September 1, 2010

Sen. Boxer on reforming the filibuster

Sen. Boxer on reforming the filibuster from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

Yesterday I headed into San Francisco and saw Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speak to a packed gallery of 350 or so people at the Commonwealth Club of California (I’m a member). She’s in a hotly contested reelection campaign against Carly Fiorina.

As is the case with popular speakers, audience members had to write their questions on a slip of paper and the moderator has to choose which ones to ask. The second question asked was the one I posed: Given the unprecedented use of the filibuster by the Republicans in the current Senate session, what is your position on reforming or eliminating the filibuster?

Here’s the video I took of Sen. Boxer’s two-minute answer. She said she supports reforming the filibuster rules when the next Senate assembles to set its rules in two ways: requiring 55 votes instead of 60, and requiring senators to actually filibuster on their feet.

Now, we need a majority of senators to agree on the same reforms.

Watch, download or embed the video on Vimeo

My thanks to the Commonwealth Club for allowing the public to videotape and photograph their speakers.

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July 14, 2010

Help Jerry Brown fend off Whitman’s false attacks

I‘ve met Jerry Brown and consider him a straight shooter compared with the stream of misleading claims coming from Meg Whitman’s campaign. So I just contributed $50 to Brown’s campaign for governor.

From the Brown campaign today:

Yesterday, Meg Whitman launched her latest false attack ad, backed by even more millions from her personal wealth. She recycles the same lies — ridiculous claims about my husband that have already been proved false by journalists and non-partisans like Her strategy is simple: spout the same un-truths, over and over, buying up the airwaves, and hope Californians believe them.

That’s not the way to get California working again. Can you help Jerry fight back? Since we’ll be massively outspent, we’ve carefully conserved our resources, but we will still need more grassroots donations to help us get the facts out.

Whitman’s latest ad repeats the same false claims that Jerry raised taxes, that California lost jobs and that state employees gained excessive benefits. Whitman’s ad offers no specifics and no support for those claims.

Let me tell you the truth about Jerry:

* Under Jerry, Californians saw their tax burden reduced by more than $16 billion.
* Jerry indexed the personal income tax to adjust for inflation, eliminated the business inventory tax and offered energy tax credits, as well as other tax-saving measures.
* Under Jerry, California created more than 1.9 million new jobs — including the job Meg Whitman moved to California for in 1981.
* As Governor, Jerry proposed limiting pension benefits, and vetoed pay increases for state employees when he believed the state couldn’t afford them.. (You can read all the facts here.)

Don’t let these facts sit on the sidelines. We’re preparing an aggressive push in the coming months but need your help to give us the resources to dispute Meg Whitman’s falsehoods and lay out our vision for getting California working again. Meg Whitman may have a big checkbook, but we have thousands of committed, grassroots donors. If we all chip in — even a little — we can keep pace.

Click here to donate and help us fight back against Meg’s latest barrage of lies.

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