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Great job at LoCo!

Which is to say that it’s pretty damned racist!

I will be joining Sydney, Jimmy, David, Kelly, and maybe others for live coverage of the election returns Tuesday evening beginning at 6:00 on KMUD. We’ll report and discuss election results locally, statewide, and across the country in this crucial moment in history. Our coverage is a bit different from what you’ll hear on network news, but we will be comprehensive. If you’re out of the area you can hear us at www.kmud.org. Join us!

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I had family stuff to take care of so I couldn’t be in Fortuna at 5:30 a.m. where the procession started. I caught up with them at Loleta a few hours later. I missed all the excitement about the procession being asked off the freeway by a CHP officer expressing concern for their safety. I’m told it was a cordial discussion and the marchers agreed to take the route parallel to the freeway. It was cool. We got to see pro-K signs on the route. Most of the core organizers were on the walk, and none of us knew who had brought them there. All of our signs have been placed – no leftovers!

We walked over the hill and crossed over to the east side of the highway on the road leading to CR. I think the CHP had done a good job of scaring the leadership as to the danger of being on the freeway, particularly at the turn at King Salmon, so we made arrangements to drive everyone from the CR parking lot to the Patriot station at the south end of Broadway.

And this is where it really got encouraging! Countless drivers honked and/or waived, some really enthusiastically. I don’t think more than two minutes ever passed without someone honking or cheering. Yes, we saw a few grumpy faces. One guy flipped us off. A woman shook her head and wagged her finger at us. There were a few eye rolls.

And there were people passing through town who had no idea what Measure K is. We were stopped at Broadway and 14th where some of us waited on the north side for the others to cross while the light was red for those on Broadway. This guy driving an RV read our signs and then checked his phone we think to look up the Measure. And then he smiled and gave us the thumbs up, which drew cheers from us.

We continued to 4th Street where we met a group of supporters at the Co-op as planned and then continued to the court house for excellent tamales, one of the county’s three mariachi bands, and had a bit of a party to close out the campaign.

Will Measure K pass? I feel pretty good about it. We’ve encountered some pretty harsh opposition from certain county officials, some screaming when we were gathering signatures, and some online commentary. But nobody really put together an organized opposition and we’ve encountered supporters everywhere we’ve gone to leaflet or table.

You know, Measure K is a small gesture in the face of dehumanizing scapegoat politics, the increased militarization of the border over freakout paranoia about families trying to find a better life, and the rise of white nationalist violence across the country. But it’s something we can do.

Yes on Measure K!

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To be reviewed next week.

I think it’s a pretty good sign when Republicans are playing defense in Kansas.

And elsewhere.

It was 1971 when my step-grandfather took me to my first Giants game. Willie McCovey hit a three-run homer to help the Giants win the first of two games. He and Bobby Bonds were my favorite players for years after that. Sometime in high school I read a biographical story about McCovey. He was retired by then. But the article solidified him as my favorite player forever as I teared up over some memories which at the time seemed ancient. A few years ago Lilith played basketball for Zane and her number was 44, which triggered memories. So sad he’s gone.

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LoCo breaks it down.

Does anybody know the political story of the Pierson family?  Reminds me of the Mitford sisters.

Indicted Representative Duncan Hunter got desperate and went all out unfiltered racist in his campaign against challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar.  But the polling spread has narrowed to 3 points.   Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s a backlash against the xenophobic racist attempts to tie Campa-Najjar, and American-born Christian, to terrorists in his family’s past.  I suspect it has more to do with Hunter trying to blame his wife for his legal problems.

Still, in the same poll it said that 53 percent believe Hunter is a crook.  That means 6 percent of those voters believe he’s a crook and are willing to vote for him anyway.  Pretty sad.  And that’s just those who are honest enough to admit they are deliberately voting for a criminal.

Either way, it’s a race to watch on Tuesday!

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