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A DOZEN CANDIDATES IN LA MESA MARCH 7

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – Over a dozen Democratic candidates will be appearing at tonight’s meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. In addition, Scott Lewis, chief executive officer of the Voice of San Diego news outlet, will speak. 

 

ECONOMICS EXPERT TO SPEAK MARCH 15 AT EAST COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 
March 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Dr. Alan Gin, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego, will be the guest speaker at the East County Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon. Dr. Gin, who is best known for developing and publishing the University of San Diego's, “Index of Leading Economic Indicators” for San Diego County, a monthly economic report, will present his economic forecast for 2012 for the local and national economy.

CONGRESSMAN FILNER AWARDED AMERICAN LEGION’S NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

 

March 5, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Congressman Bob Filner was awarded with the National Distinguished Public Service Award by the American Legion this week at the organization’s national conference in Washington, D.C.
 
“It is extremely humbling to receive an award like this because I am working for you all and you are all the heroes,” said Congressman Filner after receiving the award (full video below).

 

ELECTION INTEGRITY PROGRAM MARCH 10 IN ALPINE

 
March 4, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Election Integrity Program is a free public education project. Do you want elections to be conducted correctly? Americans for a Constitutional Republic invites you to learn all you wanted to know about voting and elections but were afraid to ask. Come attend this informative session.

 

MEET THE 50TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES MARCH 10 IN JULIAN

 

March 3, 2012 (Julian) -- On Saturday March 10, at 1 p.m. the Congressional candidates running for the 50th District (previously the 52nd District before redistricting) will participate in a town hall forum. The candidates invited are Congressman Duncan Hunter (R),Terri Linnell (R), David Secor(D), Connie Frankowiak (D), and Michael Benoit (I)(L). 

INGENUITY OF SAN DIEGANS CAN EASE GAS CRISIS, DR. SHIRLEY WEBER SAYS

 

Assembly Candidate says accelerating production of San Diego-made biofuels will ease pain at the pump and put hundreds back to work
 
March 2, 2012 (San Diego) – As oil prices hit a nine-month high this week, Dr. Shirley Weber, candidate for Assembly in San Diego’s southeastern 79th district, said that the ingenuity of San Diegans could have a hand in resolving the crisis.
 
“San Diego is home to groundbreaking research on biofuels, especially those developed from algae,” Dr. Weber said. “We need to accelerate the production being done here so that next time oil prices spike or a foreign regime tries to hold our economy hostage, we are in control of our own energy future. Accelerated biofuel production would not only ease pain at the pump, it would put hundreds of San Diegans back to work in good paying jobs in a growing sector.”

 

LOCAL LEGISLATORS CLASH ON ABORTION ACCESS BILL

February 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Over half of California counties currently have no abortion provider.  To remedy the situation, Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced SB 1501, a bill which would allow trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide early-term abortions.

“SB 1501 will ensure that all women have access to providers they know and trust in the communities where they live,” Senator Kehoe said.

But the measure has drawn criticism from Brian Jones (R-Santee), who denounced the measure as a "moral failing."

FACT CHECK SHINES LIGHT ON 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE CLAIMS

 

By Nadin Abbott

February 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Four candidates running for the redrawn 52nd Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Brian Bilbray met Tuesday for a lively debate during a luncheon sponsored by the Conservative Order of Good Government Club in Rancho Bernardo. Participants included incumbent Brian Bilbray, Republican challenger John K. Stahl (a veteran and businessman), and two Democrats: former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña and former City Council president Scott Peters.

Issues discussed ranged from job creation to immigration to working across the aisle with the other party, as well as energy policy. While candidates clashed on views, an ECM fact-check on claims by all candidates reveals mostly—but not entirely—truthful statements.

TECHNOLOGIST DAVID LEVITT LAUNCHES CHALLENGE TO US SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
February 20, 2012 (San Diego)--2012 will prove to be an interesting electoral cycle, perhaps one for the history books. With the Occupy Movement, the Coffee Party, the Tea Party and now Be Your Government (http://beyourgovernment.org/) we are seeing a rise in a challenge to the Beltway Establishment. 

SENATOR FEINSTEIN “READY FOR THE CHALLENGE”

By Megan McGlamery

February 20, 2012 (San Diego)--Last weekend at the Democratic State Convention, Senator Dianne Feinstein discussed her agenda for Congress as well as her aspirations for the United States.  The Senator, who has served for 20 years, seeks reelction in November.

“First, there would be affordable access to healthcare,” she explained. “Second, prudent and strong regulation of financial institutions, so that American consumers get a fair trade when buying a home, investing hard earned money in a college fund or saving for retirement. Third, we need the protection of Medicare, social security and a social security net. We need to protect a woman’s right to choose.”

ANDERSON ASKS GOVERNOR AND ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CLEAN-UP CALTRANS

 
February 18, 2012 (Sacramento)--Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon)-  has sent letters to Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris raising concerns over Cal-Trans regarding what  he terms the “Bay Bridge phony inspection” scandal at Caltrans.

