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Elect Ritesh Tandon to Congress: A Voice of Sanity, Moderation, and Innovative Solutions

by Ritesh Tandon

I am a candidate for Congress in Silicon Valley’s District 17. I want to be a voice of sanity, moderation, and innovative solutions in Congress. I believe in issue-based democracy, not ideology-based. I am pained by the divisive rhetoric of both sides of the political spectrum and will work on toning it down, such that we can all work towards “progress-oriented” solutions to our issues. 

Personal Background:

I came to Silicon Valley over 20 years ago to realize my dreams through higher education and participate in the amazing high-tech economy. I earned a Master’s in Computer Science and an MBA from Santa Clara University and started my Cisco career.

Since I arrived in the Valley, I have been volunteering my time and resources to help needy children and women in our diverse South Bay communities. I particularly focused on helping the Latino community on housing issues. Similarly, I have been helping people with eyesight issues in India through a well-known foundation.

Summary of Plan & Position:

I have a strong desire to expand my current humanitarian work for the community, and help constituents of the 17th Congressional District to improve their quality of life. Some of my immediate priorities for our constituents are:

  • Increase their take-home pay via innovative start-up tax proposals and wage growth;
  • Ensure fair admissions in education for their children
  • Increase the safety of neighborhoods with better policing and harmonious community relations
  • Increase affordable healthcare choices by supporting policies that increase the supply of healthcare personnel, services, and drugs, and by introducing smarter ways to provide healthcare

I have a powerful vision for the next hundred years for Silicon Valley. I want to encourage both high-tech and biotech to grow tremendously with innovative tax policies and manufacturing incentives. 

My Positions:

Following are my summary positions, and how they contrast with my opponent:

I strongly oppose Prop 16!

Proposition 16 is fundamentally unfair and against the basic American value of hard work and fair competition to move ahead in life.  Race-based allocations of educational opportunities, public jobs, and contracts will HURT our children’s future opportunities and jobs.

My opponent Ro Khanna supports Prop-16. He signed a pledge in 2014 to oppose a Prop16 type law (SCA5) but has flipped to support it now. Constituents feel betrayed by him.

To help disadvantaged communities:

  • I support reform in the K-12 education system:more school choices, increased use of technology, greater teacher accountability, and better vocational training programs to encourage better wage growth for semi-skilled workers. 

Silicon Valley Jobs for the next century: A Bio-Silicon Valley Concept:

I will propose:

  • a lower tax rate for employees of start-up companies,
  • connecting corporate tax rates to wage growth to promote higher wage growth for employees in larger corporations,
  • reinstating SALT tax deductions

My opponent has no proposals to help people with better wages, lower taxes, long-term job opportunities, or improve the economic health of the Valley.

Support harmonious policing for safer neighborhoods:

  • I support re-imagining police procedures that enhance harmonious community interactions with the Police.

On the other hand, my opponent, Ro Khanna, wants to defund Police, abolish ICE, and let criminal illegals stay in the US.

Support our hardworking and law-abiding immigrant community:

  • Many law-abiding immigrants, who are skilled and contribute significantly to society, wait forever to get their Green Cards. Wrong! We need to streamline our immigration procedures.
  • We must secure our system of entry and exit control. We need to get serious and institute foolproof, high tech solutions for visa overstays and illegal border crossings.

Ro Khanna wants OPEN Borders (Co-sponsor of HR 5383) and supports allowing criminal illegals to remain in our country. Totally Wrong! 

Reduce healthcare costs, streamline regulations, and have healthy competition:

I will:

  • allow import of FDA approved drugs
  • propose price transparency in healthcare, facilitating cost competition. I will promote disclosure of costs to patients before procedures are done. 
  • encourage moreprimary care and preventive medicine practice.
  • increase the supply of medical care personnel.
  • encourage an increase in insurance plan optionsoutside of the employer-based options, including government insurance that is NOT subsidized by taxpayers. 

Medicare for All, promoted by Ro Khanna, is COSTLY and Reduces Quality. His argument that it can be paid by the operational savings (estimates of $40-60B per year) falls way short of the required expense of $2-3 Trillion per yearTax increases for the middle class would become inevitable.

For more details on my policies, please visit my website: tandonforcongress.com.

CALIFORNIA GOP GET-OUT-THE-VOTE EFFORT PUTS DEMOCRATS ON THE DEFENSIVE

If the volume of Democrat outrage is the measure of Republican effectiveness, the CAGOP achieved a major step forward in its GOTV program by placing boxes to collect mail ballots in churches and gun stores.

