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Frye first became concerned with coastal water pollution problems when her husband repeatedly became sick after surfing. She soon became an environmental and community leader. In 2001 she was elected to the San Diego City Council in a special election.[3] She was later elected to full term on the council in the regular 2002 city council elections.

Frye ran for mayor of San Diego in the November 2004 run-off election between Dick Murphy and Ron Roberts as a write-in candidate. A plurality of voters wrote in her name, but a controversy arose when she lost the election because a number of voters did not fill in the bubble next to her written name or misspelled her name (usually spelling her last name “Fry”). If those votes had counted, Frye would have had more votes than either of the moderate republican candidates officially in the runoff.

Dick Murphy was re-elected as mayor after a series of legal challenges to the election results, but resigned on July 15, 2005, as the city’s fiscal crisis and legal woes with regulatory and law enforcement agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Bureau of Investigation worsened and became a matter of increasing public awareness. Frye ran for mayor in the special election that took place on July 26, 2005, with a platform advocating open and honest government and restoring order to the city’s financial situation, points found in nearly all of the candidates’ platforms. Frye was endorsed by Mike Aguirre, the city attorney who has confronted the city council over releasing documents.

Frye placed ahead of ten opponents, including former police chief and runner-up Jerry Sanders (27%), by receiving 43% of the vote. However, a majority was needed to win outright, and so a run-off election was held between Frye and Sanders on November 8, 2005. Frye was defeated in this election, receiving 46.1% of the vote to Sanders’ 53.9%. She did, however, win reelection to her council seat in the 2006 city council elections, retiring in 2010 due to term limits.

Meeting topics:  OPEN GOVERNMENT:  What does it mean?  Donna will talk about her recent involvement as President of CaliforniansAware and what we can do as progressives to promote open government initiatives.  How does San Diego grade out in transparency, in City and County government? 

She’ll touch upon her experiences in the Filner administration where she headed The Department of Open Government, and how Filner’s mayorship went South so far and so fast.  Are there long term consequences for San Diego Democrats?  What’s in the future, in her opinion, for progressives in San Diego City and County because of the Filner debacle?

Donna has a great history in protecting San Diego’s beaches, deserts, air, water and many other of our natural resources.  Since she’s been out of public office, does she think we’ve gone backwards in environmental protection?  How does a business-backed Republican Mayor affect environmental and other vital social issues such as living wages, cost of housing, traffic and density issues, etc.?  

Don’t miss one of San Diego’s leading social activists and a progressive politician for the past 15 years talk about her life, her experiences, why open government is so important to us all, and where she thinks we are now as San Diego Democrats!  

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Rafael Castellanos was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on April 15, 2013, to represent the City of San Diego. Castellanos is a partner with the law firm Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyal & Smith LLP in San Diego, where he specializes in commercial real estate and business transactional law. His professional affiliations include having served as General Counsel to, and a member of, the Board of Directors of MANA de San Diego. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, currently as its President. Castellanos is a member of the California State Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Mexican American Business and Professional Association. He was named one of the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorneys in 2008, and in 2011 was named one of San Diego Metro Magazine’s 20 Men Who Impact San Diego. Castellanos graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a Cornerstone Scholar.ember of the California State Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Mexican American Business and Professional Association. He was named one of the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorneys in 2008, and in 2011 was named one of San Diego Metro Magazine’s 20 Men Who Impact San Diego. Castellanos graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a Cornerstone Scholar.

Topics for discussion:  What exactly the Port District does, how it affects ALL County residents, the near and distant future of the Airport, the shipyards, the beaches and bays, traffic and transportation issues, the stadium controversy, etc.  How can we clean up the bay, and what is being done about past contamination?  What is the state of mass transit travel to the airport?   There was talk about a train/trolley stop near the Western edge of the airport with shuttle service to the terminals.  And what can the Port do to maintain and expand public access to the bay and coast line?  Open space/park land vs. development issues?  Join us to hear the answer to these questions and many more!  A great and interesting speaker!

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Dear LMFDC Members,2013 is winding down and a time to look over some of the big stories. There’s lots of news just for you wonderful members:Congress finally passes a budget that was negotiated by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI). While neither side got everything they wanted, it does seem to me that the Republicans got the best outcome:  there will be no government shutdown during the 2014 and 2016 Elections, AND there is NO NEW REVENUE, no closing corporate loop holes, nothing. Democrats did manage to save the Big 3 (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid), and some relief from the sequestration budget limits. The worst part of the budget deal is the elimination of long-term unemployment insurance for 1.2 million people on December 28 (Merry Christmas), and another 1.9 million will lose their support in January.

Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

Obama’s signature was assured on the measure, which lawmakers in both parties and at opposite ends of the Capitol said they hoped would curb budget brinkmanship and prevent more shutdowns in the near future.

The legislation passed the Democratic-controlled Senate on a vote of 64-36, six days after clearing the Republican-run House by a similarly bipartisan margin of 332-94.

By DAVID ESPO 
AP Special Correspondent

 

 

Income inequality is still the biggest problem in our country:

IN THE WEALTHIEST AREA OF THE COUNTRY, 7 HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE FROZEN TO DEATH THIS WINTER

 

Why Are Republicans Socking It to the Unemployed?

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: While the current bipartisan budget deal does address some of this nation’s economic woes, what’s notably missing is an extension of unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans who will lose their unemployment insurance at the end of the month.

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Richard D. Wolff | Capitalism and Democracy: Year-End Lessons

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: Increases in payroll taxes, opposition to the use of eminent domain to slow foreclosures, the implementation of Detroit bankruptcy to steal from public workers’ pensions and the increase of repression against those who protest capitalism’s depredations indicate the widening contradiction between capitalism and democracy.

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This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare Queen

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us the frugal reality of life on the social safety net. 

JORDAN WEISSMANNDEC 17 2013, 4:07 PM ET

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Here’s a useful graph to keep handy for the next time Fox News airs a report about food stamp users buying lobster with their benefits.

This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared yearly spending between families that use public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and families that don’t. And surprise, surprise, households that rely on the safety net lead some pretty frugal lifestyles. On average, they spend $30,582 in a year, compared to $66,525 for families not on public assistance. Meanwhile, they spend a third less on food, half as much on housing, and 60 percent less on entertainment.

 

These figures, drawn from the 2011 Consumer Expenditure Survey, don’t capture all non-cash perks some low-income families get from the government, such as healthcare coverage through Medicaid. But they give you a sense of the kind of tight finances these families deal with.


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The Return of the Welfare Queen


Take the food budget: There were, on average, 3.7 people in each family on public assistance (I know, that sounds weird, but bear with me). So that $6,460 spent on food comes out to about $34 per person, per week. Not exactly a shellfish budget. 

(h/t Kate Gallagher Robbins

 

The other big story this week is about the NSA. A judge ruled NSA surveillance is unconstitutional, and the you know what hit the fan:

BREAKING NEWS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:07 PM EST
A panel of presidential advisers who reviewed the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices urged President Obama on Wednesday to end the government’s systematic collection of logs of all Americans’ phone calls, and to keep those in private hands, “for queries and data mining” only by court order.
In a more than 300-page report made public by the White House, the group of five intelligence and legal experts also strongly recommended that any operation to spy on foreign leaders would have to pass a rigorous test that weighs the potential economic or diplomatic costs if the operation becomes public.
The decision to monitor those communications, it said, should be made by the president and his advisers, not the intelligence agencies. It also recommends new limits on surveillance of ordinary non-Americans. It argues for applying to foreign targets of intelligence the protections accorded to Americans under the Privacy Act of 1974, meaning the government could release very little information about them.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/us/politics/report-on-nsa-surveillance-tactics.html?emc=edit_na_20131218

The rollout of the ACA grabbed headlines. Now that the website is working better, the GOP is scared to death that people will embrace it. Detractors area still trying to kill the ACA, California’s notorious convicted felon Representative, Issa, has been going around the country holding “mock” hearings, what a jerk!

 

December 18, 2013

This startling study makes it plain: In 2014, millions of voters will have a chance to gain health insurance by voting out Republicans.

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Employers cut health coverage, find scapegoat: Obamacare

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: Don’t blame her for your company’s benefit squeeze. (Michael Reynolds/EPA / December 16, 2013)

By Michael Hiltzik

December 16, 2013, 8:20 a.m.

If there’s been one inexorable trend coming out of the HR departments of major employers, it’s been the steady erosion of worker pay and benefits. Razor-thin raises, defined benefit pensions replaced by 401(k) plans, shrinking healthcare–if you’ve been on a big company’s payroll, you know the drill.

Expect the trend to continue or even pick up steam, because employers have an ideal scapegoat right now: the Affordable Care Act. It looks like the blame-Obamacare game is having some effect. According to an AP poll released over the weekend, three-quarters of those with private or employer-based insurance think the Affordable Care Act is the reason for changes in their health coverage for 2014.

