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Volume 10 Issue 9

September 2009

News ‘n Views

OF, BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY DEMOCRATIC CLUB HHHDC September 2009 Meeting Monday, September 21, 2009 * 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Morry’s Restaurant, 5764 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803 Program: Wine & Appetizers Silent Auction Speakers: James Johnson, President, Long Beach Democratic Club and candidate, Long Beach City Council Members (pre-paid): $20/person * Members (at the door): $25/person Non-Members (pre-paid): $25/person * Non-Members (at the door): $30/person

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Announcements ………...…….....Page 3 Cordially Invites You to its Inaugural Harvest Wine Tasting Event

Membership Renewal ……..……Page 3

Monday, September 21, 2009

Kennedy Letter …..……..….…..…Page 4

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Healthcare Article ..……………....Page 5

Morry’s Restaurant 5764 E. 2nd Street Long Beach, CA 90803

Obama’s Guarantees …………….Page 6 Internet Pipeline ….………….……Page 7

Wine & Appetizers Silent Auction

Roll Call ……….………………...…….Page 7

Members (pre-paid): $20/person Members (at the door): $25/person Non-Members (pre-paid): $25/person Non-Members (at the door): $30/person

Please RSVP by calling Nikki Noushkam at (562) 712-4072 or email negarnoushkam@yahoo.com rd

Mail Payments to: HHDC | 11245 183 St. #136 | Cerritos, CA 90703

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Tony Mendoza message ..…..…Page 8 Sánchez Report …….….……………Page 9 Wine Tasting Fundraiser ..….….Page 9 Advertisements ………..….……..Page 10 Membership Form ..….…….….Page 12


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Protocol for Meetings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Turn your cell phone off or place it on “vibrate”. During meeting please do not engage in side conversations. If ordering food, please do so before start of meeting. If you wish to speak, please raise your hand for recognition by the chair. Do not interrupt speakers. Please keep your remarks short and concise. Photographs should be taken only without interrupting the meeting.

Got an Ad? We’ve got the space! Check out details on Page 2. And check out our new, reduced ad rates! New advertisers are needed for the newsletter. If you are interested, or know of a person or business who would like to advertise in our publication, please contact President Nikki Noushkam, for details and instructions. As a no-cost bonus, all ads will also appear on the club’s new website.

2008 HHHDC OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS 2008 Executive Board President

Nikki Noushkam

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Gary Chomiak

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Chris Duvali

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Maureen Allen

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Maureen Allen

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Newsletter Editor

Mike Stabile

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Membership

Beverly Porter

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Charlie Ara

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Marisela Cervantes

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Hubert H. Humphrey


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CARA will hold their annual conference October 20th and 21st at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo. The registration cost is $100 per person. Our guest speaker for October 19, 2009 will be Assemblymember and candidate for Insurance Commissioner Our tentatively scheduled guest speakers for the monthly HHHDC meeting October 19, 2009: Hector De La  Hector DeTorre. La Torre, Assemblymember and candidate for California Insurance Commissioner Newsletter submissions arefordue 10 days before the next scheduled club meeting. Please email them to  Mark Pulido, candidate ABCUSD Board of Education mstabile@gmail.com.  Ana Valencia, candidate for La Mirada USD Board of Education  Jorge Hernandez, candidate for South Whittier School District Board of Education The Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club now has its calendar of events available online: Our tentatively scheduled guest speakers for the monthly HHHDC meeting November 16, 2009:  Go to: http://hhhdemocrats.org/  Chris Garcia, Judicial for the June 2010 election  At the top of the pageCandidate click “Community Calendar”  Eric Altman, Executive Director of OCCORD  Once you are on the calendar page, go to the date of the event.  Democratic Countysuch and recipient the 2007  Melahat Click the Rafiei, event Executive and you Director will get of a the pop-up windowParty withofallOrange the details, as date, of time, location and John F. Kennedy, Jr. Award for Public Service California Democratic Party’s description.  Jeff Gabriel, Southern California Regional Field Director, Organizing for America rd be sure to attend the next meeting and submit your If you are interested in Mail serving on the then Payments to:HHHDC HHDC Eboard | 11245 183 St. #136 | Cerritos, CA 90703 name for consideration. Newsletter submissions are due 10 days before the next scheduled club meeting. Please email them to mstabile@gmail.com. The eboard is looking for guest speakers for future meetings. Please send your suggestions to the President.

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club now has its calendar of events available online: You can view all recent HHHDC Newsletters at: http://issuu.com/hhhdc . Or, you can go to http://issuu.com/ and just type  Go to: http://hhhdemocrats.org/ “HHHDC” in the search bar and you’ll see all the posted newsletters. Enjoy!  At the top of the page click “Community Calendar”  Once you are on the calendar page, go to the date of the event.  Click the event and you will get a pop-up window with all the details, such as date, time, location and description.

