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Yes we did!

Post date: Fri, 06/29/2012 - 12:01pm

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that the health care program established by President Obama was constitutional. This ruling means that millions of Americans who are now without health insurance will be able to access that insurance, these millions of Americans will finally be able to get the care they need and deserve.

Romney, immediately after the ruling, stated that he would repeal this health care plan, of course he did not outline what, if anything, he would replace the plan with.

What does the new health care plan mean?  What, exactly, does the GOP and Romney want to take away from Americans? Here is what the plan does, and what the GOP wants to eliminate:

We are moving forward as a nation, while the Republicans in congress continue to fight this new health care law by voting yet again to repeal this legislation.  The GOP wants to bring us back to a time when insurance companies could deny someone coverage if they had a pre-existing condition, where there were caps on the amount that insurance would pay for your care, where insurance companies could raise your rates without warning or justification.

It boggles the mind to think that helping to make sure that all Americans receive health care is something that a political party would run against.

Submitted by: jacquie

A Romney economy

Post date: Mon, 05/14/2012 - 11:08am

What did Romney do when he was involved with Bain Capital?  He destroyed good paying American jobs so that his company could make profits for a few individuals.  No one is against profit, but when it comes at the expense of American workers we all are harmed.

Submitted by: jacquie

Redistricting Changes the Local Landscape

Post date: Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:47pm

The Citizens' Redistricting Commission has been good for California Democrats - the party stands to gain three to five seats in Congress and reach a two-thirds majority in the state Senate. This week we take a look at how the new maps impact Santa Clara County's representation in the State Assembly.  

Our county will actually have one less Assembly representative under the new plan. All six districts are up for election this year.  Another change is that the June primary will be "non-partisan," so all candidates are on the ballot together.  The following candidates have been endorsed by the Democratic Party in their races for state Assembly.   
  • Bob Wieckowski - Currently representing the 20th Assembly District, Wieckowski will run in the newly configured 25th, which now comprises less of Alameda County and more of the eastern half of Santa Clara County. Cities in the new 25th include Newark, Fremont, Milpitas, Santa Clara, and the Berryessa area of San Jose.    
  • Rich Gordon - Gordon, currently representing the 21st District, is running for the new 24th Assembly District. The new 24th stretches along the coast from Half Moon Bay toward Big Basin and then east to grab the cities of Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park as well as Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County.  
  • Paul Fong - Fong, an Assembly Member from the 22nd District, will run for re-election in the new 28th Assembly District. Slightly to the south of his old district, the new 28th comprises the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell and Los Gatos.  
  • Nora Campos - Of all the local incumbents, Campos' new district (27th) is most like the one she currently represents, the 23rd. The new 27th stretches from the Alum Rock area in the north to Coyote Creek in the south, an area roughly bisected by Highway 101.   
  • Mark Stone -The current 27th Assembly District stretches from Santa Cruz and portions of Santa Clara County all the way to the San Luis Obispo county line. Its current representative, Bill Monning, is running for the State Senate this year. The new 29th Assembly District captures roughly the same portion of Santa Clara County to join with a coastal district that runs from Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley south to Monterey. Scotts Valley Democrat Mark Stone, currently a member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, is running in this new district.
  • Luis Alejo - South County residents will belong to the new 30th Assembly District, which extends from Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County all the way to the southern edge of Monterey County. Alejo, who now represents the 28th Assembly District, will seek re-election in the new 30th. 

Assemblyman Jim Beall is termed out this year and will run for the State Senate, which works out well, since his old Assembly district, the 24th, is now largely subsumed by the new 28th.  His opponent in the Senate race is former Assemblyman Joe Coto.
Submitted by: dcohen

Redistricting Update: State Senate

Post date: Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:01pm


Santa Clara County is represented in the California State Senate by four districts, which have been re-numbered and slightly reconfigured by the Citizens' Redistricting Commission, as detailed below. Only odd-numbered districts are up for election this year.
District 10: Residents in north San Jose and Milpitas will continue to be represented in District 10, which now includes the city of Santa Clara and more of Berryessa. The new district extends north to Castro Valley in Alameda County.  Senator Ellen Corbett represents the district.  
District 13: The new District 13, centered in San Mateo County, includes cities in the northwestern tip of Santa Clara County - Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Los Altos - that had previously been split between two Senate districts. Democrats Jerry Hill and Sally Lieber are running in the June primary to represent this district. 
District 15: This newly configured district stretches from Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos and Campbell across Alum Rock and the East Foothills to the county's eastern border, combining sections of the old 11th and 13th districts. Democrats Jim Beall and Joe Coto are running to represent this district.

