Green candidate to challenge Garamendi for CA-10 in 2010

The Cloward for Congress Kick-Off is scheduled for January 30, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at the Round Table Pizza at 2960 Treat Boulevard, in Concord

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On January 30, Green Party Candidate Jeremy Cloward of Pleasant Hill, will declare his intention to run for California’s 10th Congressional Seat (CA-10) seat now held by Democrat Rep. John Garamendi of Walnut Grove, somewhere near Sacramento, CA.

Rep. Garamendi was elected in September to fill the vacancy created when then Democratc incumbent Rep. Ellen Tauscher of Alamo,resigned the seat to become Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security.

Jeremy Cloward is campaigning to promote a “more just and equal society,”

“The issues that are important to all of us, such as single payer healthcare, education, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, need to be addressed by people and a party that are actually willing to address them. However, what has become clear is that the Democratic and Republican parties are not only unwilling but unable to address any one of these issues in any meaningful way.”

Cloward accepts no corporate contributions,

“This is a campaign that is run by the voters, for the voters that openly rejects corporate control over the political system which has benefited the few at the expense of the people.”

The Cloward for Congress Kick-Off is scheduled for January 30, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at the Round Table Pizza at 2960 Treat Boulevard, in Concord. The event is free, and is open to the public.

More information on the Jeremy Cloward campaign can be found at www.jeremycloward.com.

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Garamendi vote helps pass healthcare bill

John Garamendi’s first vote helped t pass historic healthcare legislation

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The House of Representatives narrowly passed a Health Care bill 220-215. The narrow margin underscores the role that the two special elections for Congress played last week combined with the lone Republican that voted for the measure.

Without the combination of Democrats winning both Congressional elections (NY-23 and CA-10) and the cross over of Rep Cao (R-LA) where the very issue of government health care played a major role, the measure might have been defeated 217-218.

The measure still has to be squared away with a Senate version, but nevertheless, the voters of the district who weighed in on the issue with +12,000 votes for Garamendi got exactly what they were demanding and he was promising: one more YES vote for health care reform.

While many of the readers of this blog and in Californian budget politics in general are spoiled with the idea that a minority rule is acceptable (that is the subject of another upcoming post) at least for this vote, the majority prevailed.

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Gore and Garamendi in Brokeback 2

Al Gore and John Garamendi to star in Brokeback 2

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Since he invented the Internet, we suppose it is only fitting that Former VP Al Gore recently blasted the following endorsement letter as an e-mail to anyone with an inbox.

And what’s with the leather, manly grip, and the great outdoors? Looks like a promo pic for Brokeback 2!

Dear Friend:

John Garamendi has earned my wholehearted endorsement in the upcoming Special Election to choose a new member of Congress.

As Vice President, I worked side-by-side with John when he was second in command at the Interior Department.

He protected our national parks, redwood forests and the Delta. He stopped the dumping of nuclear waste in the California desert and held corporate polluters accountable for toxins in our water. And few officials have done more than John Garamendi to protect the California coast from oil drilling.

John’s experience, passion, and willingness to make bold policy decisions will be an asset to President Obama and Democrats in Congress who are working to solve the problems facing our country.

Please join me in supporting Democrat John Garamendi for Congress.

Sincerely,
Al Gore signature

Al Gore

John Garamendi Al Gore

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Late Garamendi fundraiser, Nov 1

The Garamendi for Congress campaign (CA-10) will hold a late fundraiser in Lafayette, Sunday, Nov 1. See flyer below for details and contact information.

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The Garamendi for Congress campaign (CA-10) will hold a late fundraiser in Lafayette, Sunday, Nov 1. See flyer below for details and contact information.

John Garemendi fundraiser 11.1.2009, Lafayette

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St. Mary’s CD-10 Forum

The audience of about 200 was clearly fitted out with a majority of the Republican Harmer supporters who resonated with his views that would be considered extreme in many other places in the district.

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Dave Harmer (Republican)
Education– opposes government supported public education declaring that the money received was ‘not worth the strings attached’.
Social Security– opposes its structure wants privatization along the lines of a 401K fund that restricts your benefits based on what you put in,
Health Care– opposes government involvement wants a voucher like system, prefers a system of three major insurance companies dominating the national market than one government system
Environment– Sees nothing wrong with CO2 and is opposed to any efforts to curb it in the atmosphere.
Debt– decried the national debt and stimulus saying we need to stop the growth of government
Blame Game– blames the economic recession on Franks and the Federal Government.

garamendi-nig-valleyJohn Garamendi (Democrat)
Education– we need to strengthen public education and the government has a role there.
Social Security– reminded the audience the reason that it came about was the failure of the banks and the private sector to provide for the mass of the people in their retirement. Had a good line on that a 401K approach would have left people with not even a 201K recently and more likely a Zero 1K retirement fund.
Health Care– made it clear that he supports a Medicare system for all and a public option
Environment– sees global warming as real and action needed. A modification of the way we operate needs to take place.
Debt-supported the stimulus as necessary
Size of Government– reminded the audience that when he was assistant Interior Secretary he reduced the size from 90,000 to 72,000.
Blame Game-put the economic mess at the foot of Bush’s financially disasterous Iraq War, tax cuts for the rich, the lack of regulation and enforcement

mary_mcilroyMary McIlroy (Peace and Freedom)
Education– supports public education by Oil Drilling Tax and changing the commercial side of Prop 13. Basically lost the entire audience on the opening statement declaring her party as the only socialist party and talking about supporting the working class.

self_poor_resolution_wuvfJeremy Cloward (The Greens)
Suggested massive cuts in the military budget by upwards of 190 Billion Dollars to fund college and graduate school education as well as make payments on the deficit. As with the Peace and Freedom Party wants an immediate withdraw from Afghanistan.

Jerry DenhamJerry Denham (American Independent Party)
Wants a 90% reduction in the size of the Federal Government and perpetually responded to questions that the Constitution does not provide authority for the government to get involved in Health Care, Education, Banking, Insurance etc. He ended with a final plea that we need more God in our lives. In fact it felt that the entire role of the Denham participation was to show that there was still some room to the extreme right of the Harmer positions.

There was an overlap of common ground only on the opposition to the Peripheral Canal and the request that if elected there be more forums and town hall meetings.

The audience of about 200 was clearly fitted out with a majority of the Republican Harmer supporters who resonated with his views that would be considered extreme in many other places in the district. However, Harmer’s constant theme was selling the current government as the bad guy seemed to over ride all other aspects of his platform with the audience.

The most extreme shock though for this commentator was reserved for the moderator’s closing comments. She said that in her conversation that morning with the Election Clerk for Contra Costa County, the turnout was trending towards 22% turnout much lower than the September open primary. Such a turnout plays into the extremes that tend to vote on such occasions, something that got plenty of applause in Moraga.

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Harmer supporters gather, Oct 27

Conservative Support Group members will gather to help David by making calls to CD-10 voters on Tuesday October 27, starting at 6pm.

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Conservative Support Group members will gather to help David by making calls to CD-10 voters on Tuesday October 27, starting at 6pm. Meet at the Harmer Headquarters, 500 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 360, Walnut Creek. Light refreshments are provided. Your help is much needed and appreciated to make this race one which has taken a national significance.

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