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NE Headquarters Fundraiser with Dave Jones

NE Headquarters Fundraiser!!

Please join Assemblyman Dave Jones for an event to support the Sacramento NE HQ

Monday August 18th


4148 Sunrise Blvd. (Corner of Fair Oaks and Sunrise)

Fair Oaks

Placer Dems Auburn Headquarters Grand Opening

Dear Friends Of Placer Democrats,

Please show your support for the Placer County Democrats by attending the Grand Opening of our new Auburn Headquarters Monday, August 11th from 4-7 p.m. at 1015 Lincoln Way in Auburn. (A few doors down from the State Theatre) We are anticipating media, so getting a good turn out will be critical.

Local candidates from all levels will be in attendance as will members of the Foothills for Obama campaign. Wine and appetizers will be served.

If you are interested in bringing an appetizer, please contact Millee Livingston at For any other questions, please call me at 530-889-2278.

Understanding Progressive vs. Conservative

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Hear George Lakoff as he spoke at a popular bookstore in Sacramento, CA on June 29, 2008.

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The author of
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21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain..

George Lakoff is known for his ideas about the centrality of metaphor to human thinking, political behavior and society. In recent years he has applied his work to the realm of politics, exploring this in his books. He is the founder of the progressive think tank the Rockridge Institute.

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Fundraiser for Elk Grove Office

Please join Al Roche and Jim Green for an evening gourmet appetizers, progressive socializing and raising funds to support the Elk Grove Headquarters for the upcoming November election.

Thursday July 17th

A Gathering for Change in El Dorado County

A Gathering for Change in El Dorado County

You are invited to the first annual “Gathering for Change” here in El Dorado County. The Gathering for Change allows local Democrats like you and me to personally meet and exchange Ideas with federal, state, and local leaders. You’re invited because you have a solid record of turning out to vote. You are welcome to bring friends.

There will be music, a no-host bar, a silent auction, and an opportunity to meet Senator Tom Torlakson, Lt. Col. Charlie Brown (USAF retired), Alyson Huber -- our Assembly candidate, and Barbara Smiley. We will be there exchanging ideas about how we can improve education and the economy here in EDC. We hope that you can be a part of the fun and the excitement that change is generating here.

The event will be held at the Sogno Winery (located at 3046 Ponderosa Rd. in Shingle Springs) on July 25 at 7 p.m.

Admission to the event is $25 if paid in advance, $35 at the door, and $50 for premium admission (which includes an additional commemorative thank you gift).

Grand Opening/Open House for NorthEast Headquarters

Grand Opening/Open House
Northeast Headquarters

Democratic Party of Sacramento County and Durston for Congress
4148 Sunrise Blvd.
FairOaks, CA

July 12, 2008, 11 am to 4 pm

Come Meet Candidates and Elected Officials
Refreshments will be served

Sacramento County Democratic Party Headquarters Info

The Democratic Party of Sacramento County

Downtown Headquarters
2729 P St., Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-739-6001 - Fax: 916-739-6002
Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm

Convention Fundraiser for YD's

Time to invest in Local young Democrats!

Dennis Mangers & Michael Sestak
And Ed Bennett & Todd Vlaanderen

for a Wine Tasting Fundraiser Party

On Tuesday, July 15th at 6:00 pm

Help send these local young Democrats to the National Democratic Convention in August:

Elk Grove Office Grand Opening

Sacramento County Democratic Party
Cordially invites you to join us for a ...

Grand Opening!

Date: 06/28/2008
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You’re invited to join us at the Grand Opening of the Sacramento County Democratic Party’s Elk Grove office. The office is located in historic Old Elk Grove adjacent to the “Elk Grove General Store” (aka The Elk Grove Brewery) . The event will run from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28th. We look forward to meeting you as we begin our sprint toward November 2008.

Directions: From Highway 99, drive east on Elk Grove Blvd. The office is approximately 1.5 miles from Hwy 99 on your left.


Tom Hayden adds wisdom of experience to social activism

Tom Hayden adds wisdom of experience to social activism

By Bruce Dancis -

Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Editor's note: Bee staff writer Bruce Dancis was a prominent anti-war activist and member of Students for a Democratic Society. He spent 20 months in federal prison as a Vietnam War draft resister. Dancis also has a master's degree in American history from Stanford University. Dancis and Tom Hayden have met a handful of times since being introduced in 1966, most recently at an SDS reunion in the early 1980s.

At 68, Tom Hayden says he's "retired from competitive politics."

Yet the well-known activist, defendant in the Chicago 8 conspiracy trial and member of the California Legislature for nearly 18 years is hardly idle, despite having heart bypass surgery in 2001.

