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.
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!
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.
Here's "top two" in a nutshell: Read more about The Emergent Party "Solution": Keep Them Off the Ballot? Now with Post-Election Update!
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.
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.
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.
WATER WARS: GOV. JERRY BROWN’S PET PUBLIC-TO-PRIVATE WEALTH TRANSFER PROJECT IS A GO
By Yasha Levine
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
Happy, shiny-faced IndependentVoting.org is actually 'a pressure group working to limit choices on the general election ballot'
Reprinted in full, with permission, from Ballot Access News, the newsletter of the highly respected and trustworthy ballot access expert Richard Winger. Read more about Happy, shiny-faced IndependentVoting.org is actually 'a pressure group working to limit choices on the general election ballot'
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!
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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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.
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:
Read more about This is what motivated healthcare activists look like:
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).
If Jerry Brown becomes our next governor -- and he will -- there's a not-bad chance that SB 810, the proposed California single-payer legislation, will prevail.
Once this state paves the way, all others will eventually follow suit. It's inevitable. Businesses will want to relocate to a state where employers do not have to pay for health care. To stay competitive, other states will soon have to follow California's lead.
Some comments, Jerry Brown has announced his opposition to single payer. However, as it has passed the California legislature TWICE only to be vetoed by the Gropinator. I don't think that Brown would actually veto it, but something to keep in mind. Read more about Meanwhile in California ...