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    JackpineRadicals First Endorsement For 2018 – Alison Hartson

    Since I’ve not been in California in well over a year now, I just found out Alison is running against Diane Feinstein.

    Alison is part of Justice Democrats. She may not have held office before but the woman has worked her ass off to make real change in this country.

    Here’s a video of her with Cenk

    Here’s a link to here donation page and campaign

    https://alisonhartson.com

    Let’s get a progressive in and corporate whore Feinstein out!

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    • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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      1. Calling

      @willyt @nvwino and all California members

      Someone you can believe in

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    • NV Wino (5850 posts)
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      2. I'm pretty sure Feinstein is going down this time.

      Resist-sm_zpswfchkz8t “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee  
      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        6. Wouldn't that rock!

        Get rid of all the third-way whores and gop

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    • dreamnightwind (1472 posts)
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      3. Thank you for this

      Frankenstein will be hard to beat. Oddly, I’ve never known anyone that claimed to like her, yet we can’t seem to get her out of office.

      I’ve seen Alison in several online videos. She’s putting a lot of energy into this, and doing it for the right reasons. May she go far.

      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        4. I was in a video with her

        In a picture on TYT and a video that talked about the Enough is Enough rally in San Francisco where I spoke, and the Los Angeles rally where she spoke, on the same day.

        After working for a few months with the ATA, she worked with other groups while we were working on the CAFREE Act. The other groups got the legislature to get it done. That worked.

        However it was done, I’m glad it was done!

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        • dreamnightwind (1472 posts)
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          9. Very cool!

          Haven’t seen that video, but I enjoyed the video interviews you and others did at the People’s Summit.

          In this Senate race, there are a number of challengers, maybe they smell blood, or whatever fluid powers DiFi (probably petroleum.)

          Hartson and Hildebrand both look excellent. I don’t know which is more viable, hopefully they won’t split the progressive vote.

          http://occupysf.net/index.php/2017/10/19/press-release-david-hildedrand/

          http://www.davidforcalifornia.com/

          I have seen Alison in the media more than Hildebrand, that might indicate a more vigorous campaign, don’t know.

          • roody (131 posts)
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            15. They will split the progressive vote.

            Alison should have considered that before running.

            • dreamnightwind (1472 posts)
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              20. It's a very crowded field, and might get more so

              This article is nearly 3 months old, so I don’t know, but Tom Steyer would be a formidable challenger. He’s been quiet on a possible Senate race since October, focusing on a high-profile and heavily funded Impeach Trump campaign. That raises Steyer’s public visibility, possibly in preparation for a Senate run. He’s a former hedge-fund manager billionaire, loves him some SuperPACs, and was a huge HRC supporter. He sees climate change as an existential issue; I’d certainly prefer him to Feinstein, but he’s no Berniecrat.

              https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/15/dianne-feinstein-california-primary-243790

              It remains unclear if de León will be the only high-profile Democrat challenging Feinstein. Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is mulling a run, and Joseph Sanberg, a wealthy Orange County progressive activist, is considered another potential candidate. Some long-shot candidates are already in the race, including a progressive lawyer, Pat Harris.

              https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/12/politics/kevin-de-leon-dianne-feinstein-tom-steyer-california-democratic-primary/index.html

              Because there is no party primary in California — the top two overall vote-getters in the June “jungle primary” advance to the general election, no matter their affiliation — the race will be fought on two planes.

              I doubt either Hartson or Hildebrand will make it into the top two for the general election, this is a huge state and getting known to its voters takes a lot of resources, which usually translates to corporate cash.

              We’d have a much better chance of getting progressive representation if the state was divided into smaller states the way the east coast is. But it isn’t, so we can support the progressives in hope that it eventually makes a difference.

            • cascadiance (2949 posts)
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              31. I like both her and Hildebrand…

              Watched her interview with Jimmy Dore, and I do believe that she’s the real thing too.  I also like the sincerity and accessibility of David Hildebrand, who I’ve had personal messaging content with too.

