April 18, 2014

Apr 17   -  Matthew Harmon

STATE OVERVIEW

With a whopping 55 electoral votes, California leads the nation in the electoral college. However, the state is also one of the most liberal in the nation, a fact clearly reflected in its politics, media, and arts and entertainment industry. California has tremendous influence on the rest of the United States in all spheres, particularly in the realms of government and entertainment.

During the late 60s to late 80s, California voted predominantly Republican. However, this changed in 1992 when an explosion of Democratic favoritism began and has not since ceased. In the 2012 election, President Obama won California by a margin of 60% to Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s 37%.

Democrat Jerry Brown is the current governor of California and has been in office since January of 2011, subsequent to movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tenure of service.

OFFICE AND CANDIDATES

The following are offices to be elected in California’s 2014 elections. Please click on each link to view information about the office, as well as the current candidates and their views relating to Biblical values.

U.S. House of Representatives
State Governor
State Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
Secretary of State
Other Executive Offices
State Senate
State Assembly
School Board

To see a list of current incumbents in California please click here.
To see a list of ballot initiatives in California’s 2014 elections please click here.

TOP STATE ISSUES

1. Water

As the water table is dropping in California, concerns regarding agriculture and system around the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta to the southern part of the state. Each tunnel would be 20 to 40 feet in diameter and would be buried 150 beneath the Delta, running 35 miles. (1)

The California Water Bond is another proposition referred by the state Legislature. It was supposed to appear on the June 2012 ballot, but it was postponed by the Legislature to the November 2014 ballot. It allows the state government to borrow more than $11 billion to refurbish the state’s water system. While not a “hot-button” issue like marijuana legalization, the bill will have a huge impact on the state’s finances, as the state already has a total bond debt of almost $90 billion.

2. Health care

The federal health care bill, signed by President Obama, has been endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown. Governor Brown would like to continue moving to expand healthcare coverage in California under the federal law; however, the state must have assurance from Washington that it would not have to foot the bill for covering millions of people now without health insurance. (2)

3. Education

Many in the government of California want to develop a student funding plan which would give more finances to areas of California with a large number of ‘disadvantaged’ students. This means that districts with more than 50% of students rooted in poor households or those with English- language-learner status would receive funding for academic boosts. (3)

In addition to this, the Common Core curriculum is damaging California schools as the state is burdened with complying with the national standards and tests. It is also a financial burden on taxpayers. An estimate by the Pioneer Institute reveals that the Common Core implementation will cost $16 billion over the next seven years for all 46 states who have signed on to it. (4)

HOW TO PRAY FOR CALIFORNIA

1. Water is life. Pray for California’s water issues to be resolved in cost-effective and wise ways. Also pray for rain to come to areas of the state where it is so desperately needed. (Psalm 65:9)

2. Pray for the health care issues, not only in California, but in the entire nation as well. As this is an economic issue that is burdensome to tax payers, ask God to give wisdom to leaders who are seeking to resolve the health care fiasco that the United States is dealing with. (Psalm 29:11)

3. Pray for the education system in California to improve. Again, it is an economic issue for a state that is floundering financially. Pray specifically for an education plan to be proposed that would aid struggling students without devastating the wallets of tax-paying Californians. (Proverbs 22:6)

4. Pray for righteous candidates to be voted into office during the 2014 elections, and for the Church to rise up and take its place in these elections! (Proverbs 29:4)

5. Ask God to bless each candidate and incumbent; pray for their salvation, safety, and for an understanding of the value in supporting biblical principles. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

HOW TO ACT

1. If you are a California citizen, please click here to register to vote and then do your part on election day to vote for righteous candidates!

2. Share this voters guide with others and encourage them to vote righteously.

3. If you’d like more information on candidates, please check out these sources:

www.ontheissues.org
Project Vote Smart
Wikipedia 2014 Elections Page

(1) California Water Impact Network. C-WIN’s Twin Tunnels Campaign.
(2) Los Angeles Times. Jerry Brown wants assurances from Washington on healthcare law. 21 December 2012.
(3) Ujifusa, Andrew. Jerry Brown’s Next Trick in California: Weighted School Funding. blogs.edweek.org. 26 December 2012.
(4) Corona, Brittany. Aft’s Weingarten: Common Core Implementation Will Be Worse Than Obamacare. The Foundry. 10 December 2013.

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Matthew Harmon

Matthew is the Executive Coordinator for the USRPN. He desires to see the wounds of the world healed through prayer, the prophetic, community and social development, and working with political and Church leadership to ignite true reformation. Matthew has been fluent in Spanish since the age of 17, and has had the privilege of ministering around the globe in many different arenas.