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Representative Jim Costa has consistently voted against progressives in a liberal seat. President Barack Obama won CA-16 with 59% of the vote in 2012, and it’s time to have a real progressive representing the people of California’s 16th congressional district.

A Few Reasons to Primary:

  • In 2007, Rep. Costa voted for the Orwellian “Protect America Act of 2007” that was panned by the ACLU and other civil liberties groups
  • In 2008, Rep. Costa voted to expand government wiretapping authority once again with the Fisa Amendments Act of 2008
  • In 2008, Rep. Costa voted against the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill – our best shot at addressing climate change in the Obama era
  • In 2010, Rep. Costa voted against setting a withdrawal timeline for the war in Afghanistan.
  • In 2011, Rep. Costa voted against the House Progressive Caucus’s People’s Budget.
  • In 2013, Rep. Costa voted to exempt private equity fund advisers from the Investment Advisers Act of 1940
  • In 2013, Rep. Costa voted for a House Republican bill that would have required health insurers to keep offering poor quality mini-med plans
  • In 2013, Rep. Costa voted with House Republicans to preempt federal regulations of natural gas fracking
  • In 2014, Rep. Costa voted with House Republicans to relax IRS scrutiny of dark money SuperPAC groups

Know a progressive candidate in CA-16 who we should draft to replace Representative Costa? Suggest one here.

We also need to keep in mind that California has the horrible “top-two” primary system, so remember that only one Democrat may challenge Mr. Costa — or else Democrats could risk losing this seat.

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