              It’s too bad that in order to avoid them splitting votes and not getting through in California’s jungle primary, that one of them doesn’t withdraw to run for governor instead, where some of the candidates “sound nice”, but I’m not sure I fully trust any of them.  If one would pull out of senate race and endorse the other of the two staying in the senate race, and join the governor’s race with the endorsement of the remaining senate candidate that they endorse, I think that would show the progressive unity and support that will be necessary to win those seats in 2018.

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              • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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                38. That would be great

                Then we could endorse both.

                But I do know her. I worked with her for months. She is the real deal.

                What was just posted down thread about him, I’ve lost some respect

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      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        7. Oh, forgot

        Because she’s filthy fucking rich and, by marriage somehow, related to the Clintons

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        • dreamnightwind (1472 posts)
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          11. Filthy rich and just plain filthy

          Barbara Boxer is related to the Clintons by marriage, but she is retired. I’m not aware of any relation between Feinstein and the Clintons, though there could be one. They both mainline corporate cash, and probably hang out in the same ‘hope’iate dens. But yeah, filthy rich for sure.

          This needs to be updated, she’s probably made plenty since 2005, and it doesn’t appear to include her husband’s wealth.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein

          In 1980, Feinstein married Richard C. Blum, an investment banker. In 2003, Feinstein was ranked the fifth-wealthiest senator, with an estimated net worth of US$26 million.[74] By 2005 her net worth had increased to between US$43 million and US$99 million.[75] Her 347-page financial-disclosure statement[76] – characterized by the San Francisco Chronicleas “nearly the size of a phone book” – draws clear lines between her assets and those of her husband, with many of her assets in blind trusts.

          Feinstein’s husband is a huge financier, check out the conflicts of interest in his portfolio, amazing.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_C._Blum

          Blum’s wife, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has received scrutiny due to her husband’s government contracts and extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with the country. Blum has denied any wrongdoing, however.[10] Critics have argued that business contracts with the US government awarded to a company (Perini) controlled by Blum may raise a potential conflict-of-interest issue with the voting and policy activities of his wife.[11] URS Corp, which Blum had a substantial stake in, bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002; EG&G subsequently won a $600m defense contract.[1]

          In 2009 it was reported that Blum’s wife Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to provide $25 billion in taxpayer money to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, a government agency that had recently awarded her husband’s real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, what the Washington Times called “a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.”[12]

          The United States Postal Service has entered into an exclusive contract with CB Richard Ellis to sell buildings that currently house post offices

          Also, a great article on Feinstein (too much info, no doubt, but in case anyone wants to see how bad she is) from Project Censured:

          http://projectcensored.org/23-feinsteins-conflict-of-interest-in-iraq/

          • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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            12. Oops!

            Got Feinstein and boxer mixed up on the Clinton relationship. Thank you for correcting me

            Yes, filthy rich and filthy. The information does need to be updated but it’s still important and telling

            Thank you

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          • JimLane (1612 posts)
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            27. If the entry needs to be updated, that can be done.

            The constraint is that additional information must come from a reliable source, not somebody’s blog or the like.  If you’ll do the work of finding the citation(s), I’ll be glad to help you with the Wikipedia formatting to edit the Feinstein article.

            • dreamnightwind (1472 posts)
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              28. Oh, thanks, maybe I'll look into that

              There must be newer info than 2005.

              I’ve never edited a Wikipedia entry, so help would be good. Not sure if I can come up with good sourcing for her or her husband’s wealth, but I’ll do some more googling.

        • Rocky (831 posts)
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          23. Way back in the last century…

          when my wife was an RN working for an internist in S.F. she met “DiFi’s” hubby as a patient. We don’t talk about it because she gets beet red, her voice shrill and loud……and refers to him as “THAT fucking asshole”. I’ve never ventured into the details. I wonder if he was another Weinstein type. She was a hottie. Of course if he got too far out of line my 5′ sweetie would have kicked him in the gonads. Job be damned. Just speculation on my part.

          "Love of money is a sickness."   Spc. Agent Jim Hardy, Tales of Wells Fargo, 1957  
          • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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            24. Interesting

            I wonder. But if you’re right, good for her!

