Politics

ATKINS’ BILL WOULD CLOSE GAPS IN CARE FOR BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2016 (San Diego) -- Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation that would close several gaps when it comes to providing screening and treatment for breast and cervical cancer to low-income Californians.

HARRISON DROPS OUT OF ASSEMBLY RACE

 

Deadline to run is Friday, March 11

Republican Mike Harrison, Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Duncan Hunter, has announced he is dropping his race for the 71st Assembly district seat that encompasses most of East County.  As of today, only Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, also a Republican, has turned in candidacy papers to run.

The deadline to file paperwork to run for this office (and other federal or state offices)  is March 11 at 5 p.m. Candidates must first pick up nomination forms at the County Registrar of Voters and submit at least 40 valid signatures of voters in the district by the March 11 deadline (up to 60 may be submitted) and pay a filing fee of $1,090 for the 71st Assembly district. (Fees vary based on the office).  (learn more at www.SDVote.com)   

Tony Teora, also a Republican, pulled nomination papers but has not yet turned them in. Jerald Larkey, a Democrat, is listed as possible candidate at the Registrar’s site but did not yet pull nomination papers or turn paperwork in.

DEMOCRATS STEAMED OVER DNC CHAIR EFFORTS TO GUT PAYDAY LENDER REGULATIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Battle lines have been drawn over an income inequality issue in Congress.  Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who heads up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and was appointed by President Barack Obama, has been fighting for regulations to regulate the payday lenders.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS GOES TO FLINT TO LISTEN TO RESIDENTS’ ORDEAL WITH WATER CRISIS

 

Democratic presidential debate to be held Sunday in Flint, drawing national attention to lead poisoning, harm to city’s children

East County News Service

Photo: Roosevelt Mitchell on Twitter

March 4, 2016 (Flint, Michigan) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) went to Flint, Michigan as part of 26-member congressional delegation to hear firsthand from the residents of Flint about the challenges they faced.

WILL PARTY DUMP TRUMP? MORE PROMINENT REPUBLICANS SPEAK OUT

 

 

84 Republican national security and foreign policy leaders say they won’t back Trump if nominated

By Miriam Raftery

March 3, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – An open letter signed by 84 Republican foreign policy and national security leaders condemned Donald Trump, stating, “We are unable to support a Party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head.”

The leaders’ letter comes on the heels of former CIA director and ex-National Security Agency director Michael Hayden stating that if Trump ordered torture which violates the Geneva Convention or ordered the killing of family members of suspected terrorists, the military would disobey his orders.   Hayden told Bill Maher, “If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act.”

The 84 Republican letter signers included Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security director under George W. Bush and former Under Secretary of Defense Policy Eric Edelman who served under the senior George Bush.

ROMNEY BLASTS TRUMP AS UNFIT FOR PRESIDENCY

East County News Service 

“His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.” – Mitt Romney

 

March 3, 2016 (San Diego)—Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, today issued an extensive statement urging Republicans not to support Donald Trump’s candidacy.  Romney blasted Trump for his “bullying” personal style, racist remarks, failed business ventures, and “reckless” foreign policy, concluding he lacks the temperament needed in a president.

Trump responded by denigrating Romney as a “loser” and a “failed candidate.”

Below are the full remarks delivered by Romney on the presidential race at theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.  Click here to watch the video of this speech

INTEGRITY QUESTIONS DOG CLINTON CAMPAIGN

By Miriam Raftery

March 3, 2016 (Washington D.C.)—Following her strong showing in the Super Tuesday primaries, Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary.  But several revelations this week raise troubling questions for Clinton supporters regarding the integrity of Clinton and her campaign:

  • The U.S. Justice Department has granted immunity to Brian Pagliano, the staffer who set up a private e-mail server in Clinton’s home, as the investigation into allegations over classified emails continues, the Washington Post reports.  What does the staffer know and could Clinton face indictment?
  • The Clinton campaign and Super PACs supporting Clinton have paid pundits who have appeared on major  TV news shows. They were presented as neutral analysts , all touting Clinton’s candidacy and downplaying the electability of her opponent, Bernie Sanders.  TV networks failed to disclose financial ties, a clear violation of journalistic ethics, the Intercept  reveals in an investigative report.
  • Former President Bill Clinton has drawn criticism for holding a rally for his wife outside a Massachusetts polling place, using a megaphone for amplification and even entering two other polling places on election day. Massachusetts law prohibits electioneering within 150 feet of polling places, the Boston Globe reports. No charges were filed despite videos of the activities, though the Secretary of State did sent the Clinton campaign a reminder of the state’s rules.

