The campaign for the nomination to take on Rep. Gallegly ( The fighting 24th) is building up in these last few weeks before the election.
Democratic candidate Mary Pallant has announced an endorsement by The California Nurses Association as she tries to build a coalition to win the nomination and to take the battle to Rep. Gallegly. Click on continue reading to see the press release.
There is a candidates' forum coming up put together by a local "Drinking Liberally" group. Democrats will be debating in a bar! Leave some questions as comments here that the moderators can use in the debate.
On a side note this blog has some new features that I need to explain. When i first started I didn't know that categories would ever be visible by the public. So, I didn't make very descriptive titles and I didn't assign every entry a category or categories. But lately I have been making new categories and adding more to the titles. I plan to update the titles as I go along by adding party affiliation and more. But for now don't read too much into it if there is information for one office holder and not another.
The recent comments feature can make it easier to follow a conversation. On the right hand side of the front page it gives a list of the recent comments, who made them, and on what entry they were made on. If you click on the short description it will take you right to the entry. Try it.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CALIFORNIA NURSES ASSOCIATION ENDORSES MARY PALLANT FOR THE 24th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
(Ventura, CA - May 15, 2008) In a continuing wave of official endorsements from labor groups, Mary Pallant, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 24th District, serving most of Ventura County and inland Santa Barbara County, has received a highly prized endorsement from the California Nurses Association Political Action Committee.
In a letter to Ms Pallant's campaign the group stated: "The California Nurses Association Political Action Committee has endorsed your candidacy for Congressional District 24. The California Nurses Association is a professional association that represents the largest number of registered nurses under collective bargaining agreements in California.
"We believe that you will do an excellent job in representing your district on health, labor and women's issues, and supporting clean money elections which are important issues to Registered Nurses."
"Labor strengthens our workers voice in the work place," affirms Pallant. "For a democracy to thrive, we must have a say in our society and a say in our work force. Unions give us a say in our work force and hence help to strengthen our democracy. I am honored to receive this endorsement.
"I intend to defend and support a woman's right to choose. It is a privacy issue as protected in our constitution and further, it is not up to the government to decide who should reproduce - that's not government's role."
Pallant supports Single Payer healthcare, which is publicly funded and privately administered. She believes that healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. "Our current system is badly broken with millions of Americans without insurance and millions more one pink slip away from losing theirs," Pallant stated.
Mary is also a strong advocate for public financing of campaigns and worked tirelessly for the Clean Money initiative in 2006. "American democracy was not intended to be sold to the highest bidder," said Pallant. "Legislators should be focused on improving the lot of their constituents, not raising money 24 hours a day. The current system is badly broken and it must be mended for the vast majority of Americans to feel they are part of the government and not locked out by corporate interests and lobbyists."
"I look forward to having an opportunity to work for the people of the 24th District, including all of the nurses who have now shown their support through this wonderful endorsement of my candidacy."
Over the last eighteen months, Pallant has also produced a highly successful speaker series in Ventura County, bringing national speakers like Ambassador Joe Wilson and Thom Hartmann to the area. The series has drawn standing room only crowds as the political winds change in the area.
She was also instrumental in the creation of the Progressive Democrats of America, Ventura County Chapter, which meets the first Monday of each month. The group brings together Progressive citizens on a variety of issues including anti-war, anti-poverty, healthcare, church & state, environment and other progressive programs. And, as a former business owner of 10 years and active in local politics for the last several years, her history has taught her what is needed to create real change in Washington.
For more information on her campaign, please visit www.MaryPallant.com or phone her campaign at 805.665.8412.
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Candidates' forum @ Drinking Liberally press release
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOCAL DRINKING LIBERALLY CHAPTER
TO HOST 24TH CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE'S FORUM
Wednesday, May 28th 8:00 PM
(Drinking Liberally: One pint at a time)
Could political change really be brewing up at the bar on your corner?
"Drinking Liberally" Ventura County is hosting the final candidate's forum in the Democratic primary for the Democratic nomination to the race for the 24th Congressional District seat this November.
Candidates for the Democratic nomination, Jill Martinez and Mary Pallant, have been invited to this final forum, just days before the June 3rd primary election. Each candidate will be asked questions, previously submitted by the group, in a debate-style format, followed by a more candidate-specific question-answer session from the floor of attendees.
"This is an exciting time for our district - we have two viable candidates in a race against a weak Incumbent," says Heather Schmidt, co-founder of the Ventura County chapter and moderator of the forum. "We can't wait to hear what each candidate has to say about the issues that are important to our district!"
Drinking Liberally is a national organization, founded in May 2003. The organization now has over 200 chapters nationwide. Drinking Liberally is a non-partisan organization that encourages open and liberal-leaning discussion in a comfortable, face-to-face environment. For more information on the organization, visit drinkingliberally.org.
The forum will be held at the local chapter's usual watering hole - J.J. Brewsky's at 2433 Ventura Boulevard in Camarillo, CA, Wednesday, May 28th, 2008. Social hour begins at 7:00 PM and the debate/forum will begin at 8:00 PM.
Says Schmidt, "This is the last chance for the voters of the 24th Congressional District to get the heart and soul of each candidate's platform before the June 3rd election...we are excited be a part of this event."
The local Ventura County chapter meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at J.J. Brewsky's in Camarillo and is currently hosted by Mark Eggertsen, Marie Davis and Brian Mack.