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Stark, Tauscher, Lofgren ace enviro scorecard

House members Pete Stark, Ellen Tauscher and Zoe Lofgren rated perfect 100-percent scores in the League of Conservation Voters’ annual National Environmental Scorecard. Click on the names below to see how each voted on key bills:

Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater — 65%
Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto — 90%
Mike Honda, D-San Jose — 90%
Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo — 80%
Barbara Lee, D-Oakland — 95%
Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose — 100%
Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton — 90%
George Miller, D-Martinez — 95%
Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco — 20%
Pete Stark, D-Fremont — 100%
Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo — 100%
Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma — 95%

(Note that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rated low only because she invoked her discretion not to cast votes on most of these bills; traditionally, the Speaker usually doesn’t participate in debate and rarely votes on the floor.)

Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Under: Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Dennis Cardoza, Ellen Tauscher, George Miller, Jerry McNerney, Lynn Woolsey, Mike Honda, Nancy Pelosi, Pete Stark, Tom Lantos, U.S. House, Zoe Lofgren | No Comments »

Lynn Woolsey endorses Hillary Clinton

woolsey.jpgRep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, today announced her endorsement of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for president; in doing so, she has disagreed with her fellow Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who has cast her lot with U.S. Sen Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The eight-term congresswoman, in a news release, cited Clinton’s commitment to ending the war in Iraq as the top reason for her backing: “Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the strength and experience to bring about the change that California families need. I trust Hillary to end the war in Iraq, bring our troops home quickly and safely, and regain our nation’s standing around the world.”

Said Clinton: “I am honored to receive Lynn’s support. She has been a tireless fighter for working families and has led the effort to end the war in Iraq.”

Other local representatives supporting Clinton include Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo; Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; and Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater — notably, perhaps the three greater Bay Area Democrat considered most centrist, while “Woolsey” and “centrist” are hardly ever spoken in the same sentence. Meanwhile, Lee is the only California member of Congress on Obama’s endorsement list; that choice also set her apart from her political mentor, longtime Congressman and current Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, who picked Clinton.

Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, Dennis Cardoza, Elections, Ellen Tauscher, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Lynn Woolsey, Ron Dellums, Tom Lantos, U.S. House | 4 Comments »

Best of the rest

A few recent, choice California political tidbits from other outlets…

  • From the Washington Post’s Sleuth blog: “Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), through a spokeswoman, now acknowledges she is blocking former Rep. James Rogan’s (R-Calif.) nomination to the federal bench because of his role in impeaching former president Bill Clinton.”
  • From the Stockton Record: An account of the foreclosure counseling workshop co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, on Saturday in Stockton, which has the highest foreclosure rate among the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.
  • From United Press International: House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee chairman Pete Stark, D-Fremont, says Medicare is overpaying for oxygen.
  • From Calitics: We’ve got water problems, big-time.
  • And from the Chronicle’s Politics Blog, an entry from the gifted Joe Garofoli: “Surely you’ve heard that Dennis Hof — owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel near Carson City — has cast the first official whorehouse endorsement of the 2008 presidential campaign when he announced that he’ll back Republican Rep. Ron Paul. Not only that, but he tells The Chronicle of a unique promotion: To those who enter into Hof’s establishment and declare that “I’m pimping for Paul,” Hof will bequeath the services of two bunnies for the price of one. Or double whatever they choose to partake of there. Some of you know the drill.”
  • Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2007
    Under: Barbara Boxer, Bill Clinton, Dennis Cardoza, Jerry McNerney, Pete Stark, Ron Paul, U.S. House, U.S. Senate | No Comments »

    McNerney, Cardoza to offer foreclosure clinic

    With Stockton still the foreclosure capital of the United States, Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, today announced they’ll hold a workshop to offer free, confidential advice to families facing foreclosure or worried about making their mortgage payments.

    Counselors will be available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the California Housing Finance Agency, and the Stockton Housing Department as well as from nonprofits such as NeighborWorks and Consumer Credit Counseling. To make the most of the time with counselors, participants are asked to bring all relevant mortgage and financial paperwork.

    Assemblymembers Greg Aghazarian, R-Stockton, and Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, will attend too, as will Stockton Mayor Ed Chavez. This’ll be from 10 to noon Saturday, Dec. 1 — that’s two weeks from tomorrow — in the Stockton Arena Conference Room, 248 West Fremont St.

    Experts estimate that in Stockton, there is one foreclosure for every 31 homes.

    Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2007
    Under: Dennis Cardoza, Jerry McNerney, U.S. House | No Comments »