The San Francisco Chronicle reported on November 17, “Thurmond wins race for state school superintendent as Tuck concedes.”
“The tight race saw a record level of spending — more than $50 million. Tuck attracted deep-pocketed education reformers, including Gap co-founder Doris Fisher and philanthropist Eli Broad. A representative from Tuck’s campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”
California’s General Election results on November 19, 2018 were:
Tony K. Thurmond 4,669,431 (50.9%) votes to Tuck’s 4,514,400 (49.1%).
In 2014, Tuck’s charter school/voucher supporters spent about $13.5 million and failed to get him elected California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. Four years later, they tried and failed again. to elect Tuck to the same position.
The Sacramento Bee reports, “Charter school backers spent millions on statewide races in 2018. They still lost twice. “Independent groups supporting Tuck spent more than $36 million this cycle. Prominent education reform supporters, including frequent political donor Bill Bloomfield, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and philanthropist Eli Broad were among the biggest contributors to those efforts. Tuck’s official campaign raised another $5 million.”
How much will the public school hating, profit loving, private sector, corporate education reformers spend in the next election in 2022 to elect Tuck or someone like him to destroy California’s public schools? I hope that the majority of California’s voters continue to NOT be fooled by the autocratic, billionaire privatizes that hate labor unions, the public sector, the U.S. Constitution, and democracy.
Politico.com reported on November 1, five days before the 2018 election, “In the race to be California’s top educator, charter schools ally Marshall Tuck registered a substantial 12-point lead (48 percent to 36 percent) over state Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, as Tuck takes his second shot at the position. …
“The state superintendent race has attracted the most outside spending of any statewide contest, some $35 million: Teachers unions have showed up big for Thurmond, while rival EdVoice — whose campaign warchest is stocked by a small cast of individuals that includes Bill Bloomfield, Arthur Rock, Eli Broad, Richard Riordan and Jim Walton — have poured it on for Tuck. Both sides are saturating the airwaves; illustrating the stakes, the California Democratic Party just launched a $2.3 million ad blitz for Thurmond, and Sen. Kamala Harris appeared in a new pro-Thurmond.”
If that isn’t enough to point out the FAKE Democrat, maybe this will. At the State Democratic Convention, who did the Democrats in the audience boo off the stage? The Washington Post answered that question: “Both men are registered Democrats, but Tuck has the support of many Republicans. With the state Democratic Party supporting Thurmond, Tuck was booed off the stage at the California Democratic Party convention earlier this year.”
When was the last time a Democratic candidate was support by Republicans?
Back in 2015, the Alt-Right, Bill Bloomfield, Arthur Rock, Eli Broad, Richard Riordan and Jim Walton, et all. Poured it on for another fake Democrat by the name of Steve Glazer, and The Mercury News asked, “Will the ‘real Democrat’ please stand up?”
“They support Democratic touchstone issues such as environmentalism, gun control, gay marriage and abortion rights. But they’re often seen as party pariahs for espousing ideas like rolling back public workers’ pensions, banning transit strikes and making it easier to fire bad teachers.
“They’re a new breed of Democrat politician, and they’re shaking up the state’s political landscape as business interests, independents and sometimes even moderate Republicans pour money into nasty Democrat vs. Democrat battles made possible by California’s new “top-two” primary. And with the state Republican Party still searching for a path back from decades of decline, some political analysts say it’s only the beginning of a long battle for the soul of the California Democrat Party.”
Back in 2015, I published a blog post about Steve Glazer, another fake Democrat, in Evidence of a Corporate Reformer Pretending to be something he isn’t, and how the wealthy are buying the U.S. one election at a time.
I wrote, “It is obvious that Steve Glazer’s wealthy and corporate supporters are outspending Susan Bonilla at least $8 to $1 if not more.”
Nothing has changed but the name of the FAKE Democrat and that name is Marshal Tuck.
I wrote the following paragraph in 2015, and nothing has changed. “If you aren’t aware of the war being waged in the United States by a few billionaire oligarchs to remake the United States into a country that fits what they think, then it’s time to wake up and learn how to discover the signs of oligarch funded propaganda designed to manipulate and fool voters during elections. These billionaires are buying their way into the Republican and Democratic parties, and they are libertarians, neo-liberals, and neo-conservatives—and all of them threaten our freedom and way of life, because to win, they subvert the democratic process protected by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
If you vote for Marshal Tuck, you are supporting liar, a fraud, and if Tuck wins the election, California will end up with a Betsy DeVos clone or worse. The Washington Post said it best: “Betsy DeVos is the worst secretary of education ever”. If Marshall Tuck wins this election, he will be the worst state secretary of education ever.
Tony Thurmond is a real Democrat while Marshal Tuck, running as a FAKE Democrat, was booed at the California State Democratic Convention
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and disabled Vietnam Veteran, with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005). He is also the award winning author of My Splendid Concubine and Crazy is Normal, a classroom expose.
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November 3, 2018 at 12:07
Reblogged this on Lloyd Lofthouse and commented:
Tony Thurmond is a real Democrat while Marshal Tuck, supported by Republicans and conservative billionaires is running as a FAKE Democrat that was booed at the California State Democratic Convention
November 3, 2018 at 14:12
Now Lloyd, do you really BELIEVE (after all of your years of experiential and academic learning) that voting really makes a difference here in our system in the US? I mean I know we are not 230 years old with experience. But we are educated. We do read – a lot on these computers we now can afford (maybe not too much longer if we lose our pensions). You know the big guns only make a difference. And voting isn’t a big gun. Never was, never will be. If everyone decided NOT to vote, those with the money will still get elected into control. If everyone decided TO vote, those with the money will still get elected into control. If no one enlisted in the military with the big guns, the big guns would be hired (and the US sells them to them and has been for a long time). You’re not 19 anymore. You don’t believe in lies. You’re not a “fool”.
