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Fiorina invokes Obama in opposition to same-sex marriage ›

Fiorina also suggested she disagrees with the decision made by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker last month in favor of overturning Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage approved by California voters in 2008.

“Whatever your view about gay marriage, I think many of us would conclude that when voters have such a clear decision, for that decision to be overturned by a single judge seems perhaps not appropriate,” she said.

Fiorina added she supports repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and is awaiting the Pentagon’s study on the issue due Dec. 1.

In response to Fiorina’s comments, Boxer reiterated her support for same-sex marriage, recalling the 2008 decision of the California State Supreme Court that temporarily extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in the California.

“The only way to get the rights that married couples have is to go for marriage equality,” Boxer said. “And I’m glad to say, I believe people are coming around to seeing it.”

Reason 4,529 why Boxer is better than Fiorina.

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Whitman: I'd Defend Prop. 8 ›

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California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman on Friday told the Sacramento Bee that, if elected, she would defend Proposition 8, which prohibits marriage equality in the state, by appealing a federal judge’s ruling that declared the proposition unconstitutional.

Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Prop. 8 on August 4, but his ruling is now under the consideration of the ninth circuit court of appeals, which has scheduled oral arguments in the case for early December.

At a San Diego press conference on Friday, the Bee asked Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, if she—unlike current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and her opponent for governor, attorney general Jerry Brown—would defend the law.

“The issue right now, as I understand is ‘Will Proposition 8 have the appropriate support to actually make an appeal to the circuit court of appeals?’” Whitman answered. “And I think the governor, the attorney general today has to defend the constitution and has to enable the judicial process to go along and has to enable an appeal to go through. So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court.”

As if I needed another reason to hate you, Meg.

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Prop 26 Blows a $1 Billion Hole in [California] State Budget ›

Speaking of hypocrisy: Republicans consistently act as if deficit and budget concerns only apply to programs and policies designed to help working people. When it comes to something that would benefit the wealthy and large corporations, however, "deficits don’t matter", as Dick Cheney memorably declared.

We see this with Meg Whitman’s call for a capital gains tax cut that would add at least hundreds of millions of dollars to the state’s budget deficit. We see it with Carly Fiorina’s call for extending the Bush tax cuts even though they are the main factor in the federal budget deficit.

And now we see it with Prop 26. That proposition would require a 2/3 vote for all fees - the only revenue source that can currently be created by a majority vote. That alone would devastate public services even further and make it impossible to fund important programs from recycling to oil disposal.

But that’s not all Prop 26 does. As Artem Raskin reports at the California Progress Report, a new Legislative Analyst’s Office study shows Prop 26 would also blow a $1 billion hole in the state budget:

The LAO’s nonpartisan analysis released last week revealed that Proposition 26 would nullify the “Gas Tax Swap” approved by the legislature in March, and eliminate about one billion dollars annually in anticipated revenues from the general fund for schools and other programs….

Proposition 26 is funded principally by the oil, tobacco and alcohol industries to make it more difficult for state and local government to impose mitigation fees on business activities that cause harm to the environment or public health and safety.

Once again we see the right-wing mega-corporate approach to California’s budget: deficits are OK when it benefits them, but awful and terrible and horrible when it benefits someone else.

This is worth keeping in mind as the media freaks out over a city manager in Southern California making $800,000. That’s chump change compared to the $1 billion cost of Prop 26. Where’s the outrage?

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Is NOM Funding Carly Fiorina IE? ›

The answer is, yes. Partially. Maybe.

Just to brush up on the facts here, the National Organization for against Marriage (NOM) is a key organization in the anti-equality movement, playing a key role as a front group for Mormon donations.  Of course, you can check out their NOM Summer Tour on the Courage Campaign’s NOM Tour Tracker.  See, they are travelling all over the nation, spreading their message that equality sucks or something like that.

Now, this is where Carly Fiorina enters into the story.  NOM teamed up with two other Right-y organizations to found the “Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles”.  Here’s the press release:

"The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, an organization of conservative Hispanics, today announced the details of a $1 million campaign in support of California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 27. … The campaign is being coordinated by our Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, in collaboration with the Susan B. Anthony List and the National Organization for Marriage."

Poor Susan B. Anthony…having her name dragged through the mud like this.  It just ain’t right.

