Gavin Newsom Lied About Supporting Single Payer

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (who merits his own Yelp reviews) is many things, but a man of his word is not one of them.  Newsom, who is running for Governor of California in 2018, has long suggested that he supported a single payer healthcare system.  He won the endorsement of the California Nurses Association with that promise.  He had been a little unclear as to what exactly he supported, but at the California Democrats Convention in May, he was asked specifically by single-payer supporters if he supported SB 562, the single-payer healthcare bill authored by CNA and introduced by Senators Richard Lara and Tony Atkins, he unequivocally said that he did.

His support did not last long. In a recent public appearance, Newsom has backed away from single payer and now supports a a mix of public and private coverage similar Healthy San Francisco – basically, a public option.  But Healthy San Francisco is not health insurance and has considerable limitations.  For one, it only covers San Francisco residents that utilize designated San Francisco doctors, clinics and hospitals.  Someone covered by Healthy San Francisco that falls ill or gets into an accident elsewhere, is on the hook for all of their medical bills – which can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Indeed, Healthy San Francisco does not qualify as “insurance” for Obamacare purposes, and most of the people that were covered by it moved to private insurance once that became an option.  Just as significantly, Healthy San Francisco does nothing to control private insurance premiums as it does not provide bonafide competition to insurance companies.  This means that many San Franciscans are still painfully under-insured and subject to high premiums and deductibles.

Newsom may feel comfortable disavowing single payer, because his main opponent for the governorship, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also opposes it.   State Treasurer John Chiang, who is also running for governor but polling in the single-digits, is cagey about most of his policy views, including single-payer.  Indeed, the only strong advocate of single payer among the declared candidates for Governor is former Superintendent of Schools Delaine Eastin, who, non-coincidentally, has garnered the support of the progressives in the party.

The anti-universal healthcare stance of the three male Democrats in this race might appear to create the space for other well funded candidates to jump in and campaign on a pro-single payer basis.  Among those who are rumored to be entertaining a run is Kevin de León, the President pro tempore of the California Senate who voted for SB 562 and whipped the votes to get the bill past the Senate.    De León, however, has sided with the corporate establishment against progressives on a variety of issues and has little credibility with the Berniecrat wing of the party.  Billionaire pseudo-environmentalist Tom Steyer is also said to be considering a run and has recently made positive noises about single payer and Bernie Sanders.  However, he is unlikely to garner the support of progressive activists who are troubled by the increase in wealth inequality and the rise of the American oligarchy.   In a similar vein, there are rumors that Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is planning to run for California governor instead of President.  Given his lack of a firm ideology or principles, and his ability to self-fund his campaign, he would likely run on whatever issues poll best and single-payer is very popular among California voters.

In all, now that Gavin Newsom has shown his true colors, the conditions are set for Delaine Eastin to capture the energy of Berniecrats and the progressive vote in the race for Governor.

Meet the Anti-Corporate Candidates for Congress in California

California has joined the political revolution and we are already seeing a surge of progressive candidates running for office throughout the state.  Here are  the  candidates running for office who don’t take contributions form corporate PACs or from law enforcement unions  If you know of others, please leave a comment.

Note: These are not official endorsements. These are simply candidates that share our values of opposing corporate money and who support a progressive human rights based agenda.

david hildebrand

US Senate: David Hildebrand

David Hildebrand is an unapologetic Pro-Labor Democratic Socialist running to represent the residents of the State of California. The son of a union carpenter, and a member of a union himself, he knows the value of organizing.

David has a BA in Government from CSU Sacramento. He volunteered for Bernie for Sacramento, phone banking, canvassing, and eventually as the Staging Location Director for California’s 6th Congressional District.  If successful in the upcoming elections, he will lead the charge for progressive policies at the federal level, and defend California against a Congress and Presidency determined to cut the social, economic, and environmental programs that American workers rely on.

Hildebrand will be running against incumbent corporate Democrat Dianne Feinstein.  Follow David on Facebook and on Twitter.

Dotty Nygard

CD 10:   Dotty Nygard

Dotty Nygard  is an emergency room nurse, a former Riverbank City Council member, a patient advocate, a mother and a grandmother.  She is a strong advocate of getting corporate money out of politics and of instituting universal healthcare.  She is running to restore the values of care, compassion and community to politics and confront the , business-as-usual culture in Washington and our Political establishment.

The CD 10 seat is currently held by Republican Trump supporter Jeff Denham, who won the seat by less than 5 points. Nygard will also be facing corporate Democrat opponents in the open primary.  Follow Nygard on Facebook and on Twitter.

Stephen Jaffe

CD 12 : Stephen Jaffe

Stephen Jaffe, an employment rights lawyer and ardent progressive,  is running against Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.    Pelosi has not had a serious Democratic challenger in decades. While Jaffe’s campaign is robust and growing, Pelosi’s practice is to ignore her challengers and seek to have mainstream media to do the same. She will have a difficult time doing that this time. In just eight weeks, Jaffe has over 1,100 individual donors – mostly small, Bernie-esque in nature – from all over the US.   He has raised close to $40,000.  He has been interviewed on national network news, mentioned in the LA Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.  For Pelosi, he is becoming the elephant in the room and impossible to ignore.

