Tim Donnelly pushing for referendum on vaccination law

July 2, 2015
Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

Former California assemblyman Tim Donnelly is attempting to launch a statewide referendum on a mandatory vaccination law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday. [LA Times]

The law will eliminate a provision that has allowed parents to cite personal or religious beliefs as valid reasons to avoid vaccinating their schoolchildren. When the law takes effect on July 1, 2016, all children attending public and private schools in California must be vaccinated, unless they obtain medical exemptions.

Donnelly, also a former gubernatorial candidate, filed paperwork with state attorney general’s office on Wednesday and paid an accompanying $200 fee. Supporters of his initiative now have 100 days to collect signatures from at least 365,880 registered voters in the state.

The former assemblyman says the mandatory vaccination law is a violation of religious liberty and an infringement of parental rights.

“With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Brown took away a really important choice for parents to make. I just believe that decision belongs to the parents, not the government,” Donnelly said. “This is not about vaccination. This is about choice.”

Last year, Donnelly lost his bid to become governor when Neel Kashkari edged him in the Republican primary. He now hosts the Tim Donnelly Show on KIXW-AM in the Inland Empire.

A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll indicated that two-thirds of Californians believe children should not be allowed to attend public schools unless they are vaccinated. Support for stricter vaccine requirements grew after a measles outbreak began last December at Disneyland and lasted until mid-April.

But, the new law has other vocal detractors. After Brown signed the bill into law, actor Jim Carrey called the governor a “corporate fascist” in a tweet.

“California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines,” Carrey tweeted. “This corporate fascist must be stopped.”

If Donnelly’s signature drive is successful, the initiative would appear on the 2016 ballot.


Tim Donnelly???

Isn’t he the guy who was caught trying to sneak a loaded handgun onto a plane?

That he had the balls to try it is truly amazing, but the most amazing thing is that the TSA actually caught him!


Given what illegal activities many assemblyman do and that most get away with it, trying to carry a gun on a plane is nothing, but I agree that the TSA caught him is amazing.


Three years before the first measles vaccine was put on the market in the U.S., there were about 442,000 reported measles cases and 380 related deaths among 3.5 to 5 million Americans

Have your children vaccinated.


It is much different to say “Have your children vaccinated” than “The state WILL vaccinate your child.”

Sadly, most people don’t care or (worse) don’t see the difference.

Happy Dependence Day, America!


“we are all in this alone”


Exactly my point.



In 1941, there were 894,134 cases reported.4 In 1920, the United States had 469,924 recorded cases of measles and 7,575 deaths associated with measles. From 1958 to 1962, the U.S. averaged 503,282 cases and 432 death associated with measles each year.5

Before measles vaccine was licensed in 1963, the CDC admits there was MASSIVE UNDER REPORTING of measles cases and that “because virtually all children acquired measles, the number of measles cases probably approached 3.5 million per year

… doctors say it was more like 5 MILLION CASES of measles occurring EVERY YEAR.

three years before the first measles vaccine was put on the market in the U.S., there were about 442,000 reported measles cases and 380 related deaths among 3.5 to 5 million Americans.



There are way too many vaccines being pushed. It’s all about the big pharma and the bottom line. I had vaccines as a child for the serious diseases like polio, TB and small pox.

Just like other children, I caught measles, German measles, chicken pox, mumps, whooping cough (known as pertussis). When I had German measles, my mother intentionally exposed my brother to me as did some of my neighbors drop their “young” boys by the house so that they would contract the German measles and gain immunity before they reached puberty, therefore insuring that they wouldn’t contract it later in life and possibly suffer sterility as a consequence. None of those illnesses were a big deal. I recovered from all of them within a week (as did all my friends) and then went back to school. I even had fun when I was sick except for maybe the first two days but after that, I got to play rather than go to school for the rest of the week. I have since never been sick, never had a flu (not never, I did have a flu once about 15 years ago) and rarely caught a cold. I have very strong immunity and heal fast from any injury. You couldn’t pay me to get a flu shot, that’s for sure. I’ve known people who got a flu shot and then got the flu, while during years that they didn’t get the shot, they didn’t get the flu. I just plain don’t get the flu because of my strong immunity from fighting disease as a child.

