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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's Steve Greenhut & John Seiler, w/ Guests Stewart Rhodes, Tom Donalson, and Carlos Rodriguez

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This week, CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.   

Also on the program tonight, Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers on Saturday's Nullify Now! Event happening in L.A.  Saturday late afternoon and evening.  

And on the first ever "Open Primary" election in California, Carlos Rodriguez, local immigration Attorney,  LP Chair for Hollywood, Downtown and Central L.A. and Co-organizer of the Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group, and Tom Donalson, of Americas Majority Foundation and President, Marketing Consultant and Research Associate for Americas PAC join us for a lively discussion as to what happened, and what does it say is possible?

Steve and John, both wrote about yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in which the Court ordered the state of CA to reduce its prison population by 30,000 inmates, to bring it down to 137.5 percent of the system’s capacity. John noted that the decision upheld a lower court ruling that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released due to overcrowding that violated the Eight Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishments.”
There is a lot of hysteria on the talk radio circuit, a lot of hand wringing, finger pointing.
How long have we known about the situation? Was it anticipated? Why are the prisons so over crowded? Is there any plan in place? Surely there was an anticipation for this kind of ruling?


Who’s responsible for our current overcrowding and inhumane conditions?
John wrote this ruling “Court Decision Could Spur Prison Reform.” That’s a maybe? Or else what? Can they ignore the Supreme Court ruling?
What is AB 109?
How are Counties responding to the ruling?

Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, Constitutional Attorney, and former member of Rep. Ron Paul's DC staff is speaking at the Nullify Now!
Event in Los Angeles this Saturday, May 28th. He joins us to talk about the Nullify Now! Event coming up on Saturday: Who’s speaking? What does it mean? What can attendees expect to experience at the Nullification Now! event? Why is it historic? Why it is particularly significant in CA?
Rhodes was referred to me by Michael Boldin, Founder of The Tenth Amendment Center. What's the connection?
There is a real eclectic mix of people attending this event. Heritage Foundation is the go to for Foreign Policy Hawks. At The Tenth Amendment Center, they note that although Heritage isn’t embracing the term, Nullification, they do embrace the concept.

Carlos Rodriguez, local Immigration Attorney, LP Chair for Hollywood, Downtown Central L.A., Co-Organizer of Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group, and former CA Congressional District Candidate in Congressional District 28, in the Valley. He garnered 8 percent of the vote in Nov in his district. And Tom Donalson, President of Americas Majority Foundation, and Marketing Consultant and Research Associate for America's PAC. He took over where the late Richard Nadler left off before his untimely death.

We’ll talk with them about what just happened in CA’s Congressional District 36.
L.A. Times wrote: “Huey stunned politics-watchers by edging past Secretary of State Debra Bowen, a Democrat, in last week's special primary”

Allen Hoffenblum, Publisher of the California Target Book, wrote yesterday in Fox and Hounds DailyCA‘s 36th Congressional District in Los Angeles County. about the results of last Tuesday’s special election in
It was CA's first congressional special election run under the new "Top Two Open Primary" law that passed last November as Prop 14.

The seat is currently vacant, and was held until recently by Democrat Jane Harman, who announced in February of this year that she was stepping down to become the new director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was known as a “moderate” Democrat. Harmon held that seat for 6 years prior to 92, then ran for Gov against Gray Davis and lost, and then retook the seat in 2000 and held it for another 10 years.
“The conventional wisdom among most political observers was that due to the district's heavy Democratic registration, and the high name ID of the two leading Democrats, that Janice Hahn and Debra Bowen would most likely come in first and second, making this the first race to see a runoff between two candidates of the same party."
We talked about this right here last week on the show with Richard Winger of Ballot Access Blog.
Well, "It didn't happen."

Alan writes “Not surprisingly, what did happen is that the two candidates who both spent the most money and worked the hardest became the two top vote getters.”
The result is that on Election Day, Huey received 22% of the votes cast, 750 votes ahead of Debra Bowen.
Now, the real upset will be if Huey defeats Hahn in the July runoff election.

"But Huey's strongly held views on social issues -- anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage -- in a libertarian inclined coastal district where 57% of the voters voted NO on Prop. 8 to ban gay marriage and 64% voted for Obama, makes that highly unlikely."

Tom Donalson says “There were some good news and some lessons for conservatives.”  Here's what we'll ask Tom to share with us:

What was the first bit of good news?
What was the second bit of news?
What was Huey's winning message?
How will this play out in the general?
Who really won in this election?
How significant were Americas Pac's efforts in outreach to minority voters?

What are other observations that we can learn from from this past election, Huey’s strategy and Americas PAC's involvement?
Tom Donalson says "The time to begin defending ourselves is now!"

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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