VOTING FOR PRESIDENT IN THE PRIMARY? MAKE SURE YOU CAN

 

County News Service

March 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- If you are registered as a No Party Preference (or nonpartisan voter) and get your ballot by mail, the Registrar of Voters wants you to know presidential candidates will not be listed on your ballot. If you’d like to vote for a presidential candidate in the June primary, you must take action and request a party ballot.

BOXER, COLLEAGUES URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PUSH FOR A QUALIFIED WOMAN TO SERVE AS NEXT UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

There has never been a female Secretary-General in the more than 70-year history of the UN

East County News Service

March 3, 2016 (Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) today sent a letter to President Obama in advance of the United Nation's upcoming election for Secretary-General, urging the United States to "reaffirm the UN's founding principle of equality by encouraging the strong consideration of candidates for the first female Secretary-General."

SUPER TUESDAY STRENGTHENS LEADS FOR TRUMP AND CLINTON

 

Sanders, Rubio and Cruz also score wins as a dozen states hold primaries or caucuses

By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2016 (San Diego) –Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump strengthened their positions as frontrunners in the Democratic and Republican presidential race, each scoring wins in seven out of twelve states that held primaries or caucuses yesterday.

 Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders also picked up four key wins (Colorado, Minnesota, his home state of Vermont and Oklahoma, a conservative state) , leaving the door open for an upset on the Democratic side-- but only if he can produce landslides across the west and  populous states that have not yet cast ballots.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz picked up three wins to continue his challenge to Trump, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio, also a Republican, won his first primary victory to keep his candidacy tenuously alive.

SENATOR ANDERSON CALLS ON STATE AGENCIES TO PROVIDE ANSWERS ON ALPINE EMFS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Correction:  A prior article in ECM stated that Senator Anderson supported construction of Sunrise Powerlink. His office indicates he took no position on the project. We regret our error.

February 29, 2016 (Alpine) – “Keeping constituents safe is my top priority,” Senator Joel Anderson states  in a letter today to Supervisor Dianne Jacob.  “I want to make sure all available and appropriate state resources are deployed so that my constituents are provided answers to their questions about the electric and magnetic field (EMF) levels in our community.”

Senator Anderson’s letter indicates he has contacted three state agencies regarding the EMF concerns, including the California Department of Health (CDPH), which advised him that they will review measurements taken by local governments to see how they compare with other schools that were surveyed by the CDPH in a previous study.  

HUESO BILL CREATES BUSINESS TAX CREDIT FOR HIRING HIGH-RISK YOUTH

 

East County News Service

February 26, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) has introduced Senate Bill 1216, which would establish a business tax credit for employers who hire high-risk youth.  The credit applies only to jobs for young people ages 18-25, who have been convicted of a crime and completed a work readiness program through a qualified job training provider.    

TRUMP WINS NEVADA—AND HUNTER'S ENDORSEMENT

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Billionaire businessman and reality TV celebrity Donald Trump has picked up his third win, this time in the Nevada Republican caucus.

He also picked up the endorsement of Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), one of only two Congressional members thus far to endorse Trump. Hunter called Trump a “strong leader” and indicated he backs his stances on immigration among other issues.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2016 (San Diego) — Following President Barack Obama’s announcement calling on Congress to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis, a Democrat and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued this statement:

SENATOR ANDERSON APPOINTED GOP POLITICAL CHAIRMAN

 

Key leadership post oversees Caucus elections efforts

East County News Service

February 23, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller has announced an addition to the caucus leadership team.  Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will serve as the Caucus Political Chairman.  

