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Proposition 46 Update From the President of RCMA


October 23, 2014

Dear Colleague:

As Election Day nears, we are now just 12 days from the polls closing on Tuesday evening, November 4.

On November 5, I want to be able to report to you that Proposition 46 was soundly, decisively, and overwhelmingly defeated.

We continue to gain momentum and move in the right direction. Public polling shows voters reject Proposition 46 when they know what it's really about and who is behind it. If you haven't seen the news recently, editorial boards across the state are urging voters to say No in November. Our own Press Enterprise called out the proponents for their deceitful tactics and trickery.

The endorsements are streaming in from every corner of the state and here in our own communities as well. Everyone from doctors and hospitals to Chambers of Commerce to local governments, civil liberty groups, and community clinics - the coalition opposed to Proposition 46 grows daily.

We cannot afford complacency. We need the proactive help of every doctor in Riverside County, and we need to get out the vote.

As president of Riverside County Medical Association, I am asking every doctor in Riverside County to take the following actions:
  1. Wear your "No on Prop 46" button. We need everyone to publicly demonstrate their opposition. If you need more buttons, you can order them a noonprop46.net  - they will be shipped to you ASAP. You can also pick buttons up in person at RCMA, 3993 Jurupa Ave., Riverside
  2. Commit to handing out "lab coat cards," and let your patients and neighbors know what the measure is really about. Cards can also be ordered at noonprop46.net or at the RCMA office.
  3. Energize your physician peers to defeat Prop 46. Speak up at your hospital, your clinic, your office. Get the message out: If Prop 46 passes, it means real harm to patients and doctors. Brochures and posters for your waiting rooms are available at NOon46.com and at the RCMA office.
  4. Speak to family and friends - every voter counts!
  5. Put up yard signs - Please call RCMA at (951) 686-3342 if you want some. Yard signs matter - this is how elections are won, i.e., with relentless pressure.
  6. But be very, very careful about public communications. We have trained speakers at the ready and have off-the-shelf printed materials. Contact RCMA if you need something or need something looked at; we cannot afford a media malfunction, this includes internal newsletters, communication to local media, and blast emails and bulletins that could be made public.
  7. Pay your dues or become a member. We are spending a ton of money to defeat Prop 46 - we must have your financial support!
Thank you so much. Keep up the pressure!

Tarek Mahdi, M.D.
President, Riverside County Medical Association

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