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Mon Jun 4, 2012, 07:28 PM

KamaAina's coveted endorsements for the June 5 primary.

First, get out there and vote (if you haven't already; what do you think this is, Chicago? )!

Next:

U.S. Senate. The huge field of 24 makes this open primary more like French-style first-round voting. DiFi doesn't need your vote, nor has she earned it. I'm going with Democrat David Levitt:

http://www.levitt2012.org

"Let's end Afghanistan, end prohibition, provide Medicare for All and rebuild the American dream," says US Senate candidate Levitt. "Instead of putting trillions into wars and big banks, we can invest in education, infrastructure, and 21st century energy jobs."


Prop 28: A qualified Yes. I dislike the reduction from 14 years to 12 years total, but do like removing the further restrictions on Assembly vs. Senate, making it less likely that Assemblymembers will be jockeying for Senate seats when they're termed out.

Prop 29: A reluctant No. I fully support taxing cigarettes, as well as alcohol, etc. What I cannot support is dedicating all that revenue to research at a time when people are facing cuts to their health care needs in the here and now.

U.S. House District 18. Incumbent (from the old 14th) Anna Eshoo is a lot better than DiFi (then again, so is the checkout guy at Safeway ), so I'm undecided between her and Green Carole Brouillet.

State Senate District 15. Jim Beall over Joe Coto by a mile. As a progressive who seeks racial justice, I would tend to favor the Latino candidate -- but not when his campaign is bankrolled by insurance interests, and he misrepresents himself as a "former teacher" when he's been in school administration for decades, and has failed rather spectacularly at it to boot. Beall, on the other hand, has been people with disabilities' staunchest ally in the Assembly. Sorry, but I'm going with the white guy.

State Assembly District 28. Paul Fong over Chad Walsh by, let's say, three-quarters of a mile. While I wish Fong had been more vocal in opposing cuts to community colleges, where his background lies, he's the clear choice over a former (?) repuke who thought Rudy Nineleven Giuliani would have made a dandy Presdient.

San Jose Measure B: Why does Mayor Chuck Reed (D-But Is A Bigot About Marriage Equality) hate unions so much? His own city attorneys have advised him that Measure B is too far-reaching and may well be struck down in court. Yet he not only rammed it thorugh the council, he did so in time to get it on a low-turnout primary ballot. These kinds of underhanded tactics are only okay when our side employs them. Vote NO.

San Jose City Council District 6: Steve Kline over Pierluigi Oliverio. Any time a council vote goes 8-2, I automatically know who the two are going to be: registered repuke Pete Constant, and his ventriloquist's dummy, Oliverio.

District 10: Brian O'Neill's the candidate who opposes Measure B (see above).

Okay, people, fire away!

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Reply KamaAina's coveted endorsements for the June 5 primary. (Original post)
KamaAina Jun 2012 OP
roody Jun 2012 #1
KamaAina Jun 2012 #2
XemaSab Jun 2012 #4
XemaSab Jun 2012 #3
XemaSab Jun 2012 #11
Auggie Jun 2012 #5
KamaAina Jun 2012 #6
Auggie Jun 2012 #8
KamaAina Jun 2012 #10
Alameda Jun 2012 #9
Retrograde Jun 2012 #7
Burke36 Jun 2012 #12

Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2012, 10:41 PM

1. Norman Solomon for Northern Coast megadistrict. (1?)

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Response to roody (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 4, 2012, 11:13 PM

2. Roger that.

It is the 1st, but that's hours away from me (San Jose).

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Response to roody (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:46 AM

4. I think the first and the second changed places

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:41 AM

3. Jim Reed for CA-1

For Shasta county, a strong NO on measure A (building a shopping center on Knighton Road) and a qualified YES on measure B (keeping the Churn Creek bottoms as ranchettes instead of commercial development for the next 25 years).

I'm going to yellow-dog the ticket the rest of the way down.

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Response to XemaSab (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 01:12 AM

11. Jim Reed made the final round

(which was anything but assured) and both measure A and measure B lost.

I'm okay with how the evening went in California.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 10:01 AM

5. Prop 29 does not dedicate all proceeds to research

Money is also earmarked for anti-smoking efforts aimed at teenagers and adults.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:00 PM

6. Meanwhile, Medi-Cal is facing cuts of $1.2 billion, with a B

and not even Gov. Brown's fall tax package addresses that.

This money would have gone a long way to plugging that gap.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 05:11 PM

8. Well, it makes sense that any new taxes on cigarettes

go to cure smoking-related diseases and anti-smoking campaigns.

If we want to support Medi-Cal then we need either specific legislation that commits revenue to Medi-Cal (which may include new taxes) and commitment from the Governor, State and Assembly.

Hey, I don't want to see Medi-Cal cut any more than you do.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 08:24 PM

10. Fine. Get me the repuke votes to get that passed, and you've got a deal.

Until then, initiatives like this and Gov. Brown's are the only source of revenue we have (thanks a lot, Prop 26! ), so we have to use them wisely.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 07:08 PM

9. it's yet another punative anti smoking measure....stick it to the smokers.

What would happen if all smokers quite, think of how many taxes would be lost.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:09 PM

7. That was my reasoning on 29

If the money went into the general fund I'd have voted for it.

Eshoo's OK - nothing spectacular but tends to vote the way I want her to on most issues. I was hoping to get redistricted into Speier's district, but no such luck.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 02:39 AM

12. KamaAina's coveted endorsements for the June 5 primary.

 

hanks for your post.

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