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The Horserace

by: babaloo

Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 15:19:03 PM PDT

Politico is reporting that Joan Buchanan has dropped a poll in CA-10. In a real shocker (not), her poll shows her with the lead among all candidates.

State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan commissioned a poll showing her narrowly leading DeSaulnier in a crowded election field that includes two unannounced Republican candidates.

The poll shows Buchanan leading DeSaulnier 21 to 18 percent, with Republican San Ramon mayor Abram Wilson at 14 percent and former GOP Assemblyman Guy Houston at 13 percent. [...]

The poll, commissioned by the Democratic firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates, was conducted between March 22-23. It surveyed 400 likely district-wide voters, and has a 4.9 percent margin of error.

Some rambling thoughts on the flip...

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It's Fred Klaske Redux!!

by: babaloo

Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 14:23:11 PM PDT

"What happens when one of SF's top political minds runs for Congress vs. the East Bay political establishment? Follow @adriel4congress & see"

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Progressive Democrats Sweep East Bay Primaries

by: robert klein

Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 18:28:23 PM PDT

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This year's June primary was one of the most exciting Democratic Party races in recent memory. Despite record-low turnout, every crucial Bay Area race was decided in favor of an experienced, progressive Democrat. With our help, they will lead our state and our country to a landslide victory this November.

For many in the East Bay, AD 14 was the race to watch. A little background: I am proud to have been one of Councilman Thurmond's early supporters. Tony is a real hero to me, and he ran a solid race. He received the endorsements of every newspaper in the district, but given the role of mail-in ballots and unprecedented low turnout, they came too late to make much of a difference. But I sincerely thank him for running, as well as all of you that worked to help get him elected. I hope we'll be seeing more of Tony Thurmond in the future.

Our future Assemblywoman from the 14th, Nancy Skinner, received over 51% of the vote, a truly remarkable feat in a four-way race. As anyone who has met her can attest, she is an incredibly sharp woman with a real grasp on the issues facing California. In particular, she has years of experience on environmental issues that are close to the hearts of East Bay voters. Once again, our district will have another true progressive representing us in Sacramento. I am sure Nancy Skinner will make all of us proud here in the 14th AD.

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Science Debate 2008

by: delta

Thu Dec 20, 2007 at 10:10:18 AM PST

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I have asked my Congressman, Jerry McNerney, to sign on as supporting A Call for a Presidential Debate on Science and Technology.

Taking from the "sponsors" web page, the following rationale:

Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we, the undersigned, call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Medicine and Health, and Science and Technology Policy. Science Debate 2008.

More on the flip...  

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850 Acres And A Pony -- Revisited

by: babaloo

Fri Dec 14, 2007 at 14:43:27 PM PST

Early last month, I wrote a post about Rep. Jerry McNerney's most recent bill, H.R. 4042, which he announced as a first step to permanent repeal of the estate tax. Introducing his legislation to the local media, McNerney used a SF Public Utilities Commission employee and part-time rancher, Tim Koopman, as his front-man. Telling the tragic tale of how his family was forced to pay estate taxes on his inherited 850-acre ranch in Sunol, Koopman seemed the perfect pitchman.

The post I wrote, "850 Acres Are A Girl's Best Friend," explored the effect of McNerney's proposal to raise the estate tax exemption for farms and small businesses to $8 million ($16 million per couple) and $2 million ($4 million per couple) for family homes.

Well, I just received an email response to that post from none other than Mr. Tim Koopman:

The opinions and views expressed by a variety of writers participating in the discussion about Congressman McNerneys proposed Federal Estate Tax bill appear to be based upon a load of misinformation and distorted facts. It does not appear that anyone responsible for the content of the initial rant bothered to confirm anything.

If you have any interest in getting some background - please give me a call (925) xxx-xxxx.

I am in fact registered to vote in Alameda County

The final "death tax" total for the Koopmann family, including state in lieu taxes, Federal Estate Tax and capital gain taxes was  $747,000 +.