In short- I got all the childhood diseases and ended up with a very strong immune system unlike children today who get all the shots and always seem to be sick with pneumonia or bronchitis or allergies, etc etc

watch the spin with the Big Pharma. Companies.


Really? You had a vaccine for TB? That’s pretty weird since they’re not given in the US. What third world country provided this for you?

Why spin everything into some sort of capitalist conspiracy?


I was very young when I got my vaccinations. I don’t think I had any after the age of 6. I thought TB might have been included because I had a shot for something and it wasn’t polio because that was delivered in a sugar cube and it wasn’t small pox because that was scratched onto my arm so I figured it must have been for TB.

As for for your question: “Why spin everything into some sort of capitalist conspiracy?”

I can assure you that you’re quite exaggerating in your use the word “everything”.

I’m talking about an inordinate amount of vaccinations becoming mandatory and they are adding more vaccinations all the time. The majority of these vaccinations are for relatively minor contagions. These inoculations should never be forced upon an individual. If people want the inoculation, then fine, why force someone who doesn’t want it? if they become ill, those who are inoculated are protected.

It is the pharmaceutical companies that are behind this. Do you recall when “W” told Canada to stop selling American’s medications that were identical to the medications that Americans were having to pay 2 – 3 and even 4 times as much for here in the US? It’s all about special interest, make no mistake about that.


Any one of those infections could have killed you Cindy. Millions of children are killed by easily preventable infectious diseases. It’s utterly insane to intentionally expose a child to another child suffering an infectious disease.


Again, those who have been vaccinated are fairly safe from those who haven’t. I’m not anti-vac, but if vaccines are going to be mandatory then why can’t we go the extra mile and ensure that heavy metals and toxins aren’t used when safer substitutes exist? Can’t we have the best of both worlds? Should there be a limit on how many vaccines children are forced to receive. Already some industry lobbyists are pushing for as many as 200 — it is unlikely they will get this number, but still.


oops supposed to be a response to vagabond


Can you even name the “200” vaccines “being pushed,” or are you just repeating some faux news you think you heard? As for heavy metals, what heavy metals? Mercury is no longer used as a vaccine preservative, and the amount you’d get from a vaccination is a small fraction of what you breathe in every week. Ever had fish from Lake Nacimiento? Now you’re really talking mercury.


All mercury has been removed from vaccines. There was only an infinitesimal amount to begin with. There is mercury and other heavy metals in the environment and in many food products. Human being are very tough after 70 million years of mammalian evolution and 4 million years of human evolution. Such a minute amount of mercury has no detectable or measurable effect.


I’m amazed that people refuse to honor religion in our society. It was the reason, after all, we came to the new world. If we can’t at least respect the beliefs and traditions of our fellow man, then what really is our society about?

I’m FOR vaccinations, but I’m even MORE for choice.

Thank you Tim.


People have a choice. Home school, leave California, or get with the program. Their religious rights end where our children’s safety begins.


The following article has information on the beliefs of many religions relative to vaccinations – http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/religions-state-vaccines/

From what it says, very few people who claim that the new law violates their “religious” rights will have a leg to stand on. Even the Amish and Christian Scientists do not have rules against vaccinations.


This kook should run for president on the Republican ticket. He’d fit right in the Clownbus !


Funny how everyone who disagrees with you is stupid, a clown, etc..

You are an excellent study in how politicians are able to convince the unintelligent voter that the opposing party is stupid, evil, etc..?

Enjoy your Kool-Aid.


Enough, Donnelly is a public figure and is fair game for criticism, in this election season.

I missed the part where he called you stupid at 07/02/2015 at 3:33 pm.


Don’t tempt me.


Here is a wingnut to follow. Convicted of carrying a handgun onto an airplane in 2012 and accused his Republican opponent of wanting to practice Sharia Law when he was running for Governor.


exaggerate much mbbizpro?


No exageration. Do the research.


There is no infringement here. If you don’t want to vaccinate your little germ vector then you need to keep him/her home. You have no right to pass disease to other people. It’s not an “important choice, it’s an ignorant one.