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      • doh1304 (509 posts)
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        21. It's "Feinswine"

        one of the first things I saw when I moveed to SF back in 81 was a poster with that when she was mayor. Took me about a week to figure out why.

        • dreamnightwind (1472 posts)
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          22. LOL, that's good

          She bears a striking resemblance to Frankenstein, so I will have a hard time giving that one up. Frankenswine? But yeah, Feinswine is excellent.

          There’s another good one too, though I can’t recall it at the moment. Feinstein was her second husband’s name, she was born a Goldman, fwiw.

          • doh1304 (509 posts)
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            26. There was also another poster from then

            a picture of her with that iconic hairdo with the white stripe and the captain, “The Bride Of Feinstein”

    • Ferd Berfel (5753 posts)
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      5. Hope I win the lottery

      So I can afford to donate to all the progressives that are going to run this time! 🤑

      …and you think you’re going to stop this simply by ‘pulling a lever’, in a booth, behind a curtain, every 2 years? - Know yourself. And if you need help with that, call the FBI. -  There is only ONE solution to this mess:  New Party !  
      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        8. Me too!!

        And fix the damn spam problem here

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    • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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      10. My apologies to Alison

      Thanks to @rufustfirefly, I corrected her last name in my OP. Stupid spellcheck does not like her last name

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    • roody (131 posts)
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      13. She is a little late.

      David Hildebrand answered Bernie’s call to run for office many months ago.

      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        16. She announced a few months ago

        She’s who Justice Democrats is endorsing and I know her

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        • roody (131 posts)
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          25. David was running in June or earlier.

          She has been in 2 months at the most.

        • HawkeyeX (1055 posts)
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          41. I reject Justice Democrats now.

          Not after what they did to the founders.

          • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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            42. Please elaborate

            And no matter, I know Alison and she will never sell out

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    • oldandhappy (4076 posts)
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      14. keeping my eyes open

      Invest in people.  Seek TRUTH.
      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        18. Cool!

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    • cui bono (1664 posts)
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      17. Here she is on TJDS:

      The DNC can try to squash us but we'll just come back stronger.   
      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        19. Thank you!

        Hadn’t seen this

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      • ThomPaine (4755 posts)
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        29. She gives us a very important message here. While it's very

        important to have strong grassroots efforts from the outside (the party), by itself it isnt enough, “we also have to be on the inside.”

        We need to get progressives like her working on the inside.

      • tonyl (1018 posts)
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        30. Clear, Directed, Incisive ..

        I think this person could do extremely well for the people.

        Now, if we could just get her to be a little cynical ..

        Because you cant have integrity occasionally
    • FloridaProg (475 posts)
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      32. TY

      I’ll have to look into her campaign more closely.

      #DEMEXIT asap if you haven't already. It's your duty as a citizen.
      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        33. Thank you

        It’s too bad there are two progressive candidates in the primary.  One endorsed by Our Revolution and one, Alison, endorsed by Justice Democrats. But I know Alison and I believe she’s the better of the two

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    • RealityCheck (1023 posts)
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      34. I did find this

      Both progressive candidates seem great, and for Californians, their decision to vote for the best one might be very difficult. I found this statement about Justice Dems by D. Hildebrand. Good luck deciding.

       

      David Hildebrand’s official response to the "Justice Democrats" recent selection for U.S. Senate from thedavidpakmanshow

      David Hildebrand’s official response to the “Justice Democrats” recent selection for U.S. Senate

       

      As you have no doubt heard, Cenk Uygur, CEO of a media corporation, has recently anointed one of his staff as the “Justice Democrats” candidate for U.S. Senate in California. While our campaign was nominated by many supporters for the Justice Democrats endorsement, our supporters were told that Justice Democrats would not be supporting a male candidate in the U.S. Senate race in California. This is exactly the type of identity politics that the Democratic National Convention played in 2016, that cost Bernie Sanders the primary election, and progressives the general election.

      It makes us uncomfortable that a corporate CEO is selecting candidates for elections. I didn’t volunteer for Bernie Sanders campaign for over 70 hours a week outside a full-time job to watch our Progressive movement become a mirror of the Democratic National Convention.

