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Gaines for Gaines

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From page A5 | December 02, 2013 | 8 Comments

EDITOR:

Our elected state senator, Ted Gaines, is co-chairman of the state senate insurance committee. As an insurance company owner, he obviously has experience and knowledge of the industry, which means he could act as a valuable public servant.

Except his co-chairman, state Senator Ron Calderon, has been investigated and is now being charged by the FBI for taking bribes from a company that provides services through the state worker’s compensation insurance program. State senate pro-tem Darrell Steinberg, arguably the most powerful politician in California, is also implicated in this same worker’s compensation scandal.

Ted Gaines never stood up to identify this alleged corruption at the highest levels of state government. While I’d hesitate to say he was aware, I’d ask: How could you, senator, with your industry knowledge and co-chairmanship, let this alleged corruption and political malfeasance go undisclosed?

FRED ROUSE
Placerville

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  • common senseDecember 02, 2013 - 6:25 am

    Co-Chairman means opposition party, There is a difference between Democrat and Republican.

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Political office equates to putting oneself in a river of money wearing a suit made of honey. R's and D's have nothing to do with it. Personal enrichment, gold plated compensation, influence peddling, everything is for sale. The second oldest profession in the world with as much in common with the first to be virtually indistinguishable.

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 7:06 am

    A week after California was ranked as the worst run state in the union for the third year in a row it was announced that our law makers and a dozen other officials will be getting a pay raise. Can you imagine a better gig? It pays to be a political leader in the redistribution capital west of the Mississippi. 75 years of buying votes with other peoples money has created a class of people who expect government to take care of them and opened the doors of unrestrained corruption.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 02, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    I love it when someone blindly quotes an article's statement "California was ranked as the worst run state"...... Why? ..... ND was ranked 1st with a Median income of $53,585..... It says "The Golden State was also among the worst states in the nation for educational attainment [Condition of the schools--not academics], health coverage, and unemployment [housing market come to mind?]."...... A major factor in the report "Natural Resources" & "Housing"...... Housing still down, Right?..... ND has millions of fracking wells and a condemned water table... I would like to say..... "Thank God we aren't on the say state of affairs with ND." You go to ND were McDonalds pays their workers $12/hour because the cost of living is so expensive and they are competing for workers.

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    "ND has millions of fracking wells and a condemned water table." Wow, you better check and make sure that is sugar you are putting in your koolaid. Actually is upwards of $15/hr to start at McDonalds. That is what happens when the government gets out of the way and prosperity happens. The supply and demand of needing workers drives up wages. The difference is California is run by anti-energy, pro-welfare leftists and ND isn't.

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  • SparkyDecember 02, 2013 - 9:02 am

    Let's see, saying ANYTHING would have placed Mr Gaines right in the middle of a FBI investigation of LA's political la mafia. Great suggestion. Suspecting is not knowing. Hope your neighbors are upstanding citizens Mr Rouse or you too will be "guilty" by association.

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  • Foaming at the MouthDecember 02, 2013 - 11:55 am

    Ted and Beth will decline their raises on principle, right? Right?

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  • Bob ReevesDecember 03, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    Senator Ted Gaines and his wife are just as corrupt as Senator Ron Caldteron. Both Ted and his wife have supported Raymond Nutting and Raymond has supported them.

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