California Dreaming - 2010 House Races

With the midterms only 10 months away it is time now to cast our eyes over the biggest state in the country - California.

How will we fare in 2010?

Below the fold for all the details and hey go check out the 2010 Race Tracker Wiki over at Open Congress for all your House, Senate and Gubernatorial needs.

(Cross posted at Daily Kos, MyDD and Open Left)

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CA-42: Ron Shepston Fundraiser With Joe And Valerie Wilson In L.A. Tonight

Anyone in Los Angeles, I wanted to let you know about a very cool small dollar fundraiser going on tonight at 6:30pm. Joe and Valerie Wilson will be in Santa Monica in support of progressive blogger turned congressional candidate, Ron Shepston. Ron is running for the Democratic nomination to face corrupt Republican Gary Miller in California's 42nd district in the fall.

Ron's candidacy is a perfect example of a blogger putting his money where his "we should compete everywhere" mouth is. In 2006, Miller went unopposed in a district that Bush won with 62% of the vote in 2004  even as he was under investigation by the FBI for shady land deals. So Shepston jumped in (read his dailykos candidacy announcement) and now finds himself potentially running against an ethically-challenged incumbent in a district that is just as red as MS-01 where Democrat Travis Childers recently won a special election in a year where Democratic turnout is going to be astronomical.

But he has to win the nomination first, which is where tonight's fundraiser comes in. It's a good thing, of course, that Miller has three potential challengers this year whereas he had zero last cycle, but having met Ron and knowing that his candidacy is of, by and for the grassroots and netroots, I felt absolutely no reservations about pledging $50 to his candidacy tonight to attend what should be a great event. Ron is the absolute right man for this job. It's great to see that Joe and Valerie Wilson feel the same way about Ron that I do.

If you are in the area and can make it tonight, details and how to RSVP can be found at the event's Facebook page. But if you can't, that shouldn't prevent you from donating to Ron's campaign over at ActBlue.

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CA-42: Isn't It Time We Get Represented for Once?

(Originally posted at The Liberal OC, Southern California's progressive blog)

I don't know how many of you have been following the many messes down here in Southern California when it comes to our CReepy Congresscritters, but I can guarantee you that this has become one giant mess for all of us to deal with. And in particular, there's a scourge on the 42nd District by the name of Gary Miller. He's been repeatedly caught red-handed funneling our tax dollars to his wealthy patrons, seeking out more of our tax dollars to enrich himself, and basically behaving like an all-around crook when he's supposed to be doing the people's business.

But hey, not all has gone wrong down here in Southern California. In fact, there's someone who's stepping up to the plate to get rid of Gary Miller and all his dirty, creepy corruption. Follow me after the flip for more...

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CA-42, 2008 and the netroots: a jumping off point

Over the past few weeks, there has been a wealth of information in the series of posts regarding the first Congressional run by a member of the netroots, and a campaign run by members of the netroots.  In fact, the entire list of posts is below, so you can go back and see the most excellent things that have been written about Ron Shepston and his historic run for Congress.

We were treated to posts that outline the district demographics, the incumbent and his myriad of ethical issues, the political landscape in the district as well as some of the very fine people who are working on this campaign, and why Ron is both an awesome guy and the right man for Congress (and no, those two terms are NOT mutually exclusive).  But what I want to talk about is why this oh-so-very important on many levels.

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CA-42: The DCCC knows us, reads us, and likes us

This is part of a series of diaries rolling out the Congressional campaign of Ron Shepston -- the veteran, aerospace engineer, athlete, and grandfather whom you may know as CanYouBeAngryAndStillDream.  For anyone who doesn't yet know, Ron is running against the ethically-challenged Rep. Gary Miller, who apparently believes that his role in Congress is to make money for his out-of-district friends, in CA-42.  I'm running his campaign full-time.

Something significant to our campaign happened yesterday.  We met with a representative of the DCCC.  More below.

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