Time to Hear About Policy, Not Endorsements

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It’s endorsement season and candidates for Congress in CD-46, Assembly and State Senate seats are flooding my mailbox with news of their latest endorsement.  While I can appreciate each candidate wants to be the most popular person at the dance, what’s sorely lacking is any sort of policy discussion.  What issues do candidates feel most passionately about?  What laws will they fight to create?  What bad policy do they want removed or repealed?  On those questions, the candidates are sorely lacking.

It’s not like we haven’t asked the candidate’s consultants when we’re gong to get that sort of announcement.  We have.  So the news du jour is the latest fundraising announcement or the latest endorsement (with many candidates receiving dual endorsements).

So here we go.  Candidates for CD-46, you have my email.  Answer these questions and send them to my by next Friday and I’ll post them.  If you don’t answer, that will be noted.

  1. What’s the top issue facing Congress for 2016 and why? What is your plan to tackle this issue.
  2. If you’re elected, what is the one issue you most want to address in Congress?  Offer specifics of what you hope to accomplish.
  3. Will you support the top Democratic finisher in the CD-46 primary if you don’t win?
  4. If Republicans retain their Congressional majority and you’re elected to Congress, how effective will you be in working as a member of the minority and how can you still hope to accomplish your agenda from a position of weakness?
  5. Describe how your manner of governing is most like Loretta Sanchez?  And describe your greatest differentiation from her?

Five easy pieces.  We look forward to the responses.


  10 comments for “Time to Hear About Policy, Not Endorsements

  1. Greg Diamond
    October 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    “Will you support the top Democratic finisher in the CD-46 primary if you don’t win?”

    Given that the top two in the primary may both be Democrats, why would anyone pledge now to support the one of them that has more votes?

    I agree with you about Correa’s endorsements.

    • October 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      I think Schott will finish number 2 by virtue of her being a Republucan, much like Joe Moreno was in the AD69 race in 2012. The question is more directed at those won’t don’t make the final cut.

      Bao has one Democratic blog endorsement and Dunn has none that I am aware of other than some members of Labor.

      • Greg Diamond
        October 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        Schott will only finish 2nd if the local Democratic Party is not smart enough to recruit a second Republican into the race to split the vote. What are the odds of that happening?

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    October 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    The local Democratic Party was smart enough to boot you from a leadership role. Your constant promotion of Republicans and constant denigration of Democrats makes you ill suited to advise the party on any matter. Honestly, leave the party. You have few friends in it. You don’t make it better.

    • October 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      You know, it could be that we are very uncharitable to be so impatient with Dan Chmielewski’s mental denseness. It could be that he has suffered irreversible brain damage since being born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, or at the very least being dumped savagely on his head as a toddler. So we should perhaps be more patient. But still, how should I put this, delicately? The deficiency would seem to qualify him for perhaps OTHER lines of work rather than running one of the county’s top ten political blogs.

      I trust most readers note that Greg was, far from shilling for Republicans here, suggesting a way that OC Democrats could ratf**k OC Republicans and make sure a Dem gets in.

      • October 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

        Wow, on moderation? When did that happen? I haven’t been here in a couple weeks.

        • Dan Chmielewski
          October 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm

          Your comment posted; you were not on moderation, perhaps just impatient.

      • October 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        Greg shills for Republicans daily; his tactic won’t stop a Democrat from getting in.

      • October 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

        since we’re theorizing on ailments, I found this on the NY Times site. Perhaps you could collaborate your own experience:

        Alcohol has widespread effects on the brain and can affect neurons (nerve cells), brain chemistry, and blood flow within the frontal lobes of the brain. Neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain) are affected by long-term use of alcohol.

        When a person who is dependent on alcohol stops drinking, chemical responses create an overexcited nervous system and agitation by changing the level of chemicals that inhibit impulsivity or stress and excitation. High norepinephrine levels, a chemical the brain produces more of when drinking is stopped, may trigger withdrawal symptoms, such as increasing blood pressure and heart rate. This hyperactivity in the brain produces an intense need to calm down and to use more alcohol.

        Drinking alcohol also stimulates the release of other neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, and opioid peptides) that produce pleasurable feelings such as euphoria, a sensation of being rewarded, and a sense of well-being.

        Over time, however, heavy alcohol use appears to deplete the stores of dopamine and serotonin. Persistent drinking, therefore, eventually fails to restore mood, but by then the drinker has been conditioned to believe that alcohol will improve spirits (even though it does not).

        Between 80 – 90% of people treated for alcoholism relapse, even after years of abstinence. Patients and their caregivers should understand that relapses of alcoholism are analogous to recurrent flare-ups of chronic physical diseases. Factors that place a person at high risk for relapse include:
        Frustration and anger
        Social pressure
        Internal temptation

  3. October 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

    This is a very appropriate list of issue Questions. Looking forward to the responses.

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