Follow Stephen Jaffe on Facebook and on Twitter and contribute here.

Angelica Duenas

CD 29: Angelica Duenas

Angelica Duenas is a community activist, a Green party organizer, a Bernie Sanders delegate to the DNC and a mother of five.   She is running a clean money campaign against incumbent corporate Democrat Tony Cardenas, who is funded by Big Pharma and the medical industry.

Angela wants to implement single payer universal healthcare and humane Immigration reform policies that treat hard-working people and their families with compassion  and fairness.  Her platform includes ending homelessness in the greater Los Angeles County area, incentivizing job creation and affordable housing construction, while simultaneously ensuring that vital social service programs receive full federal funding.  She is committed to pass federal electoral reform legislation and  will advocate for a humane foreign policy that is based on the fundamentals of human dignity and peace.

Follow Angelica on Facebook.

julio castaneda

CD 39: Julio Castañeda

Julio Castañeda is a progressive activist that has taken Bernie Sanders call to make a difference and run for office.  A former Army and Air Force vet, Julio was a supervolunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign and works as a Business Systems Analyst.   He is running on a universal healthcare, renewable energy and education platform.

Julio is facing incumbent Republican Ed Royce, who was re-elected by almost 15 points in a district that Clinton won by 8.5 points.   He is also facing fellow Berniecrat  Phil Janowicz (see below) and a corporate Democrat from outside the district. Follow Julio on Facebook .

Phil Janowicz

CD 39Phil Janowicz

Phil Janowicz is an MIT graduate, a former Chemistry professor and now works as a consultant on breaching the achievement gap in education.  He is a Bernie Sanders supporter and is running on social justice platform which also emphasizes science education.  We have not yet confirmed that he will not accept corporate PAC money.

Phil is facing incumbent Republican Ed Royce, who was re-elected by almost 15 points in a district that Clinton won by 8.5 points.   He is also facing fellow Berniecrat  Julio Castañeda (see above)  and a corporate Democrat from outside the district.  Follow Phil on Facebook  and Twitter.

Julia Peacock

CD 42: Julia Peacock

Julia Peacock is a public school teacher, wife, and mother of two who believes in educational opportunity, civil and human rights, and empowering all members of our society to live the lives they deserve.  She is running on an anti-dirty money platform, believes  healthcare should be treated as a right, not a privilege, that immigrants make communities stronger, that we cannot militarize the police and expect that crime will go down or communities will feel safer and that Black Lives Matter.  She supports Planned Parenthood, gay marriage and not-for-profit K-12 education. 

She is running against 25-year incumbent Republican Ken Calvert who last won re-election by 17 points.  Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Miguel Zuniga

CD 43: Miguel Zuñiga

Miguel Zuñiga is a former Bernie Sanders volunteer and delegate that after experiencing the Democratic Party’s undemocratic shenanigans during the 2016 election left the Party disgusted and became a green.  He is running on a platform of  Single Payer, $15 minimum, Renewable Energy, Immigration Reform, No Fracking, No Pipelines, No more unjust wars, No more Prisons for Profits, Money out of Politics, Police Brutality Reform and Free College Tuition.

Miguel is running against Democratic incumbent Maxine Waters.  Follow Miguel on Twitter.

Doug Applegate

CD 49: Doug Applegate

Coronel Doug Applegate is a retired Marine Colonel and  civilian trial attorney.  He is running on a very progressive platform of ending Wall Street’s domination of Congress, stopping endless wars, establishing single payer,  honoring the social contract and restoring integrity to politics.

Applegate ran against incumbent Republican Darrell Issa and came within a point of winning the race in 2016.  He now also faces Mike Levin, corporate Democrat pretending to be a progressive. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

Pete Beauregard

CD 50:  Pete Beauregard

Pierre “Pete” Beauregard is a Vietnam vet and anti-war activist.  He has worked with Kucinich to try to establish a Department of Peace and was active in Occupy Wall Street/San Diego and other progressive causes.   He was a Bernie delegate to the Democratic Convention.

Pete is facing Republican incumbent Duncan D. Hunter who won re-election in November by 28 points.  Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

Corporate-free Candidates Run Against the Establishment in LA’s AD 51

When Congressman Xavier Becerra was appointed Attorney General, after AG Kamala Harris was elected US Senator, he left his congressional seat open. Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, representing the 51st district, was elected to fill his seat in a special election, thus leaving his own Assembly seat open.

While Gomez still hasn’t resigned from the Assembly (or assumed his duties in Washington),  when he does there will be an election for AD 51. There are already quite a few candidates for that Assembly seat. In a district won by Bernie Sanders, it’s not surprising that several of these are a couple of #Unbought (candidates that reject corporate and law enforcement PAC money and who support a progressive rights-based agenda).

