Washington

The Darrell Issa “Town Hall” is What Democracy Looks Like

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5gFwhdu41M[/embed] I was excited to participate in last night's jam packed Town Hall in Vista, even though our so-called Congressman, Darrell Issa, was a no show.  In particular, even though the main topic of discussion was protecting the Affordable Care Act, I went to speak about climate and energy issues, because when we're thinking about our health, our environment is also very important. Darrell Issa (whom I like to call "Sneaky Darrell") once said in regard to climate change, "… we have to make sure that when we recalibrate what’s happening, why it’s happening, how much it’s happening, we need to ensure that we get a careful relook at the figures so that we’re accurate." (more…)

Washington

Four Things to be Thankful for This Presidents’ Day Weekend

On Friday, C-SPAN released its 2017 Presidential Historians Survey, which evaluated each of our presidents in several categories, including public persuasion, moral authority, relations with Congress, and much more.  Here are four things we can be thankful for from some of the presidents who historians ranked as much better than average. Abraham Lincoln embraced his political opponents with kindness and empathy. Most Americans are familiar with the remarkable story of Abraham Lincoln, who ranked #1 in C-SPAN’s presidential survey.  Lincoln finished first in several categories and no lower than third in any of them. (more…)

Washington

Issa’s Plan to Put Nuclear Waste in Corporate Hands a Big Mistake

Note: this commentary was originally published today in the Times of San Diego. My family and I live less than a 15-minute drive from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Like many local residents, we care deeply about removing high-level radioactive waste from the current spent fuel pools and dry cask storage to a permanent, secure facility. My Congressman, Darrell Issa, has sponsored a bill, the Interim Consolidated Storage Act, that would allow federal dollars to be funneled to private corporations to provide so-called “interim storage.” The main company behind this bill is Waste Control Specialists, a Texas firm founded and led by billionaire investor Harold Simmons until his death in 2013. (more…)

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Yesterday, we marched. Now, we all must hold Washington accountable.

Yesterday, for the first time since the election, I felt renewed optimism for the future of American democracy. My wife and I started our morning in San Clemente, in the southernmost part of Orange County.  During and after his Presidency, Richard Nixon lived in this beautiful, historically conservative coastal town.  When we arrived at our meeting point, we were amazed to see five large buses packed with fellow South Orange County Democrats.  We were united by a common love for our country and a willingness to take action.  This effort was different than anything I’ve ever seen in South Orange County, where I was raised and have lived most of my life. Our caravan headed to Santa Ana, in the heart of Orange County, where we saw the largest local political demonstration in recent memory.  Over 20,000 patriotic, progressive Americans of all backgrounds gathered to celebrate our shared values.  As we now know, this was a drop in the bucket compared to the 750,000 who marched in Los Angeles, the 500,000 who marched in Washington, and the millions of others who marched in big cities and small towns throughout the United States and around the world. (more…)