Some companies have been blaming the act for forcing them to roll back health coverage if it exceeds “Cadillac plan” standards. This is curious, because the employer tax on Cadillac plans, which is getting fingered as the culprit, doesn’t start until 2018. If your company is cutting back your benefits now, it’s because it wants to cut its payroll costs, period. 

Stagnation in pay and cutbacks in other benefits? If you’re a big employer, you can blame those on the “uncertainty” of your healthcare costs thanks to, you know, Obamacare.

“Soon, Obamacare will get the blame for your kid’s acne,” is how Kevin Drum of Mother Jones interprets the trend.

To be fair, it isn’t entirely clear that employees see Obamacare exclusively as the reason for the benefit cutbacks. In the AP poll, 21% of respondents with private or employer coverage said their benefits were expanding next year–that’s much more likely than a cutback to be the result of the act.  

As for the negative changes, which include higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles, they’ve all been happening for more than a decade. Nor are there any signs that the Affordable Care Act has accelerated the trend. 

In premiums, for instance, employer plans have experienced some of their smallest annual increases since the act’s enactment in 2010. In 2013, the average premium increase in employer plans was 3.85%. That’s half the average increase since 1999, and a fraction of the repeated double-digit percentage increases that hit employer plans from 2001 to 2005. The figures come from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual survey of employer health benefits, 2013 edition.

The survey also documents the long-term rise in deductibles, co-pays and employee premium share. The percentage of employees whose plans charge deductibles of $1,000 or more per person has risen from 10% to 38% since 2006; those facing deductibles of $2,000 or more have risen from 3% to 15%. (The trend is even more pronounced for workers in small firms, defined as those with up to 199 employees.)

Co-pays have been going up: The percentage of workers required to pay $40 per primary care office visit has risen from 7% to 21% since 2006.

If employees really do see Obamacare as the cause of all this, it’s hard to understand why. Any workers who haven’t detected the trend in real time must have been tossing their HR circulars in the trash for a decade. Are there really many employees who haven’t noticed a bigger bite for premiums during their open enrollment periods, or at the latest when they receive their first paycheck of the new year?

It’s possible they’re responding to fear tactics by their employers–warnings that things are only going to get tighter because of government healthcare policy. But wise employees knows to take such claims with a grain of salt, because they’ve been feeling the squeeze for years. 

Reach me at @hiltzikm on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or by email.

MORE FROM MICHAEL HILTZIK

 

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BREAKING NEWS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:47 PM EST
President Obama plans to nominate Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, as his next ambassador to China, according to three officials familiar with the pending announcement.
Mr. Baucus, the chief Capitol Hill architect of Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul, had already decided not to seek re-election next year. He has served six terms and is Montana’s longest-serving senator.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/us/politics/obama-said-to-pick-montana-democrat-as-china-envoy.html?emc=edit_na_20131218

 

 

 

More on the California GOP’s bogus healthcare website from Assemblyman Jones, he asks us to respond to this—-let’s bury him!

 

Facts about Republican Caucus Obamacare Resource Guide

As you may be aware, there have been some rather attention-grabbing media reports regarding the Republican Caucus’ informational website on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  I initially found the controversy laughable because it was so outrageously contrived, but now am saddened that many people have been misled into believing things that aren’t true. Here’s an update on the facts:

A press release announced the launching of the website months ago, which highlighted the following features:

  • Breakdowns of what the ACA means for individuals, based on whether someone presently has insurance, does not have insurance or is an employer.
  • Specific reports on how the ACA will impact seniors and young adults.
  • An interactive calculator estimating the out-of-pocket penalties Californians would owe to the federal government if they do not obtain insurance.
  • A chart detailing the new taxes that employers and individuals will pay under the federal ACA.

It’s very important to note that “Covered California” says our website does not contain inaccurate information and has always provided a link to their website.  Although it was produced by the Assembly Republican Caucus, the content has been presented in a non-partisan and truthful manner. There is no means to collect data and it’s clearly titled a “resource guide.”

There are clearly big informational gaps with the rollout of the ACA, and pretending there aren’t problems won’t make things better, but an open dialogue may alleviate the concerns of many. If you have a health care story you would like to share regarding any element of the health care exchange process, please let me know at:  Assemblymember.Jones@asm.ca.gov

 

Great News!!

Sochi Winter Olympics: US to send openly gay athletes as part …world.topnewstoday.org/world/article/9122214   Cached

US will not send any top officials to Russia for the Winter Games, in what is being considered a pointed snub to President Putin full story

 

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Looking Back

Dec 17, 2013 | By CAP Action War Room

2013

It’s that time of year again. ThinkProgress has started its series of items looking back at 2013.

