Call to Action: Volunteer for Myrtle Cole’s City Council Race

The Pacific Beach Democratic Club, working with the San Diego Coastal Coalition of Democratic Clubs helped elect Bob Filner Mayor of San Diego.  Now, we need to strengthen is position and help him restructure City politics and bring about more progressive reforms.  We can do this by electing another progressive Democrat to the City Council

Myrtle Cole is a candidate for City Council District 4, and she is a Democrat and endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party.  Myrtle needs our help.

Contact the Myrtle Cole’s Campaign Headquarters and volunteer to help get out the vote.

Click on the link to see a photo of some of the Myrtle Cole Volunteers

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March 14, 2013                                                              

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1. Mark Fiore animation: All in the Scalia
3. The Ryan budget, in one chart
4. The Scariest Climate Change Graph Just Got Scarier
6. Ann Telnaes Animation: Jeb Bush thinks history will be kind to his brother
7. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Burner & Pooch
8. Late Night Jokes for Dems
9. “Limerick Ode To Roger Ailes,” by Madeleine Begun Kane
10. Companies Offshore Cash Hoard Expands by $183 Billion at
11. Andy Borowitz: Ryan Budget Plan Gets Endorsement from Ayn Rand


1. Heidi Moore : Paul Ryan’s Republican budget: this is just leftovers warmed up twice over
2. Ezra Klein: Paul Ryan’s budget: Social engineering with a side of deficit reduction
3. PAUL KRUGMAN: Dwindling Deficit Disorder
4. Greg Sargent: Would Paul Ryan budget raise middle class taxes?
5. THOMAS B. EDSALL: The War On Entitlements
6. Alan I. Abramowitz: Why Section 5 Is Still Needed: Racial Polarization and the Voting Rights Act in the 21st Century
7. David Frum: Why You Shouldn’t #StandWithRand
8. GAIL COLLINS: Senators Bearing Arms
9. Lloyd Green: GOP Meltdown: Paul Ryan Doubles Down On His Losing Southern Strategy
10. Sadhbh Walshe: How long will voters let Republicans put the rich before everyone else?
11. Tim Dickinson: The GOP’s Real Agenda
12. Fred Kaplan: The Coming Collapse of the Middle East?

Is Escondido’s Mayor a “procurer” for developers?

by Margaret McCown-Liles Mayor Sam Abed is moonlighting. His “salary is only $50,000, and that’s not enough…” He’s entered a partnership with a consulting firm that “specializes in how to describe a project to elected officials and the media.” [1] I should be pleased to have what I have long suspected to be validated, but I’m […]

I am not a racist. I just hate democracy.

Reblogged from Corey Robin:

So here’s a fascinating moment of right-wing self-revelation.

Last month, Sam Tanenhaus wrote a piece in The New Republic saying that American conservatives since the Fifties have been in thrall to John C. Calhoun. According to Tanenhaus, the southern slaveholder and inspiration of the Confederate cause is the founding theoretician of the postwar conservative movement.

When the intellectual authors of the modern right created its doctrines in the 1950s, they drew on nineteenth-century political thought, borrowing explicitly from the great apologists for slavery, above all, the intellectually fierce South Carolinian John C.

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Ben Hueso Wins and Restores Democratic Super Majority in the State Senate

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SAN DIEGO (Oct. 10, 2008) Ben Hueso presents a proclamation award to Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Assemblyman Ben Hueso wins the State Senate (40SD) race and restores the Democratic Party’s Super Majority in the State Senate.

Link to LA Times article

By Patrick McGreevy (LA Times)
March 13, 2013, 1:59 a.m.

Assemblyman Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) on Tuesday was the apparent winner of a special election for the 40th Senate District seat vacated when Juan Vargas moved on to Congress.

With all precincts reporting, Hueso garnered 52% of the vote, according to the unofficial tally Tuesday night, which is enough to avoid a May runoff against one of the other three candidates in the race.

A victory restores a supermajority that the Democrats gained in the state Senate after the November election but briefly lost because of resignations.

The other Democrat in the contest was nurse/author Anna Nevenic, from Cathedral City. The Republican candidates were businessman Hector Raul Gastelum and professor/businesswoman Xanthi Gionis.

Voters in the 32nd Senate District also went to the polls to fill a vacancy when Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino moved on to Congress.

With 100% of precincts reporting, no candidate received a majority of the vote in the heavily Democratic district.

As a result, there will be a May 14 runoff between the top two vote-getters: Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres of Pomona, who received 43.6% of the vote, and Ontario Mayor Paul S. Leon, a Republican who garnered 26.4%.

Other Democratic candidates in that race were San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker of Chino, Ontario City Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and Joanne T. Gilbert, a retired teacher from Rialto.

Pomona Planning Commissioner Kenny Noble was the other Republican in the race.

Negrete McLeod endorsed Walker, while Torres had a larger campaign treasury and the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.