While Hayden has no plans to run for office, that doesn't mean he's given up on shaping the nation's politics.

Hayden currently sits on the editorial board of the Nation and writes for the online Huffington Post. He's founded two Web sites – Progressives for Obama and Stop Funding Torture – and teaches, most recently at Occidental and Pitzer colleges in Southern California. He's also involved in efforts to end the war in Iraq and in other issues, such as sweatshops, globalization "and the effects of it in my own backyard, in Los Angeles, where we have 97,000 out-of-work, out-of-school kids on the street."

Primarily, though, says Hayden in a recent hourlong phone interview from his office in Culver City, "I think my proper role is to reflect and research and write."

He has written six books since 2000, including two released this year, "Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader" (City Lights, $21.95, 592 pages), a collection of nearly 50 years of journalism and autobiography; and (with Ron Sossi and Frank Condon) "Voices of the Chicago 8: A Generation on Trial" (City Lights, $15.95, 285 pages).

Obama and Dean Team Up to Recast the Political Map

Obama and Dean Team Up to Recast the Political Map
Thursday 05 June 2008 - by: Sam Stein, Huffington Post

DNC Chairman Howard Dean will team up with Democratic Party presidential nominee Barak Obama to test his 50-state strategy. (Photo: AP)

Sixteen months after he launched his campaign for the White House, Sen. Barack Obama may, just now, be entering his campaign's most perilous stage. Facing a rift of sorts within the Democratic Party and concerns over the scope of his political base, the Illinois Democrat is pursuing an unconventional path to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave: unlike those before him, he has pledged to redraw the electoral map by putting new, traditionally Republican states in play.

Obama, Clinton and Anger to Burn

Obama, Clinton and Anger to Burn
by Norman Solomon - Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 by

In politics, as in so many other aspects of life, anger is a combustible fuel. Affirmed and titrated, it helps us move forward. Suppressed or self-indulged, it’s likely to blow up in our faces.

With the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination coming to a close, there’s plenty of anger in the air. And the elements are distinctly flammable. As Bob Herbert just wrote in the New York Times, “the Clinton and Obama partisans spent months fighting bitterly on the toxic terrain of misogyny, racism and religion.”

Herbert doesn’t spread the blame evenly. And, as an elected Obama delegate to the national convention, I don’t either. But at this stage in the nomination process, the returns of blame aren’t merely diminishing — they’re about to go over a cliff.

NJ's Free Trading, Outsourcing, Warmongering, and Israeli Go To Guy, Senator Frank Lautenberg vs. Challenger Rep. Rob Andrews

New Jersey’s Free Trading, Outsourcing, Warmongering, and Go To Guy for Israel, Senator Frank Lautenberg Faces Senate Challenger Rep. Rob Andrews
Andrew H. Dral

When the decision is to help the middle class by keeping jobs in America or to help corporate America reduce domestic expenses, you can count on New Jersey’s (NJ) Senator Frank Lautenberg to side with corporate interests. Senator Lautenberg voted for the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 – S1637. A tax giveaway to corporations, lowering the corporate tax rate on repatriated funds to 5.25% from 35%. Corporations have received a free ride on taxes, in 1995 corporations paid $157 billion (B) in taxes, compared to $132B in 2003 corporate taxes paid. In his annual report, Warren Buffett said corporate taxes are at their lowest level, since 1934, at 7.4% of all federal tax receipts, down from 32% of tax receipts in 1952.

This bill, the Jobs Creation Act, should have been called the CEO Bonus Earnings Act or Mergers and Acquisitions Funding Act. This extraordinary gain on 2005 earnings helped CEOs across the nation make their bonus targets. In addition, a good portion of the funds from the roughly $500B repatriated pretax profits or $149B in tax savings would go to destroy jobs through Wall Street driven mergers and acquisitions, so through this bill Mr. Lautenberg exacerbated NJ’s job losses. Corporations are now incentivized to wait for the next repatriation tax holiday.

Over the past twelve months ending in March 2008 overall workers‘ wages rose 3.1%, while inflation rose 4%. Wages for working people have gone no where since the 1990s, rising only 32%, barely keeping pace with inflation, while chief executive officer (CEO) pay rose 535% over the same period. In 2006 CEO pay averaged 364 times the average workers‘ pay, down from 525 times in 2000, a record year, compared to 42 times in 1980 and 25 times in 1960.

George Lakoff at Time Tested Books

Sunday, June 29, 3 p.m.

George Lakoff at

Time Tested Books

The author of Don’t Think of an Elephant and Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at UC Berkeley will be speaking about his new book

The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain.