner will serve as moderator. There will also be a voter registration drive. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Invited candidates include District 3 incumbent Theodore Novelli and challengers Lynn Morgan and Michael Spence; District 5 incumbent Brian Oneto and challenger Daniel D'Agostini; and County Auditor opponents Kim Burke and Tacy Oneto Rouen (incumbent Joe Lowe is not seeking re-election).

The Amador Partnership currently consists of the Arc of Amador, American Association of University Women, the Carpenters' Union, the Foothill Conservancy, KVGC 1340 FM, Operating Engineers Local 3, Progressive Women’s Committee, Sawmill Workers/Local 2927/UBC, and SEIU 1021 Amador Chapter.

For more information, contact the SEIU office at (209) 223-5782 or email the COPE committee at

Friday, March 14, 2014

Kim Burke announces candidacy for Amador County Auditor

Jackson resident Kim Burke announced her candidacy for Amador County Auditor on March 12.

"My loyalty to the Amador County taxpayers stems from 11 years of service as an Accountant with the Auditor's Office," Burke said.  "I have seen firsthand how the department operates, where we can make improvements, and how we can better serve the public."

As Auditor, her goals will be to ensure strong fiscal integrity of the County's financial records, proper communication with stakeholders, solid accountability and transparency to the public, and improved efficiency throughout the department.

"Working for this office has given me valuable insight into the rules, regulations, and reporting requirements governing county budgets and audits," she added. "Since joining the Auditor's Office, I have developed professional relationships with every department in the County; served as liaison for special districts; been the point of contact for State and external auditors; and generated cost reports for the State."

Burke's education includes a 1998 Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Stanislaus, and a 2003 Certified Public Accountant License from the California State Board of Accountancy.

Burke may be reached at (209) 649-4077 or via email at

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mother Lode Tea Party: "Common Core: Setting the Standard for Constitutional Illegitimacy?"


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"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."
-Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, 1776 

What Will Happen When (and If) Actually Works 

    Agenda 21 Links

Common Core:
Setting the Standard for Constitutional Illegitimacy?

The U.S. Constitution wisely deferred education to the states to help deter federal despotism.Three national education laws signed into law since 1979 have specifically forbidden the establishment of a national curriculum.Yet the Common Core standards will directly lead to a national curriculum since they define the expected student outcomes with no allowance for the slightest deviancy.So how did Congress get bypassed? Inspired by the U.N.'s Agenda 21 platform, key players were Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, the Obama Administration (using carte blanche Stimulus funds) and the National Governor's Association.Its illegitimate origin is just one reason why tea parties around the country are trying to put the brakes on yet another potential Obama train wreck.It's arriving in less than one month to Amador County -- how will YOU respond?

MLTP is encouraging members to join a new local
Common Core Study Group. Who should get involved? Anyone interested in what our children are being taught in school. Parents with school-age children are especially encouraged to get involved. They should be willing to do some research and engage in thoughtful group discussion from a conservative perspective.   The tentative goals will be to:

  • Review overall standards and how they are implemented
  • Review testing and collection of private student
  • Arrange for a speaker for an upcoming MLTP presentation
  • Identify local strategies to help reduce harm and improve outcomes

Expertise in education is definitely not necessary! Study Group members can select their research subtopic to share with the others (or team up with a friend). Computer access would be helpful, but not necessary, since a small loaning library on th
subject will be available.   Meetings will be in person and/or via the internet.  

Let's have fun figuring this puzzle out together!!! Contact facilitator Sue Hokana at 245-3806 or

More Information: Origins of the Common Core Standards

"Think Common Core Standards Were a State Initiative?" 

Video: excellent Heritage Foundation Conference Panel on Common Core (first speaker for 10 min discusses history):