Here are a few you should check out.

Yesterday, Alyssa Rosenberg brought you the best and worst books of 2013, including much-discussed titles like Lean In as well as others that you may not have heard so much about.

Today, Alyssa rolled her list of 14 great movies from the past year. This list also mixes well-known films like Zero Dark Thirty with others like Wadjda , the first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia, and Twenty Feet From Stardom, a documentary about backup singers.

Finally, Adam Peck rounds up some of the most iconic photos of 2013.

 

Be sure and check them all out HERE.

Stay tuned for more reflections on the often tumultuous, sometimes triumphant, and rarely boring year we’ve just experienced.

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Looking Back, Continued

Dec 18, 2013 | By CAP Action War Room

More Reflections on 2013

This week we’ve been bringing you some of our thoughts on 2013: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are a few more ThinkProgress items you might find of interest as the year comes to a close.

Travis Waldron from ThinkProgress Sports, a new section launched this year, writes aboutthe most influential man in sports in 2013. It’s probably not who you think it is. He also took a look back on the year in sportswriting.

Building on her earlier pieces on the year in books and movies, today Alyssa Rosenberg focuses on the year in television.

Writing over at Climate Progress, Emily Atkin takes a deep dive on 45 fossil fuel disastersthe industry doesn’t want you to know about. On the positive side of the ledger, Kiley Kroh and Jeff Spross look at 13 major clean energy breakthroughs in 2013.

While House Republicans refused to take up immigration reform this year, Esther Yu-Hsi Lee and Rebecca Leber highlight 8 of this year’s wins on immigration. 2013 also saw the Obama administration’s record pace of deportations slow.

Was 2013 a good year to be an international journalist? Annie-Rose Strasser details thethreats journalists faced this year.

Tomorrow, we’ll be back at you with some final thoughts on 2013 before the Progress Report takes a break for the holidays.

 

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Treat Time! Thanks to all of you who sent such fantastic treats

If you have not read this, it is hilarious.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/20978-childrens-letters-to-megyn-kelly

 

And if you haven’t watched this, equally hilarious. 🙂

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/13/jon-stewart-megyn-kelly-s_n_4440054.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037&ir=Politics&utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

 

Do you have 44 seconds to spare?

You HAVE to watch this hilarious, holiday-themed takedown of what Republicans have been up to this year.

We’ve been watching it all week in the office and trust us — you’re going to want to pass this one along to your friends who don’t mind a good swipe at the Tea Party.

Check out our “12 Days of Congress” site where you can download the song (featuring Bowzer from Sha Na Na) for free and put in on your holiday mix. You can even get it as a ringtone!

From Big Oil subsidies to bonuses for bigwigs, the GOP has stuffed some extra special goodies in the stockings of corporations and the ultra-wealthy this year, while giving the rest of us a lump of coal. And don’t get us started on Republicans’ idea of outreach to women.

Enjoy!

Happy Holidays from all of us at the DCCC
This is really funny!
Subject: The Epic Struggle Between Cats & Dogs

Saw this video & thought you may thoroughly enjoy! LOL
http://www.godvine.com/The-Epic-Struggle-Between-Dogs-and-Cats-Continues-Watch-the-Hilarious-Video-4376.html

 

It is not often we get the chance to see something in real life so uplifting. If you enjoy this video then be sure to share it with all your friends.

This video should be seen by everyone!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=IFPnwpkGioc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

 

Blog | Josh Voorhees
Harold Camping, Infamous Doomsday Minister, Dead at 92
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 1:53 PM EST

 

They didn’t teach us this in history.    Be prepared for a shock as you watch this.

Rare Film From 1932

One of the darkest days of US history…………actual newsreel footage.

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.” ? Mark Twain

FANTASTIC NEWS VIDEO: 1932 – young Patton, young Eisenhower, young MacArthur, Pres Hoover, Walter Winchell reporting.

Hard to believe this happened 80 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?feature=player_embedded&v=sNOsIB5VMS

 

LET’S TURN EAST COUNTY BLUE—-VICTORY 2014!

 

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Dear LMFDC Members,

Wow, our December 4th Holiday Meeting was terrific and a wonderful way to close out the 2013 meeting schedule. The meeting room was so festive thanks to the creative and hard work of our VP for Membership, Jane Inglese, she out did herself again! Also great thanks to everyone who helped with the set-up of the Holiday Buffet: Jennifer Spencer, Mary Jane Tanquary, Steve Jesionka, Ann Stiles, and you wonderful members who pitched in with an incredible array of delicious appetizers, side dishes, and desserts.

