The border states are seeing voters voice immigration and the security of our borders as a prime factor on how and for whom they are going to vote. Bill Hedrick, Democratic candidate for Congress in California's 44th District, realizes the pressing concerns immigration poses for his constituency and has offered four focal points for immigration that he will devote himself to if elected.
Hedrick promises to legislate on behalf of building a literal physical barrier complete with elaborate, high-tech monitoring systems to secure the border along with better trained and better equipped border patrol teams. He calls for a sensitive immigration policy that is oriented towards paving a way for immigrants to attain legal citizenship and become productive contributors to our economy rather than just sending them back to where they came from. He supports implementing a stricter legal policy to punish American companies who hire illegal workers instead of American citizens. Lastly, a stronger commitment to our education systems and making college more accessible, more affordable to lower and middle class Americans, according to Hedrick, is paramount to securing our economic future and safety.
Immigration Plan (hedrickforcongress.com)
Side: Immigration Plan
According to Bill Hedrick:
"The war is damaging to long term American interests, and has proven to be politically, militarily, financially, and morally ruinous... Our troops need to be withdrawn from this quagmire.... Our fighting men and women have performed admirably in a tremendously challenging environment... But, it is clear that this intervention has been directed by leaders more concerned about oil and profits than freedom and democracy... This ill-advised mission needs to end before more lives are lost and further damage to our national interest and prestige is incurred... Congress has the power to end this war by refusing to fund it. I will vote to do so immediately."
If you're against the Iraq War and favor setting a firm timetable to withdraw, then Bill Hendrick is your man.
Side: Leave Iraq
Not too many people personally know the toll that the Iraq War has had, not only on our country and finances, but on our families. As the father of two sons in the Army and the father-in-law of a daughter also in the Army, Bill Hedrick has gone through at least 5 deployments of his children.
Washington needs fresh blood, those who are not corrupted by the ways of the special interest groups. He is running against one the MOST CORRUPT people in the house. Should it even be a question who should be the winner of this election?? Regardless of party affiliation, can you justify a vote for someone who is so corrupted? Bill Hedrick wants to do what is best for the 44th District. He will be a strong advocate for his people.
Side: Bill Hedrick
Bill Hedrick is the type of leader that the fighting 44th District needs. The ruinous policies of Rep. Calvert over the past four terms have left the 44th in a much weaker position than it has been in years. We need some new blood to help drive change and get Southern California back to an economic and educational beacon for the country.
Side: Hedrick for Congress
VP Dick Cheney hosted a reception honoring Ken Calvert last month in Southern California to show his support for Calvert and his approval for Cheney's favored energy policies, which include off-shore drilling and the MORE proposal.
A large group of San Clemente residents were up-in-arms at Cheney's presence and protested Calvert's policies with a peaceful march. Many of the residents see Calvert's desire for drilling as puppetry for Cheney and the Republican party.
Side: Bill Hedrick
Bill Hedrick is exactly the type of leadership that the 44th District needs.
A lifetime public servant, Hedrick has over 33 years of experience as an educator and over 25 years serving on the Board of Education of the 51,000 student Corona-Norco Unified School District. He has served four terms as President of the Board, representing 250,000 residents of the 44th district, and deals with an annual budget in excess of $400,000,000.
Bill knows firsthand the difficulty of sending off a child to fight in Iraq, as his two eldest sons and his daughter in-law are all veterans of the Iraq war. He also realizes the financial toll that the war is taking on our country.
In a recent statement on the war in Iraq, Hedrick stated, "Just one year of the Iraq War could have funded health care, affordable housing, adequate port security, university scholarships, and many other services. Instead, we have purchased international ill will, reduced security for our citizens, and created a weakened economy. Congress has the power to end this ruinous war by refusing to fund it further. I will vote to do so immediately."
In his career, he has fought to bring about the change on a local level that our country now needs on a national level.
Side: Hedrick for Congress
Congressman Calvert has voted for both versions of the Wall Street bailout bill (see here and here). This is not a reason to be enthusiastic about Hedrick but is just an incentive to remove everyone from Congress who supported the measure, even if there is only one alternative on the ballot. This district's voters should warn Hedrick now to reject any more spending like this.
Bill Hedrick (D)
With globalization moving the international environment closer at a rapid pace, candidates for Congress cannot rely solely on their domestic political stances to win their elections.
Bill Hedrick (D) would serve California's 44th District positively, as well as United States' foreign involvements.
He takes a critical stance on the No Child Left Behind Act (http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml), which has been able to accomplish little in ensuring the US is committed to educating its youth.
Hedrick will augment health care in his district, as well as nationally by championing coverage of preexisting conditions, as well as portable health insurance (http://www.ncpa.org/pub/special/
Hedrick's Congressional candidate's website (http://hedrickforcongress.com/
Hedrick goes beyond these domestic costs to list the perils bestowed upon Iraq and its citizens, as well as the damage to the reputation of the United States in the political arena.
It is this kind of combined thought, both domestic and international, that makes Hedrick a good (and necessary) choice for the House of Representatives.
