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Jim Gonzalez is a public policy consultant and campaign strategist. He has co-managed three successful California statewide citizen ballot initiatives. Proposition 36, or otherwise known as The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 permanently changed California law to allow first and second-time simple drug possession offenders the opportunity to receive substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration. Proposition 215, which passed in 1996, protects seriously ill patients, with a physician recommendation, from being charged with a criminal offense for using medical marijuana. Proposition 63, which passed in 2004, creates a new mental health system for California through a surcharge tax on millionaires. In 2008, he was the official proponent and campaign chair of Proposition 7 - The California Solar and Clean Energy Act.

Jim was a chief aide to San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, and was appointed, and elected, to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.(1986-1992)

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Latin American history from St. Mary's College of California. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of San Francisco, and was a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University's JFK School of Government.

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Democrats Should Heed Churchill's Maxim and 'Deserve Victory!'

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 7:09 PM

As the White House and Democratic congressional campaign committees gear up for their respective drives to win back the House, and to maintain the majority in the Senate, they will need more relevant national messages than reminding voters that it was the Republicans who irresponsibly shutdown the federal government in...

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Immigration Reform and Congress' Lost Moral Compass

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 7:05 PM

If Congressional leaders, from both parties, fail to act on comprehensive immigration reform before the 2014 mid-term election cycle begins in earnest, our republic will again sadly demonstrate, just like failing to curb gun violence, that we have lost our moral compass.

Incredibly, our country now sponsors a mega-deportation system...

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Last Gasp for Arizona's Voter Suppression Tradition

(11) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:24 PM

As of this submission, in Arizona, a massive voter suppression debacle is playing out. This situation, not surprisingly, could skew results in favor of right-wing candidates.

Arizona press stories document various polling day anomalies, whereby Latino voters were over-vetted for their identification, then directed to...

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New Arizona Latino Voting Bloc Will Elect Next U.S. Senator

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Let me make a bold prediction.

Democratic nominee Dr. Rich Carmona will be elected Arizona's next United States Senator on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012; and it will be the Latino community that gives him the critical margin of victory.

This victory will change our democracy for the better.

In many...

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Latino Voter Suppression and the Paul Ryan Choice

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 12:58 PM

The pundit class has spent the past few days speculating about how there is a "game change" now that Mitt Romney has decided to attach his fate to right wing ideologue Paul Ryan.

Some obvious assessments are that "game change" Paul Ryan assures that Medicare and Social Security will be...

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U.S. Removal of Children from Undocumented Parents Violates Human Rights

(69) Comments | Posted April 29, 2012 | 5:38 PM

Our national research organization, the Latino Policy Coalition (LPC) has submitted an official complaint for the Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding the human rights record of the United States of America.

The 10 page complaint charges the U.S. with routinely and consistently violating human...

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"El Paisano Mitt Romney" A Bizarre Hypocrisy

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 7:39 AM

 In a Republican presidential primary full of strange twists and turns, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is right up there in the bizzaro world of political hypocrisy.

 Romney, although proudly proclaiming that his father was born in Mexico, is in fact a bold-faced panderer and cheerleader for nativist...

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The States Can Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 4:17 PM

The Tea Party gridlock and paralysis in Washington and state houses requires middle-class voters to take direct action to bring back jobs. That is why "The Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back Act" has been submitted to the California State Attorney General's office to begin the process of qualifying this proposition for...

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Honoring Dolores Huerta for a Lifetime of Quiet Courage

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 6:35 PM

On Tuesday March 15th in Sacramento, the California official family, led by Governor Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly Speaker John Perez, and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will honor Dolores Huerta, co-founder -- along with Cesar Chavez -- of the United Farmworkers Union. They will join Dolores at...

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The Lion, the Witch and the Billion-Dollar Wardrobe

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 3:04 PM

Once again California is leading the rest of the nation in demonstrating how Democrats can win national and statewide elections, and win big. While some are already beginning to call 2010 the year of the "Tea Party", here in California it's a diminutive woman from the immigrant Latino...

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To Latino Voter Suppression: BASTA YA!

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 4:26 PM

In the Civil War battle that preserved the Union, Corporal Joseph H. de Castro became the first Latino recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Since Corporal de Castro's bravery under fire, 43 Latinos have received our nation's highest honor, 25 posthumously.

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Third World-Style Kleptocracy - Or Not? The Real 2010 Election Choice

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 1:18 PM

In many third world countries, political historians lament that progress eludes their nations because every change in their country's elected leadership is nothing more than a new iteration of the legend of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.

Here in America, our votes on November 2nd could determine whether...

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Maricopa County's "Bull Conner" Wreaks Havoc On The U.S. Constitution And Arizona Economy

(31) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 7:49 PM

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio misses no opportunity to justify his "immigration crime" sweeps and rant about how undocumented immigrants are burdening public services, and bankrupting Arizona's economy. Sheriff Joe "Bull" Arpaio is factually wrong and need look only into the mirror to see the cause of Arizona's current $4.5...

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Leadership, Not Passivity Needed from the White House on Immigration

(30) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 8:07 PM

Americans across the country held their collective breath Thursday morning as President Barack Obama spoke out on the issue of immigration reform. Would he advocate for amnesty? Perhaps he would advocate for the unilateral deportation of 12 million Latinos. Unfortunately, his speech did little for either side.

While rhetorically uplifting,...

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