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Last year, I ran for an open seat in the U.S. Congress. It was a tough, tough race against four great Democrats; most of us had similar views and my rivals were more well-known and better funded. I am a progressive, and I tried to highlight two important issues where the time has come for change: legalization of marijuana and the end of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
I’m kind of a square. Married for more than a decade, two children and not a toke since college and the turn of the millennium. But it’s time for Americans to stand up for what’s smart, and what’s right. California this year is a game changer on both these issues I care about. Proposition 19 would legalize marijuana in California, beginning to reduce crime in our urban areas and around our borders and ending a bootleg trade that rapes our public lands. And a clear-thinking California judge has ordered the military to stop kicking out soldiers over their sexual orientation.
It’s time. Please vote for Prop. 19 and tell your representatives that’s it time that the legislature finally ends DADT.
I’ve just posted my absentee ballot, and I’d like to share with you my recommendations on measures and candidates I feel strongly about this cycle:
- NOOOO on Prop. 26! Big Oil is a major stinker this election cycle.
- Yes on Prop. 25. This important measure ensures a simple majority can pass a budget for the state, the first step in ending our perpetual cycle of fiscal gridlock. Read the LA Times editorial in support.
- Yes on Prop 24.
- NOOOO on Prop 23, Big Oil’s attempt to push California back into the energy dark ages.
- YES on Prop. 21, $18 vehicle licensing fee for parks and wildlife, free admission to all state parks.
- YES on Prop 19. End prohibition, reduce crime, create jobs and tax revenues, legalize marijuana in California.
- Tom Torlakson, the best choice for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
- Re-elect Barbara Boxer to the Senate.
- Kamala Harris Attorney General.
- Vote for my favorite politician on social media, the awesome Debra Bowen, Secretary of State.
- Gavin Newsom for Lt. Governor.
- Jerry Brown for Governor.
- In Alameda County: Yes on F, a $10 vehicle licencing fee to support roads and transit.
Want a quick look at the Democratic candidates for the November election? I’ve collected a list of California officials, candidates and initiatives and created a daily Twitter newspaper using Paper.li.
The paper updates automatically each day with the latest links and photos shared by our Democrats. You can log in to Paper.li with your Twitter account and share daily updates automatically as well. If you have a Party-endorsed candidate or initiative, let me know by sending a tweet to @adrielhamptonp2 and I’ll add the account to the list and the paper. Be sure to promote out candidates and the paper across your social networks.
The campaign will be interesting, since SF’s present mayor, Gavin Newsom, is in the running for California Lt. Governor (the position vacated by now-Congressman John Garamendi, who I ran against in 2009 in CA-10).
If Newsom wins – I’m supporting him and expect he will – the Board of Supervisors selects a mayor who will face an election soon thereafter.
Yeah, a bit complicated.