League of Women Voters Debates on 10/25/12

Fall River Mills, CA – It turns out there will be one more debate in the California First Congressional District race between Jim Reed (D-Fall River Mills) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale).

The two candidates will face off in a Butte County League of Women Voter’s sponsored candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main St. in Chico

Mr. LaMalfa, who has recently flip-flopped his stances on abortion and bipartisanship, now has flip-flopped on debates. He agreed to the forum just yesterday.

“A courageous politician would have joined me in calling for well-publicized debates all over the district so that voters could compare the candidates’ records and positions,” Reed said. “Doug LaMalfa instead has unveiled his positions on his website and agreed to this debate in the dead of night to try and hide his extremist views and the fact that he isn’t one of us, but rather a do-nothing Sacramento politician on the Washington welfare dole.

Also debating during the evening will be candidates vying in the special election for the Fourth District Senate Senate race. The race includes candidates Jann Reed, Dan Levine, Michael “Mickey” Harrington and Jim Nielsen.

The 92-year-old nonpartisan League of Women’s Voters organization is dedicated to promoting informed and active participation in the political process. The League does not endorse or support candidates for public office.

Jim Reed acknowledged the League’s important work.

“As the proud father of a daughter and foster daughter, I profoundly care about the critical work being done by the League of Women’s Voters.”

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Fall River Mills, CA – Although a very big election looms less than three weeks from today, First District Congressional Candidate Jim Reed will pause from the campaign trail for a couple of hours on Saturday to watch the Big Game – the classic football rivalry between the Cal Berkeley Bears and Stanford.

Reed, a former wide receiver at Cal, will certainly wear his blue and gold in support of his alma mater.

“The Bears are off to a little bit of a rough start, but for the Big Game, you throw out all the records,” said Reed, who earned an electrical engineering degree at Cal. “This game has such an amazing tradition. I mean who can forget when Cal ran the kickoff back at the end of the game and had to run through the Stanford band. That’s one of the most famous plays in college football history.”

10/18/12  A third generation Northern Californian from Fall River Mills, Reed loves watching both college and professional football. The Big Game, which dates back to 1892, is one of the longest running rivalries in college football with Stanford leading the series 57–46–11. The winner of the game each year takes ownership of the coveted Stanford Axe, a traveling trophy that includes the scores of past Big Games.

“I do love football and it’s a great diversion from some of the stresses of the campaign,” Reed said. “And there are some lessons to be learned within the game. You don’t have to like everyone on your team to work together and win a football game, just like you don’t have to agree with everyone to work to make America better. We need more of that spirit.”

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10/17/12  Fall River Mills, CA – This afternoon, Jim Reed’s congressional campaign unequivocally denounced the unethical, irresponsible and duplicitous decision by Doug LaMalfa to hide his actual and stunningly extreme positions from voters until just three weeks before the Nov. 6 election, and after many Northern Californians have already begun voting through absentee ballots.

Specifically, between now and the primary election last summer, the section of Doug LaMalfa’s website entitled “issues” included only one item: an error-ridden description of President Obama’s health care reform bill. Today, however, the LaMalfa campaign’s website unveiled an entirely new set of policies — a number of which rank among the most radical views currently being proposed by any candidate running for Congress in the 2012 election.

In the coming days, Jim Reed will hold a press conference devoted to informing the public about Mr. LaMalfa’s frightening new vision for America as well as to answer questions concerning his own profoundly different belief that real leadership is best derived from moderation and common sense middle class values. Mr. Reed also looks forward to debating Mr. LaMalfa’s sudden revelations during a televised forum to be held on Friday, Oct. 19, and broadcast at a later series of dates.

10/16/12

Fall River Mills, CA – Doug LaMalfa has an experiment for rural schools all across California’s First Congressional District – cut their funding by several million dollars and see if they can possibly survive.

LaMalfa indicated Sunday that he would kill the Rural School Act, which has provided more than $573 million for California county schools and road projects since its inception more than a decade ago, if he makes it to Congress. Even if rural schools manage to survive without the funding, officials say they would face more crowded classrooms, fewer programs and fewer teachers. Rural roads in poor condition would have little to no funding for repair.

“Perhaps Doug doesn’t know what district he’s representing, because failing to renew the Rural Schools Act would deeply damage our area,” said LaMalfa’s opponent Jim Reed (D-Fall River Mills). “Schools up and down our district desperately need this program right now and Doug doesn’t have a plan to recover the lost revenue. Just saying you want to deregulate the timber industry doesn’t get it done. He’s throwing our rural schools under the school bus.”

