The League of Women Voters of California supports Secretary of State Padilla’s refusal to provide confidential voter information to the ironically-named Election Integrity Commission.
The commission is a transparent sham. It exists to create a false narrative that can be exploited to prevent eligible citizens from exercising their right to vote. Part of a wider effort to knowingly spread misinformation about our elections, the commission is perpetrating a fraud on the American public.
At this time, refusing to comply with the commission’s request is the only responsible course of action. Complying, even in a limited way, legitimizes the commission and its destructive work. It would normalize the baseless accusations of voter fraud and the invasive requests for personal voter information–something that should alarm every American who values privacy, security, or integrity of our elections.
We’re proud California is putting voters first.
League of Women Voters of California
Rendon was wrong to sabotage single-payer bill
After a rigorous study by the University of Massachusetts showed that California could guarantee comprehensive health care for all its residents for $37 billion less than what is being spent now for incomplete, inadequate coverage, the California Senate passed the Healthy California Act, Senate Bill 562, on June 1 by a 23-14 vote.
On June 23, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon suddenly announced that he would not permit the bill to advance in the Assembly, because it is “incomplete.” He was being disingenuous, because SB 562’s primary authors, Senators Lara and Atkins, had stated they planned to amend the bill in the Assembly to address financing and other issues. So Rendon’s action made it impossible for the Assembly to address the very issues Rendon claims he is concerned about.
Let SB 562 move forward!
Three words–no, five–on why nuclear power is bad
In response to Stephen Williams’ Commentary on July 11 supporting nuclear power, I have three words: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Okay, that’s five words. His claim that loss of life has been minimal so far is disturbing. Any unnecessary loss of life is unacceptable. We don’t know how many people will suffer from radiation poisoning in the future, or how long it will take for the land to be habitable again. Many Japanese families had to abandon farms that their ancestors had lived on for hundreds of years. The cost of the smallest nuclear accident is too much.
Subpoena Trump’s taxes to see Russia connection
With all the Russian interactions by the Trump camp that are oozing out of the closet, it is time for one of the congressional committees or Mr. Muller to subpoena Trump’s tax returns through 2016. They should shed light on his dealings with Russia, and probably a lot of other goings-on that he is trying to hide.
Rod Blagojevich must be agog at Trump’s antics
Does anyone else wonder if Rod Blagojevich follows the recent events in Washington while thinking, “…and I’m the one doing time? I only tried to sell Obama’s senate seat.These guys are inviting the Russians to set up housekeeping in the White House.” And this doesn’t even to come close to how Martha Stewart must feel. Compared to the Trump Gang her indiscretions that led to prison time were more akin to short selling cookie recipes.
But hope springs eternal. If there is any justice maybe Blago will be able to share the presidential suite at Club Fed.
The wise Homer Simpson foresaw all this in 2000
I just watched the Simpsons episode, “The Computer Wore Menace Shoes”, which first ran in December 2000. Homer buys a computer and wins a Pulitzer for news stories he makes up that turn out to have at least a grain of truth.
Cartoons are way ahead of all the so called journalists selecting what news we hear every day.
Top two primary system is undermining democracy
Has the Mercury News editorial board noticed, yet, that the top two primary system is a flop? It allows the dominant political party to maintain power by restricting the number of its candidates, and disadvantaging other parties by flooding the ballot with fake candidates under their banners. The result is entirely predictable: meaningless “runoff” elections between dominant party clones.
The consequences are dire for California’s future. Fiscal restraint no longer is an option for voters. The only choices are spending or more spending, and fiscal calamity soon or sooner.
T. G. Holford
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