James Johnson’s Campaign Finance Report

Let’s take a look at how James Johnson spends his campaign money

Here is a link James Johnson’s Campaign Finance Report

Let’s look at my opponent’s finance report for the 30 day because I can’t find his 8-day at all on the state site.
He spent $7,514.24 on his campaign
$300 went to Event ticket purchase
$711 went to food and refreshments
$1,050 went to other candidates
$1,155 went to “Other”
42.7% of his expenditures went to things other than his own campaign.

Is this a person who represents you?  Let’s take a look at how much money I have had to spend.

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  Candidate:   Machurek, John    for State House Of Representatives  
  Candidate Party:   Libertarian  
  Candidate Committee Name:   John Machurek for Delaware  
  Report Year:   2012  
  Election Type:   General  
  Report Type:   8 Day  
  Amendment:   No  
RECEIPTS
 
Date Received Contributor Name Contributor
Type
Contributor Address Aggregate
Amount
Actual
Amount
 
Total Receipts In Excess of $100   $0.00        
Total Receipts Not In Excess of $100   $0.00        
Grand Total Receipts   $0.00        
 
EXPENDITURES
 
Date Expended Payee Name Payee Mailing Address Reason Aggregate
Amount
Expended
Amount
 
2012-10-16 Facebook 156 University Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605 Advertising and Publicity $13.13         $13.13        
Total Expenditures In Excess of $100   $13.13        
Total Expenditures Not In Excess of $100   $1.00        
Grand Total Expenditures  

As you can see I have a much smaller budget.  I don’t have money to hand out as favors.

Tomorrow cast a vote for someone who represents you and your idea.

Vote Third Party

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” -John Quincey Adams

That quote from our sixth president is one of my all time favorite quotes. Do not let anyone bully you on your vote. Don’t let them tell you by voting for a third party candidate that it will cost someone the election and we will be stuck with the other person. If they don’t represent you, don’t vote for them.

My race is no different, don’t let them tell you a third party candidate can never win. If the people who said they want a third party would vote third party, we would have a legitimate third party. I ask you tomorrow when you are in the booth vote third party, as our US House candidate Scott Gesty said, “It only feels weird the first time.”

However, if you think James Johnson does represent you please vote for him because I’m not the guy for you. If you want to see smaller government, less taxes, and more freedom please vote me. If you don’t like being able to live your life the way you want, you can always have a Republican or Democrat in office in two-years.

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In Liberty,
John Machurek

Won’t Get Fooled Again

I’m always reminded of the song Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who around election time. I feel many people in America are fooled into believing the same lies regardless of party. This is how many politicians are able to remain in office.

I can promise you that will not be me if you elect me State Representative in the 16th district. I will tell you exactly how I feel on a issue. I have not backed down from this during my campaign, while my opponent has avoided debates (including one for charity) and has only filled out a couple of surveys. You also cannot find a website for him outlining his positions. I offered to set up a site where you the people could ask us questions and see where we stand on the issues, but he said no to that as well. You have to go by his voting record which thanks to the state’s website has made it hard to do. His voting record is inconsistent with some of the bills he has sponsored and has helped kill jobs in the state of Delaware.

If you like big government, job losses, failed policy then vote for James Johnson. I think it is time to look at a better choice for Delaware, one of smaller government, less taxes. and MORE freedom. I like to think I fit that bill.

Here are some surveys I have filled out.
League of Women’s Voters
Planned Parenthood(They don’t publish the questions, but the two I have X’s for we’re to give tax money to planned parenthood and telling a counselor how to do their job)
Political Courage Test
Campaign for Liberty

I humbly ask you for your vote on November 6.

In Liberty,
John Machurek

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Facebook Ad

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I recently started a Facebook Ad campaign, I have been having moderate success so far. I was looking for some feedback from those of you that came here after seeing the ad.

Tell me why you did or didn’t like the ad. What you think about my page and what issues you want answers too.

In Liberty,
John Machurek

What I Want to Do For Delaware

The two most important issues in my campaign are things many of you know need to be done. I want to get the government out of controlling your life and to fix the education situation in our state.

The government has too much control over our lives, they decided what we can and cannot put into our bodies. The government control also goes into education as well, but I will get into that later. Places like New York City where large sodas are being banned, that is something that should never happen. Free people should decided what goes into their bodies, we may not have to morally agree with but they should be free to decide.

Government decides who needs licenses to work. HB 180, is a bill my opponent James Johnson has co-sponsored, is a bill that is putting people out of work. Just take a look at the synopsis of the bill

SYNOPSIS
This bill creates a journeyperson electrician and apprentice electrician license. Additionally, the bill eliminates the exception that allows for unlicensed persons to perform electrical work under the supervision of electricians licensed under Chapter 14, Title 24 of the Delaware Code.