The Rural Schools Act, which expired in September and is due for renewal, helps offset the costs of lost revenue from timber sales in counties that have large percentages of land owned by the federal government. House Republicans are drafting a plan to open up national forests to more logging. But even if logging operations increased by 7000 percent, it wouldn’t equal the logging receipts of earlier decades because of changes in the market and the economy, according to non-partisan researchers who have studied the issue.

And when it comes to logging, LaMalfa threw the California timber industry under the bus by voting against the Senate Version of AB 1492. The bill, which the California timber industry, farm bureau and cattleman’s association all supported, will help state timber companies compete against foreign and out-of-state imports by reducing regulations and shifting the cost of forest management. According the California Cattleman’s Association, the bill’s passage will reduce insurance costs for farmers, ranchers, and timber company owners near public land.

But LaMalfa, just days before he deserted his constituents by quitting the State Senate, voted against the legislation because he had signed the Grover Norquist Tax Pledge.

“Even Governor Brown called Doug out on that one,” Reed said. “He said, ‘Look at your district. Look at who your largest employers are? Can’t you do this thing?’ But Doug’s hands were already tied from the pledge.”

And while LaMalfa appears eager to decimate his district’s rural school system, he hasn’t proposed any plans to reduce federal farm subsidies, which his family has vacuumed up to the tune of nearly $5 million.

“Once again we’re looking at a guy who’s so willing to cut programs for everyone else, yet when it comes to a program that’s made him a millionaire, boy, it’s hand’s off,” Reed said. “I mean this is the absolute height of hypocrisy. But unfortunately, it’s emblematic of a certain class that loves big government on their terms, but turns around and rails on it when it helps anyone else.”

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Fall River Mills, CA — Pete Stiglich on Wednesday became the second Republican candidate from California’s First District congressional primary to publicly endorse Jim Reed. Together with Republican Gregory Cheadle and independent Gary Oxley, Stiglich becomes the third candidate from the primary to publicly endorse Reed. None of the eight primary candidates has publicly endorsed Reed’s opponent, Doug LaMalfa.

In explaining his endorsement, Stiglich, a 26-year veteran and former United States Air Force Colonel wrote the following:

“For months, I’ve struggled to decide how I would vote in the upcoming 1st congressional district election. As a long-time conservative and registered Republican, it should have been an easy decision. The idea of even considering a Democrat was a chilling, even frightening, thought. In the end, though, it boiled down to a vote either for principle or for party… I know (Jim Reed) to be an honest and principled man. And that, alone, makes him deserving of my support. For me, principle always trumps party.”

Stiglich also quoted John Quincy Adams and added that “principle” is defined as “a rule or standard, especially of good behavior: a man of principle.”

“And, my friends, there’s the rub when it comes to Doug LaMalfa,” Stiglich wrote. “Frankly, at least in my opinion, he’s racked up an unacceptable litany of what I’ll simply describe as ‘misbehaviors.’

Doug LaMalfa has taken nearly $5 million in federal subsidies all the while advocating for small government principles. His campaign went so far as to say that Mitt Romney “was right” to dismiss “dependent” portions of the electorate –  even while their candidate feeds at the federal trough.

10/10/12

Fall River Mills, CA – Despite campaign signs that proclaim “he’s one of us,” Northern California is learning that Doug LaMalfa is anything but.

“I will not endorse a candidate who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in subsidies and selling water allotments at the expense of hard working Americans,” says Gregory Cheadle, a Republican who ran in the District 1 Congressional primary race and is now endorsing Jim Reed (D-Fall River Mills).

Republicans and independents throughout the district have turned away from LaMalfa, who has taken nearly $5 million in federal welfare, ran a primary campaign that’s currently under federal investigation for dirty tricks, and tried to pass on erroneous information about women that became a national story.

Astonishingly, none of the Republicans who ran against LaMalfa in the primary have endorsed him. Sam Aanested filed a complaint against him with the Federal Election Commission. Michael Dacquisto called him “dishonest.

After taking part in one debate that earned him such unfavorable national news, LaMalfa started ducking debates. Finally, under pressure from the Reed campaign, he agreed to a TV forum (with no audience) that will air just 13 days before the election.

“From corporate welfare to corruption to the mishandling of important facts, it’s been an ugly few months for my opponent,” Reed said. “Pair that with the fact that his state voting record has been abysmal towards the middle class, women, farmers and seniors, and you’re looking at a very poor candidate for any kind of office.”

“Vote for Jim Reed and you’ll get a man who will listen to every person in this district,” Reed added. “I want to represent 100 percent of the people in this region 100 percent of the time. We need that in the United States Congress.”

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10/4/12 Fall River Mills, CA – According to Gallup’s most recent polling, only 10 percent of Americans approve of the performance of the United States Congress – a historical all-time low. Count Jim Reed as someone who agrees with most Americans. The California District 1 Congressional candidate is tired of the gridlock in Washington D.C.

