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CALIFORNIA: 12 seek House seat in District 2, liberal sanctuary
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/15/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer

Posted on 04/15/2012 11:22:41 AM PDT by SmithL

The redrawn congressional district that stretches along the Pacific Ocean from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border is a political world like no other.

The open seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma is one of the few places in the United States where all but the two Republican candidates are running to the left of President Obama.

For the eight Democrats and two left-leaning candidates who decline to state a party preference, the district is a progressive sanctuary where longtime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart headlines a fundraiser and campaign trail visits from liberal icons Phil Donahue and Sean Penn are highly touted.

It's where several antiwar floats graced the Mendocino Fourth of July parade, where opposing the Patriot Act and supporting single-payer health care are badges of honor, and where advocating the legalization of marijuana is a mainstream position - especially when it's the largest cash crop in part of the district.

Outside chance for GOP

In the campaign leading to the June 5 primary, one of the candidates, Mendocino physician William Courtney, advocates that cannabis should be treated like a "vegetable" and used in its raw form - think grinding it into a juice - as a preventive medicine.

While Democrats are expected to draw the most votes in June and go on to face each other in November under the state's new "top two" primary system, a Republican has an outside shot to win one of the two spots. That's because 62 percent of the district's voters historically have chosen Democrats in primaries and 38 percent have backed the GOP.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: bluestate; goldenstate; granolastate; sanfranciscovalues

1 posted on 04/15/2012 11:22:50 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Welcome to the ONE PARTY state.

Run by Democrats. Destroyed by Democrats.

2 posted on 04/15/2012 11:27:05 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: SmithL

Saw this Lynn Woolsey creep on Fox Business the other day. Typically, loud mouthed, obnoxious, talked endlessly spewing the Demonrat talking points. Rudely talking over Cavuto. Funny, at one point she lost her place, stumbled around, then had to look down at paper to continue her “original” thought, then stumbled through that.

She represents exactly what’s wrong with politics today.

3 posted on 04/15/2012 11:28:36 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: A_Former_Democrat
And, she replaced Boxer when Boxer moved to the Senate.


4 posted on 04/15/2012 11:38:15 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

This is one of a handful of seats that flipped from R to D in ‘74 and never flipped back — in the sense that Woolsey (D) succeeded Boxer (D), who succeeded John Burton (D), who succeeded William Malliard (R).

I’ll agree that the geography and demographics of the district has changed quite a bit though.

5 posted on 04/15/2012 3:02:45 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: SmithL

We were in district one with a half-a-commie in Mike Thompson. Now with redistricting we end up in district two with a full fledged commie. Great

6 posted on 04/15/2012 3:21:52 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: scrabblehack

Back when Mailliard represented it, it included a chunk of San Francisco. Shocking to consider the ideological shift from reasonable to virtually Stalinist.

7 posted on 04/15/2012 9:53:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: SmithL

I think Frank Riggs was the last R in the far north district and Thompson beat him

8 posted on 04/16/2012 10:44:50 PM PDT by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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