The Case for Joe Biden

President Obama gets – and deserves the credit he gets – for sparking an unprecedented shift in public support in favor of marriage equality.  Many of us are now married to the person we love because of the President’s words and his administration’s actions.

joe biden comfortableNot everyone remembers or credits the spark that led to those Presidential comments when they happened however.

On May 6, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden made the following statement on Meet the Press:

“I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction — beyond that.”

Joe Biden made his comments – as did the President – as they headed into their re-election campaign.  They didn’t hold off until after the election to take a controversial stand until after they had been safely elected as many had advised.

The Vice-President has a long history of taking principled stands on issues that may not be commonly held – and shifting the middle toward his viewpoint.  His famous ‘gaffes” frequently become eventual policy, commonly held beliefs or at the very least, seen as an uncomfortable truth. Joe Biden has been one of the LGBT community’s most consistent friends and an advocate for us. If you get the chance to meet, please thank him.

Carol Kim Has A Plan

Carol Kim has a plan to address the growing crisis in retention and recruitment in the Police Department. Her opponent wants another study. We want a Council member who has a plan.  Dems for Equality endorses Carol Kim for San Diego City Council, District 6

Carol Kim Has A Plan

Click on the image to the right to download/print Voters Guide of all the equality candidates endorsed by San Diego Democrats for Equality

Change of Venue for Dems for Equality Meeting in October

San Diego Democrats for Equality is all about electing equality supportive Democrats to office.  For that reason, we will not be holding our regular monthly meeting at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center. 

Instead, we will be meeting at the campaign headquarters of our Priority Campaigns for the November 4th election – Carol Kim (San Diego City Council, District 6) and Scott Peters (52nd Congressional District).

This could be the most important meeting the Club has all year.  Be there! Get Out the Vote!

Carol Kim Campaign Headquarters                                                Scott Peters Campaign Headquarters

8328 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 214                                             4715 Viewridge Ave, Ste 150,
San Diego, CA 92111                                                                            San Diego, CA 92123

Change of Venue for Dems for Equality Meeting in October

San Diego Democrats for Equality is all about electing equality supportive Democrats to office.  For that reason, we will not be holding our regular monthly meeting at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center. 

Instead, we will be meeting at the campaign headquarters of our Priority Campaigns for the November 4th election – Carol Kim (San Diego City Council, District 6) and Scott Peters (52nd Congressional District).

This could be the most important meeting the Club has all year.  Be there! Get Out the Vote!

Carol Kim Campaign Headquarters                                                Scott Peters Campaign Headquarters

8328 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 214                                             4715 Viewridge Ave, Ste 150,
San Diego, CA 92111                                                                            San Diego, CA 92123

It Was A Great Week for Carol Kim and Scott Peters

It Was A Great Week for Carol Kim and Scott Peters

Last week, Carol Kim laid out a plan to deal with a real and present issue facing the City – the issue of police retention and recruitment.

“We can’t ignore the market, “said Kim.  “How can we expect to retain our officers when they can go to other law enforcement agencies in the area and get considerably better compensation packages?”

The Kim Plan would utilize 1/3 of the budget surplus identified by Mayor Falconer to provide a 5% raise in salaries per year in each of the next 4 years – all without a tax increase or cut-backs to other City services.

“We can’t afford to be paying $190,000 to train police officers, only to have them leave for other departments,” said Kim.  “It’s time we start re-investing this money into the SDPD to protect both our officers and our communities.”

Carol’s opponent conceded that additional funding for Police salaries was needed but rather than sign on to the Kim Plan, called for waiting for a City study.  And, rather than utilizing the City’s budget surplus, he’s absolutely willing to cut back on current City services (Parks? Libraries? Water/Sewers?) to pay for potholes and police.

In order for Carol to implement her critical plan we need to get her elected to the Sixth Council District seat on the City Council.  You can help by checking out her Call/Walk schedule HERE.  She also needs money to get the word out.  The Club is a co-host of the LGBT Sunday Brunch Fundraiser for Carol Kim on Sunday, September 28th.  It will be from 11AM – 1PM at the beautiful home of Susan Guinn and Denice Feldhaus.  You can RSVP for this event HERE.

 

And, What a week for Scott Peters.  Following endorsements from non-partisan Human Rights Campaign and Equality California (and the non-endorsement of his opponent by Victory Fund which specializes in funding openly LGBT candidates), the usually Republican-partisan U.S. Chamber of Commerce comes out with an endorsement of Democrat Scott Peters.

A chamber spokeswoman said the organization had endorsed more than 260 candidates in the upcoming elections, only four of whom are Democrats.

Scott’s opponent, or as we prefer to refer to him, he who shall not be named, tried to downplay the endorsement only to have Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s National Political Director, Tweet  “[he who shall not be named] left to rely on his own consultants to pretend he’s pro biz.  Sad.  Fact is he sought our endorse & failed.  No one weighed in.”  Perhaps fearing that the Tweet wasn’t clear enough, Engstrom followed with “[he] campaign pretending to be pro business, and yet loses Chamber endorsement.  Not a single company weighed in for him.”  And, yet again, “[he] campaign imploding.  Fact: they sought our endorsement for over a year, overwhelmingly rejected.  Stop the hypocrisy.  Now.”   http://tinyurl.com/osjzffj

Perhaps because he suddenly realized that over 50% of the voters in the District are women, or perhaps, just to change the subject from the Chamber fiasco, Scott’s opponent decided to launch a women’s offensive.  He succeeded.  It was pretty damn offensive.

He who shall not… proposed to make birth control (now covered under the Affordable Care Act as a no-co-pay benefit) available over-the-counter.  Leaving aside the efficacy of providing these items without a medical professional’s advice that they are safe and effective for the individual, this would cost the public hundreds of dollars yearly because most health insurance coverage does not cover Over-the-Counter medications so what is free under the Affordable Care Act would become out of pocket expenses.

Another bait-and-switch proposal he signed on to is the “Working Families Flexibility Act”.  You can be excused perhaps by the bill’s title to believe that it would provide “flexibility” for parents to spend time with their children.  What it would actually do is amend long-standing labor law by allowing private-sector employers to offer compensatory time off (at the employer’s convenience) instead of paying time-and-a-half pay for overtime. Employers and workers are supposed to agree on the arrangement, but there’s nothing to stop an employer from discriminating against those who prefer payment by cutting back on their overtime hours.  There is also no real deterrent against forcing unpaid overtime on workers who fear losing their jobs if they object.

Perhaps the “flexibility” he is going for is flexibility to allow employers to be able to kiss their own lives goodbye.

Scott’s opponent has a long pattern of losing friends and influencing people against him, but he can’t do it alone.  You can get involved by calling (858)571-7424 or emailing [email protected].

Election Reform Followup

Election Reform Followup

Response from Council President Todd Gloria to the Club’s Election Reform Resolutions

 

At the Club’s June meeting, San Diego Democrats for Equality directed the Board to submit resolutions to the San Diego City Council and San Diego County Board of Supervisors to request amendments to the City’s and County’s Charter.  One of these amendments would require that voter initiated Referendums and Initiatives be placed only on the General Election ballot when voter participation is highest.  The other would require that the City and County do away with it’s current practice allowing candidates who receive 50% + 1 vote in a Primary Election to win the office without coming before a more comprehensive electorate in the General Election.  The letter above from Council President Gloria details the actions that have been taken on the proposals.  The original resolutions are shown below.

 

Election Reform Followup

Resolution to Require All Voter Initiatives/Referendums Be Placed Only On General Election Ballot

 

Election Reform Followup

Resolution to Require Top Two Primary Candidates Appear On General Election Ballot