Dan Chmielewski

Why are Republicans only targeting Abel Maldonado?

It took three GOP senators to vote for the budget deal, but the ire of Republicans angry that the deal passed seems raised only against Senator Abel Maldonado?  At the risk of sounding like Art Pedroza, I wonder if its because Maldonado is Latino. There’s plenty of GOP anger against State Senators Roy Ashburn and…

Restore Democracy to California

I found this over at the Courage Campaign. Sign the pledge to repeal the 2/3rds rule to pass a budget California is in crisis – and Republicans are using it as an opportunity to advance their radical right-wing agenda. They are using the rule requiring a 2/3rds vote to pass a budget to hold the…

California Senate Republicans Oust their Leader

The elected Republicans continue to hold the state budget hostage as they drive California over a cliff with stalled budget negotiations.  But now there’s a new driver at the wheel and he’s stepping on the gas. The LA Times reported this morning that a group of Republican senators ousted Senate leader Dave Cogdill of Modesto and replaced him with…

Pelosi Meets with the Pope

A lot of my conservative friends were on me this week about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Italy following the House vote on the stimulus package.  Turns out, she had an important meeting to attend. Pelosi Statement Following Meeting With Pope Benedict XVI Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following…