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Barack Obama Doesn't Support Proposition 10

by: Bob Brigham

Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 12:09:20 PM PDT

I'm proud to do some work against Prop 10; these are my own thoughts on today's scandal

In California, Barack Obama is unbelievably popular and is going to win in a landslide. What isn't popular, is Proposition 10 which is a blank check handout to the Texas oilman funding the initiative. Which is why you see the strange coalition of damn near everyone in the state opposing the initiative. A coalition where the California Labor Federation has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce to oppose Prop 10. A coalition where Calitics is on the same page as the San Diego Union-Tribune. A coalition where the California Green Party agrees with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. And every major environmental group is opposed, including the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, Alliance for Responsible Energy Policy and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Since all the Yes on Proposition 10 campaign has going for it is money, they have now taken to misleading Democrats into thinking the initiative has the support of Barack Obama. It doesn't (for good reason).

The expansive No on Proposition 10 campaign has demanded a retraction. Full details after the jump.

Bob Brigham :: Barack Obama Doesn't Support Proposition 10
The No on Prop 10 Campaign issued a strongly worded letter today to Yes on 10 Campaign Manager Marty Wilson and Chair Alison Hart demanding an immediate public retraction for an email they sent associating Proposition 10 with Senator Obama and his energy plan.

The email was sent this morning to Democratic voters by Ms. Alison Hart, Chair of the Yes on 10 Campaign, The subject line reads: "From One Obama Voter to Another - Yes on Prop 10"

The email then goes on to say, "On November 4th, we will go to the polls and make history. Senator Obama has called for a $15 billion investment in alternative energy. You can support the Obama Energy Plan by voting Yes on Proposition 10."

The letter issued by the No on 10 Campaign to Mr. Wilson and Ms. Hart states, "Senator Obama has not endorsed Proposition 10. This email is a deliberate attempt by your campaign to mislead voters by associating Senator Obama with Proposition 10. It was timed to mislead voters in the closing days of the election, making it almost impossible for the misinformation to be corrected on the public record before Election Day. We demand that your campaign issue an immediate public retraction of this email message."

Prop 10 is a $5 billion bond measure on the November ballot. The taxpayer cost to repay the bonds is $10 billion over 30 years. Prop 10 was written and paid for by Clean Energy Fuels Corp, a company owned by Texas oil tycoon T. Bone Pickens. A broad based coalition of environmental, consumer, business, taxpayer, labor and civic organizations opposes Prop 10. Nearly 40 newspapers have editorialized against Prop 10. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, State Controller John Chiang oppose Prop 10. Prop 10 has not earned the endorsement of a single newspaper editorial board, independent environmental group, or statewide elected official.

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Ahem. (0.00 / 0)
This has been fairly common this cycle - people pretending that a popular guy like Obama supports their particular measure. I've seen it not just with Prop. 10 but with (ahem) local campaigns as well.

Hell, in San Francisco you have Green Party people pretending to be Democrats now as they want to get on the winning side. So this comes as no surprise.


Did anybody else notice this? (0.00 / 0)
I got an official Democratic Party voter guide flyer thing yesterday saying, here are the democrats in your area, vote for them, and giving a list of recommended votes on ballot propositions.

Prop. 10 was not on the list. The voter guide counted up from 1b to 12, with a neat hole between 9 and 11 where 10 would have been.


Are you sure it's official? (0.00 / 0)
There are paid slate mailers that call themselves "Democratic", but are just paid ads -- they have mostly official Dem positions, with one exception, usually the exception that paid for the slate mailer.

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yeah, the CDP boned on this and went neutral (0.00 / 0)
Really sad. Everyone else opposes, all the environmental groups and pretty much everyone in the state.

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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Correct (0.00 / 0)
The Courage Campaign progressive voter guide shows that the Labor Fed, CNA, SEIU CA, Sierra Club, CLCV and the League of Women Voters all came out in opposition to Prop 10.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

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not the only opposition (0.00 / 0)
California Federation of Teachers, Consumer Federation of California, Consumer Watchdog, California School Employees Association, California Council of Churches/California Church IMPACT, Latino Issues Forum, Natural Resources Defense Council

And, some newspapers:

# Los Angeles Times
# Sacramento Bee
# San Francisco Chronicle
# The Orange County Register
# San Jose Mercury News
# La Opinion
# Bakersfield Californian
# San Diego Union Tribune
# Los Angeles Daily News
# Fresno Bee
# Contra Costa Times
# Oakland Tribune
# Eureka Reporter
# Santa Rosa Press Democrat
# Riverside Press Enterprise
# Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
# Napa Valley Register
# Long Beach Press Telegram
# Modesto Bee
# San Gabriel Valley Tribune
# San Bernadino Sun
# Salinas Californian
# Merced Sun Star
# Desert Dispatch
# Torrance Daily Breeze
# Santa Cruz Sentinel
# Sacramento News and Review
# Lompoc Record
# Daily Democrat
# Santa Monica Mirror
# The Daily Californian
# Tracy Press
# Porterville Record
# San Francisco Bay Guardian
# Silicon Valley Metro

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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surprising since... (0.00 / 0)
that tool T Boone Pickens paid for those Swift Boat ads against John Kerry. On that alone it should be opposed.


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Back story (8.00 / 1)
I'm partially to blame for not fighting this one hard enough.  The endorsements for the November ballot happened way back in June of this year.  Even I wasn't familiar with all of the propositions on the ballot. There was no organized No campaign at the time to consult with.

I don't remember the specifics of the discussion on Prop 10, but I'll admit that if we were to do it over again I would have had a few more words.  Huge Props to Daraka Larrimore-Hall for standing up in the Executive Board meeting against Prop 10.  Thanks Daraka!

By the by, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, probably the furthest left club in SF endorsed this stinker.  Again, I think this comes from the disparity of resources b/w the Yes and No campaigns.

I think?

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