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Dying for up-to-the-second election commentary tonight?  Brian will be doing some of it!

9:00pm EST — He will be part of the SocialMedian podcast ( and on – it runs from 4:15 p.m. Pacific / 7:15 eastern until its all over, and he’ll be on at 9:00pm EST

9:15pm EST — He’ll be phoning in for a live TV interview that will be broadcast to more than 8 million US households and millions more around the globe and on Internet. You can watch online at

He rocks.  But we knew that…

I made it to a little bit of tonight’s AAUW-Morgan Hill/Morgan Hill Times Candidate Forum (then came home and watched the rest on local cable).  Lisa did a great job moderating the SCC Open Space Authority candidates and questions about Measure G.

Since signs have been spouting up all over town and my email and voice mail boxes are filling with messages about the different measures (well, about 4,7 & 8 so far anyway — I had no idea there was one about farm animals on there), it is probably time to post of list of which is which so we can start keeping track.

Proposition 1A Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train
To provide Californians a safe, convenient, affordable, and reliable alternative to driving and high gas prices; to provide good-paying jobs and improve California’s economy while reducing air polution, global warning greenhouse gases, and our dependence on foreign oil, shall $9.95 billion in bonds be issued to establish a clean, efficient high-speed train service linking Southern California, the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with at least 90 percent of bond funds spent for specific projects, with federal and private matching funds required, all bond funds subject to an independent audit?
Proposition 2 Standards for Confining Farm Animals
Shall certain farm animals be allowed, for the majority of every day, to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up and turn around?
Proposition 3 Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program
Shall $980,000,000 in general obligation bonds be authorized for construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of eligible children’s hospitals?
Proposition 4 Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy
Shall the California Constitution be changed to prohibit abortion for an unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent, legal guardian, or, in limited cases, substitute adult relative?
Proposition 5 Nonviolent Drug Offenses, Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation
Shall $460,000,000 be allocated annually to improve and expand treatment programs?
Proposition 6 Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws
Shall of minimum of $695,000,000 of state funding be required each year for police and local law enforcement?
Proposition 7 Renewable Energy Generation
Shall government-owned utilities be required to generate 20% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2010, a standard currently applicable to private electrical corporations? Shall all utilities be required to generate 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025?
Proposition 8 Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry
Shall the California Constitution be changed to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry providing that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California?
Proposition 9 Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole
Shall notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole be required? Shall victim safety be a consideration for bail or parole?
Proposition 10 Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds
Shall $5 billion in bonds paid from state’s General Fund be authorized to help consumers and others purchase certain vehicles, and to help research in renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicles?
Proposition 11 Redistricting
Shall the authority for establishing state office boundaries be changed from elected representatives to a commission comprised of Democrats, Republicans, and representatives of neither party selected from the registered voter pool in a multilevel process?
Proposition 12 Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008
Shall a nine hundred million dollar ($900,000,000) bond be issued to provide farm and home aid for California veterans?

More to come closer to the election of course…

Carrie G. will be the Democratic analyst for C-SPAN during their evening election results coverage tomorrow night from 7:30 to 11:30pm EST.  Cool!  Now I know which channel to watch the returns on.


Posted on: January 24, 2008

I decided to become a permanent absentee ballot voter last time they offered, and I received my ballot last week for the upcoming primary election.  So, before it got lost in the mess that is my desk these days, I sat down, looked up all the ballot measures (over a span of about 4 nap times), and filled out the form. continues to be a great resource to quickly finding information about each thing on the ballot, and I was pleased to see that you can track your ballot online to see if they’ve received it.

Congrats to Bill Finch who appears to have won Tuesday’s mayoral primary in Bridgeport, CT.  We’ve known Bill since 1996 when Brian was the campaign manager for his congressional bid.

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I am now AB 1234 Compliant (for the next 2 years). Rather than taking the online course, I opted to go in person in the hopes of meeting some of the other commissioners and city staff (all of whom are required to take it).

I got a note from Darren the other day explaining that he was off to Washington with the newly elected congressman from his district (who he had lost to in the primary but then helped to support). The news is being picked up on some blogs and local sites:

Just in From John Hall’s Press Secretary: “Darren Rigger is the PERFECT choice to accompany John Hall to Washington for Freshman Orientation week. Before he ran against John Hall, he did political fund raising work, he knows his way around Washington inside and out. Because of Darren’s excellent help, and knowledge of Washington, DC our John Hall is finding his way easily to where he needs to be, learning the ropes of being a Congressman, and getting his office there up and running. So, though a surprising choice to some of us, it was a brilliant choice, and so our thanks go out to Darren Rigger for being such and integral part of showing John Hall around Washington for the 19th Congressional district.”

Almost Famous: “The freshman get to bring along one person — a sort of chief-of-staff-in-training, to help out and learn the ropes. John Hall has tapped Darren Rigger, who he faced in a Democratic primary before going on to defeat Sue Kelly, as his orientation aide.”

Congrats and best of luck! What an exciting time (finally) to be back in Washington!

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Things are looking pretty good nationally — there’s a nice chart on fmf charting 53 races in the House that were deemed close, must-watch races. How super amazing if we wake up confirming that Nancy Pelosi is our new speaker!

Still waiting to see how CT-04 went and how all our local races turn out (since polls just closed 1/2 hour ago) Here are some CA Results and my local races.

On a completely unrelated note – Mittens (cat #2) hasn’t been feeling well and we took our first trip to the vet tonight to have her checked out. Turns out her heart rate is abnormally high so they kept her to do some test for hyperthyroid and other things. We should know tomorrow what the results are (so I’m waiting for more results than just the political ones). To also tie it back into the topic of the post, I had a great chat with the vet about the political results (which was nice, especially after discovering a number of R’s in my group at work).

Go vote! And let’s all hope for some good results this time around!

Darren’s doing color commentary tonight on WFUV 90.7 FM Public Radio from Fordham University, and can be heard live on the Internet at (10-12 eastern / 7-9 pacific)

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