This destroys jobs for people who were unlicensed. This will lower the pool of available workers and drive costs to the consumers up. Delaware had operated for over 50-years under the old system.

I would allow the free market to decide what’s best and to regulate itself and allow people to make choices for themselves. I know this sounds like a simple solution, but it really is that simple.

I could keep going on about government interference but it is a long laundry list of things I would fix. Let’s now move on to education.

If anyone thinks that federal government in charge of education has been a good thing please let me know, because I don’t see how it has. Our students are being trained to pass a test rather than actually being educated. I’ve personally talked to teachers and administrators and they tell me that aren’t being allowed to educate in ways they think are best. They have to instruct in guidelines set forth by the government. I want to return education to the parents and the teachers.

The Federal government provides less than 7% of Delaware’s public education funding, and yet that small percentage comes with mandates, compliance requirements, and strings that take control of our classrooms away from parents, teachers, and elected school boards. The Delaware Department of Education runs roughshod over our local school boards, using questionable data to declare failed schools, while committing millions to under-researched “reform” initiatives that have yet to demonstrate any ability to improve education. The General Assembly has abdicated its oversight role in public education by rubber-stamping the appointment of a Secretary of Education whose credentials for leadership are as thin as his political connections are substantial.

This has to stop. I propose the following to begin the process of placing control of public education back where it belongs:
1. The State Board of Education should become an elected board, with members elected by, and responsible to, Delaware citizens and not the Governor.
2. The position of Secretary of Education should be abolished and removed from the Governor’s cabinet, to be replaced by the traditional State Superintendent of Education, who will be hired and (if necessary) fired by the State Board.
3. The Delaware Department of Education should be converted from a supervisory and compliance organization to a support organization for the school districts. Unless specifically authorized by Federal statute, DEDOE should be forbidden to take over 10% of any Federal grants or aid as a pass-through administrative cost. DEDOE should be stripped of its authority to mandate high-stakes standardized tests as sole or primary determinants of promotion or graduation.
4. Local school boards should become the primary mechanisms for approving charter schools, determining the measures of student success/graduation, and developing policies for teacher evaluation.

The government should not tell how to educate your child, that should be your decision.

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In Liberty,
John Machurek

James Johnson Will Not Agree to a Debate

Well in my last post I explained how James Johnson would not agree to do an online debate.

I decided to shoot him another email and ask him if he would be willing to do a regular debate, to which he basically blew me off. He told me he was busy campaigning and he would see if he could do it. Good thing I didn’t hold my breathe as I still have no heard back from.

Also, he claims he is busy campaigning, but I have not seen a sign or anything from him. Wait, that’s not entirely true he sent a letter about redistricting and how it splits the state up fairly (funny I know). On this letter he also list his committees, one of which happens to be the Telecommunications, Internet, and Technology Committee. Yes, the same man who claims he from the old school and that’s why he wouldn’t do the online debate. Do you really trust this man with your technology?

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I feel the people of this district deserve to hear from their candidates and to know where they stand on the issues. James Johnson doesn’t have a website where you access information on him, so if there is no debate….good luck.

Send him an email and tell him you want a debate jj.johnson@state.de.us.

In Liberty,
John Machurek

James Johnson Doesn’t Want You To See Where He Stands

James Johnson doesn’t want to tell you where he stands on issues…..well unless you run into him in person.

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I reached out to Rep. Johnson about possibly setting something up online whether it was a web page or Facebook page, where our constituents could easily access our views. Also, voters would be able to keep an ongoing discussion going with the ability to ask their candidates questions and share issues they may have. I even told Rep. Johnson I would be willing to set everything up myself.

Well Rep. Johnson apparently did not want to be apart of that. He told me he was from the old school and tries to maintain a “one to one dialogue with my constituents.” So if you are able to track him, then maybe you can ask him your questions. I, on the other hand, have a web page and a Facebook page to allow the people of my district to contact me anytime they like.

The only available comparison is the survey we both filled out for the League of Women’s Voters, where Rep. Johnson was very vague in some of his responses. Click here to see our responses. I would like discuss a myriad of topics with Rep. Johnson, but it doesn’t seem that will happen. If you would like to see your candidates engage in an ongoing discussion send an email to Rep. James Johnson at jj.johnson@state.de.us.

In Liberty,
John Machurek

On the Ballot, No Thanks to John Fluharty

I’m on the ballot now as a Libertarian. Many of you probably don’t know I was going to run on the GOP ticket, as a favor to someone.

Since my opponent James Johnson, was going to run unopposed again and the DEGOP had no one wanting to run in my district they contacted me. I agreed to switch over to the GOP and run on their ticket.

