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In Sonora, McClintock And Radanovich Raise Concerns About State Of Government

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Sonora, CA — Mother Lode Republican Congressman Tom McClintock, and former Congressman George Radanovich, who is running for state Assembly, were the guest speakers at a luncheon held Monday afternoon by the Tuolumne County Business Council and the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors (TCAR).

The TCAR conference room on Tuolumne Road was packed with a mix of realtors and local business leaders.

Congressman McClintock spent much of the time talking about the benefits of capitalism and freedom over the policies of socialism.

He argued, “I think California is just starting to get a real practical education in free market economics and socialist economics, and I think people are starting to tell the difference.”

Much of McClintock’s focus was on the desire for government to “get out of the way” when it comes to things like housing, insurance, and healthcare.

McClintock argued that California’s policies are leading to fast-food style restaurants to cut back on staff, or close entirely, citing a recent announcement by the chain Rubio’s to cease operations. California recently implemented a $20 per hour minimum wage requirement on the fast-food sector.

There was also a question and answer session where McClintock was asked about topics like smoke impacts on the environment, voting safeguards, and term limits.

One questioner pushed back on McClintock’s arguments about scaling back the role of government by citing the benefits of the California Fair Plan, as the state’s insurer of last resort. McClintock countered that home insurance price caps put in place by California, along with environmental regulations leading to overgrown forests, are what is leading to the fire insurance crisis.

On term limits, he indicated that he was initially in favor of the concept years ago, but his opinion has now changed, pointing to California as an example of why he is against term limits. He noted that state government is not running as smoothly as the eighties, when Democrats and Republicans would get together to work out issues, and politicians are now just jockeying for their next position.

Meanwhile, Radanovich spoke about the need to rebuild the Republican Party, and bring back “sanity to the state.” He wants to see changes on policies like the AB 32 climate initiative, CEQA and Proposition 47.

Radanovich, a Republican, is facing fellow GOP party member David Tangipa in the November General Election.

McClintock stated that he is supporting Radanovich in the election and called him a “rock solid conservative.”

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