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19 Sep
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Please Vote Early!

Marti Crane and Sharon Romano are members of the Voting & Language Accessibility Advisory Committee.  They came up with a list of questions and Rebecca Turner (Calaveras Registrar of Voters) provided the answers.

A few questions have arisen from the community. We hope this helps.

1.  What happens to vote-by-mail ballots that get delivered to an address where the voter no longer resides (a street address with no forwarding address, rather than a P.O. Box)?

Elections mail is not forwarded. It is either returned as undeliverable or returned with an address that we will use to update the voter record, once we receive confirmation from the voter that the new address is accurate.

2.  Must Vote-by-mail Ballots be received or postmarked by Election Day?

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there is an extension for all postmarked ballots. For the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Elections Office no later than November 20, 2020.

3.  How many days after Election Day do you have to finish counting all the Vote-by-mail Ballots?

The Elections Office has 30 days (December 3, 2020) to count all ballots and certify the election results.

4.  How many ballot counting machines do we have – and have any been removed or decommissioned?

We purchased our current voting equipment in 2018 and do not have any decommissioned machines. Prior to every election, each piece of equipment that will be used in the counting process goes through logic and accuracy testing to ensure that it is in proper running order. In addition to that, after all ballots have been machine counted, we conduct a manual count, to verify the machines counted the ballots accurately.

5.  Postal employees are not allowed to speak out, but as the chief elections officer, are you able to verify the recent, and now current status, of our local postal processes for sorting and delivery?

All mail in the County is now sent to Sacramento for sorting and then returned to local post offices, even if mailing something from one town to another within the County boundary. I suggest people to allow 5-7 days for delivery.

6. How much of a strain do you anticipate efforts by some to ‘double vote’ to ‘test’ the system?

I would advise people not to intentionally return two voted ballots as it is prohibited pursuant to California Elections Code Section 18560, which states even attempting to vote twice is a crime punishable by imprisonment for up to 16 months. Our election system notifies the election official when checking in the second ballot, that the individual already voted a ballot and will not allow a second ballot to be accepted. During the canvass, we also double check that only one ballot was submitted by each voter and report any suspicious activities to the County District Attorney.

7.  On what date will Vote-by-mail Ballots go out to voters?

All vote by mails will be mailed on October 5, 2020. Voters should expect to receive them by the end of that week.

8.  What is the last date to register to vote?

If you want to receive a ballot in the mail, the last day to register to vote is October 19, 2020.

If you register between 10/20-11/3 (Election Day), you must go in person to the County Elections Office, a Vote Center, or a Pop-Up Center within the County in order to receive a ballot.

9. How to send in your ballot

  • Drop your ballot at a U.S. Post office or mailbox
  • Place your vote-by-mail ballot in one of the six Drop Boxes or three Vote Centers listed below
  • Deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to one of the three polling places or to the San Andreas elections office

10. Drop Boxes

All ballot drop-off locations will be available 29 days before the election (October 6th).  Drop boxes are available during regular store business hours as indicated below, except on Election Day, in which all ballot drop boxes will close at 8 pm, unless the business closes earlier.  The additional ballot drop-off locations in West Point, Arnold, and Copperopolis will allow voters who live in the more rural parts of Calaveras County to drop their voted ballot off at convenient locations such as grocery and hardware stores.          

Drop Boxes are located at:

  • Angels Camp: Save Mart Supermarket (inside store).  260 S. Main Str, Angels Camp, CA 95222.  Monday-Sunday, 6:00 am – 10:00 pm.
  • Arnold: Big Trees Market (inside store); 2182 Hwy 4, Arnold, CA  95223.  Monday-Sunday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.
  • Copperopolis: Payless Market (inside store); 3505 Spangler Ln, Copperopolis, CA 95228.  Monday-Sunday, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm.
  • San Andreas:  Government Center Office (exterior); 891 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas, CA 95249.  Monday-Sunday, 24 Hours.
  • Valley Springs: Senders Market (inside store); 72 Highway 26, Valley Springs, CA 95252.  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • West Point: West Point Lumber (inside store); 22471 Highway 26, West Point, CA 95255.  Monday-Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

11.  Vote Centers

Angels Camp, Mokelumne Hill, and Valley Springs locations will be available 8 am to 4 pm the Saturday, Sunday, & Monday before Election Day (10/31-11/2).  San Andreas will be open Monday through Friday, beginning 29 days before Election Day (10/6).  On Election Day (11/3), all vote center sites will be open 7 am to 8 pm. 

