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					Budget Issues ............................................................................................. 2
Business and Consumer Issues .................................................................. 2
Campaign Finance Issues........................................................................... 2
Choice Issues ............................................................................................. 2
Crime & Public Safety Issues .................................................................... 3
Economic and Financial Issues .................................................................. 3
Education Issues ........................................................................................ 3
Energy Issues ............................................................................................. 4
Environmental Issues ................................................................................. 4
Ethics Issues .............................................................................................. 4
Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea ................... 5
Gay and Lesbian Issues.............................................................................. 5
Gun Issues ................................................................................................. 5
Health Care Issues ..................................................................................... 5
Immigration and Border Issues .................................................................. 5
Israel .......................................................................................................... 5
Labor and Working Family Issues ............................................................. 5
Other Social Issues .................................................................................... 6
Senior Issues .............................................................................................. 6
Social Issues .............................................................................................. 6
Political Issues ........................................................................................... 6
Tax Issues .................................................................................................. 7
Tea Party .................................................................................................... 7
Transportation Issues ................................................................................. 7
Budget Issues
Legislative Priorities Focused on Saving State Money and Cutting Government

In 2012, Strickland’s legislative priorities were focused on saving the state money and cutting
government. He reintroduced bills, including a measure to establish a commission that would present a
take-it-or-leave it package to eliminate or reorganize various state boards and commissions (SB 953), a
bill to eliminate the state Franchise Tax Board and shift its duties to the Board of Equalization (SB 1554)
and a proposed constitutional amendment to create a state spending cap (SCA 10).

He also revisited an area in which he has authored legislation in the past — horse racing. SB 1523 would
require the California Horse Racing Board to deposit money collected from fines imposed by horse-racing
stewards into a fund to help support retired California race horses. [Ventura Star, 3/19/12]

Business and Consumer Issues
Campaign Finance Issues
Strickland to Host Fundraiser with Romney This Evening

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Tony Strickland is scheduled to host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney, who
was reported to be in California to raise money, at 6 p.m. at the Century Plaza Hotel. California was one
of four states where Romney owned a home. There was reportedly no word on a single public event. [Blog,
San Francisco Chronicle, 3/20/12]

Strickland was Chairman for Romney’s Campaign in 2012 and 2008

In 2008, Strickland was chairman for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
In 2012, Strickland is serving as the chairman for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. [San Francisco
Chronicle, 1/04/08; Ventura County Star, 1/09/12]

Tapped Into Washington, D.C. Political Action Committees

In 2012, Strickland tapped into Washington, D.C. political action committees. It was reported that
Strickland took “more than $87,000 from Washington, D.C.-based individuals and PACs, including
$10,000 from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's ERIC Pac. In addition, Majority Whip Kevin
McCarthy's Bakersfield-based Majority Committee Pac contributed $10,000.” [Ventura County Star, 4/21/12]

Strickland Reported Raising Over $300,000 the Day He Announced His Candidacy

In 2012, Strickland’s campaign reported it raised more than $300,000 on the day the state senator from
Moorpark declared his candidacy. [Ventura County Star, 2/20/12]

Choice Issues


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Crime & Public Safety Issues
Strickland Drafted Bill to Export Prisoners to Other States

In 2012, Strickland drafted SB 983, which would allow counties to export prisoners to other states. [Los
Angeles Times, 2/8/12]

Strickland Introduced Bill to Allow Counties in California to Independently Negotiate with Other
States to Transfer Inmates

In 2012, it was reported that Strickland introduced a bill that, if passed, would allow counties in
California to independently negotiate with other states for the transfer of inmates, an action already
permitted on the state level.

