Politics

CROWDS WELCOME BERNIE SANDERS, BILL CLINTON IN SAN DIEGO

East County News Service

Photo, left, by Leon Thompson: Sanders speaks to overflow crowd in National City

May 22,2016 (San Diego) -- The Democratic presidential candidates’ campaigns both held rallies and other events in the San Diego region over the weekend in anticipation of California’s June 7th primary.

Senator Bernie Sanders drew about 10,000 people at a rally at Kimball Park in National City on Saturday, the San Diego Union-Tribune estimates. On Sunday, he held a second rally at a high school in Vista.  Earlier, he toured Friendship Park at the international border, a meeting place for separated families between San Diego and Tijuana.

SANDERS VISITS U.S. - MEXICAN BORDER IN SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

Photo: Sanders Twitter feed

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) -- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today toured Friendship Park, a meeting place for separated families between San Diego and Tijuana.

“All of this tells us why we need comprehensive immigration reform,” Sanders said after hearing the stories of families who can only see their loved ones on weekends. “I would hope that the Republicans in Congress understand that we have a very, very broken immigration system and that it must be reformed and that they should in fact work with Democrats to pass comprehensive immigration reform. If not and if I am elected president of the United States, I will use the executive powers that the president has to do that the best that I can.”

SUIT FILED AGAINST CALIFORNIA OVER NONPARTISAN VOTERS ACCESS TO PRESIDENTIAL BALLOTS

 

Monday, May 31  is deadline for nonpartisan voters to request a party ballot to vote for a presidential candidate--but lawsuit seeks to extend that to June 7

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2016 (Sacramento) – Only 15% of California’s nonpartisan voters with mail-in ballots have requested a presidential primary ballot.  That means the vast majority won’t be able to vote for president in the June 7th election--and many are unaware of that restriction.

Now civil rights lawyers have filed suit against California and some counties, claiming the laws are confusing, inconsistent, and amount to disenfranchisement.  If they win, the biggest beneficiary could be Bernie Sanders, the Democratic contender who draws heavy support from independent voters, who account for nearly a quarter of the electorate in California.

REP. ISSA, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE BILL TO REIN IN CIVIL FORFEITURE ABUSE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) – This week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and 12 other members of Congress introduced legislation to rein in civil forfeiture abuse, signing on as an original cosponsor of the Due Process Act of 2016. The bill makes several important changes to the nation's federal civil forfeiture program to help curb recent abuses and prevent Americans from having their property taken away by law enforcement without due process.  A copy of the bill’s text can be found here.

HUNTER BILL WOULD BAN CHILD RAPE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ON U.S. MILITARY BASES

 

Hunter action also led Army to halt ouster of Sgt. Martland, Green Beret who ejected child rapist off U.S. base in Afghanistan

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, U.S. Army photo

May 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) –Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego) has introduced legislation to outlaw child rape and other human rights violations on U.S. military bases worldwide.  House Resolution 4717, the Mandating America’s Responsibility to Limit Abuse, Negligence and Depravity Act is also known as the Martland Act, named after Green Beret Army Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland. 

ISSA SWITCHED VOTE TO KILL LGBTQ RIGHTS LEGISLATION AFTER VOTING TIME ENDED

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) -- On Thursday, seven Republican representatives in Congress, including San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa, switched their votes at the last minute, effectively killing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented government contractors from citing religious liberty as grounds for firing or harassing lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGTB) employees.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BUZZ

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Members of the San Diego Beekeeping Society at Lemon Grove City Council Meeting 5/17/16 (left to right) Carlos Richardson, Mark Kukuchek, Rebecca Wolniewicz, Daryl Hern, Neyl Montesano

May 21, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove is one step closer towards simplifying its beekeeping regulations. Half a dozen members of the San Diego Beekeeping Society gave testimony to the Lemon Grove Council on Tuesday in an attempt to address common fears about bee hives.

 “When I find an aggressive hive, I insert a new docile queen to make the hive less aggressive. Good beekeeping keeps our communities safe,” Carlos Richardson told Council members and the public.

MONDAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN JUNE 7 ELECTION

 

County News Service

May 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - If you want to vote in the June 7 Presidential Primary Election, you must register by Monday, May 23.  You will need to register if you are not currently registered, moved recently or changed your name.  

 

If you want to vote for president, make sure you can. If you’re registered as No Party Preference – or nonpartisan – presidential candidates won’t be listed on your ballot. You may request an American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian party ballot at your designated polling place to vote for the presidential candidates in those parties. If you want to vote for a presidential candidate in the Green, Peace and Freedom or Republican parties, you must re-register with that party by May 23.      

