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The Sacramento Press Club, a non-profit organisation is hosting an apartheid debate luncheon on April 23rd.
They have not invited all the balloted candidates in the CA Secretary of State race, nor have they invited David Curtis, a member of the Sacramento Press Club and Green Party candidate for Secretary of State, despite his polling 3rd place in the Field Poll this week.
The Sacramento Press Club, a (social) organization of (some) journalists, has no valid excuse for excluding any of the 7 remaining candidates. They have excluded the 3rd place polling candidate and yet have included the 4th and 5th place candidates.
Their decision has no defense.
Curtis spoke with Dennis Revell, an "associate" of the Sacramento Press Club this morning by phone, (916) 443-3816, Dennis's extension is 205.
Revell said the decision to invite candidates was made before the results of the Field Poll were known.
He also claimed that the format of the event did not allow for more candidates.
Revell made no offer to invite Curtis and when Curtis asked "Does the organisation have a non-profit status?" the representative responded "Yes" to which Curtis replied "I will remove it".
Curtis then immediately filed a complaint with the Fraud division of the IRS against the Sacramento Press Club for violating their non-profit status by excluding parties and candidates from a debate.
In a second phone conversation later that same day, Curtis asked Revell if he would agree that excluding candidates from a debate harms the candidates campaign? Mr Revell declined to comment.
There are currently 8 balloted candidates in this race, although Leland Yee, a Democratic State Senator withdrew due to criminal charges. Of the 7 remaining candidates, only 4 were invited to participate in the April 23rd debate.
Curtis participated in the first debate hosted by the ACLU of California, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Common Cause.
"People like candidate, David Curtis of the Green Party who takes no corporate or union monies, are out there but need our support or the greedy money dealers will win again. The media can help us by reporting fairly and equally on all candiates regardless of who finances them and we can vote for men and women candidates like David Curtis. If more people voted like that then we would be getting better people and a more positive ethical government. Please more information on good people."
Secretary of StateDavid CurtisWe are fortunate to have a Green Party choice in the California Secretary of State race, David Curtis. Other candidates are Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla, a known guy, who will likely maintain monopoly interests. Derek Cressman is the “back up” Democrat in case Padilla stumbles, although it is pretty hard to top the bribery and gun running charges Leland Yee faces. Yee is still on the ballot so don't accidentally vote for him because you “remember his name from somewhere”. There's Dan Schnur, a former Republican re-branded as "no party preference", who is perhaps 100% subsidized by GOP money. There is also Pete Peterson, the media talks about him because he is a registered Republican. There are also two lesser known candidates but they don't seem to be actually running. That leaves the Green Party candidate David Curtis, for the Greens, other 3rd party voters, decline-to-states and Democrats who have been paying attention and are not in denial.David Curtis is easy to talk to. His cell number is on his website, call him and ask him something. To date, David Curtis has received 60 donations from actual humans, mostly Californians. He has zero obligation to get on his knees for corporate America and has made a career of not being a yes man. If elected, can he certify the results of an election? Yes, but elections? The whole thing has been priced out of our range by the SCOTUS ruling. So a vote for David Curtis is basically a: No, money is not speech.David's goal for the office is to make elections as open and fair as possible. He would remove obstacles to participation so that we can get representatives who are our peers. If elected, David can oversee an office of 500 people. He was an associate of TSA, the Stubbins Associates, a firm that grew from 100 to 700 people when it joined Kling. He can be a trustee of the state archives and the CA Museum. David was a design leader on two Guggenheim Museums and the Nevada State Museum. He has worked in architecture since 1989. He can deliver actual political reform. David's campaign is already doing it. His financials are reported in real-time on his website.Human activity is stressing nearly every species on earth, Greens in office acknowledge this reality. David Curtis is a father, he lives with his partner and three children in the Lucas Valley of Marin County. He is a Nevada licensed residential designer. He first registered Green Party in 2000 when Ralph Nader ran for president. David has been working actively with the Green Party since 2006 as they try to become the cleanup crew for a failing two party system. Duopoly has failed to respond adequately and we are at the point that a replacement crew will be responding to disaster management for the foreseeable future.The Green Party is building an alternative to the duopoly. The Libertarians could not convince someone to run given the "top two" primary structure. A vote for the Democrats, Republican or a fake no-party-preference candidate at this point is a failure to grasp the reality of our situation on this planet.We recommend your vote for David Curtis, the Green. Otherwise your vote will go to a "more of the same" duopoly candidate...same rape of the planet, same pre-loading of the race with cash-on-hand displays, same monopoly interests, same corruption, same inadequate representation of the people (“the people” being whomever is protected by monopoly contracts).
Professor Shaffer, "effect" would seem to require the needed time to certify. That takes more than 24 hrs. I would have the Counties hold until the results are certified (ideally). David Curtis 415 317 4002 cell
On 4/7/2014 9:13 AM, Ralph Shaffer wrote:
Greetings, Mr, Curtis: As Secretary of State, how would you interpret the state constitutional provision on initiatives - Art. II, Sec 10a - that says a winning initiative goes into effect the "day after the election"? You as secretary of state will have up to a month to verify election results. Has an initiative won on the day after the election if you haven't verified the results? Prop. 8 was implemented by several county clerks on Wednesday after the election on Tuesday but at that time there were far more than enough ballots still uncounted so that the election could have gone either way. The results were not certified by the S O S for several weeks. As Secretary of State, what would be your position on the date of implementation of a winning initiative? In the case of Prop. 8, when clerks stopped issuing marriage licenses to same sex couple on Wednesday, would you have asserted the authority of your office and have told them the election wasn't over, or would you have remained silent, as the incumbent did, allowing clerks to do as they saw fit? I have asked the state department of justice for clarification but attorney general Harris has chosen not to respond. The agency that handles initiatives responded that it could not give legal advice. That makes it even more necessary for the S O S to take a stand on this question. What is your position? (portion redacted) Ralph E. Shaffer Professor Emeritus, History Cal Poly Pomona