Here are the Corporate-free candidates we know.  We will add others as we determine their positions

Ron Birbaum

Ron Birbaum

An Argentinian-American doctor, father of three, and a community activist, Ron Birbaum is a man on a mission:  pass single payer healthcare NOW, before more people die for lack of insurance or money to pay skyrocketing co-pays.  Time after time he’s seen the consequences of people who wait too long to go to the doctor because they can’t afford to go earlier, he is committed to changing that dynamic forever.

He’s also an all-around Progressive who supports raising the minimum wage, expanding affordable housing, protecting immigrants and unions and making the Democratic Party democratic.  He’s not going to be a Rendon stooge if elected.

Follow Ron on Facebook.

wendy carrillo

Wendy Carrillo

After unsuccessfully running for Xavier Becerra’s Congressional seat just last March, Wendy is now trying her hand at Assembly.    Wendy is a Salvadorean-American who first came to America as an illegal immigrant, fleeing the war in her home country.  She’s very concerned about immigrant rights, but otherwise she does not seem to have published a platform.

At this point, we don’t know for sure if she will reject donations from corporations and law enforcement PACs, but all her contributions when she ran from Congress seem to have been from individuals.  We have also heard that Carrillo opposes the election audit for Chair of the Democratic Party.  If true, this would show either a lack of commitment to democratic principles or, more worrisome, the possibility that she has been #bought by the Party’s establishment.

Follow Wendy on Facebook and  Twitter.

We’ve contacted other candidates to ascertain their positions on corporate money.

Corporate candidates include:

Mike Fong, a community college trustee and Alex de Ocampo, a Young Democrat (this group is usually made up of establishment political climbers)  supported Eric Bauman, a sure sign of putting political careerism above progressive concerns. Don’t vote for them.

Green Berniecrat Angelica Duenas runs for CA 29

Angelica Duenas

The following was submitted by the Angelica Duenas for Congress campaign. Publication does not constitute an endorsement.

Angelica Duenas is the Green Party candidate running for Congress in California District 29. This district includes Arleta, Lake View Terrace, North Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Panorama City, San Fernando, Sun Valley, Sylmar, and Van Nuys.

Angelica was born in and raised in Sun Valley, the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents.  Mr. and Mrs. Duenas struggled to support their family of 4 working as many as 3 jobs between the two of them. A defining event in Angelica’s childhood was the loss her mother’s job in 1997 when Angelica was only 14 years old. Her mother had worked 21 years for Price Pftster at that point, and planned to work there until her retirement. This was the family’s greatest stability. The massive layoffs that took her mother’s job along with millions more, were the result of NAFTA. Countless companies, and jobs were driven out of our country, to never return. This family crisis sparked 14 year old Angelica’s lifetime commitment to fight for social justice.

Angelica attended San Fernando Valley public schools. Beginning at Roscoe Elementary School, then Robert E. Byrd Middle School and graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School. Then earning her Human Resources Professional Certification from L.A. Valley College, her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science-Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and finally her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. Today, Angelica works as a Human Resources Manager at a retail company in the San Fernando Valley.  Married to Henoc Sanchez since 2006, they divide their time between full time employment, political activism, and raising FIVE healthy children. Presently, Angelica Duenas is a contributing Board Member of the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council. From May of 2010 through August of 2013, she served there as 2nd Vice President, Vice President and then President.

Angelica was elected and served as a Delegate for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention during his legendary 2016 Presidential run.   It was during this experience that Duenas became painfully aware of the limitations of the two-party political system in American politics. This compelled her to officially join the Green Party and begin the work of political reform.   During the Fall of 2016, Duenas was hired and served as Southern California Campaign Coordinator for the Jill Stein 2016 Presidential Campaign. She is an active Council Member at the Green Party of Los Angeles County. She knows that the priorities of America’s working families will be not be seen in the U.S. Congress and within our government until voters elect members of America’s working class to Congress and Senate.

As a member of Congress, Ms. Duenas will fight for policies and deliver results that bring tangible improvements to the lives of her San Fernando Valley constituents. She is committed to providing national healthcare. She will fight to implement humane Immigration Reform policies that treat hard-working people and their families with both the compassion they deserve and the principles of fairness that every American values. She will work to end homelessness in the greater Los Angeles County area, incentivizing job creation and affordable housing construction, while simultaneously ensuring that vital social service programs receive full federal funding. Angelica Duenas will work for federal electoral reform legislation that instills integrity into our nation’s voting process, from primaries through general elections. She will fight to guarantee that no election is rigged, that all votes are counted and that all voters have unimpeded access to the ballot box. She will advocate for a humane foreign policy that is based on the fundamentals of human dignity and peace.

We need and deserve a strong human rights activist as our Congressional Representative. Angelica Duenas is that person. For Peace, People and Planet. Please Vote Duenas, Green Party, For Congress.

Find Angelica on Facebook. Contact her at Angelica4congress@gmail.com