Side: Bill Hedrick
John W. Whitehead, founder and president of The Rutherford Institute and author of The Change Manifesto, has listed Rep. Ken Calvert (R) as one of the congressmembers who were involved in "neglecting their constituencies to engaging in self-serving practices, including the misuse of eminent domain, earmarking hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracting in return for personal gain and campaign contributions, having inappropriate ties to lobbyist groups and incorrectly or incompletely disclosing financial information" (www.rutherford.com). Whitehead's research has been aimed at identifying the sorts of malpractice at the federal level that may have contributed or cast a blind eye to the developments that led to the market meltdowns of the past few months.
Calvert, Whitehead claims, "has been accused of using his position to increase his personal wealth through land deals, purchasing property with a group of investors at depressed prices and then pushing through earmarks for such things as freeway construction and commercial development that make the land more valuable. Calvert is under investigation by the FBI."
This predicament essentially puts Calvert in a similar boat as Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska and offers just another race in which a Democratic candidate such as Bill Hedrick sees his or her chances of unseating the incumbent getting better and better as the days count down to November.
A Beneficial Controversy (www.rutherford.org)
Side: A Beneficial Controversy
Hedrick has the right approach to education, to the environment, and to the economy. As the son of a teacher, I can appreciate his background as and educator in the California school system- which is as Byzantine a hornet's nest as you'll ever find. If he can handle that, he can handle the House of Representatives. His approach to energy- finding alternative sources that are green- will create new jobs right here. As for his opponent, this is a relic of the old school of thinking that got our economy where it is today- and on top of that, he's a bit of a hypocrite. (see link below for amusing story)
One of Calvert's scandals (www.tylwythteg.com)
Side: Bill Hedrick
Last month Rep. Ken Calvert led the charge for permitting energy exploration on the outer continental shelf by introducing the MORE Act, or the Maximize Offshore Resource Exploration Act (HR 6529) to the House.
"My legislation allows for federally-permitted development of resources beyond 25 miles off the coastline and provides a strong incentive for states to allow federal-lease exploration with 25 miles," says Calvert.
According to the congressman's website, the MORE Act will increase offshore domestic energy production, royalty revenues for producing states, energy security for our country, and relief at the gas pump.
The bill also allows the states to choose the locations for energy exploration within 25 miles of their coastline.
MORE Act (calvert.house.gov)
Side: MORE Act
In the last couple weeks, Ken Calvert has come under some noticeable heat as federal agents have undertaken investigations into large lobbying firms from whom Calvert has received substantial donations in the past.
The lobbying firm Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton, & White have been held under investigation on account of it's connections to Rep. Jerry Lewis (R). While Calvert has not yet been directly contacted in the investigations (according to his latest statement,) the campaign accounts and financial records of both Lewis and Calvert have been obtained.
Calvert's records were open to public viewing and the federal investigators involved have not yet disclosed of exactly why they are targeting this particular lobby firm or their affiliation with these congressman. The case was initiated after suspicions on the nature of the firm's relationship to lawmakers were stirred after Rep. Randy Cunningham was accused of bribery earlier this year.
Although Calvert has yet to come under heavy scrutiny with regards to this case, it will be interesting to see how his Democratic rival Hedrick and his campaign staff approach this issue as the race proceeds into the fall.
Bad Money (www.dailybulletin.com)
Side: Bad Money
Ken Calvert has voted for securing our borders whenever possible. He has a track record of supporting the work verification program that ensures illegal immigrants are not occupying jobs Americans could hold. He helped Republicans get the tax rebate into the hands of the middle class. Finally, as others have pointed out, he has introduced legislation to allow offshore drilling to supply more oil to America.
Ken Calvert (R)
Ken Calvert has done an admirable job of leading the 44th District over the past 7 terms. His recent MORE proposal will allow for America to increase the supply of oil that we have available to us in the short term, thus enabling gas prices to fall to more reasonable levels.
Calvert has authored many bills during his time in the House (including identity theft protection, employment verification, and securing our borders) that have improved the lives and safety of Americans, and the responsible thing to do is vote him in for another term.
Side: MORE Act
It seems that Calvert has added his name to the list of congressmen who want Pelosi to lift the moratorium on offshore energy exploration for coastal states.
Last week, Calvert sent a letter to this effect to Speaker Pelosi along with 16 of his colleagues. By okaying exploratory drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, Calvert believes that the reserves may provide the first step to siginificant oil price reduction and buy Congress more time to debate on renewable energy solutions.
Calvert: “Americans support all-of-the-above energy solutions that includes expanding offshore energy exploration and yet Speaker Pelosi appears to be limiting California’s right to benefit from producing energy off our shores. California has proven reserves that are readily available and Californians should always fight for the same rights and benefits as other coastal states.”
Calvert's letter to Pelosi asking for the okay to drill (calvert.house.gov)
Side: Ken Calvert
E-Verify is an internet-based system created by the Department of Homeland Security to help insure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants. It is free to US contractors and businesses. The program is scheduled to expire in November 2008 and many congressman in Washington are fighting to keep the program running.
A significant amount of opposition has arisen both from Washington and at home. Many argue that the government should not be spending over $40 billion of the taxpayers' money on a program that still requires fine-tuning and enacts some negative policies in an already weak job market.
Calvert disagrees and says that because illegal immigration has been insufficiently checked, problems tied into the job economy have worsened for Americans. We must first fix the root of the problem and then focus on stabilizing the job market
Side: Ken Calvert
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