The Sacramento Bee and the Mercury News ran front page stories (“Caltrans worker 'unfired,' allowed to resign”, “Caltrans wants prosecution for forged tests”) about Caltrans re-hiring Duane Wiles, the safety inspector found to be falsifying bridge safety tests, as well as the Caltrans cover-up and efforts to avoid public scrutiny,” Anderson wrote in a newsletter to constituents. 

VARGAS AND STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO HOST TOWNHALL ON INSURANCE ISSUES FEB. 23

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
February 17, 2012 (San Diego) – State Senator Juan Vargas will join with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to co-host a town hall meeting Thursday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m.  Topics will include how to file complaints with the Dept. of Insurance, disaster preparedness and recovery, and senior issues such as annuities, Medicare advantage and supplements, scams, and long-term care insurance.

 

VIDEOS NOW ONLINE FROM CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO

 

 
February 17, 2012 (San Diego) – The California Democratic Party has posted videos on its website of speeches by comedian-turned-Senator Al Franken as well as by Governor Jerry Brown and all statewide office holders at this website:  http://www.youtube.com/user/cademorg?ob=0&feature=results_main .

 

“SPINELESS RUBBER CHICKEN” AWARD PRESENTED TO JUAN VARGAS, CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS IN KEY RACE FOR EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2012 (San Diego) – State Senator Juan Vargas came to the California Democratic Convention hoping to find support for his campaign to fill Bob Filner’s seat in Congress.  He won the party endorsement—but has lost support from many here.  A group of activists surprised Vargas in the hall and presented him with a “Spineless Rubber Chicken” award for twice ducking a vote on SB 810, a landmark healthcare reform bill opposed by the insurance industry. 

Insurers reportedly spent $1.46 million to elect Vargas to the Legislature. His Congressional campaign has taken another $140,000 in insurance and pharmaceutical contributions, as ECM previously reported http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/8577

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CONDEMNS PAY RAISES FOR COUNCIL, MAYOR

 

 
Proposed Pay Raises Defy all Logic During These Economic Times, Kostrinsky says
 
February 17, 2012 (San Diego) – When the seven members of the City of San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission unanimously proposed to increase the salaries of Councilmembers from $75,000 annually to $175,000 annually while increasing the Mayor’s salary from about $100,000 to $235,000.  City Council candidate for District 7, Mat Kostrinsky has come out against the proposal.

FILNER PLEDGES TO OPEN VETERANS’ OFFICE AT CITY HALL, ASSIST SAN DIEGO VETERANS WITH JOBS AND MORE

“The official casualty count of Iraq and Afghanistan is 5,000 plus killed and about 45,000 wounded…You know how many men and women have approached the VA for help for war-related injuries from those two wars? Almost a million," said Congressman Bob Filner. "We need to take care of these kids when they get back here…Veterans are THE issue for Democrats.”

 

By Miriam Raftery and Mia Mykleberg

February 16, 2012 (San Diego) –Thousands of soldiers are returning home to San Diego County as the Iraq war ends and troop draw downs occur in Afghanistan. 

At the California Democratic Party’s newly formed Veterans’ Caucus, Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner, former Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, laid out detailed plans to welcome home veterans with respect and hands-on help--including establishing a Veterans' Office for San Diego if he is elected Mayor.

2 LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS COAUTHOR BILL TO REQUIRE DISCLOSURE OF CORPORATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

 

 
February 15, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Two San Diego Congressional representatives, Susan Davis and Bob Filner, have taken steps to clean up the secret money plaguing our political system.  Both Democrats have joined colleagues in cosponsoring the Disclose 2012 Act (H.R. 4010) to require disclosure of the corporate and special interest money in politics.

REPRESENTATIVE HUNTER TO HOST JOB FAIR FEB. 24

 
February 15, 2012 (Poway) — Representative Duncan Hunter (R-El cajon)--announced today that he will host another community job fair, in partnership with the East and North County Career Centers, and the San Diego North and Poway Chambers of Commerce. The event will be held February 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Poway Community Center auditorium, 13094 Civic Center Drive.  Admission is free.

 

ENDORSEMENT BATTLES IN TWO SAN DIEGO-AREA CONGRESSIONAL RACES STIR CONTROVERSY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 12, 2012 (San Diego) – At this weekend’s California Democratic Convention, the statewide party issued pre-primary endorsements in three Congressional races but declined to make an early endorsement in two other races.

CALIFORNIA IS “BATTLEFIELD” STATE, LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL RACE AMONG KEY TARGETED DISTRICTS FOR DEMOCRATS, EX-SPEAKER PELOSI ANNOUNCES IN SAN DIEGO

 

Story and photo by Nadin Abbott

February 12, 2012 (San Diego) – Declaring it time to “regain control of the people’s House from the special interests,” California Democratic Party Chairman hosted a joint press conference with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Diego, site of the 2012 California Democratic Convention themed “Battleground California.” 