The Angels Camp vote center was relocated to a new location to allow us to follow social distancing guidelines and remain safe while voting.  The vote center in San Andreas will be closed Saturday and Sunday to allow election’s personnel to staff pop-up vote center locations in West Point, Arnold, and Copperopolis. 

Vote Centers are located at:

  • Angels Camp: Bret Harte Theatre, 323 S. Main St, Angels Camp, CA 95222. Sat-Mon, 8:00 am-4:00pm (10/31-11/2).  Election Day: 7:00 am-8:00 pm (11/3).
  • Mokelumne Hill: Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, 8283 Main St, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245. Sat-Mon, 8:00 am-4:00pm (10/31-11/2).  Election Day: 7:00 am-8:00 pm (11/3).
  • Valley Springs: Jenny Lind Veterans Hall, 300 Daphne St, Valley Springs, CA 95252. Sat-Mon, 8:00 am-4:00pm (10/31-11/2).  Election Day: 7:00 am-8:00 pm (11/3).
  • San Andreas: 891 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas, CA 95249. Sat-Mon, 8:00 am-4:00pm (10/6-10/30, 11/2).  Election Day: 7:00 am-8:00 pm (11/3). [10/31 &11/2 staff working at Pop-Up Centers.]

12. Pop-Up Centers

Pop-up vote centers have replaced Ballot Assistance Sites.  At each one of these sites, voters will be able to register to vote, receive a ballot, vote using an accessible voting device, or drop off their vote by mail ballot.  The Saturday and Sunday before Election Day (10/31-11/1), one of the below sites will be open from 10 am to 2 pm.  These sites will allow voters in more rural parts of the county to stay within their community and vote.

Pop-Up Centers are located at:

  • Arnold: Independence Hall, 1445 Blagen Rd, Arnold, CA  95223. Sat & Sun, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (10/31 & 11/1).
  • Copperopolis: Copperopolis Library, 3505 Spangler Ln, Copperopolis, CA  95228. Sat & Sun, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (10/31 & 11/1).
  • West Point: West Point VFW Hall, 202 Spink Rd, West Point, CA 95255. Sat & Sun, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (10/31 & 11/1).

VOTE EARLY!

You can track your ballot to see when it has been received and if/when it was counted.

Sign up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications.  

All other election information can be easily found on the County website at:

https://elections.calaverasgov.us/

 How else can you help?

Please consider making a donation to the Calaveras Democrats. Prior to Covid-19 we held monthly meetings. Besides giving us an opportunity to hear from different speakers, see friends, and getting to know new members, we also collected donations. Zoom isn’t a great way to get donations but we’ve continued to cover our costs and contribute to various campaigns. Please consider donating through the link below.

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11 Sep
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September Meeting RESCHEDULED!

Join us on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 15* at 5:30 pm for our virtual meeting. 

By sharing ideas, we can all make a difference! 

*(Previously scheduled for September 8)
(Information on how to join the meeting is below.)

  When we meet on September 15, there will be less than two months until one of the most important elections in our lifetime!     In talking with many of you, we have found that you are involved in a variety of different ways to support local candidates and issues, are volunteering with community organizations, and are working to ensure Joe Biden is our next President. Others of you have asked what you can do to help.

 We are inviting you to share with us what you are doing. The idea is to motivate those who want to help and to encourage each other to keep working to make our community and country better.

Please come share, motivate, support and encourage!
Together, we can do this!

 

 How else can you help?

Please consider making a donation to the Calaveras Democrats. Prior to Covid-19 we held monthly meetings. Besides giving us an opportunity to hear from different speakers, see friends, and getting to know new members, we also collected donations. Zoom isn’t a great way to get donations but we’ve continued to cover our costs and contribute to various campaigns. Please consider donating through the link below.

How to join the meeting:

To video conference –

  • Click here to participate in the meeting, The host will connect you to join.

To call in –

  • Dial 669-900-6833. When prompted, enter the meeting ID code 820 8452 7905 followed by the pound sign (#). The password for the meeting is CCDCC.

Some rules to follow:

  • There may be a delay because some of the participants will have a slower internet connection. Please be patient and try not to talk over each other.
  • To make it easier for everyone to hear, put yourself on “mute” to eliminate any background noises.

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10 Sep
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Brynne Kennedy Fundraiser w/ Special Guest Eric Swalwell

We hope you can join us in a fundraiser for Brynne Kennedy

This Zoom event will feature Eric Swalwell (CA-15 Representative) and Brynne Kennedy in conversation about pressing national issues, as well as live musical guests Achilles Wheel.