Enter this man:

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John Fluharty is the Executive Director for the DEGOP. I had a sit-down meeting and he basically told me the DEGOP has no money to support candidates, so I would pretty much be on my own for fundraising. Most of the meeting consisted of him asking me to do stuff for him and not anything of what the party would do to help me. He asked me to write a paragraph of why I wanted to run for office, something he said when he was Newt Gingrich’s campaign executive, Newt was unable to do. Shocking I know!!

Fluharty seemed genuinely excited to have me on board, especially since Rep. Mike Ramone recommended me to him after a phone call we had. I sent Fluharty my paragraph, we exchanged a few e-mails and things seem to look good.

Then after not hearing anything for about a week from him, I decided to email him. I let him know that I wanted to be on the ballot come November and that if they were not going to present me papers to sign, that I was going to go back to the Libertarian party. He told me sorry for the delay, He would be in touch tomorrow. I never heard from him, so I waited a couple days and said I hadn’t heard from him, when can we sign the papers. He told me that the last time he talked to me he said the individual on their end who needs to sign the papers is out of the country until Wednesday. We can not complete the process until he returns. That’s all well and good, but as I scoured my emails I never had any message like that from him. I sent him an e-mail on Tuesday and asked him would we be able to do the paperwork tomorrow, he said I will know by this afternoon. As you can guess by now he never let me know.

Then I told Fluharty I was going to file my LPD papers the next week, he said he was sorry for the delay in responding. He had been out due to a death in the family. He was sorry I decided to go down that route as he was looking forward to having me on the team. I told him if they could get me the papers first I would sign them. Mike Ramone joined the fray and told me Fluharty had me all set up to run as a R.

At this point Fluharty started playing games and it result in the DEGOP being down another candidate. He told me to call him, so I did it rang once went straight to voicemail and I left a one with my number. Then I e-mailed him and told him I called and he could call me back. He sent one back and asked what number? I told him the one in the voicemail and gave it to him again. He never called, but did e-mail back. He asked,

“Hey,

Are you currently of LP party member or a GOP party member?

We will not file a person if he/she requires us to also file a change of party.”

I said I was a member of the GOP to which he responded, “So, you would be having the state LP party file a party change certificate?” I told him yes and than he replied, “I need your mailing address. Please be advised that both your address and phone number will be listed publicly.

Also, please call me at some point today when you have time.”

I gave him and the info and he sent back this message, “One last thing….i need to get your resume for the county chair. I send a package over to him with all the info.” He then went silent again, to which I sent him a message on the 13th of this month saying can we speed this along LPD deadline is in two-days. He said, “I am in Sussex until tomm”

I found that very interesting as he didn’t specify when I’m back we can get this done or even a no we can’t.

I found a quote from an article when he was named Executive Director:

…We have to get voters registered; we have to rebuild our party’s resources and we have to get good, solid Republicans, I mean everyday Delawareans, not professional politicians, filed as candidates. Great Republicans are everywhere in Delaware, and I’ll go statewide to find them, get them ready, and get them elected to school boards, town councils and county and state legislatures.

We need to get good solid Republicans he also wanted everyday Delawareans. Topping that all off he says I’ll go statewide to find them, get them ready, and get them elected. Maybe he isn’t that good at his job….maybe he was lying….maybe he just didn’t like me. Also, to top it off the county chair e-mailed me after I sent him one and he had no clue who I was and told me he had nothing from Fluharty.

This has been a huge learning experience and I’m sorry to the people that tried to make this happen. For whatever reason Fluharty stalled and delayed this when many people wanted this to happen.

In Liberty,

John Machurek

Declaration Day

Today is the day we celebrate our nation’s independence from a tyrannical government, but has our government become tyrannical?

Look at what our founding fathers fought against….unfair taxes, unfair restrictions, and violations of natural rights.  Does not seem what is happening now?

I think now like at the end of the 18th century people have become tired of the way their government have treated them.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

Remember on this day, that our leaders need to know they cannot take our natural rights without any consequences.

I will leave you with a great song from Iced Earth called Declaration Day done to scenes from the movie The Patriot.

My favorite part is the words

“For independence I will fight
With liberty I will defy”

This is something that not just every American, but every citizen of the world should live by.

In Liberty,

John Machurek

Why the Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare was wrong

As we all know by now on Thursday, Chief Justice Roberts sided with the liberals and helped save the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.

Obamacare was deemed unconstitutional on the Commerce Clause but constitutional on the ability of Congress to levy taxes.

If you don’t have health insurance you will receive a tax at the end of the year. Let’s look at why this does not fall under Congress’ ability to levy taxes and it is still unconstitutional.

Article I Section II Clause III of the United States Constitution reads:

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

The 16th Amendment reads:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

The key part of this is in the 16th Amendment where it says “…power to lay and collect taxes on incomes…” Healthcare is not an income, therefore you cannot lay a tax on something simply for not buying it. SCOTUS was wrong in their decision and I have no clue how they could interpret the tax clause so terribly.

In Liberty,

John Machurek