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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:33 AM

California Working Families Beat Koch-Backed Prop. 32

Source: AFL-CIO

Mike Hall

For the third time in the past 14 years, California voters rejected an attempt—fueled by millions of out-of-state dollars—to shut working people out of the political process when they soundly defeated Proposition 32. California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski said working families:

Rejected a blatant power play by corporate special interests to silence the voice of working people. Despite weeks of misleading advertisements backing Prop. 32 paid for by billionaires and out-of-state super PACs, the margin of defeat was decisive. Prop. 32 backers spent more than $50 million in an effort to fool voters.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that $11 million of that war chest came from “a shadowy Arizona group that became entangled with the state's Supreme Court over where it got its money.”

Ultimately, that money was traced back to two outside groups with ties to the billionaire oil tycoon brothers, David and Charles Koch, as well as to Karl Rove, the former top strategist to former President George W. Bush, whose web of super PACs and non-profit groups spread hundreds of millions of dollars in campaigns across the nation.



Read more: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/California-Working-Families-Beat-Koch-Backed-Prop.-32




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Reply California Working Families Beat Koch-Backed Prop. 32 (Original post)
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
flamingdem Nov 2012 #1
freshwest Nov 2012 #2
KeepItReal Nov 2012 #4
TDale313 Nov 2012 #3
xxqqqzme Nov 2012 #14
SoapBox Nov 2012 #5
lexw Nov 2012 #7
Peace Patriot Nov 2012 #17
DCKit Nov 2012 #19
lexw Nov 2012 #6
freshwest Nov 2012 #8
lexw Nov 2012 #9
xxqqqzme Nov 2012 #15
olddad56 Nov 2012 #16
demosincebirth Nov 2012 #18
dhill926 Nov 2012 #10
DisgustipatedinCA Nov 2012 #11
savannah43 Nov 2012 #12
alp227 Nov 2012 #13

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:34 AM

1. This was a nasty trojan horse! n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:37 AM

2. Thanks, AFL-CIO and the great citizens of CA for this. Spread the union and the blue!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:39 AM

4. You're welcome ;-)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:39 AM

3. This was a good result.

Also glad 30 passed. Disappointed about 37, but overall not bad.

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:05 PM

14. Agree - Monsanto scared

consumers w/ their exaggerated claims. In a still struggling California, it was too much.

I kept watching 30. If that had not passed, we were going to have to shut down our after school program. Our Board has been looking into how a non-profit files bankruptcy. On paper all our assets/equipment belongs to the state. With an improving economy we may be able to claw our way back.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:41 AM

5. I was proud to have a NO on 32 sign in my yard.

...no, I'm not union...but if it were not for unions and their history in America, we would simply be...China.

Congratulations to all those that worked so hard.

KKKoch Suckers...fuck off and stay out of California.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:52 AM

7. I saw huge signs on the sides of cars for "No On 32"—it was an awesome campaign.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:19 PM

17. "...we would simply be...China." Yes! Kudos and laurel wreaths to labor organizers...

...in the past and now!

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"...if it were not for unions and their history in America, we would simply be...China."

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So true!

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:47 PM

19. You have our east-coaster support.

 

Don't want to live there, but we support your right to do so. Much love to our west coast cousins.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:51 AM

6. Karl and the Kochs got their walking papers in this election...

I wish we could have done something with the house, though.

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Response to lexw (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:19 PM

8. Texas elected two more Democrats to the House. It's coming...

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Response to freshwest (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:35 PM

9. THAT IS AWESOME NEWS! Woo Hoo! I have so many Texas friends. Love it!

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Response to lexw (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:09 PM

15. Saurove has been trying to get

a toehold in California since 2000. He should have figured it out by now.

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Response to lexw (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:04 PM

16. any affiliation with Karl Rove is becoming the kiss of death.

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Response to lexw (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:55 PM

18. I don't think you can give a couple of brothers with 50 billion bucks walking papers unless we

change the supreme court ruling

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:57 PM

10. fantastic!!!

this and a win on Prop 30, made a great night even better.....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:13 PM

11. To celebrate, our new supermajority should pass an additional tax on the super-rich...just because

The Republican Party is now irrelevant in the largest state in the nation. Where's that pointing-and-laughing kid from the Simpsons when I need him?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:51 PM

12. Dave, Chuck, Karl--guess which finger I am saluting you with right now?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:58 PM

13. Now, CA should underwrite the constitutional amendment against corporate personhood.

MoveToAmend.org: Corporations are not people, and money is not speech. ROLL BACK CITIZENS UNITED v. FEC. Prop 32 was a union-busting scam disguised as something as noble as MoveToAmend.

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