A big special thanks to our VP for Programming, Jeff Benesch, for securing Richard Lederer as our speaker. Richard knocked it out of the park as usual, and his generosity is boundless: Richard donated his skills to four bidders ($400) to Common Ground, our 2013 designated community charity. Thanks also to all you wonderful members who donated, books, jackets, and money to Common Ground, you have made a difference in a child’s life!

Our awesome President, Fernando Garcia, did a masterful job of running the meeting AND connecting with the folks from Common Ground, way to go Fernando!!!

On to the News:

We lost Nelson Mandela yesterday, a man described by his biographer as :The last pure hero on the earth. How Mandela managed to overcome 27years in prison without vengeance against the white minority is a testament to his character; he could have initiated a bloody civil war upon his release from prison, but, he chose to work for multi-racial peace in South Africa:

The White House
On the passing of Nelson Mandela

This evening, President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

 

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· Obit | Adam Roberts
Farewell, Madiba
Thursday, December 05, 2013, at 4:49 PM EST
Nelson Mandela’s human flaws, desires, and compromises—as much as his idealism and ability to forgive—helped to make him great.
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· Blog | Josh Voorhees
Rick Santorum Compares Mandela’s Fight to GOP Opposition to Obamacare
Friday, December 06, 2013, at 10:16 AM EST

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· Blog | David Weigel
Go Ahead, Politicize Mandela
Thursday, December 05, 2013, at 7:18 PM EST

Good news:
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· Blog | Matthew Yglesias
Economy Added 203,000 Jobs In November
Friday, December 06, 2013, at 8:44 AM EST

Bad news and an alert for holiday flyers:
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ALSO HAVE A GREAT BELT COLLECTION
The TSA Made $500K Last Year Because You Forgot Your Change
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The next time you go through airport security, check those grey and white bins where you unload your pockets.
The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time with family, for fast food workers not so much:

Fast Food Strikes Sweep the Nation

Dec 5, 2013 | By CAP Action War Room

Workers Fight for a Living Wage
Today marked the “biggest wave of job actions in the history of America’s fast-food industry,” as low-wage workers demanding a $15 per hour living wage walked off the job in 130 cities and related actions took place in dozens more.

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CREDIT: Christopher Butterfield

Today’s striking workers included those at the McDonald’s inside the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum here in the nation’s capital, reports ThinkProgress:

One striking McDonald’s worker told ThinkProgress, “I’m hurting. I’m crying in my heart, my kids are starving. $8.25 is not enough to live in D.C., or anywhere for that matter, when the cost of living is constantly going up.” The $8.25 she makes at McDonald’s is not enough for her to support her two children. “I live in Capitol Hill and my rent is $1050. I work my butt off at work for a $300 check that I can’t even use to pay my rent. So, it’s saddening. It’s depressing, I’m seeing a therapist. It’s just a lot.”

The workers were joined by several Members of Congress, including Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL):

“We had a conversation last election about the makers and the takers, about the 1 percent and the 99 percent, and Barack Obama won that election,” she said. “They can be the makers if they have money in their pockets!
GOP Scrooges:

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Police Threaten Children Singing Outside House Republican Leaders’ Offices with Arrest
http://c681724.r24.cf2.rackcdn.com/PoliceThreatenSingingChildrenoutsideRepublicanOffices120613.jpgEsther Yu-Hsi Lee, News Investigation: More than 40 youths with the immigration advocacy group Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) have been busy chasing down Congressional members in Washington, D.C. this week, but very few House members have been willing to meet with them. On Thursday, when activists between the ages of six to 15, marched to the Congressional offices of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, they were threatened with arrest by Capitol police officers for singing.
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The National Memo
December 6, 2013
The Greediest Cases: A Yuletide TraditionThe Greediest Cases: A Yuletide Tradition

Meet YUM! Brands CEO David Novak. He took home $94 million in two years while fighting a higher minimum wage.

We progressive understand that income inequality threatens our economy:

5 Easy And Effective Ways To Reverse Income Inequality

Reversing the growing gap between the 1 percent and the rest of us would be simpler than you think. Read »
Robert Reich | One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains
http://c681724.r24.cf2.rackcdn.com/EndRedistributionofWealth120613.jpgRobert Reich, Op-Ed: The President’s speech yesterday on inequality avoided the “R” word. No politician wants to mention “redistribution” because it conjures up images of worthy “makers” forced to hand over hard-earned income to undeserving “takers.” But as low-wage work proliferates in America, so-called takers are working as hard if not harder than anyone else and often at more than one job. But we can finance much of this redistribution to the working poor by ending unnecessary redistributions to the wealthy.

