Oct 23

What will you do to stop hidden special interests from buying elections?

Petition Background
The unlimited hidden money unleashed by Citizens United is taking over our democracy. It’s one of the most important issues of our times, because every governmental decision is distorted by money from wealthy interests.

Candidates and elected officials need to know that voters are watching what they do about it. That’s why the California Clean Money Action Fund has a candidate questionnaire for candidates to answer whether they would support legislation for true disclosure on political ads and for public financing of election campaigns.

Please sign the petition to tell all California candidates for Assembly, Senate, and statewide office that you care about the California DISCLOSE Act and the questions on the California Clean Money Action Fund survey — and that you’ll be looking for their answers when you vote.

We’ll send you their answers on the candidate questionnaire!

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Oct 03

Heidi Hall v LaMalfa Forum

Heidi Hall

In lieu of our regular meeting on Thursday October 9, we encourage you to attend the Nevada County League of Women Voters forum in Nevada City.  Please come and support Heidi Hall as she goes head to head with Doug LaMalfa for CD 1.  Gather your friends to carpool and we’ll see you there.

  • NEVADA CITY – Thursday, October 9, 7pm, Board of Supervisors Chamber, 950 Maidu Ave

Heidi represented us well in the forum held in Chico and you can view that event here.  When you see both candidates side by side it’s clear why we enthusiastically support Heidi Hall!

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Oct 03

Candidates for Rural California


Heidi Hall for Congress

Heidi’s first priorities in Congress will be to create jobs, provide the best possible schools for our children, and bring better internet connectivity to support our existing businesses and attract high tech careers. She will champion efforts to expand the outdoor recreation industry and grow our manufacturing base, while providing responsible resource management for our forests and water supply.

Chris Parker for Board of Equalization
As an experienced tax attorney, Chris Parker understands what is needed to modernize our tax laws and make them fair. Chris believes that as we modernize our tax code we must pay special attention to addressing the needs of working families and small businesses. Our new tax system must reward Californians who work hard to move our economy forward.

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Oct 03

California Democratic Party Endorsements

Yes on Proposition 1
WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) — Provides a reliable supply of water to farms, businesses and communities, especially during droughts. It supports economic growth and protects the environment. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by a comprehensive state water plan and does NOT raise taxes.

 Yes on Proposition 2
STATE BUDGET. 
RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT — Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment of existing debts. Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials. Smaller local reserves for some school districts

 Yes on Proposition 45
APPROVAL OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CHANGES. INITIATIVE —
Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes.

Neutral on Proposition 46
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF DOCTORS. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. INITIATIVE –Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation.

Yes on Proposition 47
CRIMINAL SENTENCES. MISDEMEANOR PENALTIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. – Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk.

Yes on Proposition 48
INDIAN GAMING COMPACTS REFERENDUM
 —  This is a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. A Support position (Yes vote) supports the law, an Oppose position (No vote) backs the Referendum.

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Sep 09

Vote for State Leadership

Governor Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Controller Betty Yee

Treasurer John Chiang

Attorney General Kamala Harris

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

 

 

 

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Sep 09

Battle For The Net

Cable companies want to slow down and break! your favorite sites, for profit. To fight back, let’s cover the web with symbolic “loading” icons, to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers.

via Battle For The Net.

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Jul 31

Pitchforks at the Door of Billionaires?

header_thumbnail1-150x150[1]So there you are a poor, mistreated and misunderstood billionaire who is a solid WORM and you think that the only solution to the debt crisis is to pay your employees less and give them no benefits. After all, that way you can employ twice as many of them, right?

Wrong says Nick Hanauer in his latest The Pitch Forks are Coming . . For Us Plutocrats! Click here for the entire article.

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Jul 30

40 Maps that Explain the Middle East

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