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Prop 4: Some disconcerting numbers

by: Brian Leubitz

Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 16:32:25 PM PDT

With all the (justified) focus on Prop 8, Prop 4 has been sneaking under the radar.  Folks, we've said no to this twice already, but we MUST say no, No, and NO AGAIN on this dangerous parental notification measure.  

Today we get word from the state's most reliable pollster, Field, that Prop 4 is narrowly leading (PDF here):

Proposition 4, the initiative to require parental notification for abortion by minors, is holding a slim lead in the latest Field Poll. The poll finds that 49% of likely voters intend to vote Yes, while 41% are on the No side. Another 10% are undecided.
This eight-point Yes-side edge compares to a nine-point advantage (48% to 39%) observed by the poll in July.
Prop. 4 is the third attempt in the past four years by backers to pass a parental notification initiative. In each of the two previous attempts ­ Proposition 73 in the November 2005 special election and Proposition 85 in the November 2006 general election ­ California voters narrowly rejected thes previous parental notification initiatives.

Unfortunately, the right-wing just keeps coming with these things. Perhaps as part of any future constitutional conventions, we could regulate repeat initiatives? Either way, it's too late for that now. We must defeat Prop 4.

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Planned Parenthood has excellent material on this (0.00 / 0)
Alisha Wilkins, PP public affairs manager for San Diego/Riverside, spoke at our last Dems of the Desert meeting about Prop 4.  Everything we need to clarify what's going on here is at http://www.noonprop4.org/

As the happy mother of two fantastic boys, I can confirm for anyone anywhere that Planned Parenthood is the best public service organization in this country, at least for me.  I love those people.  I went to the Arlington Planned Parenthood at sixteen to get on the pill, and got much more than I bargained for.  I got an exam and a prescription, but also a stern lecture about responsibility, my health, the symptoms of stroke and the dangers of venereal disease.  The counselor told me I was likely underestimating my parents, and urged me to talk to them.  Well, I wasn't about to do that, though I should have.  And I had very supportive parents.   Teenage girls will be idiots sometimes, and no law will change that.  But responsible medical care can ameliorate it.

Without the option of Planned Parenthood, girls with serious situations will be sunk.  They will not go before a judge and sic Child Protective Services on their family in order to end a pregnancy.  They'll just go without it, and pay the price.

I'm union staff, but not a spokesperson for my union - all posts represent my views solely.

Planned Parenthood (8.00 / 1)
Yup, I did quite a bit of volunteering for Planned Parenthood back in the Day. They are an excellent service organization from coast to coast.  I did my stuff in Texas, but I know they have a lot of innovative programs to serve the communities across every state.

I think?

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Suggested Action Against Prop 4 (0.00 / 0)
Proposition 4's major supporters are winemaker Don Sebastiani and publisher James Holman of the alternative San Diego Reader.  From ballotpedia:

As of September 27, 2008, the six largest donors to Prop. 4 are:

James Holman, $1,375,590. (Of this, $1.35 million is listed as a loan)
Don Sebastiani, $530,000
Knights of Columbus, $200,000
Life Legal Defense Foundation, $50,000 (who are these people?)
The Lenawee Trust, $100,000 (again, who are these people?)
The Caster Family Trust, $100,000 (who is Caster?)

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Ben Stein is also mentioned as a supporter on the pro Prop 4 web site (I will not link to it).

To help defeat Proposition 4:

- use Obama-Biden rallies/meetings to spread the word and enlist support.  

- contact Assembly and State Senate candidates to enlist their support.  Request their campaigns to distribute No On 4 literature along with their own.  (I spoke with mine today and she has already begun to include the No On 4 message.)

- Link up with No On 8/Equality for all.  Request they get the word out.  

- Boycott Sebasitani wines.

   -- If anyone has Sebastiani brand wine, get together with any friends who also have some, videotape the wine being poured down the toilet and the bottles being smashed, then post the video on YouTube.  

   -- Contact stores carrying Sebastiani wines and request them to remove the products.  

   -- Contact everyone you know, in California and out, and have them join the boycott

- Write Letters to the Editor.  Some people still read them.

- Call sympathetic radio talk shows and get the word out.

- Bring this up at your local clubs/central committee meetings.

For folks in the San Diego area:

- contact businesses that advertise in the San Diego Reader and request they pull their ads.  Support those businesses that do.  Boycott those who refuse.

- start a second newspaper to compete with the San Diego Reader and siphon off their ad revenue.

We need to move out on this quickly.  The first votes will be cast in less than 10 days.

More on Sebastiani Wines (Brand Names) (0.00 / 0)
This news story mentions some brand names under which Sebastiani Wines are marketed.  (Hat Tip to FoundingFatherDAR on DailyKos).  

  B Side Cabernet Sauvignons will be offered in very small lots at price points from $20 to $30 a bottle. The wine will be marketed through the Three Loose Screws division of Don & Sons. B Side distribution will be focused on upscale urban restaurants and key independent retailers.

  Don Sebastiani & Sons is a family-owned wine negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale varietal wines. Principals Don Sebastiani and sons, Donny and August, are third and fourth generation California vintners and merchants. The company is headquartered in Sonoma Valley and has a winery in the Napa Valley.  Don Sebastiani & Sons' fast-growing The Other Guys portfolio is currently expanding at an annual growth rate of 200%: the more established Three Loose Screws portfolio includes Impact Hot Brands Smoking Loon and Pepperwood Grove.

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Contact Sebastiani Wines.  Let them know you are no longer buying their product ... and tell them why.

Don Sebastiani & Sons

Three Loose Screws Wine Co.
P.O. Box 1248
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-1704

The Other Guys
485 First Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476
(877) 996-8463


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