November 3, 2018 at 14:29
I think the major party primaries are more important than the general elections. It is during the primaries that registered Democrats and Republicans make the real choices.
But when factions come in with block votes, the faction with the most votes tends to win and rule. We have to have enough independent minded, thinking voters in each party to overrule the factions. But the largest block of those that vote are independent voters outside of the two parties that use party primaries to decide who everyone gets to vote for in the general election.
I don’t care if everyone that can vote votes. I just want more rational people who have critical thinking and problem solving skills to vote so the extremist factions like the Always-Tump voters are buried under the votes of rational people — it that is possible.
After all, the Founding Fathers didn’t think it was important for every adult to vote. In the beginning about ten percent of the total were allowed to vote, only white men that owned property and were not Jewish.
That is how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat out a high ranking House Democrat — in the Democratic Party primaries. At the House level, it is possible for a candidate like Cortez to use grassroots support to get out the vote and beat established candidates compared to the Senate and the President.
November 3, 2018 at 16:21
There are no democrats in the Democratic Party. Like the Republican Party, it follows the policies of Hamilton to a T – and even goes ga-ga over the musical about that early version of Trump. Dad got a bigger social security cola in one year that Obama gave in 4. And about those wars? NO legal wars since I was born, in 1942; anyone who supports any of those wars – and they’ve all been based on lies, we find – and who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution is guilty of violation of the oath. As far as education goes – Obama closed down every science education program in the US except for some NSF programs – I know, because I worked in NASA’s oldest education program, now gone – and then appointed a “progressive” as head of NASA Education who has no degree in education or significant classroom experience. It’s sad to say this, but no one seems to care, especially those who still support the Democratic Party. I had to leave that Party, after years of supporting it, and now vote mugwump.
November 3, 2018 at 17:40
The Korean conflict and the war in Afghanistan were justified.
1. North Korea invaded South Korea — World War II divided Korea into a Communist, northern half and an American-occupied southern half, divided at the 38th parallel. The Korean War (1950-1953) began when the North Korean Communist army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded non-Communist South Korea. As Kim Il-sung’s North Korean army, armed with Soviet tanks, quickly overran South Korea, the United States came to South Korea’s aid. General Douglas MacArthur, who had been overseeing the post-WWII occupation of Japan, commanded the US forces which now began to hold off the North Koreans at Pusan, at the southernmost tip of Korea. Although Korea was not strategically essential to the United States, the political environment at this stage of the Cold War was such that policymakers did not want to appear “soft on Communism.” Nominally, the US intervened as part of a “police action” run by a UN (United Nations) international peace- keeping force; in actuality, the UN was simply being manipulated by US and NATO anti-Communist interests.
2. Afganistan — The war in Afghanistan (2001-2014) was Canada’s longest war and its first significant combat engagement since the Korean War. After the 2001 terror attacks on the United States, Canada joined an international coalition to destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban regime that sheltered it in Afghanistan. More than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members served in the 12-year campaign. The war killed 165 Canadians —158 soldiers and seven civilians. Although the Taliban were removed from power and the al-Qaeda network was disrupted, Canada and its allies failed to destroy either group, or to secure and stabilize Afghanistan. The mistake made here by G. W. Bush was to focus on Iraq while almost ignoring the war in Afghanistan.
The Vietnam War was based on a lie and therefore illegal
The war in Iraq was also based on a lie and therefore illegal
US support for far too many brutal dictators around the world has often if not always been illegal. The list is long.
November 3, 2018 at 17:41
As for Obama, I never saw much difference between his presidency and G. W. Bush except for one fact that is meaningless. Obama sounded like he had a brain vs Bush who often came off as if he were brain dead.
November 3, 2018 at 18:38
What about the Constitution? https://www.google.com/search?q=was+the+korean+war+a+declared+war+by+congress&oq=was
No declared war by Congress since 1941.
The US has been warring on “the war on terrorism” for 19 years now (changed terminology on the “cold war”). With most of our tax dollars going to the military. Obama did not do what he said he was going to do. Don’t even speak of Gitmo. Don’t even speak of the 8 year involvement of the Russians in Afghanistan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet%E2%80%93Afghan_War
WHERE can we find the truth? From those who where there – NOT writing it as fiction in order to sell their story, even if “advised” to do so by a professor.
The truth is very important. We supposedly can find it due to our great technology. It just takes much effort and plenty of time.
It’s a race to the top, and it’s all about money (after all, we live in a capitalistic country). Aren’t we lucky!
November 3, 2018 at 19:45
Since Eisenhower warned us about the Industrial War Machine (he used a different term but the same thing) the country has been led by the nose or dragged by the tail into one war after another and I spent hours one week looking up info on the cost of maintaining our military. Since 1945, the U.S. has spend about $40 trillion on Defense and that is discretionary spending, not mandatory. America has gone too far down that rabbit hole to escape easily.
The truth reveals itself years later but it doesn’t stop the lies and the conflicts.