If you are interested in serving on the HHHDC Eboard then be sure to attend the next meeting and submit your name for consideration.

The eboard is looking for guest speakers for future meetings. Please send your suggestions to the President.

You can view all recent HHHDC Newsletters at: http://issuu.com/hhhdc . Or, you can go to http://issuu.com/ and just type “HHHDC” in the search bar and you’ll see all the posted newsletters. Enjoy!

Time to Renew Your Annual Membership HHHDC memberships that are renewed starting October 1, 2009 will be active through December 31, 2010. You can renew at any of the next club meetings, or by mailing the form found on the back page of this newsletter. For members who have let their membership lapse, if you renew now your membership will also be good through December 31, 2010. Members with lapsed memberships that are not renewed by October 1, 2009 will be considered as no longer interested in the HHHDC and will be removed from all newsletter and email lists (until such time as they rejoin the club). 2010 promises to be an exciting year for the club. We plan to have many distinguished and interesting guest speakers, several fundraising events, provocative movies, and many candidates for public office who will be seeking the club’s endorsement. We look forward to your participation in our many events and activities.


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Submitted by HHHDC President Nikki Noushkam: President Obama referred to the following letter, perhaps one of the last formal letters written by former Senator Ted Kennedy, in his Healthcare speech to Congress September 9, 2009. Nikki

May 12, 2009 Dear Mr. President, I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me - and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth. On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life. You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country. When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination. There will be struggles - there always have been - and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat - that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country. And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family's health will never again depend on the amount of a family's wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will - yes, we will - fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege. In closing, let me say again how proud I was to be part of your campaign- and proud as well to play a part in the early months of a new era of high purpose and achievement. I entered public life with a young President who inspired a generation and the world. It gives me great hope that as I leave, another young President inspires another generation and once more on America's behalf inspires the entire world. So, I wrote this to thank you one last time as a friend- and to stand with you one last time for change and the America we can become. At the Denver Convention where you were nominated, I said the dream lives on. And I finished this letter with unshakable faith that the dream will be fulfilled for this generation, and preserved and enlarged for generations to come. With deep respect and abiding affection, [Ted]


