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CSUN students host forum in 'Berman-Sherman' race

CSUN students host Berman-Sherman race forum
Four of the six candidates in what is widely known as the Berman-Sherman congressional race squared off Monday night, thanks to the Associated Students of Cal State Northridge's Big Politics series.

Besides Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, who are engaged in a nationally watched, high-spending contest for a San Fernando Valley seat, Republicans Susan Shelley and Mark Reed participated in the candidates' forum at the Valley Performing Arts Center. 

Forum planners said they invited the "leading" candidates, which meant no spot on stage for Democrat Vince Gilmore or Republican Navraj Singh.

The  two-hour forum was one of several held since new political maps last year put Berman and Sherman in the same district and set up the contentious contest in the strongly Democratic district. It broke little new ground, despite the best efforts of radio host Bill Handel and CSUN questioners.

Sherman kept up his needling of Berman, including challenging him to blunt the effect of so-called super PACS and questioning when he was going to release his income tax returns. Sherman released his tax returns April 17 and challenged Berman to do the same.

"Friday," Berman promised at the debate. "How come your Xerox machine is so slow?" asked Sherman.

Berman touted his endorsements and sparred briefly with moderator Handel when he said a Berman answer about how to deal with the federal deficit wasn't understandable. "I guess I'm not Handel's messiah," quipped Berman. 

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Photo: Congressional candidates, from left, Susan Shelley, Howard Berman, Mark Reed and Brad Sherman debate Monday night.  Credit: www.csunas.org

 

 

Jarvis group picks GOP favorite in crowded 'Berman-Sherman' race

Susan Shelley, candidate in the race for California's 30th Congressional District
Susan Shelley, one of three Republicans in an election battle dominated by Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, scored a big-name endorsement recently -- that of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.

“We believe you will be an excellent representative for taxpayers,”  Jarvis leader Kris Vosburgh wrote in a letter informing Shelley  of backing by the group’s political action committee.

The association is  named after the late leader of the “taxpayers revolt” that resulted in voters’ approving the property levy-slashing Proposition 13 in 1978, and its endorsement is often coveted by candidates describing themselves as fiscally conservative.

Shelley, an author and blogger making her first bid for elected office, says she is  a social moderate but a fiscal conservative.

Shelley also recently released a new, free ebook, “Uncle Sam’s Nickel: The Five Percent Flat Tax That Will Restore Freedom and Prosperity.” 

Most of the attention in the race for the newly drawn 30th Congressional District in the San Fernando Valley has gone to the better known -- and much better financed -- Sherman and Berman. The district is strongly Democratic, but that hasn’t kept others from entering they race.

The other Republicans on the ballot are  businessman/rancher/actor Mark Reed, who ran against Sherman in 2010, and restaurateur Navraj Singh. Also running are college professor Michael W. Powelson, a member of the Green Party, and another Democrat, gardener Vince Gilmore.

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Photo: Congressional candidate Susan Shelley. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Excluded congressional candidate files complaint with IRS

Reps. Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman
A Republican candidate excluded from a Jewish Journal forum has filed a complaint with the IRS alleging that the nonprofit publication is improperly engaging in political advocacy.

An attorney for  writer Susan Shelley, one of two Republicans in the widely watched clash between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman for a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, alleged that the newspaper was opposing Shelley. As a  tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the newspaper is not allowed to take positions for or against political candidates.

Rob Eshman, the Jewish Journal's publisher and editor in chief, said the publication has not taken sides in political races in its 25 years as a nonprofit organization and he strongly disagreed with Shelley's characterization that it is doing so now.  

Eshman said Shelley and another announced candidate, Democrat Vincent Gilmore, a gardener, were not included in the publication's upcoming forum because they failed to meet several criteria.

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