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Saving Social Security and Closing the Income Gap Go Hand-in-Hand
http://c681724.r24.cf2.rackcdn.com/SavingSocialSecurity120613.jpgDave Lindorff, Op-Ed: The beauty of viewing Social Security not as some costly “entitlement” that needs to be cut, as conservatives portray it, but rather as a necessary program that insures that the country takes adequate care of its elderly and infirm, and that can be securely, and even better funded than it is now by raising the taxes paid into the program by the currently coddled rich, is that it offers a good way to eliminate the looming Social Security funding shortfall while, at the same time, shrinking society’s burgeoning wage gap.
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GOP hates government workers, from their perspective, private companies do a better job:

Government should be run like a business because businesses can do things better, faster and cheaper. Sounds good (and familiar), right? Except it isn’t true. Just ask Jill Bronaugh from Topeka, Kansas.

Jill’s son has cerebral palsy and other serious health concerns. After Kansas Governor Sam Brownback outsourced KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program in 2013, Nicholas’ coverage was dropped without warning. Jill spent weeks trying to restore coverage of Nicholas’ prescriptions to keep him healthy.

Jill’s is just one of countless horror stories that result from public services being outsourced to for-profit corporations that fail to keep their promises; stories chronicled in ITPI’s new report, Out of Control: The Coast-to-Coast Failures of Outsourcing Public Services to For-Profit Corporations.

As the report makes clear, horror stories like Jill’s are everywhere. Indiana outsourced a toll road to for-profit corporations who promised they would keep the public’s interest at heart. But when Gov. Mitch Daniels declared an emergency during a 2008 flood, the corporations demanded to be reimbursed nearly $500,000 in lost tolls from Hoosiers evacuating to safety.

And in California, Los Angeles county continued to renew a foster placement contract even after multiple reports surfaced of children placed in homes where they experienced severe abuse.

So the next time you hear someone spout the argument that government should be run like a business, send them to ITPI’s website to read Out of Control, The Coast-to-Coast Failures of Outsourcing Public Services to For-Profit Corporations. It’s time to set the record straight.

Remember ALEC? You know, the ones behind the infamous “Stand your ground” laws proliferating the states? Well, they are on the ropes and we can help knock them out:

Make sure to add alerts@pfaw.org to your list of “safe senders” or contacts.

PFAW’ers protesting outside of ALEC’s policy summit RIGHT NOW:

 

Earlier this week, the Guardian released a report about how ALEC is facing a funding crisis because of the exodus of its corporate sponsors in response to last year’s campaign by supporters of People For the American Way, Color of Change, Center for Media and Democracy, CREDO and others.

Founded by Radical Right zealots like Paul Weyrich and fueled by corporate special interests, ALEC has been responsible for some of the worst anti-voter, anti-consumer, anti-worker and, going back to its roots, even anti-gay attacks at the state legislative level. And, teaming up with the NRA, ALEC was a main driving force behind the “Stand Your Ground” laws that came into the national spotlight following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Now, according the Guardian report, ALEC is ramping up efforts to hold onto the corporate sponsors it still has and get back the ones it’s lost!

We can’t let that happen. ALEC is on the ropes and we need to land a knockout.

Click here to add your name to our petition now urging ALEC companies to withdraw their support from the reckless right-wing policy group.

One of the most effective petition campaigns PFAW members and activists have been a part of is our ongoing effort to pressure companies to cut ties with the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Last year, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, ALEC’s role as a proponent of controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws gave those of us working to counter ALEC for years a great opportunity to raise awareness about the organization and publicly pressure its corporate sponsors to break off their relationships with ALEC.

Well over 100,000 PFAW activists signed our petition to dislodge ALEC’s corporate sponsors and tens of thousands more of you took action with phone calls, protests and in other ways.

Make sure to add YOUR name to the petition right now — it’s time to take a strong stand and make sure companies know the high cost of supporting ALEC.

Thank you for keeping the pressure on.

— Ben Betz, Online Engagement Director

P.S. A document we recently uncovered shows that once upon a time, ALEC called homosexuality an “abomination,” defended “the liberty of an employer to refuse to hire homosexuals,” called basic rights for gay people “privileges” and even identified six distinct categories of gay people.

Just another reminder that ALEC’s extremism even extends beyond the narrow interests of big money and corporate elites.