When: 5:15 pm-6:45 pm, Wednesday 9/16

Tickets: $35

RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/swalwellkennedy?refcode=calaveras

Where: Zoom

Shortly California will mail out ballots to all registered voters. Please fill them in and return your absentee ballot as soon as possible.

Brynne is campaigning to win CA-04 which has been Tom McClintock’s district. If you’d like to know how he’s voted and what he’s said on topics like Covid-19, health care, Social Security, education, the environment, and other issues, please take the time to look at https://mcclintockfacts.com/

If you’d like to know more about Brynne, please take the time to read about her qualifications.

Other Information:

  • Visit Brynne Kennedy’s website for virtual town halls, phone banking events, house parties and more. Click here for a complete list and to sign up.  
  • Need a yard sign for Joe Biden-Kamala Harris or Brynne? Send a email to info@calaverasdemocrats.org and let us know how to arrange to get them to you. If you are able, we are asking for a $20 donation.
  • Plan your vote. Make sure you know the options for voting in this very important election, what’s on the ballot and important dates. Click here to visit the Calaveras County Elections Department for more information. 

But you can still help! The Calaveras Democrats are in need of donations to cover our printing costs for the campaign. Please seriously consider making a donation.

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07 Sep
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September Meeting Cancelled!

Due to the power outages, we’re cancelling tonight’s meeting.

But you can still help! We’re in need of donations to cover our printing costs for the upcoming campaign. Please seriously consider making a donation.

You are making a difference!

     So many of you are working hard to get Brynne Kennedy elected our next representative in Congress, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris our next president and vice president, as well as supporting other local candidates and issues. 
     At this meeting you will get updates about campaign strategies and GOTV efforts. You will be invited to share with us what you are doing. The idea is to motivate those who want to help and to encourage each other to keep working hard to make our community and country better.
  

 How can you help?

There are two ways you can help right now (voting comes later). The first is to make a donation to the Calaveras Democrats. Prior to Covid-19 we held monthly meetings. Besides giving us an opportunity to hear from different speakers, see friends, and get to know new members, we also collected donations. Zoom isn’t a great way to get donations but we’ve continued to cover our costs and contribute to various campaigns. Please consider donating through the link below.

The other way to help is take an active role with getting Brynne Kennedy elected. It’s only 56 days until election day!  Shortly California will mail out ballots to all registered voters. Please fill them in and return your absentee ballot as soon as possible.

Brynne Kennedy is running a terrific campaign against Tom McClintock — and she’s doing a great job! If you’d like to know more about Brynne, please take the time to read about her qualifications. In fact, a recent poll shows that she’s continuing to move towards winning the district:

https://brynneforcongress.com/2020/07/new-poll-kennedy-and-mcclintock-tied-in-ca-04/

She can do this but only with all hands on deck. Her chances are great, but she needs all of us. For those of you that live in more densely populated areas (like real neighborhoods), there is a new tool and opportunity…kind of a hybrid no-contact canvassing and phone calling that is in your neighborhood. You download and get connected to an app called PDI Connect.

There is a training (which will get you connected) every Friday at 5:00 PM. It gives you lists of voters in your immediate neighborhood, and maps! This makes it possible for you to drop off a piece of Brynne literature and a note (the literature can be printed at home) on their doorstep or fence. Then you follow up with a phone call, as a neighbor. You can call right from the app. Here is the sign up link: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/287849/  

This event gives you the option to learn another app called REACH, for tracking your own conversations with friends. Take your pick! 

If you want to send friends and neighbors to an event with Brynne, a virtual house party, Janice Bassett is hosting one this Friday, August 14, at 6:00 PM. Here is the sign up link:

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/298233/ 

And then there are, of course: Neighborhood Conversations for our region, Tuesday, noon. The topic this week is Covid-19. 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/280928/ 

Weekly Team Meeting for our region, Wednesday, 5:30 PM: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/275572/ 

Weekly Phone Bank for our region (this weekend we called Calaveras Democrats…that was fun!), Saturday 10-1: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/297577/ 

That is 5 opportunities for participation!

Which one are you signing up for?

Don’t need to limit it to one, but at least one….okay?

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24 Aug
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How Would You Describe Yourself?

Axios/SurveyMonkey did a poll on Thursday & Friday of 2,946 voters. The poll is well worth reading about through the link. The part that I found interesting was that they created two “word clouds” that provide a snapshot of America’s mood. The top three words Democrats used to describe the convention were “hopeful,” “inclusive” and “united“. The graphic used here is from the Axios/SurveyMonkey article.