Nonetheless, if there was any facade of moderation with Carly Fiorina, this is where it should stop.  Sure, this is an IE. But these folks know exactly what they are buying. They simply don’t use their money on people that aren’t “one of them.” That’s just not the way it works.

Of course, it would be nice if there were, you know, actual Latino organizations involved in this effort. But there’s a reason for that.  She’s become a reactionary nativist on immigration policy, and she is just all wrong for California.

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California Chief Justice Ronald George announces retirement ›

While he wrote or joined hundreds of decisions on the state Supreme Court, George almost certainly will be best known for his 2008 ruling that struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage and for a brief period legalized gay nuptials across the state.

I am a little worried about his decision to step down now so the Governator can nominate the next chief justice…

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Steve Benen: Fiorina and the Tax Fairy ›

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Fiorina, who decided to parlay her professional failures into becoming the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in California, talked to a the CBS affiliate in San Francisco this week about her approach to tax cuts.

“Let me propose something that may seem crazy to you: you don’t need to pay for tax cuts. They pay for themselves, if they are targeted, because they create jobs.”

This is, in most respects, even more ridiculous than Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) assertion that shouldn’t try to pay for tax cuts. For the Senate Minority Whip, tax cuts are always good, even if they increase the deficit, because they shrink government. For the deeply confused Carly Fiorina, the policy is more fantastical — paying for tax cuts is unnecessary because once taxes are cut, more money simply materializes, magically, in the federal treasury. The deficit simply won’t go up, she argues, no matter how much taxes are cut.

Thirty years ago, this raving stupidity had a name: “voodoo economics.” More recently, it’s come to be known as belief in the “Tax Fairy.”

Regardless of the name, the notion that tax cuts necessarily pay for themselves is one of the more pernicious lies in the far-right arsenal. It’s both gibberish and right-wing propaganda, but it’s neverthelessrepeated from time to time.

It shouldn’t be — the concept has been debunked repeatedly by those who care about reality. How wrong is the argument? The Bush/Cheney Office of Management and Budget and the Bush/Cheney Council of Economic Advisers rejected the notion that tax cuts can pay for themselves out of hand. Fiorina, in other words, is promising to be even more fiscally irresponsible than the bunch that added $5 trillion to our national debt in eight years.

Fiorina is a terrible candidate and person, but I’m not in California so it doesn’t really effect me.  What does effect me on a daily basis, however, is the idea that tax cuts for the wealthy will somehow help the poor.

It’s absurd in the extreme: here you have an extremely affluent, wealthy American who is telling the rest of the country that because they’re going through tough times, the best solution is to lower her taxes and cut services for the poor.  She insists it creates jobs without listing a single real reason it would, and completely ignores the fact that, with our global economy, any jobs created by tax cuts to the rich are just going to be outsourced.

How do I know that?  Well, when Fiorina was in charge of HP, she laid off 18,000 workers and exported their jobs overseas- a practice she termed “right-sourcing”.

Another thing that bugs me about this is the almost oppressive stench of white privilege on Fiorina.  She torpedoed HP (HP stocks shot up by almost 7% the day after she was fired) and got a 21.4 million dollar severance package for it, she embarrassed McCain (her words were “I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation”) and yet she STILL gets to stay in the upper echelons of society and wealth.

Is it that there are no other qualified people seeking similar positions as hers?  Is it that she’s particularly good at what she does?   The answer to both questions is ‘obviously not’.  So what accounts for her status?   Birth (daughter of a prominent lawyer and judge), networking (her daddy sent her to law school, but she dropped out) and the fact that she’s wealthy and white all keep her above the rest of us, and that just infuriates me.

I am in California so it does effect me and I agree she’s horrible. I hope we let her know just how horrible she is when November comes around.

