Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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Senator Carole Migden (D) 3rd District CA State Senate
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Carole Migden represents the 3rd District in the California State Senate, which comprises the eastern half of the City and County of San Francisco, all of Marin County, and portions of Sonoma County including and surrounding the communities of Petaluma and Rohnert Park. She was elected to the Senate in November of 2004.
Currently Migden is serving as the Whip of the Democratic Caucus, a crucial position in the Senate leadership. At the same time, she is Chair of the Public Safety Committee. Last year she started her march into the Senate leadership as Chair of the Appropriations Committee—an extraordinary accomplishment for a freshman member, but not one unknown to Migden, who had already been Appropriations Chair in her first term in the Assembly.
In her first year, Migden had several substantial accomplishments, including a bill to require cosmetics companies to disclose cancer-causing agents in their products to the state, a measure to increase the state’s focus on vocational education in our schools, and a bill to provide mental health assessments for young people in California’s beleaguered juvenile justice system, among many others. On top of all that, Migden found over $30 million for wildlife, transportation and education programs in San Francisco and Marin and lead the effort to bring the headquarters for the new Stem Cell Research headquarters to San Francisco.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Carole Migden served as Chairwoman of the California Board of Equalization (BOE); the nation's only publicly-elected tax commission; represented San Francisco's 13th State Assembly District; and served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Senator Migden worked during her tenure at the BOE to modernize the state's outdated tax system and manage taxpayers' money responsibly. Her accomplishments at the BOE included strengthening domestic partners' property rights, leveling the playing field between Main Street and on-line retailers, protecting California's precious open space, and advocating for increased revenues to fund vital services by eliminating obsolete tax breaks.
In the State Assembly, Migden served for five years as Chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. She was the first woman and the first freshman legislator to chair that crucial committee. For four years she also served as a conferee on the state's Joint Budget Conference Committee, which writes the final version of California's state budget.
In that time Carole Migden authored legislation to create California's landmark domestic partner registry, promote children's health, preserve the old growth Headwaters Forrest, increase accountability in K-12 schools, protect borrowers from predatory and deceptive lending practices, protect consumers from manipulation by energy generators, and promote the use of emergency contraception.
Senator Migden has received numerous awards for her service. California Journal named her among California's power elite of women elected officials and awarded her with their "Rookie of the Year" award in 1998, taking top honors in the categories of most integrity, most intelligence, hardest working, most ambitious, and most influential. She received "Legislator of the Year" honors in 1999 from the California School Employees Association and in 2001 from the California National Organization for Women (NOW), as well as leadership awards from prominent environmental and civil rights organizations. She continues to receive high honors in California Journal's annual rankings, including "Quick Study" in 2002.
Prior to her election to the State Assembly in November 1996, Carole Migden served for five years as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She was chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party for eight years and is a longtime member of and current super delegate of the Democratic National Committee.