Republicans’ top three words were “boring,” “lies” and “joke”.

 How can you help?

There are two ways you can help right now (voting comes later). The first is to make a donation to the Calaveras Democrats. Prior to Covid-19 we held monthly meetings. Besides giving us an opportunity to hear from different speakers, see friends, and get to know new members, we also collected donations. Zoom isn’t a great way to get donations but we’ve continued to cover our costs and contribute to various campaigns. Please consider donating through the link below.

The other way to help is take an active role with getting Brynne Kennedy elected. It’s only 72 days until election day!  Shortly (within 10 days) California will mail out ballots to all registered voters. Please fill them in and return your absentee ballot as soon as possible.

Brynne Kennedy is running a terrific campaign against Tom McClintock — and she’s doing a great job! If you’d like to know more about Brynne, please take the time to read about her qualifications. In fact, a recent poll shows that she’s continuing to move towards winning the district:

https://brynneforcongress.com/2020/07/new-poll-kennedy-and-mcclintock-tied-in-ca-04/

She can do this but only with all hands on deck. Her chances are great, but she needs all of us. For those of you that live in more densely populated areas (like real neighborhoods), there is a new tool and opportunity…kind of a hybrid no-contact canvassing and phone calling that is in your neighborhood. You download and get connected to an app called PDI Connect.

There is a training (which will get you connected) every Friday at 5:00 PM. It gives you lists of voters in your immediate neighborhood, and maps! This makes it possible for you to drop off a piece of Brynne literature and a note (the literature can be printed at home) on their doorstep or fence. Then you follow up with a phone call, as a neighbor. You can call right from the app. Here is the sign up link: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/287849/  

This event gives you the option to learn another app called REACH, for tracking your own conversations with friends. Take your pick! 

If you want to send friends and neighbors to an event with Brynne, a virtual house party, Janice Bassett is hosting one this Friday, August 14, at 6:00 PM. Here is the sign up link:

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/298233/ 

And then there are, of course: Neighborhood Conversations for our region, Tuesday, noon. The topic this week is Covid-19. 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/280928/ 

Weekly Team Meeting for our region, Wednesday, 5:30 PM: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/275572/ 

Weekly Phone Bank for our region (this weekend we called Calaveras Democrats…that was fun!), Saturday 10-1: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/297577/ 

That is 5 opportunities for participation!

Which one are you signing up for?

Don’t need to limit it to one, but at least one….okay?

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10 Aug
0

To Make a Change, You Need to Do MORE!

(Credit for most of this goes to Mickey Williamson.)

It’s only 8 weeks until ballots drop! What will you sign up for this week? 

 If you complain about Tom McClintock, if you hate Tom McClintock, if you want to be rid of Tom McClintock, then you truly have to do more than just vote for Brynne.

Brynne Kennedy is running a terrific campaign against Tom McClintock — and she’s doing a great job! If you’d like to know more about Brynne, please take the time to read about her qualifications. In fact, a recent poll shows that she’s continuing to move towards winning the district:

https://brynneforcongress.com/2020/07/new-poll-kennedy-and-mcclintock-tied-in-ca-04/

She can do this but only with all hands on deck. Her chances are great, but she needs all of us. For those of you that live in more densely populated areas (like real neighborhoods), there is a new tool and opportunity…kind of a hybrid no-contact canvassing and phone calling that is in your neighborhood. You download and get connected to an app called PDI Connect.

There is a training (which will get you connected) every Friday at 5:00 PM. It gives you lists of voters in your immediate neighborhood, and maps! This makes it possible for you to drop off a piece of Brynne literature and a note (the literature can be printed at home) on their doorstep or fence. Then you follow up with a phone call, as a neighbor. You can call right from the app. Here is the sign up link: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/287849/  

This event gives you the option to learn another app called REACH, for tracking your own conversations with friends. Take your pick! 

If you want to send friends and neighbors to an event with Brynne, a virtual house party, Janice Bassett is hosting one this Friday, August 14, at 6:00 PM. Here is the sign up link:

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/298233/ 

And then there are, of course: Neighborhood Conversations for our region, Tuesday, noon. The topic this week is Covid-19. 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/280928/ 

Weekly Team Meeting for our region, Wednesday, 5:30 PM: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/275572/ 

Weekly Phone Bank for our region (this weekend we called Calaveras Democrats…that was fun!), Saturday 10-1: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/297577/ 

That is 5 opportunities for participation!