 “Every day, inmates are being released early from jail – sometimes serving only one or two days of their
90-day sentence – and then they’re back on the street, putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk,”
Strickland said. “Individual counties should have the opportunity to do what’s best for the members of
their community and SB 983 will give them that opportunity.” [Moorpark Patch, 1/31/12]

Economic and Financial Issues
Education Issues
Opposed Confirmation Of Trustees To Cal State Board Who Voted For A Pay Increase

In 2012, Strickland said he would oppose the confirmation of any trustees to the Cal State board who
voted for a pay increase. He said “I'm going to oppose any of these trustees that come up for confirmation
who voted for pay increases during these tough economic times. I would be shocked if some of these
Democrats don't join us in opposing this appointment.” [LA Times, 2/26/12]

Declined to Comment on Proposal to Dramatically Reduce University Fees for Students from
Middle-Class Families

In 2012, Assembly Speaker John Pérez on proposed a plan to dramatically reduce university fees for
students from middle-class families and pay for by changing the corporate tax formula – Strickland
declined to comment on the proposal. The proposed scholarships would be available to all University of
California and California State University students who pay in-state tuition and whose families meet the
income requirements. The savings would amount to about $4,000 a year for CSU students and $8,200 a
year for UC students.

Adopting the plan requires a two-thirds majority vote of the Legislature to approve the change in the
corporate tax formula, which failed in the Senate last year. Strickland didn’t vote on the measure last year
and declined to comment on the new proposal claiming he was analyzing it. [Ventura County Star, 2/8/12]

        Headline: “California leads nation in escalation of college costs”


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        In October 2011, the LA Times reported “California leads nation in escalation of college costs.”
        California’s public universities enacted the highest average tuition increase, 21%, of any state, the
        College Board finds. Steep state funding cuts to highered were significant factors in pushing up
        tuition and fees nationwide. [LA Times, 10/26/11]

        Tuition Increased Since Over 200% at California State University Since Strickland Took
        Office

        In 1998, when Strickland was first elected to the state Legislature, the average tuition for
        undergraduate students at California State University was $1,600.

        In 2011, the average undergraduate fees and tuition for California State University was $5,285,
        more than a 200 percent increase. [Data360.org, accessed 2/8/12; www.calstate.edu, accessed 2/8/12; San
        Francisco Chronicle, 3/15/07]


Energy Issues
Environmental Issues
Bill Requiring Warnings About Potential Food Contamination on the Bags Rejected

In 2012, a Senate panel rejected Strickland’s bill that would have required warnings about potential food
contamination on the bags.

While Strickland said his bill was “about food safety and public health,” environmental groups assailed it
as an attempt to needlessly alarm consumers about an option promoted as an alternative to single-use
plastic bags, which have become a source of litter and ocean pollution. [Ventura Star, 4/23/12]

Questioned Whether Global Warming Man Made

In 2012, Strickland questioned whether global warming was man made. “In 2012, Strickland questioned
whether global warming man made. “Well I think when you look at the science, yes of course there’s
climate warming. There’s also, there was also climate cooling earlier in the 1970s. I remember they talked
about climate cooling. I’m very mindful of having a safe environment. That’s, we need to do whatever we
can.

Strickland went on to say “And balancing a safe environment and a strong economy is the key…That was
the argument of the scientists back in the 1970s that we have global cooling. Now a lot of scientists say
we have global warming. Is there man made? You know I’m not a scientist but a lot of scientists say there
is. But…that’s why a lot of folks call it climate change instead of global warming.” [Community Coffee,
Mimi’s Cafe, 5:51, 2/25/12]


Ethics Issues


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Took Gifts in the Legislature

In 2012, it was reported that Strickland took gifts in the legislature. He received what has been an annual
gift in recent years of $320 in amusement park tickets from the Walt Disney Co. “Including the tickets
from Disney, Strickland received $1,173 in gifts, mostly dinners in Sacramento paid by businesses and
business associations, including Amgen, the California Hospital Association, Personal Insurance
Federation of California and the California New Car Dealers Association.” [Ventura County Star, 3/6/12]

Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea
Gay and Lesbian Issues
Government Issues
Introduced a Bill Aimed at Trimming California’s Bureaucracy

In 2012, Strickland introduced a bill aimed at trimming California’s bureaucracy to save the state money.
SB 953, or the Bureaucracy Realignment and Closure Act of 2013, would establish a commission to
evaluate state agencies and create a list of recommended realignment or closures that would be turned
over to the governor for approval. [Patch, 1/24/12]

Gun Issues
Health Care Issues

Immigration and Border Issues

Israel
Labor and Working Family Issues

Military Issues
Strickland Appealed to Governor to Create Establish Volunteer Force to Keep Bases Open

In 2012, Tony Strickland sent Governor Brown a letter asking him to authorize the creation of an unpaid,
volunteer task force in the hopes of preserving the integrity of military bases in California and Ventura
County.