District 17: The new 17th district reaches from Santa Clara County to San Luis Obispo. Whereas the old district snaked all the way north to Saratoga, the new district starts farther south, but captures the entire southern half of the county, including the cities of San Martin, Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Santa Cruz Assemblymember Bill Monning is endorsed by the Democratic Party for this seat.

Submitted by: dcohen

To be fair one needs to be truthful

Post date: Thu, 04/26/2012 - 9:09am

Willard "Mitt" Romney is on the campaign trail, however he seems to think that campaigning gives one the right to lie at will.  Watch for yourself, and feel free to share this video with your friends and family members.  We can't let Willard get away with lying at will.

Submitted by: jacquie

Measure B will cost taxpayers millions

Post date: Thu, 04/12/2012 - 9:04am

In June the residents of San Jose will be asked to weigh in on Measure B.  The Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee is recommending a NO vote on Measure B, and we would like you to know why.


First, no one is arguing that pension changes are not necessary; rather it is the way these changes are being proposed that is the problem.  In 2010 voters passed Measures V and W, had the city in good faith negotiated with labor over pensions San Jose would have seen almost two years of savings to date. 


The city claimed that labor was not giving up enough to fix the pension problem, however we now know that Mayor Reed was citing a $650 million dollar shortfall, a number which has been discredited.  Labor had offered up hundreds of millions of dollars in concessions, which, had they been accepted, would have put us on the road to fixing the pension system in San Jose. 


Additionally there are changes to disability, health insurance and more.  These changes include the possibility that a public safety person who is hurt on the job could be denied disability payments by the city, even if the person is determined to be disabled enough that they could not perform their job.  For instance, a public safety employee is hurt on the job and can no longer do their job.  The city than determines that the person can do another city job and move them to that job.  The problem is the next part:  if there are no job openings the person will not receive disability and will be without employment.  Imagine that a public safety employee, risking their life, is hurt and there is no open position for them to move into, they will be without a job and any disability payments.  Is this really how we want to treat those who protect us?


Had the city and labor come to an agreement shortly after V and W were passed the pension system in San Jose would have seen an infusion of needed funds.  What we have now though is Measure B, which if passed, will be brought to court immediately.  Not only will it be brought to court, but the measure itself could be put on hold until the court decides if it is illegal or not.  All told we are looking at a year, or longer, without any additional funding to our problematic pension system.  In addition the city will need to pay legal fees to defend their position in court, on top of the two court cases they have already lost (one of which also involved the city paying for the petitioner's legal fees).


If Measure B is ruled illegal, after the court battle, San Jose will have wasted millions of dollars without any fixes to the problem.


Voting NO on Measure B will force the city council and labor to sit down and come to an agreement on fixing the pension problem.  Voting NO will save our city from a costly legal battle we could well lose.  Voting NO on Measure B can actually start to fix the pension system sooner than if Measure B passes.


Secondly, our informed opinion is that Measure B goes about fixing our pension issue the wrong way.  Measure B scapegoats city employees too heavily for the economic crisis cities and counties all over the country are facing, Measure B permanently codifies many changes that go beyond simple reform of pensions.  We also believe that the better approach is to work with the city's labor unions to collaboratively find solutions to the problem.


We are all in this boat together; residents, employees, business, and we need to make sure the way forward will create solid economic footing for the foreseeable future.  Measure B does not achieve that goal, if passed Measure B will cost the residents of San Jose millions of dollars and if the courts throw out Measure B (as many legal scholars think will happen), we are that much further behind.  Vote NO on Measure B and demand that Labor and the City of San Jose do their jobs and reach an agreement that is viable for everyone.

Submitted by: jacquie

What's Wrong with this Picture?

Post date: Thu, 02/16/2012 - 7:25am

Here's a shot of today's hearing on birth control and "religious freedom." Notice anything strange? How odd that a panel on birth control would feature only men. The absurdity didn't go unnoticed by House Democrats, who walked out of the hearing in protest. At a later news conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked, "Where are the women?" Questioning why Republicans would purposely exclude women from a panel on women's health, she added, "I may at some point be moved to explain biology to my colleagues."

President Obama's insistence that insurance companies offer birth control free of charge as preventative medicine has really sent Republicans off the deep end. Frankly, many in the GOP are making fools of themselves on the subject -- how else to explain the recent statement by Foster Friess, billionaire backer of Rick Santorum, that in his day, "gals" put aspirin between their knees "and it wasn't that costly."

Given that large majorities -- including large majorities of Catholics -- support the president's plan, it's hard to see how Republicans think that this is a winning issue, especially in this day and age. Thank goodness at least one party has its feet planted firmly in the 21st century.

Submitted by: rachel