Which one are you signing up for?

Don’t need to limit it to one, but at least one….okay?

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10 Aug
0

You are the Key!

Join us on Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30 pm for our virtual meeting. 
By sharing ideas, we can all make a difference! 

(Information on how to join the meeting is below.)

DON’T FORGET-Calaveras Democrats Meeting, Tues. 8/11 at 5:30 pm🔑

When we meet on August 11, there will only be 84 days until one of the most important elections in our lifetime!     In talking with many of you, we have found that you are involved in a variety of different ways to support local candidates and issues, are volunteering with community organizations, and are working to ensure Joe Biden is our next President. Others of you have asked what you can do to help.

     We are inviting you to share with us what you are doing. The idea is to motivate those who want to help and to encourage each other to keep working to make our community and country better.

Please come share, motivate, support and encourage!
Together, we can do this!

How to join the meeting:

To video conference –
Click here to participate in the meeting, The host will connect you to join.
To call in –
Dial 669-900-6833. When prompted, enter the meeting ID code 820 8452 7905 followed by the pound sign (#). The password for the meeting is CCDCC.

Some rules to follow:
There may be a delay because some of the participants will have a slower internet connection. Please be patient and try not to talk over each other.
  
To make it easier for everyone to hear, put yourself on “mute” to eliminate any background noises.

If you’d like to help the Calaveras Democrats, you can also contribute to help our work.

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25 Jul
0

Going Forward

The Calaveras County Democrats are modifying some of our activities but will continue to work toward improving our community. Like everyone else, we working our way through this.

Next Tuesday is the Calaveras County Democrat’s monthly meeting.

Right now, we’re particularly looking for people to help with Brynne Kennedy’s campaign. She’s the strong candidate running against Tom McClintock.

Here is the link for her events. Register for the rally and anything else you might like: https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/ 

Things you can do to help CCD within the County:

  • Brynne Kennedy is campaigning against Tom McClintock. We could really use your help. You could host a virtual house party, place phone calls to support her, or ? https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/ 
  • The Calaveras Democrats now has a virtual monthly meeting on the second Tuesday evening of each month. Please check our calendar to find out about our meetings.
  • The Calaveras Democrats used to have in-person meetings where we got to socialize, get to know each other, and (ahem) donate to the CCD. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.

Things you can do to help Democrats within the State and the Country

  • The link for the California Democratic Party
  • There’s a program where you can write postcards to voters in other states to encourage them to vote. Turns out that people like getting real mail and pay more attention to it than they do to the mass-produced political mailings. Information can be found here.

Things you can do to help your community

  • So, Calaveras is kind of an odd county (& I say that with love). Many things that people are used to being handled by large government agencies are handled by volunteers with guidance from the County. There are a large number of Boards/ Committees/ Commissions that oversee almost anything you can think of. Some of positions are ones that go on the ballot — but there are many that are simply looking for volunteers. Please take a look at the list of Boards, and see where you can help. To make it easier, the County even keeps a list of Open Positions. Btw, I usually encourage people to sit in on a couple of a group’s meetings before you commit.
  • The Resource Connection often has need for volunteers
  • The Calaveras Volunteer Center

Things to help you cope with your own stress

  • One of the best things you can do is to take a positive action to change things. I’d like to suggest that you take the time, go to the California SoS’s website and confirm that you’re registered to vote. Sounds easy enough. It’s startling the number of people I know who’ve discovered that they’re not registered. You can do that at the above link but now they have a new feature. Confirm your status and then they offer you the option to sign up to get text/email when your absentee ballot is received and then actually counted. Oh yea! As a reminder, if you’ve moved/ changed your status (ie married)/ perhaps want to change your Party (Democrats are very welcoming), you need to re-register. And finally, I’d like to encourage you to provide your email &/or phone number with your registration. Yes, it does mean that you get more politically-connected contacts but it also means that the local Registrar can more easily contact you if they have a question about your ballot (one of my friends with Parkinsons had to go in on the last election because his signature had changed so much).

If you know of items that might be a good addition to any of these lists, please send me (rbrock@prosaix.com) an email. If you’d rather describe it, then send me an email with your phone number, and we’ll chat.

If you’d like to help the Calaveras Democrats, you can also contribute to help our work.

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23 Oct
0

Talking Points When Talking About McClintock

Talking Points When Talking About McClintock

By: Susan Ashby

We’ve all had times when gotten into a discussion with a neighbor (or even a random stranger) as to why Tom McClintock should not be re-elected.  To help you in these “chats”, we wanted to provide a single-sheet on different topics.  There should be enough information on the each sheet so that you can give specific, verifiable answers.  For additional information on these topics, please look through our Posts and/or use the search on the site.