 

 

By now, all of us have heard the bleating from the MSM about the roll-out of ACA, and how people are losing their insurance:

Read the Article

The Truth Behind Those Cancelled Insurance Policies
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Just like technical issues with web sites, cancelled insurance policies are quite common. Health insurers sell a product. The ACA requires that these policies maintain a minimum standard. Put simply, the cancelling of insurance policies is capitalism at its finest.

The National Memo

This week, Speaker Boehner got caught red-handed.

He just couldn’t stop himself from promoting the latest fake Obamacare “horror story.” This one’s about a New York father who was allegedly told that his 18-month-old daughter couldn’t be included on the family’s plan. Boehner actually insinuated that Obamacare would only cover children once they reach two years of age.

Well guess what, the story AND Boehner’s claim are 100% false. The New York father, who is a failed conservative candidate for the state legislature, forgot to list one of his children on his plan and the error has already been resolved. But Boehner hasn’t made a statement to set the record straight. That’s where you come in.

 

 

DCCC Rapid Response


Did you hear about the California GOP’s “alternative healthcare website”? It is a despicable attempt to confuse Californians about the ACA. Well, our goofball Assemblyman, Brian Jones, shares his perspective, be prepared to hurl:

In response to the recent feigned outrage regarding the Republican Caucus’ informational website on the Affordable Care Act, I thought you might be interested in the statement I released as counterpoint to media reports:

“The whole ‘fabricated’ controversy is really laughable. ‘Fake’ websites don’t announce themselves with press releases. It does exactly what it says it does, which is provide information. Nothing less – nothing more. The liberals are simply attempting to redirect attention from the embarrassment of the Obamacare roll-out.“

The facts are as follows:

The very public press release that announced the launching of the website was issued in August, and highlighted the following features:
Breakdowns of what the Affordable Care Act means for individuals, based on whether someone presently has insurance, does not have insurance or is an employer.
Specific reports on how the Affordable Care Act will impact seniors and young adults.
An interactive calculator estimating the out-of-pocket penalties Californians would owe to the federal government if they do not obtain insurance.
A chart detailing the new taxes that employers and individuals will pay under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The website was released due to public confusion and questions from constituents about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them.
“Covered California” has stated that the Republican website does not violate the law, nor does it contain inaccurate information.
The Republican Caucus website was approved by the Assembly Rules Committee, which is controlled by the majority party.
The website provides a link to the “Covered California” website.
The website has no means to collect data; it is clearly titled a “resource guide.”

As your representative in Sacramento, I want to ensure that you have the most accurate information available. Although this website was produced by the Assembly Republican Caucus, the content has been presented in a non-partisan manner, and the data has been put forth in an accurate manner. Should you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.
Brian W. JONES
Assemblyman, 71st District
The above-mentioned, Jones, had a Holiday Open house recently—-you may want to keep the businesses who supported him in mind, when spending your money. There is a survey from Jones (which is a joke) I filled it out anyway:
I wish to thank the generous community partners who donated their food, services, and time to help make the Holiday Legislative Open House a success:

Toyota of El Cajon
Lexus of El Cajon
Tipton Honda – El Cajon
BNS Brewery – Santee
Chick-fil-A – Santee
East Bound Bar and Grill – Lakeside
Garcias Puebla – El Cajon
Hacienda Mexican Restaurant – El Cajon
Jersey Mike’s – El Cajon
Pizza Express – El Cajon
Hilliker’s Ranch Fresh Eggs – Lakeside
King of Nabulus Sweets – El Cajon
Le Carmel – Santee
Nothing Bundt Cakes – San Diego
East County Youth Symphony – El Cajon
El Cajon Valley High Restaurant Services – El Cajon
Valhalla High Culinary Arts – Rancho San Diego
Partnership with Industry – Santee
Foothills Christian Church – El Cajon
Queens Council for Youth Empowerment
El Cajon Police
Westfield Mall – El Cajon
Reading Cinema – Lakeside
Now it’s time for us to look to 2014. I am asking for your help on two important items:
1 – Take a Survey?
In order to be the best representative I can be in Sacramento, I need to know the priorities of the people I represent. Please take a moment to fill out this helpful survey so that my office knows which issues are most important to you.
It’s Holiday Party Time!
Please join us on December 15 to celebrate the season with our extended San Diego Democratic family. Our annual holiday party is nearly sold out, so I invite you to RSVP today!

Enjoy some good cheer with our elected officials, candidates, and friends. Meet mayoral candidate David Alvarez and make new friends with other volunteers and supporters like you.