Two years ago, Republicans were outgunned by Democrat ballot harvesting, made legal by the California legislature in 2016.  Democrats went further in 2018 by eliminating any requirement that the person collecting a voter’s ballot include their name and sign the outside of the envelope.

Republicans faced a choice: apply the rules as the Democrats had written them, or complain and lose at the ballot box.  The state party leadership chose to act and surprised Democrats who thought they had a monopoly on creative GOTV.

According to press reports, Republican Party ballot boxes have appeared in Orange, Los Angeles and Fresno counties where some of the most hotly contested races are going on.

The Democrat Secretary of State, who had previously proclaimed that “California was proudly expanding opportunities … for registered voters to cast their ballot” by “giving voters the power to decide for themselves who they most trust to return their vote-by-mail ballot,” suddenly decided to try to shut down GOP efforts to do just that.

Democrats have loudly questioned the legality of the CAGOP ballot collection but have yet to find a judge who agrees with them.  On Wednesday, a California judge rejected the Democrat effort to force Republicans to disclose the names of voters who dropped off the ballots at GOP placed ballot boxes.

Disclosing such names would have been a major violation of the voters’ rights according to CAGOP Communications Director Hector Barajas. 

In addition, Republicans pointed out that an Orange County Democrat Congressman Harley Rouda has been encouraging his supporters to drop off their ballots at “neighborhood hubs” without complaints from Democrat officials.

It is ironic to hear Democrats now talking about preserving the “chain of custody” in the process of returning ballots, a position right out of the Election Integrity section of the California Republican Party Platform.  We couldn’t agree more.

You can read CAGOP statement on ballot boxes and their letter responding to the California Secretary of State on the Ballot Integrity page of this website.

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Meet the Mexican Americans in California who are voting for Donald Trump

By Kim Bojorquez
Sacramento Bee
October 22, 2020

The Spanish version of this article is available here.

Linda Martinez-Hanna gets called a traitor.

When she walked into a room at family gatherings last year, her presence prompted relatives to say, “Alli viene la Republicana” – “There comes the Republican” – as they trickled out of the room.

Most of her friends, those who she thought would “never in a million years” turn on her, no longer speak to her.

The isolation worsened in 2018, when she wanted to stop hiding her opinions and joined Latinos for Trump as an outspoken activist.

“I wanted to show people that being a minority, you could be Republican,” said Martinez-Hanna, a 59-year-old resident of El Dorado Hills. “It throws people completely off, and they don’t like it.”

Read More


Consequences from the Ballot Harvesting Law

By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
October 13, 2020

Those unofficial “official” ballot boxes that have popped up in a few counties are an outgrowth of the legislative edict to allow for ballot harvesting, a practice fraught with potential mischief or abuse.

The boxes marked “official” and set up by state and county Republican organizations may violate state law. The Republicans argue it is simply a form of ballot harvesting, collecting ballots as a convenience to voters, and turning them in in bunches. The Republicans argue that this is permitted by the law, AB 1921, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016.

Republican spokesman Hector Barajas argued that the “state law allows organizations, volunteers or campaign workers to collect completed ballots and drop them off at polling places or election offices.” He said there are no specifications in the law on how the ballots are collected.

Read More


The special interests behind Proposition 15

By Jon Coupal
Orange County Register
October 4, 2020

Voter interest in the 12 measures appearing on the November ballot is growing as election day gets closer. This is particularly true with Proposition 15, driven, no doubt, by the media attention and the amount of spending by both sides on political advertising.

No one disputes that Proposition 15 would be the largest property tax increase in California’s history. It would alter one of Proposition 13’s primary protections, the 2 percent limit on annual increases in the taxable value of property.

But a common question voters are raising is who is responsible for putting Prop. 15 on the ballot and who is funding the campaign? It would be too easy to say that Prop. 15 is backed by the “usual suspects” who simply want higher taxes, although that is certainly true. More details are illuminating.

Read More


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CALIFORNIA GOP GET-OUT-THE-VOTE EFFORT PUTS DEMOCRATS ON THE DEFENSIVE

If the volume of Democrat outrage is the measure of Republican effectiveness, the CAGOP achieved a major step forward in its GOTV program by placing boxes to collect mail ballots in churches and gun stores.

Two years ago, Republicans were outgunned by Democrat ballot harvesting, made legal by the California legislature in 2016.  Democrats went further in 2018 by eliminating any requirement that the person collecting a voter’s ballot include their name and sign the outside of the envelope.