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By Opposing High-Speed Rail, Whitman Shows True Colors on Jobs ›

Billionaire CEO Meg Whitman continued her hypocrisy on jobs yesterday, coming out in opposition to high-speed rail and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it would create. Whitman spokeswoman Sarah Pompei told the Sacramento Bee that Whitman opposes the project because the state can’t “afford” high-speed rail.
So let’s get this straight… the state can’t afford to create hundreds of thousands of good jobs with a project that’s already received significant federal funding and voter approval? This appears to be another example - a particularly egregious one - of Whitman showing her true colors on job creation. In her glossy TV ads, Whitman talks a big game about her compassion for the unemployed. But by opposing high-speed rail, Whitman is showing yet again that she doesn’t really care about the state’s jobless.
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High-speed rail is a no-brainer for California: business, labor, local governments and environmentalists all support the construction of high-speed rail in California for its economic, environmental, business and revenue benefits.
The construction and operation of a high-speed rail system is projected to create 160,000 construction jobs and as many as 450,000 permanent jobs statewide, including in the economically depressed Central Valley.
High-speed rail will make California businesses more competitive, by speeding the movement of goods and people throughout the state, enabling businesses to attract workers, and propelling California tourism.
Voters have already declared their support for high-speed rail, approving Proposition 1A in 2008 for $9.95 billion in bonds to build high-speed rail in California, more than any other state has committed to high-speed rail, and the federal government has already committed more than $2 billion.

Thumbs up to high speed rail because I’m tired of having to fly to San Fran from OC to see my BFF. Thumbs down to Meg Whitman just generally.

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Barbara Boxer Supports American Jobs - Carly Fiorina Supports Offshoring Them ›

Boxer has been touring the state touting the jobs created by the stimulus act, which Fiorina opposed. Yesterday she was in San Francisco at the Doyle Drive project which is getting under way this year thanks to $100 million in stimulus money. Fiorina has been attacking the stimulus, which has been conservatively estimated to have saved or create 150,000 jobs in California.
Fiorina’s entire campaign plan, in fact, appears to be geared around calling for higher unemployment. Fiorina’s spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said the jobs created by the stimulus weren’t worth it, and at today’s Monterey event about five Fiorina supporters showed up with signs reading “Government Jobs aren’t Real Jobs.”
Boxer’s speech this morning, which was both lively and fiery, took direct issue with Fiorina’s arguments. Boxer challenged Fiorina to come with her to Fresno later in the day where she would be meeting with police officers whose jobs were saved by the stimulus, or go with her to the project building the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, where private sector jobs are being created with public funds.
Boxer also slammed Fiorina’s own record on jobs. Fiorina has opposed ALL jobs bills that have come before the Senate, including extension of unemployment benefits. And of course, Fiorina laid off 30,000 workers at H-P, a company she ran into the ground and was fired from in 2005. Fiorina memorably called offshoring “right-sourcing” and said "there is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore" - an indication that she is totally uninterested in actually creating jobs here in California.
In contrast, Boxer made her own job creation solution clear. She said her plan has three key elements: 1) rejecting Prop 23 and protecting California’s ability to lead the recovery through green jobs, 2) using transportation projects from highways to high speed rail to put people back to work, and 3) stop the corporate offshoring of American jobs.
Boxer strongly opposed Prop 23, which would repeal AB 32, calling it a “job killer.” As to the deficit, Boxer drew loud cheers when she said that Bush’s tax cuts for the rich and his two wars were responsible for undermining the work she and President Clinton had done to produce a surplus in the 1990s.
In fact, that last argument could be Boxer’s secret weapon. Boxer was there in the Senate in 1993 when she helped pass President Clinton’s jobs and deficit reduction bills. By 2000 there was a record $230 billion surplus, which Bush promptly destroyed through his reckless tax cuts and destructive wars.
The 1990s economy wasn’t perfect - far from it. In fact, Carly Fiorina was perhaps one of its highest-profile products, and one of its most obvious failures. But there’s no doubt that Boxer helped produce a budget surplus and real economic growth and job creation in the 1990s. She can do it again with President Obama - but only if Fiorina is kept far, far away from the US Senate.
Judging by her tour of California this week, Boxer is more than ready for the task.

I love me some Senator Boxer.

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You can’t wake up one morning and say, ‘Gee, I’ve got a billion dollars, and I want to be governor.’

Brown to Whitman: Respect your elders - Andy Barr - POLITICO.com

Well, you can… I just hope you can’t win. :)

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Schwarzenegger jabs at Whitman ›

He didn’t mention her name, but in brief remarks at the Los Angeles Press Club’s annual awards gala on Sunday night, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger swiped at Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, calling her proposal to eliminate 40,000 state worker positions “bogus talk” and praising journalists for asking where those cuts would be made.

When the Governator (whose idea of fiscal responsibility is to basically cut Calworks and every other helpful program he can find) thinks you suck, that’s really bad.

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