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California Green Party candidates for statewide office

California Green Party announces 2014 statewide endorsements

On the heels of a record number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year (20), the Green Party of California (GPCA) announces its official endorsements for the June 2014 primary: Luis Rodriguez, Governor; Laura Wells, Controller; Ellen Brown, Treasurer; and David Curtis, Secretary of State.

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-12-11

coast live oak

Quercus agrifolia

Coast live oak, aka"Rhinoceros" tree (because it looks like a rhino) Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-12-11

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Now THIS is a Big Deal!

On Nov 6, California voters put a stake through the heart of the Republican Party. Really! Not to take away from the landmark victories in the rest of the country, which are momentous and deserve every bit of attention they're getting, but, in the words of Robert Cruikshank at Calitics:

...the California Republican Party, and the California conservative movement, are as dead as Monty Python's parrot.

[YES!] emphasis and editorial comment added] Read more about Now THIS is a Big Deal!

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The Emergent Party "Solution": Keep Them Off the Ballot? Now with Post-Election Update!

I'm not sure if this is as bad as it looks, but I'm interested in seeing what other people think. In danps's post on emergent party laziness, I commented that Greens were irrelevant in California, because other than the presidential race, there are none on our ballot. Boy, was I wrong.

I completely forgot about the recently passed "top two" legislation, which is now spreading to other states -- where it is preventing third parties from even appearing on voters' ballots.

Here's "top two" in a nutshell: Read more about The Emergent Party "Solution": Keep Them Off the Ballot? Now with Post-Election Update!

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If You're a California Voter, Please Read

A teacher friend here in LA, who has spent probably 20 or more years teaching in inner city high schools, sent this email to everyone she knows yesterday, highlighting the importance of voting YES on Proposition 30.

I have never done anything like this before, but I feel like the stakes are so high, I just had to say something.

Please vote yes on Proposition 30.

LA Times columnist George Skelton does a pretty good job of addressing concerns on both sides of the issue here.

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Subsidized union busting


Tax Credits for New Jobs, but Really for Union Busting?

A California-based company called VWR is busting its union, moving work to a non-union workforce a few hours away and receiving both federal and state tax incentives to do it. The scandal is yet another example of how companies can game the tax systems while hurting workers, and the government does little to stop them.

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Cali Governor on verge of massive water infrastructure scam & privatization giveaway

Whenever I hear our thugs in higher office say "infrastructure program," I think complicated privatization schemes, outrageous no-bid contracts, and other creative ways to sodomize the American purse.

One such example is the sewer project that has completely ruined Jefferson County, Alabama.

And now, The Exiled has uncovered the latest attempt to steal the most precious resource to all of us: water.

By Yasha Levine

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Even Foreclosures on the Rich are Different: They Don't Have to Move Out

Even the wealthy can get in over their heads, real estate-wise. But if you default on a seven-figure mega-mortgage in the 90210 zip code, you're a lot less likely to end up on the sidewalk. In fact, you'll probably be able to continue living in the house -- rent and tax free -- for years!! Read more about Even Foreclosures on the Rich are Different: They Don't Have to Move Out

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LA County May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - Please Call Today!

from Marijuana Policy Project:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will meet to discuss a proposal that would institute a “complete ban of all medical marijuana dispensaries (MMD) in the unincorporated areas of the County.” Please call your county supervisor TODAY and respectfully ask that he or she reject this proposed ordinance.

The link to MMP above includes contact info and recommendations on what to say. Be prepared to provide your Zip Code. Read more about LA County May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - Please Call Today!

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Making Your Vote Count, CA edition UPDATED

UPDATE: If you'd like to know more about the non-legacy party candidates for California governor, they'll be debating tomorrow (28 Oct). Brown and Whitman have been invited, too, but, according to the press release, neither one has responded yet.

The debate is sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation. It's scheduled for 1 to 2:30 pm. Pacific Time, and will be streamed live and archived at the Free and Equal website (link above).

Participants include Peace and Freedom Party candidate Carlos Alvarez, American Independent Party candidate Chelene Nightingale, Libertarian Party candidate Dale Ogden and Green Party candidate Laura Wells.
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This is what motivated healthcare activists look like:

For those of you confused about the lack of motivation from activists in supporting Obama's and Congress' healthcare reform, healthcare activists take to the streets in California demanding REAL Healthcare Reform.

Single Payer.


Too bad the people in charge in Washington, D.C., aren't truly interested in really motivating people like that to vote for them... The little things that can be the difference between winning and losing elections. You can read more on that rally here:

The future of healthcare reform came to Sacramento yesterday

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Meanwhile in Californnia ...

CAHPSA Lobby Day 2010 for CA SB 810 ! Sun. & Mon. Jan. 10 & 11, 2010 in Sacramento, CA

Lobby Day is an annual gathering and advocacy event staged at the California State Capitol in which health professional students from all over California visit their legislators to urge passage of the California Universal Healthcare Act (SB 810, formerly SB 840).


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