  • So You Want to Run for Office

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14 Sep
0

Voting on Local Level will Help Determine Outcome on National Level

Voting on Local Level will Help Determine Outcome on National Level

By: Jerry Tuck

It’s easy to get caught up in the bon mots of the moment, those little media nuggets that jog our imagination so. One of my favorite bumper stickers is “Think globally but act locally.” I’ve written about this before but as a plea to shop at your local farmers market or the mom and pop stores in your neighborhood. Now I ask that readers and voters take a hard look at how we’re being represented in Congressional District 4.

To start off August this year, a reporter asked the president about Russian meddling in our elections. He answered a question with a question, “You don’t really believe this, do you?” After all this time and all those daily intelligence briefings, he still can’t admit this simple truth. Why? Because he would be admitting that he came by the presidency with less-than-honorable tactics. And that he had a tower he hungered to build in Moscow. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell also bridled over his new nickname, Moscow Mitch, which he earned because of his refusal to let the Senate move on election legislation. And for lobbying to let Russian oligarch Deripaska build a $200 million aluminum plant in, where else, his home state of Kentucky. Of course Moscow Mitch is up for re-election in 2020.

What I always try to do, admittedly not always successfully, is to find a thread dangling from the national political tapestry so I can pull it to review how it affects our district as well. Our longest string is Tom McClintock, who is complicit in the poor choices being made in Washington, D.C. In the face of overwhelming intelligence and a 400-plus page report, District 4 Representative Tom McClintock is still demanding to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “evidence” of Russian election meddling. I use the phrase “closer to home” loosely since Tom doesn’t even live in our district, the area he supposedly services.

The hypocrisy of these old white men saying they have the country’s best interests at heart would be humorous if it wasn’t so deadly serious. I use the “old white men” descriptive because the GOP just received the resignation of their lone black legislator and their baker’s dozen of white women representatives will be shrinking by three come next election-time. The GOP is incredibly white-male oriented. And, as a good “R” soldier, McClintock is very consistent. He fully supports Senate leader McConnell’s decisions regardless of the needs of his constituents.

J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” gives a personal analysis of why voters consistently vote against their own self-interests. Set primarily in the Appalachian town of Jackson, Ky., it isn’t hard to see similarities in our district. Untouched epidemics like the scourge of opioids isn’t just about the West Virginia town of 4,000 which received over three million Oxycontin pills in one year. Investigative journalists uncovered email and text conservations between the drug salesmen, who in this context qualify for the “dope dealer” handle, and the local distributor who said “these things are flying off the shelves. It’s almost like they’re are addicted. Oh, wait, they are. Ha.”

We hear so much about immigrants being murderers and drug traffickers but, like domestic white terrorism, we hear utter silence when it comes to white collar and medical professions creating addicts as a Big Pharma sales program.

McClintock’s party plans to “ban violent video games because this is a mental health problem.” Ohio Republican Representative Candice Keller unabashedly blames the recent assassinations of innocents on a variety of homosexual concerns. Yes, Dorothy, this IS the same party who voted to make it easier for the mentally ill to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

McClintock’s party rammed through tax cuts for the uber rich with the rationale that it will all “trickle down.” Ronald Reagan is on record as saying the Trickle-Down Theory of economics only assures that money trickles into the pockets of the super wealthy. In a conversation with Nixon that was recently unearthed, the Great “R” Communicator, called black people “monkeys” who were “uncomfortable wearing shoes.”

The GOP has shown that they will do anything to maintain white control of this country. And, sure, who winds up hanging 10 on the national blue wave is important. Congress decides who sits on the highest courts in the land. Governors can allow redistricting and voter suppression. But locally we have a wonderful opportunity to change the debate. In 2018 Jessica Morse closed the gap on McClintock’s popularity. Brynne Kennedy and Sean Frame are now vying for the 2020 for Democrats. I plan to vote blue and will support whichever candidate makes the cut. After you vote for the eventual presidential candidate please vote for the Democrat running against McClintock. That is if your election station isn’t using Russian voting machines.

Jerry Tuck is a retired San Andreas resident and an indie author. Contact him at olwhofan@aol.com or at his website, tucknrole.com.

This was originally published as an Letter to the Editor in the Calaveras Enterprise.  Our thanks for giving permission to reprint it here.

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