A Progressive Alamedan

Various writings from a resident of Alameda regarding the political scene. The local perspective of local, state and national politics and a few other odds and ends of local concern. May not be particularly interesting to people outside of the Alameda area.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Thoughts on the upcoming election

Some miscellaneous thoughts about the upcoming election, just over a week away....

I'm glad to see that in California's 42nd Congressional District, somebody has stepped up to the plate as a write-in candidate to challenge Republican Incumbent Gary Miller. It's Mark Hull-Richter ... this has shades of Jerry McNerney two years ago. He seems like a good progressive. It's an uphill battle, certainly, but all we have to do is get somebody decent to actually challenge Miller and there's a chance, the way the republicans have been crumbling! If you the reader know anybody that lives in San Bernadino, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, or Fontana, let them know about this.

I'm disappointed to hear that Debra Bowen is actually neck and neck with Ortiz according to the latest LA Times poll, at 21% each. That's with 58% undecided, so it's clear that it's a matter of voter familiarity. We've got to get the word out about how great Debra Bowen will be as a Secretary of State! (Hat tip and bigger analysis: California Progress Report)

I'm about to have a birthday, and I will be probably spending that evening phone-banking for Jerry McNerney. Anybody want to bring me some chocolate cake, and join me in this fun event? (I did it last week; it takes a few minutes to psych myself up to talk to strangers, then it's such a natural high!)


Blogger mprov13 said...

hey dan,

good to see you posting positive threads. sorry i missed you BYOB party. long story for another time...

i knocked 80+ doors for swanson yesterday in alameda. over in the "suburban" soth area. i was amazed at the number of people who didn't even know the candates on any level. some identified with gender, some with name, but most without any reference at all. and these were the solid dem's with solid past 3 voting records. ???

mark briggs

10:08 PM  

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