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One of the joys of being a registered Democrat, apparently, is that one receives a number of election mailers from various organizations telling Democratic voters who to vote for in California's upcoming June 3 (this coming Tuesday) election.  

Looking through my parents' mail, I've seen three of these so far: one from the Californians Vote Green organization, one from the Coalition for California, and here's one from the John F. Kennedy Alliance.  All of these mailers recommend big long slates of candidates to vote for, and many voters no doubt rely upon these slates in deciding how to cast votes when going to the polling locations.  There are a lot of votes to cast, and many of these votes are for judges and minor political officials who don't receive a lot of analysis or publicity.  So it seems likely that many voters will want a voter guide when making decisions about who among these lesser-known candidates should merit their votes.

At any rate, one individual who appears to have made his way into each and every one of these "Democratic voter guides" is Marshall Tuck, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Here's what Diane Ravitch says about Marshall Tuck (also here), through her brief quote of journalist Gary Cohn:

“The 40-year-old Tuck is a Harvard Business School graduate who has worked as an investment banker for Salomon Brothers and as an executive at Model N, a revenue-management software company. He is a former president of Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school operation in Los Angeles, and later served as the first head of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools — former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s controversial education nonprofit that tried to improve 17 low-performing public schools, with mixed results."
In an era in which capital's boundless hunger for more profit runs up against a stagnant economy, Tuck appears to be part of that group that hopes to open up profit opportunities in America's public schools.  The point, then, is to privatize the public schools -- or, rather, to privatize the profits to be made off of their operation, while keeping public the funding spigot which keeps them in business.

I trust Diane Ravitch's opinion in this instance because, since she decided to reject Republican education policies she had formerly supported, she has been tireless in critiquing education "reform" as promoted both by the (second) Bush and the Obama administrations.  Here is Ravitch's critique of the charter school movement as presented through a review of the movie "Waiting for Superman."

Please don't vote for Marshall Tuck.

(also up at FDL)

Originally posted to The Rebel Alliance on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Amateur Left, Frustrati, and Education Alternatives.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "What used to pass for education now looks more like ignoration/ Take the people's money and slip it to the corporation" -- Bruce Cockburn

    by Cassiodorus on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:45:18 AM PDT

  •  Don't even have to be a registered Democrat, (2+ / 0-)
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    Cassiodorus, quill

    of which I am no longer. All you have to do is donate to or work on a Democratic candidate's campaign. I suspect even just signing progressive petitions may do it.

    Further to your point, progressive coalitions need to create voter's guides of their own to sort the wolves from the sheep, the foxes from the hens.

    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:58:15 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for this (5+ / 0-)

    I was looking for something like this diary yesterday while everyone was shouting Stfu on here.  

    Seems like there should be pages on DKos for every state and every district with lists of who to vote for and why.

  •  these "voter guides" are so shady (4+ / 0-)
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    VClib, sunbro, quill, wilderness voice

    once you start to look for it, you can see the stealth conservative candidate that the flyer is trying to sucker people into voting for, surrounded by a phalanx of liberal candidate suggestions.

    •  Yup! (3+ / 0-)
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      quill, wilderness voice, LeftCoastTom

      They pay to be in those things.  And it's easy to see how people will be suckered into voting just as the "voter guide" suggests.  Who has time to research all of those candidates?

      "What used to pass for education now looks more like ignoration/ Take the people's money and slip it to the corporation" -- Bruce Cockburn

      by Cassiodorus on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:09:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yet with a little math (3+ / 0-)
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        Cassiodorus, Sylv, wu ming

        We could have voter guides here on daily Kos.  After all, our mission is to elect more and better democrats.

        I was reduced to visiting every candidates website and looking to see who endorsed them.  If Darryl Issa endorsed them, I voted for their opponent.

        It took several hours.  The judges were the most difficult to figure out.  And I don't want to make the mistake I made on one of the first elections I could vote in as a young man 30-something years ago.  At that time I voted for a female candidate simply because I was tired of all the old white men running Florida.  The woman I voted for?  Connie Mack.  LOL.  Imagine my surprise.  Last time I made THAT mistake.  

        •  i usually try to post one every election cycle (2+ / 0-)
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          Cassiodorus, ruscle

          although i got busy this year. one reason i used to run a local blog was to explain local elections stuff for students and other people who aren't up to speed on the backstories. judge elections are the absolute worst.

  •  The incumbent Tom Torlakson (6+ / 0-)

    running for a second term, is the real Democrat in the race.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:12:38 AM PDT

  •  Boy I sure appreciate this. I have been hearing a (2+ / 0-)
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    Cassiodorus, Sylv

    lot of radio adds for this guy, too, and was wondering. In a state like CA, where dems control, why would a dem even need to do this?

    I really, really appreciate this post. Thanks!

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blog:

    by cany on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:54:38 AM PDT

  •  Toss the slate mailers (1+ / 0-)
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    1) Slate Mailers belong in the recycling bin, as you note in a comment their 'endorsees' often pay to be 'endorsed'.

    2) This seems a bit late with California's high 'vote by mail' registration, ballots really should already be in the mail by now, they have to arrive at the county office by Tuesday 8 PM (postmarks don't count).

    3) I mailed in my vote for Torlakson Wednesday.

  •  League of Women Voters (1+ / 0-)
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    has a "smart voter" page where you put in your zip code and your entire ballot comes up. Most candidates have a link to their own web page, but their statements on issues are on the page as well as who endorses them.

    I have to use that page for the judges. In one race, the two candidates seemed qualified. When I looked at the list of all endorsers, I found that my union recommended one over the other.

    I used to vote for the women years ago and the Democrats, but now I can really look at the candidates in depth.

  •  Here is another resource: (1+ / 0-)
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    I am voting for Torlakson. He's a former classroom teacher and I think he's done a good job of navigating the state education waters given the hand he's been dealt.

    There are some quite interesting observations in the comments about Tuck and how the schools that he's been in charge of haven't actually fared all that well.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:36:18 AM PDT

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