This event is always a favorite that features festive entertainment, heavy appetizers, beverages, and dessert. Be sure to sign up now so you won’t miss out:

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Riverwalk Golf Club, 1150 Fashion Valley Rd.,
San Diego, 92108 (map)

RSVP: http://www.sddemocrats.org/holidays

With 2014 right around the corner, all proceeds from your $40 ticket will help to get Democrats off to a running start for the upcoming elections in February, June, and November.

Feel free to email rsvp@sddemocrats.org or call (858) 277-3367 for more details. I hope to see you soon, and in the meantime I wish you and yours the very best!
Truly,

Francine Busby
Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party
P.S.: We’re sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive, so please bring nonperishable food items to this event for local families in need.

8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92111
sddemocrats.org | (858) 277-3367

 

East County Magazine
http://www.eastcountymagazine.org

Dear Linda,

Ho ho! It’s time for our annual holiday party for our wonderful subscribers and friends. We hope you can join in our spirited occasion to celebrate the season on December 15! (Note: If you cannot view the invitation and images below, click the link above this email to view a webpage version of the invitation.)

Best wishes,

Miriam Raftery, Editor
Mark Hanson, Publisher
East County Magazine

http://www.EastCountyMagazine.org
a publication of the 501(c)3 Heartland Coalition
editor@eastcountymagazine.org

As we know all too well, the East County Village Idiot, Duncan (Dwayne) Hunter wants to bomb Iran with nuclear weapons!!! There is a wonderful alternative, James Kimber, let’s do what we can to support James:
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December 6, 2013

Dear Linda,

The past 24 hours have been quite interesting with the remarks from Rep. Hunter about how he would handle a military conflict with Iran.

Rep. Duncan Hunter wants to use nuclear weapons on Iran
In a recent C-Span interview Representative Duncan Hunter said regarding a conflict with Iran, instead of putting boots on the ground, he recommends using a “tactical nuclear devices and you set them back a decade…” (click to watch the video)
Mr. Hunter’s remarks are incredibly irresponsible at a time when the administration is trying diplomacy with Iran. But Mr. Hunter’s remarks also show ignorance (or arrogance) to suggest the use of nuclear weapons without thrusting the rest of the world into conflict.

 

Taking Back the 50th District—KIMBER for Congress

This past year I have had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible people throughout the district and it just continues to grow. I’m also pleased to welcome the newest members of the campaign, Rosa Brummel, Jasmin Gonzalez, Karla Mahan and Liyin Sun. They bring much experience and expertise and undoubtedly will be key players in the success of our campaign.

However, the next year begins the real work of the campaign and I need your help. Last week I was invited by the DNC to meet President Obama during his remarks in Los Angeles and this week the DNC called to say they want to host two fundraisers for our campaign. The support of the DNC and other organizations is a great help but we also need your support to maintain a successful campaign. Please consider making a contribution or if possible, a monthly contribution. You can make your contribution securely through NGP VAN at this link:
If you prefer, just mail your check payable to “Kimber for Congress” to P.O. Box 1474, Escondido, CA 92033. Your contribution today will ensure a win in the 50th District.
Sincerely,

Kimber for Congress, FEC ID# C00540120

 

Holiday Treat Time: Thanks to all who submitted these gems

Subject: Are You Smart Enough to Be a Citizen? Take Our Quiz

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/07/what-if-you-had-to-earn-american-citizenship/309398/
Incredibly brilliant 5-year-old

He is so cute & sooooo smart. Enjoy!!

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LET’S TURN EAST COUNTY BLUE—-VICTORY 2014!

Linda K. Armacost, Ed.D

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A Night of the Mayors
Many issues of great import to all County residents will be facing the next Mayor of San Diego.  Transportation and growth, Balboa Park, a Charger’s Stadium, expansion of the Convention Center, use of our waterfront and public access, mass transit vs. freeway expansion, neighborhood planning and influence, water and air pollution and environmental issues, civil justice and social welfare, the plight of the homeless, military and veteran issues, LGBT rights, cross border issues, inner city poverty and neglect, an aging infrastructure, and so much more.  Come hear the current acting Mayor of San Diego, Todd Gloria and the potential future Mayor, David Alvarez address these and many other topics affecting residents both in and out of the City.  It should be a fascinating evening, and just 2 weeks before the special Mayoral election.  Is it the start of a new era in San Diego, or are we powerless against the established “Good Ole’ Boys” network of developers, bankers, hoteliers and Doug Manchester.  Has the Filner debacle set us back, or provided a spring board for the future?
Come find out for yourself.

 

 

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