SANDERS AND BILL CLINTON IN SN DIEGO THIS WEEKEND

 

East County News Service

Both Democratic presidential candidates’ campaigns will be holding rallies in San Diego this weekend, gearing up for the June 7th primary election.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will hold rallies in the South Bay and North C ounty, while former President Bill Clinton will hold a rally in Chula Vista and a fundraiser in Rancho Santa Fe for his wife, Hillary Clinton.

HOUSE VOTES TO ALLOW V.A. DOCTORS TO RECOMMEND MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR VETERAN PATIENTS

 

233-189 vote in favor of V.A. appropriations amendment indicates large increase in support from previous year

East County News Service

May 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The U.S. House voted this morning in favor of a measure that would allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal, currently 24 states including California. The measure, an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill proposed by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), passed by a 44-vote margin, including 57 Republicans voting in favor. The final vote was 233-189. A similar amendment proposed in the House last year failed narrowly, 213-210.

SANDERS WINS OREGON; NEAR TIE SPLITS DEMOCRATIC DELEGATES IN KENTUCKY BETWEEN CLINTON AND SANDERS

 

Trump gets 66% of Oregon votes in uncontested Republican primary

By Miriam Raftery

May 19, 2016 (San Diego) – Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will each pick up 27 delegates in the Kentucky primary where with 100% of precincts counted,  Clinton received 46.8% of the vote and Sanders 46.3%.

In Oregon, Sanders scored victory with 56% of the vote, while Clinton took 44%. Sanders will get 34 delegates and Clinton 25, as of the results with 96% of the count tallied, Associated Press reports.

DEATH PENALTY MEASURES MAY BE ON BALLOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mike Farrell was interviewed by ECM editor Miriam Raftery on his opposition to the death penalty and prison reform issues during his 2009 visit with the Eastlake-Bonita Democratic Club

May 19, 2016 (San Diego) -- Signature gathers are working to put two competing measures on the ballot. One, backed by former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell, would eliminate the death penalty in California.  The second measure would speed up the process for inmates on death row.

TRUMP WOULD NAME CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT NOMINEES

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 19, 2016 (Washington D.C.) - The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has left the high court split 4-4 among conservative and liberal to moderate justices.  The Republican-controlled Senate has refused to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a judicial moderate—or any other Obama nominee during the president’s remaining time in office.

BERNIE SANDERS STANDS UP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS AT THE PINE RIDGE RESERVATION COMMUNITY MEETING

 

 

By Leon Thompson, Tribal Beat

May 15, 2016 (Pine Ridge, Sd.) – When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke in San Diego, he said, among other others, “This campaign is about the Native Americans.“  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a politician even talk about Indians let alone include them in his race for President.  Should I be happy that someone is at least talking about the 566 tribes?   We are a mere 1.6 % of the voting population.  Of course, we know that only a third of all Indians live on reservations.  We are many urban Indians.  And we vote. 

COURT FINDS OBAMACARE PAYMENTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL; RULING LIKELY TO BE OVERTURNED ON APPEAL

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

May 13, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that Congress has the right to sue the President.  Today, Judge Collyer found that the Obama administration violated the Constitution by reimbursing health insurance companies for providing low-cost healthcare coverage to low and moderate income Americans, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

East County News Service

May 13, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Applications are now being accepted for volunteer positions on the City’s boards and commissions. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2016, in the City Clerk’s office at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue. Applications may be obtained at City Hall or from the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.us.

CITY ATTORNEY “MEET THE CANDIDATES” FORUM MAY 14 CO-HOSTED BY KNSJ AND LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2016 (San Diego) – KNSJ Radio and the League of Women Voters will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum for City Attorney candidates Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Mara Elliott, Robert Hickey and Bryan Pease. 

ROSINSKI DROPS OUT OF COLLEGE DISTRICT RACE

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Incumbent Mary Kay Rosinski has announced that she will not seek reelection to the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District board. Her announcement came after ballots were printed, so her name will still appear on the ballot, however.  Her withdrawal leaves two candidates vying for what is now an open seat for Trustee Area 4.

SANDERS WINS WEST VIRGINIA: POLLS SHOW SANDERS BEATING TRUMP BY A LANDSLIDE

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2016 (San Diego) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders soundly defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today in the West Virginia  Democratic primary, a state Clinton won handily against Barack Obama in 2008.  Sanders breezed to a win with over 51% of the vote, while Clinton got just 36%.

VOTER TURNOUT COULD TOP 50% IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2016 (San Diego) – Love ‘me or loathe ‘me, the presidential candidates are motivating lots of local residents to register to vote and inspiring those already registered to say they will turn out on election day.  A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research predicts that turnout for the June 7th presidential primary election could be 50 to 53 percent, drawing more than half of local registered voters to the polls.

SANDERS BACKS BALLOT MEASURE TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS IN CALIFORNIA

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday backed a California ballot initiative that aims to save state taxpayers from price gouging by pharmaceutical companies which charge Americans the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. 

FRANCINE BUSBY TO SPEAK MAY 19 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

May 9, 2016 (El Cajon) — Francine Busby, chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party and a long-time advocate for women in politics, will be the featured speaker at the East County Democratic Club meeting on May 19th.   The event will be held at MJ’s restaurant in El Cajon.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. but guests who wish to come early for dinner at 6 p.m. can participate in a social hour.

Busby is former Executive Director of Run Women Run, an organization that recruits and trains women to run for public office. Growing up in an era when girls couldn’t play in sports leagues, wear pants to school or get a job as a”paper boy,” she has believed from an early age that women deserve equal opportunities to excel in whatever they choose and has fought to break down barriers for women.

TRUMP’S HATCHET JOB ON THE MOHAWKS

 

By Leon Thompson, Tribal Beat reporter

May 5th, 2016 (Up State New York) – Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his new campaign manager, super-lobbyist Paul Manafort, first collaborated in 1993 to halt the construction of a casino by the St. Regis Mohawks in the Catskill Mountains.

Trump feared completion from the casino would hurt his investments in Atlantic City, so Trump poured money into a shell group called the New York Institute for Law and Society. The group existed solely to publish ads smearing his potential Indian competition.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL RAISING SMOKING AGE TO 21, ALSO APPROVING OTHER SMOKING RESTRICTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2016 (Sacramento) – California has become the second state in the nation (after Hawaii) to raise the smoking age to 21 years of age. Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills into law that also bans sale of e-cigarette products to youths and prohibits use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants or theaters, as well as at most areas in public schools including charters.

El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick praised the Governor’s action. “That’s going to save millions of lives,” said Kendrick, who authored El Cajon’s measures to restrict e-cigarettes and smoking in public places. The El Cajon Council, at Kendrick’s urging, also passed a resolution in support of raising California’s smoking age from 18 to 21.

VOTERS REACT TO TRUMP AS PRESUMPTIVE NOMNEE AFTER KASICH AND CRUZ QUIT RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2016 (San Diego) – Withdrawal of John Kasich and Ted Cruz from the presidential race leaves Donald Trump the only remaining Republican candidate in the race—and the presumptive nominee.  Across the nation and here in San Diego, Republicans shared their reactions, with many voicing deep concerns. 

SANDERS WINS IN INDIANA; APPALACHIAN STATES NEXT ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Troy Page, Truthout

May 3, 2016 (San Diego) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has scored a win in the Indiana presidential primary, taking 52.4% of the vote.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took 47.6%  with 95% of all precincts reporting.  Sanders picked up  43 delegates and Clinton 37.

Clinton now has 1,682 delegates won through voting while Sanders has 1,361, a gap of 321 delegates. However when super delegates are added in, Clinton has a more commanding lead of 2202 vs. 1400 for Sanders.  A total of 2,382 delegates are needed  to win.

Sanders is pinning his hopes on big wins in liberal bastions such as California and Oregon, which have yet to vote, then coaxing a substantial number of super delegates to change their support for the good of the party in November.   That’s clearly an uphill battlle, but  a new Rasmussen poll adds ammunition to Sanders' argument, showing Clinton losing to Trump by 2% if the general election were held today.  Various older polls  showed Clinton beating Trump by a narrow margin, but found Sanders beating Trump by much larger margins--in some cases, double digits.

CRUZ DROPS OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE, CLEARS WAY FOR TRUMP NOMINATION

 

 

Update May 5, 2016: Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced he is also dropping his bid for the presidency, after winning only his home state of Ohio. This leaves Trump as the only GOP candidate still in the race.

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2016 (San Diego) –Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced that he is pulling out of the Republican presidential race.  Cruz made the announcement after losing the Indiana primary, all but assuring that Donald Trump will win the GOP nomination.

Cruz said, “From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed. With a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”

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