Questions the Moderator should ask DeSaulnier at the DeSaulnier/Meuser Debate

DeSaulnier and Meuser debate this week. Here are some questions about DeSaulnier's voting record.

This Tuesday DeSaulnier and I will debate the issues that are important to the 7th senatorial district. Here are some questions that the moderator should consider asking Mr. DeSaulnier about his voting record:

  1. How can the people of California trust you to reform public pensions when you raised public pension benefits to unsustainable levels in Contra Costa County while serving as its county supervisor?
  2. How do you explain that according to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association you have the worst voting record of raising Californian’s taxes?
  3. How do you explain, according to the California Chamber of Commerce, that you have the second worst voting record on business issues in this state, including numerous votes that are specified as job killing votes?
  4. Why did you decide to drive up California’s budget deficit by voting to create wasteful and unnecessary boards and commissions like the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority?
  5. What have you done to reverse your self-admitted “mistake” of making it harder for cities to declare bankruptcy?


The DeSaulnier/Meuser debate will be held at Scott's in Walnut Creek, 1333 N. California Blvd. Debate starts at 7:00 am and will be over at 8:30 am. Cost for this event will be $15 and will include a buffet breakfast.

Mark Meuser is a candidate for State Senate District 7. You can follow him on Facebook.

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Californicated1 October 16, 2012 at 05:50 AM
We are already quite "fornicated", California-style and otherwise, with the current regime in the state goverment being controlled by a majority of "democrats" (who seem to be "democratic" in name only these days). As a result, political power in this state is lop-sided because one party does control everything. And until the current regime is done away with, we need to work on diluting the power base, not only with Republicans, but also other parties so that political power is shared, not monopolized or duopolized. And that is why I voted for Meuser on my Livermore ballot. And I voted for other Republicans, too, even though I normally don't vote for Republicans these days. I still threw my vote for President away on Roseanne and Cindy, and wrote in my candidate for US Congress because there were only "democrats" on my ballot and to make matters worse, the registrar didn't even both to put in a section on my ballot for a write-in candidate, so "a pox on everybody's house" who made that decision. I even voted for a Republican instead of Feinstein, who like Stark in his seat, has probably been in her Senate seat way too long. In addition, I voted my standard "no" on every ballot initiative, because you can never tell what else is in the "small print" on the wording of those measures. Sorry, Tom, I was pulling for you for the last word, but Mr. Mockery up there had other ideas.
Summer Hemphill October 18, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Don't be a loser,vote for a proven winner !!! Vote for State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D) on November 6th !!!
Tom October 18, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Summer is this how you debate people? Calling those who have a different point of view a loser? How enlightened you must be....or maybe you are a public employee union member or party official. You and Mr. Putin seem to have some things in common. The voice of dessent should always be valued in a free country dont you think? Or should we only allow democrats to even run for office here?
Summer Hemphill October 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Mark Meuser will lose by double digits & has never run for public office ! Mark DeSaulnier will win by double digits (as he always has) & is presently a State Senator ! There's no debating those facts,nor was I attempting to start a debate about a matter that's a foregone conclusion (even the conservative BANG newspaper's editorial staff have said Mark Meuser isn't qualified for this office). If you want to be a winner you'll vote for the winning candidate Mark DeSaulnier & if you're a loser the line forms on the "right" behind conservative extremist Mark Meuser !!! The fact that there are many races in the East Bay where Republicans are so uncompetitive that they couldn't even qualify a candidate for the General Election ballot is just another indication of how marginalized & out of step their agenda & their party has become !!! I hope you found these comments concise,factual & as enlightening as I intended,because you either lack a grasp of the situation or on reality or both !!! You should stick to casting your ballot & leave the casting of stones to those who have a real talent for it & relish the opportunity to do so !!!
David Mills October 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Folks... thanks for your comments. We think everyone has had their say on this matter and are closing off comments on this article.


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