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Every morning I wake up wanting to spend the day meeting with smart policy folks, putting together some fresh thinking to help turn around our beloved — but broken — California. I am eager and ready to contribute my lifetime of progressive activism toward solutions.

But instead, I spend most of my time “dialing for dollars.” I beg for money from everyone I know. And after a year of this, I’ve had good friends rush off the phone, avert their eyes at events, send me curt, unfriendly emails.

The worst experience so far was at a recent holiday party. I saw one of my friends who had pledged a contribution but not yet sent in the check. I looked up just in time to see her quickly turn around and run the other way, and it really broke my heart. But that’s what it’s come to, with the lack of desperately-needed campaign finance reform. A good and right decision to run for the California Assembly — to represent this beautiful, new, open Assembly District 50, the area I’ve lived and worked in for the past 26 years — is marred by the realistic but overpowering demands of money in politics. Money that’s needed to get out my message, my experience, my qualifications, and my ideas. Read more…

A make-or-break moment

December 14th, 2011

The next 16 days are critical to my chances to win for the Assembly in 2012.

I’m locked in a tough primary fight, and in order to maintain my momentum, I need your support before the make-or-break financial filing deadline on December 31st.

As part of my primary campaign, I’ve been out talking to people across the district for the last year. It’s a humbling, exhilarating ride, but it’s also heartbreaking. The unrelenting global recession and anti-government decimation of public education and job opportunities are crushing the lives of our friends and neighbors. I want to share with you just two of the many stories I’ve heard: Read more…