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I've been writing diaries about Lori Saldana, a grassroots progressive who is challenging republican incumbent Brian Bilbray in the newly-drawn California 52; you can learn more here

Lori was a three-term Assemblywoman from the 76th district who termed out in 2009.  Her former district makes up a good portion of the new 52 - she won all three of her elections by double digits!

The great thing about this district is that it hardly resembles the old district.  Gone are all of Bilbray's wealthy North County constituents; they have been replaced by more left-leaning, urban districts to the south.  Here is a map showing the old CA-50 (now CA-52), the new CA-52, and Lori's former assembly district.

DISTRICT OVERLAY

There are other challengers, but the big three are Bilbray, Lori and a centrist democrat named Scott Peters.  (I've diaried about him too - there will be more....)

A televised debate with the three was held last Wednesday; I've put together some highlights below the fold....

So here's about ten minutes of some of Lori's best moments.  You can see for yourself that not only are her positions truly progressive, but she's also tough and she looks pretty darn congressional.

Here's the whole debate, if you'd like to watch it (it's about an hour, but you can see for yourself who the true progressive is)

Feel free to check out Lori's webpage, www.lori4congress.com

Also, visit Lori’s Act Blue page, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is fundraising for her and Elizabeth Warren together!

We don't need another independently wealthy conservadem in congress; we have a chance to add a strong progressive seat to our team.

She can win but she needs our help!!!!

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 04:25:13 PM PDT

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane, MKSinSA

    I am in the district and did not know there was a debate.  I plan on working for Lori in my neighborhood and look forward to the day when Bilbray goes away.

    Republicans - they measure our national success by corporate profit margin, not the well being of the citizens.

    by egarratt on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 04:37:28 PM PDT

  •  WOW I like her (1+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane

    She's a spit fire.  

    Go Lori.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 05:07:08 PM PDT

  •  Finally looking forward to a new rep in my 52nd (1+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane

    I have been represented by Bilbray for too long and look forward to voting for Lori.  It would be great for Kossaks to get some polling and see if we finally have a chance to vote Bilbray out.  

    •  There was an (0+ / 0-)

      Independent Voters Network poll in January (I linked to it in one of the other diaries).  Lori fared pretty well - a statistical tie with Bilbray in the general (ahead by one point!).

      I'd love to get her in Orange to Blue - the centrist dem in the race, Scott Peters, has way too much baggage to beat Bilbray....

      Be sure to follow San Diego Kossacks - we also have monthly meetups!!

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 08:13:34 AM PDT

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      •  When Scott Peters (0+ / 0-)

        was on the San Diego city council, you could always count on his vote to support the monied interests in town. If he were to be elected to congress he will be, at best, a back bencher.

        "We'll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us." - Andy Barrie

        by HugoDog on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 01:16:50 AM PDT

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