Susan Shelly

Susan Shelly is a Southern California News Group columnist

 Susan Shelly, a Southern California News Group columnist who writes about California politics, will discuss the “Blithering Idiocy in California” as part of her Aug. 2 presentation to the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.

“If Susan Shelly is calling California state government a bunch of ‘blithering idiots,’ then it must be true,” said John Berry, a cabinet member for the Redlands Tea Party Patriots. “There’s no other columnist out there with the street cred she has on state issues.”

Shelly also is a vice president of communications for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

The full title of her talk is, the “Blithering Idiocy of California — how the state’s politicians have created an energy crisis, a housing crisis and what to do about it.” She will preview some of the dozen measures on the November ballot.

The two-hour meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Mill Creek Cattle Co., 1874 Mentone Blvd. in Mentone. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Also speaking is Jason Anderson, who was elected San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney in June after pulling an upset victory over 16-year incumbent Mike Ramos. In April and May, the Redlands Tea Party distributed 5,000 voter guides in Redlands, Loma Linda, and Mentone — many of those with fliers of Anderson stapled inside.

Berry, who leads the Redlands Tea Party’s canvassing program, will discuss how volunteers played a key role in driving a primary turnout in Redlands of 41 percent, 10 percent above the county average. He also will discuss plans for distributing another 15,000 fliers for the November election.

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