Democrats’ hopes to pick up 25 Congressional seats in the 2012 elections include three seats in California—one of which is the newly redrawn  52nd Congressional District (formerly the 50th district) currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray.

Two well-known Democrats are vying for the nomination:  Lori Saldaña, former Assemblywoman and past Associate Dean at Mesa College,  and Scott Peters, former San Diego City Council president and Port director. 

TAX FIGHTER TO SPEAK FEB. 21 AT CAJON VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED

 

 
February 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Cajon Valley Republican Women Federated will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 a.m. at The Pancake House restaurant, 1000 North Second Street. The guest speaker is Brian Brady, director of Stop Taxing Us, a north county based taxpayer advocacy group dedicated to holding candidates and elected officials accountable to California's taxpayers.

ASSEMBLY HIGHER EDUCATION CHAIR MARTY BLOCK CO-AUTHORS LEGISLATION TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE

 

February 10, 2012 (Sacramento)-- Assemblymember Marty Block (D-78th District),  Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, has joined Speaker John A. Pérez on legislation that will keep college fees down for middle class families. The Middle Class Scholarship, which was introduced by Speaker Pérez today, will close a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations in order to cut college fees for middle income families.

 

THE WOMAN WHO STOOD ALONE AGAINST THE “THIEVING BANKS”

How Kamala Harris played hardball and won $18 billion to help California homeowners 

Story by Miriam Raftery, photos by Ron Logan

February 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Last September, the U.S. Department of Justice and attorney generals from other states were ready to sign a multi-state settlement of misconduct by banks that resulted in foreclosures.  The deal on the table? An estimated $4 billion or less for California, the state hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. Moreover, no wrongdoers would be prosecuted.

So California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris stood up—and walked out. 

Her actions led to a dramatically different settlement reached last week that is expected to ultimately reach $40 billion—including an estimated $18 billion for California and $1.5 billion for San Diego homeowners.

OCCUPY PROTESTS AT CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

By Nadin Abbott

February 13, 2012 (San Diego)--Several Occupy groups came together to protest outside the San Diego Convention Center at the California Democratic Convention on Saturday.

Around 100 people, including 40 local protesters and 60 from other areas including Los Angeles and Riverside, sought to draw attention of Democratic leaders and delegates. Issues included corporate power, civil liberties, homelessness and foreclosures. 

GOVERNOR, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS AND STATEWIDE OFFICERS TO HEADLINE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO THIS WEEKEND

 

February 10, 2012 (San Diego) – Democratic delegates and party activists from East County are among the participants at the three-day California Democratic Party Convention taking place Friday through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center. 

SUSAN DAVIS URGES PRESIDENT TO APPOINT HOUSING AGENCY DIRECTOR, BYPASS SENATE STONEWALLING


February 1, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), along with 27 other members of Congress, called upon President Obama to make an immediate appointment for the Director of the Federal Housing Financial Agency (FHFA).


“Reigniting the American Dream and expanding on our nation's economic recovery is contingent on restoring the housing market to the pillar of economic strength it once was," said Rep. Davis.  “We need a director in place at FHFA who can guide that effort and help middle class families avoid foreclosures and keep them in their homes.”

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FORUM FEB. 4 IN ALPINE


February 1, 2012 (Alpine)—Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates running against incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter will be squaring off at a candidate forum on Saturday, February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. 

CITIZENS’ ARREST OF MAYOR SANDERS ATTEMPTED OVER STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS DEAL

 

February 1, 2012 (San Diego) – A group of citizens attempted a citizens’ arrest of Mayor Jerry Sanders on Monday, alleging that his deal to temporarily change the name of Qualcomm Stadium without Council’s approval amounted to felony embezzlement.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith ruled that Sanders violated a municipal code by cutting a deal without the City Council's approval to allow a temporary name change for the stadium to “Snapdragon”, a company that provides mobile processing services to Qualcomm. 

2 VOTES NEEDED TO PASS SINGLE-HEALTHCARE BILL BY TUES. DEADLINE: VARGAS HAS NOT VOTED, COULD LOSE PARTY ENDORSEMENT

Update February 1, 2012:  SB 810 narrowly failed on reconsideration. After reportedly receiving thousands of call urging him to support the bill, Vargas ducked the issue and did not vote.

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2011 (San Diego) – State Senator Juan Vargas, a former insurance industry executive who has taken massive donations from the insurance industry, may cast the deciding vote Tuesday on whether or not millions of Californians will receive  guaranteed universal healthcare and dental care coverage.

HUNTER INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION HONORING SERVICE OF U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ

 
January 29, 2012 (Washington D.C.) 
— Friday, Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Tim Murphy (R-PA), introduced a bipartisan resolution with 100 original cosponsors, expressing gratitude to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service and sacrifice in Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.  The resolution is available here.

 

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