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Monday, May 16, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

The DREAM Act, which aims to extend all kinds of goodies to individuals in this country illegally has been reintroduced, though it faces an uphill climb. And despite what some folks might say, racist, hillbilly, Christian Tea Party conservatives are not the reason why. Our regular reader Trojan2002 spills the beans that some very hard core, left wing special interests are the true blockers to the act's passage.

One of the races in tomorrow's run-off election is the contentious contest for Los Angeles Community College Board between Scott Svonkin and Lydia Gutierrez.  Svonkin, who has drawn the ire of both the LA Weekly and our own JoeB, has been criticized for alleged irrational behavior and his connections to special interests, most notably Home Depot when it tried to locate an unpopular branch in Sunland-Tujunga.  Gutierrez has been hit for alleged ties to the Tea Party and her views on gay marriage, something that is of little application to the college board, but ties nonetheless that caught the eye of blogger Mulholland Terrace.  Gutierrez talked Saturday evening with David Hernandez, Frank Sheftel and myself on LiveLA Saturday Night, highlighting her teaching and private sector experience.

City Council Member Janice Hahn is one of the favorites in the special election Tuesday to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman.  However, given the number of candidates in the race it's likely that Hahn will not win election outright, and be forced into a runoff with fellow candidate Debra Bowen, most observers say. Should Hahn be victorious, get ready for an attempted political comeback by former Councilman Rudy Svornich.

LA's never ending cycle of elections and special elections is getting tiring.  Can someone do something about it?

Democratic Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl is retiring.  This improves the chances of Republicans to pick up a majority of the Senate in 2012.

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May 16, 2011 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No surprise here. Unions have long been a bastion of racist thought and action. Going all the way back to when Italians and Irish had their separate union for plumbers, carpenters, etc., to keep out the Blacks. In California, the reason their are so many Asian run family businesses is because they weren't allowed in unions and thus denied inclusion to the mainstream workforce. And let us not forget, Dolores Huerta, the proud co-founder of the UFW routinely called for INS raids on farmworkers that did not vote for her union.

But what can you expect from the illiterate branch of the left wing. Conservatives have their skinheads and backwards Christians, and the liberals have their corrupt unions. But they get a free pass because every now and then they find a Tony Villar to prop up on thier multi-racial banner. Only to have Villar poop on this union label later on.

May 16, 2011 10:50 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Previous comment edited and re-posted:

Mulholland Terrace has a long-winded "think" piece about tomorrow's LAUSD election. His concept/headline for the piece is all wrong, sadly, as the race is for District 5 (not District 2). I would have posted a polite correction on his blog but he is too importante to allow anonymous comments.

May 16, 2011 11:20 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

good point on Huerta... If I'm not mistaken Cesar Chavez did same.

I disagree, though, that Mayor Tony was propped up because of unions.

The news media, historically and current trends would add further proof, is very divisive and have a tendency of using racial overtones.

Tony Villar won because James Hahn was a typical white male running a corrupt system. Tony Villar was a young "dynamic" 2nd generation mexican american who speaks for the up and coming of progressives.

That's what I recall.

It's the same media that celebrates open border protesters while mocking tea party protesters. The same media that says Sarah Palin has no experience to be POTUS but Obama, well he's black so if you don't like him and all of his "worldly experience" it's because you, white man, are a racist.
The same media that said John McCain is too old to be POTUS, but hell Jerry Brown has a lot of experience he brings to Sac-Town.

And maybe I am the only who remembers, but Whitman was buying an election, Steve Westly who spent $20-30 MILLION of his own fortune on the gubernatorial primary in 2006 and LOST, was putting his money where his mouth was and fighting the good fight.

Meanwhile, (sorry Joe) people like Joe B, who are well heartened and concerned activists, buy into the stories and repeat them on blogs like MS.

Or I am the only one who actually reads in the bull that shoots out of the mouth (and print) of our nation's media outlets?

May 16, 2011 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Janice Hahn Takes Oil Money, Then Attacks Debra Bowen For Taking Oil Money


May 16, 2011 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn's Hypocrisy on Oil Money


May 16, 2011 2:47 PM  

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