In Calif: Fires affect poll schedule; Green Party’s Cloward moves forward

from Green Party Watch
Jeremy Cloward Moves Forward In California Congressional Race
Jonathan Cook / September 2, 2009

Election results were delayed tonight as firefighters from the 10th congressional district who have joined the battle against the raging wildfires around Los Angeles were given the chance to cast their ballots beyond the ordinary close of polls. However, with over half of the district’s precincts now reporting, it has become clear that no candidate will gain a majority of the votes in the election.

The top Democrat out of five Democratic contenders, John Garamendi, currently has just 26.62 percent of the vote. The top Republican out of five Republican contenders, David Harmer, currently has only 20.31 percent of the vote. It would require an astounding bias in the reporting of results for either candidate to pass the 50 percent mark.

This means that John Garamendi and David Harmer will continue as their parties’ nominees, with their eight rivals out of the race. Green Party candidate Jeremy Cloward, plus a candidate for the American Independent Party and another candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party, will also continue all the way to Election Day, November 3.

With a much less crowded field, Cloward will have the opportunity to take his message to more voters, especially given the Democrats’ choice of Garamendi. Garamendi has become unpopular among many progressives because of his position in support of a court ruling upholding Proposition 8, which outlaws marriage equality for same sex couples.

Related story, with list of all alternative/independent candidates on this ballot is at IPR: here.

13 thoughts on “In Calif: Fires affect poll schedule; Green Party’s Cloward moves forward

  1. Richard Winger

    California uses “blanket primaries” in special elections. A “blanket primary” was also used for regular elections in California in 1998 and 2000. All candidates in the primary appear on the same primary ballot, but the top vote-getter from the ranks of each party goes on to the general (unless someone got 50% in the first round).

    An “open primary” is one in which each party has its own separate primary ballot, but primary voters are free to choose any party’s primary ballot.

  2. Donald R. Lake

    Will Lt. Governor [with no official link to the putrid California veterans programs] John Garamendi’s veterans’ advocate be stomping for him ?????

    Oh, that’s right, Wade Sanders is a federal felon prison inmate on Kiddie Porn CONVICTIONS!

    Wade Sanders [Dems and buddy buddy with ‘Patriot’ John ‘Scary’ Kerry] and Puke Cunningham [GOP and mega bribe master] just two reasons to keep voting the incombent Establishment Duopoly into office!

  3. Kimberly Wilder

    To Third Party: Please spell it out for me, so I can research and correct. Is there no “Independent” on the ballot? Who is the American Indpendent candidate? Thanks. -KW

  4. paulie

    Someone at IPR – why have my comments stopped appearing?

    Found three in spam filter and pulled them out. Write if it happens again. The spam filter is automated and I have no idea why it tags some legitimate comments and misses some actual spam comments. I no longer have time to monitor it in real time.

    Also, if you can post the same stories here that you do at GPW, I would love to sign you up as an IPR writer, and then you will also be able to pull them out yourself as well. Interested?

  5. Donald R. Lake

    Told ya so! Just more reasons to hate GOP and Dems!

    Kennedy denies affair with Kopechne in new memoir

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said in a new book that he was not romantically involved with young Mary Jo Kopechne and that he never escaped the despair he felt after she died in the 1969 car crash that has been seared into the national consciousness as “Chappaquiddick.”

    He acknowledged that he enjoyed women and drink — sometimes too much so — but said reports of wild Kennedy excesses were exaggerated. He said he always has accepted the conclusion that a lone assassin killed his brother John and that Kennedy family members had worried about the emotional health of his brother Robert following John’s death in Dallas in 1963. He said it “veered close to being a tragedy within a tragedy.”

    Yet it was the specter of Chappaquiddick that Edward Kennedy, the youngest brother, never could shake.

    “That night on Chappaquiddick Island ended in a horrible tragedy that haunts me every day of my life,” Kennedy wrote in a memoir, “True Compass,” to be published posthumously on Sept. 14. The Massachusetts senator died last week at 77 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

    Kennedy said his Catholic faith helped sustain him as he wrestled with guilt over the events of July 18, 1969, when he drove a car off a bridge into a pond on the tiny island. His own anguish, he said, paled in comparison with the suffering endured by Kopechne’s family.

    “Atonement is a process that never ends,” he wrote. [Lake: amen, you kkkreep!]

    [Lake: hey, Eugene McCarthy had already declared. If Bobby, instead of being a rabid presidential wanna be, had taken the high road and offered to support the anti war movement in stead of derailing Senator McCarthy ………]

    Amid the regrets, [Ted] Kennedy asserted his zest for what he considered to be the good life, but he mocked the exaggerated reports of his personal excesses.

    “I have enjoyed the company of women,” he wrote. “I have enjoyed a stiff drink or two or three, and I’ve relished the smooth taste of a good wine. I’ve enjoyed these pleasures too much.

    I’ve heard the tales about my exploits as a hell-raiser — some accurate, some with a wisp of truth to them and some so outrageous that I can’t imagine how anyone could really believe them.”

    Kennedy said his actions on Chappaquiddick on July 18, 1969, were “inexcusable.” He said he was afraid and “made terrible decisions” and had to live with the guilt for more than four decades.

    Kennedy drove off a bridge into a pond. He swam to safety, leaving Kopechne in the car.

    Kopechne, 28, a former worker with Robert Kennedy’s campaign, was found dead in the submerged car’s back seat 10 hours later. Kennedy, then 37, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident .

    He wrote that he had no romantic relationship with Kopechne, and he hardly knew her.

    In the book, Kennedy wrote candidly about his battle with brain cancer and his “self-destructive drinking,” especially after the 1968 death of his brother Robert.

    After his brothers’ assassinations, Kennedy said he was easily startled at loud sounds, and would hit the deck whenever a car backfired.

    He expressed regret over getting drinks with nephew William K. Smith in Palm Beach in 1991, after which Smith was charged with rape.

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