Republicans faced a choice: apply the rules as the Democrats had written them, or complain and lose at the ballot box.  The state party leadership chose to act and surprised Democrats who thought they had a monopoly on creative GOTV.

According to press reports, Republican Party ballot boxes have appeared in Orange, Los Angeles and Fresno counties where some of the most hotly contested races are going on.

The Democrat Secretary of State, who had previously proclaimed that “California was proudly expanding opportunities … for registered voters to cast their ballot” by “giving voters the power to decide for themselves who they most trust to return their vote-by-mail ballot,” suddenly decided to try to shut down GOP efforts to do just that.

Democrats have loudly questioned the legality of the CAGOP ballot collection but have yet to find a judge who agrees with them.  On Wednesday, a California judge rejected the Democrat effort to force Republicans to disclose the names of voters who dropped off the ballots at GOP placed ballot boxes.

Disclosing such names would have been a major violation of the voters’ rights according to CAGOP Communications Director Hector Barajas. 

In addition, Republicans pointed out that an Orange County Democrat Congressman Harley Rouda has been encouraging his supporters to drop off their ballots at “neighborhood hubs” without complaints from Democrat officials.

It is ironic to hear Democrats now talking about preserving the “chain of custody” in the process of returning ballots, a position right out of the Election Integrity section of the California Republican Party Platform.  We couldn’t agree more.

You can read CAGOP statement on ballot boxes and their letter responding to the California Secretary of State on the Ballot Integrity page of this website.

GOP In the News


Meet the Mexican Americans in California who are voting for Donald Trump

By Kim Bojorquez
Sacramento Bee
October 22, 2020

The Spanish version of this article is available here.

Linda Martinez-Hanna gets called a traitor.

When she walked into a room at family gatherings last year, her presence prompted relatives to say, “Alli viene la Republicana” – “There comes the Republican” – as they trickled out of the room.

Most of her friends, those who she thought would “never in a million years” turn on her, no longer speak to her.

The isolation worsened in 2018, when she wanted to stop hiding her opinions and joined Latinos for Trump as an outspoken activist.

“I wanted to show people that being a minority, you could be Republican,” said Martinez-Hanna, a 59-year-old resident of El Dorado Hills. “It throws people completely off, and they don’t like it.”

Read More


Elect Ritesh Tandon to Congress: A Voice of Sanity, Moderation, and Innovative Solutions

by Ritesh Tandon

I am a candidate for Congress in Silicon Valley’s District 17. I want to be a voice of sanity, moderation, and innovative solutions in Congress. I believe in issue-based democracy, not ideology-based. I am pained by the divisive rhetoric of both sides of the political spectrum and will work on toning it down, such that we can all work towards “progress-oriented” solutions to our issues. 

Personal Background:

I came to Silicon Valley over 20 years ago to realize my dreams through higher education and participate in the amazing high-tech economy. I earned a Master’s in Computer Science and an MBA from Santa Clara University and started my Cisco career.

Since I arrived in the Valley, I have been volunteering my time and resources to help needy children and women in our diverse South Bay communities. I particularly focused on helping the Latino community on housing issues. Similarly, I have been helping people with eyesight issues in India through a well-known foundation.

Summary of Plan & Position:

I have a strong desire to expand my current humanitarian work for the community, and help constituents of the 17th Congressional District to improve their quality of life. Some of my immediate priorities for our constituents are:

  • Increase their take-home pay via innovative start-up tax proposals and wage growth;
  • Ensure fair admissions in education for their children
  • Increase the safety of neighborhoods with better policing and harmonious community relations
  • Increase affordable healthcare choices by supporting policies that increase the supply of healthcare personnel, services, and drugs, and by introducing smarter ways to provide healthcare

I have a powerful vision for the next hundred years for Silicon Valley. I want to encourage both high-tech and biotech to grow tremendously with innovative tax policies and manufacturing incentives. 

My Positions:

Following are my summary positions, and how they contrast with my opponent:

I strongly oppose Prop 16!

Proposition 16 is fundamentally unfair and against the basic American value of hard work and fair competition to move ahead in life.  Race-based allocations of educational opportunities, public jobs, and contracts will HURT our children’s future opportunities and jobs.

My opponent Ro Khanna supports Prop-16. He signed a pledge in 2014 to oppose a Prop16 type law (SCA5) but has flipped to support it now. Constituents feel betrayed by him.

To help disadvantaged communities:

  • I support reform in the K-12 education system:more school choices, increased use of technology, greater teacher accountability, and better vocational training programs to encourage better wage growth for semi-skilled workers. 

