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Jerry Brown: A Better Choice to Defend Women's Rights Than His Female Opponent

The media may have buzzed with uncertainty over what would happen when Meg and Jerry shared a stage with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Women's Conference yesterday, but our guy exceeded expectations and delivered a stunning performance.

The crowd of more than 14,000 (mostly female) attendees erupted into applause after Jerry pledged to remove all negative advertising should our opponent do the same. When Meg failed to agree, however, the audience responded less than favorably.

This isn't the first time a majority of women seemed to prefer Jerry. In fact, in a recent Los Angeles Times/USC poll, Jerry led among female voters by 21 percent. And when asked which candidate was more truthful, women chose Jerry over Meg by a 25 percent margin.

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Rally in the Valley

Guest post from two SoCal Jerry supporters, Chad Jones and Dante Atkins. Chad, the President of Valley Grassroots for Democracy, and Dante, a featured writer for DailyKos, are both members of the Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley (DPSFV). DPSFV, one of the largest grassroots campaign efforts in California, is an umbrella organization that hosted a rally with the six major candidates on the Democratic ticket this past weekend.

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Stumping in San Diego

Guest post from Colin, a San Diego native and campaign staffer, who helped coordinate Jerry's rally at SDSU last Thursday.

Last Thursday, our campaign held a huge rally on the campus of San Diego State University. More than 500 people attended the standing-room-only event.

The Associated Students of SDSU had invited both Jerry and the Meg Whitman campaign to visit their campus, but only Jerry Brown decided to accept their invitation.

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How Alameda County Says Jerry

Guest post from our Alameda County Coordinator, Heather, who has been planning some amazing and creative events for our large contingent of volunteers in the East Bay. Read about her experience below, and please consider joining her team or one near you for the last stretch of efforts this week!

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Why eMeg's Capital Gains Pledge Would Steamroll Our Education System

Last week, Jerry held a press conference at LA's scenic Dorris Place School to explain why eMeg's pledge to implement a lavish tax cut for her wealthy peers would have a devastating impact on California's education system.

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A Bruin's Dream

Guest post from Patrick Ahrens, a fourth-year UCLA student, who attended Jerry's rally with Bill Clinton last Friday.

Most classes at UCLA are not offered on a Friday, but an unusually large amount of students gathered around the front of the iconic Royce Hall anyway. Armed with clipboards, voter registration cards, and a profound sense of service, they spread throughout campus to mobilize their peers for the upcoming election.

News of the California Democratic Party offering a special rally with President Clinton and Democratic candidates Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom has been the talk of UCLA all month. Despite the overcast weather, a sense of electricity hung in the air as lines to enter the event quickly sprawled around campus buildings.

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Going Dizzy with Deja Vu

Seven years ago, a candidate for California governor emerged with an appealing message.

After a successful career as an action film star, this gubernatorial hopeful pegged himself as a political outsider. Claiming to run the government like a business, said candidate declared himself void of special interest influence and argued the state needed a fresh perspective. Californians elected him wholeheartedly.

Two terms later, Governor Schwarzenegger's approval rating has sunk to a mere 22 percent. The state is in shambles, facing record unemployment and imminent debt. The legislature recently squeaked out a budget--four months late.

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Seriously, This is Your Last Chance

Alright guys, the deadline to vote has finally reached us. You have until the end of the day to send your registration forms in.

The process is uber-simple: Head to the Secretary of State's website. Fill out some basic information. Print, stick it in an envelope, and drop the whole thing in the mail. If it's easier, you can also visit your local post office and register in person.

If you're not sure if you're registered in California, Organizing for America has created a great tool. Visit Raise Your Vote to check your status and learn the different processes for registering and voting absentee.

Then, go ahead and set your Facebook status that you registered and remind all your friends to do the same. 

I can't stress how important it is to let your voice be heard in this election. California's next governor has an enormous task in front of them, and it's crucial we elect a candidate with a clear vision and proven experience. Please exercise your constitutional right and cast your ballot before or on November 2. But you won't be able to do so unless you ensure you're registered first. 

Now I'm getting off my soapbox so you can get yourself to the mailbox.

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The People's Campaign

Guest post from Andy Lewis, one of the leaders of our Los Angeles volunteer effort. Andy attended the Day of Action event in LA and was inspired by the variety of supporters he met and the stories they shared.

It's hard to accurately capture the genuine grassroots enthusiasm I witnessed during Jerry Brown's Day of Action events on Saturday at the California Democratic Party’s office in Los Angeles’s mid-city neighborhood. The dedication the volunteers exhibited throughout the day was a testament to the fervent desire to fix California with the power of Jerry Brown's leadership.

There are several campaign offices around Los Angeles, but the mid-city office (where we spent our day) is run by a couple of recent college graduates—Rani Woods and Brandon Gassaway—that make you believe the future of California is very bright indeed.

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Three Strikes, She's Out

Jerry and Meg faced off in their final of three debates on Tuesday night. And I have to hand it to him—our guy has taken the trifecta.

Jerry and Meg faced off in their final of three debates on Tuesday night. And I have to hand it to him—our guy has taken the trifecta.

Moderated by Tom Brokaw, who’s no stranger to asking tough questions, Jerry remained direct, engaging, and on-message for the duration of the evening while his opponent struggled and failed to derail him with false attacks.

Meg opened her arguments with a glowing discussion of how her family was lucky enough to achieve the “California Dream.” I think I heard the person next to me groan out loud.

Doesn’t the California Dream suggest a rags-to-riches, failure-to-success, against-the-odds struggle? White Collar Whitman graduated from Princeton before assuming a series of high-powered business executive roles. Doesn’t exactly conjure up an image of Horatio Alger washing up on the shore with nothing in his pocket.

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