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CA gubernatorial race could be "f**king disaster" for GOP, boost House Dems


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I've been noticing a lot of articles in my daily Los Angeles Times about the gubernatorial race here in California. They've mainly covered a couple of GOP candidates, one being whackadoodle and State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. The other is Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and the guy the Republican establishment favors.

Right now, Donnelly's ahead in the polls, beating Kashkari by five points, per the Public Policy Institute of California. And that is causing California and DC Republicans to fret. Why? Well, there's this: GOP candidate Tim Donnelly: Breitbart CA site A-OK, undocumented immigrants are rapists, child molesters. In that post, I wrote:

For starters, Tim Donnelly was a leader of the Minuteman organization, a group of militia men ("bigots and weekend warriors") that got off on patrolling the US-Mexico border. They "thought it should be legal to kill illegals."

In a speech a few years back, Donnelly described undocumented immigrants as "an insurgency," and compared crossing the border to war.

Whoever wins would face Dem Governor Jerry Brown, who is expected to win re-election in November.

Roll Call's post explains why this gubernatorial race could result in a boost to House Democrats:

A controversial Republican gubernatorial candidate in California could cause the GOP headaches in down-ballot House races in a state crucial to the party’s hopes of increasing its House majority.

So his offensive anti-immigration 'tude could light a fire under Hispanic and other Democratic base voters. And if that fire is lit, those voters may very well make bee lines to the ballot box in an election that usually has low turnout.

Their fear is that the increased turnout to oppose Donnelly could in turn boost the re-election hopes of vulnerable House Democrats and even improve the party’s chances to add to its ranks in the already Democrat-heavy delegation. A consultant with ties to Kashkari is among the Republicans sounding the alarm.

It would be a fucking disaster,” said Jason Roe, a San Diego-based consultant who has worked with numerous congressional campaigns and whose firm is consulting for Kashkari.

How's that new outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

More details at the link.

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This Historical Moment Brought To You By President Madison


James Madison

We have three branches of our government, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. But according to history and an article in BUSINESS INSIDER, we almost had a fourth. Oh, and this one's a pip. Today the Republicans would be jumping all over it regarding Obamacare. But I get ahead of myself.

First the background. This story comes from Business Insider and is part of the commemoration of the upcoming  226th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution (Sept. 17th if you're curious). According to the article, Virginian, James Madison felt there was still a problem with the balance of power. He feared that the will of a majority-directed legislature would swamp the decision-making and oversight powers of the executive and judiciary.

Madison's solution? The Council of Revision.

The Council would comprise elements of the executive and judiciary, and would have the authority to, "examine every act of the National Legislature before it shall operate, & every act of a particular Legislature before a Negative thereon shall be final."

The dissenters to this proposed fourth arm felt that it would turn judges into lawmakers. Hmm. How interesting. 226 years later, some would say that's exactly what did happen.

A vote was taken to create this new branch but it was narrowly defeated, 4-3.

So, a council of revision. Boy, a chance for a do-over. Wouldn't that be grand. I bet today,with the current political climate, it would be used as often as the Republican filibuster. Nothing would get done.

Come to think of it, even without that forth branch, nothing seems to get done. And if you were thinking it could be a good idea, consider this. A council of revision was added to the French government in 1958.


France?! That alone should tell you it was not a good idea. If history tells us anything, the French could use another branch of their government but it would be called, nous nous rendons "We Surrender." For that and Bouillabaisse, the French are best known.


House GOP votes down minimum wage increase. So did these six Dems.


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Here are the final vote results for a bill that would have increased the minimum wage and helped a whole lot of people who could use a few more dollars in their wallets. Democrats tried to bring the national minimum wage of $7.25 up to $10.10 by 2015 via an amendment to a jobs training program bill.

That didn't work out very well.

Then again, neither did this income equality:

chart graph income inequality labor v corporate profits

House Republicans voted down the minimum wage proposal unanimously, so feel free to thank them. But some of that gratitude should be extended to the six Democrats who joined them. Here are their names:

John Barrow 

Jim Matheson

Mike McIntyre

Bill Owens

Collin Peterson

Kurt Schrader


"Vast majority" of House Democrats are with V.P. Biden on marriage equality


Vice President Joe Biden said he’s “absolutely comfortable” with marriage equality, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan didn't mince words: He is for same-sex marriage.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa even endorsed including a same-sex marriage plank in the national party platform.

Today, according to The Hill, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said that there are “mixed views” among House Democrats....

“But a vast majority of our caucus is where Biden is."

With so many groups and prominent individuals openly supporting marriage equality, and polls showing that more and more Americans agree, more pressure is being exerted to add it to the 2012 platform... which puts the president in the uncomfortable position of either frustrating gay rights voters or their opponents.

Fred Sainz, vice president for communications at the Human Rights Campaign:

If not for Obama’s reluctance, he said, “this would be something that would sail into the platform.”

Just say yes, Mr. President.