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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

In Case You Haven't Noticed, There Is A Difference Between Democrats And Republicans

So discovered the Sacramento Bee today while taking a closer look at the Assembly race in California's 4th district between Democrat Rob Haswell and Republican Doolittle buddy Ted Gaines:

The two disagree on numerous key issues.

Gay marriage?

Haswell supports it.

"All people in this state should have equal treatment under the law," he said.

Gaines opposes it.

"I see marriage as being sacred," he said. "From my perspective, it's between a man and a woman."

Auburn dam? Gaines, yes; Haswell, no.

Doctor-assisted suicide? Haswell, yes; Gaines, no.

Minimum-wage hike? Haswell, yes; Gaines, no.

Driver's licenses for illegal immigrants? Gaines, no; Haswell, maybe.

The two also butt heads over Proposition 89, which would raise corporate taxes to provide public campaign financing.

"You're using taxpayer dollars to support candidates that I may or may not agree with," Gaines said. "So I have a philosophical problem there. ... And people ought to be able to give to the candidate they support."

Haswell considers Proposition 89 essential to curb special-interest influence.

"This is an idea whose time has come," he said. "I think we've got to invest in our democracy."

Man "candidates diverge across the board?" Wow, who would've thought it! Hey, Sac Bee, ain't that what democracy's all about?

Help Rob win!


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