Reed, a third-generation Northern Californian who runs a law practice in Fall River Mills (Shasta County), knows the only way to get America moving forward is to elect leaders who will work together for the greater good.

“There used to be a large group of legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, who would come to the middle and work with each other to get things done for America,” Reed said. “We’ve kind of lost that, but we desperately need to regain it. We’re all in this thing together.

It’s not that the former Cal wide receiver doesn’t have passionate values. He believes middle-class Americans form the backbone of the country. He pushes for investments in public infrastructure and education, because they’re priorities that pay off now and in the future.

“Road, bridge and power infrastructure projects bring in jobs,” Reed said. “And when it comes to education, our schools need strong support to be worthy of the challenges our students will face in both the local job market and the emerging global economy. Right here at home we know that small businesses and family farmers are some of the best job creators we have.”

“Finally,” Reed continued, “our cities and towns cannot thrive unless we stand up for the people we all rely on – I’m talking about police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and many other hardworking Northern Californians who are the soul of this district. Send me to Congress and we’ll finally have a representative who understands these critical realities.”

Reed often flies his old, steady Cessna Skyhawk 172 to campaign stops throughout the 11 counties of District 1. Once there, he likes to distribute the button, by far his most popular, that reads: “Regulate Wall Street, Not Women.” His bumper stickers proclaim the need to preserve Social Security and Medicare, programs that are treasured by the vast majority of Americans.

“Practical solutions exist for strengthening those programs, but the answer isn’t to privatize Social Security and Medicare and risk them being obliterated in the stock market,” Reed said. “If we jeopardize the health and dignity of our seniors and veterans, these ones who have seen and sacrificed so much for this country, God help us. What will we have become at that point? If someone asks me what I won’t compromise on, well it’s that right there.”

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10/1/12 Fall River Mills, CA – Judging by current approval ratings for the United States Congress, most Americans seem weary of the gridlock happening in Washington D.C.

California District 1 Congressional candidate Jim Reed feels the same way. Reed, a third-generation Northern Californian who runs a law practice in Fall River Mills, knows that the only way to get America moving forward again is to elect leaders who will work together for the greater good.

“There used to be a large group of legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, who would come to the middle and work together to get things done for America,” Reed said. “We’ve kind of lost that, but we desperately need to regain it. We’re all in this thing together.”

When he travels around the numerous counties of District 1, Reed continually talks about the need to preserve and support Social Security and Medicare, programs that are treasured by the vast majority of Americans. Practical solutions exist for strengthening those programs, but the answer isn’t to privatize them and risk obliteration in the stock market.

The former Cal football star also believes that investments in public infrastructure and education are priorities that will pay off both immediately and in the future. Road projects (such as Highway 49 in Sierra County) bring needed revenue into local communities. Successful students tend to find better jobs and return their creative talents and work production back to their home communities.

Reed also believes that in order for politicians to successfully work together, they must avoid signing pledges, which restrict their ability to compromise.

“I vow to the people of this district that I will listen to them and support their best interests in Washington,” Reed said. “At the end of the day, that’s the most important mission a Representative can have in Congress – represent the best interests of the people who live in your district.”

 

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Reed to Hold Press Conference On Wednesday

Fall River Mills, CA – First Congressional District candidate Jim Reed (D-Fall River Mills) announced today that he’s holding a press conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 26) on the steps in front of the Shasta County Administration Center (1450 Court St.) in Redding.

Reed, a third-generation Northern Californian who runs a law office in Fall River Mills, is re-launching his campaign into its final weeks and will discuss his positive vision for District 1 as a member of the United States Congress.

“I treasure this incredible region of California and I vow to represent all the people of this district,” Reed said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had that kind of an advocate in Washington D.C. — someone who listens to every voice and cares about their concerns.”

In the final push before the Nov. 6 election, Reed said he’s been energized by supporters from all across the District, which includes nine northern counties and portions of two others.

A near-death experience just two weeks ago reinvigorated his desire to serve the region. While driving along Interstate 5 (where he had been placing campaign signs) Reed’s Chevy S-10 truck with 300,000 miles experienced a mechanical failure and rolled four times. The truck was demolished, but Reed walked away with only a broken wrist and actually attended a campaign event the very next day.

“It’s the kind of thing that puts your life into a very sharp focus,” said Reed, a former football star at the University of California at Berkeley and an avid private pilot. “But I believe that I’m here for a reason and I’m deeply thankful for the support of my incredible family. It’s a blessing to meet and hear the stories of so many amazing people throughout in this region. I’ll continue to travel throughout the district in the coming weeks and I look forward to meeting more folks and determining how I can best represent them as a member of Congress.”

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