Silicon Valley Jobs for the next century: A Bio-Silicon Valley Concept:

I will propose:

  • a lower tax rate for employees of start-up companies,
  • connecting corporate tax rates to wage growth to promote higher wage growth for employees in larger corporations,
  • reinstating SALT tax deductions

My opponent has no proposals to help people with better wages, lower taxes, long-term job opportunities, or improve the economic health of the Valley.

Support harmonious policing for safer neighborhoods:

  • I support re-imagining police procedures that enhance harmonious community interactions with the Police.

On the other hand, my opponent, Ro Khanna, wants to defund Police, abolish ICE, and let criminal illegals stay in the US.

Support our hardworking and law-abiding immigrant community:

  • Many law-abiding immigrants, who are skilled and contribute significantly to society, wait forever to get their Green Cards. Wrong! We need to streamline our immigration procedures.
  • We must secure our system of entry and exit control. We need to get serious and institute foolproof, high tech solutions for visa overstays and illegal border crossings.

Ro Khanna wants OPEN Borders (Co-sponsor of HR 5383) and supports allowing criminal illegals to remain in our country. Totally Wrong! 

Reduce healthcare costs, streamline regulations, and have healthy competition:

I will:

  • allow import of FDA approved drugs
  • propose price transparency in healthcare, facilitating cost competition. I will promote disclosure of costs to patients before procedures are done. 
  • encourage moreprimary care and preventive medicine practice.
  • increase the supply of medical care personnel.
  • encourage an increase in insurance plan optionsoutside of the employer-based options, including government insurance that is NOT subsidized by taxpayers. 

Medicare for All, promoted by Ro Khanna, is COSTLY and Reduces Quality. His argument that it can be paid by the operational savings (estimates of $40-60B per year) falls way short of the required expense of $2-3 Trillion per yearTax increases for the middle class would become inevitable.

For more details on my policies, please visit my website: tandonforcongress.com.

GOP IN THE NEWS (Cont)


 

Consequences from the Ballot Harvesting Law

By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
October 13, 2020

Those unofficial “official” ballot boxes that have popped up in a few counties are an outgrowth of the legislative edict to allow for ballot harvesting, a practice fraught with potential mischief or abuse.

The boxes marked “official” and set up by state and county Republican organizations may violate state law. The Republicans argue it is simply a form of ballot harvesting, collecting ballots as a convenience to voters, and turning them in in bunches. The Republicans argue that this is permitted by the law, AB 1921, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016.

Republican spokesman Hector Barajas argued that the “state law allows organizations, volunteers or campaign workers to collect completed ballots and drop them off at polling places or election offices.” He said there are no specifications in the law on how the ballots are collected.

Read More


The special interests behind Proposition 15

By Jon Coupal
Orange County Register
October 4, 2020

Voter interest in the 12 measures appearing on the November ballot is growing as election day gets closer. This is particularly true with Proposition 15, driven, no doubt, by the media attention and the amount of spending by both sides on political advertising.

No one disputes that Proposition 15 would be the largest property tax increase in California’s history. It would alter one of Proposition 13’s primary protections, the 2 percent limit on annual increases in the taxable value of property.

But a common question voters are raising is who is responsible for putting Prop. 15 on the ballot and who is funding the campaign? It would be too easy to say that Prop. 15 is backed by the “usual suspects” who simply want higher taxes, although that is certainly true. More details are illuminating.

Read More


Senate Republican Leader Grove Demands Governor Cancel $35 Million Contract to “Team Biden” Firm

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove
September 29, 2020

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) delivered a letter to Governor Newsom requesting that he investigate and cancel a $35 million contract to a public affairs firm with deep Democrat ties. Read Senator Grove’s letter here.

A story in the Sacramento Bee today finds statements from officials within the Newsom Administration who questioned the legality and appropriateness of the contract given the political bias of the firm selected for the contract and the lack of required oversight. Read the Sacramento Bee story here.

Senate Republican Leader Grove released the following statement:
“California’s chief election office has been compromised. The state budget this year allocated $35 million to individual counties to help them with their vote by mail program. Yet, the Secretary of State unilaterally bypassed these counties and took it upon himself to use these funds for a “voter outreach” campaign through a Democrat PR firm.

“This contract is problematic, questionable, and reeks of political bias using taxpayer dollars. I ask Governor Newsom to immediately cancel the contract and investigate its legality and appropriateness. The integrity of our elections must not be compromised,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.


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