Tom Hudson

Reader Input: 139 percent raise too much

Placer County supervisors want to raise their own annual salaries from $30,000 to over $71,000 for part-time work. They placed Measure B on the November ballot to do that, which is ...

Jim Ruffalo: Time to clean up at Placer Co. Republican Central

If the recalcitrant leadership of the Placer County Republican Central Committee thinks that stalling will wind up with everyone ignoring that foul odor wafting in from its leader ...

How much am I bid for this endorsement?

Who would have believed that the urban myth about the self-destructiveness of the Republican Party was true, at least here in the foothills? Judging by what I’ve seen so far, if ...

Ruffalo: Local Republicans continue to stink up the place

If my only two choices for membership to a political party were Republican or Democrat, I unhesitatingly would opt for the GOP every time. Maybe it’s nothing more than nostalgia ...

Ruffalo: Troubles mount at Placer County Republican central committee

He’s baaaaack! Just because the common voters had the good sense to reject Tom Hudson’s bid to remain on the Placer County Republican Central Committee last summer doesn’t me ...

Ruffalo: Time for Republican chairman to put cards on the table

Allow me, gentle readers, to apologize for last week misidentifying Placer County Republican Central Committee member Jeffrey Allen as James Allen. I regret the error. Also, I nee ...

Ruffalo: Local GOP politics raising some eyebrows

When the Republicans swept into power in November, I must admit I was thrilled. On the other hand, I was also overjoyed when the Democrats did the very same thing four years previo ...

Ruffalo: Ted Gaines is going places, maybe Mrs. Gaines, too

Well, I suppose congratulations are in order for Ted Gaines, our state senator from the sprawling District 1. The Roseville Republican not only wiped out opposing Democrat Ken Coo ...

Voters support county auditor’s watchful ways

Proudly placing my name on the notebook while wondering why so many people who make online comments continue to hide behind pseudonyms ... On the other hand, one person who cont ...

Looking behind the scenes: Local GOP’s transparency lacking

It wouldn’t be truthful to write that Tom Hudson and I agree on many things. While he always returns my phone calls, and takes an inordinate amount of time to make sure all my q ...

Feel that chill in the air? It’s government vs. labor

Defrosting the notebook while wondering just how much worse this past storm would have been without all of this global warming ... And apparently one other thing having a rather t ...

Local Republicans cut their numbers

Having the notebook take a Mulligan while trying to understand how the Tiger Woods family could so grossly misunderstand one of the great dictums from the game of golf. I mean, whe ...

Republican central committee chairman should take the general hint and resign

Scofflawing my way through the notebook while wondering just what permit Mr. & Mrs. Schwarzenegger display on their respective vehicles in order to park in red zones, neglect to bu ...

Doolittle sets low standard

I am not at all surprised to find local Republican leaders like Tom Hudson rushing to the defense of former Congressman John Doolittle as he is named a co-conspirator in the Kevin ...

Fair political practices investigators look at Placer

Although it has not broken any laws in this particular matter, the Placer County Republican Central Committee nevertheless finds itself part of an investigation of campaign contrib ...