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How the Right Manages to Convince People That Something That Is Clearly Good for Them -- Like Health Care -- Is Not By Gary Younge, The Nation Posted on September 12, 2009, Printed on September 13, 2009 http://www.alternet.org/story/142582/ Spare a thought, and maybe even a dime, for Kenneth Gladney. In August he and other members of the right-wing St. Louis Tea Party arrived at a town-hall meeting organized by Missouri Democrat Russ Carnahan to lobby against universal healthcare. In the spirit of this fraught summer, a fight broke out, ending in six arrests. Who threw the first punch depends on whom you ask. But who got the worst of it was fairly clear. Gladney was taken to the emergency room with injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face and ended up in a wheelchair. His troubles were just beginning. Recently laid off, this particular anti-health reform protester, it turned out, had no health insurance. Last heard, he was still accepting donations for his medical expenses. It's not difficult to ridicule the American right. Its peculiar blend of paranoia, mania, fantasy and misanthropy has been given full rein these past few months. Those who demanded in July to see Obama's birth certificate (which does exist) ended August invoking the British healthcare system's "death panels" (which do not). That most of their claims were verifiably false was of little consequence--to them at least. At one point they insisted that if scientist Stephen Hawking were British and subject to the National Health Service, he would be dead, even though Hawking is British, alive and grateful to the NHS for his care. So progressives could be forgiven for branding the right as stupid and crazy. But they would also be wrong. For if this is madness, there is great method in it. It is well organized and well funded. It has proven effective in mobilizing support, creating "controversy" where little exists and disrupting and disorienting whatever national conversation there is. If it is stupid, then what does it say about us, since time and again it manages to outmaneuver the left? Annoying, bizarre, incoherent, divisive, intolerant, small-minded, misinformed, ill informed and disinformed, certainly. But stupid and crazy--anything but. It takes considerable skill to convince people that something that is clearly good for them--like universal healthcare--is not. If the right is crazy, it is crazy like a Fox News presenter. Reducing a political strategy or belief to a psychological disorder to dismiss and ridicule its proponents may be comforting. But it also abandons any hope of defeating it or stymieing its influence beyond therapy. There are three important points to acknowledge about people like Gladney. First, they are not new. The cold war in general and McCarthyism in particular was built on lies, misinformation, obsession and guilt by the most tenuous of associations. After Eisenhower defeated Taft at the 1952 GOP convention, a woman emerged insisting, "This means eight more years of socialism." In the late 1940s, a chairman of a federal loyalty review board conceded, "Of course, the fact that a person believes in racial equality doesn't prove that he's a communist. But it certainly makes you look twice, doesn't it? You can't get away from the fact that racial equality is part of the communist line." Today the Internet distributes these slurs faster, and cable TV gives them more outlets. But there has always been a sizable section of society that seeks to fashion a bespoke reality out of whole cloth. These are the people who believe that civil rights was really about miscegenation, abortion rights is about promiscuity and gay rights is about pedophilia. There are more of them than we'd like to think. And they are not going away. Second, you can't argue with them. A good two and a half weeks after failed rescue efforts during Hurricane Katrina left bodies floating in the streets and people abandoned on roofs, 35 percent of the country believed that George W. Bush had done a good or excellent job responding to the crisis. That is roughly the proportion of the country with whom there is no real means of engagement. These are the birthers, Swiftboaters, climate change skeptics, Obamaphobes and Palin-tologists--the base. They live in a politically parallel world where everyone they know believes the same as they do. They don't like established facts, so they come armed with their own. The left has such people too, but they are marginal. With no news channels to promote them or Congressmen prepared to advocate for them, their views rarely reach the mainstream. Third, we can beat them. These people gain the kind of purchase that shifts them from an irritant to an obstacle only when there is a vacuum of leadership and the absence of good alternatives. It is only under these conditions that they are able to cast unreasonable doubt in the reasonable minds of those who seek clarification, encouragement or a stake in any substantive change. This is precisely what has happened with the healthcare debate over the past few months. Less than a third of the country believes Obama has clearly explained his plans for healthcare reform. Two-thirds of independents and more than a third of Democrats believe he hasn't. According to a CNN poll, only one in five believes he or she will be better off after healthcare reform has passed, and 40 percent say they are confused by the proposals. Who can blame them? A decisive portion of the country is desperate to be convinced. They know that what they have now is terrible but have yet to be convinced that what might come is better. How could it be otherwise when the very person who launched the reform process--the president--keeps hedging on its most essential element: the public option? The only thing that is controversial about universal healthcare is that America does not have it. The idea that a Democratic president with substantial Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress might fail to pass healthcare reform, well, that's enough to make anyone crazy.


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The PRESIDENT’S HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM

GUA R ANT E E S 1. NO DISCRIMINATION FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.

2. NO EXORBITANT OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES, DEDUCTIBLES OR CO-PAYS Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.

3. NO COST-SHARING FOR PREVENTIVE CARE Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics.

4. NO DROPPING OF COVERAGE FOR SERIOUSLY ILL Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.

5. NO GENDER DISCRIMINATION Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender.

6. NO ANNUAL OR LIFETIME CAPS ON COVERAGE Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive.

7. EXTENDED COVERAGE FOR YOUNG ADULTS Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.

8. GUARANTEED INSURANCE RENEWAL Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.

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Senate Votes

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Boxer (D) Voted

Feinstein (D) Voted

Passed H.R. 3435; A bill making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program. 08/06/2009

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Confirmed Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 08/06/2009

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Passed H.R. 2997 As Amended; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 08/04/2009 Passed H.R. 3357; A bill to restore sums to the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes. 07/30/2009 Passed H.R. 3183 as Amended; Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 07/29/2009 Rejected Thune Amendment on Concealed Firearms 07/22/2009 Passed H.R. 1256 As Amended; Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act 06/11/2009

House Votes Passed Passed Passed Passed Passed

Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act 07/31/2009 Cash for Clunkers, Round Two 07/31/2009 Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 07/30/2009 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 07/30/2009 Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes 07/24/2009 Passed Making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, HUD, and related agencies for FY 2010 07/23/2009 Passed Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2009 07/22/2009 Passed American Clean Energy and Security Act 06/26/2009

Sanchez (D) Voted Y Y Y Y Y

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INTERNET PIPELINE by Newsletter Editor Mike Stabile This month’s link:

Media Matters for America

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.