I live in a 1983 model mobile home - not a "median priced house/condo valued at $978,000"

I don't play, and have never played golf

We don't have show horses (little girl's show ponies) for recreational purposes

My question to Alameda County about subdivision/re-zoning for the possible sale of a portion of the ranch was only an attempt to pay off the debt

Your comments were mean spirited and ill advised -

We do have 850 acres of well managed rangeland, that is utilized to graze livestock and provides valuable wildlife habitat and viewshed/open space.

Call me - I welcome a visit so that you at least have some understanding of the issues from my side, or maybe you are not interested in facts

Tim Koopmann

Oh, my.  More on the flip...

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Please Call DiFi On FISA

by: babaloo

Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 12:55:38 PM PST

I'm guessing that many of you have seen the video put out by Courage Campaign on Dianne Feinstein and the FISA bill being considered in the Senate.

There has been a flurry of activity today centering around which one of the many versions of the bill that were passed out of committee would be brought to the floor. Now comes word from Sen. Russ Feingold that he and 13 other Senators are urging Majority Leader Reid to take up the Judiciary Committee's version of the FISA legislation. You can read a copy of their letter here.

The letter to Reid was signed by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Barack Obama (D-IL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Joe Biden (D-DE), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Jim Webb (D-VA), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

So please call Dianne Feinstein today and urge her to support Title I of the version of S. 2248 reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Dianne Feinstein
202-224-3841 (Washington, DC)
415-393-0707 (San Francisco)
559-485-7430 (Fresno)

See some individual statements from the Senators signing onto the letter on the flip...

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Would Ellen Tauscher Lie To Us?

by: babaloo

Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 12:32:16 PM PST

MoveOn just sent out an email to its members asking them to lobby their Congressional representatives on the upcoming (maybe today, maybe tomorrow?) House vote on Iraq appropriations:

According to the Washington Post, Democrats have apparently worked out a "deal" to give President Bush billions of dollars more for Iraq -- no strings attached -- in exchange for increased domestic spending.

The WaPo article details how the leadership (Steny Hoyer and Harry Reid in this case -- Nancy Pelosi seems to be noncommittal at this point) has decided that Democrats must "compromise" with Bush on Iraq in order to gain an additional $11 billion for domestic spending on items such as emergency drought relief in the southeast and the subprime mortgage crisis.

Apparently lost on these master tacticians is the fact that Bush has adamantly stated he will veto any domestic spending appropriations over and above what he has requested. But Hoyer, in demonstrating Democrats' willingness to yield to Bush, has already given away the store. The same article quotes House Minority Whip Roy Blunt: (emphasis added)

Blunt said yesterday that Democrats will give in on war funding, with or without additional money for domestic programs. "There's no reason to make a bad bargain," he said. "The president holds all the cards."

Of course, the president doesn't hold all the cards. He simply holds all the backbone.

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Whose future are they playing with?

by: delta

Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 08:36:14 AM PST

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I have not contributed much recently.  That may be because I have not been pissed off enough to go on a rant.  That has changed, thanks to some good reporting by Media News Group's Mike Taugher.
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Fred Klaske (Gibberish Edition)

by: babaloo

Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 23:17:26 PM PST

In AD-15 news, the latest Fred Klaske email came out Friday, and aside from the big bombshell that he's dropping $100,000 of his own money into his race, it was vintage Klaske -- that is to say, mostly indecipherable:

More on the flip...

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McNerney On Iraq: "There's Certainly Some Concern Still, But..."

by: babaloo

Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 15:10:25 PM PST

Well, NPR did a piece yesterday about how Iraq is fading as an issue in 2008.

The reported decrease in violence in Baghdad may be having an effect on politics at home. Some reports have shown that Iraq has become less of an issue in the presidential campaign.

Congressional representatives say concerns about Iraq remain, but the war is not the only top-tier issue among voters. Many have turned their focus to domestic issues such as health care, energy, the mortgage crisis and immigration.

The NPR story then went on to cite an interview with the Congressman from Stockton to support that thesis.

You can read a transcript of the interview on the flip...

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