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Democrat Cathleen Galgiani says she’s an independent voter

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Cathleen Galgiani

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:58 am, Mon May 21, 2012.

As the only Democrat in the 5th Senate District race, Cathleen Galgiani faces a likely battle with either Republican Bill Berryhill or Leroy Ornellas in November's general election.

Nevertheless, she insists that she's taking the June primary very seriously.

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  • Laurie Wallace posted at 4:18 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    WallyWorld Posts: 7

    Anyone who is for the high speed rail is living in la la land....we can't afford it, and those who proposes higher taxes in this state should be voted out. Coming up with new ideas, such as a rail line that most people don't use(see amtrak) is a huge waste of our tax money. Let's find people who can make the budget work with no new taxes. Why not start drilling for oil? Everyone could appreciate a reduction in gas prices.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 1:35 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    By the way, California does have ACA's, Ms Bobin. . ACA 4 is the one that got this ridiculous open primary on the ballot.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 1:22 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    From the Wall Street Journal about High Speed Rail..
    "Transportation experts warn that the 500-mile bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles could cost more than $100 billion, though the Governor pegs the price at a mere $68 billion. The state has $12.3 billion in pocket, $9 billion from the state and $3.3 billion from the feds, but Mr. Brown hasn’t a clue where he’ll get the rest. Maybe he’s hoping Facebook will buy the train, though he’ll have a hard time convincing Mark Zuckerberg that it’s worth 100 Instagrams."

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 1:16 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Good article about University of California Merced, which she touts as one of her successes. http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/boondoggle-u_637015.html

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 1:11 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Galgiani's score from the following organizations..California National Federation of Independent Businesses- 29%; California Chamber of Commerce- positions- 69%; Consumer Federation of California- Cumulative Score- 55%. All of her scores from Business and Consumer Agencies was from a low of 22% to a high of 73%. That's OK- who needs job anyway? California Taxpayers Association gave her a score of 76% on Positions of Tax and Fiscal Policy- I think that is a "D"? That's OK- no jobs, and higher taxes- a recipe for real success! But she did score 100% on LGBT issues- that will pull us out of this financial disaster!

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 12:58 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Ms Bobin..I just have a simple question. Why is it that when someone writes about a left leaning bill that a legislator voted on, you have to cite the fact that Schwarzenegger OK'd it? Why do you have to take us on a bunny trail off the subject? Have you ever heard the term, 2 wrongs dont make a right? And RINO Arnie is gone, Bush is gone.. they are past history. Can we please stay on topic?

  • Larry Hamilton posted at 11:35 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Larry Hamilton Posts: 53

    Hope she wins she got my vote.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:27 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms bobin stated...SURPRISE, SURPRISE!! - Mr. Baumbach CHERRY PICKED the ones that he considers liberal.

    Ms Bobin... water for children is liberal?

    Please show that I am wrong... please cherry pick all the conservative legislation she voted for. If she is truely independent then you should have no problem showing what I asked...

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:24 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Thanks for the link, Mr. Baumbach. You know, Mr. Tillett, as I mentioned yesterday on another thread, sooner or later these right-wingers usually hang themselves while trying to convince others that they are right - Mr. Baumbach proclaims that 65% of his posts are to "correct others misinformation." What a joke!

    The link provided by Mr. Baumbach lists much, much more legislation that Galgiani voted on and, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!! - Mr. Baumbach CHERRY PICKED the ones that he considers liberal.

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 7:25 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 557

    They are not your talking points, but you saw fit to use them as your own. I don't have talking points, but at least I use judgment. I do think that safe, clean, cold drinking water is important for public school students to have access to, and that legislators that vote for such should not be criticized. Clean water should not be a partisan issue.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:32 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin.... what is your point? I listed a number of bills that this candidate voted for. I think it obviosuly shows that a vast majority of bills she voted for are not independent which was my point. Since I was trying to be fair, I did not list only bills that substantiated my perspective.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:25 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I obtained this candidates voting record at the following link. They are not my talking points .However, Mr Tillet has a left wing political agenda that clouds his judgement in my opinion, thus effecting his talking points.


  • Jeff Tillett posted at 7:39 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 557

    They're not, but he is confused and it would not otherwise fit his talking points.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:58 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    A California State Senator voted for the ACA? Why would a state senator be allowed to vote in Congress?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:56 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


    CA Education Code 38086

    Legislative Background:

    In February 2010, at his 2010 Summit on Health, Nutrition, and Obesity, then Governor Schwarzenegger announced his sponsorship of SB 1413, citing the importance of promoting water consumption and decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption as strategies to support obesity prevention and improved long-term health. On September 30, 2010, the Governor signed SB 1413 into law, which adds the following provisions under EC Section 38086:

    “…a school district shall provide access to free, fresh drinking water during meal times in the food service areas of the schools..., including, but not necessarily limited to, areas where reimbursable meals under the National School Lunch Program or federal School Breakfast Program are served or consumed.”