HUNTER PUFFS TO SUPPORT VAPING ON PLANES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed an amendment that would impose a federal ban on vaping or e-cigarettes on all airlines in the U.S..  Congressman Duncan Hunter, who took over $10,000 in tobacco industry campaign contributions this election cycle, opposed the amendment–even lighting up during the hearing and puffing a cloud of vapor to make his point.

JUSTICE SCALIA’S DEATH PROMPTS BATTLE OVER SUPREME COURT VACANCY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 13, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – The sudden death of prominent conservative Justice Antonin Scalia today leaves a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court and the prospect of numerous high-profile cases deadlocking 4-4.  President Barack Obama has announced he intends to appoint a replacement, but  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested any nomination would be blocked by Senate Republicans and stated that in this election year,  Obama should leave nominating a Supreme Court justice for the next administration.

McConnell’s remark may be viewed as hypocritical, since he voted for Republican President Ronald Reagan’s appointment of Justice Anthony Kennedy in an election year.  Kennedy was confirmed by the Senate, which was controlled by Democrats.

In fact, since 1900 there has not been a single case of the Senate refusing to confirm a presidential appointment to the Supreme Court in an election year due to the pending election. The stakes are high for both sides in filling the void left by Scalia, but so are the consequences of leaving a seat vacant for nearly a year.

HOUSE VOTES TO REQUIRE WATER OFFICIALS TO ALERT CUSTOMERS OF ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photos: Lead contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan; photo by Jessica Owens

 

February 11, 2016 (San Diego) -- In response to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, the House of Representatives voted to require water system officials to alert their customers if the EPA notifies them of increasing level of lead.  The Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act (H.R. 4470) passed the House on a strong bipartisan vote of 416-2 with all five of San Diego’s Congressional members voting for the bill.

SANDERS, TRUMP TROUNCE OPPONENTS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Bernie Sanders, by Troy Page; Photo, right: Donald Trump, by Gage Skidmore

February 10, 2016 (San Diego) – Last night’s presidential primary in New Hampshire proved historic on several fronts.  By huge landslides, voters in both Democratic and Republican parties cast their ballots for candidates running outside the mainstream political framework: mavericks Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  Sanders is also the first Jewish candidate ever to win a presidential primary. 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders pulled in 60% of the vote to win the Democratic primary, trouncing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who got 38%. Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, is running on a platform of closing the wealth gap by reining in Wall Street, taxing the rich and providing free healthcare for all. 

On the Republican side, billionaire businessman and former reality TV show host Donald Trump won with 35% of the vote. Ohio Governor John Kasich took second at 16% in an upset over the Iowa caucus winner, Senator Ted Cruz, who got 12%, narrowly edging out Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who had 11% and 10% respectively. Other candidates placed in single digits, with 100% of precincts now reported.

BALLOT MEASURE WOULD EXTEND PROP 30 INCOME TAXES ON WEALTHY TO FUND EDUCATION

 

 

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

 

February 7, 2016 (Los Angeles) -- Teams are hitting the streets gathering signatures for a ballot measure this fall that would extend part of Proposition 30, which raised income taxes on the wealthy and raised the sales tax by a quarter of a percent, then funneled the money to public education. 

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HOLD NEW HAMPSHIRE DEBATES

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2016 (New Hampshire) - In preparation for this week’s New Hampshire primary and others to follow, Democrats and Republicans each held debates among their presidential candidates.

View Republican debate on ABCRead  Republican debate transcript

 View full Democratic debate on MSNBC; Read Democratic debate transcript

For highlights, scroll down.

HUESO SUED OVER ALLEGED CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS--AGAIN

 

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – State Senator Ben Hueso, a San Diego Democrat, and his campaign treasurer Nancy Haley are being sued by activists Ken Mosher and  retired Marine Colonel Richard Shigley  for allegedly failing to properly disclose campaign expenditures.  The action is the latest in a string of controversies involving Hueso's campaign finances.

OIL INDUSTRY WAS BIGGEST SPENDER ON CALIFORNIA LOBBYING IN 2015

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