Author Archives: David Markland

California GOP distances itself from leaders Obama smears twice in as many days

image from Sacramento County Republican Party via

image from Sacramento County Republican Party via

On the day of the final Presidential debate, the leaders of two different GOP offices at opposite ends of California were forced to retract and apologize for smears and overtly racist material issued by their campaigns.

Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated of the Inland Empire had sent out a newsletter with a mock foodstamp depicting Barack Obama surround by images of watermelon and fried chicken. Diane Fedele told the Press Enterprise on Tuesday that her intent was to point out the “outragousness” of a statement Obama had made this summer that “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.” She said she didn’t mean to offend anyone, and would be mailing out an apology.

And also on Tuesday, after a call from the state Republican Party, the Sacramento County Republican Party removed an image from its website calling for Obama to be waterboarded, along with another comparing Obama to Osama bin Laden.


Could prostitution become legal in California?

photo by Eliya, used under Creative Commons

photo by Eliya, used under Creative Commons

On November 4th, San Francisco will decide if they should stop enforcing laws against prostitution. While it doesn’t legalize the world’s oldest profession – state law specifically prohibits prostitution – it would keep prostitues, johns, and pimps from fear of arrest or prosecution for partaking in related activity.

Measure K: Changing the Enforcement of Laws Related to Prostitution and Sex Workers City of San Francisco, as it will appear on the ballot reads:

Shall the City: stop enforcing laws against prostitution; stop funding or supporting the First Offender Prostitution Program or any similar anti-prostitution program; enforce existing criminal laws that prohibit crimes such as battery, extortion and rape, regardless of the victim’s status as a sex worker; and fully disclose the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against sex workers?

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California GOP experiencing deja vu with ACORN controversy

While John McCain supporters attempt to draw connections between Barack Obama and ACORN in the wake of the thousands of bogus voter registrations submitted by the organization, California Republicans have failed to remind the media that just two years ago a group the San Bernadino GOP hired to register voters was also investigated for fraud.

From the March 7th, 2006 Los Angeles Times:

County voting officials said they found problems with many of the nearly 3,000 registration forms submitted by the company, including 1,800 that lacked voters’ driver’s license numbers or other official forms of identification, which were required by a state law this year.

The district attorney’s office is also investigating whether the same political firm, John Burkett Petition Management of Riverside, was responsible for the large number of signatures declared invalid in a recent petition drive in Rialto, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Frank Vanella.

The firm was being paid up to $6 for each voter who they could register as a Republican. Continue reading

City politics on tap… draft or bottled?

The one drawback to using San Diego bars for city business? "Lots of taxpayer money would be going to designated drivers."

The one drawback to using San Diego bars for city business? “Lots of taxpayer money would be going to designated drivers."

While the State of California faces a budget crunch, San Diego is considering building a new city hall for $628 million. San Diego Union-Tribune writer Michael Stetz is taking the issue to task, offering some “outside the box” alternatives, such as holding city council meetings in bars, pointing out that some of our founding fathers used Boston taverns as their original party headquarters.

And talk about diversity. The City Council could come into contact with all kinds of constituents. San Diego has dive bars, gay bars, sports bars, hip bars, yuppie bars, wine bars, microbrew bars.

Stetz also recommends having building permits being issued out of Home Depots, among other ideas, but does find one drawback: “Lots of taxpayer money would be going to designated drivers. And aspirin.”

Mac vs. PC on Prop 8…

A group called Homo Tracker has produced a series of No On Prop 9 ads spoofing the Mac vs. PC spots, replacing the Mac with the “No On Prop 8” position and the PC with a “Yes.” [h/t Boi from Troy]

Curious as to if Microsoft or Apple may take the views of their parodied alter-egos seriously, I took a peek at how much employees of each organization were donating to either side of the California anti-gay marriage proposition.

My results after the clip:

So, is the PC fairly represented by a gay marriage ban? Here’s some numbers: Continue reading

Chinese language Prop 8 ad needs little translation

If you’re not interested in watching, using dolls this Chinese language ad claims that if Prop 8 doesn’t pass soon mothers will be able to marry their sons, polygamy will be legalized, and minors will be able to marry adults. I’m guessing they couldn’t find any toy sheep, as no mention is made of bestiality.

And a personal plug: if you haven’t read them already, my Top 8 Reasons to Vote Yea on Prop 8.

Why did House Rep Diane Watson flip on bailout bill?

When the first bailout bill was proposed, Congresswoman Diane E. Watson was in the minority of both California and fellow Democratic who cast opposing votes. Watson, who largely represents Central Los Angeles, issued a press release saying she was “not convinced that this unprecedented plan is credible, accountable, nor will it work in its current form.”

On October 3rd, when the House was presented with an amended version of the act, she voted yes, stating:

I cannot in good conscience stand by and watch the credit markets contract further. Rather than let the State of California fall to its knees and potentially collapse through inaction, I chose today to vote for legislation, although imperfect, that can potentially restore faith in the markets.

Besides approving of a House vote to extend unemployment benefits, Watson gives no other specifics for what changed her mind, failing even to mention that some “pork” she’d been championing for four years had been tacked on.

The summary from Common Sense:

Sec 502. Provisions related to film and television productions
In an effort to keep film and television productions in the U.S, they would be eligible for a tax incentive program. Under this program, the cost of production of qualifying films would be permitted to be immediately expensed — that is, fully deducted from income for tax purposes — in the year the expenditures occur. This provision also makes permanent other favorable tax treatments for production. Historically Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA) has been a supporter (dating from its creation in the 2004 corporate tax bill). The cost is estimated at $478 million over 10 years.

Which isn’t to say this is bad pork.

Watson is up for re-election in November… her challenger, Republican David Crowley, a 50 year old college student, doesn’t appear to be a threat.