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Message from the Office of Assemblyman Tony Mendoza

FOCUS ON RECOVERY While the state legislature continues to battle over policy, contend with budget cuts and face down a global economic recession, we must be mindful of the sacrifices millions of Californians are making every day. Statewide unemployment is at 12% and the California Research Bureau estimates California foreclosures will reach 1.4 million by 2012. As a legislative body, we must work together to help get people put back to work and save their homes. California is one of the ten largest economies in the world with a 2008 gross state product of $1.84 trillion. In fact, 2008 saw California ranked 8th, just behind Italy at $2.29 trillion and ahead of such countries as Brazil ($1.61 trillion), Spain ($1.6 trillion) and Canada ($1.4 trillion). Many experts are saying the recession is over and the slow climb back to economic prosperity is starting. They point to stabilizing home prices, an uptick in the stock market and a moderation in job losses. While this is seen as good news going forward, it does little to help those currently out of work or facing a looming foreclosure. To assist home owners in the immediate, the federal government has embarked on the Making Home Affordable program, a comprehensive plan to stabilize the U.S. housing market that was first announced by the Administration on February 18. The three part program includes aggressive measures to support low mortgage rates by strengthening confidence in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; a Home Affordable Refinance Program to provide new access to refinancing for up to 4 to 5 million homeowners; and a Home Affordable Modification Program to reduce monthly mortgage payments for up to 3 to 4 million at-risk homeowners. This assistance is FREE and a list of authorized assistance providers can be accessed via the Making Home Affordable website, (www.makinghomeaffordable.gov). In California, I have authored two bills that affect employment issues and consumer rights. Each bill is a no nonsense approach to improving conditions for millions of Californians adversely affected by the economic downturn. AB 943 eliminates a catch-22 scenario where job applicants have their credit report used against them when applying for a job. Once reserved for people applying for government jobs or for private positions that required them to handle money, credit checks have become routine. Today, it is common for job seekers in this economy to have been unemployed long enough to have depleted their savings, fallen behind on bills and negatively impacted their credit. People need a job to improve their financial situation, but their finances are now hurting their ability to get a job. AB 943 would address the unnecessary use of credit reports by employers, level the playing field for victims of the global economic recession and provide an opportunity to begin rebuilding one’s life by obtaining a job. AB 857, for those in need of unemployment benefits, will put a member of the Employment Development Department (EDD), who is trained in all aspects of unemployment insurance, directly in an EDD center for face-to-face meetings with those who have become frustrated or unable to use the automated system or website. While these are small steps, they are a start in helping California on its way to recovery.

TONY MENDOZA

Assemblymember, 56th District Submitted by Jay Day, Member of Tony Mendoza’s staff


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Rep. Sánchez: NEW 2008 CENSUS REPORT CONFIRMS THAT AMERICANS NEED HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM NOW September 11, 2009 Bush Policies Left Americans Worse Off and the Economy in the Worst Recession since the Great Depression Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Linda Sánchez responded to the release of this year’s Census Report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance. The report shows the number of Americans without health insurance increased to 46.3 million in 2008, and climbed by 7.9 million during the eight years of the Bush Administration. It also shows that real median household income dropped nearly 4 percent last year to $50,303, with a drop of $2,197 over the last eight years. The number of Americans in poverty grew to 39.8 million, with the nation's poverty rate climbing to the highest rate since 1997 - to 13.2 percent up from 12.5 percent in 2007 - and 8.2 million more Americans falling into poverty during the Bush years. “Forty-six million Americans -- including 6.3 million Californians -- without health care, isn’t a minor nuisance, it’s a tragedy,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez. “But in economic terms, the uninsured also cost us all: $1,100 extra for the average American family, higher costs for our businesses, and huge pressure on state and federal budgets. Only by acting now on health reform can we bring stability and security to Americans who have insurance today, and affordable coverage to the growing number of American families who don’t.” “After eight years of one of the worst economic records in history, 8.2 million more Americans fell into poverty, and 7.9 million more Americans lost health insurance,” continued Sánchez. “As a Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, I am proud to work with President Obama to undo the legacy of the Bush Administration and its devastating impact on hardworking families who are simply trying to provide quality housing, education, and health care for their families.” Experts agree that the Bush Administration has one of the worst economic records in history, with the:  Worst private sector jobs record of any Administration in 75 years, with job losses exceeding 700,000 in January 2009 alone  Worst record for economic performance since President Harry Truman, when quarterly GDP data was first released; also leaving office in January 2009 with an economic growth rate of -6.4 percent, the worst decline in a single quarter in nearly 30 years  National debt nearly doubling from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion

The Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club Cordially Invites You to its Inaugural Harvest Wine Tasting Event Monday, September 21, 2009 * 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM * Morry’s Restaurant, 5764 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803

Wine & Appetizers * Silent Auction Members (pre-paid): $20/person * Members (at the door): $25/person Non-Members (pre-paid): $25/person * Non-Members (at the door): $30/person Please RSVP by calling Nikki Noushkam at (562) 712-4072 or email: negarnoushkam@yahoo.com Mail Payments to: HHDC | 11245 183rd St. #136 | Cerritos, CA 90703


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