    Reasons for the need for this section:

    The water in the fountains or dispensers is not cold.
    Schools do not have enough water fountains for the number of students.
    Water fountains or dispensers are poorly maintained.

    Requirements of the District:

    Provide or Plan for Chilled/Filtered Drinking Stations
    Provide Water Dispensers in the Cafeteria/Food Service Area
    Maintain School Site Water Fountains

    Sounds like Mr. Tillett was right and Mr. Baumbach did not do his homework.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:59 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Tillett stated...Umm... That's what that bill did: require free drinking fountains, which are/were not ubiquitous, contrary to popular belief or common sense.

    Sorry, you are again mistaken.

    Prior to this bill, The California Plumbing Code required schools to have one drinking fountain per 150 people, and authorized water stations to be substituted for drinking fountains where food is consumed indoors.
    This bill imposes a mandate by requiring schools to provide access to drinking water in for service areas.

    The state was concerned that the school districts would request reimbursement from the state as it was mandated... I really think it is a typical political feel good bill... there was already water available for all students.

    This is off topic though as my post was to illustrate this candidate's voting record.
    Independent? I do not think so.

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 3:00 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 557

    Umm... That's what that bill did: require free drinking fountains, which are/were not ubiquitous, contrary to popular belief or common sense.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:44 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Again, Jeff is dripping with sarcasm...

    I was simply posting her legislation. She claims to be "independent" in her positions. I posted what she voted for that shows a pattern of voting party line. The legislation I posted was not a reflection of it being positive or negative.

    Free portable drinking water for all!!! of course. The water fountains that were always free is not enough.

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 9:41 am on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 557

    6. Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias (SB1413)

    did you really put that. wow. the temerity...

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:19 am on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    So what did this moderate independent democrat vote for? By reviewing her voting record, it is obvious that she does what she is told and votes party lines ( liberal) when ever possible. A vote vote her is a vote for the liberal policies of Pelosi, Frank, Reid and Obama... simple as that.

    1. Obamacare... most liberal take over of private sector interests in history.
    2. For making it mandatory for educators to teach gay history in class.(SB48)
    3. to increase taxes by Californians to buy on the internet, resulting in jobs leaving Ca. (AB155)
    4. Authorizes a minor who is 12 years of age or older to consent to medical care ( resultiing from sexual activity) and that the minor or parent does not pay for this care if the care is authorized by this bill ( AB 499)

    5. she voted for student financial aid for illegal undocumented immigrants ( AB130)
    6. Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias (SB1413)
    7. Required private sector employers to pay for mental health services driving up health care costs but Exempted insurance plans with the Board of Administration of the Public Employees' Retirement System from this expensive requirement ( AB 1600)

    8. Vote to pass a bill that allows for geographic origin, household income, race, gender, and national origin along with other relevant factors to be considered in admissions to the University of California and California State University (AB 2047)
    9. removed the requirement that a convicted drug felon, in order to receive food stamps, must have completed, participated in, or enrolled in a government-recognized drug treatment program or provided other evidence that the illegal use of controlled substances has ceased (Sec. 1). -Requires that the state reimburse local agencies and school districts for any costs mandated by this state that are associated with this bill (Sec. 2).(AB 1756)
    10. a bill that modifies fuel taxes to allow revenues to be used to pay off the general fund deficit. I) n other words, some fuel taxes were voted to be used for specific projects ...she did not like that so voted for ( AB x8 6)... which also mandated an increase in fuel tax
    11. Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages (SB 54)
    12. Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that proclaims May 22 as Harvey Milk Day and “encourages public schools” to educate pupils on his life, accomplishments and contributions to the state (SB 572)
    13. Vote to pass a joint resolution that establishes the Legislature's opposition to the proposed expansion of oil and gas drilling off the Pacific Coast and requests the U.S. Congress reinstate the federal offshore oil and gas leasing moratorium for fiscal year 2009-2010 and beyond. In other words, she contributed to the supply and demand problem which results in higher gas prices...( AJR 3) Specifies that the California Coastal Sanctuary Act of 1994 established a comprehensive statewide coastal sanctuary that prohibits future oil and gas leasing in state waters, from Mexico to the Oregon border. -Specifies that California's ocean waters are home to four important sanctuaries and are, by definition, areas of special conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, cultural, archaeological, scientific, educational, and aesthetic qualities
    14. Agricultural Union Election Law Amendments...a bill that provides agricultural employees with the ability to bypass the traditional ballot booth election process when selecting representation for collective bargaining purposes ( AB 2386)



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