Heathens Hold the Line as Californians Reject Corporate Takeover

Michael Collins

The corporate takeover of California is on hold according to the latest polls out of the nation’s largest state. Just nine days before the election, the Los Angeles Times and University of Southern California poll shows a nearly impossible uphill battle for the big business ticket of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina.

Among likely voters in the governor’s race, Brown leads Whitman 50% to 38%. In the race for United States Senator, two term Senator Barbara Boxer maintained an 8% lead. The leads by Democrats come from a brand new constituency, those who "never" go to church. More on that later.

Watchdog Groups Call on California Secretary of State Candidate Damon Dunn To Reject Money Of Karl Rove and American Crossroads

Californians Do Not Want Another Ken Blackwell Or Katherine Harris

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of watchdog organizations called AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org, yesterday released a new ad calling on California Secretary of State candidate Damon Dunn to reject the support of Karl Rove and his group, American Crossroads. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpPrPuK0TNI Dunn was handpicked by Rove to run against Debra Bowen in what looks like an attempt to place a clone of Florida SOS Katherine Harris and Ohio SOS Ken Blackwell in the California SOS position.


AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org is calling on Dunn to publicly reject Rove's dirty money and dirty tricks. The text of the ad is below.

I get paid $2 a day, my job is taking advantage of me, and I LOVE IT

I have been working a job since November. I have put countless hours of effort into this endeavor, and in that time I have received $300 in compensation. Over the 7 months I have worked with this organization I have been paid a little more than $40 a month. At about 30 days a month that breaks down to around $2 rounded up a day.

So yes, my job is totally taking advantage of me, and you know what? I LOVE IT.

In the interest of transparency I included this disclaimer to appear in my comments once our organization started soliciting funds and donation here online.

FULL DISCLOSURE - I'm a paid employee of PeanutButterPAC, a progressive PAC founded right here at DailyKos.com. (and the blogosphere at large)

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Japan's Sea Of Change

On Sunday August 30 voters in Japan did something that most thought would never take place a change of government. Unlike previous times one Liberal Democratic Party leader wasn't replacing another. In a complete about face voters took a huge leap of faith and voted in the opposition Democratic Party of Japan led by Yukio Hatayama.

A Nation on the Brink - Mexico's July 5 Legislative Elections

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-07-04 09:09:21 -0400. -- GH

A Nation on the Brink Mexico's
July 5 Legislative Elections

Part 2 of a three part series (Part 1)

Michael Collins and Kenneth Thomas

Mexico approaches this election confronting the rise of a narcostate, growing economic chaos, social inequalities, citizen disenchantment--or worse

As Mexico approaches the July 5th mid-term elections, the nation confronts two critical problems. An expanding an increasingly violent "war on drugs" threatens to convert Mexico into a narcostate. This will lead to the inevitable compromise of the members of all political parties. An expanding economic crisis in the wake of NAFTA and the global financial situation, threatens private companies, the Central Bank, and government programs -- as well as the income and employment of most citizens. Rising social inequality and a workforce crisis mean that many, perhaps most, Mexicans live in conditions parallel to those of sub-Saharan Africa.

Disenchantment and dismay reign. The volatile political situation foreshadows a change in the air. Close to 80% of Mexicans voted in mid-term elections in the 90's. Tomorrow, turnout is expected to be less that 50%. An attempted "no confidence" vote on the government looms. Members of the various parties engage in what has been called "fratricide." And there is talk -- talk which hearkens back to the Revolution of 1910 -- that it's time for the people to ignore the major parties and take matters into their own hands.

words in a shop window

Cross-posted at The National Gadfly

Every morning on my walk to the bus, I pass the windows of a shop called Bazar.  They sell imports, womens' clothing, shoes, etc.  I often look at the dresses on display with an eye for something my wife would like me to surprise her with.  They often have some posters for bands or performances that I assume the owner fancies. 

Nick Benton's Corner: Back to the Mountain Top

Posted with permission of Nicholas Benton, owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press.

 Back to the Mountaintop

by Nick Benton

The delayed fulfillment of a dream interrupted by assassins' bullets in 1968 was realized 40 years later with the resounding and epochal victory of President-elect Barack Obama this week.

The back-to-back assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy in the spring of 1968 put the struggle for racial, social and economic justice on a long, slow march. But when the self-serving machinations of the worst opponents of those hopes began to break down in the last four years, the world discovered that the spirit was still alive, as it burst forth into the most magnificent explosion of the highest of human aspirations perhaps ever seen.

The campaign of Barack Obama was the perfect vehicle for this profound resurgence, the man's evident gifts to inspire and motivate underpinned by a humble personal background, razor sharp intellect, and a body language of quiet resolve, commitment to the public good, and confidence.

We need to quickly get over the significance of the “The First Black President”

Promoted by roxy - originally posted 2008-11-05 13:26:10 -1000. Our friend from across the pond makes some excellent points. Discussion?

To many, many Americans, the meaning and deeply powerful significance of Barack Obama becoming President elect lies so completely in the history of their families and their communities and their nation that any comment from Wales is little more than an impertinence.

Of course, it is not such a remote thing I am not tremendously moved.