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California Assemblymember Calls Prop 8 'Full of Lies'

Friday, October 24, 2008 General News J E 4
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 23 Today, Assemblymember DaveJones (D-Sacramento) attacked the continuous failed strategies of lies andmisrepresentation that the Proposition 8 campaign continues to push to thepublic.

Proposition 8's most recent press release and letter, directed at thehighest-ranking educators in the state, relies on baseless accusations madenot by credible public educators, but by its paid campaign spokesman andattorney.

"There is no single education authority that condones Proposition 8," saidAssemblymember Jones, a legislative education champion. "Prop 8 campaign isfull of lies and is a shameful use of children."

Last night the No on Prop 8 campaign launched a tough, new advertisementhighlighting the strong condemnation of the lies contained in the proponents'own ads. The ad features California Superintendent of Public Instruction JackO'Connell voicing his strong opposition to Prop 8 advertising, which liesabout the public education system.

The NO on Prop 8 TV ad exposes the lies of the Prop 8 advertisements withO'Connell stating, "... our schools aren't required to teach anything aboutmarriage."

Every education authority in the state has rejected the lies surroundingthe Prop 8 campaign. The California Teachers Association and the CaliforniaSchool Boards Association both maintain that Prop 8 has nothing to do withteaching in public schools. In addition, education leaders across the statehave endorsed the NO on Prop 8 campaign, including Los Angeles Unified SchoolDistrict Board of Education President Monica Garcia, Davis Joint UnifiedSchool Board President Sheila Allen and San Francisco Board of EducationVice-President Kim-Shree Maufas.

Virtually every major newspaper in California has editorialized againstProp 8, stating that "the state constitution shouldn't be used to turn somepeople into second-class citizens. Vote "no" on Proposition 8." (Fresno Bee)For a complete list of NO on 8 endorsements, visit http://www.noonprop8.com.Ad script is attached. Jack O'Connell television ad audio (VO): "Have you seen the TV ads for Prop 8?" (VO): "They're absolutely not true says California superintendent of public schools" (JO): "Prop 8 has nothing to do with schools or kids." (JO): "Our schools aren't required to teach anything about marriage." (JO): "And using kids to lie about that is shameful." (VO): "That's why California teachers and every major newspaper say no on prop 8. Because regardless of how you feel about marriage, it's wrong to eliminate fundamental rights." (VO): "No on 8. Unfair. And Wrong."

SOURCE NO on Prop 8
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