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Andrew Alden

Ding, Dong, SB624 Is Dead

By September 2, 2010

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This is a parochial story for Californians, but I think it's of wider interest: Senate Bill 624, which would have removed serpentinite as the state rock and enacted into law a "finding" that it is a carcinogen, has died in committee as the year's legislative session ended.

I'm proud of taking part in the effort to defeat this bill, and I'm proud of all of you who helped, no matter how small the contribution. I've learned several lessons from the last couple of months as this threat rose and was resolved:

  • There are people ready to set examples at your expense, even when you think it's far-fetched.
  • These people usually have sincere motivations, but their allies do not always share them.
  • Legislation has a life of its own, often an absurd one.
  • Prompt, canny and persistent action can prevail against the opposition's head start.
  • A campaign needs as many allies as possible; be creative.
  • It is important to stay focused, collected and generous.
  • Never lie.
  • Combat blog campaigns the way Hercules defeated the Hydra.


September 6, 2010 at 2:44 am
(1) David Hilyard says:

I trust, Andrew, that your arrows are now dipped in gall extracted from the corpses of your vanquished enemies who supported this crazy scheme. Well done!

September 6, 2010 at 11:13 am
(2) Judy Judd says:

I’m glad. Thanks for what you did.

September 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(3) Debra Gooch says:

Bravo! Good job! Thank You!

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