2010 Congressional Elections

Thousands Converge on Koch Brothers Billionaire’s Caucus; 25 Arrested

By David Dayen

Twenty-five protesters were arrested in Rancho Mirage, California today, at a protest in front of the Rancho Las Palmas resort, site of the “Billionaire’s Caucus,” an annual meeting put on by the Koch Brothers and other corporate entities and conservative movement operators.

Riverside Sheriff’s deputy Melissa Nieburger said that the sheriff’s department did have contacts with protest organizers, which included the California Courage Campaign, CREDO, MoveOn.org, 350.org, the California Nurses Association, United Domestic Workers of America and the main sponsor, the good-government group Common Cause, prior to the event, and that they were aware that some protesters would seek to be arrested for trespassing.

Good Jobs Express Trailblazes Through the Central Valley

By Steve Smith
California Labor Federation

After three days and 400 miles of barnstorming up the state to support high-speed rail and Jerry Brown, the Good Jobs Express Tour wrapped up in Sacramento Thursday. Exhausted yet energized, the two unemployed iron workers who embarked on the tour -- Robert Escalera and Larry Greenhagen -- had one final stop before heading home: Meg Whitman’s high-dollar fundraiser at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

Greenhagen and Escalera joined more than 100 other union members and community allies to protest Whitman’s opposition to high-speed rail and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it would create.


It's Only Class Warfare When We Fight Back

By Robert Cruickshank

Barbara Boxer's newest ad is a damning attack on Carly Fiorina's record of destroying jobs in order to make herself richer - including enjoying her million-dollar yacht.

The ad is devastating because it shows that instead of being someone concerned about creating jobs for Californians, Fiorina is just out to make herself richer at everyone else's expense. The 30,000+ workers who lost their jobs during Fiorina's failed tenure as HP's CEO are testament to this, including those who saw their jobs sent overseas.

In short, Boxer is pointing out to Californians that Fiorina has been conducting class warfare against us for years - leading the charge of the wealthy against the jobs and basic economic security the rest of us are barely clinging to.

So how does Fiorina react? By claiming Boxer is engaged in "class warfare":

Labor Day Kicks Off Final Push in Battle for the Soul of California

By Art Pulaski
California Labor Federation

This Labor Day, California is at a crossroads. We can either continue the economic race to the bottom – exacerbated by corporate policies and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s slash-and-burn budgets – or we can chart a new course to rebuild California from the bottom up.  The heart of California’s economy, our workers, are struggling with near record unemployment, stagnating wages and devastating budget cuts that are eroding the California Dream.

This November, Californians have a critical choice to make about which direction our state should take to deal with the enormous challenges we face. This election is simply a battle for the soul of California.

In the race for Governor, the choices couldn’t be starker.

Fiorina Routed by Boxer In CA-Senate Debate

By Robert Cruickshank

There was always a massive contradiction - or one might say, a dishonest hypocrisy of stunning proportions - at the heart of Carly Fiorina's US Senate campaign. She touts herself as someone who can create jobs, but her record as the failed and fired CEO of Hewlett-Packard shows her to be one of the worst offenders when it comes to corporate destruction of American jobs.

Fiorina destroyed tens of thousands of jobs while CEO of HP between 1999 and 2005, many of which were shipped overseas. When she was excoriated for this, particularly by the Silicon Valley press during the severe dot-com bust of the early '00s, Fiorina responded by calling outsourcing "right-sourcing" and saying "there is no job that is America's god-given right anymore." Her record is that of someone who got rich by destroying jobs - yet she now declares herself an advocate of job creation, even while opposing the federal stimulus, federal aid to states to hire teachers, and other programs that have been proven to create jobs.

Rove's 'Crossroads' Says California Senator Is In Its Texas Crosshairs

By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

Just one day before a new survey release showed California's incumbent Democratic Senator, Barbara Boxer, holding a narrow, one point lead over her conservative opponent,  Carly Fiorina, a new Texas-based and funded group announced its plan to assist the Texas native and former Hewlett Packard CEO in her bid to unseat Boxer and restore Republican control of the US Senate.

The Karl Rove-linked conservative group, Crossroads GPS, an affiliate of Rove's American Crossroads, announced it will hit Los Angeles airwaves Wednesday with a $1 million dollar ad campaign attacking Boxer's support of Medicare cuts that were a part of President Obama's health-care overhaul, according to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday

Brown-Whitman Follows Ali-Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” Script

By Randy Shaw

On October 30, 1974, wily veteran and former champion Muhammad Ali faced heavyweight titleholder George Foreman in Zaire in what became known as the “Rumble in the Jungle.” Foreman had youth, size and power on his side, and spent early rounds pummeling Ali. But Ali accepted this early punishment as part of his now legendary “rope-a-dope” strategy, by which he waited out Foreman’s early assaults and then waited for the champ to tire and ultimately fall. By the 8th round, the younger, bigger, and more aggressive Foreman was done – and Ali regained the title.

Meg Whitman has assumed the George Foreman role in the California Governor’s race, while Jerry Brown plays Ali. Whitman has thrown millions and millions of dollars at Brown early in the fight, and in true rope-a-dope fashion Brown took the hits and did not respond. Now Brown is ready to go on the offensive – and Whitman, like Foreman before her, is ripe for the taking.

Two Very Different Approaches to Job Creation

By Robert Cruickshank

Carla Marinucci takes a look at how the four major statewide candidates would create jobs and, although she provides a good discussion of the details, her article seems to miss the bigger picture.

Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina's approach to job creation is quite different from that of Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. These differences have a number of aspects, but can be boiled down to this:

Brown/Boxer believe that the government has a clear role to play in creating jobs by providing by investing in both working people and in creating the 21st century infrastructure they need to prosper - whereas Whitman/Fiorina believe mass unemployment and further concentration of wealth in the hands of the small elite that already dominate the economy will provide "growth," even at the expense of our basic social and physical infrastructure.

The Numbers Tell The Story

By Dr. Ami Bera
Candidate for Congress, District 3

182,000,000 gallons. That’s how much oil scientists estimate spewed into the Gulf during the BP catastrophe. It’s enough oil to cover San Francisco, Oakland and Berkley.

The oil is visible from space. It covers 400 miles of coastline across two states. It’s permeated fragile marsh ecosystems. The initial explosion killed 11 workers.

$82,000. That’s the amount of money my opponent, Congressman Lungren, has taken in campaign contributions from oil companies. Money from Chevron, from Exxon, and yes, even from BP.

$2.6 billion. That’s the amount of money Lungren voted to give Big Oil in tax breaks.

Five Things To Know About Carly Fiorina

By Brad Woodhouse
Democratic National Committee

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has argued her corporate background shows she has the experience to make important decisions for California -- even though she was fired when she failed to deliver as CEO for Hewlett-Packard. Given the state's tattered economy and 12.5-percent unemployment rate, Californians simply can't afford a far-right candidate with a record of sending jobs overseas.

We've put together five facts to demonstrate that point -- and it's important that every Californian sees them before making their decision this November.