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Wed May 16, 2012, 04:30 PM

I need info on state and fed candidates. Where to look?

Last edited Wed May 16, 2012, 07:05 PM - Edit history (2)

For some reason, this year I'm coming up empty on who to vote for. I've seen a little here on this forum. Not all of the candidates have given statements. Also, for example, I am in District 2, and Pamela Elizondo sounds great. But for all I know she's some wackjob. I like hearing from others before I make my decisions.

Thanks.

edit- Well, so far it looks like Solomon and Levitt are hard to beat. And the surprise of the century is that Courtney is running. I shared a rental house with him. Very odd seeing his face on the ballot.

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Reply I need info on state and fed candidates. Where to look? (Original post)
Gregorian May 2012 OP
lastlib May 2012 #1
Gregorian May 2012 #2
bananas May 2012 #3
Gregorian May 2012 #4
roody May 2012 #5
Gregorian May 2012 #6
jacobs27 May 2012 #7
Liberty Belle May 2012 #8
Gregorian May 2012 #9
Retrograde May 2012 #10
Gregorian May 2012 #11

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Response to lastlib (Reply #1)

Wed May 16, 2012, 05:52 PM

2. Hint hint- California forum...

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Response to Gregorian (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2012, 07:34 PM

3. Some of the standard places

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Response to bananas (Reply #3)

Wed May 16, 2012, 09:46 PM

4. Thank you. I thought it was the LWV that I had used before.

This is so weird. Courtney, running for a House seat, says things in his bio that I know for a fact are untrue. What a trip it is to actually know one of these candidates. Makes me feel kind of good about my own value.

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Response to Gregorian (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 12:03 AM

5. Solomon is the real thing.

I am voting for him. He has been in the struggle for decades. I am a registered Green.

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Response to roody (Reply #5)

Thu May 17, 2012, 12:23 PM

6. It looks that way from what I can see, and what I've read on this forum.

Otherwise, it's hard to get a good picture of the candidates. One way is by the type of website they have. I rely on other's experience to help me decide. Everything else is somewhat superficial.

Solomon appears to be totally dedicated to what he's doing. Kind of a Grayson, Kucinich type.

Thanks.

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Response to Gregorian (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:25 PM

7. 2012 California US Senate Race

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Response to Gregorian (Original post)

Tue May 29, 2012, 04:12 AM

8. Two good sites: www.votesmart.org and www.smartvoter.org

Smart Voter is run by the League of Women Voters in CA. They have statements provided by candidates but in a lot more detail than is allowed on ballot statements.

VoteSmart is a fantastic site that lists ratings by special interest groups for incumbents, as well as how much money candidates got (and who they got it from), quotes they've made, as well as bio info and issue positions.

Both are nonpartisan.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Reply #8)

Tue May 29, 2012, 10:28 AM

9. Thanks, even if my absentee ballot is already sent.

I wish I could have seen those statements before. But I'm pretty happy with who I voted for. Sadly, my dad fell into the lazy trap of not spending the energy, and he voted for Feinstein! That's why we have the mess we're in today. Oh well.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #9)

Tue May 29, 2012, 07:02 PM

10. Voting for Feinstein isn't necessarily lazy

Because of a proposition passed in 2010, we no longer have primaries the old fashioned way, where each party gets to run its own candidates. Instead, there's one huge state-wide primary for senator, and the top two vote getters go on to the final in November. A best case scenario would have 2 Democrats in November: a worst case is 2 Republicans. I voted for Feinstein because I don't want the Democratic vote to be so diluted that one or more of the 14 Republican candidates to get on the November ballot. Ideally, we'll get Feinstein and another Democrat so we have a decent choice in November.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #10)

Tue May 29, 2012, 09:31 PM

11. Damnit, I really should have paid more attention to that.

I knew that was what was going on, but I just voted for the candidate that I felt was best. Oops. I'm not too thrilled about this new election setup.

Thanks for bringing it back to my attention. We'll see...

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