Moral clarity

This is a mailer from the John Doolittle campaign, a Republican running in the 4th Congressional District…

Click on it to see it and the other pages full size.
It’s tempting to not respond, to say this kind of thing, like the dirty robocalls the Republicans are using all across the country, are such sleazy insults both to the candidates and to the voters that these tactics deserve no response. A lot of stories on negative tactics have been written in the past few weeks that have made it sound like these levels are being sunk to by both sides in equal proportion, but that simply isn’t true: the right is using slimeball desparation tactics far, far more frequently than the left. To accuse a 26 year Air Force pilot who has flown missions in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Libya, various places during the Cold War and Iraq after the first Gulf War, and whose kid is headed over to Iraq for his fourth tour of duty in a month, of Nazi sympathies is so profoundly disgusting that it’s hard to think of what response might do it justice.
Maybe so, but people who disagree with this kind of tactic have gone too long in not answering things like this…

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Get Out The Vote!

Election Day is just hours away now, but that is still plenty of time to get out and talk to more voters, reminding them to go to the polls or turn in their absentee ballots on Nov. 7.
Throughout the state, the Democratic Party and the California Labor Federation are organizing volunteers to support progressive candidates and get the word out about the good, the bad and the ugly on statewide propositions.
>> Click here to find a labor office near you!
>> Click here for a list of Democratic Party field offices!
Remember, it is now too late to mail absentee ballots. If you still have one in your possession, you’ll have to drop it off sometime before Tuesday to your county registrar, or to any polling place on Tuesday.
>> Click here to look up your county elections office, and to find your polling place!
Voting is your chance to have a say in who represents you and what laws govern you. Don’t let this opportunity to participate in your democracy pass you by!

Awesome GOTV in CD4

First on the way up Friday night we met these guys…

They weren’t exactly with us on many issues, but we had a nice chat anyway. It’s always suprising how much common ground opposing sides can find if everyone’s willing to just talk, not argue. We stayed with The Amazing Julia Rosen from

The man himself, Lt. Col. (ret) Charlie Brown. It’s astonishing that a candidate this good could possibly lose against a pile of corruption like Doolittle, but that’s how bad things have gotten (and also indication of just how far a little race baiting will still get you in some parts of our state, unfortunately)…

The big crowd was definitely into him and Ohio superstar gate-crasher Paul Hackett…

There’s more good stuff in the CA elections flickr pool.

Whose government is it, anyway?

Dear Progressive California Voter:
Chances are you stopped paying attention to the barrage of increasingly shrill ads on TV a long time ago, and are making up your mind based on far more reliable information. You’ve studied the sample ballot and checked out Speak Out California’s Voter Guide, and the various candidate and initiative websites. You’ve discussed issues with your friends and mulled things over.
Now it’s time to get out there and vote. And encourage your like-minded friends to get to the polls. Better yet, get in touch with campaigns you are supporting, and spend a couple hours between now and Tuesday night helping with turnout.
This is an election for the history books. War and Peace. Global warming. The future of our state’s schools, roads, and infrastructure. Races that will decide the direction of our state, and whether we move forward or continue to be exploited by the powerful special interests that dominate in Sacramento and Washington.
The Bush-Rove machine claims they have every California voter’s private preferences and shopping habits sliced and diced, and are targeting their voters like you wouldn’t believe. Don’t let them drown us out.
Wake up next Wednesday morning knowing you had a hand in saving our planet and reclaming the precious vestiges of our democracy. As Ben Franklin said, the Founders gave us a democracy–if we can keep it.

McClintock and Strickland–Too Extreme For California-Failing to Protect Consumers

The deeper we dig into the records of both Lt. Governor Candidate Tom McClintock and Controller Candidate Tony Strickland, the more we see their consistent approach of turning their backs on consumers to protect their big corporate sponsors.The records of these two are so shockingly devoid of any concern for the health and well-being of the community that we want to make sure you have all the information necessary to see just how dangerous these two stealth- radical- fringe candidates really are.
As Lt. Governor, he would be empowered to appoint up to 5 members of the Committee that will oversee Prop 71-the bond measure passed overwhelmingly by the people of California to actively pursue stem-cell research here in California. This would give McClintock, as Lt. Gov. the opportunity to sabotage this important work!
For more on this story, check out the excellent article at the California Progress
Our own post today on McClintock and his clone,Strickland, comes from the Consumer Federation of California, one of our leading consumer watchdog groups in the state, and Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety—the go-to group for all car-related consumer issues.
Candidates in Neck-and Neck Lt. Gov. and Controller Races
Have extreme anti-consumer records on safety, consumer issues
Consumer groups warn that candidates McClintock and Strickland, who have received last-minute millions in their tightening races for Lt. Governor and Controller, have records of opposing consumer protections including popular mainstream auto safety and other pro-consumer measures enacted in California, often with overwhelming support.
“McClintock and Strickland are both out of step on issues that Californians overwhelmingly support,” said Richard Holober, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of California. “On issues ranging from protecting the
public from defective products to stopping phone companies from ripping off
consumers, they consistently voted for big business and against consumers.”
On auto safety issues, McClintock voted against measures enacted in California to:
Require that kids be restrained in child safety seats
Establish graduated licensing for teenagers
Prohibit leaving children unattended in vehicles
Require that air bags that inflated in a crash be replaced with air bags that
meet federal safety standards
Tighten the lemon law regarding vehicles with life-threatening safety defects
Restrict hands-on cell phone use while driving
Establish the Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights
Both candidates also voted for legislation that would have increased access to “alcopops” among underage teenagers, that was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Several of the most important auto safety/consumer protection bills McClintock opposed had passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support and were signed into law by Republican governors. Strickland, who has been in office a relatively short period of time, has a similar voting record, with a few exceptions. “Their records on auto safety issues are very troubling, because vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury among California’s children and adolescents, and they opposed laws that have been effective in reducing that toll,” said Rosemary Shahan, President of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety.
For specifics on McClintock’s extremist record on auto safety issues, click “more”

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