      As I have said at many of my speeches across the state, “I am the Corporate-Free, Democratic Socialist, Working Class, Pro-Union Candidate for U.S. Senate.” I have worked for six years as a Legislative Analyst for the State of California dealing with issues facing the people.

      • Major Hogwash (3055 posts)
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        35. "When I started my campaign in March . . ."

        When I started my campaign in March, my decision was based on several factors. At the time, there were no other Progressives running, and California was lacking representation for the working class. We knew running for U.S. Senate would be a massive undertaking, but one in which I had the energy and stamina to succeed. What made me sure of this is my history of working full-time through college, and working full time while volunteering as a Staging Location Director on the Bernie Sanders campaign in Congressional District 6. During the 2016 primary, we worked 8 hour days after my full-time shifts as a Legislative Analyst for the State of California. We also worked 16 hours on weekends. The reason I worked for Bernie Sander’s campaign as a volunteer for such long hours, having never met Bernie, because his message was one of representation.

        Great comment. Made over 2 months ago, long before the other one made her announcement.

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        • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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          36. Alison was running over two months ago

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          • Major Hogwash (3055 posts)
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            43. She made her announcement to run on November 2nd.

            Two months and a week ago.

            http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-hartson-senate-announce-20171102-story.html

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            • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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              44. Yes. Over two months ago

              :)

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      • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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        37. Sorry but I find this to be more telling about him

        than Alison. How is a former school teacher, who quit her job to work more than full time, have publicly funded elections in California, anything to bitch about? Trust me, she was working around the clock

        He would not have been legally able to have a publicly funded campaign if it weren’t for Alison.

        We know what she’s accomplished as far as legislation in California. I know her morality

        It’s a shame that he’s decided to go down this road.

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        • cascadiance (2949 posts)
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          39. Hmm…. Interesting comments

          Though I think I question Hildebrand’s assessment of Justice Democrats as a “corporate” organization as my major area of concern.  I do think there might be some areas of concern for Justice Democrats as an organization, with the recent internal divisions over comments made by others on Cenk’s past that lead to him resigning his and another part of Justice Democrats their seats.  The people in Justice Democrats I think weren’t responding as well as they could to the historical attacks on Cenk that have me question them some too.  But I’m not sure that I would call “Justice Democrats” having “corporate” allegiances that made this a problem.

          Edit: In reading the referenced article, I think the corporate organization being referenced is TYT, not the Justice Democrats.  Though I don’t feel that TYT reflects the bad corporate entity that so many other corporations do in how they try to influence politics for their own gain.

          I think Hildebrand’s pointing to the comment of only selecting a woman for this seat was appropriate, if in fact those comments were made and can be documented.  We definitely shouldn’t be using someone’s identity (gender, race, religion, etc.) as a means to screen out other candidates before what they will do in terms of policies being measured.  I think Hildebrand was critiquing the decision process, if that was truly the method being used, than critiquing Allison as a candidate being a woman.  I find her a very good candidate too, whether she’s a woman or not, and that could give her the selection over him too.

          Identity politics are being used to try and push candidates like Kamala Harris for president too, which is a problem, when we have so many other areas of politics other than their identity to determine who should be our candidate in 2020 too.  Now if everything else in terms of what a candidate will do with policy, etc. that are the real things we should measure candidates by is equal, I do like the idea of trying to push a woman in the next election to finally overcome that barrier for women have faced so long as being president.  But it shouldn’t be our first criteria, or we risk another disaster happening that got us Trump in this last election.  I hope what Hildebrand said is not true in terms of the process that Justice Democrats used, but if it is, I think we need to assess who said it and in what context too.  I hope he backs up such comments with some real substantive source to give us some basis there.  If he doesn’t, then I don’t like those comments too, if they are just based on unsubstantiated rumors too.  If they aren’t substantiated, then he’s playing that identity politics game too, which I think supports your concerns over him too.

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          • Marym625 (28346 posts)
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            40. Good analysis and questions

            I’ll try to find out more about that.

            I’ve not heard anything about their endorsement being based on gender except here.

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