Saturday, November 17, 2007

Harvey Milk State Senate Race Debate

Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club held debate today at the Milton Marks Auditorium in San Francisco . Debate was moderated by Belva Davis with Senator Carole Migden, Assemblyman Mark Leno and Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese debating in regards to the District 3 State Senate Race.
Kim Corsaro, Steve Jones, Cynthia Laird and Michelle Meow asked questions from the podium with questions at the end read from post cards from the audience.
The debate started out with everyone being nervous, which then turned to tenseness which then turned to terse words from Carole Migden and Mark Leno.
Issues that were brought up included budget cuts, climate change, equal rights, health care, 3rd strike and prisons, affordable housing, impeachment of Cheney/ Bush. The question of why Mark Leno is running against an Democratic incumbent - he responded - "democracy".

Attendees included Angela Alioto and Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, Connie O'Connor, Gwenn Craig and Donna Sachet.

Comment: Both Assemblyman Leno and State Senator Migden should review the tape that was being filmed by Bob Dockendorff. They both will see how angry they sounded which did not add anything to the debate. This is going to be a very long campaign, I hope after this endorsement is over we can all start talking about issues. This bickering is not helping anyone.

Assemblyman Mark Leno, 55 Brady Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94103
State Senator Carole Migden, 601 Van Ness Ave, #E3-611, San Francisco, Ca. 94102.

Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, 700 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94111 Information: www.joefor 415-377-1225

Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club, P. O. Box 14368, San Francisco, Ca. 94114-0368 Regular Membership: $30. www.milk

General Membership meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at: The Women's Building, 3543 18th Street between Valencia and Guerrero beginning at 7 p.m. PAC meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at the LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street at Octavia beginning at 7 p.m.

Statement of Purpose: The Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay Bisexual/Transgender Club shall work within the Democratic Party and elsewhere to bring the issue of LGBT rights to the forefront of political campaigns, shall lobby for legislation which upholds the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and other people, and shall encourage and support the election of out Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered people to pubic office. We shall participate in organizing San Francisco's large LGBT community to a powerful voice, which will demand nothing less of candidates, than full support of LGBT rights.

We shall work to form coalitions on problems of joint concern with racial and ethnic minorities and others who understand the interconnectedness of all struggles for equality; to build a close alliance with the feminist movement, with which we recognize a special kinship in goals; and to further economic and social justice for all people. We shall expect politicians to take progressive stands on economic issues, on the rights of women, workers and minorities, on protection of the environment, on international affairs.

Brian Basinger--President
[ vacant ]--Vice-President PAC
Kelly Dugan--VP Internal
Paul Mooney--VP External
John Emery--EBoard -- Events and Fundraising
Cecilia Chung--EBoard -- Outreach and Fundraising
Howard Grayson--EBoard -- Political
[ vacant ] -- EBoard -- Organizing
Rafael Mandelman--EBoard -- Internal
Peter Wong--Correspondent
Tim Durning--Treasurer
Rick Hauptman--Recorder
Shona Gochenaur--Cannabis Caucus Chair
Rae Bergamino--Fat Liberation Caucus Chair
Debra Walker--Tenant and Housing Caucus Chair
Krissy Keefer--Feminist Caucus Chair
Ex Officio: Greg Shaw--Former President

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