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Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

By   /  Friday, January 20th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

Secretary of Agriculture has become the only cabinet position without a nominee from Donald Trump. At press time, literally hours before Inauguration Day, there was no signal from the incoming president about who a nominee might be. Though some believe the front-runner is former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, the administration has been Read More →

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Central Coast ag sector misses out with Perdue nomination

By   /  Thursday, January 19th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, Top Story, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Central Coast ag sector misses out with Perdue nomination

President-elect Donald Trump selected Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture. (Albin Lohr-Jones via Bloomberg)

In a blow to the hopes of California farmers, President-elect Donald Trump filled the final vacant position in his cabinet, nominating former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Despite reports naming him as a front-runner, Trump passed over Abel Maldonado, formerly lieutenant governor of California and ex-mayor of Santa Maria. Read More →

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Control of Congress is the bottom line for two Central Coast races

By   /  Friday, November 2nd, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Control of Congress is the bottom line for two Central Coast races

There is just one reason why House Speaker John Boehner has been on the Central Coast stumping for GOP Congressional candidates Abel Maldonado and Sen. Tony Strickland.

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U.S. Chamber endorses Maldonado

By   /  Wednesday, September 26th, 2012  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on U.S. Chamber endorses Maldonado

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put its weight behind Abel Maldonado, the Republican candidate who’s running against incumbent Lois Capps to represent California’s 24th Congressional District. The endorsement came Sept. 26 in San Luis Obispo at an event hosted by Meathead Movers, a U.S. Chamber member. “Abel Maldonado recognizes that free enterprise, not more Read More →

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Letter: Maldonado is right on job creation

By   /  Friday, August 24th, 2012  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Letter: Maldonado is right on job creation

Washington’s policies hinder small-business growth and, more importantly, discourage people from taking risks.

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Op/ed: Washington’s attack on job creators is hurting future generations

By   /  Friday, August 17th, 2012  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Washington’s attack on job creators is hurting future generations

Congressional candidate Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, on creating private-sector jobs.

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Editorial: Memo to Abel: Keep political options open

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Memo to Abel: Keep political options open

As we watched him speed across the state in search of votes for a long-shot bid for statewide office, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado’s passion for small business and the small-business owner left a big impression. Yes, in the crazy world that is California politics, the former Santa Maria city councilman finished short of the mark Read More →

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