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“With Port Hueneme and Point Mugu in Ventura County employing thousands of people in my district,
it’s of the utmost importance to me that these bases are kept open should the U.S. Department of Defense
go forward with a new round of base closures,” Strickland said. [SCVNews.com, 2/14/12]

Other Social Issues
Senior Issues
Social Issues
Political Issues
Strickland Endorsed Patricia McKeon for State Assembly

In 2012, Strickland endorsed Patricia McKeon for state Assembly. [The Signal, 4/16/12]

Strickland Said He Thought Romney Would Win California

In 2012, Strickland said he thought Romney was going to win California. “No one knows if it’s going to
get to California or not, but if it does, Mitt Romney is going to do extremely well,” said State Senator
Tony Strickland, a Romney supporter who is running for an open Congressional seat in a district north of
Los Angles.

Strickland, who co-hosted a Los Angeles fundraiser for Romney this week and also supported him four
years ago, warned that “people are underestimating the enthusiasm that Governor Romney has.” [The Note,
ABC News, 3/30/12]

Headline: Strickland hosts Romney fundraiser in L.A.

In 2012, Strickland was among the hosts listed for a Romney fundraiser at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los
Angeles. It was reported that “Strickland’s ties to Romney are deep” since he was the chairman for the
former Massachusetts governor’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Strickland even spent we weekend campaigning in New Hampshire for Romney in 2008. Romney in turn
headlined a 2008 fundraiser for Strickland’s state Senate campaign. [Ventura County Star, 3/27/12]

Republican Party of LA County Endorsed Strickland
In 2012, the Republican Party of Los Angeles County endorsed state Sen. Tony Strickland for the 26th
Congressional District. [The Signal, 2/10/12]

Strickland Backed by County GOP, Faced Opposition from Newcomer Werbalowsky

In 2012, Tony Strickland received the backing of the county Republican Party and faced GOP opposition
from political newcomer Akiva Werbalowsky of Ojai. [Ventura County Star, 2/12/12]


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Strickland Campaign Criticized Brownley Living Outside the District and Views “Outside the
Mainstream”

In 2012, Joe Justin, spokesman for the Strickland campaign said “She lives in Santa Monica, and while
elected repeatedly by her liberal constituency, her views are far outside the mainstream of Ventura
County.” [Ventura County Star, 2/20/12]

Strickland Endorsed by State GOP party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro

In 2012, Tony Strickland was endorsed by State GOP party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro.[Blog, LA Times,
1/26/12]


Tax Issues
Financing Options for GreenWave Energy Included Tax Credit Financing

In 2011, GreenWave Energy Solutions LLC submitted a proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) for a preliminary permit for the proposed GreenWave San Luis Obispo Wave Park
Project. The financing options for the company included “tax credit financing.” [United States Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission, GreenWave San Luis Obispo Wave Park, 1/20/11]

           VP Gary Gorian Associated with Financing for Affordable Housing

           In 2011, GreenWave Energy Solutions LLC vice president was listed as Gary Gorian. This
           biography associated with the project touted his wide variety of financing vehicles including
           Senior Citizen Affordable Housing and Family Affordable Housing. [United States Federal Energy
           Regulatory Commission, GreenWave San Luis Obispo Wave Park, 1/20/11]


Tea Party
Transportation Issues
Signed on to Bill to Put Question of Moving Forward on High Speed Rail Project to Voters

In 2012, Strickland signed on to a bill to put the question of whether the High Speed Rail project should
charge ahead or be derailed to voters. Republican Senator Doug LaMalfa introduced SB 985 that asks the
voters if they want to proceed with California’s proposed $98.5 billion high-speed rail project. The
measure already has earned 31 co-sponsors. [scvnews.com, 1/30/12]




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