Intro – Doug Porter, the main political writer for the San Diego Free Press – sister online publication of the OB Rag – and one of 7 SDFP editors, has been observing and critiquing elections in San Diego City and County from a progressive point of view for years. Here is an interview he did with the OB Rag over the weekend on the recent mid-terms: [Read more…]
A Chula Vista office for Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, a community organizing group closely involved with statewide and local recent recent control initiatives was torched early Saturday morning.
Police have confirmed the fire was a deliberate targeted attack. The fact that the arsonist(s) removed the organization’s bright yellow tee shirts from the building and torched them seperately was, no doubt, a convincing clue.
In recent months ACCE activists across California had been working to pass the statewide ballot measure Proposition 10. The San Diego branch of the organization also focused on a local rent control initiative, Measure W, for National City. [Read more…]
A deceptively edited video –released by a conspiracy theorist associated with the crackpot site InfoWars– depicting the effort of a White House staffer to take a microphone away from CNN reporter Jim Acosta during an exchange with President Trump is being held up as the truth.
Multiple outlets consulted experts, who found the video shared by White House Press Secretary Sanders was sped up to exaggerate a hand movement by the CNN reporter, giving the impression it was more forceful than footage broadcast on CSPAN.
President Trump’s post-election purge at the Justice Department triggered demonstrations on Thursday in hundreds of cities around the country.
Months ago, the Nobody Is Above The Law coalition set up an emergency action plan should the administration fire Special Counsel Bob Mueller or otherwise impede the investigation.
Less than twenty four hours after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, President Trump went off the deep end.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired. the only thing surprising about that move was the swiftness wityh which it occurred. Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, is in as acting Attorney General, and has already removed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from overseeing the investigation into Russian activities in the United States. [Read more…]
Election season is to San Diego Free Press is like Valentines Day is to florists. Based on what we’ve seen thus far, 2018 is looking to be a good-if-not-great election for progressives.
Since much of the next 24 hours will be like waiting for results of a biopsy, I’ve elected to skip the prognostication process share a few nuggets of info.
People who take comfort from voter turnout numbers have reason to be encouraged. Michael McDonald at the Elections Project says pre-election day votes will break the 40 million mark when all is said and done.
Indivisible 49 will hold one more rally outside the district office of Rep. Darrell Issa. Leaders of the coalition that hosted 65 weekly protests, and helped push Issa to retire, will honor nearly two years of volunteer effort and stand with Democrat Mike Levin to replace Issa in Washington.
Attendees at Otay Ranch, Olympian, Eastlake, University City, Westview, Rancho Bernardo and Temecula Valley High Schools, along with Palomar College will be leaving classes on Tuesday.
On Nov. 6, we’ll be voting in the first major election since Donald Trump was elected president. Trump is not on the ballot, but the future he envisions for the country is, and the stakes are incredibly high.
The nationally high profile contests locally are Congressional Districts 49 and 50. If you don’t happen to live in those districts, there are still candidates and causes worthy of your support.
Many candidates are looking for help in the next few days with encouraging people to vote. I gathered more than 50 such opportunities. They make up the bulk of this week’s calendar.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.
Remember how you felt on the morning of November 9, 2016? Shocked? Depressed? Angry? Do you ever want to feel that way again?
Despite all the hype, the role of ‘the resistance’ against the Trump regime hasn’t been anything like it’s imagined in fictional portrayals of people bravely fighting back against evil and oppression.
The last two years have been a long slog. The banality, the naked greed, and near-complete lack of empathy coming out of Washington was worse than (almost) anyone could have expected.
By R. Zamora
In San Diego 897 people have been killed by law-enforcement since the 1950s. My cousin, Jonathon Coronel, is among these statistics. My cousin was unarmed and surrendered on the ground, yet still shot 22 times by San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Villanueva.
As if riddling one body with 22 hollow-point bullets wasn’t terrorizing to our community enough, Christopher Villanueva tortured another human being to death, Sergio Weick, just eleven months prior to murdering Jonathon Coronel. Villanueva fired 26 gunshots onto Sergio Weick. Someone who is firing excessive shots, so excessive that he had to reload his gun, onto one human being clearly does not fear for his life but rather enjoys asserting his deadly power.
Officers like him have been empowered to continue their terrorizing behavior thanks to the District Attorney’s refusal to charge any officers that have overstepped their boundaries for murder. Between 2005 – 2015 there have been 155 police killings and all have been deemed “justified” by the District Attorney’s office. Summer Stephan is continuing this legacy by refusing to hold police officers accountable for illegal behavior, ultimately condoning the stripping of due process. She is expanding police officer’s role into one of judge, jury, and executioner. [Read more…]
Having nothing positive to campaign on, reactionaries are relying upon the time-honored techniques of fear, loathing, and falsehoods. There is no wall. There is no Obamacare replacement. (Although Republicans who voted to dismember it are now claiming to want to protect patients with pre-existing conditions.) There is no infrastructure program. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which Republicans once believed would be the centerpiece of their re-election campaign, has given Wall Street a sugar rush and the average four grand bumps promised Americans is nowhere to be seen.
That’s why Ammar Campa-Najjar– a really decent human being–is being portrayed as a terrorist. That’s why Trump’s on the stump ginning up his base about hordes of brown people headed to the border.
There is only one defense against this kind of campaigning. YOU must take personal responsibility to make sure everybody around you votes. Make sure the world knows you voted. Tell everybody. Brag a little. [Read more…]
I don’t know if there’s Blue Wave building, but I can tell you I haven’t seen such engagement and interest in an election in recent memory. This week’s activist calendar includes 36 events related to canvassing or voter education, and I know I just scratched the surface.
Another indication of voter interest is the proliferation of voter guides. Not that long ago, the term ‘voter guide’ either meant a handout from a political party or a slate mailer from a pay to play outfit.
Given that I worked on two such efforts this year, I thought I’d take a few minutes to catalog and comment upon some of what I’m seeing in the way of election-related compendiums and endorsement lists. [Read more…]